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Spider-Man’s History in Video Games



Spider-Man on Playstation 4 is out in a week, and is one of the most looked forward to games of the year. The Insomniac developed game looks to follow the web-slinger as he takes on the Sinister Six. Joining Spidey is Miles Morales and Mary J. Watson who seem to have a bigger impact on the story. With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of Spider-Man’s notable history in video games, spanning the last 36 years.

Honorable Mention

The Revenge of the Shinobi (Sega Genesis)

Before we start looking at Spider-Man’s games, I wanted to point out that he does appear as a boss character in The Revenge of the Shinobi. It is a really odd appearance that sees him turn into the devil near the end of the fight. Games are weird.

Spider-Man (Atari 2600)

Released in 1982, Spider-Man for the Atari 2600 was not only the original Spider-Man video game, but also the first Marvel game. In the game, Spidey must reach the top of a skyscraper to stop Green Goblin from detonating a bomb. The only way up the building is to use your webslingers (because I guess he forgot how to climb walls?) and beat up criminals on your way up.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Gameboy)

Developed by Rare, this game released in 1990 revolves around MJ being captured by Spider-Man’s biggest foes after they learn his identity. The player must advance through each level taking down enemies until they reach the boss at the end of the stage.

Spider-Man (Play Station)

This game was released in 2000 and later would be ported to the Gameboy Color, Nintendo 64, and Sega Dreamcast. It was originally developed using the same engine as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. In the story, Doctor Octopus is a reformed man who, while giving a scientific demonstration, is attacked by a fake Spider-Man. The real Spider-Man must now clear his name while catching a number of classic Spidey villains.

Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo Gamecube, Play Station 2, Xbox)

Spider-Man 2 is largely regarded as the best Spider-Man game made so far. It was developed by Treyarch (mostly known for the Call of Duty Black Ops games) and released in 2004. This game focuses on Peter Parker trying to balance his life as Spider-Man and stopping the threat of Doctor Octopus. The game allows players to explore Manhattan freely, webslinging to their heart’s content. The gameplay even led IGN to describing the game “Grand Theft Spider-Man”.

Ultimate Spider-Man (DS, GC, PS2, Xbox, GBA)

Another Treyarch developed game, Ultimate Spider-Man followed Peter Parker and Eddie Brock interacting with a Venom suit. Peter takes part that covers his normal Spidey suit in black, but after it drains him, he stops using it. Brock on the other hand, takes the evil part, thus creating the villain symbiote Venom. The player switches between Spidey and Venom frequently and is a pretty fun experience seeing the difference between the two.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PS3, Wii. 360)

Web of Shadows added in the element of choice into the game. Throughout the game, the player chooses between good and evil paths which lead to different endings. The venom symbiote plays a big part in the story again. Depending on the suit the player wears, Spidey is either fast and agile, or slow and powerful.

The Amazing Spider-Man (DS, Wii, PS3, 360)

This game is an epilogue to the first Andrew Garfield movie. It is another free-roam game that takes cues from the Batman Arkham game’s freeflow combat system. There is also a health system that sees Spidey’s suit become more damaged as he is hurt.

These are just some of the Spider-Man games that have preceded Insomniac’s PS4 game coming next week. While we have yet to see exactly how awesome the game is, it is easily one of the most looked forward to games of the year.

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