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Spider-Man 2: taking gaming to new heights

By Donovan Gibbs, Staff Writer

After their very successful sequel of “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” in late 2020,  Marvel’s “Spider-Man 2” game has finally arrived after a long four-year wait for video games. This new installment has been well-received by fans and critics. “Spider-Man 2” sold 2.5 million copies in its first 24 hours of release, breaking the previously held record and becoming the fastest-selling PlayStation Studios game in PlayStation history.

Gamers on campus shared their thoughts on the new Spiderman game.

 “The first mission had me hooked, all the action and amazing visuals. I knew I made the right decision buying ‘Spider-Man 2,’” freshman undeclared major Elijah St. John, who got to play the game a day earlier due to pre-order, said.

He shared more on the game meeting his high expectations.

“I have been trailing this game since it was in the early stages of development and it definitely lived up to my expectations, even exceeding my expectations when it came to gameplay. The fighting mechanics and the super abilities Peter and Miles had were nice to use on enemies. Also, I liked the stealth in the game. The stealth gameplay came with a lot more upgrades since the last game,” St. John said.

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        The game is set up a full year after all the mayhem in “Spider-Man: Miles Morales.” This time, the player is able to play as both Peter Parker and Miles Morales. As well as being able to unlock certain things for each character (like suits and upgrades). 

Fans of the game on campus shared their thoughts on the additions.

“The suits in ‘Spider-Man 2’ might be the best in the series in my opinion,” said mathematics major Quincy McDuffie said. “The references from the past games and movies, also paying homage to certain suits from the comics, were very impressive. It made playing the game have more meaning to it outside of just playing to experience the plot.” 

      Throughout the game, the player is able to play through a multitude of missions all over New York City. Ranging from Harlem, Manhattan down to Astoria, Queens. 

“The authenticity of how they made New York in this game was really cool. Being able to see landmarks like Madison Square Garden, the Avengers building and swinging across the Brooklyn Bridge. The attention to detail is evident and it honestly makes the game even better,” sophomore business administration major Bobby Lischner said. “This game to me has my vote for game of the year, the visuals, the story and the gameplay. No other game this year did all that to the level of Spider-Man 2, ” he added.

      The main story in “Spider-Man 2” came as a shock to many as there were many plot lines coming into this game. The developers at Sony said that this game had an emphasis on Miles Morales but “wanted to tell more of Peter’s story.” 

St. John was impressed with the game’s storyline. 

“The plot was really good, especially with the plot twist in the middle of the game. There was no mission in the game that felt like filler. Every mission came with the same amount of enjoyment. The storyline for the side missions was personally my favorite. They made a lot of references to the Marvel comics,” he said.

With 2023 coming to a close, many believe this game is “game of the year,” making it the perfect ending to the friendly-neighborhood trilogy.

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