If you ask most anybody, they will have heard of the familiar
web-slinging character Spider-Man. Whether from a comic book,
TV show, movie, action figures, or video games, almost everyone
has heard of him. Now, Spider-Man is ready to swing through
a 3D New York City, right in the palm of your hand, in your
PSP. Spider-Man 2 was already released for platforms such as
Playstation 2, XBOX, Gamecube, Gameboy Advance, and the Nintendo
DS, and was released for the PSP on that unit's launch date.
The console versions of the games feature a fully explorable
New York City, while the PC and handheld versions do not. Also,
Spider-Man 2 for the PSP does not follow the storyline of the
movie exactly. It has some additions, including familiar enemies
such as Mysterio, Shocker, Rhino, and Vulture. There are also
additions to the storyline, such as new locations, and different
enemies. There are actually parts in the PSP version that did
not exist in the PS2 and other versions of the game.
Spider-Man 2 has different modes of play. They are training,
and normal game play. Training mode features everything you
need to start playing Spider-Man. It teaches you basic skills,
including all the moves you will need to get through all of
the 19 levels designed exclusively for the PSP. Not only does
it teach you all the skills, but also offers challenges, such
as a web zip race. All of this is great preparation for the
game. You can also select the difficulty for the normal game,
so after you beat the game on easy, there will still be a challenge
left in the game. The game play is very linear. You are told
to do tasks at the beginning of the level, and once they are
done, you have generally completed the level. It's not as easy
as it sounds though. Some of the tasks (especially later in
the game) are complicated, and require a good amount of skill
to break puzzles, and a good amount of luck. However, like
almost everything in life, practice makes perfect. If you continuously
try to beat a level, or crack a puzzle, you will certainly
achieve it sooner or later, although it may be frustrating.
Some of the tasks are also timed, which adds a lot of extra
pressure. After a certain amount of levels, there will be a
boss, such as Mysterio near the beginning of the game, who
will make things more difficult for you. You must defeat them
to move on, and they generally provide a great challenge.
If you're going to beat your enemies down, you will also need
to know the moves to do it. There are simple moves, such as
punching and kicking, but there are also more complex moves
that require a combination of buttons to be pressed. These
combo moves make it a lot easier to take down the enemies,
but are harder to do. In general, the harder it is to perform
the move, the more powerful it is. While you're fighting the
enemies, they are bound to hit you some time. This is where
the health meter comes in. When you get hit, it will decrease,
and the amount it decreases depends on the power of the attack
that hit you. There is also a web bar, indicating how much
webbing you have left. This will decrease when you use a web-based
attack, or swing from your web. Later in the game, the attacks
get larger, and you need more moves, and there is a simple
solution to upgrade Spider-Man. This is the store. Whenever
you complete a level, you will get a certain amount of points
for how well you played. You can use these points to purchase
new moves, more health, and more! Even the training levels
give out points, so that would be another reason other than
getting used to the controls to do the training levels. In
the end, the game is easier if you purchase the upgrades. I
recommend going to the store menu after every level to see
what you can buy, and what you should save for.
The graphics in the PSP version of Spider-Man 2 are amazing
for such a small screen. If you've played the console version,
you will remember exploring the 3D worlds, and the stunning
graphics. Imagine that on a smaller screen. While the graphics
aren't as good as the console versions, you have to consider
that the PSP is less powerful than the consoles. All of
the levels are completely 3D, from inside the buildings,
to swinging outside over buildings, roads, etc. Everything
is easy to see as well, from the subtitles, to the enemies,
to the health/web bar, etc. All of the moves you can do
in the game look awesome in 3D, especially the combination
moves. There are also cut-scenes with computer generated
movie-quality graphics. These really add to the game experience,
and make you feel like you are really playing in part of
the movie. Overall, you can't expect the graphics you get
from the console version of the game, but it is close.
In comparison to the other hand held versions of Spider-Man
2, (where the GBA version is a side-scroller, and the DS
version is a hybrid between 3D and a side-scroller) the
graphics are absolutely stunning. Spider-Man 2 definitely
uses the awesome graphic capabilities of the PSP very well.
If you played the console versions of the game, you will
remember that they had music, sound effects, and familiar
voices from the movies, all from the actors that played
the roles in the movies. This is also true in the PSP version
of the game. There are some cool tracks to listen to while
you're swinging through the levels, fighting bosses, and
just about everything else. There are great sound effects
to go with everything in the game, from swinging, to being
hit, to hitting, and almost every other event. Along with
the sound effects, there are also voices, during cut-scenes
and during different parts in the game. Often, Spider-Man
will make comments during the game that can either mean
nothing, but add to the game, or will give you great hints.
Just having the voices adds to the game, but the fact that
they can also be very useful makes them important to hear.
I recommend having the volume up on your PSP while playing.
If you have the volume of the game up, it can help make
it an even better game, but if you don't have the volume
up, the game will still be playable, just not as enjoyable.
Spider-Man 2 is like many of the other Spider-Man games,
and is like many of the other action games. It is similar
to the console versions of the games, but lacks the full
exploration mode of the console versions of the games.
It is most like playing the PC version of the game, which
also lacks the explore mode, but has all new levels as
well. It is also somewhat similar in game play to the console
versions of the Spider-Man game based on the original movie.
The new levels that have been added to the game are great,
and the game is really easy to start playing, even if you
haven't tried the action genre of game yet. The training
mode makes it even easier to pick up, as it will guide
you through the basics of the game that you will need to
learn to succeed. The levels start out fairly easy, and
like almost any other game, they will progressively get
harder. The graphics in Spider-Man 2 for the PSP are also
very detailed, and use the power contained within the PSP
well. The sound in the game is really good, and the voices
from the actors in the movie really add to the experience.
They also help to make you feel like you are playing a
part in the movie. The music and sound effects help to
make the experience better as well. If you haven't tried
a Spider-Man game yet, it will be easy to get into, as
the training makes it all easy, and it is much like any
action game if you have tried one.
Playing Hints and Tips
-It is a very good idea to play the training mode first,
and set difficulty mode to easy when you play for the first
time. Not only does it help you get accustomed to the game,
but you earn points to spend in the store.
-Practice all of the skills that are necessary to play
the game, and try to master the combination moves.
-Be patient if you get to a hard part of the game, and
remember that practice makes perfect.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
The graphics in Spider-Man 2 for the
PSP are really amazing, but are nothing revolutionary compared
to other games available for the PSP now. The movie quality
cut-scenes also add to the game, and really make you feel like
you are part of the plot.
The sound effects in the game make the
experience even better, but what really makes the sound in
the game great is the voices. The voices are all from the stars
that played roles in the movie, and really add to the game.
If it were not for the voices, Spider-Man 2 would have sound
equal to average games.
Spider-Man 2 is your traditional action
game, and it also has a great storyline to accompany it. It
not only contains the story of the movie, but also some additions
only made for the PSP version. The training mode also makes
it easy to get used to, and it starts out easy as well. The
levels gradually get harder, so the game remains fun for all
of the 19 levels. The levels are very linear, however.
Again, the training missions make the
game really easy to get into, but the increasingly difficult
levels and puzzles will keep you hooked. The variety of different
enemies, levels, etc. will also keep the game from becoming
dull. Overall, Spider-Man 2 is a game that can get you hooked
on the action genre, even if you don't usually play action