Be Greater. Be Yourself.
Despite its short playtime, Spider-Man: Miles Morales delivers everything you want from a Spider-Man game. This follow-up to the original Insomniac Games exclusive still has enough heart and thrills to make it one of the standout launch titles on the PS5.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is now considered one of the best games to ever release on the PS4 and is also a personal favorite of mine. With the launch of the PS5, we’re treated with Spider-Man: Miles Morales that centers on the other Spider-Man in an adventure on a slightly smaller scale.
Taking place a year after Marvel’s Spider-Man, we see Peter Parker training Miles Morales as the new web-slinger. It is established that Peter has been training Miles for a while now and when he goes on vacation he puts Miles in charge to fight crime in New York City. Of course, things go awry and Miles is forced to battle enemies on his own. The story doesn’t go deep, but there are enough elements there to keep you entertained, even if the game isn’t as long as we have expected.
If you’ve played Spider-Man then you’ll feel familiar with the controls of Miles Morales. Swinging through the buildings and streets of New York is as satisfying as ever, considering that the city is recreated in the most impressive way possible, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square to Liberty Island that you can view on the top of the fictional Avengers tower. While it’s accurate, the familiar buildings of the Manhattan skyline are definitely impressive, and just like the real thing there are lots of things to do – and bad guys to fight.
Finishing and completing missions gains you more XP and skill points, all of which you can use to upgrade your skillset to unlock more moves. You also get to unlock more suits that also come with different gadgets that aid you in improving your combat. You can even unlock the suit worn by Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and apply the same low frame rate effect just like in the movie.
Upgrading suits and learning new skills made me enjoy the game more, and then new combos like Venom Kick and Venom Punch add some satisfaction when fighting with enemies.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes full advantage of the power of the PS5 and gives you two options on how visuals are handled. There’s Fidelity that makes everything super sharp at 30 fps with ray tracing turned on or Performance mode that turns off most of the visual enhancements so it can deliver the game at a smooth 60fps. I mostly stuck with Performance mode, and swinging through New York City in 60 fps has never been so awesome.
+ Gameplay is as great as Spider-Man
+ Fun and satisfying combat
+ Incredible graphics on the PS5
– It’s too short
Final Rating: 4/5