Ahead of the launch of the PlayStation 5 next week, reviews for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales have gone live. One of the launch games for Sony’s next-gen console, developer Insomniac’s return to New York City stars a younger and less experienced hero in the form of Miles Morales.
It’s this youthful energy and optimism that critics have praised, with many reviewers noting that while this game isn’t too mechanically different from 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s still a great showcase for what the PlayStation 5 is capable of while telling a gripping tale of a young hero finding his own path in life.
In GameSpot’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales review, we scored it a 7/10. Critic Jordan Ramée said that “It’s a bit of a bummer to see Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales trip up at certain points, but thankfully, that doesn’t happen often.”
We’ve got several reviews listed below as well, and you can check out GameSpot sister-site Metacritic for a broader view of what other critics have to say.
- Game: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
- Developer: Insomniac
- Release date: November 12
- Price: $50 / £52 / $95 AUD
VG247 – 4/5
Launch games are rarely remembered as earth-shattering experiences years later, but at the time, elements of them always feel magical. On PS5, Miles Morales has both of these feelings down – it’s familiar and unsurprising, but some of its technical presentation will wow you nevertheless. If you’re picking up a PS5 on launch day, for that reason this will surely do. — Alex Donaldson [Full Review]
Polygon – No score
After finishing it, I was left with a sense of belonging, of intimacy with characters and relationships, in this scaled-down version of an open-world game. Miles Morales is a character who was created to make others feel like they belonged and were welcomed. And now, that’s accomplished off the back of one of the best action-adventure games I’ve ever played. — Tauriq Moosa [Full Review]
Easy Allies – 9/10
Whether you’re taking in the details up close, or soaring over the freezing skyline, Spider-Man: Miles Morales looks and performs better than the first game in every way. It’s clearly setting the stage for a massive sequel, but this is more than just a stop-gap between generations. The struggles that Miles faces and the fears that he conquers to become a hero on his own terms make this short but sweet side-story memorable and meaningful. It’s an unmissable adventure for any Spider-fan that can’t wait for a second chance to suit up. — Brandon Jones [Full Review]
US Gamer – 4.5/5
The early heroic career of Miles Morales gets some shine in this standalone soft sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4. Web swinging is still fantastic and the combat system expands with Miles’ more varied powerset. And while you might have played most of this game before, Insomniac does an amazing job telling the story of its version of Miles. Rooted in his new home of Spanish Harlem, he’s probably the most “friendly neighborhood” of any version of Spider-Man. — Mike Williams [Full Review]
IGN – 9/10
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales may not be quite as packed with content as the original, but it stands out as an essential story in Insomniac’s Spidey Universe. It earns its spot as a fantastic follow-up, telling a wonderful Miles-specific story while improving upon the fundamentals of the first game with distinctive moves and enemies. And it’s an excellent way to break in your new PlayStation 5; it looks spectacular, loads fast, and makes fun use of the DualSense controller, the directional audio, and more. But regardless of which generation you play it on, it’s a worthy follow-up to one of the best superhero games ever made. — Jonathon Dornbush [Full Review]
Game Informer – 9/10
No load times. Beautiful raytracing. The PlayStation 5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a technical juggernaut that continually impresses. It is the ideal way to play the game if you can. Feeling the Venom flow through the controller is quite cool. That’s not to say the PlayStation 4 version is far behind, however. Marvel’s Spider-Man from 2018 remains one of the generation’s best-looking and playing games, and this game’s performance is in lockstep with it. Fast travel and restarts bring up short subway rides and loading screens (they are instant on PS5), and the visuals may not have that next-gen sheen, but the PS4 version is still a beautiful and worthy way to experience this excellent game. — Andrew Reiner [Full Review]
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