Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition Review
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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: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Spidey has some unique moves which are different from typical fighting games. He is able to climb walls, swing from his web, shoot webs at enemies to stun or capture them, and sense danger clairvoyantly. The controls are easy to access and the moves are responsive to your commands, although you will notice some poor collision detection mechanics from time to time. When Spidey's moves aren't enough to handle a given situation, you can call on various superhero buddies to help protect your spider-butt. I won't spoil the surprises, but suffice it to say that most of them, like the enemies, are mainly B-list heroes. But that's not to say that it's disappointing because they are all diverse and do a few things very well. The overall animation is so good it makes it a treat to see them in action.

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows screenshot

At the outset, the combat is little more than button mashing, but as you progress, and you will do so quickly, the moves become more varied and interesting. There isn't much of a learning curve, so anyone can get into the action instantly. Graphically the game is great. Spidey's animations are fast and fluid. The cityscape is impressive, but we only get to play in a small chuck of the Big Apple. It's also a little empty-looking, as it's void of background details, but considering that there is some slowdown, it's a sacrifice we'll be willing to live with. The voiceovers are great, capturing the real essence of our hero. Sound effects and soundtrack tunes are limited and are repeated to the point of absurdity.

You can play the game as a good Spider-Man and replay it as a bad Spider-Man, as that's the only replay value you're going to get here. It's a great game, but it's over all too quickly. I highly recommend it, but I recommend it as a rental.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Fluid animations. Vast cityscape. Good comic book-style colors. However, the city is limited and there is some slowdown.
Simple and effective controls combined with the new moves gained over time make up for the initial button-mashing experience.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent voiceovers, but the repeated tunes and sound effects annoy.
Play Value
Varied gameplay keeps it interesting. Though it is a short game with little replay value.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Overhauled Combat System Provides Deepest Arsenal Ever: A 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.
  • Gamers Control Their Fighting Experience: At a moment's notice, gamers can 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.
  • Players Can Customize Their Ideal Spider-Man: Players earn experience in multiple combat disciplines, allowing them to custom-design their 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.
  • Every Choice Counts: 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.
  • Side With Marvel's Greatest Heroes and Villains: 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!

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