Sony’s latest release, Spider-Man 2, has broken records by becoming the fastest-selling video game in PlayStation’s history. The game, developed by PlayStation-owned Insomniac Games, achieved this feat by selling more than 2.5 million copies, both physical and digital, in its first 24 hours. Since its release for the PS5, it has garnered widespread acclaim for its immersive gameplay and representation of Puerto Rican culture.
However, not without its share of criticism, Spider-Man 2 has faced backlash regarding its length, as the main storyline takes roughly 15 hours to complete. When factoring in side-content, the game extends to approximately 40 hours, a standard duration for many video games. Some titles, such as Baldur’s Gate 3, offer hundreds of hours of gameplay in comparison.
The game is lauded for its portrayal of Puerto Rican culture but has faced scrutiny for an error in depicting the Puerto Rican flag, which was confused with that of Cuba in the main character’s residence. The developers have acknowledged the mistake and promised to rectify it.
Despite the title, Spider-Man 2 is the third installment in the series, building upon the success of its 2018 and 2020 predecessors. Notably, players can now assume the roles of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, providing a fresh and dynamic perspective in the virtual world of New York City. Eric Lempel, PlayStation’s head of business operations, expressed gratitude to fans for their support and enjoyment of the game, underscoring Insomniac Games’ commitment to delivering innovative gaming experiences.