1. Rocket launchers have very unique specifications

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Enemies who wield rocket launchers can be a big pain, but they can also make for some pretty cool shots in photo mode. Maybe this is what developer Insomniac had in mind, since they packed a little gag on the individual rockets for fans like SunhiLegend to discover. If you pause the action, you can zoom in on propelled ordinance and see this:

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I wonder if it's too late for the goons to get their money back on that warranty.


2. Peter Parker's desk is cluttered with in-jokes

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The only good look we get at Peter Parker's mess of an apartment comes during the opening cutscene, but that's all we need. Designers included tons of scribbled notes, made specifically for nerds who like to go frame by frame and examine every pixel. So let's do that!

In addition to the reminders to pay rent and "call T.S." (presumably Tony Stark), we can also see a couple trademark Parker goofs:

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If you're having a hard time reading them here, the left one reads "Need catch phrase... 'it's webbin' time'?" and the right one reads "mail JJJ roses from 'secret admirer'."

The best note is actually slightly obscured by another piece of paper, but I feel safe in saying it reads "Spider-Mobile - good idea or GREAT idea?"

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Judging by the way the Spider-Mobile turned out in the comics, I would have to say GREAT idea.



3. Spidey's snazzy salutations might also be a Spider-Man 3 reference

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In a bold move for open world games, Marvel and Insomniac ensured that Spider-Man can't punch, kick or otherwise maim innocent pedestrians on the street. What he can do, however, is say hello with the push of a button. One of Spidey's stock greetings happens to be the classic finger-guns. 

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Seeing those digits out of their holsters reminds me of something. Could it be... oh. Oh no. 

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Maybe it's a coincidence. It could be simple happenstance that the Spider-Man in the game is pew-pewing random people on the street just like the infamous "Emo Peter Parker" scene in Spider-Man 3. Then again, this game is packed with all kinds of Marvel easter eggs, so anything is on the table. 


4. All kinds of Marvel easter eggs

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The New York City that Spider-Man swings around in is much like our own (minus uh, anything above like 141st Street). But since this takes place in the superhero world, there are several landmarks that Marvel fans will find familiar. The Avengers Tower juts out of the skyline, but if you go closer to ground level, Doctor Strange's Sanctum Santorum can be found in Greenwich. Most of the big points of interest are marked on the map, so it's easy to find recognizable locations like the Wakandan Embassy and Alias Investigations.

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If you go down to Wall Street, you'll even find a big bronze statue -- but instead of a bull, it's Lockjaw of the Inhumans. 

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Marvel Games exec Bill Rosemann explained that the change came about for legal reasons. Speaking personally I'll take a giant teleporting bulldog over a capitalist symbol stuck in copyright hell any day of the week.



5. Electro's redesign still has an old-school flair

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No one can blame Insomniac for giving Electro a new look. In the modern age, Maxwell Dillon's original flappy-headed costume looks a tad silly. That said, there are a couple nice wrinkles that reference the supervillain's colorful history. On top of keeping the green and yellow color scheme, Electro's facial scarring bears a strong resemblance to the shape of his vintage mask.

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Maybe Marvel Studios can keep this redesign in mind for whenever they reintroduce Electro in the movies. 


6. Collectible callbacks

 

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Tucked away throughout New York City are over 50 backpacks, webbed up over the course of Spider-Man's adventures. Every pack you discover contains an artifact from Peter Parker's past, whether it's old web shooters or a vial containing The Lizard's blood. One backpack nets you a child's drawing, which Peter explains he got as a gift after saving a kid's balloon. Those who remember Spidey's gaming past might have had flashbacks just now, because balloon rescue was one of the more infamous sidequests in the otherwise-beloved Spider-Man 2 video game.

Players can also find a farewell card from the staff of the Daily Bugle, including a pre-villainous co-worker.

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Eddie Brock might not have a big presence in the story, but that's what sequels are for.



7. A small feature saves Spider-Man from being a murderer

 

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Here's the problem with Spider-Man games: It is incredibly fun to throw bad guys off of a 50-story skyscraper, but this kind of conflicts with Peter Parker's "no kill" rule. The new game cleverly avoids this pitfall by "saving" bad guys who would otherwise plummet to their death. Whenever a goon is headed for a fatal drop, they get spontaneously webbed to the nearest wall.

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How do henchmen get down once they're webbed up hundreds of feet in the air? Eh, that sounds like a problem for henchmen to figure out.


8. Going to great lengths to deliver quality voiceovers

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Spider-Man might be a game about a masked vigilante with mutant powers fighting hordes of supervillains with seemingly infinite resources, but that doesn't mean Insomniac took their storytelling duties lightly. In addition to a great cast of well-rounded characters, the voice acting team went to the trouble of recording lines multiple times.

That can't have been cheap or easy to do, but it's amazing that they pulled it off.



9. Cute little crosswords

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This is a tiny one, but still cool nonetheless. In one of the cutscenes, a resident of the FEAST center mentions doing a crossword puzzle. Sure enough, if you maneuver the camera in photo mode, you can see a real solvable puzzle. 

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The crossword contains a couple mistakes ("Ironman" is spelled as one word, 11 across seems to be missing altogether), but the developers probably weren't expecting nerds to analyze every inch of their game. This'll teach 'em!


10. Fake social media callouts

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It's easy to miss, but you can access Spider-Man's social media timeline on the map screen. The un-Twitter feed changes and reacts to Spidey's actions in the story and in side missions, which is a great touch. Look close enough and you can spot a couple easter eggs, like the post from "MonsterCatcherGuy" that's clearly talking about Pokemon Go. 

And then there's yet another reference to a lost balloon...

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The old Spider-Man 2 game is definitely a classic, but uh, you might not want to go back to it after playing with Spidey on PS4.


11. You can find the Ghostbusters firehouse and there's a ghost painted on the back

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That's all really. Pretty neat though.



12. A lovely fan request goes horribly wrong

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This story started circulating during the weekend of the game's launch, and it's a doozy. After players got their hands on the game, many noticed that a movie theater marquee reads "Maddie, will you marry me?" If it seems like one of those real-life grand-gesture proposals, that's because it is. Or, it was. 

A big Spider-Man fan named Tyler Schultz posted a video on YouTube (now removed) detailing his interactions with Insomniac and his hopes to get engaged to his girlfriend, Madison. Together Schultz and the developers agreed on the displayed message, months prior to the game's release. However, in the time since then, Schultz and Madison broke up. Madison has since started dating Schultz' brother, which is about the purest form of "Parker Luck" ever seen in real life. Insomniac has offered to change the sign in a future patch, and Schultz told Kotaku that he wants the sign to reference his late grandmother, who fostered his love of Spider-Man at an early age. The result might be the only easter egg that can be described as a rollercoaster ride with a bittersweet ending.


BONUS! Spidey's self-deprecating chest hair joke has a ring of truth to it

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Here's something silly to take the edge off of that tragic tale. Peter Parker's quips mostly target villains, but he also jabs at himself just as often. They come so fast and frequent that you might look over the line where Spidey makes note of his ruined suit, worried that people will take pictures of his "three chest hairs." 

When we get a look at the shirtless Spider-Man costume, however, we see that he's not joking. He really does have only three strands poking out of his pecs.

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Now this is attention to detail.