Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition Review
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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Amaze Entertainment / Treyarch 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 21, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Web of Shadows comes with an excellent cast of characters, and comic fans will love the inclusion of so many villains and others who make an appearance from the Marvel Universe. At the end of each level, you’ll have to defeat a different boss including Rhino, Electro, Jackal, and the extremely difficult Kraven the Hunter. Exclusive to the PlayStation 2, the Amazing Allies feature allows Spidey to receive help from a number of friends such as Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Sandman, and more.

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Though the inclusion of the extra characters adds a bit of depth to the game, unfortunately, you don’t actually get to control any of them. Basically, Spider-Man has the ability to call on friends to help him out in sticky situations through the use of his power-ups. You are given five power-ups per level, which you can assign with different abilities or characters who can be summoned by hitting Circle. The help of Sandman, for example, comes with an animation of his head which gusts across the screen and damages attackers. All other characters show up similarly, making the exclusive PS2 feature look more like a cheap add-on than a cool, unique function.

The bright, vibrant environments bring the comic book experience to life in Web of Shadows, and the game boasts some cool character designs for the likes of Rhyno and the athletic Spider-Man himself. There is some voiceover work for some villains and other characters in the game, all of which are fantastic. Peter Parker sounds exactly how he should and comic relief from J. Jameson and the dim-witted Rhyno make for some humorous moments. Writers have also done a good job of capturing the comic book feel with quick one-liners from Spidey, and though none of the conversations you have with pedestrians or villains are voiced over, they are fun to read. The script adds another nice element to the game and as you read along, you continually feel as though you’re reading a comic book with a ‘choose your own adventure’ outcome. All the wit of Spider-Man comics is captured, and the writing is also innocent enough for children, adding a level of educational value as well.

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For those in search of single-player fun, Web of Shadows is an entertaining PS2 title, while not offering a whole lot of functions. There is absolutely no two-player action or any modes other than playing through the storyline with three different skill levels. Though the repetitious button controls can become tiresome, the game does offer enough challenges to keep gamers busy, and Spidey fans of all ages will have fun with Web of Shadows. With so many people to pummel and so many decisions to make, Web of Shadows is a decent offering for the still-kickin’ PS2, even if the fun is slightly limiting.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.6
Graphics
Great comic book aesthetic to the game with a classic Spider-Man feel. Some clipping and collision-detection issues occur.
3.0
Control
Typical button-mashing is given depth with a list of unlockable skills and Amazing Allies power-ups, though repetitious gameplay is inevitable. Lack of grappling or throwing moves is disappointing.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent score from Spider-Man films. Voiceover work for Peter Parker and the game’s long cast of villains is among the game’s most entertaining highlights.
3.0
Play Value
Not much replay value once you’ve played through the story once. The lack of other modes such as versus or a two-player setting makes for limited fun.
3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Reengineered combat system fuses Spider-Man’s speed and strength to create deadly new attacks and combos. For the first time ever in a Spider-Man game, players can take the fight vertically and combat foes on city walls, where only Spider-Man holds the advantage.
  • Dependant on the gamer’s actions and decisions, a morality meter will gauge whether citizens cheer Spider-Man on or run away in fear. Spider-Man’s actions as hero or vigilante, based on choices at key points in the game, will affect how the fate of New York Vs. alien invasion ends.
  • Luke Cage or Vulture? Wolverine or Electro? Gamers can control who will ultimately aid them in the fight to rid New York of its alien symbiote. Alliances with Marvel’s greatest heroes and most notorious villains hold consequences, as heroic and vigilante paths hold different destinies. Call upon your allies with the push of a button to combine forces for epic Hero Strikes!
  • Switch between the agile grace of Spider-Man’s Red Suit and the savage power of the Black Suit, creating some of the most devastating combos ever seen in a Spider-Man game.
  • Earn experience in multiple combat disciplines and custom-design the ideal Spider-Man. Points awarded during battle can be used across unique paths to upgrade the Red Suit and Black Suit, allowing players complete control over the style and moves they take into combat.


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