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this is so far pretty much what i expected, i don't like open world and this sort of game structure usually, but gravity rush and sunset overdrive i really like due to the fun traversal and i think/hope this will be the same. the city is amazing, been having fun swinging about collecting stuff. it can be easy to die, even on easy, guess it'll get easier as i power up.

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Still haven't managed to put as much time into this as I would've liked (fucking real life🙄) but I'm already willing to say that, for me at least, this is better than God of War and is easily the best PS4 exclusive title I've played... It just feels so damn good to play.

 

I find myself grinning when I'm just swinging around moving from place to place not doing anything of note, it just hits those notes. They've nailed the wisecracking, quippy nature of  Spider-Man to a tee.  Met Mary Jane for the first time today, she seems to genuinely care for Peter.

 

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The dinner was awkward but in a completely natural way.

 

I'm gonna spoiler this for the people who are interested, possibly the best cameo in a video game ever and completely unexpected on my end...

 

Spoiler

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Then there's the little things, people on the street who are genuinely pleased to see or be near Spider-Man, the unexpected way he leaps from web to web with bespoke animations... And then the bigger things, like coming across the Avengers Tower at night with its massive neon sign.

 

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Yeah... I'm gushing but fuck it, this very well be my GotY, shit I've not turned on my Xbox for three days! That's how good it is.

 

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That last picture is outstanding.

 

I played a few hours last night. Not enough to have a full opinion of it, but enough to know I fucking love it.

 

The swinging is so much fun though. So simple, but the depth to building up speed is great.

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Still putting all my time into this, apart from Saturday night to rent a film the Xbox hasn't been turned on since last Thursday...

 

I actually don't think I'm that far into the story (just done that helicopter stuff from E3)... I keep getting sidetracked by all the icons on the map, I've earned a trophy for finishing Act 1 anyway and there's three acts.

 

Main beats so far have been a bust up with Shocker...

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He lost...

 

Silver Sable has shown her face...

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So far we're on the the same side, I doubt that'll last though.

 

I've done all the rucksack collectables, landmark photography and Black Cat missions...

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This was as close as I got to her though, unfortunately.

 

My travels over the map on the rucksack hunt brought me to this place...

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"With great power comes great responsibility" said no-one ever.

 

Still loving the game and can't get over the quality of some of the pictures you can grab off the thing... Pretty much all games should have a photo made nowadays.

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2 hours ago, Nag said:

 

 

My travels over the map on the rucksack hunt brought me to this place...

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"With great power comes great responsibility" said no-one ever.

 

😮 Spoilers!!

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58 minutes ago, Jimbo Xiii said:

 

😮 Spoilers!!

 

Yeah, if you been living under a rock for the past 50 odd years...😉

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So I think this may be my favourite game this year.

 

70% complete (all available side missions done), rocking the Iron Spider suit (earned, none of that pre-order bollocks).

 

Honestly blown me away so far. 

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1 hour ago, RikSP said:

So I think this may be my favourite game this year.

 

70% complete (all available side missions done), rocking the Iron Spider suit (earned, none of that pre-order bollocks).

 

Honestly blown me away so far. 

 

Better than Shenmue even? I'm shocked!😮

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I started this earlier, put in around 4 hours.

 

So far I’m a little underwhelmed I have to say. It’s good and I am enjoying it so far but I think I was possibly a little too hyped for it and it hasn’t yet been the transcendent experience on the GoW level that I was expecting. It is very early days though and I’ve only done 2 or 3 story missions so that could all change very quickly.

 

The traversal and combat are definitely the best things about it. The traversal hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations with how it feels to control spidey but it is still one hell of a rush just swinging and zipping around New York, I just wish there was a little more finesse and variety required at times I guess but maybe that’ll come as I get further into the game.

 

The combat is what has probably surprised me the most. I didn’t want to believe the Batman Arkham comparisons pre-release as I thought it was a little lazy but yeah when you get into the game it immediately reminded me of Arkham for sure. The impact of the kicks/punches and even the cinematic mini-cutscene that plays when you defeat the last enemy in a gang. It does do enough to feel distinct though with all the aerobatic combos and the numerous wall bounces, webbing and things you can do, it feels more spidey and less brutal than Arkham which is pretty much perfect.

 

The puzzle elements I really didn’t expect as well and they’ve been a real delight. Yes they’re basic and we’ve seen puzzles like these in games time and time again but in a game like this they are a nice addition and provide some nice variety from the open-world missions and being Spider-Man.

 

The story missions I’ve done far have all been very hand-holdy and the first mission almost felt on rails at times. Maybe these are unfair criticisms and they are effectively tutorials but even so I was a little disappointed that I didn’t really feel like I could explore at all and felt locked into the next objective marker.

 

I’ve not done any side missions yet but the activities have all been pretty underwhelming too, they’re fun enough but they’re very much of the tried-and-true open world variety rather than innovating in any meaningful way. I’ve absolutely no idea how Insomniac haven’t been derided from left right and centre for using towers to unlock fogged areas of the city, if it was Ubisoft, journalists from around the world would be docking the game 1-2 points out of 10 for their inclusion alone! 😂 

 

I love older Ubi games so unlocking the entirety of Manhattan from fog by climbing radio towers and revealing local activities is in my muscle memory along with finding all the backpacks - it’s compelling stuff. But when other companies’ games have been derided for years for the same practices you don’t really expect to see them still in a game in 2018 is all. Again it’s early days though and many more exciting side missions and collectibles may open up as I progress through the story.

 

So so far so good but it definitely isn’t without its issues. The game is damn fun and the feeling of swinging around the city has had me grinning like a Cheshire Cat but the question is will that be enough to carry it for the rest of the game if everything else apart from the combat feels tried-and-true? Time will tell.

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Almost finished. I’ve got 100% on every district, learned every skill, acquired every gadget, and purchased every costume.

 

Just a few story missions to go and I’m done ☺️

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Ah - I cracked. Ebay sent me a £20 off my next purchase voucher so picking this up from Argos later for £27.99 (Managed to bag a Red Dead pre-order via a Very promo for £25 as well so not doing too badly on new games) 😁

 

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did anyone else have to install the whole game before they could play? I've just put the disc in for the first time, downloaded a patch, now I'm waiting for 43 gigs to copy

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I honestly can't remember, think I just let it get on with things while I did other stuff... I remember GTA V took over an hour of installing before I could play that, which was weird.

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Can't remember here either, sorry. It took me forever to make enough space for an install, though, so once I'd managed to get it going I just turned over and watched shit on YouTube for a bit!

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Can’t remember either @DANGERMAN.

 

I put the disc in pretty much as soon as I got back from the Airport on Tuesday then fell asleep on the couch and everything was downloaded when I woke up.

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Finished! 

 

100% and my first ever Platinum!

 

I honestly don't remember the last time I enjoyed a game as much as I enjoyed this one :) 

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6 hours ago, DANGERMAN said:

did anyone else have to install the whole game before they could play? I've just put the disc in for the first time, downloaded a patch, now I'm waiting for 43 gigs to copy

 

yeah i think it's because you can access the whole city straight away. well i read that somewhere and it made sense anyway.

 

i wasn't sure if i'd like this but it turns out i really like it which means i've played way more of the side stuff than i usually would, which in turn has made me annoyed by it a bit, but only a bit, and i think i'm near the end now so good stuff. i was dying a lot early on, then got into the combat and and was doing ok, later on it can be a bit messy, but i'm mostly only dying now when i'm trying to do a challenge and not paying attention or something.

 

 

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Yeah - this is pretty much what I wanted from a Spider-Man game. Swinging is spot on, the combat is fantastic and Spidey himself is really endearing with some genuinely funny dialogue. I like how we're playing as older Spidey. I've never really been that into my super hero stuff but now my kids are interested in it I'm enjoying the Marvel stuff a lot more. Spider-Man is definitely one of my favourites and I can relate to someone that has far too much on his plate and no money!

 

I spent about four hours last night, and only did a handful of story missions – spent most of the time collecting backpacks. The attention to detail in the game is bonkers - you can tell the whole team love the source material, and visually it's pretty astonishing, even on a launch ps4 on a 1080p led tv – it must look stunning with all the 4k bells and whistles!

 



 

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Put another 8 hours in since my last post, 12 total.

 

It’s grown on me a little more since my last post but I’m still not exactly bowled over by it.

 

After all the collectibles dried up I’ve continued with the story missions a bit and they have managed to impress me quite a bit. I do find the Peter Parker segments a little dull at times but they’re fun enough and it is cool just role playing as Pete and taking in the vibe and scenery of places like the lab and FEAST centre. We never got to see the duality of Batman in the Arkham games so to see that duality with the character in this is very interesting to seeand brings some much needed exposition. 

 

The first MJ segment was way better than I was expecting as well. I thought it would be some janky-ass insta-death stealth section which would’ve been incredibly frustrating but it wasn’t like that at all and I loved every bit of it. I found the investigation intriguing and engaging and I really loved the sleuthing involved, probably one of my favourite elements of the game so far.

 

Some more side missions opened up which have been a little better as well where you research different environmental issues around the city. I expected these to be relatively rote but they’ve all been quite varied and fun. They’ve had me chasing pigeons with a spider-bot which was pretty mad and other mad bits and pieces with cellular phone waves and stuff so it’s been a nice distraction.

 

So yeah, it’s growing on me a little more but the traversal and combo are the only real standouts with the story missions showing some promise, more next week.

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