Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered: Just Steps Away From A Masterpiece - Octopus.com

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered: Just Steps Away From A Masterpiece – Octopus.com

Seven months almost the next day God of Waris another iconic PlayStation exclusive coming to PC with much fanfare, as its sequel will conquer the console market in 2023. Sony’s business strategy is not subtle, but it prioritizes the customer’s desire to purchase and this is felt once more on the quality of the PC port with marvel spider man.

Released in 2018 on PS4 and “remastered” in 2020 for PS5, the Insomniac Games game was adapted to PC by Nixxes Software, a studio specialized in ports with more than 20 years of experience behind it and various qualities. titles to his record.

None shock, no stability issues or drop in frame rate were found in over 25 hours spent on this test. The game has all the graphical assets of a Triple-A title, especially if your PC is equipped with a state-of-the-art graphics card and a 4K display. However, some impromptu texture loading while moving, almost only during the prologue, but also occasionally late in the game, froze the action for a few seconds at a time.

These moves, to get to the heart of the matter, are also one of the strengths of any Spider-Man game worth its salt, and this one is no exception. Strolling through New York swinging on the ends of your ropes, between two aerial acrobatics or at full speed projecting yourself from one roof to another, never gets tiresome.

The city map allows you to teleport to specific points, but Peter Parker is able to move at a good speed and there are more detours to prevent a crime or to complete a secondary mission that will prolong the trips, or simply the envy of enjoying the view .

It must be emphasized, the New York of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered deserves to be called a supporting character, and no less important. America’s largest city is sometimes stately, sometimes ramshackle, but always remarkably detailed. Each building is unique, each district has its own personality and each move is therefore different from the previous ones.

Added to this are the 8.6 million New Yorkers, represented by a generous number of generic characters with their little routine on the streets and in the few buildings where it is possible to enter. We largely avoid the empty feeling of certain other open worlds.

But if the city steals the spotlight, we notice after a while that its residents serve mainly as decoration. His behavior loses credibility when a fight breaks out. They don’t always run in the right direction, sometimes ramming dangerous criminals, only bunching up at a distance where they would be cannon fodder for stray bullets and stray rockets, if not immortal.

The artificial intelligence of the enemies isn’t really any more convincing, not least because of a ridiculously limited field of view, but they make up for it with their numbers in a series-like combat system. Arkham Batman Various gadgets, such as robotic spiders, your old web shooter, or even anti-gravity grenades, allow the player to approach these matchups with a decent range of tactical options, increasing as progress progresses. The grip, both on the controller and on the keyboard, favors a fluid, fast and creative approach to combat, which is pleasant without being revolutionary.

Don’t get off so lightly

The difficulty is essentially based on limited hit points that require a minimum of caution, but Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered it is not designed to be a game of skill that offers a challenge to the player, except during specific side quests where performance translates into scoring.

The occasional contextual action sequences are short and particularly easy, if not overly easy, and the game’s supervillains are fun to fight without always posing huge threats.

Several combat and action sequences are also presented wholly or partially in the form of cinematics that are certainly spectacular, but that sometimes seem to deprive us of a great opportunity to demonstrate our skill.

These cinematics, however, are at the service of a very careful staging and a well-crafted scenario that alternates with a good sense of balance between the two lives of Spider-Man/Peter Parker and that beautifully presents the character of Miles. Morales. , its budding successor, star of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, released in 2020, and another headliner, on par, of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which will be released next year.

The game allows you to embody Miles before gaining superpowers in sequences focused on stealth and does the same with the character of Mary Jane Watson, ex-girlfriend of Peter Parker, reckless journalist and companion of Spider-Man in his hours. These sequences, especially the ones with Mary Jane, aren’t unpleasant, but they are often less successful than the rest of the game, due to the simplistic AI. They’re just distracting enemies with audio lures and crouching while walking (hello, bad back), which is far from groundbreaking.

The other lack of originality in the game is the side quests. Some are very simple, like “go there and press Y”, and everything lacks variety. But the potential was there. The three DLCs of the original game, included in the “remaster”, offer interesting missions, but they take place after the main story and outside of it.

A few repetitive missions, however, are far from spoiling the experience, which reminds us why Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes, but also one of those whose adventures are best adapted to video games. Acrobatic, powerful and endowed with an almost superpower-worthy sense of replica, Spider-Man puts on a show in all circumstances.

8/10

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered

developers : Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software

Editor :Sony interactive entertainment

platforms : PC (Steam and Epic Games Store), also available on PlayStation 5 from 2020 (tested on Steam)

Game available in French

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