Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 8

Sound: 7

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 8

spiderman2ps1.jpg (36061 bytes)As most people know, there have been a ton of Spider-Man games released over the years. From the Atari 2600 to the Super NES, nearly every platform had it's own version. The problem with this is that none of these games were actually any good. Along comes Activision who has finally produced a game worthwhile featuring our web-slinging hero.

The game basic premise has Spider-Man following an imposter who has stolen Doctor Octopus' new invention. Of course, no one believes their are two Spider-Men and the cops begin the man hunt. The basic gameplay is a mixture of Double Dragon with a little bit of Tomb Raider thrown in for the challenge. Classic Marvel characters make cameos in the game to help out Spidey making this one game that comic fans will cherish.

Graphically, the game shines. The movements of Spider-Man are flawless and the enemies look like they've been taken right out of the comics. The game features some hilarious CGI cinematics which are worth the price of admission alone. The games environments never take on a realistic look, but this keeps with the theme of the game. The camera can prove problematic at some points, but it's never enough to frustrate players. Also, look for blatant plugs of Activisions Tony Hawk 2 scattered throughout the game on billboards, buildings, etc.

spierman1ps1.jpg (37966 bytes)Spidey is always spitting quotes while on the adventure, livening up the games sounds. The music tends to be a bit repetitive, (except for the classic Spider-Man theme song on the title screen, remixed for the 90's) but hardly ruins the atmosphere. A little surround sound support helps make this one excel in this area. Also, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee makes cameo voice overs at the beginning of some levels.

If there's anything wrong with the game, it has to be the challenge. The game could easily be beaten in a day or two with little hassle on any difficulty level. The game also seems way too short and could probably be beaten in one setting if you have about five hours to spare.

Overall however, the game's minor flaws aren't enough to derail all of the effort put into the game. It's about time Spidey got justice in the world of video games and it's been well worth the 15-year wait. A definite must own for all fans of great games.


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Last updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 12:56 AM