Spider-Man has become one of the most prominent franchises for PlayStation. Insomniac Games did a great job translating the iconic character Spider-Man into a videogame, becoming a best-seller for the platform.
With the release of the PlayStation 5, Sony needed a game to sell the console. What was originally penned for a DLC for Marvel’s Spider-Man was transformed into a full game.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was released, initially, back in 2020 for PlayStation. The game has since made its way to PC.
Without a doubt, Spider-Man is a big pop culture icon. Of course, over the course of the last two decades, Sony has developed movies using the character. One of these movies, Into the Spider-verse, introduced the character of Miles Morales to the general public. He quickly became a fan favorite.
So, for PlayStation, it was a good move to use it in the Spider-Man game, and even give him his own game. Let’s take a look into Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
The selling point of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PC is the way it takes advantage of the powerful graphic capabilities of modern PC systems. There is a wide variety of graphics quality options to tailor to a wide range of devices. Raytracing, unlocked frame rates, and support for other technologies including performance boosting, image quality enhancing, and latency-reducing technologies are all included. Altogether, this makes it one of the best-looking games right now.
The visual design of the game aims to feel different from the first Spider-Man and be true to Miles’ identity and style. Set during the Christmas Season, New York is now covered in snow and has a general winter aesthetic going on. There’s also a focus on a more urban/Latin vibe. As such, this game uses a unique UI design and color palette that fit the character’s personality. Many of the game’s visual elements use this same design as well.
Characters & History
This game is all about the personal struggles of the teenager Miles Morales, there is a bigger focus on Miles’ side of things, not only his life as Spiderman, he is adjusting to his new home along with his mother, dealing with the loss of his father, and trying to prove himself to others that he is worthy to be the new Spider-Man, one that cares deeply for his community.
So while learning about himself and his new powers, a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy the city and the people around him. The aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all he cares about, Miles must take up and own the mantle of Spider-Man.
There is a good cast of supporting characters, both on the good and bad sides. The characterizations demonstrate proper motivations and well-defined traits.
In general, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a well-written game, that makes good use of the main protagonist’s personality, and his personal life. The way he reacts and deals with personal and superhero stuff is a consequence of his way of thinking.
Content & Length
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has the same design as the content previous Spider-Man, with activities the player can engage in within the different districts of the city. They boast a variety of fun things to do, so players shouldn’t really feel bored or be met with too much repetition.
The game also introduces a new mechanic; Miles can use an app that tracks crimes and activities so players can follow them at will in an easy way.
Same as the previous Spider-Man game, players can upgrade Miles’ abilities, and unlock different suits and gadgets. These improve and add other flavors and options to the gameplay.
There are additional types of enemies that Miles has to handle accordingly, making use of his unique skills.
The gameplay, in general, is not the same as previous Spider-Man and has a unique style and experience.
However, it is considerably short in content compared to the previous title. On average, focusing on the main history, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is about eight hours in length. However, you may clock in some 18-odd hours to achieve 100% completion.
Controls & Gameplay
Insomniac nailed the gameplay for the Spider-Man game. Whilst playing it, you truly feel like you are Spider-Man. Miles Morales improves this gameplay in many aspects; the game focuses on the action and the flashy style of the character.
Controls are easy and fun to pick up. The movement and traversal mechanics are one of the most entertaining aspects, visually and mechanically taking advantage of Spider-Man’s moves and powers. Players encounter different activities where they have to use the gadgets and powers of Spider-Man to solve environmental puzzles. As such, the game exploits all the mechanics available to create many different gameplay scenarios.
But the main element is combat, which whilst easy to perform, adds some complexities in execution. Combat is quick and fast, and players have to be aware of avoiding damage, including by dodging using the Spider-Sense. However, there are enemies with shields, weapons, or abilities which mean the players must consider what options they have and change strategy. At times, you’ll want to make use of gadgets, whilst other times will see you use Miles’ unique and powerful electric-based powers.
Sound Design & Cinematics
A noticeable aspect of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is its focus on Afro-American and Latin culture. This element is a big part of the feeling of the game. The visual elements of the game follow this urban style. Cinematics play a large part in Miles Morales, as is normal for PlayStation first-party titles. However, in Miles Morales, they play a big role with energetic direction and camera movements. Together, these make it a dynamic and engaging experience. The cast and director did a great job portraying all the characters in the game and giving them life in narrative cinematics.
This element is better appreciated in the music and sound design. The sound effects are redesigned to have a more youthful and bombastic style that fit Miles’s personality. Additionally, the game has the same epic orchestral music as the previous Spider-Man game. However, the music has cool hip-hop arrangements over it giving it a totally different style to the experience.
PlayStation continues to add its best game experiences to PC, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is worth playing on this platform. It is a game that, gameplay-wise, can be entertaining for every type of player. It also adds a deep take on the character with an engaging well made history. If you did not have the chance to play it on PlayStation 5, try it on PC. You won’t regret it.
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A great experience for players and spiderman fans
- Score - 8.5/108.5/10
+ Fun and entertaining gameplay +Well written history
-Considerably less content compared to previous Spiderman game
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