There was a lot of excitement when Insomniac Games announced they were working on a new and original Spider-Man game. Developing a fully realized AAA title based on the superhero was bound to happen sooner or later, and we finally got it with Marvel's Spider-Man in 2018. While the game met and exceeded fans' expectations, it was a PlayStation exclusive, which prevented many eager players from diving into the game. However, that all changed when Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for PC was announced at the Summer Games Fest.
The remastered version, which is set to be released on August 12th, 2022, will bring the game to PC for the first time. Allowing players to enjoy it with ray-tracing and uncapped FPS. However, it is much more than just an improved version; in fact, there is a lot of new content that makes this game almost a new brand new inclusion.
That's why, even if you've already played Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation, there's still reason to play the newly imaged game on PC. If you're still undecided, this Vs article will explain how the two games differ and compare to help you decide.
What is Marvel's Spider-Man?
Insomniac Games released Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 consoles in 2018. In 2020, the same game was remastered for PS5 consoles as Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. This can be confusing because the new one, due on August 12th, 2022, bears the same name but is a PC remastering. The PS5 remastered version added no new content and instead improved the game's performance on newer consoles. So, when we talk about Marvel's Spider-Man, we're talking about both the original PS4 game and the PS5 remaster, because they're essentially the same in terms of content.
Marvel's Spider-Man focused on an original story, inspired by the events from a couple of fan-favorite Spider-Man comic series. The game is open world, with a linear set of main story missions and a handful of side quests, as is typical of open-world games. As a result, the game contains all of the crime-fighting and web-slinging action you could want from a Spider-Man game.
What is Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered?
Not to get confused with the 2020 remastering for PS5, the Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered we're talking about is the PC remastered release. The game's open-world and linear campaign remain, but it has been re-imagined, with a lot of new content added to the world. There are new focus points, side quests, locations, and objectives to discover, making it a unique experience on PC and distinct one from Marvel's Spider-Man on PS4 and PS5.
Coming with the PC remastered version is The City That Never Sleeps DLC for the original PS4 game. This is included with the base game and follows the events of the main story over three chapters. However, this is being reworked as well, with new missions and challenges to discover.
Both game's Story and Campaigns are not based on Spider-Man's Origin story but instead step into Spider-Man, after eight years of experience behind the mask.
In its entirety, Marvel's Spider-Man offers approximately 17 hours of story/campaign content. And a total of approximately 30 hours with all of the side missions and objectives kicking around in the open-world. Both base games for either console do not include the City that Never Sleeps DLC, which can be purchased separately or in different editions such as the Collectors or Game of the Year Edition.
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for PC, on the other hand, has 20 hours of story/campaign content. The three additional hours for the PC remastered version are coming from the new content that's being added to the game's story. That's not counting the City That Never Sleeps DLC, which is included as part of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC. This amounts to an additional six to eight hours of story/campaign content that follows up the game's main story.
That amounts to roughly 10 hours of additional story content, DLC included, on PC over either base console version. Both stories are still the same in essence, but Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC will be more thought-out and detailed. Improving any holes in the story, and further developing it.
Along with new re-imagined content for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, it's also getting an overhaul on the maps and graphics. As we previously mentioned, the PC remastered version will have new areas and locations of New York to discover. The city has also been visually improved to support PCs' ability to generate high-end graphics. That is if your PC is powerful enough to produce this optimization.
Graphically, PC players are getting a lot of features that will make Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC a much more immersive and visually appealing game. The first is the fact that you can capitalize on 4K native resolution and an uncapped frame rate. The game will also feature ultra-wide monitor support, going all the way up to 48:9 resolutions. But what's going to make this game the most beautiful of all, is the ray-traced reflections.
The Final Verdict
With all the details out of the way, it's time to find out if Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is worth it. Which, right away we'll say is easily worth it on PC over the PS4 and PS5 versions. Even if you've already played the game on either console, the PC-remastered version has significantly more content to offer. With that, it's a night and day difference in terms of visuals and graphics.
The only reason not to play the game on PC is if you've already exhausted all of the game's content, including DLC, through 100% completion. In that case, you'd be paying full price for roughly five hours of new content. But, at least the game will look better than you've ever experienced. If you haven't fully exhausted the game on console, then we think it's entirely worth it on PC. As the PC remastered version appears to be a much better experience than Marvel's Spider-Man on console. Mainly because you're getting the best possible version of the game, in terms of story content and graphics.
In the end, it will all come down to how much you enjoy these games. If the answer is a lot, it's worth getting the game's best experience, which will be the PC remastered version.