PS4-exclusive ’Spider-Man’ arrives in 2018

Here's our first (lengthy) look at the webslinger in action.
Nathan Ingraham
N. Ingraham|06.12.17

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Nathan Ingraham
June 12, 2017 10:07 PM
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The history of Spider-Man games is filled with highs and lows. For every Spider-Man 2, there's a Spider-Man: Edge of Time, an initially promising but ultimately lackluster outing. Sony hopes to change that with a new Spider-Man game developed by Insomniac. We've known that it's in development, but today we got a much better look through some extended gameplay at Sony's E3 press conference.

In a lot of ways, what Sony showed off was very reminiscent of the Batman: Arkham series of games. There's plenty of Spider-Man stealth-attacking baddies from above, zipping from building to building with his web, and doing a bunch of fun-looking ground-based fights. There's just something about the combination that really brings the Batman games to mind.

But naturally, Spidey has a few custom tricks up his sleeve, as seen in a wonderful sequence near the end of the footage shown today. His agility and speed were on full display as he escaped a collapsing crane, and the Spidey-Sense slows things down while you're in combat so you have time to make additional moves. Indeed, as the footage unfolded, the game really started to set itself apart -- the action started moving really quickly, in a way could only happen thanks to Spider-Man.

Of course, it's a much brighter and more comedic world, in tune with the sensibilities of Spider-Man. And you have the city of New York to play around in, though it wasn't clear from this gameplay how much of the city you could explore.

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Unfortunately, there's no real release date other than "2018," so fans will need to just wait this one out. But Sony left us with one last tease: a peek at Miles Morales, who looked admiringly at the work Spider-Man did in the gameplay footage. Whether or not he's the man behind the mask remains to be seen, though.

Nick Summers contributed to this story.

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