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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
  1. StevenJ.
    Jan 30, 2005
    Great launch title. Beautiful graphics. Lots of fun to play. This game is hard, but at least it's challenging.
  2. 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.
  3. KenC.
    Jan 3, 2005
    Spider-Man 2 is an average game with some good ideas. The game captures the essence of Spider-man well but the game is too small and there are quite a few design issues that as a user made me very frustrated. Expand
  4. 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 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. Expand