For fans of Spider-Man, whether you’re a comics veteran or a newcomer from the Tom Holland movies, this ranking breaks down 10 of the best Spider-Man games ever, across all platforms. From web-slinging action to unique in-game gadgets and even VR, experience Spidey like never before.
10 Best Spider-Man Games, Ranked from Ho-Hum to Heroic
We’ve all dreamed of flying through the heights of Manhattan kept aloft by only a web. Now, in any one of these Spider-Man games we reviewed, you can.
Spider-Man: Homecoming VR
- Everyone 10+
- Fantasy violence
- Single player
Spider-Man fans know the appeal of the superhero rests largely in the fantasy that we, too, might be able to swing through the tall buildings on webs, on our way to protect the neighborhood. Oculus from Meta has opened up the possibility to experience that for ourselves. Up first in our ranking of the best Spider-Man games is Homecoming VR. Drawn from the 2017 film, the Spidey suit you’ll (virtually) wear in the game is from Stark Industries, with all its upgrades and advanced features. In it, you’ll swoop, shoot webs, compete in target trials and save the day fighting one of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains, the Vulture.
The platform that Homecoming VR is built on is new, and for this reason some bugs in the free game were encountered. Overall, the entire experience is relatively short — we hope to see it lengthened in the future. You really will feel what it’s like to be Spider-Man, though, according to reports, which is all that we need to know.
Spider-Man: Far from Home VR
- Everyone 10+
- Mild Language, Mild Violence
- Action, Adventure
Another VR experience from Meta is Spider-Man: Far From Home. Based on the Far From Home film, this VR experience for a single player lets you choose from one of four Spider-Man suits and then swing from building to building in time trials. There are also pins to collect and challenges to complete. One of Spidey’s most iconic enemies could lurk around any corner. Fans of this VR experience call it fun, with good graphics, realistic swinging, and robots to fight. The webs actually travel through the air. You’ll feel the tug on your arms as you travel, based on feedback.
Though many players see potential in this VR experience, some say there could be more storyline, as it only lasts about 10 minutes with only one boss at the conclusion. Movement on the ground could also be improved, we found out. Overall, though, VR is a new gaming frontier, and the free-to-play Far from Home is a great place to start.
Spider-Man: Edge of Time
- Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 included
- Cause-and-effect gameplay
Next up in our ranking is 2011’s Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Introducing multiversal elements to the Spidey storyline, this game lets you either play classic Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2099. Something’s gone wrong in the time stream — Peter Parker is dead; Oh no!. Not to worry, you’re there to set things right as you navigate two separate but interrelated storylines developed by Marvel writer Peter David, the man behind Spider-Man 2099. The cause-and-effect gameplay illustrates consequences and highlights the importance of your actions.
Otherwise, the voice acting is strong in this overall entertaining game. There is a good selection of classic Spider-Man costumes to unlock and a host of familiar villains to battle. The boss fights are especially good, we found out. Black Cat was especially challenging. Some called gameplay rushed, though, with few free-roam opportunities. Other gamers found it aimed too much at teens and young kids — nothing wrong with that, necessarily, just not to their liking.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
- Everyone 10+
- Three-dimensional battles
- Red and black Spider-Man suits
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the next game we reviewed. In the game, a symbiote invasion — which Spider-Man fans will recognize from the 1995 Planet of the Symbiotes five- comic series — has come to New York City. Notably, players can choose red of black Spider-Man suits and also align themselves with the good guys or the villains in the storyline. The 2008 game also features a new-at-that-time three-dimensional combat system, effectively taking the action from street level to the rooftops and beyond.
Another cool feature are the multiple combat disciplines, offering interactive story choices, character customization, and Spider-Man instant replay for when your Spider-Man pulls an especially sick move.
This is one of the best games ever for Nintendo DS, according to one report. Fans especially like that familiar villains are included like Venom and Rhino, among others. It’s also easy to switch between the two Spider-Man suits, we found out. Things do get a bit dark, according to one report, but nothing that will induce nightmares in little ones. Others wished the storyline lasted just a little bit longer, though.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Teen 12+
- Open-world, 3D, Adventure
- 6 Marvel Villains
Up next in our list is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, available on mobile. Based on the 2014 film of the same name with Andrew Garfield in the lead role, New York is the setting in the game. There are also some of Spidey’s most well-known villains to fight, including Venom, Green Goblin, and Electro. Otherwise, there’s all the web-slinging action you’d expect from a Spider-Man story. We like that combo-focused attacks are available. And with 100 story events, there’s good replay value.
On that note, overall gameplay is well-suited for mobile, we learned. The physics are good and the web-slinging is also simple and fun. Another nice feature is that your skills evolve as gameplay goes on. New York City is also well rendered, based on feedback. What’s more, many plot points are taken directly from the 2014 feature film. This is a mobile version of an older game, it’s important to note, and some lag is reported. Overall, though, it’s a great open-world fighter with good atmosphere and great characters.
The Amazing Spider-Man
- Real-time navigation and combat
- Random mission play
Action picks up in the next game we reviewed, The Amazing Spider-Man, shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 movie of the same name. This is a solid movie tie-in, we found — less like a sequel and more like an epilogue. With an open-world game design, you’ll face-off with some of Spider-Man’s most well-known enemies and some in-game-only bad guys. The web-slinging and high elevation movement is realistic and the random mission play keeps things new and exciting. Aspects may remind some of the old PS1 Spider-Man games, according to one report.
In the game, there are side missions to complete, but the best part for many are the boss battles. It’s easy to get the hang of moving Spidey, and you may just have fun exploring Manhattan. Other positive feedback about the game includes the sound and graphics, which are both fantastic.
Some thought it relied a bit too heavily on button-mashing. It overall stood up well to repeat play, though. Be sure to unlock the extra suits. If only there were fewer persistent bugs reported we might have placed this game higher.
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
- Spider-Man x 4
- Boss-themed levels
Why play just one version of Spider-Man when you can choose from four? That’s just what the next game we reviewed, 2010’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, allows players to experience. In the game, parallel-universe Spider-Men include Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man, each with his own sets of distinct skills and characteristics. Spider-Man Noir’s storylines, for example, take place in a `30s-era cinematic setting, while Amazing Spider-Man honors the comic’s most well-known tropes. Otherwise, each parallel universe is uniquely rendered, with unique boss battles and skill sets for Spider-Man to master.
Fans especially like the first-person perspective while battling, and the Stan Lee narration also stood out for many players. The game is otherwise fun, with strong graphics and controls that are easy to get the hang of, based on feedback. Fans of the Spidey villain Vulture are in for a treat. And with more than 100 challenges to complete and combat upgrades to unlock, there’s more than enough to do. Some do wish there was more of an open-world aspect, though, for more free-roaming exploration.
- Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood
- Violence, Mild Language
Third in our ranking of the best Spider-Man games is 2007’s Spider-Man 3. In this open-world game, you’ll experience black-suited Spider-Man like never before. There’s also the freedom to choose classic Spider-Man if that’s what you prefer. There are otherwise 10 classic Spider-Man villains to encounter, including Sandman and Venom. As far as combat, what stands out about Spider-Man 3 are the suit-specific powers and abilities. Though Spider-Man 3, the movie, got mixed reviews, the game is much stronger, we found out. (Tobey Maguire’s voice acting in the game is better than in the movie, according to one report.)
If you’re looking for a challenge, this might be it, especially when disarming bombs. The boss battles are also tough, based on feedback. Otherwise, there are enough side missions to keep things interesting, or instead, follow the plot of the movie. The free-to-roam nature of the game as well as how well the webbing is rendered are both popular features. Some aspects of the A.I. and the graphics could be improved upon, but the large selection of baddies to encounter sets the game apart, based on feedback.
- Blood, Drug Reference, Language
- Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Not all Spider-Man games are based on movies. The next pick in our ranking, Marvel’s Spider-Man is an original Spider-Man story. The setting is New York. Unlike other games and storylines, this time, Peter Parker’s in full command of his Spidey skills. Filled with familiar characters in an all-new dilemma, the combat, acrobatic, and web-travel physics are new and improved in the game. The overall environment is interactive on a level like never before. Returning villains include Kingpin, Scorpion, and Shocker. Like any good Spider-man story, Peter Parker’s personal life (read: MJ) must be balanced with his responsibilities as a superhero.
This is without a doubt one of the best Spider-Man games in history, according to some who have tried it. The controls are fun, particularly while swinging across the tops of buildings in the Manhattan skyline. The MJ and Peter Parker storyline is also strong, we found out. The cutscenes and writing make you feel like you’re playing one of the Spider-Man movies, despite the original plotline. Wearing Tom Holland’s Spider suit is an especially popular choice among players.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Blood, Drug Reference
- Language, Violence
And topping our list of the best Spider-Man games is Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In the game, Morales balances the responsibilities of a superhero with his personal life. Morales works closely with his mentor Peter Parker, while he learns the ropes — or the webs, rather — of his new role as Spider-Man. Surrounding Morales is an otherwise familiar cast of characters, as Morales battles all-new enemies: an energy corporation and a gang of high-tech criminals. There are weapons unique to Morales such as bio-electric venom and camouflage. Alongside all that there’s the web-slinging action and gadgets Spider-Man fans expect. Snowy New York is rendered in the game in 60fps and dynamic 4K and HDR with ultra-high speed SSD loading.
Fans of the game comment the main villain Phin is better than Dr. Octavius. The game is otherwise fun, with web shooters, holo drones, remote mines, and gravity wells to use in combat. The side quests are also varied and interesting, and the cutscenes feel straight from a movie, we found out. For those new to Spider-Man gaming experience or for veteran Spider-Man game enthusiasts, Miles Morales is definitely the best choice out there.
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