|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Shaba||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: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
One of the other reasons you will keep coming back to Web of Shadows are the choices you can make. It is the main focus of the game to be able to make decisions that will ultimately affect the way the game progresses. One example is the upgrade menu, where you can upgrade the Red Suit or the Black Suit, thus allowing you control over when and what advancements you acquire. Choosing the light or dark side at certain points, in addition to the way the story plays out, will affect how the populace reacts to Spidey when he's around them. If you have behaved in a non-superhero fashion, they may scream and run away, or they might praise you for the good you have done. Though almost always, if they see you in the Black Suit, they will scream and fear you. It is comical when they do this because once you switch back to the Red Suit, they immediately forget you were just wearing the Symbiote, good times if you do it repeatedly.
Along with those random screams and praise are the voice actors delivering the storyline. Most of the voice actors do a really great job with what they are given, however, when you initially hear Spidey, it may annoy you. Sometimes the voice actor sounds like Tobey Macquire and other times he sounds very squeaky. The internal monologue always sounded top-notch though, and over time, you grow accustomed to the "new" voice of Spider-Man. One thing is for certain, the joke delivery is much better and easier to swallow compared to the previous movie-focused titles. Now it doesn't mean that there are no flaws in the voice acting, but most are so trivial that you won't even care. The score for the game is comparable with the feature films, although I have to point out that occasionally you will think you are listening to the score from Batman Forever or Batman and Robin.
In general, everything with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows progresses the franchise into new and greater territory. Unfortunately, there are a few problems, most notably the camera. Too often the camera will adjust itself in a manner that makes it difficult to follow what is going on. Sometimes, it also prevents you from knowing where you are. Occasionally, the camera issues are excusable and you move on after you have adjusted to them. One other concern is the lag in the gameplay and sometimes in the menus. When trying to quickly square off against some foes, the lag would slowly roll in, and you have to sit back and just wait for it to pick back up. In the menus though, the problem is more severe when switching from one item to the next.
Are there annoyances you will encounter? Sure. However, the one thing that you have to take into account while playing this title is the natural progression of the franchise. Opening it up to more comic book-focused storylines, allowing players to decide the outcome in various interesting ways, increasing the combat to make it enjoyable and easily accessible to anyone, and, of course, giving fans the Black Suit to play around with all do this admirably. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows may not be perfect, but it definitely gives you the closest chance you are going to get to being Spider-Man without being bitten by a radioactive spider.
CCC Project Coordinator