Spider-Man: The Heist

The first of 3 post-game DLC planned for Marvel’s Spider-man (PS4) is a short but (mostly) sweet swing back into the wonderful world of the game.

In the DLC you get to chase after and sometimes partner up with fan favorite the Black Cat.  The main crux of the story which is about 3 hours total, is quite literally it’s namesake a heist perpetrated by Black Cat for reasons that Spider-man has to figure out. Throughout the story you’ll get to learn more about their backstory, and there’s definitely some interesting toying with our expectations. There’s also a side story that adds some more depth to a character which I won’t spoil here.

While Black Cat is the breakout star of this DLC, MJ makes an appearance along with the return of wacky adversary Screwball, and some nice short convos with Miles Morales. While I wish the DLC was longer I guess it’s a good thing to leave us wanting more, and I’m interested to see how if it all the next DLC episodes deal with where we left off.

 

Pro’s:
Black Cat!
A new enemy faction
Cool, if somewhat predictable side story

Con’s:
Short

 

I give it a 8/10.

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Home With You

Can’t go with you
Won’t go with you

But would you even ask me to

Convincing myself that I can’t have you

At least not in that way
You made that quite clear that day

There’s the part that wants more
And the part that knows I’ll only get less

So for now I’ll just say you do you
And tell myself I won’t be going home with you

Love?

Twisted in lovers lane
A mix of emotions I can’t, or choose not to explain
How can I go from having “some” feelings to what seems like love overnight

You touched me without touching me
Or rather made me touch myself
I feel your presence here even though you’re clearly not

Not physically but mentally you’re right here next to me
Laying oh so perfectly

Will this sudden rush of feelings go away as quickly as they came
Or will they stand the test of time

Sadly, perhaps thankfully even as I finish this poem I feel those feelings slipping away
And me returning back to normal

Whatever that means

Swingin’ Round The City

Let me start out from the jump saying that Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) is a blast! In this game we get to play an older (though still in his 20s) Spider-Man, one who has years of experience under his belt. Along with already established relationships with many of his most iconic villains. The game clocks in roughly around 16 or so hours, leaving loads more time for exploring, side missions, etc.

Spider-man (PS4) is a great trip into the worlds of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. There are some side missions that help to flush out the world, and some welcome inclusions of characters you may not know much about if you aren’t a huge comic book fan. The New York City of the game feels very much alive, and it feels great to just swing around before diving into helping some citizens, beat up on some criminals, or completing a mission to advance the story. While the pacing of the story could use a little work, the villains and Spider-Man/Peter’s relationships with them are the highlight of this game.

Pro’s:
Good story
Swinging around feels spectacular
Multiple gadgets, showing off Spider-man’s scientific side
Multiple ways to take down enemies (stealthy, straight on, setting traps)/expansive skill tree

Con’s:
Some story pacing issues

 

Overall a great game (one with it’s own “after credits” scene which I won’t spoil for you). I eagerly await the inevitable sequel.

I give it a 9/10.

 

Thoughts

These thoughts they run deep

Like the blood through my veins
And I try to change course but it’s like it’s in vain

So sometimes I feel shame, and sometimes I just embrace
But then that embrace turns into self-hate

And if I can’t be at peace with my own thoughts, then who will
It’s like I’m living in a ghost world, my own Silent Hill

And daylight only breaks when I get distracted by going through my daily motions

Hoping to avoid my really crazy thoughts

But when I’m alone in my head my thoughts aren’t just thoughts
They’re my new reality, my shelter from the world

And then I’m shamed, spooked, scared, awakened back to the real world

Only to slowly fall back into my thoughts again