Spider-Man is one of Marvel's most popular super heroes, and he's been spinning his webs and using his agility to thwart villains like Dr Octopus for over 50 years. But despite the massive success of the Spider-Man movie franchise (grossing almost $5 billion worldwide), Peter Parker's alter ego hasn't really established himself as a videogaming titan. At least, not yet.
Spider-Man 2018 looks set to change all that. Released in September 2018 for PlayStation 4 by Sony Interactive, and developed by Insomniac Games, the latest instalment in the Marvel Universe has created a huge buzz among comic fans and action gamers alike. Let's find out more about one of the year's most exciting PlayStation releases.
Spider-Man: Videogames Series
Over the years, plenty of superhero videogames have come and gone, with everyone from the Hulk to the X Men featuring in memorable (and not so memorable) titles. Spider-Man has been part of the story, but not as much as you might think given the character's fame and popularity.
Back in the 1990s, the Amazing Spiderman appeared for platforms like the Amiga and C64, but didn't make much of an impression. Spidey also appeared in a few side-scrolling beat 'em ups like Web of Fire, as well as conventional fighters like Capcom Super Heroes.
In 2000, Neversoft's Spider-Man title for the original PlayStation finally produced a gaming experience worth of the character. That version received a couple of sequels, but the general opinion was that its quality fell off as the new titles appeared.
A scattering of other Spider-Man-related offerings have appeared since 2010, including Edge of Time and a new Amazing Spider-Man. But none of these releases had the wow factor that a Marvel franchise demands. And that gap in the market was what prompted Sony to task Insomniac with creating something truly special.
How Does the Gameplay Work in the New Spider-Man Title?
The result is Spider-Man 2018, and the signs are that Insomniac have succeeded. This time around, Insomniac have decided to create a huge open world environment based around the city of New York, which players can explore to their heart's content. And this is no ordinary digital environment. Insomniac have worked incredibly hard to add details which make it feel as realistic as possible, including squirrels which act and look just like the real thing.
As they navigate the city, gamers have the choice of fighting crimes that are occurring in real-time, and completing quests which lead to enhanced spider suits and extra powers. And they also get to meet a variety of classic characters from Spider-Man's universe, including Mary Jane Watson, Daredevil, the Kingpin and Taskmaster.
As players wander around the city (or swing from tower to tower via their spider webs), beacons alert them to collectible items and side quests, allowing them to level up their resources and acquire new Spider Suits. These suits are a key part of the action, giving Spider-Man the ability to defeat major bosses, so levelling up is essential.
And so is learning the new combat system. In Spider-Man 2018, fighting isn't a matter of picking the right attack and spamming opponents. Mastering Spidey's jumps and webs is also vital if you want to evade attacks and defeat your enemies. The same goes for combos, which can be configured to suit your fighting style and make it much easier to inflict serious damage when absolutely necessary.
When you've mastered that, you can go onto complete the main narrative. This storyline offers a new spin on the Spider-Man saga. At the outset, Peter Parker is a young science graduate and Spider-Man a crime fighting novice. As things move on, players get to meet characters like Mary Jane (who also becomes playable at times), and both Spidey and Peter's lives progress.
And there's plenty going on behind the scenes, from the chance to listen to J. Jonah Jameson's crazed anti-Spider-Man podcasts, to muttered comments from random New Yorkers. The developers state that they tried to turn the city into a character, and this has created a uniquely rich setting for hours and hours of gameplay.
Launch Trailer of Marvel's Spider-Man
Spider-Man: What Have the Critics Thought?
With its mixture of atmospheric open world exploration, characters from the familiar Marvel saga, and plenty of quests to complete, Spider-Man 2018 should surely be a massive hit with fans, but what have critics thought about the latest Marvel title?
With a MetaCritic rating of almost 90%, the reception has been pretty solid, with very few reviewers finding fault with the overall experience. For instance, Trusted Reviews gave it a respectable 4 stars out of 5, complementing the exploration side and the recreation of New York, as well as the combat system. And they also loved the storyline, calling it the gaming experience that “narratively...comic fans have been craving for decades.”
IGN were positive about the title as well, giving it 8.7 and judging that it “succeeds at nearly every swing across Manhattan’s rooftops.” They praised the 15 hour long storyline, which convincingly puts the player in Peter Parker's shoes, and also noted the humour and endless amount of gadgets on display. Games Radar were just as effusive, paying particular attention to the smooth gameplay mechanics.
So far, there have been very few dissenters from the chorus of praise for Spider-Man 2018, which doesn't usually happen with new PlayStation 4 releases. It looks like Marvel fans won't be disappointed if they fire it up for their Sony console.
Different Ways to Purchase Spider-Man
As usual, there are a number of ways to buy Spider-Man 2018 that was released on the 7th of September. Unfortunately, the pre-order bonuses won't apply after the release date (7 September), and you'll need to spend a little more money to get all of the features. Here are the main buying options:
Standard Edition – The cheapest version comes with the full videogame, so there's no need to worry. If you can't afford the deluxe versions, you'll still be able to swing your way around Manhattan and try your hand at the main storyline mode. But you might need to spend more time accumulating suit upgrades or extra collectibles before you are ready to take on the villains.
Digital Deluxe Edition – The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with the full gameplay, as well as some very important extras. Most significant of all, the Deluxe version comes with some DLC that won't be available for everyone else until 2019. So if you want the full Spider-Man experience, look for a Digital Deluxe bargain or pick up the DLC from March 2019.
Collector's Edition – A must for serious Marvel fans, the Collector's Edition is the only option which comes with extra physical content. As well as the videogame itself and the DLC we've mentioned, the Collector's Edition features a custom steelbook, Spider-Man stickers, an art book including unreleased images from the title's development and a limited edition Spider-Man statuette. So if you're the kind of gamer who loves to decorate your room with merchandise to add to the experience, this is the option to go for.
Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle – This bundle is a great way to buy a new PlayStation 4 console and Spider-Man 2018 in one go. It features an impressive red PlayStation 4 unit with the Spider-Man logo, along with a branded Dualshock 4 controller and the main title along with all of its currently available DLC content.
Does Spider-Man 2018 Have any DLC Yet?
Spider-Man 2018 has been released as a standalone title, but with extra content planned for release in March 2019. This will be available as downloadable content, but as we've already seen, you can access it now by spending extra on a more expensive version.
The DLC pack is called “The City that Never Sleeps”, and at least part of it will revolve around the character Black Cat, who is planning a heist somewhere in Manhattan. By unravelling her clues and defeating enemies along the way, Spider-Man has to foil her crime before it's too late – a classic Marvel scenario.
After that, the next instalment will be titled “Turf Wars”, while 2018's DLC is going to be rounded off by “Silver Lining”, which most likely involves an appearance from Silver Sable. Sony are releasing the pack in stages, to maintain buzz and allow players to finish the main quest, so if you do purchase the DLC with your edition, don't expect to play all of its narratives for a few months at least.
And remember, these DLC packs will be available for people who purchase them with the original title. Everyone else will have to wait until 2019 for the chance to experience their storylines.
Should You Play Spider-Man 2018 on a PlayStation 4 Pro?
The PlayStation 4 Pro arrived in late 2016, and the original console is 5 years old now, so you might expect big differences in how new titles like Spider-Man 2018 perform on the two systems. If you are the owner of an original PlayStation 4, does the appearance of Spider-Man's latest adventure mean it's time for an upgrade?
Well, it's certainly a good excuse to make the step up. The Spider-Man 2018 bundle we mentioned above is exclusively for PlayStation 4 Pro, and it's heaven for Marvel fans. With good deals around for bundles (especially around periods like Black Friday), you may well be able to kill two birds with one stone and get both a new console and a cutting edge gaming experience.
There's is a noticeable difference between the resolution, richness and smoothness of the graphics on the Pro versus the original PlayStation 4, so if you're a gamer who gets infuriated by sub-standard graphics, upgrading could be the way to go. But the gameplay itself hardly differs between the systems, and it still looks pretty amazing on the original console. So don't worry. Spider-Man 2018 isn't a deal breaker for PlayStation 4 owners. It's fine to play on both versions of Sony's system.
How to Buy Marvel's Spider-Man at a Good Price
If you've always wanted to take the role of Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man, now is the ideal chance to do so – as long as you own a PlayStation 4. If so, Spider-Man 2018 seems to be the must-have title of late 2018.
However, as with most videogames, buying Spider-Man 2018 isn't necessarily cheap, especially if you want to include all of the DLC as it is released. With plenty of new adventures and characters on the horizon, real Marvel fans won't want to be left out in the cold.
The good news is that finding a cheap version shouldn't be hard. Just check the HotUKDeals Spider-Man 2018 listings where you'll find current deals from merchants like GAME, Smyths, Base.com and HMV, as well as the PlayStation Network. If it's available for UK buyers and discounted from its original price, it should appear on our gaming listings. So have a look around and check back regularly. You may well find a Deluxe or Collector's Edition available for well below the listed price.
If you intend to upgrade your PlayStation, it's also worth searching for the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro Bundle. And all deal hunters should pay attention when sales periods like Black Friday or the New Year roll around. Spider-Man 2018 is sure to be a major festive gift, and retailers will be keen to offer the most competitive prices possible. When they do, HotUKDeals is the place to find out about them.
Spider-Man 2018 Offers at HotUKDeals
At last, Spider-Man has a videogaming experience which does justice to one of the world's great comic book characters. Spider-Man 2018 for the PlayStation 4 is one of the year's biggest releases, offering a stunning urban environment, absorbing quests, and plenty of humour and adventures for all gamers. Catch it in your web and save money in the process by finding a copy at the Spider-Man 2018 HotUKDeals listings.
free Plat on PS5 if you Platted it on PS4 with this right ?
I’d love to see Spider-Man PS4 exclusive running on PC (confused)
Yeah, I’ve bought plenty. When you go on the shelves in game and some supermarkets they have cards that you buy for PSN Membership, vouchers and full games (indie and retail) :) I’ve tried to her a pic but I imagine after hukd downscales the res you may not be able to make it out.
I've never known being able to buy a FULL playstation game via a key from an external source before. PS+ Codes, yes. PSN Credit, yes. Some DLC, yes - but never a full game.
What do you mean? * I understand your question, I just can’t see what you’re basing it on/where you’ve got it from/why you’re asking
Posted 14th FebPosted 14th Feb
Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) pre-owned - £12.94 delivered @ MusicMagpie via Ebay£12.94£19.9535% off Free P&P FreeeBay Deals
This seems decent for the physical item with more than 10 available at time of posting From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions, to new combat and blockbu… Read more
Regardless of how anyone buys this, if you haven’t played it it’s an incredible game! I completed the original and Remastered is even better with all of the added DLC and the Performance RT (raytracing) mode is the way to play this - a huge improvement visually and 60fps is how this game needs to be played. I went back to the visual mode to see 30fps and it was laughable - how I completed the original game like that I don’t know!
Playing through this now on PS5 and it's s great game. I'm hooked!
Thanks, going to do this, as otherwise all the time I previously put it in was for nothing.
Saved him a fiver there good work (y) . If you need a physical copy of Spiderman on PS4 may be worth utilising the free trial from Boomerang rentals. Can borrow 1 game during the trial then just cancel and send it back. Bit cheeky like (embarrassed)
Posted 19th JanPosted 19th Jan
Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) The City That Never Sleeps Season Pass - £7.99 @ Playstation Network£7.99Playstation Store Deals
Been waiting on ghis to come down in price since getting the game few months back. Download Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps DLC to continue your adventure in Marve… Read more
I think I paid £52-ish from a deal on here, including the Remaster. If you say the Remaster and DLC were worth £17, I'm happy with £35 for MM.. I blazed straight through the story, but I'm confident it'll be 25 hours or so to do all the side mission as well.
Wow bit cheeky that they charged 60 quid for it really ... will wait for it to drop under 30 myself.
It's usually £15.99 for the season pass DLC, been waiting on it to drop as there was no way I'm paying full price for DLC. Only ever paid full price for DLC once and that was for Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam and I got my 1200 points worth out of that game.
I've got 33 hours on miles and played it twice. Depends on your style of play.. I actually did Spiderman and all the dlc quicker. Proper caned that.. Platy on both baby woo.
Oh damn. I'll definitely wait for it to hit £30 then
Posted 8th JanPosted 8th Jan
Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) pre-owned £12.78 with code delivered @ MusicMagpie via Ebay£12.78 Free P&P FreeeBay Deals
I think the character models and animations are defo better on miles.
Interesting you say that, I’d never played Spider-Man previously but having gone through the remaster and DLC (48hrs) I’ve moved onto Miles. Looks just as good but didn’t strike me as being any better. Maybe it’s the snow setting as opposed to the changing climate on the original but I can’t say it impressed me any more. Though make no mistake, both look absolutely stunning
Posted 5th JanPosted 5th Jan
January Sale Additions @ PlayStation PSN India - Marvel's Spider-Man £12.49 Mafia II: Definitive Edition £9.99 Blood & Truth £9.24 + MOREPlaystation Store Deals
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Great price - I am annoyed as I thought £24.99 was a good price and it STILL hasn't been delivered yet! Heat (I may end up ordering this!) (y) Curry's are talking the proverbial (Order was placed on the 27th!)... Updated on: Sunday 13 December 02:33pm Item Received Northern Ireland MC Hide earlier journey Sunday 13 December 02:33pm Item Received Northern Ireland MC Sunday 13 December 08:38am Item Received Northern Ireland MC Thursday 10 December 10:48am Item Received PSC Northampton Monday 30 November 05:43pm Sender despatching item
I have used this as I have some vouchers which need spending, so many thanks. Heat.
Some great finds today mix, heat added (on all) :)
As highlighted on this site now showing at £14.99 at Smyth's at the time of this post
Got it. Changes when you go to pay.... Thanks
A remastered version has been released already - with Ray Tracing and other PS5 specific features, but it is a separate game which needs to be bought along with the Spider-Man Miles Morales (MM) Game. The two options currently to get the Remastered Spider-Man on PS5 is to either buy Spider-Man MM Ultimate version which includes the Remastered copy of this game, or buy the standard Spider-Man MM - and there is an option to "upgrade" to Ultimate version from the in-game menu - think it costs about £20 currently. I bought the Ultimate version on CD and had a code for Remastered Spider-Man inside it.