Insomniac Games has released their newest DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man, Silver Lining, which is the final chapter in The City that Never Sleeps DLC Series. I’ll be breaking things down into three categories for this Review: The Story, Side Activities, and last, but most certainly not least, the New Suits for our friendly neighborhood Wall-Crawler (and us) to collect. Silver Lining took me six hours to complete (on Spectacular Difficulty) in its entirety.
At the heart of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining is a story about doing what’s right in order to protect the people you care about, even if that means working with uneasy allies. In Silver Lining, Silver Sable returns to New York City for one last mission, but is uncertain about her relationship with Spider-Man. She feels that he dropped the ball when dealing with Hammerhead, resulting in the loss of Sable Industries technology and weaponry, and ultimately, more chaos for the people of New York.
Silver Sable sets her sights on an upgraded Hammerhead, who has made use of this stolen Sable Industries technology, as well as Project Olympus, to further technologically alter his body. This grants him invincibility and immense strength, on top of already being a ruthless Mob Boss who uses calculated plans to achieve his goals. Spider-Man needs to rely on his allies more than ever because he can’t simply take down Hammerhead on his own, due to his new upgrades. I really enjoyed this final chapter in The City that Never Sleeps, thanks to its capability to add more depth to a character that I enjoyed from the main game, in which I felt Insomniac could have fleshed out her motivations more. This DLC solves that issue immediately. Silver Lining is packed with fun missions to complete and, in my opinion, has been the best writing for Spider-Man out of all the DLCs released so far. Seeing as this is the final chapter, I believe Insomniac Games absolutely nailed this one, and as such I am satisfied with the conclusion to this three-part story arc. If you already liked Silver Sable, you’re going to enjoy Silver Lining.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining also features new Side Activities to complete which consist of Screwball Challenges; Bomb, Combat, and one Gadget Challenge, nine different Crime Scene Recordings to collect (which lead to an interesting development that I will not spoil for you in this Review), Olympus Bases, and new Hammerhead Crimes.
In Screwball’s Bomb Challenges you are tasked with disposing of bombs hidden within crates and spread around the city in an allotted amount of time. You have to Ground-Slam the crates to reveal the bombs, and as always Screwball will set up Photo-Bombs, if you throw the bomb into the highlighted area and time your button press just right, you can get extra points toward your high-score.
In Screwball’s Combat Challenges you need to defeat all of the waves of enemies to win. Just like all Screwball Challenges, if you defeat enemies inside of Photo-Bombs you will earn extra points toward your high-score.
In Screwball’s Gadget Challenge you need to combine the use of your Electric and Impact Webbing to stun enemies and then launch them into the wall, if you stick them to a wall with a Photo-Bomb active you will get extra points toward your high-score.
Crime Scene Recordings
I won’t say much about these Collectibles, but if you track down all nine of them you will get a tease for a certain character that I thought was a nice touch.
Olympus Bases are much like the Bases from either the main game, or any of the DLC packs. You need to fight six waves of enemies as the challenge gets increasingly difficult during your progression. Since Hammerhead got an upgrade, so to did his Henchmen. There are Jetpack enemies, Shield enemies, Minigunners, and Snipers to name a few. In my opinion, (and maybe it’s because I played on Spectacular Difficulty) these Olympus Bases were no joke. I died quite a few times upon getting to the final wave, and this factor alone added about an hour onto my total playtime to complete all three, so keep your wits about you.
Just like with each DLC pack prior, Insomniac has included three new Suits for you to unlock and add to your collection. This time around we have the Into the Spider-Verse Suit (which I can’t praise enough, just look at it!), the Cyborg Spider-Man Suit, and lastly, the Aaron Aikman Armor Suit. Here are some high-resolution photos I took using the in-game Photo-Mode to show them off. All of them look really detailed in-game and just like Turf Wars, I am happy with the suit selection added this time around in Silver Lining.
Into the Spider-Verse
Jake Johnson’s Spider-Man Suit from Into the Spider-Verse, before the gut. This is quite possibly my favorite DLC suit added into Marvel’s Spider-Man. If you haven’t seen Into the Spider-Verse yet, do yourself a favor and go see it!
The Cyborg Suit. Spider-Man dons a cool Cyborg arm, a high-tech eye-piece akin to Kano from the Mortal Kombat Series, bandages on his head and thigh, and stitches on the suit where it was torn in battle. I really like this one, and seeing how Hammerhead gets some technological upgrades, it’s only fair that Spider-Man gets some too, right? Even if they are only cosmetic!
Aaron Aikman Armor Suit
The Aaron Aikman Suit, which first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #3 (November, 2014). Aaron Aikman originated from Earth-31411 and was a scientist that specialized in the medical application of insect venoms. This one gives me a MegaMan vibe, so if that’s your thing, or you just enjoyed this one from the comics, rejoice!
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining, the final chapter in The City that Never Sleeps DLC Series. Silver Lining provides a satisfying conclusion to Hammerhead’s story arc, while still showing character-growth between the characters that we already know such as; Silver Sable, Mary Jane, and Miles Morales. Besides just the story, I also had a blast completing the various side activities, hunting down the collectibles, and unlocking the new suits. Insomniac Games has knocked this one out of the park, and personally, I am extremely hopeful that Insomniac will make more DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man in the future, even though no current plans for such have been officially confirmed or laid out. I believe, with such an interesting Universe, Insomniac has plenty of stories left that they could tell should they choose to make more post-launch content for Spider-Man. Oh and Insomniac, if you’re taking suggestions, can I please have a DLC pack centered on Mysterio? Or Dr. Kurt Connors’ Lizard? That would be phenomenal.
Check out our Review for Marvel’s Spider-Man here, and be sure to let us know what you thought of this final chapter in The City that Never Sleeps DLC Series.