Insomniac's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 has been in development for a number of years now, but the long wait will have been totally worth it. Anyone who's seen the beautifully rendered open-world environments featured in the game's various trailers will know what we're talking about. And sure, you'll get a normal story mode, but if you don't feel like following the narrative, you can just swing around Manhattan, doing whatever the heck you want, as if you were in a Grand Theft Auto game.
This freedom is certainly highlighted in a new look at the game from IGN, which uses a conversation between Peter Parker and Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Jameson's got a talk show called "Just The Facts," which is more like a glorified soap box from which he preaches on how much of a menace Spider-Man is to the city of New York. Our friendly neighborhood webslinger calls in and is about to give his name before giving the alias "Peter Patterson."
"Patterson" and Jameson engage in a conversation about Spidey's character, but the content of their words is actually a cleverly disguised promotion for the game's host of exciting mechanics.
“Spider-Man treats New York City as his own personal playground. Just yesterday, I saw him doing backflips and 360s. Disgraceful! Running and crawling on buildings. In fact, I have it on good authority that he’s been doing swan dives off of skyscrapers," says the irritable Jameson. When swan dives are mentioned, you can see Spider-Man dropping from none other than Avengers Tower!
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Jameson continues: "It seems the more confident he gets, the more creative he gets! Walk like a normal person!" That's obviously a reference to the experience you'll be able to build up in the game. The more stuff you do, the more abilities you'll unlock.
In addition, Jameson makes mention of Spider-Man hiding "backpacks filled with who-knows-what?" all over town as well as "unauthorized research stations." While the Bugle veteran screams "Get a permit like the rest of us, loser!," we're daydreaming about all the secret stashes of supplies and home bases you can set up for yourself in this world.
"Patterson" counters Jameson's tirade with some words his uncle once said: "With great power, there must also come great responsibility. Maybe this is just his way of growing into the hero he wants to be."
Translation: You get to choose your own path in this video game. Do you want the people of New York to love you or will you become everything J. Jonah says you are? That's totally up to you, the player.
Spider-Man swings onto shelves wherever video games are sold on Sep. 7.