Last week, when the highly anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was released, we asked You to help us decide which Spidey game was the best of them all. Was it Peter and Miles’ latest adventure on PS5? Or do 2004’s Spider-Man 2 or Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions still have a special place in your heart? Or is your favorite a completely different Spidey title?
Now, after thousands upon thousands of 1v1 battles with matchups like Ultimate Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 vs. Marvel’s Spider-Man, the ultimate Spidey game has been chosen.
So which title took the top spot as the best friendly Spider-Man neighborhood game? Drum roll please…
Some may say these are recency errors, but others, like the wonderful IGN audience, will tell you that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has already established itself as the best Spidey game of all time. Yes, with a 92% win rate after winning 11,585 out of 12,587 battles, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was voted the best game to ever star our favorite web-slinger.
We here at IGN agree with the vote, as we also ranked Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 as the best Spider-Man game.
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“Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is a triumph; “Insomniac is getting better and better at making Spider-Man games,” this ranking reads. “There’s no denying that it’s more of the same to some extent, but the improvements added to the excellent combat and web-slinging certainly make this a crowning achievement. The seamless transition between Peter Parker and Miles Morales keeps the gameplay fresh, and the addition of web wings, which make flying through the vastly expanded city easier alongside the traditional swinging, is a godsend. Furthermore, the story of Kraven’s hunt and the Venom symbiote is as impressive as it is exciting, with fantastic performances from the entire cast packing a strong emotional weight. The next game could be even better, but for now the IGN staff considers it the best Spider-Man game ever made.”
I think it’s safe to say that Insomniac has the formula for creating Spider-Man games that resonate with millions around the world, with 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales followed directly behind the continuation in places #2 and #2. 3 with win rates of 88.9% and 80.3% respectively.
There’s also an undeniable love for 2004’s Spider-Man 2, and that was reflected in the voting as it came in fourth place, just ahead of Ultimate Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 was, for many, the game that made us feel most like Spider-Man before Insomniac came along and took it to new heights.
Rounding out the top 10 were Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, 2000’s Spider-Man, 2002’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man/Venom: Maximum Carnage.
On the other side of the internet was Atari 2600’s Spider-Man, which was actually the first game to feature Spider-Man. Although it may have only achieved a 13.6% win rate, it will forever have the honor of being the first game to bring Spider-Man to the world of video games.
Following closely behind were Spider-Man: Toxic City, The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom’s Revenge, The Amazing Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider Slayers, The Amazing Spider-Man: Web of Fire and The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, The Amazing Spider-Man for the 1990s Game Boy, 1990s Spider-Man: The Videogame and 1990s The Amazing Spider-Man.
Many of these games date back to many years ago, long before the technology existed that allowed us to truly become Spider-Man and swing through the streets of New York City. While many of these games are still great without the freedom to roam around the city, it’s hard to deny that we all just love swinging around in an open world.
Wondering where your favorite Spider-Man video game ended up, like perhaps Spider-Man: Edge of Time? (It came in 11th!) For all the rankings, you can check out the full list of all 35 Spider-Man video games that competed in this face-off.
And you can check out IGN’s top 10 rankings here:
For more, check out our review of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, every unlockable suit in Spider-Man 2 and where it first appeared, and our look at why this sequel proves PlayStation is still the king of story-driven Games is.
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