I wikipedia'd Spider-Man console games and apparently the last major console release was back in 2015 with Amazing Spider-Man 2. Yes, a licensed game to one of the more unlikable series of Spider-Man games, as even the Rami trilogy had a lovable pulp of campiness to it. But regardless of the movies, Spider-Man games have had about as long a history of video games as any other modern 2000s franchise of games. I've personally played the PS1 one, Spider-Man 2, and Ultimate Spider-Man before feeling a bit of Spider-burnout.
Getting back into the swing of things has been exhilirating. Every person who sees a Spider-Man game only has one question and that's how the swing mechanics work and Insomniac obviously took a lot of time knowing that this would be the measuring stick against every other Spidey game. Shatter Dimensions and other Spidey games surrounding it were small dissappointments in being more level driven affairs with no major swinging across open worlds. They weren't even bad games in reviews but there was no exciting swinging. But Spider-Man for the PS4 delivers the swings in spades with different moves and techniques to satisfy the most diehard Spider-Man enthusiast. High speed, momentum based swinging, web zips, bounding off perches, running up walls, and even the combat is an amazing expression of Spider-Man's mobility.
Saying it lifts mechanics from Arkham is a serious disservice. My favorite part of combat is dodging towards a wall and sticking to it momentarily before Maximum Spider'ing through a gaggle of thugs. It took me until just now to realize that that move is basically Maximum Spider. You can even do Ultimate Web Throw on enemies. There's a lot to recognize for fighting game fans who follow Pete through the Versus fighting games.
So I've been gushing, but what about you? What are your favorite things about Marvel's Spider-Man for the PS4? The swinging? The selfies? The combat? I hard a had time adjusting to the combat but it's really rewarding to come out on top once I got a hang of all of Peter's different options and learning how to leverage them against some frankly more aggressive AI compared to Arkham. There's nothing quite like webbing up someone so you can web throw them around and clear the street of thugs. Web Swing! Web throw! MAXIMUM SPIDER!