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87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 116 Critic Reviews

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  1. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Marvel's Spider-Man offers adrenaline rushes but also some free falls. If the incarnation of the Spider is breathtaking in this great playground that is New York, it is legitimate to hope a plot and more inspired missions while the formula is copied and pasted from recent Batman games. Spider-Man PS4 is solid and generous, but it lacks daring and originality.
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Spider-Man's mechanics feel fluid and satisfying enough to keep players engaged throughout the entire campaign. However, your interactions with that world often feel detached, which is at odds with the humanity at the core of Spider-Man's appeal.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Insomniac IS doing a lot of things right with Spider-Man. The superhero feeling is perfect, and fans of Spider-Man will find plenty of references to the universe. But the game lacks something that is difficult to pinpoint. Not many of its ridiculous amount of side missions feel unique, and the main story lacks tension. Spider-Man is a beautiful, charming and creative game, but it's also repetitive and too ambitious for its own good.
  4. 70
    The best Spider-Man game ever made… but only just, since it fails to move the superhero video game genre forward in any important way.
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    68
    Spider-Man is a stark example of an outdated "sandbox game” whose goal is not to entertain but rather preoccupy players, and it uses every cliche in the book to do that.
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    60
    This game shows tremendous love for all things Spider-Man, and the ending packs a punch he would be proud of. But Insomniac relies too much on its hero to elevate the world built around him, with the result that the game wears thin some time before its powerful conclusion.
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  1. Sep 4, 2018
    Spider-Man is happy to confirm your superhero-gaming bias. If this adventure isn't ultimately your cup of tea, it won't be for a lack of effort, polish, and content on Insomniac's part. [Ars Technica Approved]
  2. Sep 4, 2018
    It's insanely fun to swing around Manhattan and fight as Spider-Man, but the game's depth may come up short for players who are looking for more than just fan service.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    Whether a fan of Spider-Man himself, the open-world genre, or action games in general, Marvel’s Spider-Man is an excellent example of each.
  4. Sep 4, 2018
    A rare harmony of developer and licence makes Insomniac's open-worlder a total treat. [Recommended]
  5. Sep 4, 2018
    As a playground for one of the most idiosyncratic superheroes of all time, Marvel’s Spider-Man is sheer bliss. It’s a sandbox platformer first and foremost, and a damn good one. Throughout playing the game I was constantly hounded by the question of whether this—sublime superhero traversal in a gorgeous, idealized version of New York—were enough. After countless hours later spent cleaning up every last icon on the map, I’m convinced they are.
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    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. The action sequences are breathless and memorable, but after the game’s final act I was left wanting more. Just like a summer blockbuster, Spider-Man leaves too much waiting in the wings for its obviously upcoming sequel. [Polygon Recommends]
  7. Sep 4, 2018
    What this new Spider-Man game gets is the spirit of Spidey, his world of friends and foes, and the impossible gymnastics—in all senses of the word—involved with maintaining an alter ego.
  8. Sep 4, 2018
    Perhaps the best Spider-Man game yet made, Marvel’s Spider-Man feels terrific to play and has a near-flawless combat system. Just a shame about the open world busywork tasks and lack of villains. Still, Insomniac made a bloody fine game!
  9. Sep 4, 2018
    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 epic boss battles in Spider-Man rival anything you’ve seen in a Marvel movie, including an absolutely incredible final encounter. I just wish that core wasn’t bogged down by a tragically mundane open-world structure. It’s a game that manages to do one thing really well, but it does it so well that it elevates the whole experience.
  10. Feb 25, 2019
    There’s a wonderful magic to zipping around what feels like a full-size New York, beating up muggers, possessed hitmen and fascist paramilitary forces. The easy-to-master controls, gorgeous graphics and sound design and excellent writing and acting combine to create a game that’s one of the most fun I’ve played in years.
  11. Sep 4, 2018
    Marvel’s Spider-Man feels like the first entry in an ambitious and promising new series. Making it all the more unfortunate it didn’t do more to subvert expectations, or to pay off some of the more exciting possibilities it seemed to be gesturing toward — and it will likely always exist in the shadow of “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” But its masterful web-swinging and its undeniable sense of joy make for an experience that’s more gratifying and eminently replayable than anything seen from a superhero game in years.
  12. Sep 4, 2018
    Spider-Man is at its best when you’re mid-flow. It’s a game that can capture that awesome trance-like feeling where you’re so in tune with the rhythm of swinging and hopping between buildings or dodging, countering and attacking enemies that everything else melts away. That’s when it feels most special, and it’s then that what Insomniac has achieved here is most plain. Much of its design is familiar, but it appears here in a refined, polished form that makes it an easy recommendation.
  13. Sep 4, 2018
    Sure, there are obvious weaknesses to improve on, but importantly, I want to see what happens next with Peter and the people around him. There are some surprisingly bold storytelling decisions in Spider-Man, especially relative to what happens in this genre, and I'm invested in seeing the inevitable fallout. It helps, obviously, that Spider-Man was tremendously fun to play, too.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7358 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    You can feel the love Insomniac put into this game, and it goes a long way.
  2. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    I've been playing it since its release some hours ago, and man! What a beautifully crafted game, graphics, gameplay, audio and story are topI've been playing it since its release some hours ago, and man! What a beautifully crafted game, graphics, gameplay, audio and story are top notch! Truly remarkable. Very few flaws so far, not enough to take you away from such awesome gaming experience. Loving every second of it!

    "The universe does not allow perfection."
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  3. Sep 7, 2018
    2
    Typical open world game, sure it looks great, and plays smooth, but there’s absolutely nothing new here. The same old tired formula, yet theTypical open world game, sure it looks great, and plays smooth, but there’s absolutely nothing new here. The same old tired formula, yet the gaming drones of this generation, lap this trash up like the programmed sheeple they are. Just look at true open world rpg like original sin 2 that gets hardly any credit, and shows just how much the industry is nothing more then “cash for comments”. Spider-Man is just another washed up old tired boring genre of gaming. Full Review »