When you're playing as Peter Parker, no ordinary camera will do, so Insomniac Games has unveiled an incredibly detailed Photo Mode for Marvel's Spider-Man. Coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in just under a week, Spider-Man promises high-flying, web-slinging open world gameplay from the makers of Sunset Overdrive.
A trailer for the game released earlier this month featured a voiceover from J. Jonah Jameson, fuming as usual about Spider-Man being a menace to New York City. As much as he hates the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Jameson also knows that the web-spinner can sell a lot of papers, and therefore can frequently be heard demanding that people bring him pictures of Spider-Man. Now, you can oblige.
There have been plenty of games with Photo Modes before, with Grand Theft Auto V offering some particularly beautiful shots, but Marvel's Spider-Man has perhaps the most impressive and detailed Photo Mode we've seen in an action game so far - which makes sense, given Spider-Man's day job as a photographer. The Photo Mode trailer shows a few different examples of how pictures can be taken and edited on the fly, with different angles, filters, frames and stickers. You can even adjust Spider-Man's eyes to make him emote in different ways for the camera. Check out the trailer below.
As this trailer notes, Photo Mode will be included in Spider-Man's free Day 1 update, which will also reportedly introduce New Game+, an "Ultimate" difficulty level, and some general polishing and bug fixing. Photo Modes, when done well, can be a great way of organically promoting a game by encouraging players to share their best photos on social media, and it makes sense that Insomniac would want to show off their open world in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible.
Open-world games are almost always more fun when you can explore vertically as well as horizontally - such as in Assassin's Creed's endless tower-climbing or Sunset Overdrive's bouncing and rail-grinding - and few superheroes are better at vertical exploration than Spider-Man. The game features several references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers Tower and Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum included in the city map, and stars a range of classic Spider-Man villains including Vulture, Electro, and Kingpin. There's still a long wait for Captain Marvel, and an even longer wait for Spider-Man: Far From Home, so playing as Spider-Man (and taking lots of rad selfies) could be a good way to pass the time until then.
Marvel's Spider-Man will release exclusively for PS4 on September 7, 2018.