Without a doubt, Spider-Man is one of the most popular and influential comic book heroes from the Marvel universe. Peter Parker has always been recognized as the main web-slinger for many years. And now, the character of Miles Morales gained lots of new fans after the release of the PS4 game and the Oscar-winning animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He’s quite a relatable, compelling and charismatic person, which made us look forward to him starring in his very own game. Well, the time has finally come with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales! Keep in mind that it’s not really a sequel, and it’s more of a follow-up. Recently released for the Playstation 5 as a launch title just in time for the new generation of consoles, I decided instead to get it for the Playstation 4. It doesn’t matter which version you buy, the point is that it’s pretty awesome.
Taking place after the events of the previous installment by Insomniac Games, Peter Parker (Yuri Lowenthal) has been a mentor to our titular protagonist Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter) who’s been training to also become Spider-Man and protect New York City. When Peter tells Miles that he will temporarily be leaving for a while in order to help out his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson with some photography work, he entrusts him with the huge responsibility of keeping New York safe while he’s away. However, a conflict between the Roxxon Energy Corporation and the mysterious Underground starts dangerously emerging to everyone around them, it’s up to our hero to defend both his hometown of Harlem and the rest of New York City. As Uncle Ben once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The premise is certainly one of the highlights that makes your experience totally worth it. Keep in mind, however, that the overall main campaign is short, which is something you would expect from its current retail and online price. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s still very interesting to explore. It’s a touching story about someone becoming a hero and feeling lots of pressure. Nadji Jeter brings a lot of depth and heart to his voice performance, and you feel for him at times. His relationship with the supporting characters is wonderful, especially his buddy Ganke Lee and mother Rio Morales. One of the villains is admittedly a little generic and uninspired, but thankfully that doesn’t compromise the rest of the game.
Once again, the graphics are fantastic. As mentioned in the intro of this review, I played it on the PS4, and it looks absolutely incredible nonetheless. I can just imagine the game looking spectacular on the PS5. When you’re swinging around New York, the city is magnificent to look at. It is open-world, and there are side missions to keep you busy aside from the main story. The gameplay is a ton of fun, but it’s also worth mentioning that Miles has a distinct fighting style from Peter. While the controls are similar to the previous installment, the developers have made sure that our hero is a different character with his own set of abilities such as invisibility and electricity.
While the main story is undeniably short, it still does a fantastic job standing on its own. It’s absolutely worth the unique and fun experience of playing Miles Morales as the new Spider-Man. The fact that it’s an open-world game that allows you to swing around New York City and complete side missions, you’ll feel pretty satisfied buying it at full price. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a great addition to the previous PS4 title, and you should definitely play it, especially if you’re a fan of the iconic web-slinger. Also, kudos to Jaden Smith’s catchy song during the end credits!