Spider-Man on PS4 to make superhero games great again?

Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the biggest juggernauts ever in the entertainment industry, Marvel video games often leave a lot to be desired.

PlayStation hopes to break that tradition with a new Spider-Man game set for release in a few weeks.

It's the latest from acclaimed studio Insomniac Games, which is very aware of just how important this character is to his fans.

"With great power there must also be great responsibility," says James Stevenson, community director of Insomniac Games.

"We have 50 years of Spider-Man stories and comics and characters to think about and use. We also have all these fans and all this pressure to live up to."

Like his Marvel mates Iron Man and Thor, Spider-Man is bigger than ever at the moment thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but the new game isn't based on any specific movie or comic book. Instead, it has a completely original, standalone story.

"Even if you're not a Spider-Man fan, or aren't really into the comics, this game is not just trying to tell a superhero story. It's trying to tell a really relatable human story as well," says Stevenson.

"There's something there even for people who maybe don't think they're a huge Spider-Man fan. It's not based on anything else, you don't need to know anything, you can come in and try this one."

Some fans might be suspicious, and with good reason. Just like how movies based on video games are always terrible, games based on movies are often just as bad.

The MCU has been a dream come true for countless comic book geeks, but will this new Spider-Man buck the trend of disappointing Marvel games?

"The Marvel games haven't been successful, but they've had little blips here and there. The Marvel vs Capcom series is still very successful," says Marvel superfan Jordan Tini.

"We haven't had a really a good Spider-Man game since 2004, with Spider-Man 2 on the PlayStation 2. That game revolutionised Spider-Man by creating this open-world experience that I can see the PlayStation 4 version is going to expand upon."

The high hopes for this new Spider-Man game come partly from PlayStation's hype machine ramping up. It's far from a quick cash-in - this is one of the company's flagship releases of 2018.

But there's also a lot of optimism thanks to the team developing it.

"I put my trust in Insomniac. They've has been with PlayStation since the start, they created Spyro and Ratchet and Clank," says Tini.

"A lot of people didn't check out Sunset Overdrive, but I was lucky enough to check that out. The aerial gameplay in that has me very optimistic about their aerial gameplay in Spider-Man."

Insomniac Games, of course, shares that optimism.

"We just focussed on putting in a tonne of effort. We've been working on it for three-and-a-half years, to give you the experience that Marvel fans have always deserved," says Stevenson.

His use of the word "always" in that comment could be read as an acknowledgement of previous Marvel games being disappointments for fans.

Ultimately, Stevenson is confident that the new game will succeed in the way every game should - being fun to play.

"Whether it's web-slinging around the city, fighting guys as a masterful, acrobatic improviser - you're like leaping above them, knocking them up in the air, using your webs, using the environment, using your gadgets - it's just always fun. There's always crazy ways to play the game and do it with a lot of style."

Marvel's Spider-Man is released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on September 7.