After two hours of hands-on time with Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game, I came away more than impressed. Gameplay systems feel like they’ve been tweaked to near perfection, while swinging around New York City as one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes is an absolute treat. I’m a bit worried about repetition down the line with some of the side missions on offer and general combat, though a lot of what I played throughout my time with the game genuinely blew me away.
Something James Stevenson, Community Director of Insomniac Games, mentioned throughout the preview session was that the team wanted to nail the feeling of having Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s worlds collide. And that can be seen in the way a range of key characters find themselves interacting with one another, and the situations that stem from that. Mary Jane Watson, for instance, is now an up and coming investigative journalist for the Daily Bugle, and there’re times where she might run into Spidey on her adventures trying to track down stories for the paper. Their relationship is noticeably different to what we’ve seen in Spider-Man’s big screen outings, and initial impressions suggest this changes up the pace wonderfully well.
The same can be said about one of the game’s key villains, Martin Li (aka Mister Negative), as well. A fascinating addition to the character roster, Mister Negative also plays an important role in both Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s worlds, though I’ll save the intricacies and details in fear of spoiling too much.