Saturday Morning Gaming: Spider-Man on PS4 (the DLC)
I beat the heck out of Spider-Man on PS4 when it came out last September. I loved the game. I beat it and it left me wanting more (and, strangely, it didn’t make me want to play a sequel, it made me want to play the prequel). Well, the game knew what it was doing when it left me wanting more because, tah-dah, it offered me DLC. If you were idly wondering if the DLC would be worth it, lemme tell you this: it is.
The DLC turns the game from a 25ish hour game into a 40ish hour game (each chapter has about 5 hours worth of gameplay added to it) and while the base game gives you a full story without any loose ends, the DLC concluded and gave me a sense of closure. The base game left me wanting more and the DLC gave it. I put the controller down with a sense of satisfaction and felt like I never needed to play it again.
The chapters themselves have a pretty solid story. It’s after the incident with The Sinister Six and now Hammerhead is stepping in to fill the power vacuum left by the (still imprisoned) Kingpin. Black Cat is there, the Maggia (Marvel’s version of the Mafia) is there, Silver Sable is there, and you’re swinging around trying to deal with the fact that Hammerhead’s Business Associates have gotten their hands on Silver Sable’s technology. All the while, Screwball is there antagonizing you and posting it to Instagram.
The missions are more or less the same: swing around town, collect items, visit bases, get in fights, meet some amount of challenge (use a certain number of specialized attacks, get a particular hit combo number), interspersed with cutscenes that tie the missions together into a fun story about a Mafia don who decides to turn himself into a mecha-gangster.
All in all, it’s DLC that turns the game from something that leaves you wanting more into a game that is EXACTLY as long as it needs to be (and not a minute longer).
If you’ve been on the fence, don’t be. The whole experience is what every single AAA game should aspire to be.
So… what are you playing?