Does whatever a Spider-Man video game can.
I have made no attempts to hide my adoration for Spider-Man. He's my favorite superhero in existence. The boy behind the spandex suit might be self-conscious, awkward, and not quite the ladies' man, but when he wears that suit and starts kicking villain butt, all inhibitions swing away. The Spider-Man 2 movie is called by some as the greatest superhero movie of all time. That's fine and all, but should you take the video game that released alongside the film out for a spin?
The Spider-Man 2 video game loosely follows the story of the film. Dr. Octavius is working on an experiment that allows him to harness the energy of a miniature sun. When things go awry, Spider-Man is there to save Octavius and get him out of danger's way. However, in the event, Octavius's wife dies, and in the aftermath he snaps and blames Spider-Man for his wife's death. Now, Spidey has to contend with a new villain, Doctor Octopus. This is all the while Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker, has to deal with being Spider-Man and possibly giving it up so he can go back to a normal life. Enter Black Cat, a sultry antihero who wants Spidey to do the exact opposite and give up his life as an ordinary human being. This dynamic lasts throughout the game, and it is a very interesting one. Throw in some side story content such as encounters with the Shocker, Rhino, and Mysterio, and you have all the elements for a wild ride. Three actors from the movie reprise their roles: Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octavius/Octopus, and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. Meanwhile, Bruce Campbell provides the voice of the tour guide, offering humorous gems here and there along the way.
Unlike the previous poor game based off the first Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: The Movie, Spider-Man 2 is an open world sandbox game that is similar to Grand Theft Auto. Of course, Spidey isn't pulling people out of their cars and driving them. The game works on a chapter-by-chapter basis. In order to reach the next chapter, you must complete all story-related segments as well as earn the required amount of Hero Points. Hero Points are gained by completing missions, side missions, and just beating on thugs and henchmen. As Spidey swings around New York City, on his sub-map you will see green circles with exclamation marks in them. Going to the location and talking to the citizen in peril will start a side mission. These range from stopping an armored car robbery, to transporting an injured denizen to the hospital, to saving all of the crew members of a sinking ship. The latter of these missions is nigh impossible to pull off because you have to possess near-perfect precision because if a crew member falls into the water, the mission is failed. There are also random "crimes" like a person driving around with a bad case of road rage that needs to be stopped or a child's balloon that needs retrieving from the air. Successfully completing these missions net Spidey with some Hero Points.
|"Get a job!" "You have no idea."|
|From Soho to Manhattan, NYC is yours to explore.|
Unlike past installments of Spider-Man games, Spider-Man 2 has players exploring an expansive city. Web-swinging is a fine science in this game. You need to have a building or object near you to swing off of (no attaching webs to the sky in order to swing). By holding down the jump button, Spidey can leap higher into the air while swinging. If you're having problems dealing with web-swinging, there is an option to choose the much simpler Easy Swinging as opposed to Normal Swinging that necessitates more mastery of the controls and mechanics.
|Spidey's idea of going for a ride on a helicopter.|
|All in a day's work for the webhead.|
|Take a moment to relax and take in the sights.|
[SuperPhillip Says: 8.0/10]