Last week, Marvel’s Spider-Man, the latest title from Insomniac Games, had its homecoming on PlayStation 4 and was met with an incredibly warm reception. This was, of course, for a good reason as the game not only masters the art of web-slinging and exploring New York City, but contains a witty script and an incredibly polished gameplay experience.
One of these features added to Marvel’s Spider-Man that was seemingly unnecessary was photo mode. At any point in the middle of the game, you may pause mid-action and select photo mode, which features several camera options, stickers, and goodies to make your debut at the daily bugle a hit. Of these camera options is the option to have Spider-Man take a selfie.
While Marvel’s Spider-Man isn’t the first game to offer a selfie option (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Wind Waker both shared this option), it does take it to new heights, so-to-speak. You are able to take a selfie at the top of the Empire State Building, in the middle of a brawl with a few thugs, or even web-sling. This creates plenty of options for fans to make a faux social media page, if they’d like.
This is all part of how Insomniac doesn’t just adapt Spider-Man well, but they modernize him even better than the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever could, which is saying something. It’s not just Peter Parker partaking in photography. Throughout the city are civilians that can be interacted with, and of course, some even take selfies with your friendly neighborhood Spider Man.
For some, the inclusion of selfies in entertainment may seem like pandering, such as the reception to Rabid Peach in Mario & Rabids Kingdom Battle. But, like it or not, selfies have become ingrained in our culture, especially with the rise of social media, and they are here to stay. Insomniac found the best way to capitalize on the popular trend with an overwhelming amount of effort for a mode that is the cherry on top of fantastic experience.
Now, if you don’t mind me, I need to lie down after all of those mid-air selfie sessions, I don’t feel so good.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is currently available exclusively for PlayStation 4.