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  • Summary: Spider-Man 2 for the Nintendo DS follows the storyline of the summer smash hit Spider-Man 2 over the course of over a dozen missions. In addition to running into the movie's main meanie Doctor Octopus, classic Spider-Man villains such as Mysterio also make an appearance. Spider-Man 2's graphics are an impressive mix of 2D and 3D. As Spider-Man swings and springs through the city, the levels rotate as they scroll, which really adds a great feeling of depth to the action. Some encounters switch the viewpoint to first person, such as the epic battle with Doc Ock on top of the runaway train. It's great fun to be able to recreate virtually all of Spider-Man's moves from the Nintendo GameCube game, from his punishing attacks to his trademark web swinging specialties. Spider-Man 2 does an excellent job of mixing traditional gameplay elements with new touch-screen action. In one boss battle, for example, you have to guide Spidey to computer terminals on the upper screen, then use the touch screen to solve puzzles by moving switches with your finger or stylus. [Nintendo] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
  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. 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.
  3. This is one very long, very impressive game. [Jan 2005, p.84]
  4. The game never develops into a solid experience, thanks to a host of design flaws that clash directly with the impressive technology.
  5. The game just doesn't come through like it had the potential to do. Spider-Man 2 just didn't take advantage of the new hardware and left us with a very average side scrolling action game.
  6. 55
    The words: unfinished, short, below par, and disappointing come to mind after spending a few hours playing around with Spider-Man 2 DS.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4