8 Best Spider-Man Games Released for Consoles and PC
Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s most popular heroes and has been linked to the world of games since 1982 when he had his first title released. In these 40 years, Friendly Neighborhood has received many games for different platforms. To help you choose a game or bring back memories of good times, we’ve compiled a list of the 8 best Spider-Man games released for consoles and PC.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows presents an open world with many activities and takes on a more serious plot at the moment when Eddie Brock’s symbiote decides to act on its own and develops a plan that results in an invasion of symbiotes that dominate the bodies of the symbiotes. New York residents.
The chaotic situation forces heroes and villains to cooperate, guaranteeing many cameos like Luke Cage, Moon Knight, and Wolverine. The game even has a version of Wolverine dominated by a symbiote.
Combat is fast-paced, and the ability to switch between Spidey’s normal suit and the dark suit with symbiote powers ensures various movement in fights. In addition, the combinations of normal moves with stunts using the webs make the experience fun. Anyone with a reasonable skill level could finish off large groups of enemies using aerial combos without touching the ground.
Spider-Man 2: Enter the Electro (2001)
Spider-Man 2: Enter the Electro honed the success formula of the first game and implemented new gameplay elements such as the “aim lock” system to increase shooting accuracy and a movement that allowed throwing objects or disarming enemies using webs.
The game underwent delays in its release due to the attack on the World Trade Center towers in 2001. The game’s last phase would occur precisely in the buildings, but the game’s production had already been completed when the incident occurred. With this problem, Vicarious Visions had to return to the project and replace the World Trade Center with generic buildings.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Platforms: PS2, Xbox, and GameCube
Not to be confused with the previous title, as this Spider-Man 2 is based on the second film starring actor Tobey Maguire. The game had an open world with lots of activities and nice visuals for the time, and, despite being based on the movie, it still had a subplot involving Black Cat. However, the highlight of the title was its web swing mechanics.
Their webs needed to be fixed on something so the hero could be transported through the scenarios, which was very good for the game. The jumping and shooting system based on the time of pressing the buttons gave the feeling of being the Spider-Man of the movies, making the experience very rewarding. It seems silly to mention it these days, but in 2004 these mechanics were a massive innovation.
If you’re in your 30s, you probably played Spider-Man on the first Playstation. The title produced by Neversoft, the same studio as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, was remarkable for placing Spider-Man in a 3D world with much greater dimensions and a level of freedom that had not been seen in previous generations.
The cutscenes and dialogues full of the character’s characteristic humor were a highlight that helped to recognize the hero’s personality. These factors linked to the competent combat system, a huge amount of extra content, and the presence of iconic villains like Venom, Carnage, and Doctor Octopus made the game a success.
The final confrontation was tense and memorable; after all, it’s not every day that we see the union of the Carnage symbiote with Doctor Octopus. Seriously, there’s no way to forget this!
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005)
Platform: PS2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC
Ultimate Spider-Man was based on the stories of the Ultimate Universe. Although it had Peter Parker as Spider-Man, it featured different versions of characters from the traditional universe, known as Universe 616.
Because it is an alternative universe, Treyarch took the opportunity to escape realism by using a cel-shading look, making the game almost an interactive comic.
To get better, it was possible to play with Venom, which despite being stronger and using different skills, needed to feed during the phases not to get weak. This created a dynamic of urgency that made games played with the anti-hero different from those played with Spider-Man.
This game reminds me of Treyarch’s creativity and how interesting it would be to see the studio producing something beyond the Call of Duty series.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010)
Platforms: PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions might not be top of the list, but it’s a big deal for the hero. The game, produced by the Beenox studio and released in 2010, put four different versions of Web-Head to save the world while interacting through different dimensions.
We control Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man (still with the symbiote), Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Man 2099 in a plot that requires the cooperation of heroes across universes. In addition, each hero has unique gameplay. For example, Spider-Man Noir has his gameplay focused on stealth by taking advantage of the dark environments of his world, while Spider-Man 2099 uses super technological gadgets.
Combat resembles the freeflow style of the Batman Arkham series, and the use of cel-shading was a wise choice, as the title remains pleasing to the eye even after more than a decade of its release.
A curiosity: screenwriter Dan Slott was so influenced by the game’s narrative that in 2014 he developed the “Spiderverse” saga in the comics, which in turn, adapted into the excellent animation released in theaters in 2018.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018)
Platforms: PS4 and PS5
Spider-Man received good titles while Activision had the right to use the character in games, but Marvel’s Spider-Man, produced by Insomniac Games, took the games to another level.
The representation of a beautiful and massive version of New York, together with well-developed animations, makes you feel like Peter Parker as you shoot webs, move around the city, and face criminals.
The story works well, the characters are charismatic, and the combats are agile, full of effects, and have a good variety of combos, so they don’t get repetitive.
The game was a public and critical success. However, some sessions slow down and extend the adventure a little more than they should, which can generate in some players that feeling of fatigue, an evil of many open-world games. For that reason alone, Marvel’s Spider-Man didn’t top the list, but without it, we wouldn’t have been number one.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020)
Platforms: PS5 and PS4
Spider-Man: Miles Morales was going to be an expansion of Marvel’s Spider-Man, but it ended up becoming a standalone game and one of the first PS5 games to be announced. Despite sharing the same DNA, you can see how Insomniac sought to fix some issues with the 2018 title.
Even with a shorter duration, the studio created an agile script, making Miles a captivating character. Although similar to the 2018 game, its gameplay takes the opportunity to explore Miles’ unique abilities, such as the use of electrical discharges and the possibility of becoming invisible, making the game have its way of presenting challenges.
These factors reduced some repetitive missions, making Spider-Man: Miles Morales a leaner game, which uses time better to take the player to what matters and finish at his peak. That’s why Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes first place.