One of the very first things you’ll do as the amazing eponymous webslinger in Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 isn’t defy gravity to swing from a skyscraper or to pick up a freight train with your bare hands or even to trade blows with a deadly villain in a life or death clash of titans.
Instead, you’ll roll out of bed surrounded by discarded Chinese take-out boxes, slam some bread in a toaster, pointedly ignore some overdue bills stuffed under your door and pick up your discarded suit crumpled in a corner – before giving it a furtive sniff to decide whether or not you can get away with wearing it again.
This is what Insomniac’s Spider-Man is all about.
You aren’t just stepping into the figure-hugging onesie of an all-powerful hero – you’re also becoming 23-year old Peter Parker, a vulnerable and very flawed young adult trying to find his place in the world, who may not always have doing laundry as his top priority.
Intihar explained that there are two major themes driving the story of this Spider-Man game; mentorship and partnership, and both of these are tied to where Peter currently finds himself in life.
“We looked for those moments in people’s lives we all remember – for me it’s when I graduated high school, or obviously now I’m married,” he said.
“But Peter isn’t married with kids, so what’s another big time in your life? Right when you graduate college, you start to look for work, build a career.
“Peter is looking for guidance in his job. For so long for the last eight years he has been saving the city as Spider-Man, but through his work and through his mentorship, he finally feels like he can save the world – change the world – for the first time as Peter Parker.
“So you’re going to see mentorship being carried through this entire game.
“The other big theme is partnership, and that’s going to be carried through his on-again off-again relationship with Mary Jane Watson.
“Another thing I noticed when I graduated college was my relationships and my friendships evolved, they changed. And what Peter is going to realise through MJ is that it’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay to lean on others even if you are a superhero.
“So the ideas of mentorship and partnership are really going to drive this coming of age story.”
That’s one thing you really notice with Insomniac’s interpretation of Spider-Man right from the get-go – it’s going all out on adversaries.
Ones we’ve already seen include the Sinister Six, Kingpin, Mister Negative, Silver Sable and Norman Osborn – but we’re also seeing a real ensemble cast of allies supporting Peter too.
Joining MJ is a Yuri Watanabe of the NYPD providing Spider-Man with police intel and back-up, and Miles Morales, a fifteen year old Spider-Man fanboy who grew up in the same city.
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