Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
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  1. There's no entertainment in combing through a burning building for five victims or hunting down the twenty-three convicts that just escaped from a bus, especially after you've spent five minutes trying to find that last victim. More infuriating is when you finally find that last victim or bad guy, only to die and have to repeat the whole process.
  2. A frustrating platformer with broken combat, repetitive missions and a totally misused second screen.
  3. 40
    The most prominent problem Spider-Man 2 suffers from is its convoluted indoor levels. Oftentimes, you need to search areas for a set number of criminals to bop or hostages to free. But without a map to consult, too much time is spent frustratingly backtracking and combing through every nook and cranny you've already visited.
  4. games(TM)
    Full credit to Vicarious Visions for creating a whole new game instead of porting the GameBoy Advance version to the DS but, unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what it achieved by doing so. [Jan 2005, p.121]
  5. 40
    The problem is that the level design is so unforgiving and linear that most players won’t bother to see all the graphic panache the game offers.
  6. Combat is sloppy, with poor hit detection and enemies that score cheap shots; all of the fun special moves have to be unlocked, which requires meeting unreasonably difficult time and health goals; and most of the levels devolve into tiresome thug/robot hunts.
  7. The game’s combat system needs an overhaul, the levels lack inspiration, and the presentation will make your eyes water. When compared with its contemporaries, this game lacks the shine and polish that gamers are expecting when they try out their DS for the first time. This is shameful way to start the new batch of DS games.
  8. netjak
    Surprisingly solid in every technical aspect, which makes it all the more shame that it's falls so short in all the enjoyability aspects.
  9. GMR Magazine
    Actually manages to make use of the touch screen in an interesting, though not vital, manner. It's too bad that the rest of the game is awful. [Feb 2005, p.111]

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed DS Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. RyanJ.
    Feb 28, 2006
    It's pretty good on graphics,but does not do well on game play. You need more to do like run around New York or something like that.
  2. BoH.
    Jun 13, 2005
    This is one of the most irritating games I've ever played. The level designs are terrible. Endlessly running back and forth through a This is one of the most irritating games I've ever played. The level designs are terrible. Endlessly running back and forth through a level trying to find a bad guy tucked away in some corner is an absolutely poor excuse for extending gameplay. The only reason I gave this a 1 is because Spider-Man is cool and he moves around the environment just like you would expect Spider-Man to do. Other than that, there's no reason to waste your time or money with this title. Full Review »
  3. StevenJ.
    Jan 30, 2005
    Great launch title. Beautiful graphics. Lots of fun to play. This game is hard, but at least it's challenging.