The City That Never Sleeps DLC pack has concluded with the release of this Silver Lining chapter so get ready to swing one final time.
Marvel's Spider-Man is an incredible game that recently won our Action Game of the Year award. Over the past couple months, I've been playing and reviewing the chapters of The City That Never Sleeps DLC pack and we've finally reached its conclusion. Silver Lining is a suitable finale to the trilogy of add-on content as it ties up the overarching story well. At the same time, it introduces Silver Sable who's a cold and cunning character with a personality that contrasts well with Spider-Man's. As you progress through the plot, you'll meet many familiar faces and it all comes together to create a compelling albeit brief narrative. I don't mean to spoil anything but the ending is satisfying yet it still leaves plenty of room for a sequel so don't expect it to wrap everything up in a neat little package.
Each of these 3 DLC chapters contains a different kind of Screwball challenge. The first one tasked you with stylishly swinging through checkpoints while the second one had you stealthily taking out enemy guards as if you were Solid Snake. This time around, you must traverse from one point to the next and at each point, you have to break open boxes in order to find a bomb then throw it at a target within a time limit. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the Screwball challenges in The Heist chapter, I must admit that these ones are even more enjoyable. They're the perfect blend of action, luck, and quick-time events. Throwing the bombs perfectly only to wow Screwball's viewers is super-satisfying stuff. I wish the ones in Turf Wars were this much fun...
On the other hand, the main missions in Silver Lining are really nothing special. You'll find yourself within a handful of brawls against countless tough enemies, some of which can fly around with jetpacks. Although they are challenging and can be rather rewarding, these fights merely feel like more of the same. There are a few non-combat missions such as one where you chase drones that are following Silver Sable's jet so you can disarm them before they cause her harm. That being said, this still isn't anything particularly new or exciting because there have been many more interesting chase scenes in the main game and other DLC chapters.
On a positive note, Silver Lining concludes with an impressive boss battle against Hammerhead. In it, you have to weaken Hammerhead while occasionally disarming his shields with bombs that Silver Sable drops from her jet. Then, you mash the attack button to hold him in place while Silver Sable blasts his big ugly mug with a laser. It's awesome stuff and I had a ton of fun finally taking him down.
As with all of these DLC chapters, Silver Lining can easily be completed in one sitting. Of course, there are optional missions and collectibles to strive for but it still doesn't add up to a full-fledged experience. I really hope that more developers start releasing DLC in large chunks instead of these bite-sized pieces. Monolith Soft did an awesome job with Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country and I hope to see more developers become that ambitious with their add-on content and supplementary stories.
Silver Lining is a solid conclusion to The City That Never Sleeps DLC pack. After completing it, you'll want to dive straight back in to New York City and swing through new adventures so here's hoping the sequel gets announced soon!
- + Interesting plot with the very cool Silver Sable and plenty of familiar faces
- + Screwball challenges are pretty fun
- + Epic final boss battle
- - Aside from the boss, the missions are fairly monotonous and hackneyed
- - Just like the other expansions, it's very short and can be beat in one sitting