Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (PlayStation 5) Review

By Neil Flynn 08.07.2021

Review for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered  on PlayStation 5

Spiderman fans leapt in jubilation with the announcement of Marvel's Spiderman for PS4 in 2016. This PlayStation exclusive was finally bringing some much-needed sparkle to the Spiderman franchise as fans hoped that this would bring their favourite web-slinger back to prominence in the same fashion that the Batman Arkham trilogy did for Batman. Marvel's Spiderman eventually released in 2018 to a rather rapturous applause from critics and players alike, including Cubed3's review by David Lovato. As the masters at Sony and Insomniac Games decided to give it a remaster in 2020, Cubed3 thought it would be a good idea to revisit opinions on it.

Available day one for PlayStation 5, Marvel's Spiderman Remastered, has done its utmost to fully utilise the power and tech available. Insomniac Games have improved upon the already impressive graphics, such as buildings and environments, bringing Manhattan even more to life. Weather and lighting effects have been re-worked with shadows and reflections now featuring improvements via raytracing. Insomniac Games have also re-worked Peter Parker's face, although the reasoning for this is not overly clear. At this point it might have been worthwhile to bring in Tom Holland, but perhaps there were a few things such as licensing and money that got in the way of that.

Screenshot for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered  on PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5's technology has also helped the team bring forward a host of visual options. By default, the game focuses on high fidelity graphics with features like ray-tracing, enhanced lighting and additional VFX at 30fps. Alternatively, Performance mode is 60fps without the bells and whistles of ray-tracing and enhanced lighting, although the team have since patched in Performance RT mode which is 60fps and added raytracing, reflection quality and pedestrian density. The latter was preferred during this review playthrough, the major reason for this is the pace of traversal, and combat often means that Spiderman is zipping around constantly. Having a better frame rate for this just completes the fluidity of the experience. Traversal feels incredible, swinging across the New York City landscape, zipping at high speeds from building to building and once Spiderman's skill sets are fully upgraded it is a joy to do. Combat likewise is phenomenal. It is centred around melee attacks and dodging but is heavily focussed on showcasing Peter's arsenal of Spidey-gadgets and special powers, giving everything an ecstatic feeling of power.

Screenshot for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered  on PlayStation 5

For the uninitiated, David Lovato's original review can explain in further detail about how the base game pans out, although the only deviation in opinion is the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary-Jane which provides a comical and whimsical set of cutscenes, even if some of them are a little cliché. Gameplay itself is incredibly varied, from solving crimes in each of Manhattan's neighbourhoods, restoring way-point towers, finding Peter's lost backpacks, shutting down crime rings or completing time-based challenges set by a character whose presence won't be spoiled in this review. In fact, the sheer number of characters from the Spiderman franchise that make an appearance is quite a mean-feat, sometimes so much so that it is interesting to see how it all inter-connects with one another, even if it does deviate from the source material slightly.

Screenshot for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered  on PlayStation 5

Marvel's Spiderman Remastered also throws in the three-post game DLC packs for free, all of which add a few more challenges and tasty cutscenes to the mix. The enemies pack a much harder punch, not to the point where the game is harshly more difficult but it is more noticeable when an enemy does manage to land a hit. All of the DLC help position the story to what comes next. To get maximum enjoyment from this, it is quite achievable to complete the entire package 100% from base game to DLC. It feels overwhelmingly rewarding to do so, and given that traversal, combat and the soundtrack are top notch it is easy to continue spending time in this digital recreation of Manhattan.

Screenshot for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered  on PlayStation 5

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 10 out of 10

Masterpiece - Platinum Award

Rated 10 out of 10

It is rare to see such a strongly varied game, based on a beloved license such as Spiderman, hit all of the right notes and deliver in such a satisfying fashion. The simplicity yet sheer variety in combat is unapparelled, traversal is mind-blowingly fun and cathartic, and the soundtrack is epic, not only the musical score but the voice acting as well. Visually, Marvel's Spiderman Remastered looks outstanding, with raytracing and 60fps, which is exactly the type of quality that New York's favourite superhero deserves. PlayStation owners and Spiderman fans who do not own this are doing themselves an absolute injustice as it is quite simply one of the best games available on the system.






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C3 Score

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Reader Score

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