Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Variety and slick presentation go a long way toward making you forget about the lack of originality and the quest's brief length.
  2. While it’s a bit on the short side, Spider-Man: Battle for New York is a fun portable action game that does a great job of retelling the tale of the rivalry between our favorite web-head and the Green Goblin.
  3. Battle For New York will satiate the inner comic book fan for a few hours, but a rental would certainly settle your cravings for some Spidey action.
  4. Playing it doesn't make you feel like a superhero or a supervillian, and the game makes unsatisfying use of the DS' technology. Lack of variety and an insistence on turgid fetch-and-carry missions seals this as one to avoid.
  5. 60
    The game looks like a "Viewtiful Joe" mod with midlevel animated comic-book panels, complimented by decent voice acting to help progress the story. Still, it feels like a hollow adventure.
  6. Still, it's a decent platformer that fans of Ultimate Spider-Man comics will find mildly entertaining. [Feb. 2007, p.94]
  7. Spider Man Battle for New York is an unimaginative follow-up of last year’s Ultimate Spider Man. The story isn’t nearly as epic, the action hasn’t improved at all, and the lack of compelling villain gameplay make this a one-play affair.
  8. The lack of any extra modes could be forgiven if the main story wasn't so short. You can easily finish this title in a weekend play through.
  9. At the end of the day, Battle for New York isn’t worth the cash if you’ve already played one of the other DS games, and since it looks like they’ll be using the same engine in the future, you might as well hold out if you haven’t experienced any of the previous titles. Sorry, Spidey.
  10. Many, many better games are out there, but not a whole lot for those looking for a DS superhero fix.
  11. Spider-Man: Battle for New York boasts fun 2D gameplay mixed with an impressive 3D presentation. The game’s biggest fault is that it hasn’t made any significant strides since last year, but it remains one of the most fun 2D action games on the Nintendo DS.
  12. It's worth playing. It's not hard, but it's still satisfying for a short while.
  13. With its smaller scope and missions, New York doesn't eclipse 'Ultimate' as the benchmark Spider-Man title for the DS but it does sure as heck give it a run for its money.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 11, 2014
    10
    One of the most fun you will have playing a 2d side-scroller this game has the classic spider-man/green goblin rivalry. You can easily find this title one of the best Spidey portable games -Nuff Said...- Full Review »
  2. GioD
    Feb 21, 2008
    7
    Spider-Man Battle for NY is a worthy addition to your DS library if you like action games, are a comic book fan, or just plain Spidey fan. The fact that its exculsive to the DS and GBA is a plus too. If you have played the DS version of Ultimate Spider-Man then you pretty much know exactly what type of game your getting in Battle for NY. It runs on the same engine as Ultimate Spidey and thats certainly not a bad thing. In Battle for NY you get to play with both Spidey and Green Goblin in a sort of alternate re-telling of when Norman first becomes the Goblin and wants to destroy Spider-Man while at the same time hes trying to take over NY. The presentation is really good, with the story told through great cut scenes that look just like the comic, and very surprisingly, the game has TONS of voiceover that moves the story along at a good pace and keeps the player interested. Unfortunately, unlike Ultimate Spidey you dont control Goblins actions and attacks with the stylus ( that was very cool when you did it with Venom), you just control him the same as Spidey (with the d-pad). Now, is Battle for NY as good as Ultimate Spider-Man? No, it isnt, but then again this wasnt developed by Vicarious Visions, Torus Games developed Battle for NY, and they certainly made a good follow-up to Ultimate Spider-Man. Bottom line, if you played and enjoyed Ultimate Spider-Man then there really isnt any reason you wouldnt like Battle for NY. Full Review »