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Do Whatever a Spider Can: Spider-Man Games!


Did you guys know that I love video games? Oh, you did. Well, did you also know I love comic books? I talk a lot about how my older brother was my introduction into the world of games. He was also my introduction into the world of comics! I have been reading comics for as long as I could read. Hell, before that I’d just look at the pictures. I have even mentioned before that I made a pretty baller Metal Gear Solid comic back in the day. I can talk about comics and games all day. Don’t even get me started on how cool an 8 bit Daredevil game could be… Anyway, I want to mention a few comic book related video games that I love! Today, let’s keep the focus on everyone’s favorite web-head, Spider-Man!

Spider-Man 1 and 2 (PS2 and Xbox)

Let’s face it. There are a TON of games based on your friendly neighborhood wall crawler. During the days of me playing PS2 over at other people’s houses, there was always one game I made sure to pick up and play. That was Spider-Man based on the first movie. I know, I know. A licensed game, Johnny? Well, hear me out. This game rocks! I always messed around with different cheat codes. Once I found out you could play as the Green Goblin I lost it. As soon as the second movie came out, I got the game. Spider-Man 2 is even better (the game and the movie)! The open world, combat, and experience system were all executed very well and it deviated from the movie enough for the story to stand alone. These games are both dirt cheap nowadays so I definitely recommend adding them to your collection.

Ultimate Spider-Man (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) and Maximum Carnage (SNES and Genesis)

I’ll be brief with these two because, honestly, they deserve their own articles. Ultimate Spider-Man is definitely one of the best comic book related games from its generation. The art style and alternating story lines represents the source material perfectly. Maximum Carnage is based on a popular 90s Spider-Man arc. It’s a fairly standard beat-em-up with colorful graphics and satisfying attacks. Oh, and you can play as Venom (makes it worth it by itself).

Spider-Man (PS1)

Okay, I’ll admit it. The whole reason for writing this article was to talk about this game. This was one of my favorite PS1 games growing up and still is to this day. It is one of the games I recommend to every Playstation owner. Maybe I’m a little biased because of the nostalgia I share with it… Regardless, check it out. If not for the cutscenes alone.

I never get tired of listening to Venom tell Spidey to “surf the web”. The game plays like a standard action game mixed with great platforming, puzzles, and even races. The races can get annoying sometimes if you haven’t masted your web-slinging but once that’s down, you’re good to go. There are plenty of moves you can do to pummel enemies so it never gets too repetitive. The best thing about the game was always the secrets. Whether it was finding awesome easter eggs like The Lizard locked in the sewers or Hob Goblin’s hideout, you will definitely be searching every nook and cranny. You can view comic covers that you find throughout the levels and so much more. Unlocking different costumes is by far the best feature. From Peter Parker in plain clothes to Captain Universe,  you will want to try out each costume to utilize their features. And if all that STILL isn’t enough, it’s narrated by Stan Lee! Skip to 3:15 to see what I’m talking about!

I know I got off into a little… thing back there. You know you’d do the same for a game you love! I expect this to be the first of many comic related articles! Until the, what’s your favorite Spider-Man game? Chat with us in the comments below!




Johnny grew up sharing NES, Genesis, and Playstation games with his older brother. His first personal system was the Nintendo 64. After regaining most of his old games, he began to expand his collection. Eventually, his mission became to collect anything and everything retro related.