Immediately after “Parting Gift,” Peter Parker tells Miles via his new suit’s mask that he has a nearby building for Miles to train and learn a few moves. This is the game’s way to teach players the various ways that Miles is able to fight. These training missions pop up on the map where players can learn new techniques. They’re similar to the Taskmaster and Speedball missions from Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The hologram system that Peter Parker makes is unique. It’s Peter’s way of training Miles, while being away. The technology gives Miles holographic enemies to fight. The training system is similar to Batman Arkham’s augmented reality training. Spider-Man’s A.R. system is better as hearing holographic Spider-Man crack quips makes training better.
At the end of the “Hold Onto Your Web-Shooters” mission, Peter Parker gives Miles Morales a parting gift before he goes away for a few weeks. In this mission, “Parting Gift,” Miles calls his friend, Ganke Lee, to meet him in a snowy Central Park to open this gift. This is the introduction to Miles’ friend, who happens to be a whiz at coding and mobile apps. Ganke Lee is similar to Peter Parker’s friend, Ned Leeds, from the MCU Spider-Man films. Ganke is a sidekick for the Spider-Men.
The gift that Peter leaves is a new Spider-Man suit for Miles. Miles’ first official suit. It’s nothing flashy, but better than the suit that Miles begins the game with. The important thing is the heart and the effort that Peter put into the suit. He cares for Miles. This mission is brief as it’s to introduce Ganke and the new suit.
Today, we begin reviewing story and side missions for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. We will try to keep these spoiler-free. We plan on taking our time to do these reviews, so people can enjoy the game themselves. The reviews are to analyze the scenes/missions, even if they are brief. Let’s dive in!
“Hold Onto Your Web-Shooters” delivers an exhilarating punch for the game’s first mission. Players catch up with Miles Morales a year later from the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Miles has been training with Spider-Man (Peter Parker) to master his skills. Those skills are put to the test when an iconic Spider-Man foe breaks out of a police convoy. The Spider-Men go a crazy, violent thrill ride to halt this villain.
The gameplay in this mission is fluid and smooth. Insomniac Games managed to make the web-slinging more polished than its predecessor. Players get a taste of Miles’ potential powers with the introduction of the Venom ability in this mission. Miles is able to summon an electrical charge that proves helpful in the defeat of the villain.
After the epic battle sequence, we are introduced to Simon Krieger, who is the Head of R&D at Roxxon Energy. Krieger owns the land where the fight sequence ends. Insomniac Games does a fantastic job of keeping the machinations of Krieger hidden. Is he good? Is he bad? We’ll see.
The mission ends with Peter Parker telling Miles that he’ll be gone for the next few weeks. Peter tells Miles that he’ll be the only Spider-Man for a while. Miles seems afraid at first, then embraces the idea in a beautiful cutscene. With the snow falling on a new Spider-Man, we are in for a fun ride.