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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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  1. Positive: 48 out of 60
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  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. What Spiderman 2 boils down to is a lot of "Hell yeah!" excellence with just a little "Aw, damnit" thrown in for good measure. It's still an excellent game, and it's a superb example of how a movie license should be treated, but in the end, it probably won't crack any top 5 lists.
  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.
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    60
    Spider-Man 2 emerges as not only a movie licence that eschews the 'fast-buck' approach, but as an enjoyable game in its own right – which is chiefly a testament to just how compelling it is to have superpowers and a vast city in which to show them off. [Sept 2004, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jul 12, 2021
    10
    This was the first Spider-Man game I played as a kid and I loved it. It was the first sandbox game which allowed me to free roam around aThis was the first Spider-Man game I played as a kid and I loved it. It was the first sandbox game which allowed me to free roam around a simulated Manhattan, and it was fun swinging through the skies between skyscrapers as Spider-Man. The web-slinging is a step-up from it's predecessor the first Spider-Man videogame, as the physics engine is more advanced. You can break up petty street crimes on the streets like muggings, purse snatchers, gang fights, grand theft auto, and assailants. The random thugs on the street are more realistic than the goons in the Spider-Man 3 videogame. On top of taking on Doctor Octopus like in the movie and following the movie's plotline, there are other storylines and supervillains and characters from Spider-Man's rogues gallery featured in the game such as Rhino, Mysterio, Shocker, and Black Cat. One of a less exciting features of the game is delivering pizzas as Spider-Man, like in the movie, but it was okay. You also take pictures for the Daily Bugle throughout some points in the game. Going inside the Daily Bugle building is cool, you get to interact with Betty Brant, Robbie, and J. Jonah Jameson. This game is a classic. Expand
  2. B.Rhoades
    Jul 1, 2004
    10
    Loved it without reservation.
  3. CalvinD.
    Jul 7, 2004
    10
    Two words: the swinging! It's all about the swinging. Took a while to get used to (but was fun to experiment) but after a while I felt Two words: the swinging! It's all about the swinging. Took a while to get used to (but was fun to experiment) but after a while I felt like I was in the movie. It was so much fun swinging around that I kept on doing it after I finished the main storyline, just for the thrill. I could do it for hours. Oh, and the fighting's cool too: combining your spidey reflexes (aka bullet time), your webs and aerial attacks rocks. The game has flaws, but it's so cool the flaws can be overlooked. Expand
  4. Spiderguydafan
    Jul 7, 2004
    8
    Yes this game rocks, but its like 10 times harder than the hardest level on SM 1. the new tricks (webbing four people at once, etc.) reallyYes this game rocks, but its like 10 times harder than the hardest level on SM 1. the new tricks (webbing four people at once, etc.) really help. freestyle rocks. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2014
    8
    Spider-Man 2 is a classic that will be remembered as one of the best games on the XBOX, and with good reason. The open world is beautiful, andSpider-Man 2 is a classic that will be remembered as one of the best games on the XBOX, and with good reason. The open world is beautiful, and swinging around in New York cannot (and has not) even come CLOSE to being replicated. The story isn't a movie tie-in, and is all the better for it. The boss fights are great, and there are different random crimes as well. However, while the combat is good, the game is SO BORING after it's completed, as the crimes are repetitive and lazy. But don't let that put you off. Play the game in small sessions; then you realise how great the game is. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jul 12, 2004
    8
    Web-slinging and acrobatic moves are just about as cool as it gets, but the fighting engine is a little weak and it can get incredably hard atWeb-slinging and acrobatic moves are just about as cool as it gets, but the fighting engine is a little weak and it can get incredably hard at times. At least rent it to try web-slinging around ny (with no load times yay!) and if you're a spidey fan, buy it. Expand
  7. DunitFunit
    Jul 3, 2004
    0
    Wat a great game (sarcastically).

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