PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last updated date: August 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Overall Take

You're likely already familiar with Spider-Man as a character. PS4's "Marvel’s Spider-Man" keeps the Peter Parker character as multi-dimensional as possible while also keeping the game moving forward. The vivid cityscapes as Spider-Man travels around the city help fully immerse you in the game. In our analysis of 264 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.0
33 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
18,699 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The great web-swinging feel, gorgeous cityscapes, abundance of gadgets, powers, and web-based means of beating up bad guys.
- Kotaku
September 7, 2018 | Full review
That simply can't be overstated. Moving about the expansive, richly detailed open-world burgh of Manhattan is a joy. This is a world tied directly to the MCU films though in an alternate universe where Spidey himself is older and more experienced.
- Forbes
September 6, 2018 | Full review
The biggest moments in Spider-Man are as varied as they are dramatic. You scale a building through its elevator shafts, covertly webbing snipers that appear through sliding elevator doors while dodging flaming bombs hurled from above.
- Polygon
September 12, 2018 | Full review
Swinging through the city is an essential part of Spider-Man. The game nails it from the start, then improves it over time with unlockable abilities. It requires just enough strategic thinking to be interesting — you need to plan routes to make sure there are sufficiently tall structures around to hit with webs, and speed is governed by carefully timing when you start and end swings — without demanding superhuman reactions to become skilled.
- Digital Trends
Spider-Man’s first hours are enthralling. After an explosive introduction that sees him square off against the crime lord Wilson Fisk, players are released into a stunning recreation of Manhattan.
- The Guardian
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Spider-Man’s own abilities are extremely fun to use, especially thanks to the wise balance between proactive and reactive skills that let you hold onto the initiative while masterfully turning the enemies’ attacks against them.
- Dual Shockers
The fluid animations, visual effects, and controller rumble play a big part in selling the intensity, the speed and the giddiness of flinging yourself through the air.
- GameSpot
September 4, 0201 | Full review
Still, there’s a lot to enjoy here. It’s uncomplicated fun, and it should deliver fun evenings defeating Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery, exploring the city or even just pelting around at high speed hoovering up collectibles.
- Trusted Reviews
September 7, 2018 | Full review
Combat is all about that hypnotically timed countering satisfaction, while its web swinging is always, always fun. Getting that building clearing arc just so, or skimming the tops of New York cabs never loses its thrill.
- Games Radar
September 4, 2018 | Full review
For true fans of Spider-lore, Insomniac has crammed in dozens of suits from across the character's long history and a staggering amount of nods and Easter eggs to various other Marvel properties throughout the game, which helps round out an already impressively immersive in-game universe.
- The Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Despite how well Insomniac understands Spider-Man as an action hero, their more surprising feat is that they understand Peter Parker as a person.
- Game Critics
October 5, 2018 | Full review
Let’s talk a bit about one of my favorite aspects of the game, and something I’m always on the lookout for during a strong single player experience; sound and music. While web swinging throughout the city, the music is top notch and borderline epic.
- Gaming Age
Overall Marvel's Spider-Man story is awesome and makes some very bold steps, which pack the sort of real emotional weight last delivered by Thanos' snap in Infinity War.
- Digital Spy
April 9, 2018 | Full review
But the developers have achieved a remarkable control of tone, modulating it primarily towards the bright, fun end of the spectrum - the lightness making the dark moments all the more powerful, and vice versa.
- Birth Movies Death
September 17, 2018 | Full review
Thankfully, Insomniac went for something that focuses on Spider-Man’s agility and web-based abilities. Enemies don’t fall into the usual video game trope of waiting their turn to attack you. They’re active combatants, so you need to do your best to isolate foes. This means that you’ll want to knock enemies into the air, where you can fight them with less fear of being hit by someone else.
- Venture Beat
September 4, 2018 | Full review
What I like right off the bat is that Insomniac, Sony, and the Marvel powers that be allowed this to be its own thing. It's not the billionth origin story, it's not based on the MCU, and takes bits and pieces of the mythos at will.
- Destructoid
September 8, 2018 | Full review
It just feels so damn good to be Spider-Man. Really, the biggest compliment we can offer the web swinging is that despite unlocking fast travel at some point in the game, we never used it. We really didn't want to miss out on another opportunity to explore the urban sprawl of New York from Spidey's webs.
- Push Square
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The costumes also come with their own unique suit power. To name one example, the game’s signature white spider-sporting Advanced Suit temporarily grants the player unlimited focus, allowing Spidey to go on a takedown rampage.
- Tech Radar
September 4, 2018 | Full review
New York itself feels great, modeled accurately enough but slightly more comic-feeling than in say, The Division.
- Time
The web swinging is so much fun that I never once used the subway to fast travel. The city is another reason to use the long route to destinations, as it's a work of art that I continually marveled at for its architectural design and people-watching potential. I also didn't want to miss a second of J. Johan Jameson's hilarious alarmist superhero podcast.
- Game Informer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
But the coolest element to Spider-Man is the unlockable suits. Each suit gives Spider-Man a different look as expected but they also unlock a new suit power for players to use with any suit.
- Game Rant
The story is an important focus in Marvel’s Spider-Man with gorgeously animated cut scenes that advance the plot. The clever writing makes it easier to connect with the side characters.
- Gear Nuke
October 22, 2018 | Full review
One of my favorite points to the appearance system specifically, is that, while each costume grants a new ability once unlocked, you can swap the abilities from other suits, so you can always dress like the Spider you want to be, while keeping your favorite tried and true suit ability from a suit that may not be as appealing.
- Game Space
September 12, 2018 | Full review
This structure also hooks up with your progression perfectly. Rather than Spider-Man’s abilities growing as he takes on a static world, skills and gadgets unlocked and upgraded are obtained almost out of a sense of necessity to survive in an increasingly challenging environment.
- VG247
September 7, 2018 | Full review
Players will be happy to note that Marvel's Spider-Man gets around the overwhelming sense of freedom inherent to many sandbox-style games by clearly marking nearby objectives on the in-game map.
- Shacknews
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Playing on PlayStation 4 Pro, the game looks stunning. Insomniac did a remarkable job creating Spider-man’s Manhattan and while it’s not an exact replica of the Big Apple, they definitely captured the feel and aesthetic of the city. Landmarks like Times Square and the Empire State Building are funs spots to run through and climb
- Game Crate
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Manhattan is also brimming with life thanks to the various side activities you can partake in. There’s a lot to do outside of the main storyline, from more action heavy conflicts such as taking down armed gunman and capturing bases, to testing your swinging abilities by catching pigeons and tailing drones.
- Hardcore Gamer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
This game is a love letter to fans of the print material, rather than modelling itself on Tom Holland's Spider-Man. It expects you to have been keeping up with the comics too, dripping as it is in niche lore and populated with supporting characters relatively new to the wider Marvel universe.
- Empire
September 5, 2018 | Full review
Insomniac have crafted a story worthy of the Spider-Man name. They took quite a few artistic liberties with the story, but have done a better job than some of the official comic writers as of late.
- Cubed 3
January 25, 2019 | Full review
Swinging around New York in Spider-Man is an absolute joy and surpasses the heights achieved in Spider-Man 2. I could easily spend a few extra hundred hours swinging effortlessly from skyscraper to skyscraper, thanks to the amazing physics-based traversal system the team at Insomniac have implemented; Spidey reacts as you’d expect to buildings and people, and even through web-swinging can get extremely fast, I never felt out of control.
- The Digital Fix
The only real knock against the video game is its unforgiving combat. Spider-Man is fast, agile, and intuitive, but he can't take a lot of damage.
- The Escapist Magazine
September 6, 2018 | Full review
Marvel’s Spiderman helped me to sympathize and connect with the Peter Parker character more than any recent movie iteration has attempted to do.
- KGUN 9 On Your Side
September 22, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Side missions are underwhelming. New York feels shallow.
- Kotaku
September 7, 2018 | Full review
What I hated most, and what I truly did hate about this game, were the forced stealth missions.
- Forbes
September 6, 2018 | Full review
That small example may highlight my biggest criticism of Marvel’s Spider-Man. 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
Open world events can become repetitive
- Digital Trends
It’s almost sad that most of what you see of New York is rooftops.
- The Guardian
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Of course, this is an open world game, so certain tradeoffs are necessary simply to make it run consistently.
- Dual Shockers
Optional side activities can feel monotonous and menial
- GameSpot
September 4, 0201 | Full review
However, too often it’s bogged down by its own ideas with forced stealth sequences and a few too many ideas that aren’t quite developed to completion. It’s when the pace dips that these problems become apparent.
- Trusted Reviews
September 7, 2018 | Full review
While we’re on negatives it’s worth noting that quick time events, when they appear, are oddly weighted. They’re so slow that it almost makes them harder; they lack the rhythmically obvious hit of something faster.
- Games Radar
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Ultimately, Marvel's Spider-Man masters practically every aspect of superhero games that have come before, but it does so in an uninspiring way. That's not to diminish the experience of playing as the wall-crawler, but if gamers are looking at Insomniac's adaptation of Spider-Man as the next step in gaming, they will be (somewhat) disappointed.
- Screen Rant
September 4, 2018 | Full review
One other Major gripe I have (which might not be so major to most), is that a main story spoiler was given away during the e3 trailer from two years ago. If you haven’t seen that trailer or don’t remember it then you’re in the clear.
- Gaming Age
The only drawback is that landing Spidey in specific places is tricky, whether that's to grab one of his old collectible school backpacks or activate keypads for side missions. But when you're going fast – which you will be 90% of the time – it's sublime.
- Digital Spy
April 9, 2018 | Full review
Most side actives offer original content, and each district spawns random crime activities. At first, these seem to come in a lot of variety. You’ll have to stop a break-in, free drivers from a car wreck, or even stop a getaway vehicle. 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
September 4, 2018 | 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
The minute-to-minute gameplay here is, at first glance, nothing groundbreaking for a superhero game.
- Time
The open world is filled with activities, though some fall victim to extensive repetition. Performing the same button taps to stop a speeding car grows old quickly, as does catching pigeons.
- Game Informer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The only disappointment with the combat is that there isn’t a lot of variety to the basic enemies.
- Game Rant
The open world in Spider-Man is beautiful to navigate, but it is full of repetitive, boring quests and collectibles.
- Gear Nuke
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Camera angles can be frustrating in some situations
- Game Space
September 12, 2018 | Full review
My more pressing criticism of Spider-Man is actually related to the story missions, which semi-regularly pull you out of Peter Parker’s spidey-shoes in order to drop you into the role of a couple of other non-superpowered characters. I’m actually broadly okay with this as an idea, but the problem comes in the execution: each of these sequences is an instant-fail stealth sequence.
- VG247
September 7, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, nothing is without its faults, as controls can be a bit finicky, and like all open world games, you’ll find occasional graphical anomalies.
- Hardcore Gamer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
It's not flawless. The boss fights are formulaic, relying on predictable attack patterns or even dated quick time events to move each encounter forwards.
- Empire
September 5, 2018 | Full review
This isn't without its flaws, yet even those can be boiled down to being solid but overly distracting side-missions. The stealth missions, for instance, where players take control of Miles Morales or Mary Jane Watson, while integral to the story, quickly become tedious.
- Cubed 3
January 25, 2019 | Full review
While the combat and story help elevate Spider-Man to the heights of the Arkham series, the game suffers a little from the relatively safe and unimaginable side activities.
- The Digital Fix
Much like Peter Parker, however, Marvel's Spider-Man struggles to resolve the two halves of its whole.
- The Escapist Magazine
September 6, 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. 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. 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. 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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