Dear Insomniac Games,
Listen, let’s just cut to the chase. I’m not going to lie to you as it would defeat the entire purpose of this very public letter. When I heard that a Miles Morales game was coming to PS5 I had mixed emotions. Not because I was disappointed in any way, dear lord don’t think that. I exclaimed quite loudly in my kitchen/office as I watched the PS5 announcements as my wife called over from her bedroom/office what was going on. After explaining she went on existing with the rest of her day as is to be expected. Me? Well, I felt like my volume had just been cranked to eleven. Spider-Man not only was one of my all-time favorite gaming experiences but one of my all-time favorite Spider-Man stories. Spider-Man is my guy. All-time favorite superhero and this was the game that I had been waiting for. The notion that we were going to get more story from that universe was enough for me to throw on a Spidey onesie and not so patiently await the game’s release… truth be told because I said I was not going to lie, I don’t have a Spider-Man onesie but I am looking to fix this problem. I just wanted to paint the picture of eager anticipation for you.
No, my mixed emotions came with the fact that this was going to be a PS5 game. Of course, I plan on eventually picking up a PS5, I enjoy video games and there’s no way I’d be willing to miss out on that God Of War sequel. The thing is, I don’t play them enough to warrant buying a PlayStation 5 right out the gate. I’m willing to wait. I’m patient… not really but I try. I really do. But the release of a Miles Morales game had me checking my bank accounts and wondering if I should pull the trigger on a new system now. Thankfully the whole pre-ordering fiasco made that an easy decision for yours truly.
No, I didn’t get one.
As much as I wanted to play this game, I was willing to wait. Which is painful when you consider just how much I love the character of Miles Morales. It almost seemed unfair not only to myself but to the hard-working crew over at Insomniac who put this game together. I didn’t want to let them down especially after all the gushing praise that fell out of my mouth to anyone and everyone following the completion of the first Spider-Man game. And as mentioned before, I lied about being fully patient.
Then something most glorious happened. Almost as if the Spider-Angels themselves had come down and parted the clouds as trumpets blared with the announcement that the Miles Morales game would be available for the PS4 as well. I couldn’t believe my luck. The gods had smiled upon me as I was on the cusp of being able to experience this story, this game, with everyone else, come November. For as rocky as 2020 has been, this looked like a solid way for things to conclude. This is literally the Spider-Man game I’d been waiting for since I first read Miles’s introduction in Ultimate Spider-Man.
I’m in. I’m buying the game. I’ll play it on my PS4 and I will rejoice with much rejoicing. You have already won…
And then you had to go and introduce Spider-Cat.
I didn’t know my heart was capable of loving something so much especially living in a world where The Child (or Little Baby Yods) occupies a ton of heart landscape and then Spider-Cat comes along just sitting in Miles’ backpack with his mask on as if he’s not a crime-fighting cat who wears a Spider-Man mask. As if he’s not an inspiration to my very own cat, Hudson, and the possibilities of one day sitting in my backpack while wearing a Spider-Man mask and fighting crime. As if he’s not the greatest thing to ever happen to video games.
I was already intending to buy the game. It was going to happen. I was going to play the crap out of it. Nooooow, not only do I have to buy the game but I have to bug Funko into making Spider-Cat products for my shelves. If you’re listening Funko I’ll take a Spider-Cat solo and one in Mile’s backpack please and thank you. I also need a Spider-Cat shirt like yesterday. I need a Spider-Cat mask for Hudson so he can not so secretly hate me while I put it on that one time for a photo op. In short, I need allllll things Spider-Cat.
You did me dirty Insomniac. I mean, like in the most positive sense, but still… you did me dirty. I don’t know how we rectify this issue. Maybe you can introduce me to the actor who played Spider-Cat? Send me a Spider-Cat mask? Any other Spider related products would be nice too. I don’t know, I put this in your hands now. You contact me on Twitter @iamgeek32 if you so choose.
I look forward to saving New York as Miles, the countdown is on, but I can’t wait to meet that heroic fur bag who lives in Mile’s backpack. Thank you for helping 2020 end on a high note.
Kevin (I Am Geek)