T+30 Minutes To Review reviews are not meant to take the place of a proper informative review. They are one guy's take after just 30 minutes of checking "it" out. That's it, that's the disclaimer.
Miles Morales is the closest thing PlayStation 5 has to a flagship launch game, especially because the previous Spider-Man game on PS4 was amazing.
I enjoyed that game so much, I got one of my only platinum trophies because of it. It had a solid story and good action gameplay, but the traversal and the different collectibles made it for me.
So going into Miles Morales, I'm already thinking I'll dig it, and after some time with it, I was right. Don't get me wrong -- it is absolutely more of the same, but this is okay with me.
This kind of thing does make it feel like a bit cheap compared to a propert first-party launch title. Again, don't get me wrong, it's going to be very fun, it's just pulling a punch.
The game looks amazing, even though the PS4 Spider-Man was gorgeous too. I don't have a side-by-side comparison, but the visual improvements seem to be of the raytracing and lighting variety (if you're okay with 30fps as opposed to 60, which is good with me).
I switched back and forth a number of times between the 30fps RT mode and 60fps, and I settled on the former because...well, I don't know, 60fps was almost too smooth for me. It felt unnatural, in a weird way.
(T+30 Q: Do you go for higher FPS or more special effects?)
The lighting off of cop cars and explosions are definitely a noticible step up, and it really immersed me more into the game. It just felt more realistic, which is all the more striking within the game's stylized setting.
Coupled with the traversal, and some great action sequences in the first hour or so, I found myself enraptured -- until the system crashed.
At first, I thought one of the kids sat on the remote, but nope, it was a full system crash.
Booting back up, I saw the familiar "rebuilding database" screen from PS4, and was back up within a few minutes, but that was pretty disappointing. Crossing fingers it doesn't happen again.
Not going to hold it against Miles though. This is a gorgeous game, there seems to be plenty to do, and Miles is imminently likeable. This is the game to get with your PS5. Just hope there's more to Sony's first-party efforts soon enough.