Having been absent throughout Sony's E3 2017 conference, this particular scribe was getting a little worried that Insomniac Games' take on the Marvel universe with the PlayStation 4's Spider-Man wasn't going to make an entrance, but the developer came swinging in with a hefty look at how we're going to be fighting through baddies and traversing our way throughout New York City sometime in 2018.
The flow and strategies available to players instantly reminded us of Batman: Arkahm Knight, which shows Spider-Man silently taking out the goons of Mister Negative one-by-one with his webbing and even a web tripwire of sorts. The environment can also factor into how enemies can be knocked out, such as swinging a crane to sweep through a whole group. The stealth is followed with combat that's also reminiscent to the Arkham series with plenty of combos, counters, and dodging with Parker's spider-sense. A short boss battle ensues where players have to be more creative with brutes that can tear right through Spider-Man's webbing, which leads into a helicopter chase through the city that shows that Insomniac Games' has a glorious handle over making it as smooth and enjoyable as it was in Treyarch's Spider-Man 2. It definitely has a cinematic angle to with seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay with plenty of QTEs in between.
What do you think of the direction that Spider-Man is taking with its gameplay? Is this all that you hoped for, or do you think it borrows a little too heavily from the Arkham games? Deck yourself out in red spandex in the comments section below and tell us how much you're looking forward to Insomniac Games' latest.