Let’s face it, PS4s are still expensive, and you can’t just thwip yourself a few hundred dollars for a new game.
So your friends (and the internet) won’t stop talking about how awesome the new Spider-Man game is, huh? Maybe you’re more of a PC gamer or a loyal Xbox fan, and now you’re out in the cold unable to thwip your way through New York City. Well, we can’t make the new game release on other systems, but we can give you other excellent Spidey alternatives that can fill the void. This PS4 exclusive isn’t the first awesome Spider-Man game released (and we’re sure it won’t be the last). Here are our top picks for our favorite web-slinger that will be just as satisfying.
5. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3, Xbox360, Wii)
This game really pushed the envelope when it came out. It offered the perspectives of four different Spider-Men, and gave each distinctive abilities. It follows The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, and Ultimate Spider-Man as they attempt to fix the shattered dimensions (the title is pretty on the nose on this one). The world is rich, and it’s really cool to find your way across the Spider-verse. Our biggest complaint is that it felt sort of like four shorter games under one name. We wish there had been more overlap between the storylines, but that’s a pretty minor gripe overall. Shattered Dimensions has one of the most robust stories of all of the older Spidey games, and some of the more exciting gameplay. Because it came out on the last gen of systems the graphics still hold up pretty well too!
4. Spider-Man (PS1, Nintendo64, Dreamcast, PC)
This game is one of those that has been mostly forgotten by time. It was released in 2000 for the PS1 and was ported to other consoles later on, including PC — which makes it easier to play today than some of the games on this list. What makes the 2000 Spider-Man game stand out and deserve its spot on this list? It was the first ever Spider-Man game with voice acting. For the first time, Spider-Man could banter with his foes like he does in the comics. The sense of humor is entirely on point, and it really feels like this is the first game that understands who Spidey is. The graphics are pretty outdated, given that it’s an 18-year-old game, but don’t let that stop you. It is often overshadowed by other games, but Spider-Man (2000) is excellent if you’re feeling a bit more retro.
3. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (PS3, Xbox360, Wii, PC)
We strongly feel this game didn’t get enough praise when it came out. Web of Shadows gave Spider-Man fans a chance to play two sides of the story and choose between two different suits. The plot has choice mechanics where you can decide to be good or evil, and the shifting between the traditional suit and the symbiote suite makes for a rich gaming experience. You get to free roam around one of the most interesting and persistent New York Cities in any Spider-Man game. Sure there are some minor glitches, but the ability to change the ending based on your actions makes it easy to replay and to enjoy again and again.
2. Ultimate Spider-Man (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC)
This is the spiritual sequel to Spider-Man 2 (which we’ll get to in a minute) and has one of the coolest styles of any Spider-Man game ever made. While most games went for a more realistic look, Ultimate Spider-Man decided to embrace its comic book roots and go all in on cel-shading. The result is a game that aged pretty dang well and still holds up today. Ultimate Spider-Man plays like an arc right out of the comic books and the story is driven by playing as both Spider-Man and Venom. They really made it feel amazing to save the day as Spider-Man and to rampage as Venom. This game is a lot of fun, and you need to pick it up if you haven’t yet.
1. Spider-Man 2: The Game (PS2, Xbox, PSP, GameCube, PC)
This was the game we would say set the tone for all future Spider-Man titles. Spider-Man 2 saw other games starting to have persistent worlds, and decided to offer that experience to comic book fans. For the first time, you could just swing around New York City and watch the world. The tech is a little old, so it feels sort of empty compared to newer games, but don’t let that turn you away. This game is genre defining. For the first time, being Spider-Man wasn’t following a set path — it was exploring (and enjoying) your powers. While there have been many games since, some of which made our list, we have gone back to Spider-Man 2 more times than we can count — and we know you will, too.