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Spider-Man 2 (DS)

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Spider-Man 2
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This port doesn’t do whatever a spider can.
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Release: NA: November 16, 2004
JP: January 6, 2005
AU: February 24, 2005
EU: March 11, 2005
Developer(s): Vicarious Visions
Publisher(s): WW: Activision
JP: Taito
Series: Spider-Man
Predecessor: Spider-Man
Successor: Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 2 is an action-adventure video game that is based on the movie of the same name. They are follow-ups of the game Spider-Man, and the series is followed by Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man 2 was published by Activision for many different systems in 2004. Upon release, the game received positive reviews and is considered one of the best Activision-published Spider-Man games ever by fans. However, the praise was for the home console versions, the DS version was rushed, this page will cover.

Why It Can't do Whatever A Spider Can

  1. Spider-Man moves around too slowly. For instance, even running around is too slow.
  2. A lot of the in-game missions are timed. Combine that with point one and you have a very frustrating game.
    • Furthermore, some missions timers are too strict.
  3. There are collectibles during missions to increase replay value, but due to point 2, it defeats the purpose of the game.
  4. The control scheme is too cumbersome for a beat-em-up style game. For a beat-em-up game, that's unacceptable.
  5. You have to use the Spidey-Sense during combat, which leaves you an easy target to foes when you try using it.
    • Furthermore, you cannot use Spidey-Sense while getting attacked.
  6. It was seemingly rushed out the door in time for not only the 2004 holiday season, but also to get it in for the Nintendo DS launch lineup.
  7. Your health bar falls too quickly during combat, meaning you'll die a lot in the harder missions before getting better. Think of it like Milon's Secret Castle, where Milon dies in a couple seconds due to the lack of mercy invincibility.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The graphics are quite good for a launch DS game.


The DS version received mixed or average reviews from critics and fans alike, On Metacritic, it holds a rating of 61/100. IGN gave a score of 7.5/10 and GameSpot gave a 6/10.


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