Become Spider-Man with these 5 heroic games

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Spider-Man is one of our favourite video game superheroes to play, probably because swinging between skyscrapers translates into some ridiculously satisfying gameplay. And with Spider-Man: Far From Home swinging into cinemas on 2 July, we have the perfect excuse to revisit some of our all-time favourite Spidey games.

And so, in chronological order, we’ve taken a look back at six of our favourite web-slinging hero’s video game escapades from over the years…

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Spider-Man is one of our favourite video game superheroes to play, probably because swinging between skyscrapers translates into some ridiculously satisfying gameplay. And with Spider-Man: Far From Home swinging into cinemas on 2 July, we have the perfect excuse to revisit some of our all-time favourite Spidey games.

And so, in chronological order, we’ve taken a look back at six of our favourite web-slinging hero’s video game escapades from over the years…

1. Spider-Man (2000)

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This 2000 adventure game is one of the first that truly makes you feel like Spidey. This time, Spidey has been framed for a crime he did not commit and is busy web-slinging his way through New York City, hot on the trail of an imposter Spider-Man. There’s a glittering cast of nefarious villains to battle, plus cameos from Captain America, Black Cat, The Punisher and more in the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.

Spidey’s powers are a lot more extensive here than they were in previous games. Besides swinging between buildings, he can also crawl on walls and ceilings, create nifty little ziplines, web up enemies to slow them down, or form an explosive barrier. For the completionists out there, there are tons of new suits to unlock via challenges and hidden comic books to find. Oh, and as if that weren’t enough, Stan Lee narrates the story.

2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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One of the many great things about this game is just how much fun it is to web-swing through its huge rendition of New York City. Rather than firing web anywhere that was vaguely upwards, this was the first time you could aim at pretty much anywhere on a building, latch on, and send yourself soaring through the air at top speed. The environment is so sprawling and the web-swinging so convincing that this game has become a fan favourite when it comes to giving you a taste of how fun Spider-Man’s abilities could be.

There’s plenty of stuff to entice you off the beaten track, too, like emergencies to deal with and crimes to halt, and the reward of “hero points” for doing so means that you can spend as long as you like swinging around the city, without feeling like a bad guy for putting off saving the world for a while.

3. Ultimate Spider-Man (2005)

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If you hadn’t guessed already, we love playing as Spider-Man. But Ultimate Spider-Man gave us the option to play as both the hero and the villain in one game, and you have to admit that’s pretty rad.

As Spider-Man, we fought valiantly for justice, web-swinging and punching bad guys in the name of the law. But as Venom, we got to throw cars around, slash at things with our pointy claws and, um, occasionally devour living people. We’re not saying we necessarily agree with Venom’s lifestyle choices, but it made for a pretty unique change in dynamic.

4. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008)

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows gave us the option to play as Spider-Man gone bad, by following a slightly less than angelic route through the game’s story.

Every now and again you’re presented with one of two options: the good Red Path, and the bad Black Path. Some of them are actually pretty tough decisions to make in the heat of the moment, but they all add up to some pretty major consequences. It really makes you think about that “with great power…” quote.

5. Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018)

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This version of Peter Parker is a little different to usual. He’s been a superhero for a little while now, which means he’s spending less time making rookie errors and more time building awesome superhero gadgets to make his abilities even more amazing. Oh, but he’s still dealing with relationship drama. Seriously, Pete, get a grip.

Swinging through the streets of NYC is never going to stop being fun, especially when you can earn points for pulling off mid-air gymnastics, and you can dive seamlessly into the fray if a crime takes place under your nose. You can even play certain quests as MJ and another familiar face from the Spider-Man universe (no spoilers now), and there are some genuinely difficult questions you’ll end up asking yourself as you ponder how villainous some of the bad guys are really being.

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