Mastering Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Insider Tips for a Superhero Adventure
Marvel‘s Spider-Man 2 opens its virtual world with a flair of cinematic brilliance, casting you as the iconic web-slinger in a way that feels straight out of a superhero blockbuster. As you embark on this epic adventure, the only thing missing is a bucket of popcorn, provided you don’t mind your PlayStation 5 controllers getting a little messy.
While the game is expansive and brimming with content for dedicated fans, it remains highly accessible to those seeking a fresh gaming experience. According to Doug Sheahan, a senior programming director at Insomniac Games, “We definitely go through pains to make sure that we are teaching the player everything they need to know to be great at being Spider-Man.”
For those eager to swing into action with a bit of insider knowledge, WIRED consulted Sheahan for his expert advice on starting your Spider-Man 2 adventure. Rest assured, this guide avoids any narrative or late-game spoilers.
Tweak the Difficulty Levels: Spider-Man 2 offers four difficulty settings—Friendly Neighborhood, Friendly, Amazing, and Spectacular. Each setting comes with its own challenges. As Sheahan explains, “Enemies are going to deal more damage, and their timings are going to be a bit faster” at higher difficulties. If you’re new to the game or prefer an easier experience, start with Amazing and adjust as needed in the Settings menu. Friendly Neighborhood is an excellent choice for younger players or those who desire a more forgiving experience.
Spread Your Web Wings: Mastering web wings can significantly enhance your speed. Sheahan advises, “The biggest thing with the web wings to optimize speed is about utilizing them in conjunction with everything else.” Take Spider-Man to the heights of a New York City skyscraper, then dive down, deploying your wingsuit to capture that speed. Swing a few webs to regain altitude and repeat for an exhilarating experience.
Perfect That Parry: Defensive parrying is a new addition in Spider-Man 2. Sheahan notes that regular combat is more engaging, requiring players to pay closer attention. Know when to dodge and when to parry during encounters with criminals and supervillains. While parrying isn’t central to the game like some titles, it’s a valuable addition to your combat toolkit.
Flip Between Heroes: Unlike its predecessors, Spider-Man 2 allows you to switch between the two superheroes, Peter Parker and Miles Morales, seamlessly. Peter excels at single-target attacks, while Miles is more adept at ranged combat. Swipe left on the touchpad and hold the square button to toggle between the two as needed.
Zip Around with Fast Travel: The fast travel feature in Spider-Man 2 is a true game-changer. According to Sheahan, it’s “next-gen” and minimizes waiting time. To unlock this feature, you’ll need to progress through about half of a district’s tasks.
Then Slow It All Down: When things get intense, take control of the game’s timescale. Sheahan explains that you can slow the game down to run at 70 percent or 50 percent speed, giving you more time to process attacks and events. To access this feature, navigate to Settings, then Accessibility, and toggle the Game Speed section.
Don’t Skip the Recap: Whether you’re returning to the game or diving in for the first time, the recap at the start of Spider-Man 2 is thoughtfully curated and worth your time. You don’t need to be a superhero expert to enjoy this adventure. According to Sheahan, “This game absolutely stands on its own as a complete and full story.”
Check Out the Accessibility Options: Spider-Man’s experience is customizable to your needs. Accessibility settings include high-contrast modes for clearer visuals, the option to disable camera shakes, and an autocomplete feature for quick time events. Sheahan mentions that more accessibility options, like a screen reader, are on the way later this year.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is an epic journey that caters to both novice and seasoned players. With these pro tips in mind, you’re ready to swing, soar, and parry your way through the bustling streets of New York City in superhero style.
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