The new console generation is here and for me and many others, Spider-Man Miles Morales for the PlayStation 5 was the biggest game at launch. It is worth noting that this game is also available for the PlayStation 4. This is a sequel to the phenomenal Spider-Man game that was released a couple of years back, but this time Miles Morales is taking center stage.
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The Game Review
The story of the game is fantastic. Miles is being mentored by Peter Parker, who after a run-in with Rhino informs him that he is going away with MJ. This leaves Miles as the sole protector of not just his home borough of Harlem, but the whole of New York. In many ways, it is a kind of superhero coming of age tale as Miles comes into his own.
Taking care of random crimes such as carjackings, robberies, assaults, and stuff maybe what Peter had in mind for Miles. However, a new criminal called The Tinkerer rises up causing trouble with a new group called The Underground. Add to this the company Roxon causing chaos and Miles has a lot on his hands during his first few weeks of being a solo Spider-Man.
While Miles being Spider-Man is great. It is the personal conflict that he has with others in the game which is the story’s strongest point. The story is much shorter than the last game and lacking in the big villains, but what is here is still a great Spider-Man story and one that makes you really route for our main character.
The presentation of the game is great. New York once again looks fantastic, but the new lighting and ray-tracing effects make it seem sharper than the last game. On the PS5 you choose between having the fancy graphical effects or a higher frame rate. I went for the fancy graphical effects and thought that the game looked great.
The voice acting is the best of any game of this first batch of games. Not just Miles, but every character in the game comes across as a real person. One area I do think the sound design missed out on was the soundtrack. Miles has a real love for music and during certain parts of the game some cool hip-hop beats will play, but I think this should have happened more often.
Gameplay is just as much fun as it was in the last game. While Miles does not have all the fancy web abilities that Peter did in the last game. Miles has two special abilities in one being his Venom abilities that use his bioelectricity and he can also turn invisible for stealth. I think the game plays close enough, but does enough new things to appeal to pretty much everyone, no matter how much of the last Spider-Man game they played.
The main story missions that the game has are rather short and there are not many of them. It makes up for this with some fun and entertaining side missions that help pad things out. Add to this, collectible items, caches, sound files, and postcards and the game has a great deal to keep you busy. This is especially true if you want to go for that platinum trophy.
As much fun as I had with Spider-Man Miles Morales, I did have a strange glitch that happened to me on five occasions. As you play your friend, Ganke will call you with information and chatter. On a few occasions, his picture would pop up on the bottom of the screen, but no voice would play and I would have to reload my last save to progress.
I stand by my statement that Spider-Man Miles Morales is the best launch game of this generation. It may be lacking in the content that the last Spider-Man game had, but it is still a great experience. The gameplay is just so much fun, but it is the compelling story that gripped me and made me want to platinum this game.
- Miles is a very likable character
- I really enjoyed using his special abilities
- As well as being a superhero, Miles feels like a real person with real struggles
- It features some amazing voice acting
- Lots of extra content to keep you busy
- The game did glitch on me a few occasions
- I wish that it had more iconic Spider-Man villains in the game