What a generation it has been, full of incredible stories and countless incredible games that have kept players company for hours upon hours. It’s no secret that we at Press Start love our gaming and there has been a lot to love over the last console cycle.
In that time we’ve awarded five Game of the Year awards, given a perfect 10 to fourteen games, and reviewed a lot of others. We’re here to continue our countdown towards the Press Start Game of the Generation.
For an overview of the rules we set for ourselves in determining this top ten, click here.
#6 – Marvel’s Spider-Man
There are two games that released this generation that made world-traversal a genuine treat: Sunset Overdrive and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Of course, Insomniac Games is the common thread there as their take on Peter Parker stands out as not only the best videogame iteration of the web-slinger, but it stands as one of the best superhero games of all-time.
With a supporting character like the city of New York, slinging through the city’s high rise is an undeniable treat. Though it learns plenty from its Arkham contemporaries, Marvel’s Spider-Man is a robust, jam-packed superhero tale that wouldn’t be out of place on the big screen. Plus, there’s more fan service than you can shake a stick at.
With its follow-up, Spider-Man: Miles Morales set to usher in the launch of the PlayStation 5, it’s no secret that Sony understands the great power they hold with such a note-perfect exclusive. It’s their responsibility to use it.
“It’s hard to fault Marvel’s Spider-Man as Insomniac has taken their game to the next level. As a developer, they have gone from strength to strength and Spider-Man is a culmination of their past hits. There’s a stunning verticality that compliments the game’s watertight mechanics and, despite the literal boundaries, still makes the city seem boundless. If you’re a Marvel die-hard, there’s enough fanfare here to sink a ship as Spider-Man emerges as the new gold standard. Spider-Man is, without question, the best superhero game ever.”