E3 2017: Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay Video Debuts, Release Date Slated For 2018

Sony reveals more details about the PS4-exclusive action game.

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The long-awaited Spider-Man game from Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games finally made its debut tonight during Sony's E3 2017 press conference. It provided us with a look at an extended gameplay demo featuring combat, navigation, and more.

In it, we saw Spider-Man make his way through a construction zone, taking down enemies with his web-slinging abilities with Batman: Arkham-style combat. The action then moved into downtown New York, where Spider-Man swung from building to building, chasing a helicopter through the city. The trailer revealed that Miles Morales may be in the game in some capacity. You can watch the video above and check out some action in the animated GIF below.

Spider-Man casts players as the iconic web-slinger in a completely original story, separate from next month's Spider-Man: Homecoming. It takes place at a time when Peter Parker is "experienced" and "more masterful at fighting crime" in New York.

"From traversing with parkour and utilizing the environment, to new combat and blockbuster set pieces, it's Spider-Man unlike any you've played before," reads a line from the game's description. Spider-Man is the first licensed game Insomniac has ever made. It is known most for the Ratchet and Clank series.

For more, check out our roundup of all the news shared during Sony's E3 press conference. Among the highlights were a remastered Shadow of the Colossus and an extended look at Days Gone.

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Looks kinda cool. Web slinging around skyscrapers will never get old.

Way too many 'cinematic' moments for my tastes, though. The combat and stealth looks alot more Batman Arkham'ish.

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The only game that does good QTE is uncharted, and you don't even notice. Spider man looks good but to hell with QTE dude.

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this is so cool awesome graphic great gameplay, I can't wait for this game

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I can't believe such a popular character like Spider-Man will only be on PS. Just wait until this game drops--it might be the nail in the coffin for XB1.

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[reposting for convenience]

QTEs are the opposite of actual gameplay. They dominated games last decade, and apparently they're making a major comeback.

Let's put it another way, from a design standpoint: Let's say you script this AMAZING 2 minute cutscene, full of action and audio cues, riveting musical score, and effects. But the gamer hasn't touched a button for 2 minutes, so they're not actually playing a game -- they're watching a movie. Producer says "drop in some QTE".

...but wait -- what if they fail?

Choice 1: Replay the SAME scene, again and again, until the players HATE your scene. #1 rule for horror, suspense, comedy, etc. is "too much repetiton ruins it." i.e., Bad design choice.

Choice 2: Show animations where the players fail, but keep going. The player will feel like they missed out on something, and either replay it or lose some sense of satisfaction. Bad design choice.

It's a forced mechanic that turns every game into Guitar Hero, at best, and "please hate these movies we worked so hard on" at worst.

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I disliked the Batman games. I got about a quarter through the original AA and never picked it up again -- too much stealth garbage, telegraphed slo-mo combat, etc...

This is just a Batman clone with happier tones and more QTE.

I'll take the real-time combo combat of GoW; kthx.

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Why is everything 2018.. there is literally no games this year and everything is jsut in 2018

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@gameplayuk: Lost Legacy, The Evil Within 2, COD, Battlefront 2. just enjoy the multiplats coming in the fall that will keep you playing until the exclusives we will be overrunned by.

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@gameplayuk: PS4 has had one to two AAA titles released since last December. I'm good if nothing else comes out for the rest of the year, and even if that was the case, it would be about seven to eight more AAA exclusives than you'll get on XB1, this year. That's for sure.

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@gameplayuk: Nioh, Horizon, PErsona 5, Nier, Gravity Rush 2. Whatchu talkin' bout Willis??

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@harlemsfinest27: Last Guardian, Wipeout...all of which scored 9's on GS.

Greatness!!!

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This is cool. A great thing for Sony to have this in their arsenal.

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Game looks like a Batman Arkham City clone (which isn't a bad thing). Might be a day 1 purchase for me.

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@dkidfrmdbx: actually thats how the last few spiderman games have been and they were pretty good. This one looks really promising.

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Game looks great, QTEs seem just right and not deserving of the outcry. This is clearly a mission which warrants some type of interaction during predetermined sequences.

No one likes sitting there and doing nothing.

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@RicanV: ...and, QTE is still a poor substitute for actual control.

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@Pyrosa: yes but that also looked like a mixture of actual control with some QTE. Like you have to have spiderman actually catch up to the spot where the quick time event occurs. For a scene like that it doesnt seem so bad. As long as you actually control the swinging portion of it and are not just watching until the button prompts show up.

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I'm not so sure about this it remind me a bit of the AC3 trailer a very good set piece but it will not turn out like that when actually playing. Also the mission structure seemed a bit to clear this area move to the next. Granted it may be different in other stages mission types etc but it also may not.

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I will let myself look very forward to this game.

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4/10

Too much web.

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The web swinging mechanics FEEL soooo SLOW :/ and way too much QTE :P

overall as an acrobatic Batman game it looks really good and dynamic BUT WHYYYYY can't we have amazing web swinging mechanics in a Spiderman game again?

geez lets wait another 5 years for the next spidey game )':

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@mety333: Were you even watching the same video as the rest of us?

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@rolento25: have you ever experienced Spiderman 2 web swinging?

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@mety333: Yes i have.

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@rolento25: i'm glad you have (: ...and also surprised you didn't noticed the LACK OF momentum and speed in the web swinging in this new spidey game. More than that, it actually looks like spidey is not connected to the flow of the swinging. In short, this game lacks the correct feeling of web swinging.

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@mety333: Can't say i feel the same.

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OK, that...was awesome! Wow!

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It's Disappointing. it looks too cinematic and those few actual Gameplay Parts are From Batman Games.

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This is my favorite game from E3. A character as influential as Spider-man really deserved a proper game and Insomniac making it seems like a perfect fit. Can't wait!

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Yeah this was too good, mind blown...damn so many good games, this E3 rocked.

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This was impressive. That, Metro and Anthem had the best in-game trailers of E3. Best CG was Beyond Good&Evil 2 and The Evil Within 2.

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@louixiii: CG as in it was pre-rendered right or was it in real-time???

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: CG is not real time bro. In-game was Spiderman, Metro is still questionable (don't think that was actual game play. No HUD at all lol) and Anthem (which was THE REAL DEAL)

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The gameplay looks great, just hoping for suit options since that design just doesnt grow on me

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I was only so-so on Insomniac's older games, but HOLY CRAP this game looks SICK!

The production value, the stealth, the gameplay FITS what "Spiderman" is like.

Game of the Show at E3 easily! SO GOOD!

Makes me glad I own a PS4! Sony's killing it.

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@kyotoforever: well, aside from a pro console which cant play 4k 60 fps, and ultra stable with every day a new system stability update, I have to give you guys that. this game looks great.

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@darth_gus: Well, aside from this game which looks great, what great fun you'll have, installing those daily system stability updates - Can't wait!


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After the awful Microsoft conference, games like this remind me why I bought a PS4.

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Why is the combat so much like the Arkham games? Can any of these devs have anything original for once? Spiderman 2 the game didn't have this.

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@twilightangel: Because that combat was always best suited for Spiderman.

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@twilightangel: Because the Arkham games were constantly praised for the combat, and they've set a standard. It's not uncommon in gaming.

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@twilightangel: Was Spidey 2 made before Arkham?

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@xdeathclawx: Spider-Man 2 the movie game on PS2 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2???

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: Both I guess. idk which game he speaks of

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