Originally released in 2018, marvel spider man It finally arrived on PC this month, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s a pretty amazing game. You can read more about it in my review here and what a splendid job Nixxes Software did with the port. A lot has happened since I wrote that review: I beat the game twice and even got all my achievements in it. That said, you might know a thing or two about how to make your New Year’s Eve town adventure a little easier. So let’s get started.
Skills are divided into three groups; innovator, defender and web-slinger. The first group focuses more on aggressive play, the second on (as you might guess) defensive techniques, and the third group can help you a lot when it comes to swinging at the net and moving around New York. So what to choose?
Well, this is where it gets tricky. The game has 5 difficulty levels from easiest to hardest. Friendly, friendly, amazing, spectacular and ultimate neighborhood. Everything below amazing is a walk in the park. I would also advise you not to play for the first time on spectacular and ultimate difficulty (at least leave it for your New Game + run). By the time you get to the final act of the game, you’ll probably have all the abilities unlocked, but as far as the early game goes, you have to be smart about what to unlock.
An early unlock in the web-slinger tree that will help you swing through New York without losing altitude or speed. You start off with a quick shot by default, but the ability gives you an extra second and is great for navigating between buildings and catching up during vehicle chases.
Need that extra kick as you jump from building to building? The Point Launch Boost ability will give your sails some wind, you just need to press A in contact with whatever surface you’re sliding onto and you’re good to go. It is easy.
You start out with your web shooters, but as the story progresses you get more and more unique gadgets that can be upgraded. Here are the few that got me out of trouble more than once. Just know that you should upgrade them to max level as soon as you can, as that increases their damage, ability, and range.
Or, as I like to call it, a one-hit kill device. Seriously, these are the best. Stick one to an enemy and wait until it connects to a surface. Any surface. They instantly stick and stick to it. Why mess around with finishers when you can get the enemy out of a fight much faster with trip mines? And if you’re lucky enough that his sensor connects to another enemy (I guess another body counts as a surface too), you can hit them both with a mine. I guess that counts as two birds with one stone? Or I guess two birds with a ride of mine.
Fast, efficient and gets the job done. Their only flaw (which they also share with trip mines) is that you can’t use them raw for instant disable, but any normal enemy doesn’t stand a chance against them. When fully upgraded, they have incredibly large recoil, and if the enemy is between you and a wall, an accurate shot will hit them right into it.
You can occasionally get tired of hitting one enemy after another, especially after doing so many crime events in freemode (hey, you have to earn those crime tokens somehow). Why not make the game do half of your work? That’s where the Spider Drone device comes in. When fully upgraded, it gives you four drone companions that will simply fly around and shoot nearby enemies for you until they disappear. All you need to do is run and stay alive. Sounds pretty easy.
Those outfits that you can craft and unlock later in the game aren’t just for show. Each of them comes with a unique suit power and the powers are not limited to that particular suit. So once you unlock the suit and its power, you can enable it in a different suit with no restrictions. Out of the 4 suit powers in the game, I found the following two to be the most valuable when it comes to taking down enemies.
Although it’s one of the first suit powers you get, it’s also one of the most efficient. Perfect for small spaces. Pulls a bunch of enemies along the walls, ignites web flowers and splashes around the room.
Don’t we all hate it when enemies fight back? What if I told you there is a way to make that nasty gaming feature go away? That’s exactly what the power of the electric shock suit does for you. Electrify your fists, swing and watch enemies stay in place while stunned. The best part is that the electricity from your fists can be chained, so hit an enemy and everyone nearby will suffer the consequences. Handsome.