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"Spider-Man: Battle for New York" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2007 by Activision. It is a side scrolling fighting game based on the popular "Spider Man" comic books. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
New York City is under siege and it is up to Spiderman to save the day. The video game also features a playable appearance by the Green Goblin. In this title, there are 30 missions which are split into two missions of 15 with a different character being represented. For the first 15 stages Spiderman will be used to rescue townspeople and put out blazing fires. The roles reverse for the final 15, however, as the Green Goblin rampages through New York to attack Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. Organization and destroy buildings. The distinct playing styles of the two characters are also reflected; Spiderman is a lean, agile character who is able to swing using his web shot whereas Green Goblin is a heavy, powerful character who showcases awesome feats to strength in his attack. While the premise may sound interesting the game is ultimately held back by its poor mechanics. I found that the hit detection against enemies is far too weak. In many instances I was required to be nose-to-nose with an enemy character before any damage could be dealt. In contrast to this I found that the hit detection was very strong against my characters. During the Spiderman stages it seems that blazing fires were able to damage me without being anywhere near them. It is these two points which hinder gameplay significantly and make the gaming experience a poor one.
The graphics are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focus on the character in play. As a whole, the visuals seem rather bland and generic for what is a comic book tie-in. The buildings are simple solid blocks of colour which are infrequently accented by lines to denote brick or woodwork. The character design is also poor and does not present finer details such as the webbed effect in Spiderman's costume. The soundtrack is comparably poor with constantly looping musical scores and "beeping" sound effects following the player throughout.
Overall, Battle for New York is not a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. The entire package seems to have been very rushed in development and this sense of quickness created a poorly playing video game with lackluster audio and video implements.