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  • Summary: The city is at risk, and only you can save it from the evil clutches of an old enemy--the powerful Electro. He has a mysterious new device that makes his million volts of destruction even deadlier. But now Spider-Man has Insulated Armor, which makes him impervious to electricity, in addition to new powers such as Ice and Taser-Webbing. With your new bag of tricks, you can stop Electro, Sandman, and other villains' nefarious schemes to bring the city to its knees. Expand
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  1. Positive: 48 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  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. An absolute blast even if you do nothing more than simply swing around town. Without the extremely responsive and precise controls, this would not be possible.
  3. 90
    Spider-Man 2 does the best job of delivering a super-hero game ever, topping Neversoft's first valiant effort, and Treyarch's technology coupled with its craft makes you feel like Spider-Man like no other game has ever done.
  4. The free-roaming gameplay, expansive environments, fun combat and commendable graphics all make for a great experience, and the fact that it comes in a superhero game is just icing on an already-great cake.
  5. While the open-ended design certainly adds replay value to an otherwise short game, its ambitious nature ultimately kept it from attaining the status that it otherwise could have.
  6. I feel in this generation of consoles there is no reason lips shouldn't move when talking, heck even if they aren't in sync with the words just make them move.
  7. While Spider-Man 2 is quite entertaining during its major challenges, it grinds to a halt when you are forced to wander around saving random people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Hollysue
    Jul 20, 2005
    This game rocks.
  2. FatW.
    Jun 17, 2004
  3. Daz
    Jul 4, 2004
    Recommended. This is a breath of fresh air to my gaming world. The way you swing through New Yorks is excellent, the way you can doi side missions (like GTA) is also very good, and the story is interesing so far (i've played for about 3 hours so far). As i said at the beginning - recommended. Expand
  4. DonalN.
    Jul 1, 2004
    So I have been playing Spiderman for a couple of days now and I must say it is a really great game. The normal swinging, though frustrating at first becomes great fun when you get used to it, especially after a few upgrades. The main missions are challenging but don't get so difficult that you wont complete them on the second or third attempt which keeps the game moving along nicely, there is nothing worse than getting stuck on a single section of a game for long periods of time (Ninja Gaiden). The sub missions in the game don't work out so well, like "True Crime: Streets of LA" they become repetitive after a little while and the voice acting is dodgy at best but I think it is in the environment that this game truly excels and then falls short. The city is BIG! Bigger than any that came before it, perhaps with the exception of "True Crime" but that was more suburban sprawl than metropolis like Manhattan. There is a lot to see and do with plenty of secrets to find and races to test the reflexes. About 150 skyscrapers have 'somewhat' been accurately reproduced and it is a great place to spin around in. However a couple of things become plainly obvious from playing in this digital New York, many if not all of the games designers do not know or have never been to this city. The New York in Spiderman 2 is stagnant and unexciting, each neighborhood looks exactly the same and from street level it could be any city in the world. Sure it has the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building and the general layout of the city appears correct but there are so many incredible omissions that it seems obvious that the environment was designed from a couple of skyline photo's and a city map. Some of the notable New York landmarks that are missing include: All of the Trump Buildings, the mansions on the upper East, the brownstones on the upper West, Union Square, Chelsea Piers, South Street Seaport, Herald Square, The Time Warner Center, The Plaza Hotel, The Citigroup Center, 60 Wall Street, Met Life Tower, Solow Building, The Waldorf Astoria, New York Life Building, The Ansonia, The FDR, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Manhattan Bridge, Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Washington Square Park, All Recognizable Avenues from Park to Columbus, Macy's and central park zoo to name just a few. For those of you who think this is an accurate representation of New York, really it isn't much of the city looks nothing like this. In fact the fictional city in "Mafia" feels more like New York that the one here. In many ways I can see where the designers had to compromise, vast stretches of the city are relatively low-rise and in places like the East Village and Chelsea it is hard to find buildings over six stories. Spidey would have had some serious difficulty swinging from downtown to uptown without scraping his knees of the asphalt. Manhattan itself would have been far to large to fully scale even at the great speeds Spidey racks up swinging from building to building it would still probably take a good 20 minutes to get from Battery Park to Harlem. I do think the city seems very barren without the different neighborhoods having their defining characteristics. I would have been nice to see cafe's and outdoor restaurants in the Village, tourists and trinket shops in Midtown, warehouses converted to bar and clubs in Chelsea, the magical landscaping of Central Park and the suits and stockbrokers of downtown. Every part of New York has a different look and feel that is noticeably absent in this game. Still it is a very worthy attempt and a playable addictive game to boot. Roll on Spiderman 3. Expand
  5. J.Hill
    Sep 1, 2004
    When you put this up against other comic-based games, there isn't a score high enough for it. They have hit such a clear home run with capturing the feel of being Spidey that we are still waiting to see where that ball will land. Now, that is not at all to say this is a perfect game. There are more than a few glitches and bugs, but only one has interferred with my game play (a cut scene did not play so I had NO idea what I was supposed to be doing, had to reload to get my bearings). The graphics are also pretty rough at times, particularly character models look several years old. But, the gameplay is so great that it MORE than makes up for any short comings. I will agree with others that the canned missions are pretty repetative. But, the "random" crimes are just SO cool. I wish the entire game had been based around them. It is SOOO immersive to be doing something like looking for a secret token or something and to hear "HELP! Someone help!!!" and to immediately stop everything and dive off the side of the building to go help the citizen. Again, I don't think they could have done a better job at capturing the feel of being Spiderman. For those complaining about the balloons, first it is not obligatory and second, I would suggest reading a bit. You know *reading*?? That is Spiderman to a T. Anyway, if you are looking for the next best game, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a solid action/adventure in a great environment, this is a great title. And, if you are even a passing Spiderman fan, you HAVE to play this. You will not get closer to feeling like...wait...did I hear someone yell "Help!"...gotta go... Expand
  6. JMAN51
    Jul 8, 2004
    Your rushed through the game really fast, too fast in my opinion. Could use more random street crimes and other little tweaks that would have gotten a 9 from me. Expand
  7. DunitFunit
    Jul 3, 2004
    Wat a great game (sarcastically).

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