Marvel’s Spider-Man had plenty of strengths, all of which should be kept in mind for the sequel. The backpack collectibles were a great source of lore that showcased how Insomniac’s version of Peter Parker was already an established hero, while side objectives like the Taskmaster challenges were a nice change of pace. The story was powerful like all Spidey stories should be, with Insomniac crafting likable takes on the wall-crawler and his supporting cast.
One part of Marvel’s Spider-Man that was not praised enough was its use of Tombstone. Outside of a brief appearance in the game’s main story, his side of the narrative was entirely optional. For players that engaged with it, though, a series of special missions were capped off with a fun boss-fight against the invulnerable biker. Instead of random side quests, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 should double down on mini storylines like Tombstone’s, surprising players with some more villain appearances.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s Side Quests Can Include More Villains
While the main story of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be plenty busy, as Peter and Miles will have to deal with Kraven and Venom, side quests could be a great way to involve more of the wall-crawler’s iconic rogues’ gallery. If the Tombstone format is used, players could get to spend a fair bit of time with each villain, giving them a significant role outside of the main story that would help them feel like proper characters as opposed to brief cameos.
While Miles will surely be dealing with Kingpin based on the side missions from Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Peter is due for a face-off with the anti-hero Wraith, Insomniac should not stop there. Two or three side questlines that focus on classic Spidey villains should be included in lieu of random missions where Peter assists civilians. Random crimes and Miles’ Friendly Neighborhood app could be the source of those activities, with the side missions being made more impactful instead.
In Tombstone’s questline, players track down the villain’s invulnerability drug and eventually end up at his hideout. The questline sees Peter fighting tough enemies that have used the drug, with these special foes being exclusive to the questline. Further, a memorable fight with the powerful Tombstone sees his hideout being caught on fire while Spidey battles against him. This was a thrilling way to cap off a series of side missions, with players wanting more content like the optional boss fight with Tombstone.
It is easy to imagine a three-mission side questline that features a villain like Mysterio, with the antagonist using illusions to mess with Peter in the hypothetical side missions. He could craft unique arenas like the hallucination sequence seen when Scorpion poisons Peter in the original game, giving players some trippy locations to fight through. The final missions could see Peter and Miles take down the fishbowl-wearing villain after a memorable encounter where he grows in size.
This same format could see a few more villains adapted, such as The Lizard or Sandman. With the former teased in the Spider-Man: Miles Morales post-credits sequence, and the latter having excellent boss fight potential, it would be great to see these villains featuring in some side missions of their own. While simple side quests like the one where Peter helps a bird watcher are fine, they are far less memorable than questlines where Spidey clashes with a classic foe. In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac should prove that less is more, delivering a handful of three-quest chains that end in boss battles as opposed to an array of random side missions.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is scheduled to release in 2023 on PS5.
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