Just like what happened with the movie series, the new Spider-Man 2 game ($50, Mac, Windows, Xbox, PS2, and GameCube) is a big improvement on the first title. It's simpler to learn to play and easier to move around through the city, the follow-views are improved, and the graphics look great. Although some might think it's a bit too simplistic and arcadelike (it's suitable for children, by the way), I think it's the best superhero game yet (within its cartoony style, that is; the angst of Peter Parker is ignored). Best of all, once you unlock the whole territory by completing various missions, you have all of Manhattan to explore--a complete virtual cityscape that you can climb all over. Swing around lampposts, stand on awnings, climb the Empire State Building to look around, and spend your time (between saving the citizens from muggers and their ilk) trying to collect a couple of hundred icons scattered around the map. Even though that's a dull exercise in most such games, here the ease of mobility and well-rendered environment keep you motivated. An added bonus is that actor Bruce ( Evil Dead, Bubba Ho-Tep) Campbell provides Spider-Man's sarcastic voice-overs. Great fun.