Spider-Man 2 (video game)

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Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 Game Cover.jpg
North American PS2 cover art
Developer(s)Treyarch (PS2/Xbox/GameCube)
Digital Eclipse (GBA/NGE)
The Fizz Factor (PC)
Aspyr (MAC)
Vicarious Visions (DS/PSP)
Publisher(s)Activision
Producer(s)Bill Dugan[1]
Designer(s)Akihiro Akaike[1]
Composer(s)
EngineTreyarch NGL (Console) Unreal Engine 2 (PC)
Platform(s)
ReleaseGame Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • NA: June 28, 2004
  • EU: July 9, 2004
N-Gage
  • EU: July 2, 2004
  • NA: July 6, 2004
Mac OS X
Nintendo DS
  • NA: November 21, 2004
  • AU: February 24, 2005
  • EU: March 11, 2005
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: March 23, 2005
  • EU: September 1, 2005
Genre(s)Action-adventure[1]
Mode(s)Single-player

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 action-adventure video game, open-world in various iterations, based on the film of the same name, while also incorporating additional material from the comic books, namely villains not present in the film like Rhino, Mysterio, Puma, Shocker, or Vulture (both returning from the previous game), depending on the platform. It is a follow-up to the game Spider-Man: The Movie, itself based on the 2002 film, and incorporates various references to the events of that game, even if they did not occur in the film. Published by Activision, the console versions were developed by Treyarch, but the other versions had different developers.[a]

The game was released on June 28, 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, followed by N-Gage and Nintendo DS versions, both released later in the same year. A PSP version, which uses the same engine and graphics as the first game, was also released almost one year later, on March 23, 2005.

The game was followed by Spider-Man 3 in 2007, itself based on the film of the same name, the final film in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

Gameplay[edit]

The Treyarch version of the game allow the player to freely roam around Manhattan, Roosevelt, Ellis, and Liberty Islands. The home console versions were also innovative in that physics-based algorithms simulated Spider-Man's web swinging in three dimensions, creating a new game mechanic unlike the traditional jumping or flying of previous Spider-Man games. The PSP version of Spider-Man 2 was compared to playing the original Spider-Man movie game.[2]

While street thugs only have handguns, machine guns, crowbars and their fists to protect them, the super-villains and their minions have their various unique powers and weapons that they use to either steal, cause terror or defeat Spider-Man. At the end of the game, it becomes possible to unlock a warehouse in which the player can again fight thugs and villains such as Shocker, Rhino, Mysterio, Doctor Octopus, and an additional boss, Calypso, who is not found elsewhere in the game.

The player has the ability to choose either to go on with the storyline or swing around the city. The player can explore Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and a mysterious label on the map over the water claiming "Governors Island" (which was omitted from the final version of the game due to time constraints) with many sidequests for the player to complete. The player can do random tasks to earn "hero points," which must be accumulated to continue with the story.

Plot[edit]

Treyarch version[edit]

Two years after the events of the first game, at the end of which his arch-nemesis, the Green Goblin, was accidentally killed by his own glider, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is still having trouble balancing his superhero life with his civilian life, frequently being late or absent for school (much to the disappointment of his science teacher, Dr. Curt Connors), job, and leisure time with his friends, Mary Jane Watson, whom he is attracted to, and Harry Osborn, who hates Spider-Man, believing him to be responsible for the death of his father, Norman Osborn (the Green Goblin). One night, after dinner with Mary Jane and Harry, Peter spots several armed thugs robbing a nearby art museum and suits up as Spider-Man to stop them. After taking care of the robbers, Spider-Man meets professional thief Black Cat and chases her through the city, but the two quickly become close allies and work together to stop various crimes over the course of their next meetings. At the same time, Peter has work as a pizza delivery boy for Hans' Pizzeria, and as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, where he receives several assignments from his boss, J. Jonah Jameson, and Robbie, that mostly consinst of having to take photos of various landmarks and buildings from some high places, that only Spider-Man can reach; one day, after one of these assignments, Spider-Man is forced to thwart an attack in the streets of Manhattan by the Rhino, who stole a powerful chemical weapon, only to be defeated by Spider-Man and left for the police, while the weapon is accidentally destroyed during their battle.

Meanwhile, special effects artist Quentin Beck tries to prove that Spider-Man is a fraud and challenges him to a series of "games" at the city's sports arena. After Spider-Man successfully passes all the challenges, Beck tries to kill him with his cannon, but fails once again. Embarrassed in front of the entire city, Beck later assumes the identity of "Mysterio", a so-called alien invader with an army of robots, but in reality it is all a series of illusions, created with the help of holograms, or high tech inventions and machines. To attract the attention of the media, Mysterio attacks the journalists attending his press conference at an opera with his army of flying robots, and later commands his "UFOs" to "invade" the Statue of Liberty, replacing it with a giant hologram of himself, but Spider-Man is able to thwart both of these attacks, with no casualties. Mysterio later comes up with a plan to defeat Spider-Man once and for all, and challenges him to come to his base of operations: an apartment in the center of Manhattan filled with several amusement park-themed traps and killer clown robots, which makes Spider-Man realize that Mysterio is a fraud. Although Spider-Man survives all the traps, he discovers that Mysterio is nowhere to be found and instead there is just another hologram of him, so Spider-Man is forced to leave the apartment and forget about Mysterio for the moment, until he would eventually return and Spider-Man could finally defeat and unmask him.

Over the course of the next missions, Peter meets Doctor Otto Octavius through Harry, a respected scientist who is trying to recreate a nuclear fusion that would allow him to harness the power of the sun and provide an unlimited amount of energy for Manhattan; the experiment is funded by Oscorp (which has been taken over by Harry following Norman's death), and, to help him control the fusion, Octavius has created four metal arms which he can mentally control, with the help of an inhibitor chip. Peter and Octavius quickly form a bond, with Octavius becoming a mentor figure for Peter, but, on the day of the experiment, the fusion creates a strong magnetic field, which destroys the lab and kills Octavius' wife Rosie. Although Spider-Man manages to shut down the reactor before it causes more damage, the fusion has already grafted Octavius' metal arms to his spine and destroyed the chip, allowing the artificial intelligence in the arms to influence Octavius' mentality and slowly turn him into a villain. After speaking with his old friend Curt Connors, during which the arms make Octavius very paranoid and aggressive and he severely injures Connors (who is then taken to the hospital by Peter), Octavius adopts the name "Doctor Octopus" and is determined to finish the nuclear fusion at all costs. Shortly after, while Peter is at the bank with his Aunt May, Doctor Octopus and his goons rob the bank, to get all the money necessary for rebuilding the fusion reactor. After suiting up as Spider-Man, Peter defeats all the thugs and has a brief battle with Doctor Octopus, but he manages to escape with the money, as well as Aunt May. With Spider-Man after him, Doctor Octopus decides to abandon May on a train track, in front of an incoming train, so that the web-slinger would stop to save her instead of going after him; Spider-Man rescues Aunt May just in time and takes her to safety, while Doctor Octopus escapes with all the stolen money.

Some time later, Spider-Man learns that Mary Jane is getting married to John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson's son, and, saddened, reunites with Black Cat, who gives him some love advice and tries to convince him to give up on Mary Jane and his entire civilian life and instead dedicate all his time to being Spider-Man. Black Cat then reveals to Spider-Man that the Shocker escaped from prison during Beck's initial competition with Spider-Man and leads him to Shocker's hideout, where the two proceed to battle Shocker and his goons together. Although Spider-Man defeats Shocker, he manages to injure Black Cat and then escapes while Spider-Man checks on her. Shortly after, Spider-Man learns that Mysterio has returned and is robbing a nearby Speedy Mart. Finally confronting Mysterio in person, Spider-Man defeats him with a single punch and unmasks him as Quentin Beck, before taking some photos of him and bringing them to Jameson at the Bugle, who uses the photos to make it appear that Spider-Man and Mysterio are working together. Enraged at this, Peter decides to give Jameson a "piece of his mind" as Spider-Man, but is stopped by Black Cat, who informs him that Shocker has returned and then takes him to an abandoned Oscorp laboratory, where Shocker uses an experimental propulsion system to enhance his powers. Working together, Spider-Man and Black Cat manage to de-power and then defeat Shocker, this time for good, as Spider-Man leaves him for the police to take him back to prison.

Some time later, Spider-Man is forced to save Mary Jane from some thugs, before meeting with Black Cat for the final time, who leads him to an illegal weapons trade. After defeating all the dealers, Black Cat tries to convince him for one last time to permanently become Spider-Man, but he rejects the idea, saying that he cannot stop being either Spider-Man or who he really is. Black Cat understands his decision and then leaves, not before encouraging him to talk with Mary Jane. Peter goes to speak with Mary Jane about his feelings for her, but she rejects him, as she is getting married tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Doctor Octopus confronts Harry in his penthouse to give him tritium, which he needs to repower his fusion reactor, and Harry agrees, in exchange for Spider-Man. The next day, Peter arrives at a dinner to talk to Mary Jane, but they are attacked by Doctor Octopus, who kidnaps Mary Jane and threatens to kill her if Peter does not tell Spider-Man to meet him alone. After suiting up as Spider-Man, Peter confronts Doctor Octopus and the two battle on top of a moving train, until Doctor Octopus sabotages the train, forcing Spider-Man to stop it before anyone gets hurt; he manages to stop the out-of-control train, but this leaves him unconscious, allowing Doctor Octopus to deliver him to Harry. While Doctor Octopus takes the tritium and leaves, Harry prepares to kill Spider-Man to avenge his father's death, but decides to unmask him first and, thus, discovers that he is none other than his best friend, Peter. Harry is shocked at this discovery, but nevertheless tells Peter about Doctor Octopus' hideout - an abandoned warehouse at the docks - after learning that he has kidnapped Mary Jane.

Arriving at the warehouse, Spider-Man unmasks himself in front of Doctor Octopus and Mary Jane, hoping that this way he would convince Octavius to willingly shut down the fusion reactor, but with no avail (although Mary Jane now finally knows his secret identity). After failing to convince Doctor Octopus to stop the fusion, Peter decides to do it himself and shuts down all the switches around the warehouse, while dodging Doctor Octopus' attacks. Although this does not stop the fusion reactor either, it disables Doctor Octopus' protective shield, allowing Peter to attack him. After defeating Doctor Octopus, Peter pushes him into a switch that shocks him, allowing Octavius to regain control of his mind. Realizing the error of his ways, Octavius makes a heroic sacrifice to destroy the fusion reactor permanently by demolishing the entire warehouse, killing himself as well in the process, while Peter rescues Mary Jane and takes her to safety.

The next day, Peter receives a surprise visit from Mary Jane, who tells Peter that she cannot live without him and is willing to offer her full support to his life as Spider-Man, having ran away from her wedding just to be with him. With his confidence renewed, Peter shares a kiss with Mary Jane, before hearing police sirens in the distance and suiting up as Spider-Man, ready to defend the city from evil once again.[3]

PC version[edit]

  • The plot of the PC version of the game differs drastically from that of the main console version, although it still follows the most important aspects of the movie's plot, namely Peter/Spider-Man's struggle to balance his superhero life with his civilian life, his complicated relationship with Mary Jane, and Doctor Octopus as the main antagonist, who plans to recreate a dangerous nuclear fusion that threatens the entire city; Rhino and Mysterio also return as villains from the other version of the game, alongside some missions, with several modifications, such as Doctor Octopus robbing the bank and taking Aunt May hostage, the battle with Doctor Octopus on top of a moving train, and the final battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus at the fusion reactor.

Set two years after the events of the first game, the game begins with a cutscene (borrowed from the console version) of the failed nuclear fusion experiment that resulted in the transformation of Dr. Otto Octavius into Doctor Octopus: the fusion created a strong magnetic field that destroyed the lab and killed Octavius' wife Rosie; although Spider-Man managed to shut down the reactor before it would cause more damage, the fusion has already grafted Octavius' four metal arms (which he created to help him control the fusion) to his spine and destroyed the inhibitor chip that allowed him to mentally control them, allowing the artificial intelligence in the arms to control him instead, influencing Octavius' mentality and slowly turning him into a villain, who plans to finish the fusion at all costs. The PC version then diverges from the main console version with a short tutorial, narrated by Bruce Campbell, which teaches the player how to play as Spider-Man (i.e. web-swinging, wall crawling, fighting, etc.).

After the completion of the tutorial, the storyline of the game starts off with a short cutscene of a gray van being chased down by the police, before it crashes and two crooks emerge from the inside. Spider-Man quickly beats up the crooks, but the van drives away automatically and Spider-Man follows it to the New York Maximum Security Prison, where a large group of thugs are causing a riot. Spider-Man defeats many crooks and escaping prisoners, before Rhino busts out of the prison and tries to charge away, but is caught in a laser cage set up by the police. Choosing to go after Rhino rather than the remaining escaping prisoners (whom he can later find in various alleys and hidden areas), Spider-Man battles Rhino inside the cage and emerges victorious, but Rhino manages to escape, only to quickly ram into a gas station that blows him away and knocks him unconscious. While Spider-Man is busy putting out the flames left by the explosion, Doctor Octopus finds the unconscious Rhino and makes off with him. Shortly after, Spider-Man encounters three crooks and defeats them, which unlocks the player the ability to use power punches (a special in-game power-up that is charged up by defeating normal enemies, not bosses, and allows the player to defeat enemies with a single punch, but quickly drains during combat).

Later, Peter Parker, Spider-Man's alter-ego, is at the bank with his Aunt May, when Doctor Octopus and his goons rob the bank, to get all the money necessary for rebuilding the fusion reactor. While Doctor Octopus heads over to the bank' vault, the thugs begin holding people hostages, but Peter suits up as Spider-Man and defeats all the crooks, rescuing the hostages, including Aunt May. Afterwards, Spider-Man pummels his way through the remaining thugs and eventually battles Doctor Octopus inside the vault, but he manages to escape with the money, while his goons kidnap May and make off with her in their van. Choosing to rescue May rather than go after Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man follows the van and stops it, before defeating all the crooks and successfully saving Aunt May.

The next day, Peter is walking through the city with his friend, Mary Jane Watson, when they both spot Mary Jane's car getting stolen. After telling Mary Jane to wait while he calls the police, Peter suits up as Spider-Man and then follows the car to a warehouse, where he is confronted by the villain Puma and his goons. After fighting his way through all the crooks, Spider-Man battles Puma in a small room, but he escapes through the window and Spider-Man follows him. After a long chase throughout the city and some more brief battles with Puma on several rooftops and at a water fountain, Spider-Man corners the villain at an unfinished construction site. There, Spider-Man finally defeats Puma, but he reveals that he was hired by Doctor Octopus to serve as a distraction for Spider-Man while he kidnapped Mary Jane. After webbing Puma up to the crane and leaving him for the police, Spider-Man tries to call Mary Jane, but Doctor Octopus has already kidnapped her.

Later, Doctor Octopus and his goons attack Oscorp, to steal a piece of high tech equipment necessary for the fusion reactor. Arriving at Oscorp, Spider-Man battles his way through all the thugs and rescues numerous civilians and scientists, while also defusing the eight bombs that Doctor Octopus has placed through the building. Spider-Man eventually confronts Doctor Octopus in a lab with six generators, but he escapes with the piece of equipment and then summons Rhino to deal with the web-slinger. Spider-Man tricks Rhino to ram into the generators and electrocute himself, but he quickly recovers and battles Spider-Man again in a room with four liquid nitrogen tubes. Spider-Man manages to destroy the tubes and then escapes from the room, which is quickly frozen due to the leaked gas, and Rhino with it. With Rhino finally defeated, Spider-Man continues his search for Doctor Octopus and arrives on Oscorp's rooftop, only to find himself in a New York literally torn out of the ground and into the sky, due to the machines of the villain Mysterio, who is also working for Doctor Octopus.

Travelling through the flying city and battling numerous of Mysterio's robots along the way, Spider-Man destroys the generators that are seemingly holding New York in the sky, but this makes matters only worse and Spider-Man and the city are transported to space, where Spider-Man is forced to chase after a flying Mysterio and throw meteors at him to defeat the villain. Spider-Man eventually arrives at the Daily Bugle, where Mysterio makes a final attempt to kill the web-slinger and activates a giant laser, but Spider-Man is able to destroy it and then defeats Mysterio for good. After explaining Doctor Octopus' plan, Mysterio reveals that he was yet another distraction for Spider-Man, allowing Doctor Octopus to put his plan into action while Spider-Man was busy fighting him, and then tells the web-slinger that Doctor Octopus is hiding at the subway station, before disappearing, while New York returns to normal, indicating that it was all an illusion.

Spider-Man arrives at the subway station to defeat Doctor Octopus and foil his plan once and for all, but encounters only his goons, as Doctor Octopus is preparing to escape on top of a fleeing train. After defeating all the crooks, Spider-Man catches the train just in time and battles Doctor Octopus on top of it, but the villain sabotages the train and then jumps away from it, forcing Spider-Man to stop the train before anyone gets hurt and allow Doctor Octopus to escape. Spider-Man is able to track him down to an abandoned warehouse at the docks, where he defeats all of Doctor Octopus' remaining goons, before confronting the villain by his fusion reactor inside the warehouse, where he also finds Mary Jane. After a final battle with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man is able to knock enough sense into him to help Octavius regain control of his mind. Realizing the error of his ways, Octavius makes a heroic sacrifice to permanently destroy the fusion reactor by demolishing the entire warehouse, killing himself as well in the process, while Spider-Man rescues Mary Jane and takes her to safety (without revealing his secret identity to her, unlike the film or the other versions of the game).

PlayStation Portable version[edit]

The game begins with a short tutorial that teaches the player how to play as Spider-Man (i.e. wall crawling, web-swinging, fighting enemies, etc.). Afterwards, the story of the game, which is set two years after the events of the first game, opens up with Peter Parker/Spider-Man narrating his origins as a superhero: having gained spider-like abilities after being accidentally bitten by a genetically modified spider, he chose to use his unique powers for the greater good and dedicated every day in his life ever since to protect New York from crime, in honor of his deceased Uncle Ben, whose words "with great power comes great responsibility" inspired him to become a hero. He also explains his current struggle to balance his superhero life with his civilian life, namely school, job, and leisure time with his friends, Mary Jane Watson, whom he is attracted to, and Harry Osborn, who hates Spider-Man, believing him to be responsible for the death of his father, Norman Osborn.

Afterwards, Spider-Man is seen web-swinging through the city, when he spots some thugs landing a helicopter on the bank, preparing to rob it. After he defeats the thugs on the rooftop, the others come from inside the bank with the stolen money and fly away in the helicopter, but Spider-Man stops them and defeats the final thugs, while the helicopter crashes down below on the street, with no casualties. Later that night, after dinner with Mary Jane and Harry, Peter spots a van being chased by the police and follows it to the Queensboro Bridge, where the chase caused a massive traffic accident. After suiting up as Spider-Man, Peter rescues all the endangered civilians and cops and then beats up the crooks, but some of them manage to escape with several boxes of explosives in the van. Spider-Man follows them to a warehouse, where the explosives accidentally cause a massive fire, but Spider-Man is able to put out the flames in time, and then defeats all the remaining crooks.

The next day, Peter meets Doctor Otto Octavius through Harry, a respected scientist who is trying to recreate a nuclear fusion that would allow him to harness the power of the sun and provide an unlimited amount of energy for Manhattan; the experiment is funded by Oscorp (which has been taken over by Harry following Norman's death), and, to help him control the fusion, Octavius has created four metal arms which he can mentally control, with the help of an inhibitor chip. However, on the day of the experiment, the fusion creates a strong magnetic field, which destroys the lab and kills Octavius' wife Rosie. Although Spider-Man manages to rescue all the civilians in attendance and then shut down the reactor before it causes more damage, the fusion has already grafted Octavius' metal arms to his spine and destroyed the chip, allowing the artificial intelligence in the arms to influence Octavius' mentality and slowly turn him into a villain, who is determined to finish the nuclear fusion at all costs.

Later, after bringing J. Jonah Jameson, his boss at the Daily Bugle, where he works as a photographer, some photos of the incident, Peter learns from Jameson that Octavius has escaped from the hospital after killing the staff, as well as that a supervillain has attacked the New York Maximum Security Prison to release the other supervillains imprisoned there. Jameson then tasks Peter with taking some photos of the gala at the Wax Museum, but once there, Peter discovers that someone has taken everyone in attendance as hostages. After suiting up as Spider-Man, he breaks into the museum, where he discovers that person to be Mysterio, one of the escaped supervillains, who has taken over the entire museum and has replaced many of the wax statues with robots, which he commands to attack Spider-Man. Travelling through the museum and battling numerous of Mysterio's robots along the way, Spider-Man rescues all the hostages in the museum's basement, before finally confronting Mysterio, who uses a series of holograms of himself to both confuse and battle the web-slinger. Nevertheless, Spider-Man manages to defeat Mysterio and then leaves him for the police to take him back into custody.

The next day, Peter brings photos of Spider-Man's battle with Mysterio to Jameson, who is more interested in Octavius, giving him the supervillain name "Doctor Octopus", but pays Peter for the photos nevertheless. Shortly after, while Peter is with his Aunt May at the bank, Doctor Octopus and his goons rob the bank, to get all the money necessary for rebuilding the fusion reactor. After suiting up as Spider-Man, Peter battles the thugs through the building and rescues all the hostages, including Aunt May, before confronting Doctor Octopus inside the bank's vault, but he manages to escape with all the stolen money and locks Spider-Man inside the vault, which begins to be filled with a deadly gas, as Doctor Octopus has hacked the bank's security system. After escaping from the vault and making his way through the rest of the security system, as well as the remaining thugs, Spider-Man chases Doctor Octopus across the rooftops, but he manages to escape while Spider-Man is busy fixing all the damage he caused through the city.

Some time later, while on his way to Mary Jane's play, Peter spots a bomb and then learns from Jameson that someone has planted bombs all over the city and threatens to detonate them if he does not receive a ransom in time. Forced to miss the play in order to stop the bomb threat, Spider-Man disables all the bombs in time, and then discovers the person responsible for them to be Vulture, another escaped supervillain, whom Spider-Man previously defeated two years ago. With his plan thwarted, Vulture tries to escape, but Spider-Man gives chase. After defeating Vulture's goons across several rooftops and fixing all the damage he causes through the city, Spider-Man eventually battles Vulture on top of an under construction building and defeats him, leaving him for the police to take him back into custody, but not before he reveals that Shocker has escaped from prison as well and is currently hiding at an abandoned warehouse at the docks. Meanwhile, Doctor Octopus confronts Harry in his penthouse to give him tritium, which he needs to repower his fusion reactor, and Harry agrees, in exchange for Spider-Man.

Arriving at the warehouse that Vulture told him about, Spider-Man pummels through Shocker's goons and eventually confronts Rhino, who is the one who broke all the other supervillains out of prison. Spider-Man defeats him, but Rhino runs away and Spider-Man follows him to find Shocker. The two villains work together to battle Spider-Man, but he manages to defeat both of them by tricking Shocker into hitting Rhino with his sonic gauntlets, and by having Rhino destroy the platform that Shocker is standing on together, which collapses on him and leaves him trapped under the debris. After defeating Shocker as well, he reveals to Spider-Man that he and Rhino were hired by Doctor Octopus to steal some secret governmental equipment, as well as that Rhino was supposed to only break him out of prison, the other supervillains having escaped after Rhino accidentally rammed through their cells too. Realizing that the equipment is meant to be used for rebuilding the fusion reactor, Spider-Man leaves to find Doctor Octopus and stop him from recreating the unstable fusion, leaving Shocker and Rhino for the police.

The next day, Peter meets with Mary Jane at a dinner, who is soon getting married with John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson's son, and prepares to tell her about his feeling for her, when they are attacked by Doctor Octopus, who kidnaps Mary Jane and threatens to kill her if Peter doesn't tell Spider-Man to meet him alone. After suiting up as Spider-Man, Peter arrives at Grand Central Terminal and proceeds to battle Doctor Octopus' goons and rescue several civilians and security guards. After defeating the head thug, Spider-Man finally confronts Doctor Octopus, but he runs away on top of a fleeing train, although Spider-Man manages to board the train as well just in time. Spider-Man battles Doctor Octopus and his remaining goons on top of the moving train, until Doctor Octopus sabotages the train, forcing Spider-Man to stop it before anyone gets hurt; he manages to stop the out-of-control train, but this leaves him unconscious, allowing Doctor Octopus to deliver him to Harry. While Doctor Octopus takes the tritium and leaves, Harry prepares to kill Spider-Man to avenge his father's death, but decides to unmask him first and, thus, discovers that he is none other than his best friend, Peter. Harry is shocked at this discovery, but nevertheless tells Peter about Doctor Octopus' hideout - an abandoned warehouse at the docks - after learning that he has kidnapped Mary Jane.

Arriving at the warehouse, Spider-Man unmasks himself in front of Doctor Octopus and Mary Jane, hoping that this way he would convince Octavius to willingly shut down the fusion reactor, but with no avail (although Mary Jane now finally knows his secret identity). After failing to convince Doctor Octopus to stop the fusion, Peter decides to do it himself and shuts down all the switches around the warehouse, while dodging Doctor Octopus' attacks. Although this does not stop the fusion reactor either, it disables Doctor Octopus' protective shield, allowing Peter to attack him. After defeating Doctor Octopus, Peter pushes him into a switch that shocks him, allowing Octavius to regain control of his mind. Realizing the error of his ways, Octavius makes a heroic sacrifice to destroy the fusion reactor permanently by demolishing the entire warehouse, killing himself as well in the process, while Peter rescues Mary Jane and takes her to safety.

The next day, Peter receives a surprise visit from Mary Jane, who tells Peter that she cannot live without him and is willing to offer her full support to his life as Spider-Man, having ran away from her wedding just to be with him. With his confidence renewed, Peter shares a kiss with Mary Jane, before hearing police sirens in the distance and suiting up as Spider-Man, ready to defend the city from evil once again.

Development[edit]

Development on Spider-Man 2 began at Treyarch shortly after the financial success of the first Spider-Man game. The physics-based web swinging system was conceived by designer Jamie Fristrom, who was dissatisfied with the web swinging system of the first game, which he was on the development team for, and desired a "more realistic" swinging system in the follow-up. He cited the game Rocket Jockey as an inspiration.[4] Although the concept was initially difficult to prototype due to the work involved in manually adding points into the game that web lines could be attached to, Fristrom and programmer Andrei Pokrovsky implemented ray casting into the game as a solution to automatically map infinite points where players could attach webs to swing from.[5] Fristrom demonstrated the web-swinging system to Activision executives, including company COO Ron Doornink, who approved the system for use in the game.[4]

A few months before the game's release, which was set to coincide with the release of the film, the developers at Treyarch were forced to cut a large amount of content in order to complete and ship the game on time.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(Xbox) 83/100[7]
(PS2) 80/100[8]
(GC) 80/100[9]
(PSP) 67/100[10]
(GBA) 65/100[11]
(DS) 61/100[12]
(N-Gage) 61/100[13]
(PC) 42/100[14]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge6/10[15]
EGM7/10[16]
(PSP) 6.33/10[17]
(DS) 4.83/10[18]
Eurogamer(Xbox) 7/10[19]
(PSP) 5/10[20]
Game Informer8/10[21]
(PSP) 7.25/10[22]
(GBA) 7/10[23]
(N-Gage) 6.75/10[24]
(DS) 6/10[25]
Game RevolutionA−[30]
(Xbox) B+[31]
(PSP) C−[32]
(DS) D+[33]
GamePro4.5/5 stars[26]
(GBA & PSP) 3.5/5 stars[27][28]
(DS) 2/5 stars[29]
GameSpot(GBA) 7.3/10[34]
(GC/PS2) 7.2/10[35]
(PSP) 6.9/10[36]
(DS) 6/10[37]
(N-Gage) 5.2/10[38]
(PC) 5/10[39]
GameSpy4/5 stars[40]
(DS) 3/5 stars[41]
(PC, N-Gage & PSP) 2/5 stars[42][43][44]
GameZone(PS2) 9.2/10[45]
9/10[46][47]
(GC) 8/10[48]
(N-Gage) 5/10[49]
IGN(Xbox) 9/10[50]
(PS2) 8.8/10[51]
(DS) 7.5/10[52]
(N-Gage) 7.1/10[53]
(PSP) 7/10[54]
(GBA) 6.5/10[55]
(PC) 4.5/10[56]
Nintendo Power(GC) 3.8/5[57]
(DS) 3.5/5[58]
(GBA) 3.4/5[59]
OPM (US)3.5/5 stars[60][61]
OXM (US)8.6/10[62]
PC Gamer (US)25%[63]

The console versions of Spider-Man 2 received critical acclaim. Critics noted that the realistic and life-sized Manhattan, the large variety of crimes and emergencies to stop, and the game's vivid use of Spider-Man's abilities all combined to make the player really feel like Spider-Man. The most popular aspect of the game was the web-swinging mechanic, where Spider-Man had to shoot webbing at an actual building, unlike previous games where he shot webbing up into the sky. However, small parts of the game were criticized, such as the repetition of some of the side missions. The game has been ranked by critics and fans as one of the best Spider-Man games ever made.[64][65][66][67][68][69][70]

The other versions of the game have also received generally positive reviews with the exception of the PC/Mac version, which was "dumbed down" for a young audience and thus featured more simplistic and less challenging gameplay.[citation needed] Many reviewers argued that the PC version should have received a port of the console versions instead.[citation needed] Other complaints included that advertisements for the game made no indication that the PC version was different from the console version,[citation needed] and then recent changes to PC Game return policies made getting a refund difficult.[citation needed]

IGN gave the game a score of 8.8 out of 10 for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube versions,[51] 9 / 10 for the Xbox version,[50] 7.1 / 10 for the N-Gage version,[53] 7 / 10 for the PSP version,[54] 7.5 / 10 for the Nintendo DS version,[52] 6.5 / 10 for the Game Boy Advance version,[55] and 4.5 / 10 for the PC version.[56] IGN stated on the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox version to "call it Grand Theft Spider-Man. And call it damn fine." The version even got the IGN Editor's Choice Award for the year. IGN, reviewing the GBA version, credited positively the presentation, graphics, sound, web-zipping and wall-crawling. They only negatively stated that the music loops a lot because of the enormously long levels, "not the tightest combat developed for a Spider-Man game", and stated that the levels are "a big pain in the butt to accomplish".

The PSP version also received generally positive reviews. Gameplay and graphics were praised, while the bad camera angle and the length of the game were criticized.

The Official PlayStation 2 Magazine ranked the game #80 of the "Top 100 PS2 Games of All Time". In the ScrewAttack top ten 'Top 10 Movie-Based Games' Spider-Man 2 came in eighth.[71]

Sales[edit]

Upon launch, the game had shipped more than 2 million units in North America by July 7, 2004.[72] In the United States, the game's Game Boy Advance version alone sold 600,000 copies and earned $17 million by August 2006. During the period between January 2000 and August 2006, it was the 47th highest-selling game launched for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable in that country.[73] By 2005, the game had grossed $110 million in sales revenue in the United States.[74] The game's PlayStation 2 version received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[75] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[76]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Treyarch games will be the ones most often referred to in this article.

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