Spider-Man PS4 Guide: 10 Tips You Should Know Before Starting The Game
When you first start Marvel’s Spider-Man, you’re likely going to be taken aback by the complexities of its combat and web-swinging. Developer Insomniac has done a fabulous job at making each system an exciting one that enables you to be imaginative while also showing yourself as a player. While web-swinging will surely be easier to pick up, you’re likely going to run into some issues properly doing the right fight moves during the right conditions in a fight. There’s a lot to the mechanics at work and it might catch you off guard, especially if you’re more accustomed to the rules of other superhero games.
Spider-Man is a much more agile and acrobatic character to play as than, say, Batman from the Arkham games. So, if you’re thrown off by that, don’t worry: we were too. But with enough practice, you can embrace and learn all the skills and abilities that Spider-Man has to offer and more.
To help equip you for the challenges coming towards you, we’ve gathered 10 tips you should know before starting Spider-Man. In this post, we describe the best practices in battle situations, the types of skills you should unlock first in the game’s skill tree, and other habits you should follow in order to come out successful.
Repair The Security Towers ASAP
This is important, but the earlier you can repair all of the Oscorp security towers, it is the best. Otherwise, you’re going to be looking at a completely fuzzed out map for a fair part of the game. An effective crimefighter needs to have full knowledge of their environment, so make repairing the police towers is on the top of the list.
Practice The Basics of Combat
While web-swinging is easy to understand and perform, combat takes a while to wrap your head around. Spider-Man has a much wider range of attacks and strategies at the start of the game that requires quick reflexes to accurately execute. Some moves are situational, but others have to be connected together with another move to be effective. For example, the Air Launcher (Hold square) can be connected with Yank Down (Hold triangle) for a mighty slam attack to the ground that hits back nearby enemies.
Take time to study the move list menu to watch footage of what each one does and the types of situations they’re most useful in. Don’t just mash the buttons it is not Street Fighter, as later you’ll get upgrades that compensate perfectly-timed hits and dodges. If you want a great place to practice, then seek out Thug Crimes and Fisk Hideouts; there are plenty of enemies where you can test your skills against. Mastering the basics puts you in great shape for when you start unlocking gadgets and suit upgrades, which require an intimate understanding of Spider-Man’s repertoire to find the most strong combinations.
Unlock Enemy-Focused Combat Skills
Your early runnings as Spider-Man can be a bit hard when fighting against hardest of enemies equipped with shields or firearms, as they can easily maul and overpower you if you’re not prepared enough. To help shift the odds in your way, it’s a good idea to unlock combat skills concentrated on hurting the various enemy types. Do you hate it when shielded enemies hit and knock you back? Bunker Buster allows you to do the same to them and even start them off buildings. Are you weak to the Brute’s constant pummeling? Wrecking Ball allows you to grab these enemies and spin throw them, hurting enclosing enemies in the process.
These enemy-focused skills tend to be a bit higher up on their respective skill trees, but they’re well worth getting.
Web Slinging Skills Are Fundamental and Awesome
Combat skills and defensive tactics are necessary aspects of your repertoire, there really isn’t anything more fundamental to the Spider-Man Experience™ than web-slinging. So if you’re into that kind of thing, we would suggest diving straight into that special skill tree first. You’ll earn some very useful techniques to help you cross the city more efficiently and make the opening hours of the game more invigorating. Aim to get the Point Launch, Quick Recovery, and Charge Jump as soon as possible, and you’ll be flying through the city in record time.
Don’t Forget To Craft Suit Powers And Mods
It can be easy to get lost in the action of Spider-Man’s exploits and the ensuing drama of his double life–so much so that you neglect to upgrade his suit’s capabilities. There’s a wealth of equippable suit mods that each grants you special combat capabilities, like slow down time after a perfect dodge, instantly shock enemies who hit you or generate Gadget refills after performing Finishers. And suits are more than just superficial unlockables, they actually give you access to special suit powers that can you equip no matter which suit you wear. These powers give Spider-Man special attributes, like bulletproof armor or the ability to throw enemies without having to web them up.
All of these upgrades will be completely lost on you if you ignore them or simply stick to the ones assigned to you during the game’s tutorial. Take advantage of suit powers and mods to enhance your Spidey tactics and abilities, but just make sure to check in every once in a while to see what you’ve unlocked for an upgrade.
Diversify Your Side Activities
As you finish side activities and take more of the game’s endless collectibles, you’ll earn special tokens used to improve Spider-Man’s gadgets and make new suit mods and powers. These upgrades require all manner of tokens to unlock, so when you’re out in the world, try to diversify the types of projects you do. This way you’ll always be getting enough tokens to unlock the best Spider-Man’s arsenal.
When you fly over an activity on the map screen, it’ll tell you the type of tokens you’ll be rewarded, as well as how many you’ll get. Some activities can even be repeated for additional token rewards. As a crimefighter, you’ll want to keep yourself preoccupied, but try to avoid doing the same thing over and over.
Build A One Man Army
Combining Suit powers with your gadgets, along with the three Suit Mod slots, you’re able to create some spectacular combos. For example, if you’re fighting a bunch of goons, you could shoot a loaded-up Web Bomb, then let out an ear-splitting solo with the Rock Out power to send them all flying. Maybe you want to take to the skies and pair the suspension matrix with low gravity for some serious hangtime. Or you could just let your robots to do the dirty work for you: use the Spider Drone and Spider Bro for a tag team takedown.
Spider-Man’s combat is all about creatively combining the effects of your gadgets, suit powers, and suit mods together for disastrous results. Be a responsible crime fighter and take time to mix n’ match to see what works best.
On The Ground Level
Swinging through the city is fun, there’s still a whole world out there on the sidewalks to New York to examine, so take some time out of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Manning to understand the details on the ground floor. Give people high fives! Eavesdrop on the chatter! Check out the New York City landmarks! Read the Daily Bugle! And sometimes, folks on the street might tell you about nearby crimes in the area.
Stop The Crime, Or Pay With Time
If you’re a completionist and can’t possibly imagine yourself NOT getting all of Spider-Man’s new suits, then listen up. In order to unlock the final outfit, you’ll need to complete each of Manhattan’s nine districts. That means finishing every single side quest, completing all the activities, and finding every collectible. This is why we cannot stress enough: do not skip crime activities. If you see a red exclamation icon pop up on your mini-map, make that your top preference. You’ll want to complete as many as you can over the course of the main story, otherwise, you’re going to be spending a whole lot of time wandering the streets, searching for thugs to beat up. See a crime happening? get involved. That’s the Spidey way.
Seek Out Challenges
You’ll come across stations that allow you to take on challenges. They might be fight or stealth focused or might have you following a drone across the city rooftops. Make sure not to skip these, as they’ll reward you precious tokens needed to obtain high-level upgrades for your gadgets and suit powers, particularly when you break the high score record.
There is a lot of Nerdy Stuff Around
Spider-Man is deeply entrenched in the character’s long lore. As you progress the game’s story, you’ll see a mixture of references to the comics and movies. But if you take time to search and look more closely at Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man’s Manhattan, you’ll discover an excess of Marvel references spread all around. For example, there are many landmarks that are direct nods to popular Marvel characters and organizations. When you’re not out fighting crime, be sure to set aside time to search for these references. It may not benefit your progression directly, but it’s well worth doing–if only to be in wonder of all the small details inserted into the game world.
Spider-Man releases on September 7 on PS4. The game’s first DLC expansion is set to launch on October 23.