Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales PlayStation 5 Review

Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales provides another breathtaking superhero adventure that will delight both adventure fans and Spidey fans alike.

By Grayshadow, Posted 13 Nov 2020

Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales takes what made Marvel's Spider-Man great and builds on it. Having the new Spider-Man Miles Morales finally taking on the role of Spider-Man after his mentor Peter leaves for Europe. Miles must take on new challenges that will test his mettle and allow him to develop into his own Spider-Man. The story has some highs and lows, taking references from Peter's journey but leaves on a high note.

Marvel's Spider-Man, Miles Morales, PlayStation 5, Review

Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales takes place weeks after the events of The City That Never Sleeps. Miles has been training with Peter and has come out as a new Spider-Man among the people. The adventure starts off with a bang as Rhino escapes after Miles' screws up. As the battle with Kingpin serves as a dynamic tutorial and Mile's fight with Rhino and the other escapees showcases Miles' style.

The control scheme remains untouched but Mile's fights and plays differently from Peter. He has more flair to his attacks and you can see him stumble a few times, showing off that he's still in training. The most profound change to Miles is his Venom bio-electrical abilities. Miles can charge and absorb electrical energy for dangerously powerful strikes. Which plays a huge role in the game's story and fighting against the game's primary against, The Underground.

Peter leaves New York for work with MJ and leaves Miles in charge of the city, fully believing his Mile's abilities and character. The Underground immediately shows themselves after Peter's departure, toting weapons made of living metal and a techno-look straight out of Watch Dogs. They're led by the Tinkerer who are seeking to destroy a private energy company led by Simon Krieger who crafted new energy called Nuform. Astute Spidey fans will be able to figure out much of the story's direction pretty easily.

What is strange is how the game plays with death. Seemingly the civilians always seem to come out alive despite being in catastrophic life-threatening situations. In the beginning, a helicopter crashes in a heavily populated rip off the side of a building, and somehow no one is hurt. It gets even more insane when Rhino rushes through the streets, leaping through buildings with people inside, and even a heavily populated mall with no one getting hurt? At some point, it just becomes too comedic especially for the Tinkerer who seems to value civilian life but at the same time causing massive calamity and showcases the ability to kill without mercy. The developers attempt to make us feel sympathy for similar to Martin Lee or Otto in the previous game given but unlike them who committed mass murders as a means to their goal the Tinkerer's massive disasters and even having no problem killing is seeming ignored. The civilians also act with a degree of stupidity such as returning to the edge of a collapsing bridge Miles just saved them from or going towards a massive nuclear explosion.

Marvel's Spider-Man, Miles Morales, PlayStation 5, Review

Miles is still a novice and is trying to save everyone. This coupled with being unable to fully control his new electrical powers leads to a lot of dangerous situations for the people of New York as Roxxon and The Underground fight in the streets. Miles will have to come to terms with what it means to be Spider-Man but as his own Spider-Man.

The various missions throughout New York are largely busywork. You occasionally get unique missions tailored to Mile's persona but it's mostly the same things players did in Marvel's Spider-Man. Collect these items across the city, beat these guys in the warehouse, and so on. There's a unique challenge where you collect sounds across New York that provides extensive lore into Miles's family but it's a lot of busywork. You'll need to complete a lot of this busywork to fully upgrade Miles' various gadgets and skills but I was able to complete the game on Ultimate, the game's hardest option, without doing so.

Miles has his own unique skill tree dedicated to his unique abilities. Those hoping for some of Peter's more powerful tactics will be sadly disappointed but it gives Miles his own distinct tactical options. Miles has 19 suits to choose from, each with specific unlocks and abilities like Peter. All of which will carry over to the game's cutscenes.

Visually the game looks outstanding. The visual detail is astonishing and you can see the details within each section of every suit. The voice-acting is equally amazing. Peter has been recast with Ben Jordan being the new face of Peter which I'm not a fan of as it makes Peter look a lot less seasoned and more of a newcomer Spider-Man.

When comparing the PS4 version to the PS5 version I noticed the game will stutter at random times. This was resolved after restarting the game though. In addition, the title crashed on me twice on PS4 and once on PS5 when playing the PS4 version of the game. The PS5 version ran smoothly without issue but not sure why these issues were only present on the PS4 version.

Marvel's Spider-Man, Miles Morales, PlayStation 5, Review

Miles' adventure takes around 5 hours to complete if you wish through the story and 7-8 hours to gather everything. It's a short but sweet adventure showing Miles coming out as Spider-Man. The story has holes in it when you look closer, especially when it comes to civilian causalities during tremulously destructive situations. The Tinkerer just not as interesting as the previous villains as her reasons for causing havoc, while understandable, doesn't have the same impact when you look closer at her actions. Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales provides another breathtaking superhero adventure that will delight both adventure fans and Spidey fans alike.

Adam Siddiqui,
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General Information

Platform(s): PS5, PS4
Publisher(s): Sony
Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Genres: Adventure
Themes: Superhero
Release Date: 2020-11-12

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