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Marvel’s Spider-man review

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a brand new game that is the latest exclusive title to be released on the PS4. The game was developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game is based on the popular Marvel character, Spider-Man who first appeared as a character in a comic book in 1962, but has since then appeared in a variety of mediums such as television, film, radio and video games.

When first hearing about Marvel’s Spider-Man a year or so ago, I was initially interested in what a Spider-Man game on the PS4 could be like to play. I’d always liked the old Spider-Man games on the PS2, but ever since then there hasn’t really been a great Spider-Man game released at all. Mostly in the superhero genre, gaming has been dominated by the Rocksteady Batman games, however these too have gone away lately. So there was quite a gap in the market for a big superhero game and it seems that the team at Insomniac Games took up the challenge and decided to to make Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Before playing the game, I had taken into account the massive amounts of hype surrounding this game. Being an exclusive title for the PS4 meant that quite a lot of care and attention went into hyping up the product before its September release and sometimes it’s hard for these expectations to be satisfied once you have the game in your home and running on your TV screen. But I’m happy to say, that after spending countless hours with Marvel’s Spider-Man, that the game is actually quite excellent. I don’t want to be one to add to the hype train at all, but I’m going to anyway and I can tell you now that it’s a safe buy right now and many gamers should be pleased to have this title in their collection.

One of the toughest things to do with a new gaming franchise is establishing the world around the character you will play. This means not only having to slowly develop the central character, but also the characters around them on their journey. The story of Marvel’s Spider-Man takes place at a time when Peter Parker’s career as Spider-Man has been going on already for a few years. We jump into his life at a time when he’s facing a new threat from some villains known as the “Demons’, which he must investigate.

As the story did not have to be bogged down with origin story elements, the game picked things up quite fast and gets into the action fairly quickly, which is something great. But what was even better I thought for getting to know this version of Spider-Man was that all over the city there are countless collectables you can pick up and collect. After getting a collectablie, Spider-Man will comment about something from his past a little and in a way as you play the game, you feel like you are getting to know the character you are playing and that helps to make the character well rounded and something with some depth and history.

Marvel's Spider-man Review

Marvel’s Spider-man Review

Interestingly you don’t always play as just Spider-Man alone in the game as occasionally you do some missions as some of the side characters, including Miles and Mary Jane. Gameplay is more limited for these characters as they don’t have powers like Spider-Man but these gameplay moments were a good change of pace compared to Spider-Man’s fast paced action scenes. I was quite happy with the development of the side characters. The Peter Parker and Mary-Jane relationship well handled and portrayed, with the relationship between the two reminding me quite a bit of what it was like back in the Raimi films and I loved that.

Other characters, such as the multiple villains were well done, each having their own back story and detailed motivations for what they were doing with their lives detailed throughout the storyline. There is a lot of potential in the future for these characters from this first game to be further developed in the future should there be a sequel made in a few years time.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is an open world adventure game, which is also third person. You can explore Spider-Man’s home city, fly in between buildings by grappling them with your web and choose which missions (side or main) that you might prefer at any particular time. When looking at the superhero genre and particularly at Rocksteady’s Batman games which were also open world, Marvel’s Spider-Man gives us a city which felt much more alive. The main difference between the Batman games and this one is that when you go down to the ground, there’s civilians down there living their lives, driving cars and commenting on Spider-man being around. In contrast to the Rocksteady Batman games, that open world environment was completely empty every single time in those titles and had nothing but enemies for you to fight, there was nothing in Gotham city for Batman to do other than fight villains. Marvel’s Spider-Man offers a very alive and real world to explore.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man the open world has a variety of events which trigger as you explore the city with Spider-man, in these events he will need to do superhero work such as stopping gunmen in car chases, rescuing people from car accidents, stopping gun activity or violence on the streets and much more. These mini activities worked well in between the main storyline to mix things up and liven up the massive open world that Spider-man lives in. While nice, I did come across many of the same types of events during my 20 hours with this game, I do still appreciate that they were there though.

As you go through the game, Spider-man will unlock new skills and there is an upgrade tree for you to go through and select different skills to learn as you go. There are also different types of Spider-man suits you will unlock, with some providing different abilities when worn. Gadgets that Spider-man uses can also be unlocked and upgraded as you go through the game. There’s not too much difficulty to any of the upgrade systems, it’s fairly straightforward. By going through the game and sticking to mainly just the main quests should give you enough xp to have more than the majority of upgrades unlocked.

Where I thought the game had only a few issues was with the puzzles. The puzzles in the game have you matching circuits and balancing voltages. It’s nice at first and it ties in well to Spider-man’s science background. But I found that when going through the game that there were just too many of these and while they were of different levels of difficulty, I reached a point where I just didn’t want to do them anymore and wished I could skip it. When playing through the game, I encountered only the very rarest of glitches like a villain getting stuck inside a truck (only happened once in my 20 or so hours) or myself somehow getting stuck inside a building and having to restart that (only happened once in my playthrough). But overall the game is solid and near perfect in many ways.

Marve’s Spider-Man also has quite a nice soundtrack. There are many themes throughout the game which you would know if you’ve been a Spider-man fan for a long time. There’s also a few new themes which were made just for the game and overall the sounds within the game were well done and brought the world to life. If you have Spotify, you can check out the soundtrack for the game below.

Overall I have very little to complain about when it comes to Marvel’s Spider-Man. In fact I am very happy to recommend the game to anyone out there who is a Spider-man fan or just a gaming enthusiast in general. The game is of decent length (20 hours or so depending on how much you do, possibly more), has characters which are well developed with strong motivations behind them and a strong gameplay experience which is enjoyable and rewarding. With this first title in this gaming franchise, everything was excellent and I can’t wait to complete my second playthrough with this game or for a future sequel.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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