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GTA Sidey Style!,
This review is from: Spider-Man 2: The Movie (PS2) (Video Game)
Upon seeing the adverts for the game on TV and hearing about the free roaming capabilities within the game, I was a bit dubious of if this game was any good. I haven't seen the film (nor the first film), but was a fan of the Fox cartoon series so I was fascinated what it would be like to be The Spider-Man; then Spider-Man 2: The Movie comes out on the PS2.
Most movie franchise games never turn out to be very good - this is mainly due to too much money pumped into a tight time seclude and 'EA Games' buying more licences than they can handle - and so I pondered about getting it. The time came where I finally decided to part with my so-called "hard earned" cash and bought SM2:TM for my PS2. Straight away, the game grabbed me; I was Spider-Man in a vast New York landscape able to go any where and fight crime!
The game play of the game is what you expect from the advert really; swinging from building-to-building, jumping extreme heights in a single bound, and super strength to fight baddies which occur a lot (even for the Big Apple). You never run out of Webbing which is great as it allows you complete and utter freedom in the city with out thinking "Oh man, I am about to run out of Webbing, I will have to find more soon" (as was the case in the comic book based Spider-Man for the PSone).
The size of the city is massive though, I've never been to New York, but I can imagine the size of the city being like this. I doubt any game player will see all the sights of New York in this game; think GTA: Vice City and triple the size of it (at least if not more) and that's what you have in SM2:TM; and their even isn't any loading time when going from district-to-district. The only loading is when cut scenes occur or going into a building (not every building interior needs loading though, just goes straight into it), and they are only a short burst fair between; not even a long loading time when turning the PS2 on and going into the game.
The graphics are okay, they aren't the best I've seen on the PS2, but then again, you will hardly care because they are still good, but you will be zipping along the city and not really take notice of them that much. They work for the game and they are pleasant to see, you just tend to notice stupid faces on people when they tell you about crimes, but the cut scenes (in-game and FMVs) are of a high quality. But with this game size, it understandable and forgiving, the game play is what matters here!
The story is good, from what I gather, it follows the movie well enough, but has extra bits as well which keeps you keen.
The crimes in the city are repetitive with the same armoured car hold up/shoot out/car jacking/Irish worker falling off building/surprise attack happening which are activated by you talking to a person in the street calling out your name. There are random moments where you find a mugging or some kid lost their balloon and you have a choice to help. But you have the option of going to do jobs as Peter Parker (who then turns into Spider-Man to do the job, go figure) like delivering pizza to people or taking pictures of the Daily Bugle. All of these add to your "hero points" which help you advance chapters in the game (basically story in other works, like a level system) and buy new abilities for Spider-Man from the Spidey Shop where you use the "hero point" as a form of currency. But it all adds up and makes a good game style for SM2:TM.
The sound in the game is pretty much any movie New York place, with cars going by and people talking (mainly at you or about you, which isn't like normal NY I presume...). There are occasions where Spider-Man talks to him self to help you follow the story. There is also a tour guide done by B-Movie star Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) which I loved because he adds in his own sense of humour and not always sticking to the script in hand. But all the voices in the game are done by the actors them selves from the film, so it's no dodgy "sound-alike" but a properly immersive experience.
I suggest to anybody who is thinking of buying the game to just buy it; this sets a standard for movie tie-in games and even standard games on how to do it. You cannot go wrong.
Final Verdict: 9/10 (5*)