Since the Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales was announced at Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal on the 11th of June, Spiderman: Miles Morales has been one of PS5’s highly anticipated launch titles. It promised to build on the success of Marvel’s Spider Man while bringing its own fresh take and ideas. It launched on 12th of November and it has been a hit ever since. The game tells the story of Miles Morales; a newbie taking on great responsibilities while handling he’s life without the Spiderman suit.
It’s a beautiful game set in snowy New York and Insomniac did a good job on this one, just like they did with Spiderman in 2018. Being amongst the launch roster for PS5, Insomniac knew they had to bring out the best to ensure that this game really shine well on the next generation console and they sure did not upset the gamers.
You can get Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales at $49.99 for the standard edition there’s also the ultimate edition that gives you the game and a remastered version of Marvel’s Spiderman at $69.99. Considering the fact, the Spiderman: Miles Morales is way shorter than Marvel’s Spiderman, it might be a better idea to get the ultimate edition and experience Marvel’s Spiderman in all its beauty on PS5 but if you don’t want that then be rest assured that Spiderman: Miles Morales is worth its price. It also offers a free upgrade to PS5 whenever you’re ready. So let’s break down the game.
Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales | Story Line
Before we go in, this section has a lot of spoilers. In fact, it’s only spoilers so if you don’t want it spoiled then you might want to skip past the story.
Spiderman: Miles Morales picks off where Marvel’s Spiderman and it’s DLC expansion left off. Miles is still an apprentice under Peter and he’s learning the ropes. It is clear to see where Miles accidentally lets prisoners in a transport escape. One of which is the Rhino who breaks out of his containment. Miles handles the rest of the prisoners while Peter takes on Rhino. Rhino proves to be a lot for Peter and Miles steps. Miles takes him down with his Bio Electricity (which will later be called Venom blast) and Roxxon gets a hold of Rhino. Later on Peter tells Miles that he is going on a vacation with Mary Jane and he (Peter) is leaving New York in Miles’ care. And, it gets further interesting.
Miles juggles his life as Spiderman and his personal life (helping his Mom run for a position in the city council and his friends). It gets more complex as Roxxon Energy and Simon Krieger (Head of Roxxon) start a corporate takeover of Harlem (where Miles lives now). The activities of Roxxon brings a new group called The Underground which is led by the Tinkerer. The Underground has their own agenda and a battle with Roxxon. They make the streets of Harlem their warzone. Then there’s Miles over protective uncle Aaron aka The Prowler who is the opposite of Miles’ dead father (who was a cop). The Prowler does shady jobs for the likes of Simon and Roxxon while being over protective of Miles because he doesn’t want to lose him like he lost his brother. The positive is Ganke Lee who helps Miles with his Spiderman duties.
Miles’ personal life sees him helping his Mom (Rio Morales) with her political career. It seems easy enough until Rio invites Phin Mason (a former friend of Miles who he hasn’t spoken to for over a year now) for dinner. The two rekindle their friendship.
During one of Rio’s rallies, The Underground attacks the Roxxon guards present there and Miles steps in to stop the attack before it snowballs out of control. Soon Miles learns that the leader of The Underground; Tinkerer is actually Phin and The Underground is trying to sabotage and expose the danger of Nuform (a new clean type of energy) which Roxxon wants to exploit all of (good and bad). Miles spies on Phin and discovers that she wants to avenge her brother; Rick Mason, who works on Nuform with Roxxon but he backed out and tried to stop them when he discovered the dangers. Simon had Rick poisoned for this with the aid of The Prowler.
As the story progresses, Miles reveals himself as Spiderman to Phin and this strains their relationship. Miles’ Mom also finds out his secret but she supports him. Miles learns of Phin’s plans to sabotage the Nuform reactor built in Roxxon’s Harlem plaza and he tries to stop her. Miles finds out that Simon knows of Phin’s plans and he has already taken steps to ensure that if she succeeds, the reactor explosion doesn’t just take out the plaza but the whole of Harlem as well. Miles tries to explain to Phin but her want for revenge blinds her and she knocks him out.
When Miles wakes up, he has to take on his uncle (The Prowler). He won’t let Miles go because he doesn’t want him to get hurt. Mile overpowers his uncle and explains to him that he can’t sit by when the people are in danger. This inspires his uncle who helps with the evacuation of Harlem. Miles takes on Phin and he tries to explain to her. She doesn’t listen until it’s too late. The reactor reaches critical and it’s is about to take Harlem with it. Miles absorbs the energy of the reactor but he can’t contain it in him. He has to release it or it will kill him. Moved by Miles Heroism, Phin uses her rocket boots to fly Miles above the city to a safe distance where he can let go of the energy. He does and this seems to vaporize Phin in the process. Miles falls down to Harlem and his identity is revealed to a few citizens (who promise to keep his secret).
Aaron turns himself in and testifies against Simon in exchange for a reduced sentence. Simon is taken away and Harlem is fine or at least until the next crime pops up. Peter returns and he’s proud of Miles. Miles goes for rookie to a full-blown hero. The scene ends with Miles and Peter responding to a crime. Mile leads the way, symbolizing his new hero status.
The mid credits scene teases Harry Osborne as a new villain and the end shows Miles putting a trophy he won with Phin on top the trinity church.
There is not much of a difference in the gameplay. It’s mostly the same with Marvel’s Spiderman. You still get that fast paced beat them up type of combat where it’s you and a lot of enemies but new additions will be highlighted here.
The new additions to the combat include Miles abilities like his invisibility and venom blast. The invisibility comes in handy with stealth missions and adds sneaking around or sneaking up on enemies. These are fantastic features but it’s not always present in the gameplay. The venom blast on the other hand comes in handy a lot and this is an ability you use a lot against bosses, tech and regular enemies.
Venom blast uses Miles’ bio electricity to stun enemies, charge or fry electrical gadgets and in some cases, absorb energy. Other than these, the combat is the same and the game expects you to be used to the combat seeing as this is an extension or part (technically speaking) of Marvel’s Spiderman. That being said it has the hallmarks of a full game and it is for most of it. It’s just a little short. Anyway, if you aren’t used to it, don’t worry, there’s a tutorial.
Spiderman: Miles Morales handles side quest and jobs better than Marvel’s Spiderman did. Here you have an app that you get side jobs on which gives it a more modern feel. With the app, citizens let you know of things they want you to do and of crimes going down. Yes, there’s still that repetitive drag that came in Marvel’s Spiderman but the app helps out with this and makes it easier to play.
Miles Morales comes with new swinging animations and snow. The game is set during the winter holidays so you get a snowy New York with decorations. Swings through New York in the snow is a joy and you notice how Miles swings like he’s still coming to terms with it. The animation runs smoother and it makes for amazing gameplay. Plus, swinging through New York in the winter is fun.
Spiderman: Miles Morales on PS4.
With all the talk about PS5, is it worth to get it on PS4?
The answer is yes, after all, there’s a reason it sold 22,882 in its first week. If you exclude the new features and fast loading time on PS5, you still get an amazing game on PS4.
With a good (but noticeably short) storyline, Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales gives you a new feel, even on PS4. It still captures a beautiful game and you can tell Insomniac put in effort to make it look good on the last generation console. It also offers a free upgrade to PS5 when you’re ready for that. Miles Morales is beautiful on PS4 and it delivers. The only major issue is lengthier load times. Aside from that, it’s a game that captures all the things you loved about the original while carving its own path that makes it different from it.
Spiderman Miles Morales on PS5 (Ray-tracing and Haptic feedback)
Be it Spiderman: Miles Morales or Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered, there’s no doubt that the game looks gorgeous on PS5. Yes, it’s great on PS4 but it’s best enjoyed on Sony’s next generation console. Here you get two modes; Fidelity mode and Performance mode. The Fidelity mode runs at 30 fps (frames per second) and it’s great for photo mode or if you just want to see New York in all its glory. It really gets the colors to pop and the life of the city is felt. This mode is just great for sights and color.
The Performance mode runs at 60 fps and it truly captures the essence of smooth gameplay. Swing through New York is seamless and taking down enemies runs smoothly. Yes, the Fidelity is beautiful but this mode brings you fast paced gameplay at its best and it’s a joy to experience.
Ray-tracing effects on this game really shine on the PS5. They use the most of the machine’s hardware and bring you a New York that’s way better than it was on PS4. The light and reflections on smooth reflective surfaces like ice or mirrors are clear and brings out the world a lot more convincing.
Spiderman: Miles Morales and Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered uses the haptic feedback as well. The dual sense controller mimics the sensations of web swing as you swing through New York. Haptic feedback is also used in the combat in instances. You can feel the fizz of electricity recreated with the feedback on the dual sense controller when you’re using Miles venom blast. This is just one of such instances where the effects of the dual sense controller are used.
(The game does lack to benefit from the new adaptive trigger feature as it cannot be experienced throughout the gameplay. This feature could have been used to feel the tension on the trigger while swinging on the web. But, unfortunately Insomniac left that feature off board.)
Thoughts about the game!
Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales is a fantastic launch title for the PS5 and it uses all its features to the fullest. The game boasts of a fast pace story, one a little faster than the original Spiderman on PS4 and Miles Morales comes with a great gameplay. The game is a little too short and its length isn’t equivalent to its $49.99 price but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.
For most, the ultimate edition deal is the best way to get the game and that makes sense seeing as you’re paying just an extra $20 for the remastered version but that doesn’t stop it from being a stand-alone great game.
Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales lives up to its hype and it’s yet another great way to kick off your PS5 experience and really understand what your new console has to offer. It polishes the game well on PS5 and still gives you something great on PS4. This is definitely the one you’d want to get your hands on.