Spider-Man 2 DS


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. Using a masterful combination of web shoot and D-pad combinations you can swing, or zip line vertically or horizontally across rooms. Everything feels so natural, just like a full-size console. Some of this can be attributed to the DS design but there is no denying that the design team put a lot of effort into the gameplay mechanics.
  2. It offers enough action for fans of brawlers to sink their thumbs and teeth into, and its controls are simple and intuitive enough for a novice to pick up and enjoy. Spider-Man 2 is one of the most enjoyable DS launch titles, and even outside of that thinking it is a tremendous effort and a fabulous game.
  3. 75
    Where the developers impress on the visual side of things, the gameplay isn't quite as tight. As awesome as the levels look on the Nintendo DS screen, they're way too spaced out and require an enormous amount of exploration to find every item that's required in the level.
  4. The game is great, but I must warn you. It is extremely hard in the later levels. And it might not be for everybody.
  5. Its nice to see a launch title take advantage of all the bells and whistles of a new platform so well. Spider-Man 2 has really set itself apart from the long list of planned DS launch titles. I give it the thumbs up.
  6. This is a gaming thoroughbred that will demand you feed it over the holiday season. If your first priority this week is the DS, make your second one a copy of Spider-Man 2. It’s the game that will show your friends what the hardware truly can do.
  7. Easily the most entertaining handheld game featuring web-head. Activision has certainly done well in giving Vicarious Visions their licenses once again, as they've created a fun game that not only uses the DS's features to its advantage, but is also a great launch title.
  8. Easily the most impressive feature of the graphics is the level of detail with the fluid motion with all the characters in the game. It's almost a combination of 2D characters running around in a 3D world, but there's no denying that the graphics are amongst the best on hand-held devices at this time.
  9. 77
    I just found the frustration level of this game just slightly more than I’m willing to put up with.
  10. Looks incredible and controls fairly well. However poor level design, limited tasks and a sometimes frustrating difficulty level manage to hamper to overall feel.
  11. Play Magazine
    This is one very long, very impressive game. [Jan 2005, p.84]
  12. It’s one of the hardest 2D platformers this side of "Viewtiful Joe" and while the game seems slightly short, it takes quite a while to play through it successfully.

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 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  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.