March 03rd, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - PS5 Platinum Review

Zip around Manhattan fighting criminals and bad guys as Miles Morales. He's Spider-Man (too).

First of all, let me just say that I'm not particularly into comic books or super heroes, but ever since Spider-Man: Miles Morales was shown off at the PS5 reveal event, I've been looking forward to playing it and I've since learned that you don't need to be a fan of the character to enjoy this game.

The story follows Miles Morales who takes over Spider-Man's job of protecting New York City while he's on a well earned vacation and the game features a fairly loose levelling system with skill trees and ability unlocks. There are a fair amount of collectables and side missions to complete but thankfully nothing feels too grindy or overly longwinded.


Overview

  • Release Date: 12th November, 2020
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • Date Started: 16th February, 2021
  • Date Completed: 3rd March, 2021
  • Version Played: Disc
  • Price: £10.99 (Monthly Rental Fee via Boomerang Rentals)

The Good

  • An incredibly detailed world with high-end graphic quality. Most of the characters look lifelike.
  • Amazing attention to detail. You'll notice wear and tear and even bobbles on the characters clothing.
  • Swinging and launching around Manhattan is a lot of fun.
  • The combat, although mostly button mashing, is also quite enjoyable.
  • The story is short and quite entertaining.
  • It's a very well polished game and I didn't have any issues with crashes or glitches.

The Bad

  • There's not actually much to complain about.
  • Sometimes the controls can be a bit fiddly which can be a bit frustrating when doing some of the time based challenges.

Hardest Trophy

  • Crime Master - Complete all Bonus Objectives for every crime type

First of all, nothing in the game is particularly difficult, especially given you can play on the easiest difficulty, however there is a little bit of luck involved with the bonus objectives for crimes. Some of them can only be performed when you have access to specific abilities, and occasionally you might wipe out all of the enemies before you've got them and need to wait for the crime to become available again (although I do believe you can manually trigger them from Spider-Man's phone app in-game). Completing them isn't hard though, you just need to be aware of them and change your tactics when you're completing the crimes.


Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

I'm not sure if I'd call this an exploit, but you can reload the last checkpoint while playing missions and the game will keep track of kills you've gotten with the different abilities, so you can quite easily farm some of the kill trophies by getting to a decent area with lots of enemies, then leave one alive and reload the checkpoint to go again, over and over until the trophies pop.


Platinum Difficulty Rating - 2/10

2/10

The game isn't very difficult (I played on the easiest difficulty setting). A few of the challenges are a bit tricky and will take you getting used to the controls, but as you level up and earn new skills and abilities the game gets even easier.


Platinum Time - 15-25 Hours

It took me 2 weeks to Platinum the game. At first it wouldn't really hold my attention and I played an hour or so at a time, but once I got into it I enjoyed working through everything it had to offer. I'm not sure if there's a time tracker in game but the main story can be rushed through in about 3 hours (but you'll have to do it twice for the Platinum) and there's probably 10-15 hours worth of side quests and challenges. I imagine it took me somewhere around 20 hours.


Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 9/10

9/10
Although it took me a little while to get into, I really enjoyed playing through everything in the game. New Game Plus was very quick and easy with all of the upgrades unlocked so the Platinum wasn't much of a chore at all but I think I would have awarded one more point if New Game Plus wasn't a requirement. That said I did enjoy the story the second time through.


Overall Game Rating - 9/10

9/10
I'd actually go as far as to say this is one of the best games I've played on PS5. Perhaps lacking a bit of content compared to Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, but it's also much shorter and quicker to finish so that does have it's own positives. It's a great game to show off the PlayStation 5 and if you've got a good 4K TV I would highly recommend this.


Platinum #498

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

Platinum # Game Platform Date
498 Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 3rd March 2021
497 Shiny PS4 26th February 2021
496 Super Soccer Blast PS4 25th February 2021
495 Skatemasta Tcheco PS4 25th February 2021
494 Bastion PS4, Vita 25th February 2021
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