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Spider-Man 2 (PlayStation 2)

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Written by  :  James Kirk (159)
Written on  :  Jul 26, 2004
Platform  :  PlayStation 2
Rating  :  2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

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Summary

This game could have been so much better.

The Good

Well, first, except for a few exceptions, the models look very good. Swinging is now REALLY fun and alot cooler. By doing certain things like defeating a thug, you get "hero" points which you can use to buy combos and upgrades. The combat is also pretty good, with a load of variety with it and some cool looking moves (wanna leave thugs hanging from a pole?) Also, most of the characters sound like they should.

The Bad

First, there is a total lack of variety in the missions. Race here, bonk some heads, repeat. And repeat. And repeat. The monotony rarely ends. The "generic" missions which everyday citezens will give you get old REAL fast. Citezens are very durable. You can see them get hit with a missle, fly into the air at least 25 feet, then land on their feet and keep going. Speaking of the average people, not only do they look terrible (with painted on faces, terrible clipping issues, the same animation over and over, flat voices, no body language) they are annoying to. You'll hear the same comments over and over again. Also, many of the characters like Mysterio and Rhino have been changed needlessly. Finally, the game is way to short. You'll fight 4 bosses, then you'll be left in the big city with nothing interesting to do but go around and collect tokens (ohhh ahhh)

The Bottom Line

Word to game publishers and devolpers. Stop making movie tie-ins. Usually, they fall short of most other games and this one is no exception. Just rent it, you'll be done in less than a week.