A lot has to go into a good Spider-Man game, and to be fair, we have been spoiled for choice over the years. Although, it did take some time to truly capture the feel behind the web-swinging, mouthy hero of New York. Now, there are a range of titles that should be fighting for your attention, each giving you their own unique look into the life of Spidey, with good combat, solid boss battles and mechanics to have you flinging yourself across the city skyline like a pebble from a slingshot. That all being said, there is a long list of features to enjoy in these solid Spider-Man titles.
5. Spider-Man 2000
Released in 2000 by developer Neversoft, this Spider-Man game was way ahead of its time. While it may seem unimpressive in comparison to some more modern titles, Spider-Man truly gave that first memorable feeling of being the real, web-slinging, wall-clinging Spidey. As one of the very first titles to bring the character into 3D in a way that did him justice, it was only made better by the stellar voice acting, which is what made the chatty Peter Parker really come to life. Swinging between buildings, webbing the bad-guys and fighting infamous bosses—this title had everything you could dream of from a Spider-Man game at the time. A blast of a PS1 title; it would be first place for nostalgia.
4. Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions gives off a very Into The Spiderverse feel. If you were a fan of Spiderverse, you may be a fan of this also. Beenox released this title in 2010 but took it down a slightly different route from most other titles. Opting for a linear story-based game over the usual open-world, city-swinging fun you would come to expect from a game about Spidey. This does however mean that the production focus went all towards the story itself. Playing as four different Spidey's, each voiced by fantastic voice actors, there is plenty of diversity.
There is the Amazing Spider-Man (Neil Patrick Harris), Spider-Man Noir (Christopher Barnes), Spider-Man 2099 (Dan Gilvezan) and lastly, Ultimate Spider-Man (Josh Keaton). Each of these very different Spidey's are brought to life by the talent behind them, the game itself also shifting in pace and feel. As if to mirror the strengths and differences between the four characters.
3. Spider-Man 2
Another major win for nostalgia, Spider-Man 2 is another title that did everything right. Once the pinnacle of the web-slinging experience, this title truly brought home what it meant to be Spider-Man. A large open world, in the form of a city, that had you swinging between buildings, dodging traffic and hunting for trouble; the kind of trouble you punch your way out of. This game had everything. Admittedly, now it is rather dated, though one thing remains the same: the momentum and feel behind the web-swinging.
It took a long time for any title to come along and surpass it, meanwhile it boasted some of the best Spidey boss battles out there. A well built, detailed and open playground to explore, and a whole lot of charm. This title still plays well in a rosy nostalgic sort of way.
2. Marvel's Spider-Man
Released in 2018 by Insomiac games, Marvel's Spider-Man set out to be better than Spider-Man 2. It succeeded. Everything that made the previous title such a benchmark for a Spidey title can be found here, and then some. The swinging, the feel and the momentum, is better. Leaping across the skyline of New York, in stunning visuals, or pelting yourself upwards with a self made slingshot. This title will take your breath away. Benefiting from years in technological advancements, there is no surprise that the visuals are on a whole other level from its predecessor. But that doesn't change the fact that the gameplay is solid, the combat and chatty nature of Spidey will make you feel like you're right inside a comic.
Live your very own Spider-Man adventure, or just endlessly catapult yourself around the city just for fun like I did. This is a hard game to put down.
1. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A lot of what can be said for Insomniac's previous title can be said here. As Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes everything good from Marvel's Spider-Man and works to refine it. Combat, stealth, the web-slinging and exploration all polished to near-perfection. Removing anything unnecessary that detracts from the core gameplay loop, resulting in an enthralling adventure you will want to play time and again.
With a whole new perspective to it, the story follows Miles Morales and Spidey as they embark on a new adventure. All while maintaining the momentum and freedom that made the previous title so fantastic. The web-slinging will have you soaring higher than ever through the streets of New York as you come to love the characters of the story. For any Spider-Man fan, this title is definitely to be played, leaving you itching to go back and web-swing whenever you put it down.
So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up any of the above five at any point this month? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.