A Review From Hidai Moya
This has to stand out as some of the best Downloadable Content of the 8th Generation.
“The City That Never Sleeps” continues Spidey’s adventures in New York City, as he pairs up with Black Cat & Silver Sable to take out Hammerhead.
I am so amazed at how Insomniac makes the gameplay feel so fresh & new with its level design & missions (it’s not just the same tasks we already played in the main game). There are some outstanding action set pieces, particularly the final showdown with Hammerhead that are so well made, it makes you feel like a kid again with how cartoonishly fun it is. They also did the right thing by bringing Screwball back, a fantastic secondary villain with joyfully hilarious voice acting.
The writing continues to be as sharp & witty as well, with Spider-Man having, once again, great lines.
This is DLC done right. Quality stuff here.
An Editorial From Rafael Encinas
It is not always easy being a superhero, especially when you end up in an alternate dimension. But this is exactly what happens in Brian Michael Bendis’ exciting Spider-Men (2012) epic in where our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is blasted into Marvel’s Ultimate Universe where he comes face to face with that dimension’s Spider-Man, Miles Morales. With the ever growing popularity of the Miles character, it made sense for the new Spider-Man to meet the OG one. What is awesome is the fact that it is done perfectly in this story. Peter encounters Miles. Shenanigans ensue.
Even reading this story so many years after its initial release, it still holds up as a perfect little Spider-Man story. Though it is only five issues, it tells a well-paced and contained narrative that manages to be both fun and entertaining. As our two spider heroes meet in a hilarious encounter, the tone is automatically set up to be one of fun and wonder. Reading their adventure is an absolute blast because it elicits strong feelings of adventure. It isn’t too serious, and could possibly be described as a fever dream because of the ridiculous concepts; however, it is the first step into their future team-ups.
Both characters are genuine hero archetypes that people can rally behind. They are characters of virtue but are also grounded in the Everyman dynamic. The teacher-student dynamic feels strong, and we witness something that we know is special. But besides delivering this kind of thematic appeal, it also delivers strong artwork that jumps off the page. Sara Pichelli compliments the vivid narrative with strong colors and elegant detail.
To anyone who wants to explore more of the Spider-Man universe and are particularly interested in Miles’ story, I think Spider-Men (2012) is for you. It is non intimidating and one does not need to know much to really delve into the pages. It is for casual fans, and it is meant to be its own one-off story. And this is a good thing because it manages to capture the magic of what makes comics so much fun and meaningful. It is a story of adventure; of family; of passing the torch.
A Review From Hidai Moya
Borrowing heavily from the Ubisoft open world formula, a page from the Rocksteady Arkham games, & a solid dose of its own gaming heritage, Insomniac’s concoction has created not only the definitive Spider-Man game but one of the greatest superhero titles ever.
This thoroughly, consistently, delivered non stop thrills over & over & over again it put me in a state of euphoria unlike any other open world title I’ve played. Spidey’s hypnotic acrobatic web swinging & combat mechanics is pure bliss (he is also so goddamn hilarious not a minute went by where I wasn’t laughing). More impressive still is the fact that this is probably the best incarnation of Peter Paker we’ve seen, including his film incarnations. Dazzling visuals combined with beautiful character moments make this an unforgettable experience. Amazing.