The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ through an all-new story. Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man.
Not as good as Spider-Man 2018 (marginally) but I enjoyed combat and swinging a lot more in this one - not sure if it's because of Miles' abilities and swinging style or the fact that this better optimized for the PS5 - either way I liked the smoothness of this game a lot more. The story is great and all the characters are great - Insomniac did a fantastic job with this. I think it also gets a little repetitive just like the last one but that's okay
Played : PS4/7th January 2023.
So, I’m bummed, mostly.
Let’s be honest, the game story as a whole is lovely. It comes together in the macro of it as well. It’s the tinier moments that falter and don’t live up. I think the biggest issue with the video game is that while the previous title was almost 25 hours long in terms of the main story, this title barely reaches 7 hours. The short duration of the game basically undercuts a lot of the characters’ developments. Ganke comes out of the blue, has no resolution towards the end. We barely see Miles’ mother. Phin’s character development feels rushed and then stagnated. Aaron Davis was the character that least worked for me.
Talking about the writing, there’s so much needless exposition. I just hate it. Stop treating video game players like movies treat audiences these days. We aren’t all silly 5 year olds. And what’s more important, 5 year olds aren’t going to go and review your video game or nominate you for awards or decide the future of video gaming. Make your video game the best possible it can be so that it inspires the entire industry. Don’t strive for mediocrity. The story is really undone by the flaws in dialogue some times.
The cinematic cuts feel almost worse than the previous title somehow. Maybe it was my television so I’ll cut the game some slack there.
Combat wise, I feel like venom was an unnecessary addition, but that feels like nitpicking given it was a subjective take. I just never got used to holding down my L1 button. I think I never used Venom barring boss fights where it was absolutely essential. And that’s the whole point, why would anyone use it if it wasn’t essential? Just because it’s OP? Build your controls to be essential and the audience will love using it.
Design wise, I don’t understand why Ganke talks about school and homework or the video game he’s obsessed with, while Miles is solving the water problem at FEAST; especially given this is right before I’m about to complete the game. Surely Ganke should be out helping citizens evacuate Harlem? Or did the game forget that?
All in all, I think this game had so much promise to live upto the beauty that the first part was, especially because of how they aced the big and more important points. Miles’ almost origin story as Spider-Man, a story of family, a story of belonging and neighbourhood. You give and you sacrifice everything and the society gives it all back to you. I love it. But the villains and the rushedness of it really ruins it.
Edit : Just found out that they’ve played a bit with the subtitling between Miles/Spider Man in this game and props to them for that! First I’ve ever seen of it.
Amazing continuation to 2018's masterpiece. Story is not as compelling and engaging, but it is still a good ride. Gameplay wise it adds some fun aspects to the already great fighting/swinging system Insomniac masterfully crafted.
+ Web Slinging, Combat & Animations
+ Voice Acting, Characters & Plot
+ Side Missions & Collectibles
+ New York City & Harlem [Pride] feel very much alive
+ Visuals, Music, Sound & Graphical Performance
+ New Game+ and Extra Content...
- ... but NG+ is short when only replaying Main Missions
- Ocasional bugs & glitches
- Certain socio-political stances feel unnecessary for
the player's engagement of the Plot & Characters
Final Score: 9.3 / 10
Miles' Spidey differs from Pete's in many respects, but one that I particularly appreciate is the that you truly feel like the friendly neighborhood spider guy, helping those around, however small their problems may be. The gameplay is better than Pete's game, but the story is less impressive, specially Miles and Phin's relationship, which I feel is less impactful than Otto and Peter in the first game
Yeah, I would say this game was just as good as the first game but they Milesified it which is amazing. When I opened up this game and it was the Spiderman theme with a beat to it... I already knew I was gonna have an amazing time. Just awesome.