Sky High Expectations

Your move, Insomniac.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming has just added an enormous amount of pressure to the Spider-Man video game that fans expect to see on the PS4 in the coming months. This isn’t a knock on Homecoming per se but because of how successful the movie was, critically and financially, the new Spider-Man game must deliver big time for us to care. Anything less than great will be disappointing to hardcore fans, as well as the casual Spider-Man fan.

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For me personally, despite not loving Spider-Man like I used to, I want to see the character done justice. This applies to video games, movies, cartoons, comics, and so on. Tom Holland and Marvel have given Spider-Man a breath of new life for the better and for the worse. The good news is, the last two times we have seen Spidey on the big screen, he hasn’t let us down. Personally, I still have a love for the first two Sam Raimi Spidey films but Spidey’s brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War started this trend of Spidey being great again. In Civil War, Holland stole the show when he appeared on the screen; this continued in the solo Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. I had fun again watching a solo Spider-Man film and despite Iron Man being prominent in this film quite a bit, it was still Spidey’s movie at the end of the day.

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But why does this matter? It matters because gamers expect a Spidey game to be quality just like the product we have received with Homecoming. A great Spider-Man game is definitely possible considering how many people loved Spider-Man 2 for the original Xbox and for the PS2. I can’t even imagine how many hours I spent in NYC just swinging around as Spider-Man; as a kid, I cherished this. The Batman: Arkham games gave me a similar feeling; I loved flying around Arkham City as Batman and patrolling the streets; it was a ton of fun. I’m not saying the new Spider-Man game will be on par with those Batman games but that’s the bar that has been set; because of how great those games were, the Spider-Man game is being heavily compared to those Arkham games with how they are set up.

This trailer gives us an in-depth look at what to expect with the newest Spidey game. The game looks like a ton of fun, the world is beautiful, and it looks like the game plays well. I also heard talks that the city players can swing around in is enormous; this makes me giddy for this new game. The hope is that this new Spider-Man game will satisfy Spider-Man fans everywhere. The ball is in Insomniac’s court; if they deliver, they will make a lot of fans happy and ecstatic to play a new Spider-Man game.

I hope I am one of those fans.

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MvC: Infinite should be delayed

Is there anything else to say?

Captain Marvel being playable in a video game is a guaranteed selling point for me, well, until I actually played the demo for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. The game demo that dropped at E3 this year is basically unplayable. Infinite feels like a rushed game and that’s just going off of what they’ve done to Chun-Li. I found it very odd how Capcom, who are usually pretty great with character animations, messed up Chun so badly since she looks pretty awesome in Street Fighter V. Moving away from that, MvC is just not a very well done game and it’s not fun compared to any of the other fighters I have been playing this past year. The game feels very dated, the roster looks to be very thin so far, and minus a few moments, I was just playing this game to play it.

Capcom needs to get it together. Street Fighter V, while I love it, was an incomplete mess and Capcom’s track record as of late has been pretty terrible in terms of thinking about the consumer. Why do I have to grind extensively to get a character like Guile in my Street Fighter V? Even worse, Capcom has been falling in love with microtransactions, which is a thorn in the side for consumers. I’m hoping that this doesn’t happen with MvC: Infinite.

I hate to see a game get delayed but this game deserves a big-time delay. While many gamers hate the word “delay,” in this instance, a delay would not be the end of the world. In fact, a delay would benefit both parties dramatically in the long run.

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