Almost two years ago, the developers of Insomniac Games laid out the blueprint for a really successful superhero game with Marvel's Spider-Man. The friendly spider man from the neighborhood played himself fluently, Manhattan as a game world offered a multitude of employment opportunities and the story didn't have to hide from current MCU films.
So it was only logical that the makers would announce a successor at some point. It was first introduced in June with Spider-Man: Miles Morales. As part of the PS5 showcase, we got more information about the open world action adventure.
As the name suggests, the focus of the new superhero adventure is the young Miles Morales. Fans know it from the alternative Ultimate Marvel Universe, which was launched in 2011 by comic author Brian Michael Bendis.
A new spider is in town
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But he's no stranger to the video game world either: Morales has already embarked on his own video game adventure on the PS2 and also appeared in the PS4 Spider-Man, where he goes through the almost typical heroic story: his father is killed by the villain Mr. Negative, he himself was bitten by a genetically modified spider and then trained by his idol Peter Parker.
The story of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set again in New York, but this time about a year after the events of Marvel's Spider-Man and its DLC series "The City That Never Sleeps". It's winter, Christmas is just around the corner, and while the city shines in the beauty of the snow, a war breaks out between an energy company and a criminal high-tech army – in the middle of Harlem, the home of Miles, of all places.
A full adventure?
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The scope of the superhero adventure was not entirely clear for a long time: In the meantime, there was only talk of a new edition of the PS4 game with a few additional missions. The developers have now cleared up this misunderstanding: Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be a fully standalone title comparable to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – that is, probably for about seven to nine hours. This means that the game is based on the predecessor and is not a classic second part, but not just a DLC. Creative Director Brian Horton also promises a new story, new quests and new enemies. In the course of the game, Peter Parker will appear again and again as a mentor and teacher. Even so, according to Imsoniac Games, Miles is "his own Spider-Man" with unique animations, movements and skills.
A spider of many talents
Source: Insomniac Games
In the almost seven-minute gameplay demo that Sony showed during the PS5 showcase, first impressions could already be seen: Miles is competing against a new villain, the Tinkerer, among other things. In the fight against the brilliant scientist, the spider man relies primarily on his powerful bio-electrical poison attacks. With the new, rechargeable camouflage ability, there will also be a kind of stealth option again.
Otherwise, Spider-Man: Miles Morales relies on a lot of what made the PS4 predecessor so popular: An acrobatic combat system with lots of opponents that you can bring down with nimble, powerful combinations; fluid net shot and swing mechanics with which you move through the whole new snowy neon world of Harlem; and of course occasional, spectacularly staged quick-time event sequences. In the demo, for example, Miles has to hold two parts of a falling bridge together, which is done by well-timed or quick button presses. Skills, gadgets and different costumes with individual peculiarities are apparently also part of the game again. After all, the pre-order bonuses promise additional skill points and outfits.
Graphically, Miles Morales has made a significant leap forward. The characters have been upgraded with 4D scans, skin tones have been enhanced to make them look even more realistic, and spline-based hair has been used that moves naturally. In addition, the new Spider-Man probably also offers the choice between a performance and a graphics mode. 4K resolution, 60 images and more – on the next-gen console, you can decide for yourself whether you want superb graphics or buttery-smooth gameplay.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be on sale on November 19th, so it will be available at the Playstation 5 launch. Optionally in an 80 Euro Ultimate Edition, which will also contain a remastered version of Marvel's Spider-Man, or a standard version for 60 Euro. Incidentally, it should also appear for the Playstation 4, so Miles Morales' swing adventure is not entirely PS5-exclusive. Of course, the next-gen version comes with a number of advantages: The SSD means you can expect significantly shorter loading times, and you can look forward to ray tracing, 3D audio and haptic feedback with the help of the Dualsense controller.
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Miles Morales brings momentum to New York!
Spider-Man on PS4 was already a strong superhero game, so I think Miles' appearance as a hero in his own spider adventure will also be impressive. The new skills for the hero, which should clearly distinguish him from Peter Parker, sound exciting. The graphics also look really impressive, even more beautiful than what we saw when the title was unveiled a few months ago. But I don't care about the short loading times – swinging is so much fun in Spider-Man that you hardly ever need the fast travel function anyway. I'm looking forward to the swing anyway, it was a real force on the PS4. If exploring the city with Miles is anywhere near as fun, I'll be happy.
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