One of the first Skills you should unlock is Perfect Dodge in the Defender skill tree, which in turn lets you buy the Dodge Window skill. Perfect Dodge means Spidey automatically webs the enemy whose attack he’s just avoided when you counter perfectly, which is as his Spidey sense turns blue. Dodge Window on the other hand gives you a slightly longer timing window to perfectly dodge an attack. I can’t overstate how important it is to get these two abilities as soon as possible as they’re a blessing for crowd control. The Last Stand skill that follows Dodge Window is also spectacularly useful, as it’ll give you a moment of slow-mo to help avoid a potentially lethal blow.
2. Don’t get too button mashy when you’re fighting
There are a lot of different enemy types and certain kinds can only be beaten in specific ways, so try not to get caught up in the moment and just hammer punch all the time. Use Air Launcher (hold square) for baton enemies, Dodge Under (square, then circle) for shields, and web up heavies before attacking. Using the right moves at the right time is vital to take control of a situation.
3. Always take out the goons with guns first
When you’re fighting in New York’s streets you’ll want to take out gun wielding foes as soon as possible, as having to dodge bullets while fighting large groups is bothersome to say the least. While you can just punch them, there are skills to make the job easier. Tapping Triangle for a Web Strike, for example, will propel you to a targeted enemy, which is useful to reach a threat quickly. More useful though are Pistol and Baton Yank, and it’s high power cousin, Rifle, Shield, and Launcher Yank skills, which will let you pull weapons right out of people’s hands. While Yank and Throw lets you hurl things back at people as an attack.
4. Stick a mine on a person to get two people stuck together
A little way through Spider-man’s main story you’ll unlock Trip Mines, which shootout a strand of web when triggered wand then ties enemies to walls. But walls, floors, and ceilings aren’t the only thing you can stick them to. Oh no. They stick to enemies too, which means you can take two enemies out of the battlefield simultaneously when things get hairy. There’s even a trophy for doing it 10 time called “Hug It Out”.
5. Practise your skills to earn rewards at bases
Across the world bases for the various criminal factions will pop up, with Fisk’s being the first, as well as various crimes to stop. As Spider-man it’s your responsibility to beat them into submission. However, instead of rushing in and acquainting their faces with your webs, spare the time to look at the bonus challenges for each. They could be things like sneakily taking down three snipers, or perfectly dodging 10 attacks. Not only will you get bonus XP and extra tokens for completing these challenges but it’s a great way of practicing any moves you’re having trouble with.