Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Spider-Man

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Wall-crawling, web-slinging fun, with mild violence.

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Positive Messages

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. work together for the common good, often putting aside their own comfort. But they do engage in a lot of violence and cause a lot of mayhem.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The superheroes have the choice to work for good or evil, and they've chosen to work to help others. But their approach is sometimes destructive.

Ease of Play

Plenty of in-game tutorials and prompts throughout. If you forget a specific move, you can always refer to the in-game skill tree. But multiplayer split-screen continues to be an issue because it's static, with no option to zoom out -- which makes it hard to see what's going on during battle scenes. 

Violence

Lots of fighting with weapons or weapon-like superpowers. But there's no blood, and playable characters don't die. When their health meters run out, they can be healed by other players, or you can wait for them to regenerate. 

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Consumerism

Requires a full Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) starter set to play. Additional characters are available for purchase. There's pressure to purchase them all to unlock statues in the "Hall of Heroes," obtain additional unlockable content, and play certain challenges. Part of the wider range of Marvel/superhero tie-in merchandise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Spider-Man is an add on to the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0) game. The full game is required to play it. It comes with two characters (Spider-Man and Nova), as well as the figurine that opens the Play Set within the game. Additional characters can be purchased separately, and parents will be pressured to buy these figures to help unlock additional features and missions. Much like the other Play Sets for Infinity games, the game has a lot of violence and some use of weapons/powers to defeat enemies, but there's no blood, and playable characters don't die. Players logged into their Disney Infinity accounts will find their names posted to leaderboards.

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What's it about?

In DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 EDITION): MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN, Mysterio and the Green Goblin have teamed up to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. They create their own army of symbiotes after cloning Venom and set them free in New York City. This Infinity play set comes with Spider-Man and Nova, but you can also play with Nick Fury, Venom, and Iron Fist. From the sewers of Manhattan and up into the sky, you'll battle symbiotes, save civilians and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and even take on the Green Goblin and Mysterio head to head through a series of missions. Over time, you'll unlock additional challenges where you can post your best high scores in an effort to top other Disney Infinity players. Like the rest of the Disney Infinity 2.0 universe, you can build your character's skills up through a comprehensive skill tree. On the Toy Box side, you'll unlock "toy" versions of the characters, as well as furniture (Spider-Man beanbag chair, anyone?) and decor. Better yet, an open Toy Box gives you plenty of space to really get Spider-Man swinging through the air without a skyscraper in sight to crash into.

Is it any good?

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition): Marvel's Spider-Man is the type of play set we were hoping for when the game was announced. Unlike The Avengers Play Set included with the 2.0 edition, Marvel's Spider-Man makes full use of the city landscape, allowing you to explore the sewers and then fly out to rendezvous with Lady Liberty. The missions are more diverse, so you don't feel like you're reliving the same scene over and over, and there are even puzzle-oriented boss battles for those who are ready for a change from all the combat. It's still missing some of the playfulness of the original Disney Infinity play sets, but that's likely due to the tone of the comic book inspiration. The new skill trees are put to good use, and the included characters, Spider-Man and Nova, feel like distinct people in battle scenes. Plus, who doesn't want to swing through the air and crawl up buildings?

The multiplayer screen split still feels awkward because there's no way to zoom out, so it can be hard to see what's going on. Also, it would be fun to have a female character in the mix, but those are the only complaints, other than wishing the game had gone on longer. With maybe five to six hours of story to play through (less if you're a villain-battling whiz), you might be left hoping for just a little more. Luckily, with plenty of ongoing challenges to master and the potential to build games of your own in the Toy Box, you can keep on playing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games. In highly cartoonish kids' games, is there a meaningful difference between stomping a fantastical foe and using a gun and first-person targeting to shoot a human-like enemy?

  • Discuss women in adventure stories. None of the playable characters in this game is a woman (there are non-playable female characters). Why do you think that is? Which female comic book characters would you want to play as, and why?

  • When companies release groups of linked products that don't cost much individually, it's often with the intent to encourage people to gradually buy them all before they realize how much money they're spending in total. Do you notice that happening to you? What are some ways you could exercise self-control in these situations?

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