Spider-Man: The Movie
Welcome back true believers!
In light of the new Spider-Man movie recently released in the US of A,
Activision has made a brand new game loosely based on the movie with all the
wall-crawling and web-shooting that you can handle. Look out, here comes
the amazing Spider-Man to your PS2!
If you've played the first two Spidey games for the PSOne, you'll know what
to expect, but bigger and better. Fighting is done pretty much the same,
except now you can do many more combos that range from simple three-hit
punch and kick combos, to various types of athletic dives and tackles. You
can still do all the same web attacks, such as the web impact and web dome,
but with the addition of advanced web attacks that you can obtain which are
faster and more powerful.
If you think thought you would get all these wonderful combos right from
the start, you're quite wrong! Throughout the game you will have to find
and collect strategically hidden (even though most of them are in plain
sight) gold spiders that will let you do some of these useful combos. In
all, there are twenty-four golden spiders throughout the game. Be on your
toes since some levels have more than one golden spider in them or in some
cases you will have to chase them down! Even though using and obtaining
most of the combos is a joy to do, they definitely keep fighting thugs from
getting too repetitive by having to use the same old attacks over and over
Probably one of the most amusing aspects of the game is swinging throughout
the Big Apple. Swinging in-between buildings and fighting in mid-air is
exhilarating. In some levels you will have to chase villains, like the
Vulture and the Green Goblin, throughout the city while dodging their bombs
and attacks giving you the sense that you're actually Spider-Man swinging from
one building to another while trying to save people's lives and just plain
ol' beat up the bad guy! Fighting while swinging is so fun and easy to do
that it never gets tiring or boring.
The controls are exactly the same as the PSOne editions of the game so no
surprises here. Let's start out with the top buttons, R2 is used for web
slinging, you can also hold it down to swing even faster. R1 is used for
web zip, which is very useful to get out of sight so that you get caught or
you're trying to get away from a group of enemies faster. L1 is the camera
lock-on button which locks onto enemies, of course. Triangle and a
directional button (up, down, etc.) lets you perform web attacks. Lastly,
the x button jumps (pressing x twice does a double jump), square is the
punch button, and circle is the kick button. My only complaint about the
controls is a very jumpy camera, which can be gratefully fixed by changing
the camera settings from active to passive in the option menu.