If you're reading this column on the day it releases, don't come looking for me at the office.
Almost every year I end up taking at least one day off to stay home and play a big video game I've been looking forward to on release day. Last year I took off for "Star Wars Battlefront 2." The year before I stayed home to play the PlayStation VR headset and a number of games.
Today I'm going to be playing "Marvel's Spider-Man," the new PlayStation 4-exclusive open-world action game.
Over the years there have been hundreds of video games based on comic book characters. With the possible exception of Batman, Spider-Man has made the jump from the comics page to the video game controller better than any other character. There's just something about the character, the web swinging, his fighting style and his wit, that make for a fun character to control.
For me, Spidey never found his video game footing until his games went 3D and "Spider-Man" was released on the original PlayStation in 2000. It was the first time you could move around freely and swing basically where you wanted rather than just moving your character from left to right like you were forced to do in the older 2D games.
To me and a lot of other gamers, the benchmark for a great Spidey game is 2004's "Spider-Man 2," which was based on the Tobey Maguire movie of the same name rather than being a sequel to the original PlayStation game.
What made "Spider-Man 2" such a great title was that it was the first game to ever really get the web swinging right. In the video game based on the first Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" movie, web swinging was basically treated like flying and you could swing above the tallest skyscrapers in New York, despite there not actually being anything for his webs to attach to. In "Spider-Man 2," if you wanted to web swing, your webs had to attach to a tree or building first before you could swing, and it worked amazingly well.
This new "Spider-Man" game looks fast and fun and its graphics look absolutely gorgeous. I think today's going to be a good day.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Marvel's Spider-Man" and "Star Wars Battlefront 2." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.