Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man is one of the best PlayStation 4 releases of 2018 and undoubtedly the best Spider-Man game of all time. Since its launch the studio has supported the title with DLC that includes extra story missions and, more importantly, brand new outfits for everyone’s favourite web slinger. Thus far we’ve had the Spider-Clan outfit from Marvel’s Mangaverse, Spider-UK from Edge of Spider-Verse, and numerous other cool costumes. It’s been great.
However, we’ve now hit a bit of rough spot with Spidey outfit releases. In the newest update for the PS4 game, Sony and Insomniac will include the suit from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, in which Peter Parker and his crime fighting alter-ego were played by absolute charisma void Tobey Maguire.
For those that grew up with these movies and enjoyed them, this is great news and I’m happy for them; they get to cut about New York in a Spidey outfit they know and love. And it’s free, so you really can’t complain.
But I can complain. And I will. Because, unfortunately, for many others out there this only serves to remind us of that sad six-year period where everyone was so desperate for a superhero movie that didn’t make them embarrassed to be comic book fan that they doublethinked themselves into believing that trilogy was good. It wasn’t.
At most the entire Raimi series had one or two moments that were exciting and Alfred Molina was ok as Doctor Octopus, I guess. For the most part though, those movies were awkward, cheesy, and completely failed to look beyond the surface of what makes Spidey interesting. And you cannot kiss someone while upside down and have a good time; it feels as bad as it looks.
Complaining aside, Insomniac has done a great job in rendering the suit in-game, based on the screenshot above. It’s a cool looking outfit and the webbed design makes it distinct in the lineup of many, many costumes that have existed over the years. Now that there’s a good Peter Parker wearing it, it can actually be done some justice.
Spider-Man was released for PS4 in September and, in his review, Edmond Tran awarded it a 9/10. «Minor shortcomings don’t detract from Insomniac’s achievement in creating a game that feels like an authentic interpretation of a beloved creation,» he said. «The feeling of embodying Spidey and using his abilities is astonishing, and the time spent on exploring its major characters help make its story feel heartfelt, despite superhero bombast.
«There have been open-world Spider-Man games before, but none so riveting and full of personality, none that explore and do justice to this many facets of the universe. Insomniac has created a superior Spider-Man experience that leaves a lasting impression, one that has you longing for just one more swing around New York City, even after the credits roll.»
The next major DLC release for Spider-Man on PS4 is Silver Lining, which launches on December 21 and will wrap up the City That Never Sleeps story arc. As the name indicates, Silver Sable will play a big part in this chapter, as she’s not very happy that Hammerhead has been stealing her weapons.