Just as it seems that the whole world has decided to pick up and play the new Spider-Man PS4 title, it's emerged that Insomniac Games, the developer behind the game, actually had their pick of the litter when it came to what IP they could play with. Marvel were very open to any of their roster being adapted by the studio so we could just have easily have gotten a Punisher open world game. Bearing that in mind, did Insomniac pick right? Or have we been duped out of something that could have been even better?
The short answer; NO. Despite how interested I would have been in a game where I play as Agent Venom during a number of suicide missions or a jaunt into the ridiculous world of Gwenpool, I think Spider-Man was a perfect fit for Insomniac. I am a little biased in the sense that Spidey is my favourite comic book character and it's helped by the fact that they've put out a game that has received rave reviews, getting an 87 on Metacritic based upon the reviews of nearly a 100 news outlets.
In the upcoming episode of IGN Unfiltered, Insomniac CEO Ted Price sat down to talk about how picking Spider-Man came to be. "Connie Booth, who is a great friend, and also one of our partners at Sony, was down at Insomniac. he said to me, one day, 'What would you think about working on a Marvel game?'" Insomniac is known for its original IP and it is reported Price was initially indifferent to the idea until he floated it around his inner circle who saw it as a great opportunity to give their own take on a massive property.
Price went on to say that Marvel wanted them to do something original with one of their characters, something that could stand alone without being propped up by a film or comic which gave them a lot of freedom. "Look, we've got a lot of characters. Pick a character that you guys think works for you, and then we'd love to hear your take on it," Price explained that he was told. Although he doesn't elaborate on which other characters they considered, he did go on to say that Spider-Man was the clear front runner due to his relate-ability as both a witty hero and as a person in the form of Peter Parker, and the fact that traversal as Spider-Man around a game world would be fun to play. They certainly delivered there.
Have you had a chance to pick up Spider-Man on PS4 yet? Are you happy with the game or would you have rather seen another hero based title by the popular game studio? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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