I am, in general, very skeptical of “give it a chance, it gets good later on” types of arguments for anything I had to spend $60 to get. For $60 you need to be fun in five minutes and you need to stay fun for however long your game ends up being, and I’d rather have a lean, entertaining 30-hour game than a 100-hour game filled with … well, filler.
I’m nonetheless very, very glad I stuck this one out– I just beat it half an hour or so ago, although I’ve left a number of the mop-up tasks for later. I may or may not get back to them.
But: forget the game for a moment. Spider-Man PS4 is one of the best Spider-Man stories I have ever encountered, in any medium. Comics, movies, whatever. And even that, as I said in the piece from earlier today, takes a good long time to get rolling. But once it does … wow. I was in tears during the final act. I’m not gonna bullshit around. I’m a grown-ass man and a video game just made me cry because the story was that good and they get this character that thoroughly. Fucking tears.
And then, the three movie-style stingers after the credits?
Can’t wait for the sequel. And if they put the same people in charge of writing it, I’m not gonna have shit to say about the gameplay. Because with a story this good, I’ll chase fucking pigeons all day if I have to.