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Spider-Man PS4 Has a Cool Throwback to Classic Spider-Man 2 Game

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A collectible item in Spider-Man PS4 pays tribute to one of the more infamous side-quests from the Spider-Man 2 video game. While the new game is packed with a number of Easter Eggs and references to Spider-Man and his history in multiple media, this particular nod may be the most obscure one yet.

It would be a vast understatement to say that Spider-Man PS4 is one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2018. Spider-Fans everywhere were buying into the hype, even before the first gameplay trailer was revealed at E3 2017. Rather than tying into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world of Spider-Man PS4 presents a more experienced Spider-Man, with a Peter Parker who has been a superhero for eight years. While the main story of the game has been kept under-wraps, it was known that it would feature an open game world and multiple villains from the original comics.

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Dorkly's Tristan Cooper reported on the Spider-Man 2 nod via his personal Twitter account. In a Tweet, which can be viewed below, Cooper noted that one of the collectible items you can pick up in Spider-Man PS4 is a drawing of Spider-Man that a young boy drew for him, after Spidey retrieved the boy's balloon. To Cooper, this seemed to be a clear nod to a recurring side-quest from the Spider-Man 2 game, where Spider-Man might encounter a child who just lost their balloon while out on patrol, and would have to race to retrieve it before the wind took it out of reach.

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Originally released in 2004 for the XBox and Playstation 2, the Spider-Man 2 video game was loosely based on the plot of the Spider-Man 2 movie, and featured voice acting by Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Alfred Molina as they reprised their roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson and Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus. What set the game apart from other superhero movie adaptations, however, was the development of a story beyond the plot of the movie, and the introduction of other characters from the Spider-Man comics, including Black Cat, The Shocker and Mysterio. That alone might have been enough to win over comics fans, but it was the world of the game - based around an incredibly accurate digital model of Manhattan - and the intuitive gameplay that made it a hit with serious gamers as well.

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A player could spend hours just swinging around the game world, stopping random robberies and purse-snatchings. They could also transport injured people to the hospital when traffic-jams were blocking the ambulances from getting to them, and recover the lost balloons of crying children. To this day Spider-Man 2 is considered by many to be one of the best video games of all time, and certainly one of the best Spider-Man games ever made. The early previews of Spider-Man PS4 suggested that it would be following in Spider-Man 2's wall-crawling steps, offering fans a chance to "do whatever a Spider can" while exploring the city as their Spider-Sense alerted them of people in need. By most accounts, they've succeeded admirably, presenting the same basic idea with enhanced graphics, gameplay mechanics, and collectibles.

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Source: Tristan Cooper

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