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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 additionThe 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  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. 90
    Between the massive boss encounters and hours of swinging around Manhattan, you're in for at least a week of play.
  3. It's very possible to spend a good deal of time swinging around the city, responding to citizens in need, stopping random crimes, attempting some of the 150 challenges and collecting some of the nearly 400 tokens of various kinds scattered throughout the city.
  4. Even though the game does not support multi-player, and takes 10 hours to complete, you can still find a great deal of replayabillity in locating the hundreds of hidden items throughout the map.
  5. Without doubt extremely enjoyable for fans, simply because controlling Spider-Man has never been executed so well. There are problems with the main game, there's problems with its presentation; however we still find ourselves loading up the game just to swing around New York again.
  6. There are a lot of things I hate about the Spider-Man 2 game. The movie-based missions are horrible, the graphical quality is wildly inconsistent, and the game is infested with bugs and glitches. Yet the game's primary strengths are enough to make it enjoyable in spite of its shortcomings.
  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: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    I am very surprised this was made by Activison cause usually I give activison games a 0-8 but never a 10 cause this game is very fun andI am very surprised this was made by Activison cause usually I give activison games a 0-8 but never a 10 cause this game is very fun and memorable by critics and fans. Expand
  2. DalP.
    Jan 5, 2005
    10
    You get to play Spider-Man - forget the missions, while just get in the way in my opinion - the real fun is just being able to swing around You get to play Spider-Man - forget the missions, while just get in the way in my opinion - the real fun is just being able to swing around town, from one end of the city to another. A blast for any fans of the web-swinger. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    This game is criminally underrated. Not only is it a fantastic game, but I seriously think it's one of the greatest games of ALL TIME.This game is criminally underrated. Not only is it a fantastic game, but I seriously think it's one of the greatest games of ALL TIME. Seriously, it's that good. It's gotta be in the low 20s. Everything about this game is just so beautiful. It's hard to describe, so I'll just kinda brute force into the review - it's Grand Theft Spider-Man. Basically, it's an open world game that has a main storyline but also contains off-missions you can do on the side. The only complaints I can list of the top of my head is that sometimes the camera is sometimes a little buggy when climbing on narrow walls, two missions in particular were tedious, and the NPCs look like garbage, but other than that, the physics engine is outstanding - it's fast, but you know what you're doing. New York City is great-looking for the PS2 or Gamecube, I've played through the game easily half a dozen times and I've never had a lag spike no matter how many explosions were on the screen, the render distance is decent enough for the time, the missions are fun, and the combat system is pretty great. To give you a quick example, the game only has one combo you'll really need to use. And that's the spam whatever the respective attack button combo. But why use it when you can grab someone? Swing up to the nearest building, and suplex them off of it? Why do that when it's so much faster to punch them out? I'll tell you why. It's because it's fun. Not to mention, the ragdoll physics are hilarious. It's seriously something special to hurl someone's helpless body off into traffic, with the 2000s-era voice acting echoing "aww maaaan, not coooool." as they get hit by a taxi, as the taxi speeds into the edge of the render distance.

    In Spider-Man 2, you'll rarely die. But when you do, you either get two feelings. You either purposely hurled yourself off the Empire State Building with the last thing you hear being "Jeez Louise! It's always something in this town!" as the NPC ignores the fact that Spider-Man's ragdoll body just did 5 midair cartwheels after bounding off the pavement because A) it's funny to watch, or B) you needed to restore your health. But say you get punched real good by one of the tougher thugs and Spider-Man gets knocked out cold. Ouch. Well, it sucks that you died, but you hardly get a noticeable penalty for it. It doesn't give you any Game Over music, it lets you continue. Spider-Man flops onto the street, it gives you whatever the death message says that I forgot because my PS2 is down at my Beach House, you press the respective confirmation button, nearly no loading screen, pop. Spider-Man begins existing again. It might sound like a lazy respawn button, but it adds so much if you think about it. One, if a tough boss kills you, say, Rhino just smacked you real good with his horns and knocked out that half-circle that was once your health, you get to try again. Instantly. It lets you try again because you're a hero. It's simulating that you're a hero. There's no "I gotta go back and get that one extra combo at the store to beat Rhino" it's "I'm gonna try again to beat Rhino." And that's really what this game is - it's a superhero simulator. It's not flying through rings coughcough, it's, she got robbed, and she got robbed too. I better help the closest one and when I'm done pounding that thug into dust I'll go help that other chick.

    It really is a fantastic game. One of the best in my book - it's worth not "just a play", it's worth PLAYING to completion. The problem is that it's a little hard to come by now, be expected to drop 40 bucks for a used Gamecube era game.
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  4. Jan 1, 2012
    9
    Spider-man 2 is the best movie based game I ever played. Gameplay: You get to play Spider-Man and explore New York City by web swing.Spider-man 2 is the best movie based game I ever played. Gameplay: You get to play Spider-Man and explore New York City by web swing. You can also fight crime, help citizens, deliver pizzas etc. as you travel around the city. Story: They also have a story mode divided into 17 chapters. The story mode is awesome filled with action. Graphics: There are 3 levels of graphic scenes from the game. - Graphical Story Scene: Uncommon scenes in story mode. The scenes are the most graphical scenes in the game. The graphics are so graphical like its from the scene from the movie Spider-Man 2. - Regular Story Scene: Also scenes from story mode. Unlike the Graphical Story Scene, the Regular Story Scene is less graphical. Graphics from the gameplay, but with moving mouths, slow camera movement, body language, and body movement. - Gameplay Scene: Gameplay and story scenes during gameplay. Least graphical in the game. Unlike Regular Story Scene, the mouths don't move, some fast camera movement, some body language, and some body movement. Design: The designs are great, with Spiderman web swinging on the buildings, use special attacks to defeat enemies easier, and Spider Reflexes with slowing down effects. Gameplay: 9.5 Story: 9.5 Graphics: 7.5 Design: 9 Overall: 9.0 Expand
  5. May 31, 2013
    9
    This game is a classic. Exploring the city is very fun and the web swinging is great. Mysterio scared the hell out of me when I was kid andThis game is a classic. Exploring the city is very fun and the web swinging is great. Mysterio scared the hell out of me when I was kid and the Doc Ock boss battles were very cool. All Spidey fans should play this game. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2018
    8
    The 2002 "Spider-Man: The Movie" video game shocked many because of the fact that it was a licensed game based on a superhero film thatThe 2002 "Spider-Man: The Movie" video game shocked many because of the fact that it was a licensed game based on a superhero film that actually turned out good. Of course, seeing how well they did with that game, Activision had no problem tasking Treyarch with the development of the video game adaptation of "Spider-Man 2." 'Twas a good decision, because the game is very good.
    "Spider-Man 2" takes many steps to make huge improvements on the first game, introducing a more realistic swinging mechanic (you can't just shoot a web in the sky now), Spider-Man is no longer allergic to pavement, there's a massive open-world to explore and so much to do. The game is fun, fast, and exciting, and it captures the plot of the film well, while also showing fearlessness in the ability to deviate from the plot in many ways.
    All that said, I'm not quite sure if I find the game to be leaps and bounds better than the first one. Some of the side missions can get repetitive (especially the stupid balloon sidequests), which might make you loathe seeing "Get ____ more Hero Points" on your To-Do List. On top of that, the controls/camera are a little bit sloppy, the voice acting is nothing special, and while the city of New York looks nice, the character models are not very pretty, even in the CGI cutscenes. In fact, I'd argue that the previous game has better character models than this one.
    Either way, though, Treyarch has definitely put plenty of effort into "Spider-Man 2," and the end result is a great game that any fan of Spider-Man, be it the films or the comics, should definitely play.
    Final rating: 8 out of 10 "Great"
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  7. moloko
    Mar 15, 2006
    7
    A worthwhile purchase for the now reduced price. Bruce Campbell is somewhat humorous as he gives you advice and hints throughout, but the A worthwhile purchase for the now reduced price. Bruce Campbell is somewhat humorous as he gives you advice and hints throughout, but the funniest parts to me are the awful story cutscenes and dialogue with citizens, though I doubt this was actually intentional. Like many other games, dialogue has that familiar unrealistic flow (awkward pauses when one character finishes speaking), and everyone other than the main characters who you interact with are overly angular, extremely low-poly, and worstly, their mouths don't move when they are speaking. Sorta like a throwback to 32/64-bit games. This really does detract quite a bit from the game. Freely swinging around the city and climbing buildings is cool though. If it weren't for this, I think the old Spiderman game (PSX, Dreamcast, N64 and PC) would have been the better game. The GC controller is also an issue, as the analog trigger buttons have way too much travel before they 'click' given what they are assigned to in this game. They're implemented very well in some other games, but here they really needed to be digital. This of course isn't the developer's fault, they didn't design it. Expand

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