Spider-Man 2 Review

Sequels often find themselves balancing between the familiar and the new, and Spider-Man 2 is no exception. Following the success of 2020’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the latest installment presents a slightly heftier sequel, with a larger New York City to explore and some welcome enhancements in presentation and gameplay. While it falls comfortably into the “more of the same” category, it’s hard to be disappointed when the core open-world superhero experience is as strong as it is in Insomniac’s Spider-Man series.

A Forced Team-Up:

The pre-release hype for Spider-Man 2 focused heavily on the team-up of Peter Parker and Miles Morales, promising double the fun. However, the execution feels a bit forced. While their complementary powers work well in battle, the characters lack significant gameplay distinctions. The attempted mentor-mentee relationship also falls flat, as each protagonist seems engrossed in their own separate world.

Divergent Drama:

The plot weaves Peter’s story with childhood friend Harry Osborne’s recovery from a mysterious illness, offering a partnership in a world-saving initiative. Miles, on the other hand, grapples with revenge and forgiveness towards Mr. Negative, his father’s killer. The attempt to blend these disparate plotlines feels like two separate games forced together. The superhero comic book melodrama often overshadows the more relatable human psychodrama, creating a tonal whiplash.

Visual and Audio Fluctuations:

The game’s plot inconsistency extends to its visual and audio presentation. While moments of great action cinematography are present, they are followed by awkward character animations and audio issues. The voice acting is commendable, but the overall presentation can feel hackneyed and overwrought.

The Heart of New York:

Spider-Man 2 shines in crafting a compelling virtual New York City. The expansive city, from downtown to suburban areas, feels alive with distinct neighborhoods. The addition of web wings for gliding introduces a new and exhilarating dimension to traversal, making fast travel seem like a missed opportunity to experience the city’s vibrant details.

Utilizing DualSense Features:

As the first PS5-exclusive Spider-Man game, Spider-Man 2 leverages the unique features of the DualSense controller. The haptic feedback and controller audio enhance the gaming experience, although the touchpad’s use for certain menus feels finicky.

Combat Excellence:

While the main storyline may be lacking, Spider-Man 2 excels in delivering thrilling combat and expanding attack options. The game gradually introduces new abilities and enemy types, maintaining a well-paced progression that makes players feel like powerful superheroes.

Conclusion:

Spider-Man 2 doesn’t reinvent the superhero formula established by Insomniac but doesn’t need to. With an expanded and vibrant New York City, exhilarating traversal, and top-notch combat, it offers a compelling gaming experience. Despite its flaws, it’s a worthy addition for fans of the series.

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  • Can feel a tad bit repetitive

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