PS1 Spider-Man is finally back, and fans are losing their minds
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Insomniac Games might have given us the definitive video game Spidey thanks to Marvel's Spider-Man, but decades before the PlayStation 4 adventure, there was another.
Released way back in 2000 for the original PlayStation, N64, and Dreamcast, Neversoft's Spider-Man was one of the first 3D superhero games out there. While it might not have offered up a vast 3D sandbox to swing around in, it did let players live out their Spidery dreams across a series of iconic levels and boss battles that included Venom, Rhino, Doctor Octopus, and more.
Given that the game is two decades old at this point, most have forgotten about Spider-Man. After all, why would you go back to an old PlayStation game when you can boot up a PS4 or PS5 and zip around a fully-realised New York City without any loading screens?
But as it turns out, good old PS1 Spidey isn't as dead as we might have assumed. The latest trailer for Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse dropped last night (see above), and it has more Easter eggs than you can shake a web at. Seriously, in the span of just two minutes fans have been able to pick apart the trailer and spot dozens of multiversal Spider-Men. Among them? Our old friend from the PS1.
Given that Across The Spider-Verse is all about Miles exploring the multiverse and meeting all the different versions of Spidey along the way, it makes sense that there are going to be some familiar faces in the mix. But come on, who could've predicted the Spider-Man from an old 2000 PlayStation game would show up? I already love this movie.
While PS1 Spidey was obviously the most exciting find for nerds of a certain age (like myself), fans also spotted Insomniac Games' very own PS4 Spider-Man! It's unclear exactly how large a role these two video game Spider-Men will play in the story, but I'd imagine they're little more than brief cameos for the fans. I would love to be wrong about that, though.
Insomniac's Spider-Man has been spotted in the new Spider-Verse trailer 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/xFHIjTtxZR— GAMINGbible (@gamingbible) December 13, 2022
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse swings into cinemas June 2023. The sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond The Spider-Verse is set to be released in March 2024.