Our Most Wanted Games of 2023 – #2 Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

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Considering just how good Insomniac’s first crack at the wise-cracking webhead was, not to mention their sidestep over to his young protege Miles Morales in this original universe, it’s really no surprise that it’s so high up on our Most Wanted list. There’s just one game keeping it of the top spot, and honestly, if Insomniac had shown off some gameplay in the last few months, this particular situation might have been reversed!

As it is, we’ve seen and heard next to nothing since the game’s reveal. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was announced back in 2021, with Insomniac and Sony delivering a slick in-engine trailer to tease a dynamic duo team-up of Peter Parker and Miles Morales’ respective Spider-Men, and one of the iconic villains that they’ll be facing off against: Venom! (to be voiced by horror film icon Tony Todd)

There’s naturally some very fun and interesting directions that Insomniac could go with this particular trio of characters. Venom’s origin has typical seen the extraterrestrial symbiote first attach itself to Peter Parker, gradually turning him evil in the process, before he’s able to rip himself free from its influence. Most takes on the Spider-Man story then see Venom bond with the disgraced journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes the long-term host, and has morphed over the decades into more of an anti-hero character.

Insomniac has yet to confirm who Venom’s host is, yet many are speculating it’s another popular Spidey villain. That villainous voice could belong to Kraven the Hunter, a founding member of the Sinister Six. If you look closely at some of the enemies Peter Parker and Miles Morales are fighting in the reveal trailer, they definitely have that feral Kraven vibe about them.

We’d put good money on Spider-Man 2 offering both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as playable characters, each coming with a distinct set of spider-themed abilities as we saw through the first two games. However, it’s very, very, very, very, very likely that one or both of them will be joined to the Venom symbiote at one point or another, offering wholly different sinewy alien gloop abilities.

That bodes well for the game’s core combat, which will certainly take and build upon the superhero game combat of the previous games (in turn an iteration upon the fluid and reactive combat found in the Batman: Arkham trilogy). Venom could be a much more tank-y character to play as, able to monster the enemies and take more damage, where Parker and Morales are glass cannons by comparison. It will also be quite interesting to see how Venom’s traditional elemental weaknesses come into play in this scenario.

We also have the tantalising potential of what Insomniac can do with the PS5. Spider-Man: Miles Morales was a great showcase for what the console could do with a cross-gen game, adding ray-traced reflections to the skyscrapers of New York City, and later on featuring various mixed performance modes with RT included at 40FPS or with VRR. That was followed in mid-2021 by Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart which pushed the PS5 SSD hard, but still had plenty of performance headroom. How good can Spider-Man 2 look as a PS5 exclusive? Can and will they speed up traversal through the world now that they don’t have to cater to the old PS4 hardware?

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to release for PlayStation 5 in the autumn of 2023.

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