Title: Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
RELEASE DATE: 2020.
Console (played on): PlayStation 5.
GENRE(S): ACTION, Adventure, Crime.
Developer: Insomniac Games.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Director(s): Brian Horton, Bryan Intihar, Marcus Smith & Ryan Smith.
Writer(s): Adam Gascoine.
Music: Mick Gordon.
Voice Actor(s): Nadji Jeter, Yuri Lowenthal, Jacqueline Pinol, Fred Tatasciore, Darin De Paul, Troy Baker, and many more!
My Overall Rating:
Originally announced as part of the PlayStation 5 reveal event in June 2020, the latest addition within the Marvel’s Spider-Man video game universe was released on both PlayStation 4 and 5 in November 12th, 2020. Although serving as both a stand-alone sequel and spin-off to the first game, this latest chapter is relatively smaller and much more compact in terms of story-telling and content to its predecessor but capitalizes on its strengths to deliver a nevertheless compelling and exciting saga that serves as another introduction to the character of Miles Morales and his journey of self-discovery and superheroism. Picking up after the events in Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018), it is now time for the young webslinger to establish his presence by protecting the people of his hometown from an impending calamity.
What is Spider-Man: Miles Morales about? Set a year after the ending of the previous game, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) reveals to Miles Morales that he is going abroad to join his girlfriend (Mary Jane Watson) to report on the ongoing civil war in Symkaria and that this little vacation would leave the young kid alone to guard New York of any threat or crime. While his training under the guidance of Peter Parker allowed him to learn the ropes (or webs) to crime-fighting, his struggle to live up to his mentor haunts him to this day but, if there’s one thing he’s learned so far, it’s that there’s no better moment than the present to stand up for the things you believe in. And this kid believes that his home deserves a Spider-Man. Unfortunately for him, the emergence of a gang war between the Roxxon Energy Corporation and the “Underground” high-tech criminal army is not without its fair share of problems.
You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With the first game, the innovative and smooth mechanics offered unparalleled and dynamic gameplay for players to explore. There is no surprise that this latest game draws upon the success of its predecessor to sharpen the gameplay while keeping the options relatively limited to assure a truly remarkable visual entertainment, entirely in the control of the player, alongside the exciting and satisfying gameplay. Unique to Miles Morales, a couple of formidable abilities are also flawlessly incorporated into his style of combat, from his “Venom” bio-electricity to his unique suit features. Considering the short length of the campaign, the much more finite tools of the trade make sense with the hero’s own personal progression throughout the story.
Miles Morales’ coming-of-age journey is brilliantly explored in this story, giving him enough room to understand that he doesn’t need to be like Peter Parker, but to be himself, and fight for what he believes in. Throughout the mayhem born from the gang war, he also learns about his family, the people who have his back, and the people he fights for. As he grows into his role as Spider-Man, he also showcases his devotion and passion for his culture, the one that powers the people in Harlem. This personal journey also has him reflecting on the definition of being a hero, especially what it takes to be one, with his late father serving as the ultimate role model for his growth.
It wouldn’t be right to not mention the significant and gorgeous graphical boost that the game profits from when playing on the next-generation console, from the colours to the fluidity of transition, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales utilizes the perks of the PlayStation 5 console (e.g. ray-tracing, SSD storage, etc.) to its advantage and offers a visually-pleasing story and gaming experience as a result. The hip-hop score also plays well with the character’s passion for music and translates wonderfully during epic cutscene sequences. Remix it all together with an addictive formula, from the side-missions to the collectibles scattered through New York, that doesn’t tip over and end up repetitive, this spin-off/sequel teases us of the potential of the inevitable sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man that will without a doubt make full use of the PlayStation 5’s potential to give us the greatest Spider-Man game yet.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) is an action-packed open-world adventure exploring the young wall crawler’s first solo outing as he forges his own legacy.