The day-one patch for Marvel’s Spider-Man has arrived, bringing with it some nifty new features I didn’t have a chance to try out before writing my review. Most notable among these is Photo Mode, which lets you pause the action and tinker with filters, camera settings, and overlays to get the perfect shot.
So far, it’s a pretty great addition to the game. Insomniac’s take on the feature isn’t quite as robust as some of the other ones I’ve come across—I remember Hellblade‘s being particularly insane—but it still offers plenty to do. If I have one complaint so far, it’s that the action is so fast that it can take a lot of trial and error to pause the game at the right time to catch the exact moment you’re shooting for. With a little perseverance, though, you can still capture some great stuff. You can also completely ruin the game for yourself forever, but more on that later.
Before I show off some of my best captures, you should be aware that the screens below will spoil a few of the alternate costumes you can unlock over the course of the game. None of them give away anything about the plot, but if you want to go into Spider-Man totally and completely blind, you’ve been warned.
Now that the warning is out the way, here are a few of my favorite shots so far, followed by the grave mistake I made that will no longer allow me to look at Spider-Man‘s Photo Mode the same way again.
One of my favorite things about Photo Mode is the way it lets you appreciate the game’s animations. They’re seriously gorgeous, especially the combat finishers. That’s what I used to pull off this artsy shot of Spider-Man in his Wrestler suit.
I also want to point out that all the images you see in this article were captured on a standard PlayStation 4, not a PS4 Pro. I’ve played the game on both systems now, and I’m quite surprised by how graphically impressive it is, even on the base system.
In addition to the options you’d expect, there’s a whole set of frames and stickers you can use to jazz up your screens. These work particularly well with the Vintage Comic Book suit, though I wish there were a way to make the rest of the characters look a little more comic-y, too.
I have a feeling all those #puddlegate people are going to freak out when they see this.
Contrary to what you may think you see in this image, Spider-Man does not acquire a rat sidekick during the game. The Noir suit does look quite nifty, though, especially when you pair it with the suit power for the Velocity suit like I did here.
Setting the time of day to night and playing with the depth of field can lead to some pretty dramatic effects, especially in Times Square.
Of course, eventually it all went off the rails. I’m going to throw a second spoiler warning here, because this next bit talks about the costume you get for 100 percent completion. It’s not a huge mystery based on the thumbnail you see after you beat the main story, but the game goes out of its way to avoid naming it or showing it in full before you actually earn it, so I’m playing it safe.
Long story short, I thought it would be funny to get a silly shot of Spider-Man in his Undies costume, that final unlock. During this process I also discovered how to turn on Photo Mode’s selfie feature for the first time. It was the perfect storm of immaturity.
A few minor tweaks later, here’s where I ended up:
Threat or menace, indeed.
So did I chuckle to myself at this dumb joke and move on to something more productive and befitting my age? Reader, I did not. I just kept trying to find ways to make it look like Spider-Man was taking naked selfies. I did this for far, far too long.
“Hey MJ u up?”
There are many ways giving someone the freedom to control a beloved cultural icon can go horribly wrong, but I think being able to turn Spider-Man from mild-mannered, good-hearted nerd into nudist bro might break new ground.
I could keep going. I have more. For your sake and mine, though, I’ll stop now.
I’ll just say that if you want to enjoy Spider-Man‘s Photo Mode—which, it bears repeating, is actually quite a solid addition to the game—keep Spidey’s suit on. Seriously.