Do You Need to Play Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales Before Marvel’s Spider-Man 2?

Are Marvel's Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales required before playing Marvel's Spider-Man 2?

by Noah Nelson

Since Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is a direct sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it’s natural to ask if those games are required before getting into the new game. In this article, I will tell you if playing Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales is required before playing Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales Before Marvel’s Spider-Man 2?

In general, no, you don’t need to have played Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales before playing Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. If you have played the previous games and remember what happened, it is helpful, but it’s not required.

Before you launch into Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, you can watch a catch-up video that gives the briefest recap which works, but I think it could’ve used more. It is adequate to remind you of the characters and the story so far. However, there are a few gaps that the recap doesn’t mention.

As someone who played the majority of Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 but doesn’t remember it and didn’t play Miles Morales at all, I’ll say that playing Marvel’s Spider-Man 1 and Miles Morales really helps before jumping into Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. I’ve 100% beat Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and there were characters in side missions that weren’t familiar to me and major story moments in the campaign that I didn’t know the full context of.

The main story of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 features a big plot point featuring a past relationship, but besides that, everything is new. There is one major side mission that has a character from the previous games, too. Besides those two things, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 isn’t hard to follow if you haven’t played the previous games.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is really great regardless. I think the main campaign and side missions are very good even if you have moments where you don’t 100% know what is going on.

- This article was updated on October 19th, 2023

About The Author

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.