The History of Spider-Man Games Part 2: 1992 - 2002


Our look at the evolution of Spider-Man games continues with the end of the 16-bit era and the leap to 3D.

The Amazing Spider-Man has been a staple of video games since the 80s and throughout the super hero’s history, he’s starred in dozens of games. All Spider-Man games are unique in their own way, but the best Spider-Man games bring the charm, personality, and Spider-Man gameplay that replicates the web-slinging action of the Marvel Comics superhero. Spider-Man video games survived the ‘80s bust and subsequent rejuvenation in the ‘90s, and future games have continued the innovations established in our first episode of the history of Spider Man games.

On this episode of Playing with Powers, we continue to track the evolution of Spider-Man video games as the medium continued to evolve all the way to the Insomniac Spider-Man PS4 game. But, we first have to go through Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage, a brawler for 16-bit systems like the SNES and Sega Genesis first. From there, a few 16-bit stragglers happened, then developers of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater released their Neversoft Spider Man game. The Spider-Man 2000 game was his first step into 3 dimensions, and it was a glorious love letter to the hero and his comic book companions.

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