Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 — now playable with visual enhancements on PS5 — serves up a thrilling adventure that made it one of 2018’s best games. Much like the Batman Arkham games it’s often compared to, there are a ton of powers, skills, and abilities to choose from. Spidey also gets a total of 28 suits, many of which come with a unique power.
So how do players know what suits to unlock first and what powers to prioritize when playing Spider-Man? We’ve got you covered.
Each suit can be unlocked using a combination of Tokens earned by accomplishing various tasks, with the recipes listed right in the menu. Backpack, Base, Landmark, Research, and Challenge Tokens are all marked on the in-game map — if you don’t see them, then you’ll need to play more of the story to unlock them. Crime Tokens are earned by stopping randomly occurring crimes.
Once a suit is unlocked, its power can be attached to any suit. So you can mix and match your favorite looks and abilities. So you can mix and match your favorite looks and abilities.
Here are the most important suits to get — for their suit powers — in order of when they become available to the player.
Note: The many other suits offer other cool powers that have situational uses, but these core six should by far see the most use.
6. Advanced Suit — Battle Focus
Essentially the default suit power granted from the Advanced Suit with the white spider emblem, Battle Focus remains top-tier for the entire game and causes the Focus meter to recharge continuously for a brief period of time. Not only does Focus help heal Spider-Man during battle, but full Focus charges allow him to execute Finisher moves that can take enemies down with a single badass cutscene. Later in the game, a number of abilities stack very nicely to give the player more and more focus.
On the plus side, the Advanced Suit is also more or less the default suit for the whole game. I found myself putting it on every time I did a story mission, because it felt disrespectful to the canon to do otherwise, right?
5. Noir Suit — Sound of Silence
The best suit power in terms of stealth early on, Sound of Silence makes it so that enemies can no longer call for backup. So if players can quickly eliminate several enemies in quick success — it’s pretty ideal. However, the duration is short enough that one later stealth powers outclasses it by far.
Still, for anyone who favors a more aggressive playstyle and quickly eliminating opponents in reckless fashion without alerting enemies, this is a great option.
Also on the plus side, the Noir Suit does look hella cool.
4. Stark Suit — Spider-Bro
The Tony Stark-made suit prominently featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming also makes an appearance in the game, and the small Spider Drone appears in the form of Spider-Bro, a floating turret that shoots at all nearby enemies.
In a pinch, Spider-Bro functions like a great decoy distracting enemies, dissipating crowds, and also doing a good amount of damage. For players who want a more classic Spidey look, the aesthetics of this one might be better than the Advanced Suit.
3. Electrically Insulated Suit — Electric Punch
The Electrically Insulated Suit was probably designed to combat Electro and somehow wound up being perhaps the single least attractive suit in the entire game. And yet, it’s perhaps the single best suit power in terms of crowd control while also coming in really handy for any challenges requiring players to electrocute enemies.
Rather than one of the shockwave-based powers from the Negative Suit or Spider-Punk outfit, the Electrically Insulated Suit grants Spidey Electric Punch, electrifying his Spidey’s fist so every single punch stuns and shocks an enemy for a prolonged period of time. Always pick this over Arms Race, Negative Shockwave, or Rock Out. But please, wear something else.
2. Fear Itself Suit — Quad Damage
Especially later in the game when boss battles become more frequent, the power granted from the Fear Itself becomes really handy. True to its name, the Quad Damage power “temporarily deals MASSIVE damage” with every hit. I would estimate that it deals about four times the normal damage —but I’m really not that good at math.
“Fear Itself” was a crossover comic book story arc from 2011 in which Earth’s heroes had to fight the villainous Serpent, an Asgardian god of fear. Tony Stark worked with the Dwarves of Nidavellir to make this suit out of Uru, the same metal that makes up Mjolnir. So yeah, it’s pretty badass.
1. Stealth “Big Time” Suit — Blur Projector
The aptly-named Stealth “Big Time” Suit offers the single best stealth ability in the entire game and one of the coolest minimalistic costume designs around. Once acquired somewhat later in the game, the Stealth-focused power totally outclasses the Noir Suit’s Sound of Silence in every way.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is currently available for the Sony PlayStation 4.
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