Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 tips and tricks: How to master the game

Become more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man with these tips and tricks

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Marvel’s Spider-Man is a hit. It's been the best-selling game every week since its released, which isn't surprising given it was one of the year's most anticipated PS4 games

The game lets you swing through the gritty streets of Spider-Man's New York, and follow the life and times of one of Marvel's most popular superheroes.

Marvel's Spider-Man gets rid of the hero's well-known origin story, instead setting the game eight years after Peter Parker gets his powers. He's already an agile web-slinger and powerful crimefighter, and faces the challenges of balancing adult life's various responsibilites and tribulations with keeping New York's citizens safe.

Just because Peter Parker has found his groove as Spider-Man doesn't mean he can't learn new tricks along the way, though. In order to help you make the most of Marvel's Spider-Man - both the game and its titular superhero - we've put together a set of tips and tricks that'll help you explore (and save) Manhattan.

Marvel’s Spider-Man tips and tricks:

1. Learn to love Spider-Man’s point launch

Alongside traditional web swinging from buildings, Spider-Man is also capable of firing off threads to specific points to catapult himself across New York. Learning how to utilise this is key to traversing Manhattan at speed, and it’s a whole lot more useful than arcing your way down skyscraper canyons when you’re in a hurry.

You an also change the distance and height of point launches by holding forward or back on the left stick as you zip towards your target.

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2. Hang out upside down now and again

When crawling on ceilings like all good spiders do, you can drop into a hanging position at any point with a tap of the L2 button. From this fixed dangle you can slide down further with the left stick and use it as a vantage point to silently take down targets or fire off distraction shots.

3. Pick up speed from web swinging

Just after you jump off a building to start web swinging across New York, tap the L3 button and Spider-Man will enter into a dive. Diving builds up speed faster and, once you fire off your first anchor, you’ll swing through the streets faster than you normally would. If you then hold on until the apex of your swing and jump off, you’ll receive another boost in both height and speed – ideal for traversing some of Manhattan’s taller buildings in your way.

4. Skip around building corners with ease

Few things are more irritating than trying to swing by a building and accidentally running up its side instead. It gets worse when you reach the edge of the building but instead swing out across the street instead of around the corner. Well, with a press of the Circle button as you approach the corner you’ll find Spider-Man simply hops around and keeps on running. Wonderful.

5. Fight in the air, not on the ground

Spider-Man’s nimbleness comes at a price – he’s just doesn’t have the health to take heavy blows. You’ll quickly realise that, if you want to survive in combat you need to take fights into the air. Knocking enemies off the ground with a long press of the Square button is your ally. Once up, you can continue to juggle them and even web up objects and throw them at others. It’s a great way to avoid stray fists and you’ll get a better view of the skirmish happening around you. What’s more, as you unlock more abilities, you’ll find yourself becoming a formidable aerial foe.

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6. Use your enemies against one another

Due to the tight combat environments of New York City’s streets, guns don’t go down so well in crowded skirmishes, you can use this to your advantage. As Spider-Man’s spidey sense traces the lines of gunfire before they happen, you can use the between-leg dodge (Square, Circle, Square) to dive away from danger and place one of your foes in the way of the fire. Who knew friendly fire could be so useful?

7. Area of effect attacks are your friend

Few things are better than taking out a whole bunch of enemies at once. In Marvel’s Spider-Man this level of crowd control is almost a must in many situations. As you progress you’ll unlock new abilities and gadgets to help mitigate against large groups, and it’s always worth ensuring something to help tackle these situations is always to hand. Sucker Punch also let you change your equipped suit ability right in the midst of combat, so if you find yourself ill-equipped, you can simply switch out and carry on.

8. Webs and walls are a match made in heaven

Taking on some of the enemies in Marvel’s Spider-Man can be quite a task, which is where walls come in handy. Utilising the Impact Web ability and the Web Bomb gadget, you can web up enemies – including big brutes – and kick them towards walls, lamp posts and even cars to immobilise them. If you find yourself up against a few foes and with your back to the wall, three rapid shots of web can incapacitate a foe, allowing you to dodge between their legs and kick them to a wall.

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9. Switch between your gadgets at double-speed

To truly live up to the legend that is Spider-Man you need to learn how to make the most of your gadgets. This is where the ability hot-swapping comes into play, with a double-tap of the L1 button you can switch between your current and previously equipped gadget. When using this to great effect, you can Web Bomb a set of enemies then electrify them with a couple of zaps of your electric webbing. Nice.

10. Swap Meet Spider-Man

There are over 25 suits to unlock in Marvel’s Spider-Man and most of them come equipped with a new suit ability to make use of. Thankfully, these abilities aren’t locked to specific suits so, if you’d rather look like Spider Punk while making use of an ability unlocked via the Stark Suit, you can. Nobody’s making you play in a particular outfit just to use set abilities. Make the most of this and enjoy New York City life as you see fit.

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