Spider-Man: Silver Lining DLC Review -- A Fantastic Finish
As the final chapter of The City that Never Sleeps storyline, Silver Lining makes for a compelling and engrossing coda to one of 2018's best games.
It manages to refine everything that made Spider-Man's main plot so great, bringing with it excellent combat and storytelling, while also managing to push out most of anything negative.
After Hammerhead's getaway in the previous chapter, Turf Wars, he's back at it -- and he's out to make New York his own. It's now up to Spider-Man to put a stop to nefarious plans before he causes any more trouble.
However, as it goes in the superhero world, things get complicated when Silver Sable decides to take things into her own hands.
While the DLC's story is straightforward, it's the dialog and interactions between Spider-Man and Silver Sable that steal the show. Spider-Man's quippy banter is made even funnier when coupled with the no-nonsense Silver Sable. It's constantly entertaining and will have you laughing out loud more than once.
Silver Lining's plot also manages to rectify Hammerhead's lack of screen time in Turf Wars by showcasing him in a truly over-the-top way, something that's pulled off so well that you won't even mind how silly it actually is.
Along with the great storytelling, this last bit of The City that Never Sleeps DLC keeps building on the combat encounters from the main game. While some of the later fights can be overwhelming, most fights do a good job of making you use everything that you've learned from the base game.
The lone new enemy is a jetpack foe that can use shock grenades to keep you on the ground. Luckily, they never become too much of a problem and the DLC doesn't add too many of these types of guys to become an issue.
Screwball makes one last appearance, bringing some new challenge missions to the table, but none of these are that memorable, falling to overly familiar mission design. However, they're worth doing to finally get that meme-spewing foe behind bars once and for all.
Gang Base missions also start to become a chore later in Silver Lining. They aren't boring, but the encounters do little to change things up.
- Great dialog
- Compelling narrative
- Improved combat mechanics
- Unremarkable screwball missions
- Repetitive base challenges
Silver Lining isn't perfect, with some samey base combat challenges and unremarkable screwball missions, but it's a fitting end to Spider-Man's DLC storyline. Though the epilogue series has had its ups and downs, it's still a worthwhile investment.