- Marvel’s Spider-Man has had his fair share of video game adaptations, with these being the ten best titles that feature the Wall-Crawler.
No other superhero’s video game history is quite as rich as Spider- Man’s. Games featuring the classic wall-crawler date back decades and cover numerous platforms and genres. Most of them are great, yet one or two did leave a sour taste in the mouths of players. Either way though, there are clearly a lot more Spider-Man games to pick from than there are games based on other prominent superhero series.
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Whether web-swinging his way across a lifelike portrayal of New York or going toe to toe with some of the many classic Spider-Man villains in a side-scrolling beat ’em up adventure, Peter Parker’s alter ego usually does so with a certain level of style. It’s not always Peter though, with other versions of the hero like Miles Morales, Spider-Man 2099, and Spider-Man Noir all featuring in numerous of the top Spiderman games.
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When it comes to superheroes, few are as better suited to video game adaptations as Marvel’s Spider-Man. The wall-crawling web-ability head’s to swing in the air and excellent combat skills arguably make him the ultimate playable character, which, in turn, has led to some absolutely fantastic video games. Not all of them have been flawless, but most are at the very least able to provide something distinctive, which is quite the achievement given just how many Spider-Man games there have been over the years. Most of Spidey’s earlier escapades ended up being translated to handheld devices at some point, so it wasn’t too shocking when Gameloft produced a mobile-only Spider-Man game in 2010. Understandably, maybe, Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem was never like as grandiose as some of the platform games that before it, but its simplicity arguably worked in its favour.
Rather than attempting to build a massive open-world adventure.
The developer elected to go down the beat-em-up road instead. Like many of the best Spider-Man beat-em-ups from the nineties, it has superb aesthetics, engaging fighting, and a wide cast of legendary adversaries for players to test their talents against. Spider-Man 3 is far from the best Spiderman game of the last couple decades, but it does a lot of things right. For one thing, the enormous sandbox in which players are placed in is gorgeously produced and gives a degree of detail not available in past Spider-Man titles. The combat’s decent too and the voice-acting is usually on point Where the game falls a little short is in its storey campaign, which is propped up by a weak plot and incredibly short. There’s still a lot of fun to be had with the game though, particularly the Wii edition, which does a fantastic job of incorporating motion controls into the classic Spider-Man experience.