Marvel’s Spider-Man Complete Controls Guide for PS4 & PS5

Learn all the moves that you need to swing around Manhattan and fight crime as Spider-Man on the PS4 and PS5.

Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 and PS5 is, quite possibly, the best Spider-Man game ever made – perhaps even the best superhero game ever made.

It may have been released way back in 2018, but a series of DLCs and, of course, it being a Spider-Man game, means that Marvel’s Spider-Man remains a tremendously popular game.

Until we get the delayed Marvel’s Avengers, the PlayStation’s Spider-Man is the best experience that we have of a life-like landscape in the Marvel universe.

So, with a multitude of combos and an intricate, but easy to grasp, set of movement controls, here are all of the Marvel’s Spider-Man controls for the PS4 and PS5 that you need to know.

In this Marvel’s Spider-Man controls guide, the analogues on either controller are denoted as L and R, with the buttons on the D-pad listed as Up, Right, Down, and Left. Pressing the analogue down to trigger the analogue button is marked as L3 or R3.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Primary Controls

For swinging around, performing attacks, and pulling out your camera, these are the basic Spider-Man controls on the PS4.

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Tips
Move L
Camera R
Perch L3 While on an edge.
Dive L3 While in mid-air.
Show Objective R3
Webstrike Triangle Press Triangle to fire webs that pull Spider-Man towards the enemy and hit them.
Dodge O Press Dodge whenever the white zaps appear above Spider-Man’s head.
Jump X Press jump to then be able to swing.
Attack Square Tap several times to perform combos.
Gadget Select L1
Shoot Gadget R1
Sprint R2
Swing R2 Jump (X) and then hold R2. At the top of the swing, or at the lowest and fastest point, release R2 and then hold it again to continue swinging.
Aim L2
Camera Gadget Up
Photo Mode Left
Heal Down
Map Touch Pad
Pause Options

Marvel’s Spider-Man Combat Controls

Spider-Man is a powerful fighter, an agile combatant, and can utilise his web to tie-up and disarm his foes. Here’s how to beat-up some criminals and supervillains on the gound in the PS4 game.

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Tips
Basic Attack Square Just a quick strike.
Basic Combo Square, Square, Square, Square A speedy series of attacks with the fourth hit pushing back most enemies.
Perfect Hit Square As soon as your hit lands on the opponent, press Square again – it fills the concentration metre quicker.
Throw Square, Triangle (hold) Strike the enemy, and then throw them in the direction of your choice.
Attack Off of the Wall O, Square Press O to dodge towards a wall, and then launch off of the wall with an attack by pressing Square.
Dodge O Press O once and guide the dodge with L.
Long Dodge O, O Double-tap O to achieve a dodge and then a longer dodge to evade attacks that damage a large area.
Perfect Dodge O If you press O at the perfect moment – at the last second – it will make you temporarily immune and slow time.
Dodge Under Square, O Strike the foe and the press Dodge while moving in their direction to slide under their stance.
Grab and Throw Items L1 + R1 (hold) On the screen, certain items in the environment will show a nudge to press L1+R1. Do this to throw or pull down the item.
Perform Finisher Triangle + O When the prompt shows above the opponent’s head, press Triangle and O at the same time to perform a finisher.
Shoot Webs R1 Tap R1 multiple times to wrap up foes in web or, if they’re near a wall, stick them to the wall.
Webstrike Triangle Press Triangle to fire webs that pull Spider-Man towards the enemy and hit them.
Disarm Enemy Triangle (hold) When faced with an armed opponent, press and hold Triangle to sling a web onto their weapon and then yank it off of them.
Web Throw Triangle (hold) Grab an enemy with webs and then throw them. If they hit a wall, they’ll be glued to it.
Yank Enemy Triangle (hold) Grab an enemy with webs, wait for them to be pulled, and then release to unleash some attacks.
Yank Down Attack Square (hold), Triangle (hold) With this attack, you launch the enemy in the air and then slam them to the ground.
Spin Cycle Triangle (hold), Triangle Once you’ve webbed your foe and started hurling them around, tap Triangle to spin faster.
Heal Down Use the amount filled in the concentration metre to heal. Fill the concentration metre by performing attacks – aerial attacks fill the metre quicker.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Air Combat Controls

When taking on the criminals that keep popping up around Manhattan, perhaps the best way to combat them is in the air.

Once you vault an enemy off of the ground in Marvel’s Spider-Man, you can finish them very quickly and with the added benefit of air combat filling up your concentration metre quicker.

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Tips
Air Launcher Square (hold) Hold the Square button to launch the enemy into the air.
Air Launcher Follow-Up Square (hold), Square This will throw the enemy into the air and then perform one quick strike.
Aerial Combo Square, Square, Square, Square Once attacking your foe in the air, just keep mashing Square until the last attack defeats them.
Air Yank Triangle (hold) Pulls the enemy up into the air so that you can continue to land hits.
Air Throw Triangle (hold) Grabs an airborne enemy and throws them to the ground.
Swing Kick Square (hold) When swinging towards an enemy or while in the air, hold Square to perform a kick that vaults them into the air.
Leap Off Square, X Allows you to land a strike and then leap away to gain some distance before they counter.
Ground Strike Square + X Once you’ve leaped off of your opponent, or while fighting aerially, press Square and X at the same time to strike the ground.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Movement Controls

Perhaps the most incredible aspect of playing Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man creation is that the movement controls are just about perfect. Swinging around has never been so fluid and fun.

Here’s how to get around as Spider-Man:

Action PS4 / PS5 Controls Tips
Run R2 (hold) While on the ground, you can run around by holding R2.
Jump X
Dodge O You can quickly dodge or flip around while on foot or in the air.
Charge Jump R2 + X (hold), release X To perform a Charge Jump, just hold R2 and X at the same time to charge, then release the X button to jump.
Swing R2 (hold) Jump (X) and then hold R2. At the top of the swing, or at the lowest and fastest point, release R2 and then hold it again to continue swinging.
Swing Cornering O When swinging around, if you want to turn a sharp corner, use L to direct and O to swing around the corner quickly.
Wall Run R2 (hold) When near a wall or on a wall, hold R2 and move with L.
Vertical Wall Jump X While performing a Wall Run, press X to scale it quicker with a leap.
Wall Cornering O (hold) When performing a Wall Run and approaching a corner, hold O to run around it without stopping.
Ceiling Hang L2 If you find yourself walking on the ceiling, press L2 for Spider-Man to hang down.
Web Zip X While swinging around, press X to perform a quick Web Zip.
Zip to Point L2 + R2 When you see the circle marker appear while on foot or swinging, you can zip to that marker by pressing L2 and R2 at the same time.
Point Launch L2 + R2, X Once you press Zip to Point, quickly tap X before landing to launch forward and gain speed.
Air Tricks Triangle + O + L In mid-air, press Triangle, O, and point L up, down, left, or right to perform Air Tricks. This gains experience points and fills your concentration metre.
Quick Recovery X Having hit the ground and performed a roll, quickly tap X to leap up.

How to stop a car in Spider-Man on PS4 & PS5

One of the trickier crimes to stop in Marvel’s Spider-Man is a car chase or any crime that results in some of the felons driving off in a car.

First, you have to swing to catch-up to them, and then tap Triangle when you’re in range to jump onto the roof of the vehicle (a Triangle button prompt will show when Spider-Man is close enough).

On the roof of the car, the criminals will periodically pop out of the windows to shoot at Spider-Man. When you see them, you’ll have about a second to move out of their way, or you’ll get shot.

If this happens, you’ll either have to quickly press Triangle to get back onto the car, or chase them down again.

To evade the bullets, as soon as you see an enemy pop out, move the left analogue (L) towards them (either left or right) to bring Spider-Man to their side of the car. Then, tap square to web them out of the vehicle.

Keep going until all of the criminals are apprehended. With all of the foes out of the car, you’ll then need to stop the vehicle. To do so, mash square when prompted.

There you have it: the Marvel’s Spider-Man controls that you need to traverse the city and conquer Spider-Man’s enemies.

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