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Web of Shadows is the sixth Spider-Man game for DS. Did we really need another one? Apparently yes, as this is by far the best one yet and is probably the best Spider-Man game, period, of the last few years. Even though it's a short-lived experience, it is a must-play for any fan of Spider-Man, Metroid, or the modern Castlevanias. I look forward to seeing more games like this, and hopefully the console Spider-Man developers will take this approach at some point.
Spider-man: Web of Shadows is a surprisingly refreshing addition to this series of DS games. With the many great titles coming out this holiday season – including Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – it will no doubt be difficult for folks to choose which game(s) to spend their limited dollars on. Web of Shadows, however, does a very nice job of putting its best foot forward as a valid contender for your money. It’s short, there is a bit of tedium with the backtracking, and it’s competing in a virtual sea of gaming goodness ready to release within the next month or so. But for Spidey fans and action lovers alike, you can’t go wrong with this web-slinging adventure.
Ultimately, repetition will ensue – mostly due to the frequent battles but also because of backtracking (it’s occasional but can happen), the game’s short length, similar-looking environments and the fact that there’s a limit to how much a person can do the same thing without getting anxious. The controls go a long way and are the primary reason why you’ll enjoy Web of Shadows. But there will still be times when you’ll wonder, “Didn’t I just complete a mission like this?” These are flaws you’ll find in most action games, so don’t let them deter you. If you love Spider-Man, this is the version to own.
But minor annoyances, although numerous enough to hold us back from unabashed praise, are all Spider-Man: Web of Shadows has to worry about. Fundamentally it is a slick, confident and expertly realised action-adventure title. It's also probably the best DS interpretation of the much loved Marvel character yet.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a great diversion masking as a great game. It contains the perfect balance of exploration, navigation, and combat, and is an extremely fun ride for as long as it lasts, but this is one ride that is probably best left as a rental. Sadly, for as great a game as Web of Shadows is on the DS, it is over far too quickly and leaves you with no immediate reason to revisit anytime soon.
Once again, DS owners prevail. Console owners have to deal with a sloppy 3D experience, but on the handheld we get ourselves a tight and satisfying experience that has nothing to do with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii games of the same name. Even after five Spider-Man games on the platform, the developers of Web of Shadow manage to give us a fresh take on the franchise and pull off a great job making it.
While Web of Shadows is not the perfect Spider-Man game, it’s certainly a quality offering and is heads and shoulders above the previous Spider-Man DS title. The Castlevania-style 2D gameplay works surprisingly well for a superhero game, and the exploration and respawning enemies provide a tough challenge. Unlocking new powers and learning to use new combos is a lot of fun. However, the game is very short and experienced gamers will finish it quickly. A decent game length is hidden in there, but it will depend on your tolerance level for exploration and fighting the same enemies over and over again. Despite this drawback the game is a lot of fun while it lasts, and certainly makes a welcome addition to the DS’ library of action titles.
Spider-Man Web of Shadows is a slickly produced game that's a lot of fun while it lasts. The mix of beat-'em-up action and Metroidlike exploration works well with the source material. The length of the game is so short that it feels like reading a comic that's a part of a larger story, making this a good companion to the console game but a tough sell on its own.
Spider-Man : Le Règne des Ombres sur DS est un titre d'action attachant et étonnamment riche. Les combats qui paraissent un petit peu limités au début se révèlent en fait bien plus intenses après quelques minutes. Et s'il est très facile de manipuler l'homme-araignée, l'aventure nécessite tout de même un peu de technique et de précision. Une bonne petite surprise.
Taking into account that this is a licensed game with an adequate level of quality in the graphics and sound department, it was nice to see something other than a plain 2D platformer. After all, if you're going to rip off another series, why not pick one that’s been consistently great for handhelds? Web of Shadows is a passable, but sincere, form of flattery to the king of the genre.
If you're looking for a quick and fun Spider-Man adventure, Web of Shadows will entertain you. If you want something a little deeper with more bang for its buck, however, you might want to seek out something else.