Spider-Man 2 takes place in Manhattan, like other games in the series, though the map is much larger now. But exactly how big compared to the real Big Apple? Well, we’ve estimated its landmass and compared it to the real-life dimensions of the city to find out.
Spider-Man 2’s Manhattan Map
You won’t get full access to Spider-Man 2’s world map until you finish the tutorial, but you can freely explore afterward. For the purposes of this measurement comparison, the total in-game area will be an estimate since some areas are difficult to measure properly. The Manhattan comparison for Spider-Man 2 will also include Brooklyn and Queens to the east.
From north to south, the in-game map is approximately 6,783 meters. That’s 6.8 kilometers rounded up or 4.22 miles. This is from standing in the upper left corner of the map before the impassable boundary blocks your way.
From east to west, the width of the in-game map is approximately 4,436 meters. That’s 4.4 kilometers, which is 2.7 miles.
Looking at a diagonal measurement, the distance is approximately 8,123 meters. That’s 8.1 kilometers or 5.03 miles.
The rough approximation of the total in-game area is 4.22 x 2.7 = 11.394 square miles. This does assume the in-game map is a complete square, but you can swim in the water, which makes them acceptable areas to include. This calculation also includes Brooklyn and Queens, which makes the map much larger than it was in the first Spider-Man.
Actual Manhattan Map
The borough of Manhattan is approximately 23 square miles, or 22.83 square miles for an exact number. That’s double the size of Spider-Man 2’s in-game map, which also includes Brooklyn and Queens. All boroughs also have a size reduction to make them easier to navigate, as an actual match would extend the game’s size significantly.
If you max out the upgrades for both Spidermen, it takes approximately 4-5 minutes to travel the entire map from north to south. That time will be around 2-3 minutes if you go from the east to the west. Traveling diagonally could take 5-6 minutes, depending on how far southeast you travel.
In-game maps are rarely a reflection of their real-life counterparts, and New Yorkers probably won’t see their house while web-slinging. But it’s still great to see the three boroughs condensed into Spider-Man 2, giving you several regions to explore quickly.