Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered | Review

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered | Review
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is, undoubtedly, the most talked about of the titles available at the launch of PS5. With a maneuver similar to what Naughty Dog did with The Last Of Us Remastered, Insomniac has decided to re-propose its famous title dedicated to "Tessiragnatele" in a completely new guise, which offers a more complete and immersive experience , and that makes available, on SONY's new flagship, all the productions dedicated to Spider-Man, in their best graphics. The price to pay, however, was a commercial choice little appreciated by users: Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, in fact, is not a simple update, made available for those who already own the original title, but a stand alone title, made available within the Ultimate version of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered: Miles Morales.

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered in a nutshell

Considering that the impressive restoration work put up by Insomniac does not touch the playful structure of the title in the least, our impressions of the game remain the same as 2018. Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered offers one of the best tie-ins dedicated to the "friendly neighborhood spider man", able to stitch around the character of Lee and Ditko an independent narrative universe that could, over the years , to develop in really interesting ways. It is, in fact, an open-world with a highly cinematic narrative, full of twists and small issues deliberately left unresolved in order to kick off a series of titles, and spin-offs such as the recent Spider-Man Miles Morales, who are going to extend the Game-Verse made four hands by Marvel and Insomniac.

A painstakingly created gameplay, moreover, was able to make every single "walk" among the skyscrapers of New York a real experience, thanks to a dynamic management of webs and a combat-system that adapted the famous flow of Rocksteady's Arkham series to the peculiar characteristics of Spider-Man. Like any "first chapter", however, the title creaked slightly in the management of its open world, filled with secondary missions, and collectibles scattered here and there, which failed to shine for variety and quality of writing. Nothing serious, however, as the excellent storytelling, combined with the solid gameplay, managed to entertain and entertain the player for about thirty hours.

What changes in the PS5 version

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, as suggested by its name, is a real restructuring of the original title proposed by Insomniac in 2018. An operation aimed at renewing several aspects of the original title and which, from the first frames of the initial sequence , it is evident to anyone who has played the version for PlayStation 4. Only in the first thirty seconds, in fact, we can already notice a renewed lighting, more defined textures, replaced furniture elements (a change aimed at enhancing the reflections more), instant loads and, of course, a new Peter Parker.

We want to focus on this point for a second. While it is true that super heroes, from traditions, do not have a face but channel values ​​through a mask, or rather a symbol, it is also true that since Bryan Singer replaced those masks with faces, in his 2000 X-Men, the resulting POP culture began to associate its most beloved heroes with specific faces. A factor that was also seen in paper territory, with Bendis paying tribute to Samuel Jackson in his reinterpretation of Nick Fury, on the pages of Ultimates back in 2002. It comes without saying, therefore, that if veteran fans continue to associate a hero with a mask , the younger ones cannot separate Wolverine from Hugh Jackman, or Tony Stark from Robert Downey Jr. For this reason, the replacement of John Bubniack's Peter Parker, with the younger Ben Jordan, has generated strong discontent in a part of the users.

Although unknown, however, we can hypothesize that it was a change due to purely contractual reasons, the fact is that Peter Parker has a new face and, although he marries better with the 23-year-old background created by Insomniac, he does not always focuses on the goal of bonding as best as possible with the more "mature" features of the other characters, tending to creak, especially in the moments in which he finds himself interacting with Mary Jane or with, the younger, Miles Morales. However, there remains no doubt that Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered has offered the excellent ploy to introduce the new face of Peter, going to re-establish continuity on PS5, for all the chapters of the series currently available.

Returning in a purely technical field, Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered offers big changes to its foundations, important changes that smell of next-gen. First of all, we find a management of uploads similar to what was seen in Spider-Man Miles Morales, with changes of setting, and uploads, practically non-existent, to the point of making the famous screens with Spidey in the subway purely accessory. Moving on to the graphic / technical sector, however, we find the same modes offered by the most recent Spider-Man: Miles Morales, or the possibility of playing favoring the graphics or the general performance of the title. By opting for the first choice, we will find ourselves in front of a totally new New York in terms of lights, reflections and colors. By paying the price of playing at 30 fps, we will favor a 4K resolution that releases a series of details unthinkable on PlayStation 4.

Among the "famous" puddles they reflect, a more realistic realization of the windows of skyscrapers and a riot of natural and dynamic ambient lights, the scenario offered is placed in the middle between the two generations, in a similar way to what we saw with Spider-Man Miles Morales. The animations of the characters remain a bit more cumbersome, with the exception of the new Peter Parker, but there is no doubt that the qualitative leap made by the title places it on the same level as the most recent spin-off. By opting for Performance mode, however, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered moves at a stable 60 fps for the duration of the adventure. As already said for Spider-Man Miles Morales, subjectively we find that a greater fluidity of the game action can make up for the absence of some graphic details, especially if we consider the speed of action of the title, but we appreciate this renewed possibility given to the users to be able to tailor the experience according to their preferences.

Who is Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for

Now we come to the crucial point: who is Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for? Difficult to give a dry answer but we can tell you that, if you have never played the 2018 title, the purchase of the Ultimate Edition of Spider-Man Miles Morales is undoubtedly a recommended purchase. At the price of a current triple A title, in fact, you can take home a total of sixty hours of pure fun divided into two perfectly complementary games. If, on the other hand, you have already played the tie-in dedicated to Spider-Man, the decision becomes more complex. In this case, in fact, it only depends on how much you loved the original title as Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered does not renew anything in terms of playful structure, only going to improve the graphic sector of the title by creating a stylistic continuity, and technical, on PS5. In case you are inclined to purchase this version, also, keep in mind that the saves of the original version are not transferable to this remastered (they will be with a future update) but that all the additional contents are present inside it, together with a handful of costumes made especially for this edition.

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