One of the biggest differences between Marvel and DC is that Marvel has always been adamant on featuring their heroes in real life cities. Marvel’s New York City is one of the comic giant’s most prominent settings, being home to a slew of iconic superheroes and villains. While we’ve seen it depicted on the big screen in the MCU multiple times now, Marvel fans were introduced to NYC in a brand new way thanks to the recently released Spider-Man game for the PS4.
It’s an open world, and one that allows you to web sling your way throughout a Manhattan that feels exceptionally realistic. It’s a bit of a love letter to the city! Some critics of the game have even pointed out that they were able to find their old apartment buildings while swinging around and checking out the game’s digs. So today, we’re counting down some of the similarities between the game’s version of the city and the real life one with our list of the Top 10 Ways Marvel’s Spider-Man gets New York right. 10 The Layout As we mentioned in our intro, the game takes place on Manhattan.
It doesn’t branch out into the other parts of New York outside of Manhattan, but that being said, it is pretty darn massive. The layout of the city is a pretty good rendition, although you’ll find that many of the bigger landmarks in the city are scaled down slightly. Take a look at this comparison between the game’s Manhattan and the real life one; its lower Manhattan is a really good match in terms of shape and layout, although it’s missing a few key elements, but more on that in a sec. You’ll notice the surrounding areas, while inaccessible, are pretty spot on. The surrounding bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge, are all present, with the biggest difference being that the approximation of space between the bridges varies ever so slightly.
The Statue of Liberty is visible, exactly where it needs to be south of Manhattan and right by Ellis Island, which also appears in the game. In real life, the two aren’t next to each other, but considering the scaling down in the game, it makes sense. Speaking of islands, Governor’s Island also makes an appearance in the game, and its recreation is pretty spot on as well. 9 Battery Park As you probably noticed, one of the biggest differences in our last number in terms of lower Manhattan’s layout is that the ferry dock is missing.
Battery Park, which leads out to the the iconic Staten Island Ferry Terminal, has a pretty accurate depiction in the game, although is scaled down every so slightly, and is missing the terminal. That makes sense considering Insomniac wouldn’t want to prompt players into believing they could set sail off to a new part of the city that is unavailable on the map. That being said, you can still spot the ferries sailing around the harbour right next to Battery Park, which is a nice little detail. Where do they go, though? Someone track one of those ferries asap, please! 8 United Nations Building Certain buildings within the game are almost identical models of their real life counterparts, including this number. The United Nations Headquarters which is along the East River and is quite the memorable structure is pretty accurate.
The UN’s headquarters are in New York for reals, having been there since 1952, the same year the building’s construction was complete. Aside from this location, the UN actually has a few other regional headquarters in Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi. 7 Flat Iron building The Flatiron Building located at 175 Fifth Avenue is one of the most memorable landmarks in Manhattan. It’s often considered to be a quintessential symbol of the city, and the surrounding district is even named after it.
So of course it’s featured in the game! And it’s also located across the street from Spider-Man’s version of Madison Square Park, which unfortunately isn’t the most accurate recreation, but still pretty neat, all things considered. 6 Times Square At the beginning of the game, you soar through one of the most iconic places in New York City; Times Square. The hustle and bustle of Times Square is interrupted by the police hunting down Wilson Fisk (who, side note, you pay a visit to in a building that at times looks awfully reminiscent of the Trump Tower in terms of font and what not).
Spider-Man’s Times Square is chalk full of large screens and bustling people, and feels quite like the real thing when you’re on the ground, but is still pretty awesome to look at while you swing your way through it from the buildings above. 5 Guggenheim Swinging through the city and want to check out some of the most important cultural features New York has to offer? Well, head on over to the Guggenheim! The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is available for you to check out in the game, although like many of the landmarks in the game, you can’t stroll in and check out the collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist other early contemporary art that the museum famously boasts.
But from the outside, it’s still cool as hell, and is a really good recreation of the landmark. Unfortunately not all of New York’s iconic museums got the replica treatment in the game like the Guggenheim. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been replaced by a new building that is significantly less aesthetically appealing, and more modern. This replacement is called the MMoCA, the Manhattan Museum of Contemporary Art, which, for those of you unfamiliar with the city, doesn’t actually exist. 4 One World Trade Center One of the more recent and poignant additions to the New York skyline is the One World Trade Center building.
So naturally, it appears in the Spider-Man game, except it has a slight redesign at its top. That being said, it’s also the tallest building in the game, just like it’s real life counterpart in Manhattan, and you can even climb your way to its top. Which is likely why there was a bit of a redesign in the game for it. Insomniac had to be spider friendly, now, after all! 3 St Patrick’s Cathedral Another amazing recreation in the game is St Patrick’s Cathedral.
It’s almost identical to the real thing. The game really nails the Neo-Gothic structure located on the east side of Fifth between 50th and 51st streets. It’s also directly across the road from Rockefeller center, which doesn’t get as nice of a treatment in the game as the Cathedral does, skipping out on a few key details. But hey, the Cathedral itself is a bit of a show stealer, so I think we can forgive Insomanic for that! 2 Central Park While many of the famous landmarks in the game have been scaled down to some extent, one aspect of Manhattan has remained just as large and sprawling as it is in real life.
The game’s Central Park is just as massive, and as some fans who have snapped photos of it have noted, you can’t actually manage to fit the whole thing into a single photo, which is amazing! In terms of terrain it’s a really close fit, and the layout is very, very similar to the real thing. 1 Empire State Building Early on in the game, the landmark mechanic is introduced to you as a means of helping establish points on your map. You pay the Empire State Building a visit and snap a photo of it, and it’s pretty epic. Unlike the One World Trade Center, developers stayed as accurate as possible to the real life structure, which makes sense considering how iconic it is. The Chrysler Building is also right next door to it on the skyline as it should be, and it’s quite accurate compared to the real thing. There we have it friends! What other parts of Manhattan have you explored in the game that feels just like the right thing? Give us a shout in those comments below and let us know! If you dug this video, spread the love, hit that like button! And be sure to subscribe to our channel! We’ve also been doing Let’s Plays of Spider-Man on this channel and our sister channel Top 10 Nerd so be sure to head on over there and check them out! In the meantime, thanks for watching everybody! I’ll catch you all in the next video!
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