Whether you’re a comics veteran or a newcomer from the MCU, there’s a lot to love about Spider-Man. Today, we’re breaking down the ten best Spider-Man games ever, across all platforms. From third-person web-slinging action to unique in-game gadgets and even VR, get ready to 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 of these Spider-Man games we reviewed, you can. Let’s start with one of the best first-person experiences you can ask for!
Spider-Man: Homecoming VR
- Everyone 10+
- Fantasy violence
- Single player
Spider-Man fans have long fantasized about being able to swing through the city on our way to protect the neighborhood. Oculus from Meta has made that fantasy a (virtual) reality with Homecoming VR. This first pick on our list of the best Spider-Man games puts you in the Stark suit from the 2017 movie, complete with all its upgrades and advanced features. You’ll swoop through the streets, shoot webs, compete in target trials, and save the city from the iconic Vulture.
Homecoming VR is built on a newer platform, so some bugs are likely to occur in the free game. The experience is also pretty short overall, and we hope to see it expanded in the future. You’ll really feel what it’s like to be Spider-Man, though, which is all 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 movie of the same name, this single-player VR experience lets you choose from one of four Spider-Man suits, 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 plenty of robots to fight. Movement on the ground could be better, but the web-slinging is great — feedback says you’ll feel the tug on your arms as you travel.
Though many players see potential in this VR experience, some say there could be more storyline, as it only lasts about ten minutes, and has only one boss fight. 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. Not to worry, though; 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.
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, though some called gameplay rushed, 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. Players can choose between the red and black Spidey suits, aligning themselves with the good guys or the villains. It’s also easy to swap between the two as you progress through the story.
The game features a new-at-the-time three-dimensional combat system that takes the action from street-level to the rooftops and beyond. There are also multiple combat disciplines, interactive story choices, character customization, and instant replay for when you pull an especially sick move.
This is one of the best games ever for Nintendo DS, according to one report. Things do get a bit dark, but not to the point that it’s nightmare-inducing for little ones. Some players even wish the storyline lasted just a little bit longer.
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, and based on the 2014 film of the same name. The game features all the web-slinging action you’d expect, plus some of Spidey’s most well-known villains. With 100 different story events, there’s also great replay value. Many plot points are taken directly from the movie!
Overall gameplay is well-suited for mobile, we learned. The physics are good, the web-slinging action is simple and fun, and there’s great focus on combo attacks. Another nice feature is that your skills evolve as gameplay goes on. New York City is also well rendered, based on feedback. It’s importantto note, however, that this is a mobile version of an older game. Some lag is reported, but overall, 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, set 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.
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. Aspects may remind some of the old PS1 Spider-Man games, according to one report (be sure to unlock those extra suits!).
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, but it overall stood up well to repeat play. 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 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions allows players to experience. The game includes four parallel universe Spider-Men — Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man — each with his own distinct skills and characteristics, plus a uniquely rendered world and set of baddies. 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.
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. The game includes suit-specific powers and abilities that you can use against classic Spider-Man villains like Sandman and Venom.
Though the movie received mixed reviews, the game is much stronger. Some even say Tobey Maguire’s voice acting is better in the game than the movie! In addition to the movie plot, you can explore plenty of side missions or just free roam through New York.
If you’re looking for a challenge, this might be it, especially when disarming bombs. The boss battles are also tough, based on feedback. 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. Players also like the open world and how well the webbing is rendered in game.
- 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. 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 must be balanced with his responsibilities as a superhero.
This is without a doubt one of the best Spider-Man games in history. 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, Miles learns the classic Spidey struggle of power and responsibility. He works closely with Peter while he learns the ropes — or the webs, rather — of his new role as Spider-Man.
Don’t expect this just to be a redux of the first game, however. It includes all the web-slinging action and gadgets fans love, but Miles has his own set of Spider-skills, including bio-electric venom and camouflage. He’s also got all-new enemies, including a powerful and threatening energy corporation. 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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