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Marvel's Spider-Man Review Thread

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Surprised to see no Spider-Man review thread was up already, guess people are busy. This is one of the biggest games of the year, so we need a review thread. This information was compiled by the good people of r/ps4.
Game Information
Game Title: Marvel's Spider-Man

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Trailer:
Developers: Insomniac Games

Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 88
Metacritic - 88

Reviews
3DNews - Денис Щенников - Russian - 8.5 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man is simply the best opportunity to become Spider-Man. For a few dozen of hours at least.​
AngryCentaurGaming - Unknown - Buy

"A great game, held back a bit by repeating missions structure and a couple small issues."​
Areajugones - Juan Linares - Spanish - 9.5 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man is one of the best exclusive games for the PS4 and one of the best games in 2018 so far. Its world has managed to surprise us due to the huge amount of content it possesses as well as because of its funny and deep gameplay. Finally, its visual level is movie-like and keeps the player engaged by means of a great story.​
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - No Verdict

Want a Marvel Studios twist on open-world superhero action? Then Spider-Man is a must-buy. Otherwise, try it.​
Attack of the Fanboy - William Schwartz - 4.5 / 5 stars

Spider-Man games have a long history of being disappointing on some level, but Insomniac has crafted a game worthy of the name.​
Critical Hit - Darryn Bonthuys - 9 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man is charming and energetic, action-packed and surprisingly capable of tugging on your heart strings to deliver a one-two punch to the emotional gut. If you had to sum up Marvel's Spider-Man in one word, nothing would be more apt than…amazing.​
Daily Dot - AJ Moser - 4.5 / 5 stars

Every prominent character featured comes across as a natural fit for the world Insomniac have built, as well as Marvel's detailed history. In a similar way, this feels like the most authentic Spider-Man game that's ever been made. It captures every aspect of the hero and his secret identity that fans have come to love, all while delivering a lengthy experience that feels like a childhood dream of defying gravity finally come to fruition.​
Daily Mirror - JC Suttun - 5 / 5 stars

With a fresh take on the character in both story terms and gameplay, Insomniac have delivered a superb experience that harks back to when Rocksteady revitalised Batman with Arkham Asylum.​
Marvel's Spider-Man is a brilliant, thoroughly needed entry in the superhero genre that is a must play whether you're a hardcore comics fan, casual Spidey aficionado or simply a lover of action adventures.​
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 9 / 10.0

Spider-Man isn't just a great superhero game, it's a proof of concept for Insomniac as a company. This project shows that they can basically handle pretty much any universe, because if you can accurately recreate Peter Parker's nimbleness and gentle heart you can do anything: and with multiple teasers at the end, I think they'll get that chance.​
Easy Allies - Brandon Jones - 9.5 / 10.0

Insomniac Games has given us Spider-man on a scale he's never faced before. They've crammed their story full of surprises, with multiple villains to bring down, and a set of trusted friends and tricky gadgets to even the odds. Will this big-budget re-telling of Spidey in his prime connect with fans? *Review Copy Provided by PlayStation​
EGM - Josh Harmon - 9 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man mixes the prestige ambitions of a Sony exclusive with the hyperkinetic fun of a great superhero game. It's not a pairing you'd expect to work, but it mostly does here, though some aspects of the open-world design, like repetitive side content, let down the overall package.​
Gadgets 360 - Rishi Alwani - 10 / 10

Clocking in at around 30 hours to complete Spider-Man's main storyline, and more if you decide to go after everything else the game has to offer, Spider-Man for PS4 isn't just triumph for video games. It's quite possibly the definitive interpretation of the superhero in any medium.​
Game Informer - Andrew Reiner - 9.5 / 10.0

The story shines as brightly as the gameplay – both deliver heart-pounding excitement​
Gameblog - Julien Inverno - French - 7 / 10

Marvel's Spider-Man offers adrenaline rushes but also some free falls. If the incarnation of the Spider is breathtaking in this great playground that is New York, it is legitimate to hope a plot and more inspired missions while the formula is copied and pasted from recent Batman games. Spider-Man PS4 is solid and generous, but it lacks daring and originality.​
GameMAG - xtr - Russian - 7 / 10

The new Spider-Man features an incredibly beautiful open world, dull bosses and repetitive tasks. This project will amaze you with its visual quality, but, on the other hand, may dissapoint you with monotonous gameplay.​
GamesBeat - Mike Minotti - 95 / 100

Score: 95/100​
GameSpot - Edmond Tran - 9 / 10

A spectacular cinematic presentation and sensational core mechanics help Insomniac's take on a Spider-Man game shine, in spite of some unimaginative open-world activities.​
GamesRadar+ - Leon Hurley - 4.5 / 5 stars

An immensely enjoyable and fun to play superhero adventure.​
GameZone - Cade Onder - 10 / 10.0

With an emotionally rich story, gameplay that fulfills childlike dreams of being a superhero, and an engaging world with no shortage of puddles, Marvel's Spider-Man is not only the definitive Spider-Man game but one of the best games of the generation. Insomniac's not playing the "greatest hits" of Spider-Man, they're making a new era of the webhead that will go down as a groundbreaking age in superhero gaming.​
God is a Geek - Chris White - 9.5 / 10.0

Everything I hoped it would be and more. Marvel's Spider-Man provides us lots to do, a great story, and some of the best visuals available on the PS4.​
Hardcore Gamer - Adam Beck - 4.5 / 5.0

Insomniac Games has created the single greatest Spider-Man game and one of the best based on a comic book.​
Hobby Consolas - Álvaro Alonso - Spanish - 90 / 100

With the speed, agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid, Insomniac brings back the beloved super hero with a game that lacks novelty, but shines in every aspect. Marvel's Spider-Man is amazing, spectacular, sensational and superior to any other wall-crawling, web-slinging video game.​
IGN - Jonathon Dornbush - 8.7 / 10.0

I wanted Marvel's Spider-Man on PS4 to make me feel like Spider-Man: To sail between the highrises of New York City, to nimbly web up hordes of enemies, and tussle with familiar, animal-themed villains. Insomniac Games' first foray into the world of Marvel handily delivers on all of that. But what I didn't expect from Spider-Man was to come away feeling just as fulfilled to have inhabited the life of Peter Parker. Aside from a few odd pacing issues, which momentarily took me out of the experience of being a superhero, and a world of optional missions that don't always quite live up to the heft of the main story, Insomniac has delivered a Spider-Man story that both surprised and delighted me, coupled with gameplay that made me feel like Spider-Man nearly every step of the way. The Wall Crawler's open world doesn't consistently deliver the thrilling moments of its main campaign, but the foundation laid here is undoubtedly a spectacular one.​
IGN Middle East - Unknown - Arabic - 8.7 / 10.0

The best game you can play with Spiderman, you have to be ready to integrate into the world of Marvel and deposit the real world.​
IGN Spain - Juan García - Spanish - 8.8 / 10.0

Probably the best Spider-Man game ever done, but still far from being perfect. Insomniac has made an excellent sandbox but its repetitiveness and some technical issues makes this game a bit less stellar.​
Just Push Start - Grant E. Gaines - 9.5 / 10.0

Marvel’s Spider-Man isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t stop it from being a fantastic experience. The story takes a while to get going but the end is more than worth the wait. Add in a fun, fluid and flashy combat system and it makes for a delightful journey. Sure, at times it drags, like during the forced stealth sections, but these are not enough to ruin the experience. Between all these things, fantastic graphics, a good selection of costumes and more, I can not suggest Marvel’s Spider-Man enough. Even if you’re like me and not the biggest Spider-Man fan, it’s a good enough experience to make it worth your time.​
Kotaku - Ethan Gach - No Verdict

As a playground for one of the most idiosyncratic superheroes of all time, Marvel’s Spider-Man is sheer bliss. It’s a sandbox platformer first and foremost, and a damn good one. Throughout playing the game I was constantly hounded by the question of whether this—sublime superhero traversal in a gorgeous, idealized version of New York—were enough. After countless hours later spent cleaning up every last icon on the map, I’m convinced they are.​
Metro GameCentral - GameCentral - 7 / 10

The best Spider-Man game ever made… but only just, since it fails to move the superhero video game genre forward in any important way.​
MonsterVine - Spencer Legacy - 5 / 5

Marvel's Spider-Man completely understands both the character of Peter Parker, and what it is that makes a Spider-Man game fun. Though it has more than a few technical hiccups, Spider-Man is a fantastic action game that can only improve with future installments.​
NEOsite - Paweł Musiolik - Polish - 9 / 10.0

Spider-Man from Insomniac is for games what Homecoming is for movies. A piece of great game with amazing graphics. Fans of Man-Spider will be ecstatic. The others will be delighted with the quality of the whole game. Strong contender for GOTY.​
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 83 / 100

Marvel's Spider-Man combines exciting traversal mechanics, varied combat, great presentation and plenty of content to build up enough momentum and swing by the underwhelming story and boss battles without getting caught in a web.​
Next-Gen Gaming Blog - Ben Ward - 9 / 10.0

Overall, Spider-Man is the game that a lot of people hoped it would be. An incredible traversal system that will have ironically been protoyped on a competitor’s exclusive title, a franchise with instant mainstream appeal and a story that, without giving anything away, sets things up nicely for a sequel without feeling lacking, all combine to make Spider-Man a must-play for 2018.​
Oyungezer Online - Yasin İlgün - Turkish - 93 / 100

Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man masterfully succeeds in every attempt it makes to tell an "Amazing, Spectecular" story. A must play!​
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Max Parker - 8.8 / 10.0

This is the Spider-Man we know and love, but so much so that it's to a fault. "Spider-Man" for PS4 does more than enough to make comic fans and webhead fans happy. It clears the middling bar for Spider-Man games. It's the best Spider-Man game ever made. But, its uninspired narrative keeps it from reaching the heights of the "Arkham" series. Admittedly, that's a tough series to top. This is just the beginning for this new vision of Spider-Man and his journey, and his best tales may be waiting around the corner.​
PlayStation LifeStyle - Chandler Wood - 9 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man doesn't innovate on the open-world genre, but Insomniac doubled down on creating a spectacular Spider-Man fantasy. It simply feels good to travel through Peter Parker's New York as the webslinger, even if whatever Spidey-suit you choose is covering a competent and entirely expected open-world formula. Filled with more emotion, heart, and humanity than we've seen in superhero adventures before, Insomniac doesn't need to reinvent the open-world wheel. Marvel's Spider-Man embraces the man behind the mask and gives us the best interactive Spider-Man experience to date.​
PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 9.5 / 10.0

A welcome return for PlayStation's original superhero icon, Insomniac Games have not just given us another sublime PlayStation exclusive but also the best superhero blockbuster the PS4 has ever seen. Spider-Man is a thunderous, essential triumph that bleeds cinematic splendor from every digital pore. Every PS4 owner needs to have Spider-Man in their collection.​
Press Start - Brodie Gibbons - 10 / 10

It's hard to fault Marvel's Spider-Man as Insomniac has taken their game to the next level. As a developer, they have gone from strength to strength and Spider-Man is a culmination of their past hits. There's a stunning verticality that compliments the game's watertight mechanics and, despite the literal boundaries, still makes the city seem boundless. If you're a Marvel die-hard, there's enough fanfare here to sink a ship as Spider-Man emerges as the new gold standard. Spider-Man is, without question, the best superhero game ever.​
Push Square - Glen Fox - 9 / 10

Ultimately, Marvel's Spider-Man is a must-buy, because no matter how you feel about our webbed superhero, this is just an insanely fun game to play, and it's so well put together. Just like the Arkham games did for Batman, this pretty much provides the definitive version of the Spider-Man universe outside of the comics, and leaves us begging to explore more of it in the inevitable sequel. Webslinging is bliss, combat is fantastic fun, and the extra content and collectibles are varied and infrequent enough not to overwhelm. What's more, the plot and characters are an unexpected surprise, with some fantastic performances that are genuinely touching. Marvel's Spider-Man is one of the best games of 2018 so far, and every PS4 owner will feel proud to own it as part of their library.​
Saudi Gamer - عصام الشهوان - Arabic - 8 / 10

A polished effort in terms of gameplay and control that is enjoyable if not distinguished, and is buoyed by its smooth traversal and fun fighting system, with suitable graphics and story. =​
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - No Verdict

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Slant Magazine - Steven Scaife - 3.5 / 5 stars

Spider-Man's mechanics feel fluid and satisfying enough to keep players engaged throughout the entire campaign.​
Spaziogames - Matteo Bussani - Italian - 8.5 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man is a huge tribute to the superhero. The original story is written around him and has great moments.​
TheSixthAxis - Gareth Chadwick - 9 / 10

Marvel's Spider-Man does a spectacular job of making you feel like the ultimate Spider-Man. From swinging through the city at high speed to fighting off legions of enemies by zipping between them and pulling them into the air, its gameplay looks like a scene from the films. It's remarkably well realised in terms of its world, design, and even technically, with short loading times and a rock solid framerate even on the base PlayStation 4. If Spider-Man is your thing then this is an essential purchase.​
TrueGaming - عمر العمودي - Arabic - 9 / 10.0

The swing between New York's buildings has never been so great. No previous game of Spider-Man has provided this kind of excellence with play style and storytelling.​
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 4.5 / 5.0

After 30 hours, I've wrapped up Spider-Man's story, completed a substantial amount of its side content, and have almost got every suit mod and skill in the game, and I just want to keep playing. Though it has a few minor blemishes here and there, they're never significant enough to really detract from the overall experience.​
VG247 - Alex Donaldson - undefined

Spider-Man is at its best when you're mid-flow. It's a game that can capture that awesome trance-like feeling where you're so in tune with the rhythm of swinging and hopping between buildings or dodging, countering and attacking enemies that everything else melts away. That's when it feels most special, and it's then that what Insomniac has achieved here is most plain. Much of its design is familiar, but it appears here in a refined, polished form that makes it an easy recommendation.​
VGN - Giovanni Marrelli - Italian - 8.5 / 10.0

Marvel's Spider-Man is definitely the best game about one of the most beloved character in the comics history, but despite the great efforts of developer Insomniac Games, the new adventure is not perfect, especially when it comes to boss fights, which follow the same pattern over and over, and the quality and variety of the side contents, which tend to be boring after a while. It's a shame, because the combat system and the swinging are two of the best aspects of the game, and the team should have focus on creating more original and complex side adventures, quests and activities to take advantage of the biggest features of Marvel's Spider-Man.​
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 8.8 / 10.0

Insomniac Games created something very special with Marvel's Spider-Man.​
VideoGamer - Colm Ahern - 8 / 10

While some of the antiquated trappings of open world games from years gone-by are present, Spider-Man manages to remain a delight through great acting performances, a compelling story, terrific combat, and joyous swinging.​
Wccftech - Kai Powell - 8.8 / 10.0

Insomniac has found a way to weave together the human side of Peter Parker with the combat and web-slinging of Spider-Man to create a web of intrigue that any PlayStation 4-owning superhero fan should play.​
We Got This Covered - Shaan Joshi - 4 / 5 stars

Despite a few missteps in its open world design, Insomniac Games has delivered on its promise. Needless to say, this is the best Spider-Man game to date.​
 
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Bring it on!

It's scoring about what I expected. Couple of lower scores brought down the average.
 
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Dunki

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Looks like we finally getting a great Spider Man game. Peter deserves this to be successful XD
 

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The Metacritic score is lower than I was expecting considering the hype but it sounds like a solid enough game despite the flaws.

Shame about the boring open world side stuff though. Sounds about as engaging as your typical Ubisoft game.
 

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A lot of comments about it being repetitive worries me. But I'm still playing the hell out of this!
 

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Seems like it's a well polished and competent Spiderman game. Reviews landing about where I thought they would with some outlets hyping the crap out of it and other ones tempering that back a notch with some perspective.
 
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88 is like right where I was expecting it to be.

I'm going with DQ but I'll eventually get to this one, been a long time since I played a Spider-Man game.
 

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Nice , ill go balls deep into this at the weekend , i have gone dark on this for a few months not wanting to spoil it for myself . the visuals look stunning
 

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30 hour story? Nice!

Probably won't play it until next week. Dragon Quest XI is going to take awhile.
 

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Scoring better than Second Son, Sunset Overdrive, Arkham Knight... not bad.
 

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Sony have absolutely killed it this generation. I just hope we're not going to see the return of the arrogant Sony that we had back at the beginning of the PS3 days (something tells me we will, sadly).
 

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I fell into the GoW hype trap, but will steer clear of this for now, especially since my pet peeves with open world is boring repetitive missions. Congrats to the game doing well, but I will wait to get it once I read some real impressions from your average gamer.
 

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I fell into the GoW hype trap, but will steer clear of this for now, especially since my pet peeves with open world is boring repetitive missions. Congrats to the game doing well, but I will wait to get it once I read some real impressions from your average gamer.
These days there is enough information and gameplay footage out there to see if game is for you or not. You should be hype for game base on what you see from gameplay footages not from other people hyping the game.
 

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Things are looking pretty good.
 

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I fell into the GoW hype trap, but will steer clear of this for now, especially since my pet peeves with open world is boring repetitive missions. Congrats to the game doing well, but I will wait to get it once I read some real impressions from your average gamer.
Be sure to give it a few weeks before putting your faith in user impressions. I'm sure this one will be good, but a lot people underestimate the power of the honeymoon phase.
 

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It's at 87 on metacritic which was what I was expecting. So it seems to be a pretty solid game.
 

Dunki

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Of course waypoint and polygon did not disappoint and put somehow trump in their reviews
 

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i'm glad they didn't overrate it like God of War

i'm sure the game is still not worth the scores, but that's how sony exclusives are, at least they didn't exaggerate so that'a a good thing
 

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These days there is enough information and gameplay footage out there to see if game is for you or not. You should be hype for game base on what you see from gameplay footages not from other people hyping the game.

Yeah except hype is tempting. I now know Sony stuff gets hyped to high heaven despite being just OK, so just putting it out there for others not to fall into the same trap.
 

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Yeah except hype is tempting. I now know Sony stuff gets hyped to high heaven despite being just OK, so just putting it out there for others not to fall into the same trap.

The conspiracy that an independent group of game reviewers come up with an aggregate game score than tricks people into buying Sony games? Ya, I'm sure it's the industry that is biased.
 

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Sony continues to pump out the great exclusives:

Spider-Man - 87
Yakuza Kiwami 2 - 85
Dragon Quest XI* - 88
(All of those within the space of two weeks)

And in a year that's already seen:

Shadow of the Colossus - 91
Yakuza 6 - 83
MLB The Show - 82
Ni No Kuni II - 84
God of War - 94
Detroit Become Human - 78

*time-limited console exclusive
 
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Sounds pretty good so far with scores being about what I was expecting. Probably no one will make an open world that's not boring aside from R* anytime soon.
 

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I couldn't resist not doing this:

If any change needed I'm ready

Quite honestly, shit like this makes me nervous anymore. I stupidly bought GoW because I was seeing so much praise, somehow forgetting that mainstream tastes completely differ from my own.

I'm a little more certain about my purchase here because I'm not sure I'v ever bought a Spidey game I didn't enjoy playing. But industry consensus is no longer a positive for me.
 

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I'm a little more certain about my purchase here because I'm not sure I'v ever bought a Spidey game I didn't enjoy playing. But industry consensus is no longer a positive for me.

Agreed. But in this instance the positive comparison with the Batman Arkham series is enough for me to five it a shot. I loved those Batman games (I have 2 platinums with Arkham Asylum) & it's a genre I find very easy to enjoy. So whilst I agree with the fact people should make up their own minds, there's some data here which suggests fans of one series (Batman) will enjoy this Spider-man game.

At least I hope that's the case.
 

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I was hopping to get at least 90 metacritic score, but I had feeling that such an ambitious project with just one studio behind it's going to be hard.
 

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You're the man Insomniac, I've been on the train since the Spyro days and you haven't let me down yet (no I don't know what Fuse is).
 
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As expected: production values and combat/traversal will carry the game while the rest is effective but pedestrian.

Bring it on! I loved Arkham Knight and am more than ready for another go with a game that works similarly.
 
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Quite honestly, shit like this makes me nervous anymore. I stupidly bought GoW because I was seeing so much praise, somehow forgetting that mainstream tastes completely differ from my own.

I'm a little more certain about my purchase here because I'm not sure I'v ever bought a Spidey game I didn't enjoy playing. But industry consensus is no longer a positive for me.

I don't care about reviews myself but it's something the game developers care about because if a game is extremely reviewed well its always getting successful

I'm not sensitive to spoilers too so I already watch a ton of gameplay and read many spoilers so whenever I buy a game I know exactly what I get
 

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If positive reviews from trusted sources are not enough for some people who might be into the game but are unsure, perhaps it may be good to consider renting the game in question and purchase later if they like it. Just a suggestion.
 

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I just need to decide whether I want the physical version for $48 or the Digital Deluxe for $80.
 

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Sony continues to pump out the great exclusives:

Spider-Man - 87
Yakuza Kiwami 2 - 85
Dragon Quest XI - 88
(All of those within the space of two weeks)

And in a year that's already seen:

Shadow of the Colossus - 91
Yakuza 6 - 83
MLB The Show - 82
Ni No Kuni II - 84
God of War - 94
Detroit Become Human - 78

Is Dragon Quest considered exclusive when it's on PC and Switch?