Marvel’s Spider-Man

by Adam Holz

In this Sony PlayStation 4 exclusive, Peter Parker once again swings into action. Literally. The story begins with Spider-Man jumping out his fifth-floor window. The game invites players to dangle at the end of Spidey’s web. Swinging from building to building smoothly takes time to master, but once you do, it’s pretty remarkable.

It wouldn’t be a Spider-Man game without villains. Players go up against the crime boss Kingpin, a newcomer named Mr. Negative, plus loads of other famous baddies such as Electro, Scorpion, Vulture and Doctor Octopus. In order to defeat them, players will need to unlock new abilities along the way.

The T-rated action in Marvel’s Spider-Man is pretty intense. A couple of movie-like scenes show people dying. Some players might also struggle with the complicated battle system.

But the biggest issue with this game is language. Bad words pop in occasionally, including some harsh ones. That’s disappointing for a game that otherwise soars on Spider-Man’s kid-friendly reputation.

“No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need.” —Ephesians 4:29

If you read High Voltage, you might notice we often talk about language. I’ll admit, it’s tempting to think that a few bad words in a video game (or movie, TV episode or song) don’t matter. They’re just words, we might argue. What’s the big deal?

The Bible tells us that words are hugely important. They can build people up—or tear them down. When we use bad words, we miss a chance to reflect Jesus’ love and mercy. A kind, loving word may be exactly what a friend needs to hear from you today.

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