Spider-Man PS4 Version 1.14 Update Now Available, Adds ‘Bombastic Bag Man’ And ‘Future Foundation’ Suits

Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Insomniac Games have released the version 1.14 update for Marvel’s Spider-Man, which includes the “Bombastic Bag-Man Suit” and “Future Foundation Suit” for Spider-Man.

Here is some background on the suits, via Insomniac Games writer Christos Gage on the PlayStation Blog:

Spidey has a long history with the Fantastic Four, going back to 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, when our rookie wall-crawler tried to join the team—only to end up fighting them! That was just the beginning of many years of adventure (including the 2010 Spider-Man / Fantastic Four miniseries written by yours truly and drawn by Mario Alberti) that has led us to today, with the new Fantastic Four comic written by longtime Spidey-scribe and game story contributor Dan Slott.

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There have been too many cool Spidey / Fantastic Four moments to count, but one of the most memorable in their illustrious history was in Amazing Spider-Man #258, when Spidey swung by the Fantastic Four’s headquarters for help with the alien symbiote he was wearing as a costume (that’s right, it later became Venom). The Fantastic Four got it off, but then Spidey was left in his underpants (we’d never do something that silly in the game… wait, I’m being told we did). So Spidey borrowed a Fantastic Four costume… but they don’t have masks! So, to conceal Peter Parker’s secret identity, his frenemy, the Human Torch, gave Spidey a grocery bag to wear on his head. As The Thing might say, what a revoltin’ development!

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Another chapter in their shared story came when Spidey actually joined the Fantastic Four, then calling themselves the Future Foundation, and they all wore cool black and white costumes. Hey, Dan wrote many of those issues, and I scripted one or two myself! That suit was awesome looking because – but you don’t want to hear me yap, look for yourself!

Marvel’s Spider-Man is available now for PlayStation 4.

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Top 10 Best Open World Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

As games get bigger and bigger over the last few years, the open world genre has started to become stale. However, we still have some standouts that refine and reinvent upon the existing formula in interesting ways. So here are our top picks for the best Open World Games of 2018.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    No other games defies the standard conventions of Open World Games than Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a beautifully realised world with gameplay systems that mesh with each other. It’s a delight to explore the Wild West in Rockstar’s rendition of the genre, thanks mostly to the sheer beauty and variety on display.
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man

    Gameplay, visuals and narrative blend perfectly in Marvel’s Spider-man. Peter’s story is well told with interesting characters supporting the strong story till the end. Collectibles are meaningful, doling out backstory and useful upgrades, with interesting side-activities providing enjoyable breaks from the action packed story.
  3. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Like RDR 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance aims to bring in realism to the open world formula, and does a pretty good job of it. The game is set in Bohemia during the 1403, and puts you in the shoes of a peasant who rises up the ranks of Imperial society.
  4. Monster Hunter: World

    While technically Monster Hunter World has different biomes instead of a fully open world, it does have enough similarities to the genre to warrant a place on this list. The gameplay is fun, once you get a hang of the myriad options available. The biomes are diverse, each with their unique inhabitants and challenges.
  5. Far Cry 5

    While Far Cry’s open world template is beginning to get old, playing Far Cry 5 with friends has been a really enjoyable experience, thanks in big part to the open world hijinks available to the player. Everything can be either driven, shot at, flown or blown up, and it never gets old.
  6. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Now, this a contentious entry in our list. Many have complaints about Odyssey being a reskin of Origins, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. However, the sheer scale of the world, the gameplay refinements, and other merits of it’s own raise it above a lot of other games in the genre.
  7. The Forest

    As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.
  8. State of Decay 2

    If you’re a fan of systems driven gameplay, State of Decay 2 is for you. Minor launch issues aside, this is one of the best zombie survival games in the market right now, and I can’t wait to see what the team at Undead Labs does next.
  9. Shadow of the Colossus

    The vast majority of the land in Shadow of the Colossus is empty and lifeless, but not dull. It does an exemplary job of creating a sense of intrigue as you wander around in search of the colossi, with a dramatic and melancholic soundtrack to accompany you on the journey.
  10. Forza Horizon 4

    Forza Horizon 4’s take on the United Kingdom landscape is a breathtaking one. The open terrain, dynamic weather and the change of seasons all culminate in a memorable experience, making it the best racing game to come out this year.

So those were our picks for the best open world games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best PS4 Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

2017 was a great year for PlayStation fans, and 2018 has only gotten better. With amazing titles like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, this has been a blockbuster year for the PS4. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 best PS4 games to come out this year (in no particular order, of course).

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s an impactful story of loyalty and trust, of murder and betrayal, set against a beautiful but unforgiving environment in the Wild West days. Some gameplay issues notwithstanding, it’s seriously hard to overstate what an amazing job Rockstar has done with this title.

2. God of War

Changing the formula from an angry, young man, Kratos is back as an angry, old father. Taking his son on a journey to scatter his mother’s ashes, the game gives players amazing insight into his relationship with his son, Atreus. Moments where Kratos struggles to express his affection, and a terrible secret that may very well change his son’s life forever. It’s a polar opposite of what the original God of War games were about, and the direction it’s taking is impressive to say the least.

3. Marvel’s Spider-Man

What more can we say about the title that is the only game to ever receive the Marvel Stamp of Approval? It’s got everything you’d want from a Spiderman game. Multiple suits? Check. Swinging across New York from the tallest skyscrapers? Check. Webbing guys up in awkward positions? Checkity check. Also, Mary Jane is really cute, so that’s also there.

4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is back, and this time she’s brought the apocalypse with her. After accidentally starting the end of the world, Lara now has to track down the notorious Trinity organization to make sure they don’t get their hands on the artifacts that have the power to reshape the world.

5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

For the first time, there’s a female protagonist featured throughout an Assassin’s Creed title. It is set 400 years prior to Origins, where you get to play as a mercenary, exploring Ancient Greece as you fight your way to glory. Find the secrets that bind your family, take down a mysterious cult and become the best mercenary you can be.

6. Detroit: Become Human

At it’s core, Detroit poses some hard hitting questions, the most fundamental being, “What does it mean to be human?” In a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and AI in every way, the game’s philosophy cannot be overstated.

7. Battlefield V

Battlefield V is a pretty enjoyable Battlefield game. Though it no longer retains the same strategic depth as Battlefield 3 & 4, it is definitely a big step up from Battlefield 1. There are some standout maps, the weapons feels great, and the game is a delight to look at.

8. Hitman 2

Everyone’s favourite assassin is back with a vengeance. Not to spoil too much, but did you know you can kill people by placing a rake in their path? It’s genius, really. Also, to no one’s surprise, the first elusive target is none other than Sean Bean, so fun times galore.

9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty has made a triumphant comeback, with boots on the ground multiplayer and Blackout is easily the best Battle Royale mode around right now.

10. FIFA 19

I know it’s easy to disregard every new FIFA entry as the same as the previous year’s game However, hardcore fans and veterans of the series can appreciate even the smaller improvements and roster updates, and FIFA 19 is an easy recommendation to bring a few friends together over an enjoyable round of football.

So those were our picks for the best PS4 games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

2018 was nothing but a blockbuster year for video games. The entire year has slapped us in the face with amazing titles, one after the other. Sure, it’s quite hard (not to mention unfair) of us to pick just 10 of those and tell you about it, but you know, someone’s gotta do it. So here are our top 10 games of 2018.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    God of War may have won GOTY at TGA 2018, but for us, Rockstar’s telling of Arthur Morgan’s story had a much bigger impact. Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s a memorable story of loyalty and trust, of murder and betrayal, set against a beautiful but unforgiving environment in the Wild West days. Some gameplay issues notwithstanding, it’s seriously hard to overstate what an amazing job Rockstar has done with this title.
  2. God of War

    Just because we feel that Red Dead Redemption 2 should be GOTY, it doesn’t mean we’re going to disregard the game that actually won the award. The reboot is quite amazing, both from a visual and a narrative standpoint. Changing the formula from an angry, young man, Kratos is back as an angry, old father. Taking his son on a journey to scatter his mother’s ashes, the game gives players deep insight into his relationship with his son, Atreus. Moments where Kratos struggles to express his affection, and a terrible secret that may very well change his son’s life forever. It’s polar opposite of what the original God of War games were about, and the direction it’s taking is impressive to say the least.
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man

    What more can we say about the title that is the only game to ever receive the Marvel Stamp of Approval? It’s got everything you’d want from a Spiderman game. Multiple suits? Check. Swinging across New York from the tallest skyscrapers? Check. Webbing guys up in awkward positions? Checkity check. Also, Mary Jane is really cute, so that’s also there.
  4. Return of the Obra Dinn

    From the makers of Papers, Please comes another unique, impressive title in the form of a murder mystery. Playing as an insurance agent on an abandoned ship, your job is to piece together the story behind the disappearance of the crew. The visual style of the game is quite novel and refreshing, and so is the story and gameplay.
  5. Dead Cells

    For people who like super hard games (alternatively, people who hate themselves), Dead Cells is an absolute must play. To put it simply, the game is a rogue-like metroidvania, with procedurally generated levels and impressive pixel art visuals. And brutal, unforgiving gameplay. Seriously, you’ll die a lot.
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

    Black Ops 4 breathes fresh new life in the Call of Duty series that was in desperate need of it. It brings back the fast-fluid gameplay, while keeping everything grounded. Plus, Blackout, the new Battle Royale mode is easily the best in the genre right now.
  7. Dragonball FighterZ

    Apart being an excellent fighting game, Dragonball FighterZ looks absolutely fantastic. It completely nails the crisp, over-the top action that Dragonball is known for. It’s also easy for beginners to get into, due to the auto-combo feature, but also offers deep systems and a good challenge to those willing to master the game.
  8. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the last in Lara Croft’s reboot trilogy, and it’s a great finale. While the story is throwaway, the tombs and puzzles are top-notch. It’s incredibly exciting and rewarding to explore the new regions, and there’s always a new challenge around every corner. And to top it off, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is damn good looking game.
  9. A Way Out

    A Way Out was the most fun I had playing a game with a friend in 2018. It’s is an exclusively co-op adventure about two strangers coming together under dire circumstances to break out of prison. The narrative is compelling, the moment to moment action moves at an excellent pace, and the co-op gameplay is immensely fun.
  10. Hitman 2

    Hitman 2 can be summed up as more Hitman with some refinements. And it still is as much fun as the original reboot, with massive levels, tons of ways to eliminate targets, and leave the level in utter chaos. Killing someone with an ax to the head in the middle of a crowded conference room never gets old.

So those were our picks for the best games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best Looking Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

Graphics have always been a big part of what makes video games fun. It’s pretty much what most consoles base as their main selling point, and graphical prowess often becomes the big part of discussion among most AAA games. 2018 had a lot of great looking titles, and here are our top 10 favorite picks:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is hands down the best looking game you will play on a console. From the lighting, to the gorgeous vistas, the incredible draw distance and the attention to detail, RDR 2 is an absolute graphical powerhouse.
  2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Say what you will about the game, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider sure is a looker. The mountain village holds breathtaking views and the jungles looks dense and dripping with atmosphere.
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    It’s easy to overlook Odyssey’s grind given how beautiful the game looks. Sure, there are re-used assets from Origins all over the place, but Greece has been gorgeously realized and the graphics make the exploration all the more rewarding.
  4. God of War

    Kratos’ return makes for not just an angrier God of War, but also a lot prettier. Fantastic particle effects make every fight all the more bombastic, and excellent facial animations bring almost character to life.
  5. Forza Horizon 4

    Racing games have always been graphical showcases for consoles, and Forza Horizon 4 on the Xbox One X is easily the best display of how powerful the console is.
  6. Battlefield V

    Despite the controversy around NVIDIA’s new RTX cards, it’s hard to deny how good Battlefield V looks especially with RTX on. Fantastic light and fire effects, makes this the most intense battlefield experience to date.
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man

    After years of waiting, Spider-man fans have a game that they can finally be happy about. The Manhattan skyline is a sight to behold, and as the city flies by you while you zip around and take down foes, the game both looks and feels just right.
  8. Kingdom Come Deliverance

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another gorgeous graphical showcase, especially on PC. Dense foliage, massive battles, crowded cities, and rolling plains are all brought to life in this game, mostly due to the how good the game looks.
  9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    Don’t let the cartoonish looks fool you, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a gorgeous looking title. The bright and vibrant environment, coupled with top notch water effects and reflections breathe new life into a beloved game from our childhood. And the animations, are well, some of the best we’ve ever seen.
  10. Dragonball FighterZ

    Apart from being one of the best fighting games we’ve ever played, Dragonball FghterZ was also a great looking game. It captures the over-the-top style of the anime perfectly, and delivers the action with great visual finesse.

So those were our picks for the best looking games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Spider-Man PS4 ‘Silver Lining’ DLC Launches December 21

A Note From Spider-Man’s Game Director on Silver Lining

Hey everyone, thank you all for your continued and tremendous support of Marvel’s Spider-Man since its September launch. Since then, we have launched two chapters of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps, the game’s DLC, shining the spotlight on Black Cat, Hammerhead, and the Maggia. We’re thrilled to announce the series will wrap up on December 21 with the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining. We loved having Silver Sable in Marvel’s Spider-Man, and we wanted to give players even more time with her.

Silver Sable has stormed back to reclaim her stolen Sable International tech. With New York Police Chief Yuri Watanabe on administrative leave following her exploits against Hammerhead, Spider-Man will have to rely on unlikely allies to keep Marvel’s New York safe.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining features new missions, new and upgraded enemy and crime types, along with upgraded Hammerhead bases and storyline quests. There will also be new trophies, challenges, and three new suits for players to unlock.


We’re also very excited to be partnering with Sony Pictures on the upcoming film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in theaters December 14. We are offering a special promotion where users who pre-order the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film from PlayStation Store will receive a voucher for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining, a dynamic theme, and avatars as their pre-order incentive. As you may have seen at the end of our teaser trailer, we have included Peter Parker’s suit from the movie into our third DLC chapter. Pre-orders for the movie officially start tomorrow and then you’ll be able to unlock and swing around in the film’s version of Peter Parker’s suit once Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining launches on December 21!

It was a real pleasure working in partnership with Sony Pictures and Marvel to bring this suit to the game — and we can’t wait to see what you do in photo mode with it! You’ll also be able to unlock the Cyborg Spider-Man suit and the Aaron Aikman Spider-Armor.

We also have new art from acclaimed Marvel artist and suit designer Adi Granov. With this, the whole triptych is now complete, with images for all three chapters.


You can pre-order Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining for $9.99 USD MSRP on PlayStation Store. Of course, if you haven’t tried any of the post-launch content yet, you also can buy the Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps bundle of all three chapters for $24.99 USD MSRP and start playing the first two chapters now. Haven’t played Marvel’s Spider-Man yet? The Digital Deluxe Edition is an especially good value at $79.99 USD MSRP, as it includes the full game and all three chapters of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps.

It’s been a crazy ride for us here at Insomniac Games as we have spent the rest of 2018 developing this additional content for Marvel’s Spider-Man. We’ve been so grateful for all of your notes, comments, feedback, and support over these last few months. We hope you enjoy Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining when it releases on December 21!

 

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Spider-Man PS4 DLC ‘Turf Wars’ Launches November 20

Here at Insomniac Games, we’ve had a terrific time expanding our new and original Spider-Man story. We hope you enjoyed returning to the game recently, whether it was for New Game+ and Ultimate Difficulty, or to meet Black Cat in the first chapter of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps – The Heist. And, of course, if you haven’t yet checked out Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist, what are you waiting for?

With that said, we’re ready to give you a first look at the next chapter, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars.

 

As we hinted in Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist, Hammerhead is the main antagonist in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars. First appearing in the 1970s via the pages of Amazing Spider-Man comic book, Hammerhead — the organized crime boss known for his obsession with the mob’s glory years and a cranium surgically enhanced into a deadly weapon — has declared war against the other Dons of the Maggia, and are using equipment left by Sable International during its occupation of Marvel’s New York. Spider-Man and Yuri Watanabe will have to team up to put an end to the violence that has erupted in the streets of the city.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars features brand new story missions, bases, crimes, challenges, and trophies!

In addition, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars features three great new suits. We heard from many fans last May who were excited to see the new version of the Iron Spider suit in the game, but several wanted the classic Iron Spider Armor from the comics. With Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars, we’re glad to bring it to the game! Speaking of armor, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars will also have the Spider-Armor MK I to help round out your MK set in the game.


Finally, we have my favorite suit in this drop – the Spider-Clan Suit, which leaps directly out of the pages of the Marvel Mangaverse comic books. We know how much you love these animated-style suits — and we cannot wait to see what you do with this one in Photo Mode!

As with Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist – we have a brand new piece of art to share. We once again worked with famed Marvel illustrator and suit designer Adi Granov on this new image. It’s been a pleasure to continue working with him to create amazing new art for the post-launch DLC. You’ll also notice it features Spider-Man in his Velocity Suit – which was designed by Adi and that you can unlock in Marvel’s Spider-Man (we know many of you have already!).

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars releases on November 20! It will be available for MSRP $9.99 USD, but of course, you can also purchase the entire Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps bundle for MSRP $24.99 USD, which includes Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars, the previously released Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist chapter, as well as the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining chapter.

Haven’t played Marvel’s Spider-Man yet but want to check out the game and its DLC? The Digital Deluxe is an especially good value, including the full-game and all three Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps chapters for MSRP $79.99 USD.

 

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