To the young and blissfully ignorant among you, it may seem like video games and superheroes are a combination that could never fail. To the older and more jaded out there, there still exists a time before Arkham Asylum, a time that stretches as far back for some as Superman 64.
Why it took so long for the gaming industry to finally get a handle on making at least passable superhero outings for home console is the type of philosophical pondering that kept Plato up at night.
Thankfully the dark days are behind us, the days of half baked arcade games and senseless movie tie-ins. These are the days of the Arkham games and Insomniac's breathtaking opus that is Marvel's Spider-Man.
But back in those dark days, where every terrible superhero movie needed and equally terrible tie-in game, there existed one hope on both fronts; Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. It stands in truly hallowed halls as simply one of the best games in a generation of pure classics. And gamers have been hailing it as the definitive Spidey experience for nearly two decades.
Not until Insomniac came along did it seem it could ever be topped. And in a way it still hasn't been really, since you could never make a game as pristine as Marvel's Spider-Man, without taking a few lessons from the original.