2017 is going to be a very fun year for Spider-Man fans. Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming will debut in theaters in July, bringing the wall-crawler into the world (er, Universe) of Marvel Studios in his own feature film for the first time. On top of that, Insomniac and Marvel are set to release a Spider-Man console game, thought to be the first of many major titles in Marvel’s plans. It’s not supposed to be specifically tied to the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, but the two will be out at the same time in what’s looking like the Year of Spidey for Marvel.
These are exciting developments, and the game is going to have a lot of people more excited about Marvel’s video game output than they have been in quite some time. The comic book giant has largely eschewed consoles in favor of smaller (and frankly, sillier) games in recent years, even as its films have taken over Hollywood. When they have had success in gaming, both on major consoles and elsewhere, it’s often been through Spider-Man. That makes the idea of a revamped console effort focused on the character even more enticing.
In the meantime, we thought we’d highlight a small but diverse selection of Spider-Man games you can easily play that will help warm you up for the Year of Spidey that lies ahead.
This 2014 console game by Activision and Beenox was released to coincide with the movie of the same name (you know, the Marc Webb/Andrew Garfield one that everyone’s forgotten about). It’s worth mentioning because it’s actually backwards compatible with PS4 and Xbox One, making it effectively the only truly “modern” console Spider-Man game, for now. And it was a decent one to play, even though one critical review noted, it missed out on greatness. There’s a perception among some critics that Spider-Man games tend to be good, but not good enough, and that’s more or less how people felt about this one. Nevertheless, simply controlling Spider-Man in an open world New York environment is pretty thrilling on current generation consoles.
This mobile game from Gameloft has gotten rave reviews. It’s designed as an endless runner in the spirit of Temple Run, but it’s absolutely packed with “characters from the Spider-verse.” It’s hard to fully explain how awesome this game actually is. Just imagine playing Temple Run in an urban environment drawn to resemble a real comic book, and battling thugs and super villains instead of just jumping over gaps and ducking trees.
It’s not as much of a conventional video game, but aside from the apps listed here it just might be the most accessible game on the list. Available as part of a collection of licensed online games from a mainstream casino site, it’s basically a digital slot reel enhanced with Spider-Man comic imagery. Incidentally, it’s among the games with the “biggest winnings” on the site, indicating that Spider-Man, even in a casino gaming format, is as big a draw as any other theme or character. If this is your type of gaming, it’s a nice, unexpected chance to enjoy a little bit of Spidey-related content.
Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
Here’s another one from Gameloft. It hasn’t gotten the same attention as Unlimited, but it’s of a similar quality, and definitely one of the better mobile superhero action games you’ll find. You swing around and beat up villains to save New York (no surprise there), but the cartoonish graphics, intuitive fighting systems, and awesome boss fights make for a fun experience.
This one might be a little trickier to get your hands on these days, but if you can, you should play through it. One article that ranked it as the best Spider-Man game we’ve seen said that it’s kind of like Grand Theft Auto starring Spider-Man. The ability to explore a massive open-world Manhattan while accepting side-quests leaves plenty for fans to do and is well worth checking out for fans of the wall-crawler that haven’t played it yet.