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Spider-Man PS4 backpack guide

A guide to finding all those backpacks Peter forgot about scattered all across Manhattan

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There are a lot of things to do in the New York of Spider-Man on the PS4. Luckily, they’re all marked on your map when you activate the Surveillance Towers. One of the first of the game’s collectibles you’ll encounter are Peter’s backpacks. You’ll be led to the first one as part of a tutorial early in the game, but there are 54 more to find. It’s a fairly straightforward and well-explained process, but it’s a great way to learn the collectibles mechanic that the game uses. Below we’ll talk briefly about why you want to find these particular collectibles and give a couple tips about making finding them even easier.

Why look for backpacks?

There’s nothing weird about hiding a backpack with a plushie of yourself behind a dumpster.
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Besides the simple fact that no one should leave 55 backpacks stuck to walls all across the city, there are two reasons you’re going to want to collect every backpack in the city. First, you’ll pick up a lot of fun things that are cutesy personal items or Spider-Man and Marvel mythology Easter eggs. They don’t impact anything in the game or the gameplay, but they’re, frankly, just nice to have around.

The very first suit you unlock requires one Backpack and two Crime Tokens.
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More importantly — and more practically — you’ll also receive Backpack Tokens for every backpack you find. These tokens are part of Spider-Man’s currency system. You’ll use these tokens in combination with Research, Landmark, Base, Crime, and Challenge Tokens to unlock new suits, suit mods, and gadget upgrades.

Backpacks are easy enough to find — and 55 is a manageable number of them — so there’s nothing keeping you from grabbing them all as you explore the city. If you’re looking for one specific upgrade that you want right now, though, you can see the tokens that upgrade requires on the right of the screen.

Tips for tracking down backpacks

Spider-Man’s map fills in automatically to show you everything available to find and do right from the beginning of the game (well, after you unlock the Surveillance Towers). That means almost never going to be confused about what’s around to pick up or do. There are still a couple things you can do to make the process smoother.

When you mark a backpack on the map, you’ll get a giant beam of light marking its location.
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  • Mark them on the map. As you scroll your cursor across the map, you can mark any item by pressing X. When you mark a backpack, you’ll be guided to it via your HUD with onscreen prompts. More importantly, when you get close, the backpack will be marked with a column of light.
R3 lets you see through walls.
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  • Use R3 when you get close. Even with the giant column of light, sometimes it’s hard to pin down exactly where Peter left his backpack. When you get close, click the right thumbstick (R3) to scan the area. Usually, this shows you hidden enemies or electrical cables. For backpacks, though, this’ll highlight it even if it’s on the other side of a wall.

What happens when I find them all?

Finding all 55 backpacks will unlock a secret outfit for Spider-Man to wear. There’s no Suit Power that unlocks with the outfit, so you’ll be using one of the others you have unlocked. Click on the image below to see the suit in all its glory.

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The suit you unlock by collecting all of the backpacks is called the Homemade Suit. It looks to be based on the outfit worn by Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming.