Come on now, Marvel’s Spider-Man. We know you’re super serious about the little details, but this is just too much. Did you notice that the newly-added Raimi suit doesn’t actually have webshooters?
Now, there’s no doubt that Marvel’s Spider-Man was one of the biggest games of the year. A huge coup for Sony, and an important part of the blockbuster 2018 that PS4 has enjoyed. It was Insomniac’s first shot at this style of game, with a huge license to do justice to, and they knocked it out of the park.
This isn’t to say that Marvel’s Spider-Man is perfect, of course, because no game is. Those dastardly drone challenges, the by-the-numbers nature of the collectibles, the repetitiveness of some of the story missions… there are gripes to be had.
Another controversial topic would be the suit selection. This was one of those areas in which Insomniac was bound to disappoint some of us. Your favourite suit wasn’t included? Maybe it’s a little different in the game, and you’re super sad about it (the Iron Spider springs to mind)? That was inevitable. The good news is, the roster has been expanding with the release of the DLC chapters.
The latest addition to the webhead’s wardrobe was the ‘Raimi suit,’ which Insomniac added to the game (by popular request) as a little holiday gift for players. For the uninitiated, this is the suit that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man wears in Sam Raimi’s trilogy of Spider-Man movies. It’s not drastically different to the classic suit as depicted elsewhere (simply boasting a more intricate web pattern all over), but there’s something really neat about it that Insomniac took into consideration.
If you have the same eye for small details that the devs do, you’ll have noticed that Spider-Man has no web shooters on his wrists while wearing this suit. As reported on Reddit, that’s because the movies take a little liberty with established Spidey-lore: Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man produces the webs himself, from his wrists, rather than their having been made and stored in little canisters by Peter Parker. They’re organic, in short.
This being Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s not really surprising that Insomniac added this little detail. After all, this is a game in which, when you open a menu mid-conversation, Spidey will apologise to the caller and invite them to continue when you close said menu.
It’s a minor thing, for certain, but for dedicated fans, it’s often these little things that mean the most. This is what it means to be Game of the Year material (well, depending on who you ask), friends.