Spider-Man is one such superhero who has been honored with numerous video game titles over the years, since the release of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002. The web-slinger has many amazing video game titles under his belt such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and many more. But one particular Spider-Man title gets constantly ignored and that is Spider-Man 2.
Released in 2004 by Activision in single-player mode for PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, GameCube, Xbox, N-Gage, Mac OS X, and Nintendo DS, Spider-Man 2 was literally a gamer’s dream-come-true back in 2004!
The game is based on the original Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi. As shocking as it may sound but the game’s characters were actually voiced by the actors from the movie! For example, Spider-Man himself was voiced by Toby Maguire, Dr. Otto Octavius was voiced by Alfred Molina (the actor who played the villain in the movie) and Harry Osborne was voiced by James Franco.
The game’s storyline is the same as the movie which resonated very well with the audience. The game was also quite ahead of its time but today, it is not given that much thought or attention. So, we have decided to take a look at this unassuming game full of nostalgia in the hopes of unearthing memories from your brain that even you did not know you had!
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Why Spider-Man 2 deserves our attention?
Spider-Man 2 is like no other! The game differed in its quality and its length by large as compared to its lackluster predecessors. Here are a few points that came to our attention and should come to yours:
- Setting and Plot: As mentioned before, the game’s plot is based on the plot of Spider-Man 2, a movie directed by Sam Raimi. It opens up with a cutscene giving us a glimpse of what’s to come. Then, the game very neatly sets up the main plot by introducing us to the events leading up to the game and the characters of the game. The scene involves Peter Parker and Harry Osborne visiting Dr. Otto Octavius when he is about to perform an important experiment. However, things go awry, and just like in the movie, the experiment proves to be fatal for everyone. It claims the life of Doc Oc’s wife and also results in material damage. The reason why this opening is good is because of its familiarity. As mentioned before, it is based on the original movie which is where lies the game’s simplicity and beauty.
- Familiar Characters: Obviously, the characters are all familiar. Back then, seeing your favorite superhero on your PC screen was a big thing. The fact that you could see those familiar faces and control them impressed many players and also attracted the attention of critics. Peter Parker, Doc Oc, Harry Osborne, etc were all modeled and voiced by the real actors from the movie! This gave the game a sense of authenticity.
- Gameplay and Graphics: Activision’s previous Spider-Man title was pretty decent but really sucked at graphics! Unlike its predecessor, Spider-Man 2 excels at graphics games. The graphics, considering the available game engine at that time were a huge achievement. Graphics in such ambitious titles tend to lag and be a little out-of-shape, to say the least. But, no such aliment afflicted Spider-Man 2.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, it is smooth and pretty much lag-free. The gameplay included fighting off classic Spider-Man villains like Doc Oc, Mysterio, Rhino, etc. The players are required to defeat the villains using some diligent web-slinging and fighting. The web-slinging has been developed in a very efficient manner. The game was quite ground-breaking because of its physics-based algorithms and complex combat. They carefully timed the player’s attacks and dodges.
The game is in a third-person perspective and it also features New York City in its full glory. The players are at the liberty to explore Manhattan. Although let me warn you, this results in a huge waste of time!
A True Predecessor:
Spider-Man 2 walked so the subsequent Spider-Man games could run!
The open world that the game featured was at the receiving end of critical acclaim. It was free to explore and the depiction of Manhattan was and still is very accurate and realistic.
The game’s use of webs in fighting enemies, crawling walls, and swinging can also be seen in modern-day Spider-Man games. For example, Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) and more recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, both games employ the usage of the web-slinging and physics-based combat style that was used in Spider-Man 2. Considering, the massive critical success of these games, Spider-Man 2 has proven itself to be a true predecessor to these games.
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Which is the latest Spider-Man game?
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the latest Spider-Man game, developed by ‘Insomniac Games’ in 2020 for PlayStation 4 and 5.
Which is the best Spider-Man game yet?
Arguably, to date, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Molares is the best Spider-Man game. The game was a critical hit and it won large at major video game award shows and swept critics and fans off their feet alike!