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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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  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: 36 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. AldrichC.
    Jul 4, 2004
    10
    Im speechless.This game is amazing!I think it is way better than the first game.I also loved the movie!!
  2. Oct 24, 2018
    10
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  3. 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
  4. JigganisZig
    Oct 10, 2004
    9
    (i really rate this game 9.4) This game IS pretty great. First, here are my complaints. One, the graphics suck half the time. See, in (i really rate this game 9.4) This game IS pretty great. First, here are my complaints. One, the graphics suck half the time. See, in cutscenes, things get jaggy and move around weirdly. Thes PS2 vers. was supposed to have gotten beaten by the ugly stick. Most non important cahracter models suck too. my other complaint is that sometimes the game is cheap and frustrating. but unlike me, get an online guide, and save some money on controllers. Anyway, the good stuff is GOOD. This was supposed to be like GTA, and i guess it is. (im under 18, cant get GTA T_T) Its like GTA in the way that you can roam around freely, but you are spider-man. That makes it totally different! Swinging around is just great. Its reason enough to get it. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    8
    It was fun for it's time and it still is but filling up story moments with dumb side quests to get hero points are really dumb. The good stuffIt was fun for it's time and it still is but filling up story moments with dumb side quests to get hero points are really dumb. The good stuff include the combat, although it does bother me on a personal level on how enemies can block your punches with their bare hands, I can look pass riot shields but come on, you lift trucks and beat up the entire x-men and you can't hit someone who puts both of their fist up? The web swinging is also fun but it's a bit clunky by today's standards but I still see a lot of people say it's smooth for some reason. The bad stuff includes boss fights and voice acting but I feel like I don't need to talk about that. Expand
  6. Jul 1, 2011
    8
    I was never a big fan of the first game but this is a HUMONGOUS improvement. It's almost like GTA. I absolutely recommend this game to anyoneI was never a big fan of the first game but this is a HUMONGOUS improvement. It's almost like GTA. I absolutely recommend this game to anyone who's looking for a fun game. Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2018
    4
    I'm so tired of people kissing Spider-Man 2's backside, as it really isn't anything to write home about. Let me elaborate, the controls areI'm so tired of people kissing Spider-Man 2's backside, as it really isn't anything to write home about. Let me elaborate, the controls are some of the worst I've ever seen in any game, the story isn't special at all with average voice acting, and average looking character models. Everyone praises the web swinging when in actuality its very frustrating to get around the city. You are forced to collect a certain amount of "Hero Points" to progress through the story which wouldn't be that bad if you didn't have to collect 2000 - 4000 of them each chapter. Combat is average at best and extremely frustrating at worst. Overall Spider-Man 2 for the PS2 is a below average game. I don't recommend it at all. Expand

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#11 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004