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Spider-man: The Movie review

Being a HUGE fan of Spiderman,I've always enjoyed playing as him in Activision's previous PS1 titles, and I assumed that the PS2 version would really take the series to a higher level.

However, aside from the obvious graphical enhancements and some minor new gameplay additions, it doesn't accomplish much more than its PS1 predecessors did. There are fewer original bosses this time round (both Shocker and Scorpion make their return) and no real superhero cameos. Basically you get the Vulture and Green Goblin as far as new bosses go. I do have to admit, however, that the aerial battles with these two villians were the highpoints of the game. They would have been even better, though, if the camera worked more efficiently.

For the movie, director Sam Raimi developed a new camera system in order to make following Spidey much easier. In the game, an enhanced camera system has also been implemented for the same reasons, but it doesn't quite succeed as well. I guess, in some regards, it just wasn't fast enough to keep track of our webslinging hero. But then when have we ever seen the perfect camera system in any game on any console? Never!

This sometimes presents a problem when fighting the bosses. Despite being able to lock-on to your target, you find yourself constantly adjusting the camera with the right analogue stick.

The area in which the game does really well is the replay value. With a good number of secrets to be uncovered and the ability to play as Peter Parker or The Green Goblin, gamers will be into this title for far longer than other Spidey titles. Your first time through may only take 3 or 4 hours, but unlocking everything will take a lot longer. When all's said and done, this game does do a great job of making you feel like a superhero, with the best bit being webslinging through the skies of New York, moving higher and lower with a massive degree of freedom, although you can't actually swing right down to the thronging streets you can see below. It will be very interesting to see what Activision manages to "web" together for the inevitable next game.

Ratings

Graphics Good improvement over the PS1 games, gone is the horrible "fog" effect to be replaced by clear views of the streets below. Some good spot effects. Sometimes glitches, but most gamers wont notice. 8/10
Gameplay Problematic camera system holds the game back from the realms of "greatness" along with the lack of variety in the villians. That aside its still a solid gaming experience. 8/10
Value At the time of writing, we did not have a value for money ranking. 0/10
Lifespan Play it once and you'll finish it in 3 to 4 hours, but come back for more to try and unlock all the extras and secrets and you'll be at it for a long time. Unlocking all the game has to offer is well worth the extra effort. 9/10
Audio Voice overs by Toby Maguire and Willem Dafoe give the game the feel of the movie, theres some good tunes too. Loved the opening theme tune. 8/10
Overall While improving in some areas, this PS2 sequel to past Spiderman games still has problems with the camera angles and sometimes feels too "samey". That aside its still a very worthwhile addition to your collection. 8/10

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