Spider-Man: Miles Morales
If this is the future for Spider-Man it is in the safest of hands. Spider-Man 2018 was an undoubted success. Insomniac captured something in a slightly older Peter Parker that players really resonated with. That’s exactly what they have brought again with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, if not even more so.
The future is safe with Miles
Miles struggles to trust in himself as we first start swinging around the city without Peter’s watchful gaze. He suffers from what could be seen as imposter syndrome, always comparing himself to Peter, referring to himself as ‘the other’ Spider-Man, Where in reality he is Spider-Man and seeing the growth in him and his confidence was an emotional and incredible journey. The narrative players experience has been so lovingly created, the love for this character, the world and the story being told just shines out.
A true hero and a great guy
A particular aspect of Miles, that I personally just adore, is how family orientated and kind he is. Now I know, I know he is a hero so of course, he is a good guy. BUT he is also an amazing son. He is respectful to his mum and they clearly cherish one another- we don’t see enough teenage boys showing that level of affection! Make being kind cool again! The story of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is so rooted in family values and the strength that the family gives. I loved it and, like a delicious meal, I wish there was more.
When Spider-Man: Miles Morales was announced, there were concerns it would be an ‘add on’ compared with the other games. Whilst Insomniac were quick to reassure players it was a fully actualised game, it would be closer in length to Uncharted’s, best game, Lost Legacy than to Spider-Man 2018. The praise from players was glowing, a reaction that certainly shows there is an audience just waiting to get stuck into a full-length Miles title. Whilst the campaign is not the longest, it doesn’t feel abruptly short. There is so much to explore on the map, side missions and treasure hunts etc that you can enjoy those flawless swinging mechanics even after completing the campaign.
Now you’re just showing off!
Now, I played Spider-Man: Miles Morales on a PS5 and it is a great demonstration of what the PS5 is capable of. Whilst the story progresses and Miles develops his venom powers, the dual sense psychically reacts to the action on-screen with jumps and rumbles in with Miles’ electrical powers. Loading times are almost nonexistent as you navigate the map and in and out of buildings. Don’t even get me started on the near photoreal snowy New York landscape! The only thing I would have loved to have seen was the city all light up at night! Maybe next time!
Whilst Spider-Man: Miles Morales followed a similar formula as its predecessor, which is arguably one of the best superhero videogames of all time. It does finetune some fundamentals and really showcases what the next-gen console can bring. In the spiderverse Insomniac is creating, this is an essential, engaging introduction to Miles Morales and whether you play it on PS4 or PS5 it will not disappoint.
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