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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's worth playing. It's not hard, but it's still satisfying for a short while.
  4. Variety and slick presentation go a long way toward making you forget about the lack of originality and the quest's brief length.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Still, it's a decent platformer that fans of Ultimate Spider-Man comics will find mildly entertaining. [Feb. 2007, p.94]
  9. Many, many better games are out there, but not a whole lot for those looking for a DS superhero fix.
  10. 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.
  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. 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.
  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.

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