If you been following online, you would know that I am fan of anime/manga, movies, video games and comic books. If I am not watching anime, I am either writing, reading a comic book or even playing video games. In comic books or even watching a comic book movie, I am a huge fan of Marvel and DC comics. Whether it is either Avengers, X-Men, Batman or even watching TV shows like Daredevil or Arrow, I like superheroes. If you don’t know this, my favorite superhero in Marvel is Spider-Man. I don’t know exactly how did I fall in love with this webbed hero, but there is something different about him that makes him unique. I remember hearing a short documentary from Stan Lee saying that Spider-Man wasn’t someone like Batman or Iron Man who was wealthy popular, more or less, he started off as an average nerd who couldn’t get a date to the prom. Looking at Spider-Man in a different perspective, I still hold on to my opinion that Spider-Man is a great Marvel hero. It has a great origin story and his character as Peter Parker is can be relatable. What makes him even special is that Stan Lee made this character and made him for us that anyone can wear a mask and be a hero
“it always fits, eventually”
Stan Lee from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Before I get sidetracked, the reason I am writing this post is because I want to share my gaming experience and tell you all about the games I played involving Spider-Man. With Spider-Man: Far From Home a month a way and E3 coming next week, I want to talk about the Spider-Man games I played in the past and even to this year. As far I know, Spider-Man appeared in video games more than the Avengers and I see him as popular as Batman in the DC comics. I was inspired to do this post after watching the video Johnny vs. Spider-Man.
Here are the Spider-Man games I played. Also, please support and donate to my Ko-fi.
Spider-Man & X-Men : Arcade’s Revenge (SNES 1992)
As a kid, I used to play the SNES and NES all the time whenever I get free time. I had no idea who was the X-Men or even the villain Arcade, but I did like playing as Spider-Man. Before Marvel dealt with movie licenses like Disney, Fox and Sony, Marvel enjoyed doing crossovers with superheroes like having Spider-Man team up with the X-Men or Fantastic Four fighting the Hulk or even Hulk fights Wolverine. In this game, Spider-Man swings into action and tries to free the X-Men members (Wolverine, Storm, Gambit and Cyclops) from the villainous Arcade. After you complete the first level, you have the option to pick one of the X-Men or even stick with Spider-Man. I never completed this game because it was hard, but I never got tired of playing as Spider-Man.
Spider-Man (PS1 2000)
I didn’t own this game, but I did borrow this from a neighbor. This is another great game I enjoyed playing back in the PS1 era. Like previously mentioned, this wasn’t based on any of the movies and it was an original story that really gave fans what they wanted. This was the first 3D Spider-Man video game. This game had a great story with action and comedy elements, characters from the Marvel universe and sweet fanservice like having the ability to use any of the Spider-Man costumes. The greatest fanservice was letting Marvel CEO Stan Lee narrate the game. In this game Spider-Man has to fight against his greatest foes after being framed for a crime has didn’t do. He meets characters like Black Cat, Venom (who is described as a brute and idiot) and even other villains like Doc Ock and Carnage. I used to love fighting bad guys and watching the cutscenes. I do remember the infamous last level where you are being chased by Monster Ock. Monster Ock was Doc Ock being controlled by the Carnage Symbiote. In the last level, you have to escape from Doc Ock’s base in which everything is getting destroyed and to make matters worse, you are being chased by a creepy screaming symbiote villain. This game was amazing and I would love to see this game get ported for PS4. Unfortunately, I never played the sequel game Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.
Spider-Man (2002 GameCube)
Based on the Raimi movies, Activision gives players the ability to play as Tobey Maguire Spider-Man and protect New York. As a way to promote the movie, Activision created this game and lets us play as the webslinger and fight villains like Green Goblin, Shocker and even Vulture. This game felt a bit like the PS1 version, but in a same way, it wasn’t. You didn’t get access to fan favorite costumes and you could only unlock small costumes like Peter Parker, Wrestling outfit and even an Alex Ross Spider-Man costume. You could even unlock the ability to play as Harry Osborn Green Goblin. If you didn’t know, Josh Keaton, the voice of Spider-Man in Spectacular Spider-Man, was going to be the voice of Spider-Man but he got replaced with Tobey. Instead, he voiced Harry Osborn. This game tutorial didn’t have Stan Lee but we did get Bruce Campbell. I don’t know much about him, but I like how he is funny. I used to love fighting the Green Goblin and hearing Spider-Man taunt him or even beat him up in midair. This game had many cheat codes and I abused it. There is one cheat code that was removed in later copies of Spider-Man where you can play as Mary Jane. Reason they removed it because in the end of the game, you kiss Mary Jane and if you have the cheat code, it looks like MJ is kissing herself. I was one of the few people who had this cheat code and I didn’t find out about this controversy until later.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 PS2)
Taking a break from the movies, Ultimate Spider-Man is a video game based on the Ultimate comic books created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Not to be confuse, this is not the same Ultimate Spider-Man from the Disney XD cartoon show that aired on April 2012. What makes this game superior “amazing”, is that the game tries to imitate the comic book by the graphics. You can also switch characters and be either Spider-Man or Venom. Venom was really the highlight of the game. When you’re not doing the story, you can wreck havoc in New York by crushing cops and trying to survive against Shield Agents. You were also able to interact with other Marvel characters in side missions or main story. In Spider-Man, you can race with your best friend and rival Johnny Storm as the Human Torch or be Venom and fight against the Wolverine, Logan. I wish there was a Venom game where you can create destruction.
Spider-Man 3 (2007 Wii)
Unfortunately, I never got the chance to play Spider-Man 2 and experience the first time playing an open world video game. Reason being is probably because of two reasons. Reason 1: I had a low attention span. Whenever I see a new game, my attention goes to that new game. For example, I wanted this game as a kid, but then when I saw a new game come out, I forget about Spider-Man 2 and focus on the new game. Reason 2: I didn’t have a job and the only way I could get games is from asking my parents. I got Spider-Man 3 along with Sonic and the Secret Rings for my Wii. In this game, I got to experience the open world of New York as Spider-Man. Unlike the PS3 version, in the Wii version, I was able to fight against the anti character Morbius. Spider-Man for the Wii was a pretty cool experience because I can use the Wii motion to swing with both right and left hand. Unfortunately, this game wasn’t great overall because you couldn’t keep the black suit after you complete the game. The only wait to get it back is buy collecting 100 Spider tokens through New York. Just like the game Infamous, I need one more token but I couldn’t find it and I gave up.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008 Wii)
In my opinion, this game was one of the best Spider-Man games I ever played. Once again, it wasn’t a movie adaptation but it was more of an original story. In this game, players was able to switch between the classic red Spider-Man costume or embrace the alien powers of the black suit Symbiote Spider-Man. What makes this game different is combat. You can fight your enemies on the ground, air and even on the walls! This game cranked up the fanservice by adding in more Marvel characters. We had Spider-Man interacting with Wolverine, Black Cat, Luke Cage and even Moon Knight. Another cool thing about this game is that the main focus of the game is the alien, symbiotes. Whomever was captured by these aliens, become an insanely powerful monster. We got to see symbiote versions of characters like Wolverince, Vulture and Black Cat. This game even gave us a moral choice feature that affects the game’s story. You could be the typical nice guy Spider-Man or be a jerk with the symbiote suit. This game had two endings and you can access them by completing the game more than once and deciding on which path you take.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 PS4)
It wasn’t Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4, but I got this game as an appetizer. I did a review on this game years ago if you want to read it. Based on Webb’s movie and a sequel to the game, Spider-Man jumps into action and tries to find out who killed his uncle while also dealing with dangerous enemies like Kraven, Wilson Fisk and Carnage. This game juggled around and tried to follow the movie and also try to be an original story. Instead of Gwen Stacy, we got Black Cat. Instead of having Electro or Harry Green Goblin as a final boss, we got Carnage. We did get Stan Lee in this game and he owns a comic book store where you play minigames or read classic comic books featuring iconic villains. The game even had a hero menace system where if you didn’t protect New York, cops would go after you and call you a menace to New York. This game was fun while it lasted and it’s not a game I would recommend. It was very repetitive and the game’s graphics for a PS4 felt more like a port. It makes no difference if you got this game on PS4 or PS3. The boss fights had the most easiest pattern and if you did play it on hard mode, it wasn’t very challenging. You can even watch my gameplay playlist I made years ago.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018 PS4)
This is a game that was worth the wait. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 was a game that made us feel like we’re Spider-Man. This game gave us an original story with many iconic characters that we know and love. We had characters like Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Otto Octavius, Miles Morales and Norman Osborn. You got fight enemies like Wilson Fisk, Mister Negative and Shocker. You can even unlock costumes like Tony Stark’s Spider-Suit from the MCU movies or play as Spider-Man Noir. In the DLC, you meet characters like Black Cat and Hammerhead. You also get DLC costumes like Spider-Verse Spider-Man and Civil War Spider-Man. The game’s story feels as if you were watching a MCU movie and a story from a comic book. It also included a Stan Lee cameo and it’s always a pleasure to see him appear in this game. You can read my reviews for the game and the DLC story down below. I do want to do a spoiler review eventually.
That’s the end of this Spider post. What about you? What kind of Spider-Man games have you played before? Do you have any favorites or do remember your least favorite?