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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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.

 

The Queen Returns

Though some (including Nicki herself) would say that she never really left, it has been 3+ years since we last had a Nicki Minaj album. A lot has happened in Nicki’s personal life in that time, and after such a hiatus expectations were high (especially due to the rise of another female rapper in Minaj’s “absence”).

Now the question that everyone’s wondering is of course, did she meet the expectations with her new album entitled Queen. And while that might depend on who you ask, the short answer in my opinion is yes!

Nicki starts the album off with a sultry opener reflecting on what’s happened in the time between her last album and now. Then teams up with Eminem (and Labrinth) for a song that while not quite Roman’s Revenge is still a great addition to her discography. The album also has notable appearances by Lil Wayne (no surprise there), Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, Future, and a surprise collaboration with Foxy Brown.

Queen has something for everyone, if you want to cry reflecting on past relationships you can. If you wanna talk your sh*t to some haters you can do that too. And if you just wanna get on the dance floor and show off, there are some club ready hits as well.

Overall I give Queen 4/5 stars.

Top 5 Songs (for now):

Barbie Dreams
Chun Swae (ft. Swae Lee)
LLC
Good Form
Hard White

Honorable Mention:

Sir (ft. Future)

 

Give it a listen for yourself here:

TIDAL
Apple
Spotify