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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Game Review


Overview of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. The game will be released exclusively for PlayStation 5 on October 20, 2023. Here are some key details about the game:

  • Players can freely switch between controlling Peter Parker and Miles Morales while web-swinging across New York City. Both characters have unique powers, suits, and storylines.
  • The game features an expanded open world map, including the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. This doubles the size of the playable area compared to the first game.
  • Venom and Kraven the Hunter are the main antagonists. The story will explore the themes of transformation and what it means to be a hero.
  • Over 65 suits will be available, including the Symbiote suit that gives Peter tendril attacks. Miles has a unique bio-electricity power.
  • Improved combat with new moves, gadgets, and suit powers for both Spider-Men. Environmental attacks and dodging have been added.

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Gameplay Features and Mechanics

Here are some of the key gameplay features that have been revealed for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2:

  • Web-Swinging – Enhanced web-swinging mechanics and physics allow for greater speed, momentum, and aerial control.
  • Web Wings – A new gadget that lets players glide through the air at high speeds for longer distances. Useful for traversal and chasing objectives.
  • Wall-Running – Both Spider-Men can now run up and along walls for a short distance without having to web zip or jump.
  • Venom Powers – When wearing the Symbiote suit, Peter gains tendril attacks and other new combat abilities.
  • Bio-Electricity – Miles can harness bio-electric energy for powerful ranged attacks and crowd control abilities.
  • Gadgets – There are 12 available gadget slots now, with new options like the Upshot web-shooting drone. Gadgets recharge faster in combat.
  • Suits – Over 65 suits to unlock, each with a unique suit power. The Iron Spider suit now has metal legs for Peter by default.
  • Stealth – Additional stealth options include camouflage, distractions, and hanging from ceilings. AI has been improved to make stealth viable and challenging.
  • Accessibility – Lots of accessibility options to customize the experience, including difficulty settings, HUD options, button mapping, text-to-speech, and more.

Story and Characters

Here are some key details about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s story and characters:

  • Peter Parker – Now an experienced Spider-Man, Peter trains Miles while struggling to balance his personal life and superhero responsibilities.
  • Miles Morales – Recently gained powers, Miles completes his Spider-Man training under Peter while navigating high school life.
  • Mary Jane Watson – Peter’s ex-girlfriend and confidant returns, now working as an investigative reporter in the city.
  • Venom – The sinister symbiote takes a new host, granting immense power at the cost of control. Their identity and motives are a mystery.
  • Kraven the Hunter – Sergei Kravinoff arrives in New York seeking to hunt down Spider-Man and other animalistic villains like Lizard.
  • Harry Osborn – Peter’s best friend returns after being absent to receive treatment for a terminal illness. His fate is unknown.
  • Norman Osborn – The former head of Oscorp and Green Goblin remains imprisoned, but still influences events and people from behind bars.
  • Wraith – A new female villain wearing advanced technology is hunting the Wall-Crawler, for reasons unknown.

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Differences Between Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2

Map Size and Layout

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 map is nearly double the size of the original game, now including Queens and Brooklyn in addition to Manhattan.
  • The new boroughs will feature more residential neighborhoods that contrast with the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan.
  • Notable new locations include Peter Parker’s hometown of Forest Hills in Queens and Miles Morales’ school, Visions Academy.
  • The expanded map allows for new scenarios like battles across the East River between boroughs.

Environmental Interactions

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will feature more environmental interactions while swinging, like lampposts, cars, train carriages etc. to make the city feel more alive.
  • The first game had some unique interactions like yanking fire escapes, but these were uncommon discoveries.
  • More interactions will encourage players to creatively traverse the city and engage with the environment.

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NPCs and City Life

  • The PS5 hardware will allow for more NPCs and crowds, creating a busier, more lifelike city.
  • Different neighborhoods will have distinct feels – Peter’s hometown in Queens vs the Manhattan skyscrapers.
  • More NPC variety and activities will make the world feel more dynamic and lived-in.

Visual Enhancements

  • Ray-traced reflections, enhanced lighting, additional VFX in the PS5 Fidelity mode.
  • Higher pedestrian density and overall level of detail with the PS5 hardware.
  • New weather effects possible like the snow in Miles Morales.
  • Improved draw distances allow for faster web-swinging speeds.

The expanded map, new boroughs, enhanced NPCs and interactions, and next-gen visuals will create a more immersive, lifelike open world in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

With an expanded cast of characters, new villains, and deeper combat, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be an ambitious sequel that builds on the strong foundations of the original game. Fans will soon get to experience the continuing adventures of Spider-Man when the game swings onto PS5 on October 20, 2023.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Game Review
The Final Word
The sequel features both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as playable protagonists, as they face off against classic Spider-Man villains like Venom and Kraven the Hunter across an expanded open world map of New York City.