PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last updated date: September 6, 2019

DWYM Score

9.2

PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Overall Take

PS4 Marvel’s "Spider-Man" is a new twist on an old classic, creating an original plot to keep things fun. This popular game makes the experience of swinging around New York City addictive. You'll also get a soundtrack that is one of the best found in gaming today.


In our analysis of 185 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
34 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.7
9,635 user reviews

What experts liked

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. Some of the best musical score I’ve heard in a game that doesn’t rip off of a movie.
- Gaming Age
September 9, 2018 | Full review
One thing that stood out from the moment the game was revealed was its presentation, this remains true in the game’s release. The visuals of the game are up there with the best on the PS4; New York is a joy to look at. The city is stunning and home to various locations Marvel fans will recognise, from the headquarters of the Bugle to Alias Investigations.
- Impulse Gamer
September 5, 2018 | Full review
Luckily, Insomniac Games has nailed every crucial element of Spider-Man, from the look to the gameplay to the writing. This is the Spider-Man game that fans have dreamed of in every sense of the word.
- Game Rant
Swinging is such a delight that I spent the first several hours of gameplay just traveling around the map to find all the collectibles I could. It never got boring and I was smiling and making silly sounds with my mouth the whole time. Thanks for sending me back to preschool, Insomniac.
- Dual Shockers
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The story plays a very decisive role in Marvel’s Spider-Man, easily pulling players in with marvelous voice acting, and exceptionally detailed characters brought to life by the impressive graphical capabilities of the Playstation 4.
- Game Space
September 12, 2018 | Full review
There's not much to say about the game's graphics other than they're lovely. Animations, in particular, are incredibly good and tight, making movement and combat both visually pleasing and satisfying to play.
- Forbes
Fighting in Marvel’s Spider-Man quickly becomes a joy to behold and to play, and I found myself avoiding the main story objectives for hours at a time to find more collectibles and encounter more random criminal activity ranging from drug deals to hold-ups to kidnappings and more.
- Digital Chumps
September 5, 2018 | Full review
The city itself is beautiful. The time of day stays frozen until you advance the clock by completing mainline missions, letting you preserve a particular aesthetic if you feel like pausing the story and working on upgrading your gear.
- Easy Allies
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
More than that there is a charming, earnest quality to the story and the cast of characters that lend weight to its bearing – a welcome reprieve from the acerbic grimdark of the Arkham games.
- PSU
June 28, 2019 | Full review
The battle system has a lot of depth. As you perform combos, you build up a focus meter. If you fill this up, you can knock out an enemy with a flashy attack (seriously, these look awesome … and painful).
- Venture Beat
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The score is great and well-suited to the action. There's a bit of music for when you are swinging around the city that just perfectly nails the mood.
- Gaming Nexus
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Stealth is also a major part of gameplay. You’ll head into areas with two options: go in with guns blazing, or take out everyone without making any noise whatsoever.
- God Is A Geek
September 4, 2018 | Full review
One particular element I often see overlooked with Spider-Man is his ability to strike from the shadows.
- Gamers Heros
September 9, 2018 | Full review
Yuri Lowenthal is the voice behind Peter Parker in the game and does an excellent job capturing the range of emotions the character goes through throughout the game.
- Game Crate
September 4, 2018 | Full review
This Spider-Man story isn’t based on any movie or particular comic, rather an original plot by Insomniac. Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for eight years and is ready to take a break after finally taking down the Kingpin in the opening mission.
- Gaming Trend
September 4, 2018 | Full review
After playing Middle Earth: Shadow of War I was sure I had grown sick of the tired and dulled Arkham Combat system, but Spider-Man managed to get me excited about it again.
- CGM
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Speaking of the open world, it’s hard to not mention the visuals. This is not only the most remarkable graphical feat for Insomniac, but it’s the best looking Spider-Man game to boot.
- Hardcore Gamer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
It's clear that the folks at Insomniac have stepped away from the more lighthearted tone used in series like Ratchet & Clank and gone for something distinctly more dramatic — this is a game that plays out like a blockbuster film, complete with triumphant highs and devastating lows.
- Shacknews
September 4, 2018 | Full review
What does come as an enormous shock is just how great the plot is, and the individual performances of our favourite heroes and villains.
- Push Square
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Suits are one area that the game really gives you a lot of options. Outside of a few that are unlocked via the story and side quests, they are purchased using tokens once you meet a level requirement. T
- The Sixth Axis
April 9, 2018 | Full review
Everyone knows Spider-Man as a lighthearted character, as light with his personality as he seems to be while zipping through the air. Peter is always willing to break the tension with a joke or two, even at the most inappropriate moments.
- Playstation Lifestyle
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 is hands-down one of the best comic book video games of all-time, and it’s all because Insomniac Games has nailed down to a tee what it should feel like to take control of the iconic hero and his ability to swing freely through New York City.
- Attack Of The Fan Boy
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Spider-Man isn't just a great superhero game, it's a proof of concept for Insomniac as a company. This project shows that they can basically handle pretty much any universe, because if you can accurately recreate Peter Parker's nimbleness and gentle heart you can do anything: and with multiple teasers at the end, I think they'll get that chance.
- Destructoid
September 8, 2018 | Full review
There's a similar gratification to be had from Spider-Man's combat. The Arkham Asylum-inspired crowd fighting system suitably characterizes Spidey's acrobatic nature, and like web-slinging, observing the enemies and environment to find your next best move makes it a satisfying puzzle.
- GameSpot
September 4, 2018 | Full review
All-New, All-Different web-slinging to zoom around town and solve problems from supervillain attacks to stopping local muggings
- WCCF Tech
September 10, 2018 | Full review
At its best, Spider-Man might just be the finest superhero video game ever made. It uses relatively simple and intuitive controls to make you feel like a powerful hero, bounding across a vast city with ease, using spectacular skills to defeat evil.
- The Verge
September 4, 2018 | Full review
It’s so good, in fact, that I’d often swing around the city for long stretches of time before realizing that I wasn’t even going anywhere – that I was just basking in the pleasure of Spider-Man’s central traversal mechanic.
- Game Critics
October 5, 2018 | Full review
Marvel's Spider-Man has so much potential to be amazing, but it only ends up being great. The excellent movement mechanics, from parkour to the web swinging, make traversing the well-realized New York City a pure joy.
- New Game Network
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The first thing you'll notice about Spider-Man is how fun the traversal is. The game really nails the basic swinging mechanics, and offers a slew of upgrades to make it even more enjoyab
- Giant Bomb
September 5, 2018 | Full review
There will be occasions, after you’ve unlocked fast travel points across NYC, where you’ll be tempted, for a brief moment, to magically journey thousands of metres to the next mission objective.
- Video Gamer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Insomniac’s Spider-Man is often great, but the game is only at its best when it maintains its focus on the humanity of its characters rather than on a mirror-polished version of an ordinary open world, which it doesn’t do often enough.
- Slant Magazine
September 4, 2018 | Full review
This game shows tremendous love for all things Spider-Man, and the ending packs a punch he would be proud of.
- The Guardian
Spider-Man’s sound design is some of the best in modern-day gaming. The voice work is outstanding, with the cast giving admirable performances and the soundtrack feeling as epic as a big-budget Hollywood movie.
- Game Over
September 4, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

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
September 9, 2018 | Full review
Although the music is at times unspectacular, this is because it largely takes a backseat to the various voices you’ll be hearing throughout your adventure.
- Impulse Gamer
September 5, 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 main story itself is generally believed to take about 20 hours to complete, but for players that focus primarily on the main story, it could take less.
- Game Space
September 12, 2018 | Full review
I don't like QTEs because they take me out of the normal rhythm of the game and they punish failure in an almost arbitrary fashion.
- Forbes
We ran into a few weird bugs, like one side quest we couldn’t finish and a few landmark photos that wouldn’t take right away, but otherwise Spider-Man performs rather well on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
- Easy Allies
Most side actives offer original content, and each district spawns random crime activities.
- Venture Beat
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The game is also linear and there are no alternative paths or choices to make.
- Gaming Nexus
September 4, 2018 | Full review
I did encounter some bugs that cost me a few fights.
- God Is A Geek
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The story itself is somewhat short
- Gamers Heros
September 9, 2018 | Full review
By the end of the game, these missions are more frustrating and boring than anything.
- Gaming Trend
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The only real weakness to the gameplay is its mediocre stealth and puzzle segments.
- CGM
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Sometimes the effect is minor — for instance, stopping a carjacking might result in a quick post made to the game's social media feed, or a random citizen on the street might remark that they saw Spider-Man chasing a stolen car.
- Shacknews
September 4, 2018 | Full review
What's not so great, though, are the frequent stealth sections not featuring Spider-Man.
- Push Square
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Couple of plot threads unresolved until DLC
- The Sixth Axis
April 9, 2018 | Full review
Marvel’s Spider-Man doesn’t innovate on the open-world genre, but Insomniac doubled down on creating a spectacular Spider-Man fantasy.
- Playstation Lifestyle
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Some takedown animations and quips can become repetitive
- GameSpot
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Web-slinging is only Superior at high velocity, with slower, more precise moments feeling clunky
- WCCF Tech
September 10, 2018 | Full review
A likeable cast of characters can't help the story's pacing, inconsistent tone, and lack of villain screen time.
- New Game Network
September 4, 2018 | Full review
Repetitive side activities
- Video Gamer
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The story also suffers as Spider-Man goes on, devoting less time to the quiet, personal stuff in favor of raising the stakes.
- Slant Magazine
September 4, 2018 | Full review
In one sequence of missions, Spidey chases Shocker through the city before a showdown inside a bank, hinting at the game’s potential for rollicking superhero fights. But the opportunity is never capitalised upon. When finally the villains do come out to play, none of them is given enough time or play space to shine.
- The Guardian

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An Overview On Cool Games

Gamers are familiar with all the games on the market. But the same games can get old after a while. Whether you’re looking to ramp up your library or you’re a newer gamer, the good news is that there always seems to be something new on the horizon. In many cases, though, that simply means the latest revamp of an old favorite.

The first thing to look at when you’re shopping for new games is the type of console you have. While many games feature versions for each of the most popular console types, you will find some games that feature cross-platform play functionalities. This means that you can play other people, including your friends, who aren’t on the same gaming console you are. If this is important, look for a game that promises that.

When it comes down to it, you’ll choose a game that features the premise that most appeals to you. You may like role-playing games, where you inhabit a character and take on challenges. Then there are sporting games that have you competing with others to reach a particular goal. Games like “Minecraft” are more about creating things, which is a different type of challenge. Whatever type of game you prefer, you can easily find plenty to choose from, no matter which gaming console you own.

Graphics are also important, particularly if you plan to play on a larger screen. Some games put an emphasis on fancy, vivid graphics, while others stick to a more simplistic design. While many games on the market today will satisfy that craving, some are known for slick, detailed graphic design. This not only gives you pleasing visuals while you play, but it can also make you feel more immersed in the experience.

One small factor you may want to consider is the soundtrack that comes with the game you choose. With some games, you get an audio experience that adds to the fun, including a high-quality selection of music. In a game where you’re spending considerable time on a task, like swinging around a city on a spider web, an entertaining soundtrack can make a big difference.

The Cool Game Buying Guide

  • A game’s premise is a large part of what makes it fun. If you’re into sports games, XBOX ONE’s “Rocket League” may be worth checking out. With “Rocket League,” two teams race around arenas with the goal of getting an oversized ball into a goal. Get enough boosts and your car can practically leave the ground.
  • If you’ve been gaming for a while, you’re probably already familiar with “Minecraft.” PS4’s “Minecraft” continues the popular game by giving you more worlds than ever to explore. “Minecraft” has players breaking blocks, digging and building the world they want. It’s a far more sophisticated version of Legos.
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  • You’re probably already familiar with “Spider-Man,” whether through the games, movies or comic books. PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” brings an original plot with all-new adventures to keep things fresh. But one of the most enjoyable parts of this game is swinging around New York City. You’ll probably find that you’re spending more time swinging than playing, at least initially.
  • Today’s gamers put a lot of weight on how well-designed a game is. This is especially true if you’re trying to make the most of your big-screen TV. If graphics are your priority, PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” or PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” might be the best way to go.
  • PS4’s “Minecraft” continues its tradition of simple graphics. In newer versions, however, the traditional block format is used to create an atmosphere that includes fun forests, mountains and deserts.
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  • PS4’s “Minecraft” includes an extra called a builder toy. This lets you customize your gameplay, including flying and turning off monster damage. This will be a welcome feature if you eventually tire of playing the same game over and over.
  • PS4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is a prime example of how a strong soundtrack can enhance your gaming experience. While you’re enjoying the thrill of swinging around New York City, you’ll get one of the best soundtracks found in gaming.
  • Although the music in PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” stands out, the voice acting is what makes this game unique.
  • Whether you’re new to gaming or you just need a guide through your game, PS4’s “Minecraft” doesn’t disappoint. Simply launch the tutorial and it will help you get started. This is also great for those parents who want to acquaint themselves with the ins and outs of “Minecraft” before letting their children play.
  • PS4’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” also provides ease of use. The controls, menus and interface all make for a great gaming experience.