The PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man has finally (a good year and a quarter after the game’s release…) made it to Marvel’s Avengers. Still, Peter Parker’s character is visually not as strong as in other PlayStation titles.
For months, we’ve been (rightly, we might add) berating Square Enix and the Crystal Dynamics/Eidos Montreal duo for announcing that Spider-Man would only be available for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players before Marvel’s Avengers was even released. We had to wait a lot of time for it to happen eventually. ElAnalistaDeBits, however, has made a comparison with some serious results, which you can see in the video embedded below: he took the PlayStation 5 remaster of Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was released exclusively for PlayStation 4 in September 2018, and then looked at whether the character is prettier or uglier in Marvel’s Avengers (and to be fair, he ran the native version on PlayStation 5 here too, so there’s no bias in that regard).
The result was about what we expected: Spider-Man, created by Insomniac Games, part of Sony Interactive Entertainment (or PlayStation Studios, to be more precise…), certainly has a better look than Crystal Dynamics gave the web-slinging superhero. Of course, it should be noted that Marvel’s Spider-Man (and it doesn’t matter if it’s the base or remastered version) is somewhat different in style and perhaps didn’t have the big budget behind it that Square Enix provided for Marvel’s Avengers. (That said, the Japanese publisher has already said that the game is a failure, and perhaps it really should be consigned to the grave because it feels like an effort and nothing more. Spider-Man could be the last attempt…?)
Is it fair to compare a live service game to a single-player, story-driven product? Yes, especially when the former promised in its pre-release marketing that it would only have cosmetic microtransactions (and said so repeatedly), then ignored this for a few weeks and never had any of that in it, and was only removed from Avengers after the scandal. (This has been reported on several times in the past, by the way.)