After a long wait, the new Spider-Man game for PS4 has swung its way into players’ hands and into many a fan’s heart. Being heralded as possibly the best superhero game since 2009’s legendary Batman: Arkham Asylum from Rock Steady, the buzz around old Web-head’s latest console arrival could not be buzzier. Loaded with classic supervillains, intuitive gameplay, and outstanding production values, it has become an instant contender for a game of the year award.
One of the most talked-about side-stories of Peter Parker’s latest PlayStation extravaganza is all the many suits he can collect. Drawing from the comics, movies, and even video game history, there are no less than 28 suits to unlock in this adventure, and each one has its own character in terms of fashion and power-ups. To be fair, Insomniac Games pulled out all the stops when it comes to the over two dozen costume choices.
They can’t all be winners, unfortunately. There are those that look really cool but add literally nothing to the power column. Then there are those that are hard to look at but have serious level-up abilities that just blow the bad guys away. Your mileage may vary, but after carefully taking each version of Peter Parker’s gear into consideration, we have identified the good, the bad and the ugly. There are also one or two suits that simply check every box of greatness! Ready to get your web-shooters spinning?
Here’s Every Spider-Man PS4 Costume, Ranked Worst To Best.
28 ESU Suit
The ESU Suit is just a college kid sporting a school sprit T-Shirt he bought at the university bookstore, with a cheap Spider-Man Halloween mask on. Seriously, anybody wanting to check out this hackneyed fashion choice merely needs to troll around the campus of any secondary education campus in the late weeks of October.
Uninspired and utterly forgettable, this one doesn’t even have powers!
Not only that, but players have to uncover a secret challenge to acquire it. This is the ultimate “who cares?” for gamers, unless they are obsessive completists who must unlock all suits.
27 Homemade Suit
Some may think this is blasphemy, but out of all the homespun versions of Peter Parker’s original attempt to make a Spider-Man outfit, the one from Spider-Man: Homecoming is truly the most unappealing of all, looking more like something Aunt May would sew in her final days at a nursing home. We could really do without being forced to look at it.
And the power-up? There is no power-up. There are only our damaged eyes, quickly losing our vision health bar to this, an unstoppable assault against players’ senses.
26 Spider-Punk Suit
Anybody who thought cashing in on the “punk rock craze” a full 40 years after the fact was some kind of a good idea for a gimmick was simply grasping at straws. Creating yet another lame alternate universe Spider-Man-- one who slings a guitar and hits the mosh pit-- it looks pretty much like what your parents think a punk rock hero would be.
Another holdover from the comics, the “righteous sound” power-up may be somewhat effective but sounds anything but righteous.
25 Scarlet Spider
Here’s another awful design from the comics come again to plague the video game world.
It’s not just that this costume is downright ugly.
It also reminds us of one of the more convoluted loose threads from the “Spider-Clone” saga, one of the most unsatisfying storylines in the published history of the character.
Between all the Peters, Gwens and other carbon copies left behind by arch-villain The Jackal, the New York hero infrastructure was loaded up with more Spider-drama than fans could hack! The power is yet another “clone” (actually an illusion) which distracts and stuns foes. Yawn.
24 Dark Suit
Now this suit is definitely a nice-looking design. It takes how we see Spider-Man and adds a night-prowling, almost ninja type of flair. This is an outfit that would totally fit at a rave, at Fashion Week, and when fighting crime.
Why has it been ranked so low? Because there are no power-ups here.
All the player gets is some eye candy. It seems to us that this choice is a missed opportunity for a truly cool and unique ability to be combined with a stunningly handsome set of threads.
23 Spider Armor Mk III
Remember how the Velocity Suit looked like a bad repainted action figure? Now think of a cheap unlicensed knock-off of the same figure, with clumsy accents added to make it look pointlessly distinct while degrading the overall design in the name of reducing production costs. That’s what this Spider Armor Mk III outfit looks like.
The power? Bullets bounce off and fly back at shooters-- except for snipers. It’s a minor step up from the far better-looking Mk II, and as such, we feel no need to subject ourselves to its ugliness.
Now it’s time for some bottom-drawer, really childish comedy relief-- but we can’t help it, it’s pretty funny! Yes, it’s Spider-Man in his underwear, ladies and gentlemen! And yes, he wears briefs with a pattern of his own head!
The joke wears thin fast, however, and players soon find they wish they could just get the kid to put on some pants. The power-up is pretty heavy, though: an “equalizer” ability that takes foes out with one blow. Cool, right? Except that the power can be reciprocal against you, too. That’s a major trade-off and not really worth being forced to look at those gangly legs for so long.
21 Velocity Suit
Take the classic Spidey suit, make it out of molded plastic with trenching cuts at the shoulders, and basically make it look like a hastily-painted Stormtrooper figure from the Kenner Star Wars line, and you get the Velocity Suit.
Folks, this one is hard cheese-- best stored in the closet rather than out for display.
The powers are fun – basically The Flash’s speed abilities – but this is just so not Spider-Man at all, that it’s distracting. We can get just about any video game hero to run faster somehow. This generic choice drifts too far from the mythos that makes us love playing the character.
20 Spider-Man 2099 Black
Make it go away! Why have only one variant of the 2099 design when we can also have the eye-straining original?
The “black” version (looks blue to us) of the suit is, in fact, the design which besmirched the debut issue of Spider-Man 2099 back in 1992 and has been haunting us ever since in one form or another. Is it worth it to endure this eyesore in exchange for the power-ups? The anti-grav ability gained has its uses, but we could easily live without it and the trade-off between crime-fighting and fashion crime puts this one out of pocket.
19 Spider-Man 2099 White Suit
Once again, a spider-suit design from an extremely divisive version of the wall crawler. Spider-Man 2099 was a '90s take on the hero about 100 years into the future. It’s not Peter Parker this time, but Miguel O’Hara. As part of a larger “2099” line from Marvel Comics, origins are all-new, as are many powers and conflicts.
Over the years, the different tales may vary in quality, but this basic costume design remains almost unbearably unappealing. The power, however – a concussive blast – is pretty sweet, so we will squint at the screen while we dispatch villains with great satisfaction.
18 Wrestler Suit
Many fans have a soft spot for the “Wrestler Suit” based on the first Spider-Man movie back when Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker. Highly reminiscent of that debut film appearance, it harkens back to that moment when the newly-powered hero sought to make a buck using his arachnid abilities to win a local wrestling contest.
There’s nothing wrong with the look here, but it’s pretty unexciting.
That goes for the power-ups, too. Being able to snag bad guys without webs is helpful, but not something we look forward to using.
17 Electrically Insulated Suit
Honestly, this is one ugly, ugly suit. It looks more like a roller derby team uniform or maybe the gear for a game of Jump Ball in Starship Troopers. Originally designed in the comics for a showdown against Electro, the insulated suit is not supposed to be a prize winner. Thick electricity-resistant material isn’t meant for fashion magnate, but the patchy color scheme is no good.
However, the power-up does charge up Spidey’s fists for some punching fury, so it’s definitely worth having for the fighting abilities.
16 Spirit Spider Suit
This variation is just out of left field, not Spider-Man-like at all, and imbues Petey with magical powers of the damned.
Yes, it can be a very useful feature to take out baddies with mana-style “Spirt Fire” attacks, but tt feels like an entirely different personality that has nothing to do with ol’ Webhead, even if this did first appear in the comics.
15 Stealth ("Big Time") Suit
This may be somewhat divisive, but the “Big Time” storyline in the comics introduced this particular Spidey-suit – and many fans absolutely love it. Many others also totally hate it. Either way, we must recognize that a legitimate constituency of geeks are ga-ga for tire-tread design that kicks fisherman boots accents on the upper thighs and a green-glowing spider emblem.
Who are we to judge? The stealth power is fairly cool – it hides you from most enemies – but not if they’re altered, so it’s ineffective against the more powerful supervillains.
14 Noir Suit
In one of the many alternate universe storylines in the comics, Spider-Man actually appears not in modern times but back during the Great Depression. As such, this “noir” look is inspired by heroes from stories like The Rocketeer and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
It’s not a totally ugly outfit, but it just feels so un-Spidey.
The power-up is effective but kind of subtle: a “sounds of silence” mode prevents thugs for calling for backup. It’s good, but not really one of the better bells and whistles in the game.
13 Stark Suit
Avid moviegoers who just can’t get enough of the Marvel Cinematic universe will recognize the so-called “Stark Suit," pne of many on this list designed by Tony Stark. Serving as the debut wardrobe for Peter Parker’s initiation into the MCU, it was first seen in Captain America: Civil War.
While we may all love seeing this one in action, the power-up is kind of lame. It’s the so-called “Spider-Bro,” a mechanical buddie who helps zap the bad guys. Still, it doesn't too far in the rankings because we love this look!
12 Vintage Comic Book Suit
Sometimes, it’s not the overall effect of a costume design that helps us love an alternate suit, but just the effort to add an unexpected quirk to an otherwise “serious” gaming experience. Based on the very first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15, this one actually looks like a Silver Age 4-color comic book character.
It’s straight-up homage with the very best of intentions, even if it ultimately looks goofy against the modern-style backgrounds.
The power-up is cheesy one-liner jokes that are so terrible, enemies are momentarily stunned!
Come on, that’s a whole lot of OG Spider-love right there!
11 Advanced Suit
A variant of Spider-Man’s classic suit, this one just ruins the overall effect of that subtle perfection by adding stark white accents around the forearms and hands, with a matching white spider emblem.
While the half-hearted design may feel like an afterthought, the power-up this time is a tantalizing one. The “Battle Focus” ability allows for self-healing as well as generating some awesome finishing moves to quickly end prolonged fights. It’s very much a mixed bag, but the unique power is a standby for RPGs, which seasoned players will feel very happy to wield.
10 Classic Suit - Damaged
Yes, we all love the Classic Suit look, and when players get started, this is what they’re wearing. It’s torn, dirty, and degraded from battle. It’s a great way to cue video heroes: they’ve already earned their credit. After all, for most gamers, this isn’t their first super-rodeo.
Why does it barely make our top 10?
It’s actually a compliment, considering that at this initial stage of the adventure, no power-ups at all have been granted. Yes, there are many lower-ranked costumes that get less love despite their stronger powers. But with great power comes great fashion responsibility!
9 Fear Itself Suit
Verily, valiant warrior, this particular costume doth fare from the golden realm of Asgard itself! Crafted by both Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark and the Dwarves of Nidavellir – not too far from Thor’s own zip code – this magical powerup was used to take on The Serpent, an earth-destroying demigod.
In the game, it gives a pretty nifty power0up: super-brutal Quad Damage. This enhanced level of beatings is ideal for slugging it out with some of the stronger supervillains in the game, without having to dance around avoiding hits as much. Downside: it’s kind of a blue neon eyesore. Can’t have it all, right?
8 Last Stand Suit
Take a leather button-up jacket, add civilian pants, and make the color scheme echo the familiar classic Spider-Man suit and what you get is this costume. Weirdly reminiscent of one of Jason Todd’s crimefighter duds and even Batman’s Gotham by Gaslight uniform, this design comes from a dark possible-future storyline in the comics.
It’s a little off-base for the Wall-Crawler we all know and love, but it has a great melee power-up: anti-blocking attacks.
Now Spidey can punch and kick even through shielded bad guys! Definitely an outfit for bruisers.
7 Spider Armor Mk IV
One of the old standby classic powerups is the venerated force field. Useful in everything from RPGs to shooters of just about any genre, there comes a time where players just want to enter the fray with at least a short burst of invulnerability. This allows the thumbs to rest a bit and the stress to come down. And that’s what this costume delivers.
Plus, it’s yet another very appealing variant of the original classic suit look. When you combine the relief of a limited shield ability with this easy-on-the eyes design, you get a really solid suit.
6 Secret Wars Suit
This one may be a little bit controversial. Fans of the classic Bronze Age comics crossover event known as Secret Wars are often less than thrilled with Spider-Man’s updated costume. Basically, it looks like somebody took a color-inverted Classic Costume, sewed it up to professional cycling gear, and used the worst styles at Target to finish the look off. The thing is – Spidey’s power=up in this one is tough to beat.
Equipped with a solid EMP blast, this advanced battle suit cuts through many a high-tech baddie.
It’s hard not to love wielding such abilities.
5 Iron Spider Suit
Straight from the silver screen’s Avengers: Infinity War comes the famous Iron Spider suit, looking deceivingly – and appealingly – like the classic Spidey outfit. Anybody who’s seen the movie knows how Tony Stark enhanced this set of threads for our favorite web-slinger.
Retractable arms reside within the suit’s design, which when activated, emerge to whack and shoot at multiple enemies unfairly ganging up on poor Peter Parker. It may be the best melding of “old and new” in the whole game. Good looking, powerful, and keeps us thinking MCU-- what’s not to like?
4 Negative Suit
Astute fans of the Spider-Man comics will recognize the suit based on his old foe, Mr. Negative. It’s a jarring look at first-- the equivalent of a black and white photographic negative image. But it’s also oddly compelling.
Clean and neat, it can actually get players to think of Web-head in a totally different way.
As for the powers it comes with, stand back. This costume comes equipped with a devastating “negative” wave energy attack that just bowls over enemies like so many pins. This is an extraordinary weapon to wield as the numbers turn against our hero!
3 Anti-Ock Suit
Check out the sleek black rubber-cut look, something one would expect of the Dark Knight movies. Then there’s the yellow chest spider emblem that lights up with a magical luminescence in synch with those huge bug eyes – Spidey almost looks like he could be in a mash-up of Lord of the Rings and Matrix characters!
Here’s the kicker: the power-up allows for super-fast gadget ammo replenishment. No wait-time to get your weapons going again makes trashing villains much less of a chore.
2 Spider Armor MK II
Now for something completely different! This costume is about as far off from Classic Spidey as you can get, except for the tight form fitting head-to-toe tights aspect. A slick black-gone-midnight-blue field pops with yellow spider-leg trimming that runs along all four extremities.
This thing is ready for a catwalk at Fashion Week!
On top of that, it makes ol’ Petey bulletproof! Frustrated players sick of losing health to the many hails of bullets flying from goons’ guns will be relieved to sport this protective gear.
1 Classic Suit – Repaired
Sometimes the OG really is unbeatable. Early in the game, Spidey gets a repaired version of his classic suit. What true Spider-Man fan out there doesn’t absolutely love the classic look?
The game captures that original feel of Peter Parker’s trademark costume. It’s world-famous and inimitable. While it’s by no means the most powerful outfit in the game, it is the first real spin that players get of the webs in the game. This is the baseline for the core of the character: super-strength, wall-crawling, and web-slinging. It comes early in the game and simply feels like a homecoming – if you’ll forgive the phrase!
What's your favorite suit in Spider-Man PS4? Let us know in the comments!