Spider-Man 2 PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Based on the big screen sequel to the original "Spider-Man" with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man 2 features a new bad guy, Dr. Otto Octavius, who becomes grafted to a set of four mechanical arms which he can use to amazing effect... as a "mad scientist" some call "Doctor Octopus"Based on the big screen sequel to the original "Spider-Man" with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man 2 features a new bad guy, Dr. Otto Octavius, who becomes grafted to a set of four mechanical arms which he can use to amazing effect... as a "mad scientist" some call "Doctor Octopus" or "Doc Ock." Can Spidey avoid getting clobbered by two of Doc Ock's metallic appendages while avoiding the other two? The gameplay of this sequel, unlike that of the straightforward, mostly linear original, lends itself much more to the sense of freedom and exploration made popular with "Grand Theft Auto III." Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. 100
    I honestly can’t fathom going back to driving a car in the next installment of "Grand Theft Auto" – the world is just so much cooler when you can explore the whole city, meaning everything up in the air as well. Manhattan becomes a giant jungle gym for Spider-Man to play in, and it is a blast.
  2. Using the simple control dynamics to soar through a living, breathing, virtual New York City is as much fun and exhilarating as watching it on the big screen.
  3. 88
    The game's integral factors ascend above the fray, giving players a huge, multifaceted game that's rich in skill-based gameplay and replay value. It's fat with a massive array of challenges, and it delivery a distinct Spider-Man style of fun previously unmatched in the action genre.
  4. Other than its generic mission objectives and/or uninteresting sounds (including a poor attempt at camp humor) Spider-Man 2 delivers the goods and has legs to last well beyond the summer of 2004.
  5. 80
    Choose to ignore the plot and the side missions if you like; the hidden races, the token hunts and the tremendous feeling to be had from simply exploring, swinging and crawling about the city are more than enough to justify purchase.
  6. While Spider-Man 2 truly puts you in the webbed booties of the wall-crawler and boasts a ton of freedom to do what you want, there's not enough variety to keep things fresh from start to finish.
  7. netjak
    50
    Probably the worst game of the year, and definitely on my top 20 worst games ever. It was truly disappointing. The bottom line here is that the game was severely rushed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    10
    I've played several Spider-Man games, and out of all of them, this one is still my all time favorite. This is exactly what I want from notI've played several Spider-Man games, and out of all of them, this one is still my all time favorite. This is exactly what I want from not just Spider-Man, but also every other comic book superhero. In other words, this game is a free-roaming game that allows you to roam around New York City, do story missions, and fight crime (basically a superhero Grand Theft Auto). I'm surprised that the only other superheroes who've followed this formula are Batman (Batman: Arkham City), and Hulk (Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction). Of course, the question on everyone's mouths is this. Is this idea well executed? The answer is yes. As a matter of fact, it's not only executed well, it's executed perfectly! It really does feel like a superhero Grand Theft Auto. There are several missions for not only the story, but also jobs such as delivering Pizza, and taking pictures for the Daily Bugle. Along with that, in New York City itself, there are plenty of different crimes to fight. They can be anything from saving a person from falling, to stopping an armored car robbery. The control of this game is excellent. It really makes you feel like you're Spider-Man. This is another important thing I think about when playing a superhero game. The control has to make you feel like the hero that you're playing as, and this game does that perfectly too. As for the graphics, they're decent but not perfect. I've seen far better graphics, but I've also seen far worse. The story is pretty much the same as the movie that it's based on, but expanded with extra characters. As a matter of fact, the only thing about this game that I don't like is the voice acting which is flat out terrible. Aside from that, this entire game is amazing, and is overall one of the best superhero games I've ever played (if not the best). Expand
  2. Jonon
    Jun 28, 2004
    10
    This is the biggest suprise to me this year, i was expecting an average game, and i get the total package, best movie/comic game EVER.
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    With The Amazing Spider-Man,Spider-Man 2 it's the best videogame based on a movie.With a modified storyline of the movie and a gameplayWith The Amazing Spider-Man,Spider-Man 2 it's the best videogame based on a movie.With a modified storyline of the movie and a gameplay totally open world. Expand
  4. TerranceP.
    Jun 30, 2004
    9
    If you love spiderman, you can never get bored of the weg sligin, NEVER! also, even though the fighting can get repetitive, there are so many If you love spiderman, you can never get bored of the weg sligin, NEVER! also, even though the fighting can get repetitive, there are so many ways of killing enemys you just want to try diffrent ways of killing them all. Expand
  5. Sam
    Apr 15, 2005
    9
    Not the prettiest girl in the prom, but the one with the most personality and best dance moves. Although it does get a bit repetetive with Not the prettiest girl in the prom, but the one with the most personality and best dance moves. Although it does get a bit repetetive with the annoying missions, and the combat is decent against thugs (but great boss fights) and it's pretty damn funny. The high point is the freedom and web swinging and the custences are pretty nice, all it needs is to fix some problems with repetiveness and graphics and it might someday be just as awesome, gorgeous, and flat out entertaining as the movie, and maybe the other big boys in gaming. Expand
  6. May 7, 2011
    8
    As corny as it may sound, you actually feel like Spider-Man in this game. Pros: A wide-open map of New York City with breathtaking depth;As corny as it may sound, you actually feel like Spider-Man in this game. Pros: A wide-open map of New York City with breathtaking depth; fantastic graphics, control, and audio; variety of challenging missions and boss battles; the web-slinging is slick and smooth; some funny dialog. Cons: A lot of slowdowns and poor enemy A.I., as well as camera issues. Collapse
  7. BenB.
    Aug 26, 2004
    5
    If I was the guy who programmed the controls, I'd be pissed off they didn't use them in a more intelligent, fleshed-out way. Given If I was the guy who programmed the controls, I'd be pissed off they didn't use them in a more intelligent, fleshed-out way. Given the sheer juiciness of actually BEING Spider-man, this game has no business being this bland. Expand

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#25 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#24 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004