One of the most iconic superheroes of all time, Spider-Man has had his fair share of excellent games with his name on it. From the original Atari 2600 to the consoles of today, Spider-Man's world has expanded to allow new abilities to each game while keeping a close tie to his comic book roots. Here are the top ten of the greatest Spidey games for console devices.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018, PS4, Xbox One)
One of the best games of 2018, Marvel's Spider-Man takes all the exciting parts of its predecessors and adds some Arkham-esque gameplay. Whether you're swinging across New York's rooftops or throwing awesome fight combos, everything works in this storyline from the narrative to the gameplay, making this one of the best games in the superhero genre and a must-own for any Spidey fan.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (2008, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
One of the best video games in the superhero genre without Batman in the title, Web of Shadows has everything you want in a Marvel game including a list of hero crossovers, including Wolverine and Luke Cage, the ability to change costumes with the symbiote suit, and swing wonderfully through an active, sprawling Manhattan. There's even fight scenes where you literally skip on missiles like stones en route to dropkick Vulture. It's an incredible game and a worthy precursor to the number-one game on this list.
Spider-Man 2: The Game (2004, PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
While many of the missions of this game left a lot to be desired, this Spider-Man had the first web-slinging that actually gave the gamer what they wanted in a video game: the ability to web-sling through Manhattan. Swinging around the city is a rush and provided some of the best moments of this game as transportation in New York never became easier.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005, PS2, Xbox, GameCube)
One of Spider-Man comics' greatest writers, Brian Michael Bendis, penned Ultimate Spider-Man for PS2, Xbox and GameCube. The game is very much an homage to the excellent comic book of the same name and Bendis fills the roster with other Marvel stars including the Human Torch, Wolverine and Venom, whom you could also play as. Perhaps the most incredible part of the game is the art, working in a panel-by-panel comic book style that is absolutely gorgeous and holds up today.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)
Neil Patrick Harris stars as Spider-Man, who is joined by Spider-Man 2099 and Noir Spider-Man. This is an action game that is a little bit out there with the story line as Mysterio wrecks havoc with the multiverse. But playing as multiple Spider-Mans is great fun and if you have to break the fabric of space and time to do it, well, it was probably worth it.
Spider-Man Unlimited (2014, iOS, Android)
Much like Temple Run, this Spider-Man game is lovingly comic book-focused in its design. It's a fun runner game that includes a lot of the Spider-verse that hardcore fans love, including the amazing Spider-Ham.
Spider-Man: The Movie (2002; Gamecube, Xbox, PS2)
Tobey Maguire, Bruce Campbell, and Willem Dafoe extend their voices to this fun movie tie-in that also includes Vulture, Scorpion, and Shocker. As an added benefit, beat the game and you could play as Harry Osborn in his father's Green Goblin suit, flying his glider across the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
Spider-Man (2000, PSX)
Created by the same team that did Tony Hawk, this wonderfully entertaining game involves costume changes and meet-ups with other neighborhood heroes such as Black Cat and Daredevil. At times you MAY wonder why Spider-Man doesn't use his web more (like when he's making his way up buildings) but that's what the crawling ability is for, right?
Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994, Genesis, SNES)
Based on the comic book crossover event of the same name, Maximum Carnage teams Spider-Man with his nemesis Venom as they battle the deadly Carnage. The game is highly influenced by the comic book series and is a lot of fun to play immediately after reading the comic as many of the stages and villains are wonderfully similar.
Spider-Man (1982, Atari 2600)
Probably the first game I ever begged my dad to buy me, this one is going on the list for sentimental reasons as the game really isn't the best. It consists of scaling a building while avoiding bombs planted by the Green Goblin. The most manic fun part of the game is when you fall you have to ability to catch yourself with your web. Spider-Man, meet your new enemy: anxiety.