Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac Games’ much-anticipated sequel, found itself at the heart of both fan adulation and disappointment at The Game Awards 2023.
Despite receiving a warm reception from critics and fans alike and securing nominations in seven categories, the game left the awards show without a single win, leading to a mix of frustration and pragmatic acceptance within the gaming community.
Launched on October 20, Spider-Man 2 garnered nominations for prestigious categories, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Audio Design, Best Performance, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Action/Adventure Game.
The excitement was palpable, but the competition proved to be formidable. Rivals such as “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” “Alan Wake 2,” and “Baldur’s Gate 3” clinched the awards, leaving Spider-Man 2 without recognition in any of its nominated categories.
The reaction on social media ranged from surprise to disappointment. Fans expressed their views, with some pointing out that while the gameplay improved from the first installment, the sequel’s story didn’t quite measure up. Others highlighted the intense competition of 2023’s game releases as a factor in the award decisions.
Insomniac Games, ever gracious, took to social media to thank fans and congratulate the winners, showcasing their sportsmanship and appreciation for the community’s support. This response mirrored the 2018 Game Awards, where the original Spider-Man game also missed out on awards despite multiple nominations, overshadowed by titles like “Red Dead Redemption 2” and “God of War.”
A major thank you to everyone who nominated Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in several categories at @TheGameAwards this year! It's an honor to have had your support.❤️
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) December 8, 2023
Yet, not all fans were surprised by the outcome. Some cited that the sequel, while enjoyable, didn’t bring groundbreaking innovations to the table, labeling it as a “cookie-cutter” sequel.
They felt that it lacked the next-level elements necessary to stand out in a year crowded with exceptional games. However, many fans still hold Spider-Man 2 in high regard, with some considering it their personal Game of the Year for its engaging gameplay and Yuri Lowenthal’s performance as Peter Parker.
The Game Awards 2023 wasn’t just about the awards. It also featured significant game announcements, including Hideo Kojima’s new horror IP “Overdose,” God of War DLC, a new Blade title from Arkane Studios, and more. Despite the lack of awards for Spider-Man 2, the event was a celebration of the gaming industry’s creativity and diversity.
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