Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last updated date: May 18, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 126 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
21 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.7
8,661 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Spider-Man is a rare open-world game that feels like it supports the story and characters. In a genre that now has plenty of entries, and where games are often filled with to busywork, Spider-Man‘s activities and emphasis on freedom and travel all feel in line with the experience of being Spider-Man.
- Digital Trends
December 5, 2018 | Full review
Spider-Man features an astonishing recreation of New York City, including most of its districts and landmarks. Swinging and fighting is super satisfying and doesn't get old. It's a love letter to Spider-Man fans.
- CNET
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Web-swinging through the city (which entails swinging, dashing forward, doing cool tricks in the air, running up and along walls and zipping to perches) is glorious. There's nothing quite like it in modern video games.
- Forbes
September 6, 2018 | Full review
Nailing a perfect, long arcing swoop between two buildings, or a hitting a split-second counter to one shot an enemy in slow-mo, constantly conjures up those ‘lost in the moment’ beats where you forget all about buttons and you just are what’s on screen. And the open-world New York this all takes place creates a perfect playground; a lively and beautiful looking backdrop to play out all those superhero fantasies against.
- Games Radar
September 4, 2018 | Full review
It offers the thrill of swinging between astonishingly realistic skyscrapers across an uninterrupted Manhattan skyline, but also relies on relics of open-world gameplay that feel jarring and dated.
- Polygon
September 12, 2018 | Full review
Insomniac Games' new take on the iconic Marvel wall-crawler is Spidey's best video game outing yet, offering up a refreshingly unique story, fun combat and a vibrant open-world New York City teeming with cool things to do.
- Tom's Guide
September 4, 2018 | Full review
This combat system is something truly special. You are rewarded for dodging at just the right moment or landing that perfect hit, and you can spend that reward in real time on more devastating and visually stunning takedowns or on quick bursts of health to keep the fight going.
- Android Central
August 21, 2019 | Full review
The key to this is that being Spider-Man is a lot of fun. The swinging is a highlight; this might be the first open-world game where I didn’t use fast travel because it was just so thrilling to get around. The same goes for combat, which feels different than just about any third-person action game, thanks to Spidey’s unique abilities.
- The Verge
September 4, 2018 | Full review
While combat is undoubtedly fun, challenging, and full of options, it never quite hits the heights of the Arkham franchise – despite sharing the framework.
- Push Square
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The best part of the game for me was the free-roaming feature. No, seriously. The best part of the game was going between missions. Period. Swinging around NYC is by far the most enjoyable free-roaming I have ever experienced in any open-world game. It’s also probably the most polished part of the game, ironically.
- Medium
September 17, 2018 | Full review
The fact is, traversal in this game is incredible, and there's certainly a level of attention to detail that Marvel Comics fans will appreciate mo
- Screen Rant
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Each unlockable suit or gadget upgrade comes with its own Token criteria, so you'll always know which types of challenges to clear in order to nab your desired prize. Thankfully, it's not too hard to earn these tokens, though certain costumes and upgrades will only become available to you as you progress through the game.
- Tech Radar
Graphically, Spider-Man is beautiful – especially so on PS4 Pro (but still great on PS4) – thanks to the use of HDR (high dynamic range), with sunsets over the city being a highlight.
- Pocket-lint
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Thankfully, the combat and moment-to-moment gameplay largely makes up for the underwhelming open world content.
- We Got This Covered
What’s most impressive is that Insomniac tries to tell its own Spider-Man story while still incorporating existing fiction or character arcs.
- Game Rant
From the gameplay to the story Insomniac’s game perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to be a hero in a vast landscape, fighting some of the most iconic villains, and being absorbed in the struggles of balancing great power with great responsibility.
- God Is A Geek
September 4, 2018 | Full review
It's awesome how appropriate music slowly fades in depending on if you are web swinging, fighting random thugs or during key story moments.
- Keen Gamer
September 8, 2018 | Full review
It’s exhilarating, and it’s easy to do. Swinging also looks fantastic. The animations blend well together to make Spider-Man look acrobatic and agile. You spend a lot of time swinging through the city, and it never gets old.
- Venture Beat
The first part of that combo is, well, pretty incredible. From that initial leap out of Peter's apartment window, it's crystal clear that the gamemakers at Insomniac Games have aced the web-swinging dynamics of this title. You have to time your leaps and plan your routes as you move through the city, but it all feels very intuitive and, in true Spidey vernacular, spectacular.
- Plugged In
Breaking up the story, the diverse open-world side activities smartly parceled out as the story progresses, so you’re never overwhelmed by map icons.
- Birth Movies Death
September 17, 2018 | Full review
Still what we do have here looks gorgeous in action and the screenshots I've shared here from my playthrough stand out as some of the best looking visuals on the PlayStation 4 Pro I played on.
- Kidz World
September 4, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Open world events can become repetitive
- Digital Trends
December 5, 2018 | Full review
The gameplay suffers from a limited amount of variation. A lot of the missions play the same and rarely does it go beyond a few types of mechanics. Some of the writing falls short and the overall story isn't compelling.
- CNET
September 4, 2018 | Full review
What is not fun---what I truly cannot imagine another living soul describing as fun in any way, shape or form---is the forced stealth missions where you play as MJ or Miles Morales. These missions are scattered throughout the main story and they are awful. They could have, and should have, simply been cut-scenes.
- Forbes
September 6, 2018 | Full review
Pretty much Spider-Man Arkham. Familiar open-world structure
- Games Radar
September 4, 2018 | Full review
There aren’t many surprises to the game; despite being an open-world experience, it plays upon a linear story, and the twists that happen feel familiar.
- Polygon
September 12, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the Peter Parker scenes, which largely have you do two things: solve tedious slide puzzles in your laboratory, or walk from point A to point B to trigger a cutscene.
- Tom's Guide
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, all of that fluid combat and careful thought goes out the window as soon as you are in a boss fight. Every boss fight is scripted, almost entirely taking away your user agency in exchange for something that looks nice.
- Android Central
August 21, 2019 | Full review
What's not so great, though, are the frequent stealth sections not featuring Spider-Man. Despite us railing against these irritating immersion-breaking sequences in many other games, Insomniac has deemed it a good idea to incorporate a bunch of them here.
- Push Square
September 4, 2018 | Full review
There were a lot of bugs I found in combat, in missions and in voice interactions with characters. S
- Medium
September 17, 2018 | Full review
On the flip side, though, the enemy AI is, well... unintelligent. It isn't difficult getting up to a 100-point combo when facing waves of enemies, so getting over the novelty of playing as Spider-Man can happen sooner rather than later.
- Screen Rant
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Sadly, and this in one of the game's only major faults, they do get repetitive and almost unnecessary as your powers and skills improve.
- Pocket-lint
September 4, 2018 | Full review
To be fair, most of Spider-Man’s faults can’t be attributed to design decisions or a lack of effort on the developer’s part.
- We Got This Covered
The only disappointment with the combat is that there isn’t a lot of variety to the basic enemies.
- Game Rant
There’s very little to moan about regarding Marvel’s Spider-Man, but I did encounter some bugs that cost me a few fights.
- God Is A Geek
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The aforementioned random crimes are fun when you do them a first dozen times but do get repetitive as you go through the game
- Keen Gamer
September 8, 2018 | Full review
But you’ll begin to do repeat a lot of these. Even Spider-Man’s usually endearing quips become repetitive after the seventh time you’ve stopped a mugging.
- Venture Beat
Finally, there are a few bugs that really dragged things down. The first time the final enemy of 6 waves was stuck under the ground it was mildly annoying but when it happened twice more I'd wasted about 45 minutes.
- Kidz World
September 4, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Marvel’s Spider-Man features your favorite web-slinger in a story unlike any before it. Now a seasoned Super Hero, Peter Parker has been busy keeping crime off the streets as Spider-Man. Just as he’s ready to focus on life as Peter, a new villain threatens New York City. Faced with overwhelming odds and higher stakes, Spider-Man must rise up and be greater. Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel and Insomniac Games present Marvel’s Spider-Man exclusively for PlayStation 4. Be Spider-Man. After eight years behind the mask, Peter Parker is a crime-fighting master. Feel the full power of a more experienced Spider-Man with improvisational combat, dynamic acrobatics, fluid urban traversal, and environmental interactions. A rookie no longer, this is the most masterful Spider-Man you’ve ever played. Worlds Collide. The worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man collide in an original action-packed story. In this new Spider-Man universe, iconic characters from Peter and Spider-Man’s lives have been reimagined, placing familiar characters in unique roles. Marvel’s New York is Your Playground. The Big Apple comes to life as Insomniac’s most expansive and interactive world yet. Swing through vibrant neighborhoods and catch breathtaking views of iconic Marvel and Manhattan landmarks. Use the environment to defeat villains with epic takedowns in true blockbuster action.

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