Spider-Man: The City that Never Sleeps

Marvel's Spider-Man: The City that Never Sleeps is a collection of downloadable content (DLC) developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the 2018 video game Spider-Man. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man, it is inspired by the long-running comic book mythology and adaptations in other media. Released in three distinct chapters, The Heist, Turf Wars, and Silver Lining, The City that Never Sleeps' main storyline takes place after the events of Spider-Man, and follows the titular character as he confronts a crime wave led by the physically-enhanced mob boss Hammerhead. He is aided throughout the DLC by the thief Black Cat, Police Captain Yuri Watanabe, mercenary Silver Sable, and reporter Mary Jane Watson.

Marvel's Spider-Man:
The City that Never Sleeps
Spider Man City That Never Sleeps cover.jpg
Developer(s)Insomniac Games
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)
  • Brian Horton
  • Bryan Intihar
  • Marcus Smith
  • Ryan Smith
Designer(s)
  • Cameron Christian
  • James Cooper
  • Mike Daly
  • Joel Goodsell
  • Mark Stuart
Programmer(s)Joe Valenzuela
Artist(s)
  • Jacinda Chew
  • Grant Hollis
Writer(s)
  • Jon Paquette
  • Benjamin Arfmann
  • Kelsey Beachum
Composer(s)John Paesano
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Release
  • The Heist
  • October 23, 2018
  • Turf Wars
  • November 20, 2018
  • Silver Lining
  • December 21, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Spider-Man's traversal and combat abilities. Spider-Man can freely move around New York City, interacting with characters and undertaking missions, and unlocking new gadgets and suits by progressing through the main story or completing tasks. The player is able to complete side missions away from the main story to unlock additional content and collectible items. Combat focuses on chaining attacks together against numerous foes while avoiding damage, using the environment and webs to incapacitate foes.

The City that Never Sleeps was released worldwide for the PlayStation 4 beginning with The Heist in October 2018. This was followed by Turf Wars in November and concluded with Silver Lining in December.

GameplayEdit

The City that Never Sleeps requires the core Spider-Man game to play. It is accessed from the main menu and takes place in a separate instance of New York City, excluding the main game's story, side missions, and random crimes. Crimes committed by the Maggia crime families take their place, including Maggia hideouts, brawls, and crime scenes. The Maggia have stolen technology from the Sable mercenary group to improve their fighting capabilities,[1] and the DLC introduces a new Gatling Gun wielding enemy type.[1][2]

The social media-using villain Screwball returns from the main game to deliver various challenges, including EMP challenges, defeating enemies in certain areas to earn points, defeating enemies using specific gadgets, and taking stylish photos of Spider-Man's web-slinging or combat to achieve higher scores.[3] Other side missions featured include looking for art Felicia's father left around the city,[3] and using the Spider-Bot to look for bombs under cars.

Each episode includes new story missions, challenges (hosted by Screwball), enemies, and trophies.[4][5]

SynopsisEdit

CharactersEdit

Platt and Bailey voiced NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe and reporter Mary Jane Watson respectively.

Spider-Man: The City that Never Sleeps features a large ensemble cast of characters from the history of Spider-Man comics. Peter Parker (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal)[6] is a 23-year old research assistant,[7][8] who gains superhuman abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider. Employing a secret identity, Parker uses these abilities to protect the citizens of New York City as the superhero Spider-Man.[9][6] Taking place shortly after the main story of Spider-Man, The City that Never Sleeps follows Parker, who is coming to terms with the loss of his Aunt May to a bioweapon released by his former friend and mentor Otto Octavius.[10] Parker has also romantically reunited with his ex-girlfriend Mary Jane Watson (MJ).[citation needed]

The City that Never Sleeps introduces the first appearances of Parker's former lover, and master-thief Black Cat (Erica Lindbeck, who has a voice-only role in the main game),[11] and Felicia's father Walter Hardy (Daniel Riordan),[12][13] and features returning characters including NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe (Tara Platt),[6] Silver Sablinova (Nichole Elise), leader of the private military company Sable International,[8] and the social-media using Screwball.[2] New York's crime families have begun to resurface in the absence of the villains defeated at the end of Spider-Man including the Maggia crime family,[1] led by mobster Hammerhead (Keith Silverstein).[14] who is attempting to seize the city's criminal underworld for himself.

PlotEdit

The HeistEdit

Soon after the events of the main game, the Maggia crime families are looking to fill the void in the criminal underworld after Wilson Fisk's capture. MJ informs Peter that one of the bosses is looking to steal a painting that is being displayed in a museum. There, Peter encounters Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, who steals a USB drive hidden within the painting and escapes. Watson later informs Peter that the Maggia family led by Hammerhead now has the drive, implying that Felicia is working for them. Hardy continues to gather other USB drives from the other Maggia families as Peter follows her. After catching up to her, she reveals that Hammerhead is holding her son hostage. Believing himself to be the father, Peter agrees to help Felicia rescue the boy. Meanwhile, MJ learns that the drives contain the Maggia families' collective fortune. She also learns that Hammerhead has recently purchased a large impregnable vault that could be used to hold Felicia's son, and informs Peter. He and Felicia storm the warehouse where it is being kept, but Peter is trapped inside; after which Felicia reveals that she lied about having a son to convince him into helping her steal the drives before making her escape. After escaping, Peter races after Felicia, having overheard Hammerhead ordering his minions to rig Felicia's penthouse to explode after she arrives. He arrives too late and sees Felicia engulfed by the explosion, but MJ later tells him that her body wasn't found among the wreckage.

Turf WarsEdit

Soon after Felicia's apparent death, a full-blown gang war between the Maggia families erupts. Peter assists Yuri Watanabe and her police task force in a raid against Hammerhead, but it turns out to be a trap and all of Yuri's men are killed. Peter learns that Hammerhead and his gang have been stealing Sable International's equipment and weapons to help them in the gang war. After abducting the other Maggia dons, Hammerhead's forces attack police convoys across the city. Whilst Peter is dealing with his henchmen, Hammerhead attacks the police precinct which is holding Sable International's "Project Olympus", killing police officers in the process. Frustrated by her men's deaths and Peter's lack of progress, Yuri decides to go after Hammerhead personally. Later that night, Hammerhead decides to execute the other Maggia dons on live television to achieve his goal of terrorizing New York City into submission. Peter foils Hammerhead's plan and fights him, Hammerhead now powered by Project Olympus armor. Peter defeats him. As police are about to take Hammerhead into custody, Yuri arrives and shoots Hammerhead dead. Yuri is then suspended from the police force, but it doesn't stop her from hunting down other Maggia members and later becomes a ruthless vigilante. Unbeknownst to Peter and the police, one of Hammerhead's henchmen infiltrated the police van holding Hammerhead's body and revives him.

Silver LiningEdit

With Sable International's advanced equipment and weaponry, Hammerhead's gang rules over the city. Silver Sablinova, head of Sable International, returns to take revenge on Hammerhead for stealing her supplies. Peter, worried that Sablinova's violent methods would result in more chaos, tries to convince her to work together with him. Hammerhead, who has now upgraded himself into an advanced cyborg exoskeleton, leads Peter and Sablinova into a trap and overpowers both of them. Felicia, who is revealed to be alive, saves Peter from being killed, though Sablinova is captured by Hammerhead. Felicia gives Peter a USB drive containing information on Hammerhead. Peter rescues Sablinova and they learn that the carbon steel plate inside Hammerhead's head is sensitive to heat. Sablinova takes Peter to her stealth carrier on the Hudson River to bait Hammerhead into following them there. They work together to outfit Sablinova's VTOL fighter jet with a heated laser array; finishing just as Hammerhead attacks them. Peter holds Hammerhead in place while Sablinova continues to blast the metal plate. Eventually, Hammerhead is weakened, and Sablinova crashes her jet into him, defeating him. With her business finished, Sablinova plans to return to her home country of Symkaria to deal with the civil war there. MJ informs Peter that she plans to go to Symkaria to cover the story on the civil war and raise awareness. In the aftermath, Peter begins to train Miles Morales on how to use his newly acquired abilities, starting with web-swinging.

DevelopmentEdit

ReleaseEdit

The first episode, The Heist, was released on October 23, 2018.[15] Set several months after the end of the main game,[14] the story follows the physical return of Spider-Man's ex-girlfriend Black Cat to New York for a heist, which draws him into conflict with the Maggia crime families.[1][16] The Heist DLC expansion includes three unlockable costumes: Spider-UK, Scarlet Spider IV (dubbed as Scarlet Spider II in-game), and the Resilient Suit, an original design by artist Gabriele Dell'Otto.[17][15][4]

Episode 2, Turf Wars was released on November 20.[18] The story follows Spider-Man's and his ally Yuri Watanabe's efforts to stop Hammerhead taking over the Maggia crime families, and seizing control of crime in New York.[14] Turf Wars includes three new costumes: Mangaverse Spider-Man, the original Iron Spider, and the Spider Armor MK I.[19]

The final episode, Silver Lining, was released on December 21. Its plot features Silver Sable's return to New York City to reclaim her technology that has been stolen by the Maggia. She teams up with Spider-Man to confront Hammerhead, who has used her technology to make himself virtually indestructible. Silver Lining adds three new costumes: Into the Spider-Verse (based on the concurrently released film), Cyborg Spider-Man, and the Spider-Man armor created by Aaron Aikman, an alternate version of Spider-Man.[20]

The "Digital Deluxe" version includes access to The City that Never Sleeps' three story-based DLC chapters.[21][22] The Collector's Edition includes The City that Never Sleeps DLC.[21]

ReceptionEdit

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
The Heist 76/100[23]
Turf Wars 70/100[24]
Silver Lining 75/100[25]

The City That Never Sleeps received generally positive reviews from critics and journalists. Critics called The Heist, the first piece of the three-part DLC saga, a "fantastic continuation" of the core game, praising its character work and story missions.[26][27] However, critics noted that its gameplay, particularly the side objectives, felt "fun but repetitive", describing the DLC as "more of the same", but enjoying the story nonetheless despite its short length.[27][28][29]

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ a b c Whitbrook 2018.
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  19. ^ Carter 2018.
  20. ^ Santangelo 2018.
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  22. ^ Stevenson 2018.
  23. ^ Metacritic 2018.
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  25. ^ Metacritic 2018c.
  26. ^ "Spider-Man: The Heist Impressions – A Fantastic Continuation". Game Informer. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) - The Heist DLC Review". IGN. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  28. ^ "Spider-Man's Heist DLC Is Fun But Familiar". Kotaku. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  29. ^ "Marvel's Spider-Man: The Heist Review". Push Square. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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