Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales follows up Insomniac’s beloved PS4 exclusive with a new entry on PS4 and PS5 at launch. Only revealed earlier this year, there’s been some confusion and differing discussion around how big a game Miles Morales would be compared to the original, including comparisons to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a shorter spin-off from the mainline Uncharted series.
But how long does it actually take to beat the game? We asked those on the IGN staff that have beaten the game for their experience with how long it took (and don’t worry, there won’t be any story spoilers!).
Jonathon Dornbush, Miles Morales Reviewer, Senior News Editor
I would put my time with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ story somewhere in the 8 – 10 hour range. With an open-world game like this, and especially one that I found improved some of the side objectives that were less engrossing with the original, it’s tough not to easily get sidetracked and dip into a collectible or side mission on the way to a story beat.
Like the first game, each district in New York has its own series of objectives to complete, but thankfully stopping X number of crimes in each district is no longer one of them. Each of the side mission requirements feels a lot more in line with the ethos of Spider-Man – being friendly to the neighborhood – while also adding some fun personal touches that bring everything back to Miles’ story and the world at large. There are some clever uses of already established figures in this world.
That means I’ve easily spent at least double my story time on a 100% run, and still have some trophies to pick up to achieve the platinum. But the content offers a nice host of varied collectibles, neighborhood help side missions, and a lengthier string of side missions that lets Miles do even more to help out his home in Harlem.
Janet Garcia, Associate Guides Editor
My time in Harlem spanned 9-10 hours across just a few sessions of playtime. I stopped a few extra crimes along the way and dug up some childhood time capsules, if I happened to spot them nearby on my minimap, but for the most part I beelined for the story.
The bulk of my time, outside of main missions, was spent obsessively twisting, flipping, and diving off of everything in New Your City: essentially turning Miles Morales into my own version of Tony Hawk whenever a mission was far enough away. I only used fast travel twice during the entire campaign, just to appreciate how refreshingly fast it was.
I finished Miles Morales having reached Level 17 with 61% completion. I unlocked most skills but made very few upgrades to Miles’ suit or gadgets. Admittedly, I felt a little underpowered for some of the final areas of the game but I never felt I’d made a horrible mistake with my streamlined build.
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Brendan Graeber, Guides Editor
Working on a full guide and walkthrough often skews my playtime on the far end of things, given the need to meticulously document each mission, write up puzzle solutions, screenshot the more hidden collectible locations, and record video. If I had to estimate my time fully exploring everything Miles Morales has to offer, I’d probably put it somewhere in the 15-18 hour range.
Though the main campaign is fairly short compared to the first game, there’s still plenty to do around Manhattan. While writing the guide, I made sure to track down each type of collectible, get the best scores on all the challenges, complete every enemy base and stop each type of crime and all sub-objectives, and unlock every suit, mod, and gadget along the way. I’m sure I spent plenty of time swinging around just for the fun of it, and never found myself needing to fast travel or make use of the PS5’s card system to teleport to certain activities.
The only thing I haven’t fully explored is the game’s New Game Plus mode, which actually has a few upgrades locked away that may just bring me back around to beat the game once more.
Simon Cardy, Video Producer
I pretty much mainlined the story missions of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which took me around 7 hours to complete. That’s quite a bit shorter than Peter Parker’s outing a couple of years back, but didn’t feel too short at all. Fast travel is ludicrously fast, which helps get to mission markers with ease – but, honestly, I didn’t use it too much, mainly due to the joy of swinging around New York.
I still have many collectibles, side missions and activities to complete since finishing the campaign, as I did quite well to not get too distracted by the beacons gleaming above the skyscrapers during my initial 7 hours. The only sidetracks for me so far have been a quick scavenger hunt around the city to gain enough tokens and tech to unlock the Spider-Verse suit and my inevitable plunge into photo mode, which returns in all its glory from the 2018 release.
I can’t wait to jump back in soon though and see what the side missions entail, although there does seem to be far fewer of them on offer than in the original game. I might even snag that platinum trophy, which looks to be relatively attainable.
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Jesse Gomez, Video Producer and Editor
My very first playthrough of Miles Morales took exactly 6 hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds to complete. How do I know the exact number, you may ask? Naturally, I recorded my entire playthrough with some capture equipment I’ve got at home.
7 total videos and 413GB later, I breezed through the game whilst also stopping to partake in the bare minimum of side-missions and crimes you need to do in order to progress through the story. By the way, the time I mentioned earlier also includes cutscenes, loading times and the occasional moment messing around in photo mode too.
Although I could have scored an even quicker time by making use of the nearly instantaneous fast-travel, I opted to swing to every location within the game instead. Using the 4K/60FPS visual mode whilst playing made swinging through New York is an absolute pleasure, and one I just didn’t want to miss out on.
We awarded Spider-Man: Miles Morales a 9/10 review, calling it “a fantastic follow-up, telling a wonderful story while improving upon the fundamentals of the first game.” We’ve also reviewed the PS5 as a whole.