Typically, SDCC is headlined by guest panels and trailers for upcoming movies. While this still may be true, the gaming community will be drawn to one of the most anticipated games of this upcoming year. Since the announcement for Insomniac and Marvel Games’ Spider-Man came at 2016’s E3, gamers have been chomping at the bit to get hands-on with everybody’s favorite neighborhood superhero.
As a lifelong gamer and Spider-Man fan, I can tell you that I have played every single title involving Peter Parker. Every. Single. One. Before you respond with “so?” I will remind you that there are fifteen titles with the web-slinger in the starring role. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I played all of them in order. I’m not going to pretend to have finished all of them. What I do promise is that I have played enough of all of them to have an informed opinion on what works and what does not. So here are some of the things I want to see coming out of SDCC from Insomniac, Marvel, and the newest iteration of Spidey on the PS4.
TELL ME A STORY:
The best Spider-Man games that I have played have their own story. Titles like Shattered Dimensions,Web of Shadows, and Edge of Time provided gamers with something new. These games understood that most of the people playing these titles had, at the very least, a working knowledge of Spider-Man lore and story arcs. Being able to play a new story kept me engaged, kept me wondering who was going to show up next to either help me or harm me. If you boil it down, the best Spider-Man titles also have ACTUAL comic writers at the helm. Names like Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Peter David (Edge of Time) have all lent their talents to the genre, and the games have all been better for it. Like anything else, story is king in video games. Of course, the one exception to this is Spider-Man 2 for Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube but even then the plot of the game was only loosely based around the plot of the movie and most of the time you were free to play that game how you wanted.