Game Reviews | Spider-Man Miles Morales PS5
Be greater, be yourself.
This is the tag line used for Spider-Man Miles Morales in the latest install meant of the Spider-Man games exclusively for PlayStation by Insomniac studios.
Please note this game was played on a PS5 console and all opinions are based on this version of the game.
This game is a direct follow on to the 2018 Spider-Man; however, it is not a sequel. In this game we are in control of Miles Morales as he takes over for Peter Parker as Spider-Man whilst Peter goes on vacation for the Christmas holidays.
Without divulging too much information or giving spoilers, the story is a fantastic coming-of-age tale with Miles understanding his powers and how to truly help those around him without Peter telling him what to do, similar to the previous title there is a strong emotional story and fantastic set of characters to truly immerse you in both the game and New York itself.
The gameplay is what impressed me the most in this game, Insomniac could have easily copy and pasted the combat, swinging and general gameplay from the first title. However, swinging and combat are both very different with Miles. Not only does he swing differently but you’ll notice he isn’t as fast or able to move as easily even with all the upgrades unlocked. Though this by no means makes just swinging through the city any less fun, even with the fast travel available I would always swing to my destination.
In terms of combat, this is where the gameplay differences truly show themselves. Yes, swinging is different but combat is a drastic change. Miles doesn’t have as many gadgets as Peter, however, he does have the ability to turn invisible for a short time along with his bio-electricity which is aptly called ‘venom blast’.
These venom blasts change combat entirely as now you can completely incapacitate and stun enemies, whilst simultaneously destroying shields and weapons. In combat you’ll find yourself relying on these for most if not all encounters, though very fun this does bring about one of the weaker points to this game.
The boss fights. Aside from one fight (not naming due to spoilers) you’ll find that these venom blasts are a requirement rather than an option to complete the encounter. This doesn’t diminish the fights or make them less impactful, however they do tend to feel repetitive and can be somewhat easy.
To put it simply, this game is visually stunning. New York has never looked as good in a game before and the fact it’s winter adds a beautiful new look to the city as we travel the same map as the first game.
Whilst on the PS5 though, with it’s Ray tracing capabilities you’ll notice the near perfect reflections on any reflective surface you find including parts of the suit miles wears, not only are they impressive but little things like snow sticking to you whilst doing any action in game truly demonstrates a significant step up from the prior title.
In summary, if you’re a fan of superheroes or just a fan of Spider-Man that owns a PlayStation 4 or 5, then this is a must play. Though its campaign isn’t as lengthy as the previous title, it is fantastically written and shows the developers’ true love of the character and world in which Spider-Man inhabits. Combat is very fun and unique, graphics are stunning and overall it is a game that even after getting the platinum trophy I’ll come back to play again.
One Last Thing…
One thing to mention before we end this review is that within this game you’ll find some tributes to people we have lost and a movement that deserves to be mentioned. Without stating what these are (to avoid any spoilers) we have provided images below so you can choose to look yourselves, personally I loved finding these and it was nice to see that such tributes were highlighted so well.
Take a look at the gallery here for more in-game screenshots from Miles Morales.
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