The Neighborhood Friend, Teioso, Miranha, Cabeça de Teia. There are several names that can be used to refer to one of the greatest heroes in comic book history. The character who has always been a best-seller is already in the popular imagination as a synonym of kindness and perseverance, easily identified by the public due to his double journey as an individual and protector of the city.
Obviously, with all this popularity, it wouldn’t just be limited to comics, and has already received animated series, films and, of course, video games. With the launch of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Soon, we decided that it’s time to resolve an issue of ours and make this content that we’ve been requesting for so many years. This is the Worst to the Best of Spider-Man games.
Here are our selection criteria:
- The grades presented are based on the Metacritic and GameRankings rating aggregators. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we will take the scores from each version and make an arithmetic average.
- If it was released for desktop consoles, handheld versions were not considered, but handheld and mobile exclusives were considered.
- Only games starring Spider-Man are present on the list.
5) Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011) – 59
Fifth on the worst list is Spider-Man: Edge of Timereleased in 2011. It is a sequel to Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions in which we follow Peter Parker and Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, together in combat against a threat across space-time to try to save their timelines. The story was written by Peter Allen David, better known as PAD, an award-winning comic book writer responsible for 12 years of Incredible Hulk stories. Looking at the gameplay, it is an action and adventure title that alternates between the two protagonists, who can hang around the city, fight enemies, use their spider sense to find objects and use special abilities unique to each one. The title was praised for PAD’s story, performances and powers, but criticized for its simple combat, the number of small environments and its short duration. Your score is 59.
4) Spider-Man 3 (2007) – 57,6
Fourthly, we have a big-screen bomb that was also a big-screen bomb. Spider-Man 3, released in 2007, is based on the film of the same name directed by Sam Raimi and puts Peter in the difficult task of avoiding the plans of the Venom symbiote, but not before proving a little of its powers. There is a slight difference in the combat of the two available versions. While the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC have several options for aerial combat, the PS2 and Wii are more down to earth. Both versions allow the player to freely explore New York, while not carrying out missions, and have several secondary activities involving characters not present in the film, although they are not the same between the two versions. And, as previously mentioned, it is possible to play with the Spider-Man Symbiote, which makes the character stronger and unlocks new abilities. I know, this all sounds cool, but it ended up receiving the same warm reception as the film from critics. While the next-gen version makes swinging around fun, has a good amount of content, and looks really nice, the combat is boring and frustrating, the camera is a problem, the frames per second are inconsistent, and the story is pretty bad. . The old generation version can be even worse, bringing a large city to explore, but a short duration, bad graphics and terrible acting. Putting the two together, your score is 57.6.
3) Spider-Man: Battle for New York (2006) – 54,5
We follow the list with Spider-Man: Battle for New York, released in 2006. It tells the classic origin story of the spider, having to stop the plans of Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, who ends up transforming into a creature when trying to replicate the effects of the spider that bit Peter and become more powerful than him. In the game, the player must save people in danger, battle enemies and swing around, but there are some phases starring Osborn. The title takes advantage of the Nintendo DS’s second screen to introduce three minigames, which are obviously not present in the Game Boy Advance version. On the Nintendo DS it was well received, being praised for Spidey’s abilities, 3D visuals, atmospheric audio and some comic book-like scenes and criticized for its repetitive combat and short duration. On the Game Boy, the story was different, receiving praise for its stages, abilities and balance between fighting and exploration, but being harshly criticized for attacks that don’t hit enemies, attacks that affect the player without touching them, graphics and sounds that don’t hit enemies. They are so good and, to top it off, there are several problems that make it almost unplayable. This all earned him a grade of 54.5.
2) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – 53,6
Whoever takes home the silver medal is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, released in 2014, inspired by the failed film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Although inspired, it follows its own path and features several well-known characters from the universe, such as Black Cat, Kingpin, Kraven the Hunter, Shocker, Carnage and Green Goblin. The title has an open world with main missions, which develop the plot, and secondary activities, such as stopping thieves, ending shootouts and throwing bombs so they don’t explode in the streets. Its combat is of the freeflow type, with the beating eating those who are in the way, mixing blows with webs that throw and trap enemies. And just like the film, it was an absolute failure. While the general presentation and boss battles are very good, the side missions are boring, the combat is too simple and there is little precision in movement. Your grade is 53.6.
1) Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995) – 48,6
And in first place among the worst, we have Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety, from 1995. It is a side-scrolling beat ’em up that can be played multiplayer, with one player controlling the web-head while the other is the symbiosis. The two work together to end the threat that Carnage promises to the city, while counting on the help of heroes like Captain America, Ghost Rider and Daredevil. The title was heavily criticized at the time mainly for its repetitiveness, lack of originality and lack of cutscenes, being described as “not very fun”. Your grade is 48.5.
Let’s now move on to the best ones.
5) Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace (2001) – 84
We start the best with Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menacefrom 2001. The title is a sequence of the famous Spider-Man 1 e 2, which arrived on PS1 at the beginning of the century. Here, Peter Parker must put an end to a group of villains led by Mysterio. At the end of each of the 7 phases, the player faces one of the villains that make up this tough gang. The player can swing around with his web, pick up upgrades and battle anyone in the way. It was praised for its exploration, comic-inspired cutscenes and great gameplay, while it was criticized for its learning curve and responsive controls. Your score is 84.
4) Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) – 84,5
In fourth place, a more recent game. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the standalone sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man, released in 2018, which follows Miles as he struggles to balance his normal life with his tedious responsibilities, especially now that a war between a high-tech criminal army and an energy company is about to break out. The player can freely explore New York City, going from one place to another to carry out missions, talk to NPCs, collect collectibles and the like. Miles has special powers involving bio-electricity that can incapacitate enemies and destroy opposing technologies. The game was highly praised for its combat, narrative, amount of content and technical improvements in the PS5 version, but criticized for its short duration and for not bringing major differences in relation to Peter Parker’s gameplay. Your grade is 84.5.
3) Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem (2010) – 85
Whoever wins the bronze medal is Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem, a mobile game released in 2010. It is an action adventure in which the web-head must take several villains, such as Rhino and Sandman, back to jail after an explosion frees them. There are three attack buttons that can be used to create combos and defeat all enemies in your path. These beating parts are alternated with sequences of locomotion using webs, in which the player must press the buttons on the screen in rhythm with the hero’s movement to be successful. The game was highly praised for its vibrant visuals, fun combo system and well-constructed narrative, but criticized for its controls and lack of originality. Your score is 85.
2) Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) – 87
In second place, taking the silver medal, we have Marvel’s Spider-Man, released in 2018. Developed by Insomniac Games, the title follows Peter Parker having to fight a group made up of Electro, Rhino, Vulture, Shocker, Scorpio and Mister Negative who seek to control New York’s criminal underworld. Furthermore, Mister Negative is threatening to release a deadly virus on the city, which makes the whole situation even more complicated for our hero. The gameplay is very similar to the one already mentioned. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, with the difference that Peter has a very wide variety of skills and accessories that can be unlocked and improved, allowing the player to adapt the combat to his style. There is a wide variety of secondary activities to be done, such as facing criminals, stopping car chases, getting hidden items and helping NPCs. The title was a complete success, being acclaimed by the public and specialized media. The praise went to the exciting story, the quality of the web-swinging, the dynamic combat, the great boss battles, the cinematographic vibe it conveys and the secondary characters, while it received some criticism related to the monotony of the secondary missions and some repetitive animations in combat. Your score is 87.
1) Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (2023) – 91
And firstly, we have news fresh out of the oven. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was released in 2023 and is a sequel to Spider-Man: Miles Morales, placing Peter and Miles working together to combat threats such as Kraven, Sandman, Lizard and the Venom symbiosis, which ends up mixing with Peter and affecting both his life as a vigilante and his personal relationships. The game constantly switches between the two protagonists, presenting clear differences in their gameplay, and also introduces the symbiosis outfit, granting exclusive abilities to the player while using it. It expands the New York map, brings new gadgets and features a fast travel system with virtually no loading screen. Just like its predecessors, it is being extremely praised by the specialized media and is among the main titles of what is one of the industry’s busiest years in a long time. It received praise for its narrative, improved map navigation, story of side missions, skills, fast travel and DualSense functions, while it received criticism related to Quick Time Events, crimes in the city that need to be stopped and skill tree and number of accessories . Your score is 91.
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