Spider-Man: Miles Morales review: New hero, same heroic gameplay

It’s not that rare for a new game console to launch with a big marquee sequel. From Super Mario World and Breath of the Wild to Sonic Adventure and, uh, Perfect Dark Zero, companies often use such sequels to try to highlight the benefits new hardware can bring to an established and well-loved game design.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn’t quite in the same category. The game, which serves as a marquee launch title for the PS5 (and which is also available on the PS4), is much more of a “more of the same” sequel than a generational showcase for the gameplay power of a brand-new console. There are a few graphical upgrades and a few new gameplay tweaks, but if you played 2018’s Spider-Man, you pretty much know what to expect.

Good thing, then, that the basic gameplay remains as compelling and fun as ever and has an interesting new story to boot. Miles Morales doesn’t reinvent the wheel because it doesn’t have to. Take the same solid gameplay, throw in an intriguing new character focus, and mix it together into a tightly paced open-world package that doesn’t wear out its welcome with a lot of extraneous padding. The result is an able sequel, even if it’s not exactly the system seller that Sony might want for the PS5 at this point.

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