The second installment of Marvel’s Spider-man from Insomniac games has a new feature that has divided fans
Spider-Man is one of the most respected characters in all of comics. He has a very established canon that fans know and love, a distinctive personality, and a unique set of powers. If any adaptation veers in too different a direction, fans are bound to react very negatively to it, and something that has divided fans for years is how Spider-Man’s powers should work in a video game. All games have different shots. Some force Spider-Man’s webs to stick to a physical object like a building, while others allow them to basically stick to air.
Another thing the games haven’t been consistent about is fall damage. If Spider-Man jumps off a tall building and falls to the ground, should he die? Some fans think no, because he is very strong and it wouldn’t be very fun if he could get injured if for some reason he didn’t shoot the net. We have even seen in movies like Spider-Man 2 where Peter Parker falls from a tremendous height and survives. Should one of the greatest heroes die crashing into the pavement? That’s totally subjective! And Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will let you make that decision for yourself.
You can disable fall damage
The game’s senior programming director Doug Sheahan has confirmed to IGN that the game will have the option to enable or disable fall damage, as well as modify the rolling mechanics.
“One thing we’re seeing more and more is that players like to be able to customize their experience,” Sheahan explained. “For those players, we added the ability to enable fall damage (fall damage defaults to Off) and even let people modify how the roll feels with our Swing Steering Assist setting. We hope players who enjoy a deep dive into the details will have fun experimenting.”
Spider-Man actor Yuri Lowenthal also told IGN that he won’t suffer any damage from falls. He believes the risk of dying would stop people from doing all the fun acrobatic moves and wouldn’t allow them to be inventive with the course if they knew they could die. However, he did point out that it’s strange that he can crash into the ground and be totally fine.
What do you think? Should it become a stain on the ground if the wall-crawler falls from a considerable height? The fact is that yes Spider-man is able to weave a parachute or make his suit glide precisely because from a very high altitude and without having a place to hold on his life would be in danger.
You can purchase the game in pre-sale here.