The sequel to the popular Marvel's Spider-Man game brings about a significant change in the city of New York by bidding goodbye to the much-discussed "boat people".

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Excludes Infamous "Boat People"

In a surprising turn of events, the famously dubbed "boat people" who once evoked curiosity among players of Marvel's Spider-Man game, have been replaced by average New Yorkers in the sequel. The unusual and somewhat unsettling characters named as the "boat people" by fans were a hot topic of discussion and plenty of memes when the players explored the farther waters surrounding NYC in the original game. It was an accident, a joke born out of players pushing beyond the boundaries intended by the game developers at Insomniac Games. The hilarity of it wasn't lost on the developers either, who enjoyed the joke by including the "boat people" in the remastered versions for PS5 and PC.

However, a recent revelation brings an end to the era of the "boat people". In the eagerly anticipated sequel, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, these quirky characters have departed the waters, paving the way for regular citizens going about their daily lives in a city riddled with superheroes and supervillains.

The change was first noted by a Twitter user named Octorious, who posted before and after images, showcasing the transformation. The images clearly show that the developers have decided to retire the internet meme by replacing them with ordinary citizens. The "boat people", who looked comparatively odd from a close distance but perfectly normal from afar, have now been replaced by average denizens of the Big Apple.

Interestingly, the "boat people" were mere background fillers initially, not meant to be examined so closely. However, the unique exploration system of Marvel's Spider-Man and the difficulty to reach far-off boats made them a bizarre point of interest. The sequel, though, with expanded web-swinging potentials and the new web suit feature, allows players to navigate any location in the city with ease.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 has garnered high praise from industry critics for its improvements over the original game. Joe Donnelly, features editor at Gamesradar+, bestowed a perfect score on the game and commented, "Just about everything here is an improvement over the original game. The combat and gadgetry pay homage to Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham series. And the gravity-defying traversal is a tribute to anyone who's ever dreamt of soaring through the skies. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is, quite simply, the best superhero game yet.”

So, with a heartfelt farewell to the quirky "boat people", we await the adventure and amusement that Marvel's Spider-Man 2 holds in store for us in the coming times. This unexpected shift signifies how the game developers are keen on creating more immersive worlds even as they part ways with some of their most memorable accidental creations.

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