The City That Never Sleeps is a collection of three short DLC episodes for Marvel’s Spider-Man titled The Heist, Turf Wars and Silver Lining. They revolve around Black Cat, Yuri Watanabe and Silver Sable respectively. Each episode will take you around two hours to complete, but also adds a few side quests and challenges.
Before purchasing the DLC, it is important to note it is different from other major expansion packs. It can simply be defined as more story content for Marvel’s Spider-Man along with new suits. As such, whether these episodes are worth it or not is directly proportional to how much you enjoyed the characters and gameplay of the main game. The highlight of the DLC is the relationship between Peter and the supporting cast as there is a big focus on how they impact each other’s lives. If you loved the character interaction beats offered by the main game, there DLC is filled to the brim with them.
But the core of Marvel’s Spider-Man is the combat, and this DLC set is a fun excuse to re-equip the web shooters. The game is always throwing a variety of enemies at you that keep you engaged in the core battle system. You need to consistently think fast and evaluate your options at a rapid pace, while also modifying and iterating depending upon the situation. Its more challenging than the base game and a lot of fun to play. There are a few stealth sequences for the sake of mission variety, but nothing you haven’t seen before. Screwball’s challenges aren’t that great, but outside of a few story based side-missions there isn’t much side content that feels worth playing.
The standards for expansion packs have increased in the past few years and The City That Never Sleeps doesn’t quite hit that mark. In fact, it’s never aiming to do so. It is a good collection of three episodes that give you more content. They are completely different in size, scope and value from The Witcher 3’s Blood, Wine or AC Origins’ and The Curse of the Pharaohs. But as long as you care about the character of Peter Parker, you will have a good time with this expansion.