Spider-Man 2 will be launching alongside the PlayStation Portable when Sony's handheld is released on September 1, though we're not too sure if that's a good or bad thing. Spider-Man 2 for the Nintendo DS wasn't a particularly great game, but the PSP version looks to be an improvement upon the Nintendo DS title.
Activision have created a completely new game for the PSP adventure, with new levels, new CGI scenes, new story sequences and new voiceovers featuring. A lot of the PSP games are remakes or feature small upgrades, but Spider-Man 2 is an entirely new adventure, and for that, we're thankful.
The title is set during the second film's storyline. For those who who are unfamiliar with the plot, the game eases the story in so it isn't an overload. In the game, two years have passed since Peter Parker first hit the streets of New York City as the eponymous superhero. Now, he finds himself battling his most diabolical enemy yet, the mechanized, multi-tentacled Doc Ock. The nefarious Doc Ock was once Dr. Otto Octavius, a brilliant nuclear physicist. But a freak accident transformed him from a timid researcher to a criminally insane megalomaniac who blames Spider-Man for his horrible transformation.
The environments are surprisingly large and the PSP version contains a smaller version of the large scale city seen in the console versions. The combat system is just as simple and easy to pick up as in previous Spidey titles (which is a welcome relief (To some - Ed)), so veterans should be able to pick the game up immediately, whereas new players will only need to spend about ten minutes learning the moves.
The player is also able to scale any surface, such as climbing walls, shooting up ceilings and flying through the air, this gives a good sense of actually being Spider-Man, which proves a huge advantage. Most of the moves from previous Spider-Man games remain on the PSP in tact, with a few new ones to add to the adventure.
While Spider-Man 2 on the PSP will inevitably feel like a little less welcoming than the console versions, it is a title that is easily warmed up to. Unfortunately, because it is a new adventure, the story mode ends really quickly, which might be a factor to consider before handing over $79.95.
There are unlockables which try to keep the adventure mode going, but according to reports from America, they're not very effective.
Spider-Man 2 will be available for the PlayStation Portable when it is released on September 1. Stay tuned to PALGN for a review shortly thereafter.