Superhero video games weren’t always great, but they have gotten better. The most success that the games seem to have is when they don’t try to adapt a comic storyline too faithfully, but tell a story that lends itself to great gameplay. Spider-man has had dome great and terrible games based on his adventures. When Spider-man 2 for PS2 introduced an open-world gameplay for the hero, it set the standard of what future games need to have to work for the hero. The PS4 is about to release a new Spider-Man game, possibly this fall. In addition to having possibly the ugliest variation on a Spider-Man costume, it might have a unique story.
The IMDB page for the game has upon it a brief synopsis of the game (it’s been taken down now). This synopsis, if correct, reveals the the unique choices this game will make.
Spider-man must fight the terrifying foe Green Goblin as he contends with his usual life of being a married man with a daughter. But when the Goblin hatches a sinister plan, can Spidey save his family and himself?
In these two sentences, we can get a lot, including what the gameplay may include, as well as source material it might draw from. The Green Goblin is obviously the villain, and likely not the only one. The mention of “his usual life” suggests that part of gameplay will allow for free-roaming and side missions that relate to Spider-Man’s life as Peter Parker, and not just adhere to the story of the specific game. The biggest surprise comes with the mention of his married status, and the inclusion of his daughter.
Spider-man has had a daughter a few times in the comics. The first was Mayday Parker, who became Spider-girl in an alternate universe. The second is in the recent Renew Your Vows storyline, with Annie Parker showing up. In both cases, Mary Jane was the mother. No inclination if either of these stories will serve as inspiration or if we will see a new Spider-kid. In any case, we are definitely getting a more experienced Spider-man, and we’ll probably see more experienced villains as well.
The gameplay looks sharp, and the story looks interesting. Could this be the best Spider-man game ever?