Spider-Man covers almost every form of media, from comic books, movies, TV shows and video games. He is one of the most popular superheroes on the planet, it's difficult to come across people that's not familiar with the web-swinging actions and superpowers as well as its history.
Insomniac's Spider-Man game, for PlayStation 4 has a lot of expectations to live up to, especially when it comes to the most important pieces of the puzzle: the web-swinging. After watching some gameplay online, it is safe to say that Insomniac has nailed it, and it is shaping up to be one of the best superhero experiences you can play on a console.
When watching the gameplay, you really feel like Spider-Man, and by chaining your swings correctly, you can build momentum and speed just like you would expect in real life (if swinging from buildings in New York city was possible). On top of swinging between buildings, you can also run on walls, which kicks in automatically when you swing into a wall for more horizontal and vertical movement options.
What pulls all of this together are Spider-Man's animations, which are incredibly natural: the way he twists around at the end of a line as he reaches the bottom of a swing or the way he soars into a dazzling flip to set himself perfectly up for the next web.
The games do take advantage of Spider-Man's mobility: players can juggle enemies in the air, grab foes from a distance with his webs, or swing across a combat arena to dodge blows or close gaps. But the swinging is definitely the star of the show. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to soar through the streets of Manhattan like Peter Parker, you’ll definitely want to give Spider-Man a try when it comes out in September.