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|The Superior Spider-Man|
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, open world|
|June 23, 2015|
The Superior Spider-Man is an action-adventure video game developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo for the Wii U based on Marvel Comics’ superhero Spider-Man. It is inspired by the comic book title of the same name, where Spider-Man’s body is possessed by the mind of his enemy Doctor Octopus. It was released worldwide on June 23, 2015. A special edition red Wii U console bundled with the game and a 10-inch statue of the Superior Spider-Man was also released.
Players control the Superior Spider-Man (the consciousness of Otto Octavius residing inside the body of Peter Parker) in an open world virtual recreation of Manhattan. The game's combat and web-slinging are similar to the Wii U version of its predecessor The Amazing Spider-Man 2, although players may choose to play using motion controls via Wii peripherals. Like TASM2, there are also various stealth-based sections. The game features a much more "living" world than past titles, with civillians reacting more realistically to what is going on around them, and time and weather changes. Peter's laboratory at Horizon Labs functions similarly to his home from TASM2, with players being able to replay previous story missions and change costumes.
Following the completion of the main storyline, the player can freely roam as Peter Parker, who has regained control of his body, and engage in several post-game missions. The player can also switch to Black Cat (who has her own set of missions similar to Catwoman in Batman: Arkham City), create chaos as the Green Goblin in Goblin Takeover Mode, or freely roam 2099 A.D. Manhattan as the Miguel O'Hara Spider-Man in Far Future Mode.
Besides their default costumes, there are 11 unlockable costumes that can be worn by Peter, Otto, or Miguel: Peter Parker, Symbiote, Iron Spider, Stealth, Ultimate Spider-Man II, Scarlet Spider, Scarlet Spider II, Spider-Carnage, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the original movie trilogy costume. Green Goblin also has his own set of unlockable costumes, of which there are 6: Ultimate Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, Hobgoblin, Demogoblin, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the original movie trilogy.
- See also: The Superior Spider-Man § Plot
The game follows the plot of the “Dying Wish” storyline of The Amazing Spider-Man and the entire run of The Superior Spider-Man, including "Edge of Spider-Verse" and the annuals. Most of the characters and villains from the comics appear in the game.
Reception and legacy
The Superior Spider-Man was very well-received, being described by many as the greatest Spider-Man game since 2004's Spider-Man 2, with most of the praise particularly given to the game's thriving open world and polished web-slinging mechanics. The character of Spider-Man would later appear in several future reinditions of the Super Smash Bros. series, with Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099's suits and the black symbiote suit as alternates.