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The Best Spider-Man Games

Spider-Man has starred in dozens of video games, appearing on eveything from the Atari 2600 to the PS4. But which are worth your time, and how does Marvel's Spider-Man stack up to them?

PS4's Spider-Man is one of the best games we've experienced this year. After playing through it, we started thinking about past Spidey games we've enjoyed and tried to figure out which were the best.

In the video above, Tony talks about our eight favorite Spider-Man games. The games haven't been rated in any particular order. We've simply organized them by their release date. All eight games feature our favorite web head in a prominent role, so games like Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel's Ultimate Alliance aren't included.

Of course, we had to throw in some of the game's that were based off the movies. 2002's Spider-Man: The Movie offered a better story than the film it was based on, and 2004's Spider-Man 2 is still regarded by plenty of fans as the definitive example of how to replicate Spidey's web-slinging in a video game.

Not all of our choices are based on previous works, though. Some of Spider-Man's best games have been entirely unique stories. 2005's Ultimate Spider-Man sees Spider-Man and Venom team up, and you actually get to play as both of them. The two wall-crawlers once again butted heads in the equally fantastic 2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, which featured boss fights against enemies like Electro and Vulture that perfectly captured the feeling of using speed to out-maneuver a stronger opponent.

If you want to know the full list, you'll have to watch the video. Afterwards, if you haven't played PS4's Spider-Man yet, go do that. Edmond Tran gave the game a 9/10 in our Spider-Man review, writing, "Minor shortcomings don't detract from Insomniac's achievement in creating a game that feels like an authentic interpretation of a beloved creation. The feeling of embodying Spidey and using his abilities is astonishing, and the time spent on exploring its major characters help make its story feel heartfelt, despite superhero bombast. There have been open-world Spider-Man games before, but none so riveting and full of personality, none that explore and do justice to this many facets of the universe. Insomniac has created a superior Spider-Man experience that leaves a lasting impression, one that has you longing for just one more swing around New York City, even after the credits roll."

If you're looking for even more Spider-Man, we sat down with the game's director Bryan Intihar to discuss the title's success, the state of Sony's first-party titles, and the future of single-player games. If you've already finished Spider-Man, we've published a feature that analyzes Silver Sable's inclusion in the game and how she ties into the reveals from both the mid- and end-credits scenes.