Sony Entertainment has revealed brand-new gameplay for their upcoming Spider-Man PS4 game at the company's E3 product reveal conference.
Fans have been clamoring for the release of a Spider-Man exclusive on the PlayStation 4 for over a year now. The game was teased at last year's E3, with developer Insomniac Games providing a 90-second first look. This year, we got a much more extensive glimpse at the newest Spider-Man game.
Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment, the eight minute gameplay sequence features Spidey busting some kind of criminal activity, which ultimately leads to a series of boss battles and a truly exhilarating helicopter chase.
It appears that this version of Spider-Man is still the Peter Parker character; though, an appearance from Miles Morales is teased - which, should Morales be playable in the game, would make it the first time a video game featured a man behind the webslinger's mask that is not Parker. The game is set in an open-world New York City, similar to past Spider-Man games (like the adaptation of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2). Players will get to explore the city as Spider-Man, fighting all sorts of crime.
The main difference in style between past video game releases of the Spider-Man character is the dynamic fighting style, clearly modeled after Rocksteady's Arkham Asylum series of games - mixed with Insomniac's knack for clever gadgetry. Players will be able to brawl villainous henchmen with a series of combos and finishing moves, using the environment and the hero's abilities to take down his enemies. There's also a stealth element that should be fun to explore, as you can sneak up on the evildoers and quietly trap them in your webs.
Sony has been developing this project as the beginning of a planned series of Marvel games that Vice President of Games Jay Ong referred to as a "new era" in superhero gaming for the company. However, the games will have no connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, existing within their own self-contained universe.
The graphics and gameplay reflect a cinematic style of gaming that has been used in many other recent games, particularly the PlayStation 4 exclusives like the Uncharted franchise and The Last of Us. It looks immensely beautiful and stylish, with just a taste of the fully rendered version of New York City that past games featuring Spider-Man have only been able to tease. It's also exciting to see an established villain like Kingpin making a brief appearance, hopefully leading the way for a huge collection of Spidey's rogue gallery.
The game was originally planned for a release in 2017, but this announcement footage confirms that the game won't be coming until 2018.
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