Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PS4, PS5

How much faith did Sony place in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales? So much faith, that the company based its PlayStation 5 marketing campaign around it. Sony trusted this game to show off every positive attribute that their next-gen console had to offer: the 4K resolution, the reflective ray-tracing effects, the fast-loading SSD, and the controller's haptic feedback.

The trust was not misplaced. This game delivers an incredible play experience—one that's leaner but more intense than the previous one provided by Marvel's Spider-Man (2018). Miles Morales is more than a palette swap; he's got his own Venom powers, Invisibility, and an entire suite of different web gadgets. In the first game, Peter Parker could lean hard on a single gadget to manage a fight. But Miles Morales has no such luxury; he must use everything at his disposal to survive. Combine this with an affecting story that addresses neighborhood solidarity, the value of Black lives, and Big Tech's exploitation of the working class, and you have one of the best games of the year—and so much more than a tech demo.