Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) Video Game Review

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Title: Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

RELEASE DATE: 2020.
Console (played on): PlayStation 5.
Mode(s): Single-Player.
GENRE(S): ACTION, Adventure, Crime.
Developer: Insomniac Games.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Director(s): Brian Horton, Bryan Intihar, Marcus Smith & Ryan Smith.
Writer(s): Adam Gascoine.
Music: Mick Gordon.
Voice Actor(s): Nadji Jeter, Yuri Lowenthal, Jacqueline Pinol, Fred Tatasciore, Darin De Paul, Troy Baker, and many more!

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 9 out of 10.

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Originally announced as part of the PlayStation 5 reveal event in June 2020, the latest addition within the Marvel’s Spider-Man video game universe was released on both PlayStation 4 and 5 in November 12th, 2020. Although serving as both a stand-alone sequel and spin-off to the first game, this latest chapter is relatively smaller and much more compact in terms of story-telling and content to its predecessor but capitalizes on its strengths to deliver a nevertheless compelling and exciting saga that serves as another introduction to the character of Miles Morales and his journey of self-discovery and superheroism. Picking up after the events in Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018), it is now time for the young webslinger to establish his presence by protecting the people of his hometown from an impending calamity.

What is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales about? Set a year after the ending of the previous game, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) reveals to Miles Morales that he is going abroad to join his girlfriend (Mary Jane Watson) to report on the ongoing civil war in Symkaria and that this little vacation would leave the young kid alone to guard New York of any threat or crime. While his training under the guidance of Peter Parker allowed him to learn the ropes (or webs) to crime-fighting, his struggle to live up to his mentor haunts him to this day but, if there’s one thing he’s learned so far, it’s that there’s no better moment than the present to stand up for the things you believe in. And this kid believes that his home deserves a Spider-Man. Unfortunately for him, the emergence of a gang war between the Roxxon Energy Corporation and the “Underground” high-tech criminal army is not without its fair share of problems.

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You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With the first game, the innovative and smooth mechanics offered unparalleled and dynamic gameplay for players to explore. There is no surprise that this latest game draws upon the success of its predecessor to sharpen the gameplay while keeping the options relatively limited to assure a truly remarkable visual entertainment, entirely in the control of the player, alongside the exciting and satisfying gameplay. Unique to Miles Morales, a couple of formidable abilities are also flawlessly incorporated into his style of combat, from his “Venom” bio-electricity to his unique suit features. Considering the short length of the campaign, the much more finite tools of the trade make sense with the hero’s own personal progression throughout the story.

Miles Morales’ coming-of-age journey is brilliantly explored in this story, giving him enough room to understand that he doesn’t need to be like Peter Parker, but to be himself, and fight for what he believes in. Throughout the mayhem born from the gang war, he also learns about his family, the people who have his back, and the people he fights for. As he grows into his role as Spider-Man, he also showcases his devotion and passion for his culture, the one that powers the people in Harlem. This personal journey also has him reflecting on the definition of being a hero, especially what it takes to be one, with his late father serving as the ultimate role model for his growth.

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It wouldn’t be right to not mention the significant and gorgeous graphical boost that the game profits from when playing on the next-generation console, from the colours to the fluidity of transition, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales utilizes the perks of the PlayStation 5 console (e.g. ray-tracing, SSD storage, etc.) to its advantage and offers a visually-pleasing story and gaming experience as a result. The hip-hop score also plays well with the character’s passion for music and translates wonderfully during epic cutscene sequences. Remix it all together with an addictive formula, from the side-missions to the collectibles scattered through New York, that doesn’t tip over and end up repetitive, this spin-off/sequel teases us of the potential of the inevitable sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man that will without a doubt make full use of the PlayStation 5’s potential to give us the greatest Spider-Man game yet.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) is an action-packed open-world adventure exploring the young wall crawler’s first solo outing as he forges his own legacy.


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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) is a spin-off/sequel to Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018).

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38 thoughts on “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020) Video Game Review

  1. If I were to try this I could see my webs either completely missing the mark and sailing off to whatever was behind that building, or accidentally hitting a car that then drags me around the city. 🙂 Real glad to hear you enjoyed it, though!

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    1. Hahahah you don’t need to do any of that in these new Spider-Man games! Webslinging comes natural and is just a button that you timely press and release as he slings it to the nearest structure! Then there’s a bunch of combinations you can do to make your traveling movement even more natural and Spider-Man’y! 😉 Thanks for reading, Todd! 😀

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  2. Man those ray-tracing effects, even though it’s subtle really make a difference, huh? I’m glad you got to play this on the next-gen console. The game looks great from here, Lashaan.

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    1. You got the chance to play the first one?! I’m really glad to hear that (or even just hearing you say such positive things about it!). The sequel/spin-off really feels like a much more concise and polished game compared to it, albeit a bit cheesy here and then, but works like a charm for a character like Miles Morales! Hopefully, you’ll get to explore it sometime soon too! 😀

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  3. I am jealous of anyone and everyone who has any sort of console, cause I have nothing of the sorts and also won’t really get anything haha but I loved seeing people talk about and screenshotting their playthrough of this. A friend showed me that you could take spider-cat with you in a backpack and I was all heart-eyes

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      1. You are right. Technology has become increasingly non-stop while training us, giving us conveniences and overtaking our senses of being. Merry Christmas Lashaan! Let’s pray for a better and less manipulated world for 2021 and beyond! Cheers!🍂🍮🍂🍮🍂🙏👍👍

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  4. I loved this game so much! It was just like a warm hug (with punching), I really loved the emphasis on family and community. I also appreciated that while it was obviously mechanically very similar to the first game, there were plenty of little touches to separate Miles from Peter. I marathoned The City Never Sleeps DLC a week before I played Miles Morales, and was able to notice things like Peter always lands with absolute poise and grace, while Miles tends to wobble and flail slightly. He’s still getting the hang of things! I really, REALLY hope you can play as both Spider-Men in the eventual sequel, it would be so much fun.

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    1. I’m really happy to read how we’re both on the same page for this game! I’m currently replaying Spider-Man on the PS5 on NG+ just to experience it with the graphical upgrade and it’s a blast! I can’t imagine how exciting and huge the sequel is going to be. In Insomniac, I trust!!! 😀 Thanks for reading my review and I wish you a Happy New Year while I’m at it!!! 😀

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  5. Looking forward to playing this game. Not sure when that will be, but I’m almost done Spider-Man on the PS4, then I’ll play Control, Uncharted: Lost Legacy and maybe a couple of others.

    For someone like me who doesn’t get as much game time as I would like, learning that this game is shorter is a plus.

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    1. I can’t wait to try Control soon myself! I might end up going with the PC edition just to get the full graphical experience on my end. Lost Legacy was a fun spin-off to feature the kickass women of Uncharted! 😛 I hope you get around to this one in the near future, especially if you’re having a blast with Spider-Man! 😀

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  6. Great review sir! I’ve enjoyed this game myself (on my last gen outdated PS4, mind) and pretty much agree with everything you say…I’d maybe knock a point or two off because of the short length and pricing (yeah, I know I could have waited for it to go down from it’s full price).

    Now if I could just magically acquire a PS5…seems you need Doctor Strange style-mystic powers to get hold of one!

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    1. Thanks, man! It is indeed sad that it was so short and expensive. I did find that a shorter length made all the side-content much less repetitive (which is an issue that the first game had) but at least it allowed me to get my platinum trophy on it! 😛 I also replayed the Remastered version of the first time and finished that up recently; I should be writing up some thoughts on that soon too!

      And yes. Not an easy task hahah! I do think that they should start to get restocked around the end of February, beginning of March though. Hopefully before so that more people can enjoy the awesome stuff that the PS5 has to offer, including faster load time for ALL our PS4 games!!! 😀

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      1. The problem, especially in the UK is these pesky scalpers scooping up units within seconds of fresh stock arriving.

        I haven’t played the remastered version of the original Spidey game…I do find the new Tom Holland-esque reskin of Peter Parker a bit odd ( and unnecessary)!!!

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