The Shrine Auditorium is dark and quiet. The crowd is still recovering from a massive Kojima reveal for Death Stranding, featuring a naked Norman Reedus cradling a baby on a beach. The screen pans across a New York City skyline.
“People see me and think they’re safer, but it’s not really me they’re seeing.” says an unknown young man as the skyline fades and the Insomniac Game logo is revealed. The crowd is starting to realize what’s about to happen.
“Probably for the best, knowing everything hinges on a guy from Queens, sounds as scary as it feels.” says the unknown man as the screen fades once again. And there it is. The Marvel logo in all its glory. The unknown man is now revealed as the one and only Amazing Spider-Man. The auditorium is buzzing because they know what’s coming: We may finally get the Spider-Man game that the web-slinger deserves. One could argue that there hasn’t been a decent Spider-Man title since Spider-Man 2 back in 2004. The concept of an open-world game Spider-Man game seems like a no brainer, yet we still haven’t seen anything close to it for over a decade. Spider-Man fans can all breathe a sigh of relief, as we may finally get our wish.
Here are some of the things we hope are included in Spider-Man PS4:
A Massive Open World
One of the most entertaining aspects of any Spider-Man game is web swinging through New York, but not just from point A to point B. For this Spider-Man game to be a success we need the ability to swing, climb, free fall, and beat up random thugs whenever and where ever we want. I feel like this feature is pretty much a lock, as it was hinted during the Youtube Live broadcast.
A Morality System
Something that has always made Peter Parker so endearing is the tough decisions he’s dealt with and sacrifices he makes to not only protect the city of New York, but his loved ones as well. What would make this game really flourish is being dealt these situations firsthand and have to suffer the consequences or bask in the glory. Save a bus load of people from plunging off a collapsing bridge, or Aunt May who is being taken away by a villain? Choices that require a split second reaction, and that have ripple effects throughout the game’s storyline. These choices could also effect how you are perceived in the public eye, almost like the morality gauge of paragon/renegade from the Mass Effect series. Hear citizens of New York cheer you on or chastise you as you web swing through the streets, and of course see the slandering headlines of the Daily Bugle.
A Darker tone and Story line
Many of the Spider-Man games over the past decade have been very kid-friendly and the storylines were a little cheesy. I’d love to see Insomniac mix things up and add a little more grit and a darker tone to Peter Parker’s adventures. Of course you’d still have to have Spidey’s trademark wisecracking and charismatic humor, but let’s get a little darker. If you’re an avid Spider-Man comic book reader you know there are several storylines in the comics that would translate well into a video game, for example Kraven’s Last Hunt, The Death of Jean DeWolff, and Grim Hunt.
A Refreshing roster of Villains
To make this Spider-Man title stand out from the rest even more than I’m sure it already will is a fresh batch of villains. I love Green Goblin and Venum as much as the next guy, but do we really need to see Spider-Man mop the floor with them again? Been there, done that. There are a ton of villains to choose from that haven’t had much screen time (if any) in a Spider-Man game, so how about we throw some Kraven the Hunter, Carnage, and Morbius into the mix?
If the press conferences over the last two days has taught us anything, it’s that the time for virtual reality is now. There was a massive wave of AAA VR games announced ranging from Final Fantasy XV to Batman Arkham VR, so why not add Spidey to that list? Spider-Man in virtual reality would be a breathtaking experience, which is why this is the biggest item on my wishlist for the game. Spider-Man VR could be incredible, but it could also be a motion sickness nightmare, but I’m willing to take the risk.
With a quality developer like Insomniac at the helm, there are high hopes that Spider-Man will finally get the game he deserves. Peter Parker says it best in the trailer, no pressure right? What;s on your wishlist for the new Spider-Man title? Head over to our Facebook or Twitter page, or in the comment section below, and let us know what you want to see!