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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
70
2.9
Wii
64
4.0
Xbox 360
69
5.0

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 5 2.9
Wii 2 4.0
Windows 3 5.0
Xbox 360 2 5.0
Combined MobyScore 12 3.9


The Press Says

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98
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
The best part about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the total freedom you are allowed in not only choosing what to do and when to do it, but also how to do it and what you wear while you're doing it. And when you mix this freedom of gameplay with a massive sprawling city that reaches to the clouds, and an endless supply of intelligent evildoers, there is no end in sight to the superhero action waiting for you in this latest Spider-Man adventure.
96
PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
The best part about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the total freedom you are allowed in not only choosing what to do and when to do it, but also how to do it and what you wear while you're doing it. And when you mix this freedom of gameplay with a massive sprawling city that reaches to the clouds, and an endless supply of intelligent evildoers, there is no end in sight to the superhero action waiting for you in this latest Spider-Man adventure.
86
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
At the end of the day Spider-Man Web of Shadows is an extremely enjoyable ride. If you can get past doing the same objectives to progress the story such as having to beat up a certain amount of bad guys or saving so many civilians, and forgive the camera issues, this game is more than awesome. It's the perfect game for Spidey fans; simplistic combat, awesome wall fighting, nice upgrade system, and great story makes beating up the same bad guy over and over worth the while. Even with horrible voice acting this is one super hero adventure that is worth taking for fans of comics or action games in general.
86
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
At the end of the day Spider-Man Web of Shadows is an extremely enjoyable ride. If you can get past doing the same objectives to progress the story such as having to beat up a certain amount of bad guys or saving so many civilians, and forgive the camera issues, this game is more than awesome. It's the perfect game for Spidey fans; simplistic combat, awesome wall fighting, nice upgrade system, and great story makes beating up the same bad guy over and over worth the while. Even with horrible voice acting this is one super hero adventure that is worth taking for fans of comics or action games in general.
85
Xbox 360PGNx Media
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows plays like an enhanced version of Spider-Man 3 with a pretty cool story backing it up. The gameplay isn’t drastically different but there is still a lot of fun to be had with the game’s combat and just swinging around the city. If you were a fan of Spidey 3 or are just looking for a light-hearted, arcadey action game where you can make different decisions then this is the game for you.
85
Xbox 360games xtreme
All in all Web of Shadows is one of those games that you’re going to probably love or hate. I don’t see there being much middle ground here, which again is how it was with Assassin’s Creed, people either loved that or despised it. There is replay value here since you can adjust the story based on your actions in the world and trying to play the true hero is extremely hard when civilians get caught in the crossfire and you have to break off beating up bad guys to save their ass. Still, it provides a great deal of fun and web-swinging action for a Spider-Man fan and with the non-movie storyline you can expect to be entertained on the game’s own merits, the lack of stars like Tobey McGuire and so on only serves to elevate the game from the mire that Spider-Man 3 was and if you’re looking for a solid dose of action as one of your favourite Marvel heroes, then you really need to look no further than this one.
85
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Despite its setbacks, I had an absolute blast battling through this game. The dialed down difficulty and weak story will be a deal-breaker for some, but honestly, the amazing marriage of combo-heavy combat and acrobatic web swinging, complemented by a living, breathing NYC, culminate in the most engaging Spider-Man game I’ve ever played. Quite simply, no previous entry has so successfully captured the feel of being Spider-Man. Flaws be damned, I’m ready to suit-up for a second play-through, this time focusing on my symbiote-craving dark side—saving civilians is so overrated.
85
Xbox 360GameZone
Spider-man: Web of Shadows is a great super hero game for the Xbox 360, and one of the best Spider-man games to date. Players looking for a new game to quench their super hero fix will not be disappointed.
83
PlayStation 3GameZone
Good story, solid action, wonderful graphical elements and great combat all make up for a game that is entertaining. Spider-man fans should enjoy this one.
83
Xbox 360Gaming Target
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows does what you would expect a great Spider-Man game to do. It's not perfect, the repetitious missions and the so-so boss fights can make the game feel like a drag at times. But the otherworldly Symbiote storyline and the way the game acknowledges the rest of the Spider-Man universe outside the movies and the larger Marvel universe it’s a part of is fantastic. Fans of action games would be well to seek out the game and Spider-Man fans should consider Spider-Man: Web of Shadows a must play.
80
Xbox 3604Players.de
Puh, ich bin beruhigt: Der Vorgänger »Spider-Man: Friend or Foe« war nur ein Versehen, ein Schnitzer, der irgendwie durch Activisions QA-Abteilung schlüpfen konnte, als man gerade gemeinsam im Kino oder auf Bali war. Web of Shadows ist wieder der Spider-Man, mit dem ich im zweiten, dritten und ultimativen Teil so viel Freude hatte: Das Schwunggefühl ist brillanter denn je, die schwerelose Freiheit des Zischens durch Manhattan sucht nach wie vor ihresgleichen! Das Kampfsystem ist schön einfach, die Bossfights machen über weite Teile Spaß, die Dialoge sind witzig, die Story ist bemerkenswert einfallsreich - und die Wahlmöglichkeiten zwischen rotem und schwarzem Pfad lassen viel Raum für mehrfaches Durchspielen. Allerdings merkt man deutlich, dass die Entwickler ihren Fokus auf die Story-Missionen gelegt haben, denn die Nebenaufgaben brillieren durch eklatante Einfallslosigkeit.
80
WiiNintendoWorldReport
Overall, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a very good game that I recommend whole-heartedly to any Spider-Man fan. If you don't have an affinity for ol' webhead, the lack of mission variety and control issues are likely to significantly detract from the enjoyment you will have with this title. If you can get past that, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows offers a cinematic experience and a great combat system.
80
PlayStation 3GameSpot
Web of Shadows doesn't break the mold of earlier Spider-Man games, but its cohesive, engaging story, varied missions, and consistently thrilling action sure make it a big improvement for the series. The campaign is a good 12 hours long, and the gameplay is solid enough to hold up to a second play-through if you want to find out how it ends when you choose a different path. There are a number of minor technical issues, but they're far outweighed by the sheer enjoyment of the gameplay. Web of Shadows delivers nearly everything you could want in a Spider-Man game.
80
PlayStation 3Games Radar
Spider-Man’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, and even on his best day he's never had what most critics would call a "masterpiece". Yet when done right, like Shadows mostly does, nothing beats swinging freely through a huge New York skyline, bashing one foe after another. If the developer could have just tightened up a few minor technical issues and injected a little more soul into the proceedings, this might have been Spidey's best game yet. Instead, it’s just a satisfyingly entertaining experience and a big step back in the right direction.
80
PlayStation 3Gamervision
It may not offer quite as big an initial thrill as Spider-Man 2 did, but Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is probably the best web-swinging adventure so far. With a swing mechanic that rivals the one found in SM2, a combat system that easily trumps any in the series, and solid presentation throughout, fans of the series and the character won’t be disappointed. The story is flimsy at best, the side missions rarely connect to the main plot (and at times, don’t make much sense), the voice acting is laughable, and the enemy types are limited, to say the least. Still, there’s enough content and fun combat to make it easily worth a rental, and for Spider-holics, a purchase.
80
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
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.
80
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a great game. While the combat is pretty repetitive, it is not boring thanks to the two suits and the seamless transition between them. After your 100th Web Strike, you’ll still want to do more of them. If you are a fan of Spider-Man, it deserves a pick up. If you love Black Suit Spider-Man, then your dreams have pretty much been realized.
80
Xbox 360Impulse Gamer
Not so sure about the re playability, even going full red and blue suit one time and then the black suit the next. Spider-Man Web Of Shadows is fun, for Spider-Man fans and new comers alike. Getting to do some of the incredible acrobatic spidey moves is well worth the price of admission.
80
Xbox 360GamingExcellence
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a great game. While the combat is pretty repetitive, it is not boring thanks to the two suits and the seamless transition between them. After your 100th Web Strike, you’ll still want to do more of them. If you are a fan of Spider-Man, it deserves a pick up. If you love Black Suit Spider-Man, then your dreams have pretty much been realized.
80
Xbox 360GameSpot
Web of Shadows doesn't break the mold of earlier Spider-Man games, but its cohesive, engaging story, varied missions, and consistently thrilling action sure make it a big improvement for the series. The campaign is a good 12 hours long, and the gameplay is solid enough to hold up to a second play-through if you want to find out how it ends when you choose a different path. There are a number of minor technical issues, but they're far outweighed by the sheer enjoyment of the gameplay. Web of Shadows delivers nearly everything you could want in a Spider-Man game.
80
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
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.
80
Xbox 360Gamervision
It may not offer quite as big an initial thrill as Spider-Man 2 did, but Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is probably the best web-swinging adventure so far. With a swing mechanic that rivals the one found in SM2, a combat system that easily trumps any in the series, and solid presentation throughout, fans of the series and the character won’t be disappointed. The story is flimsy at best, the side missions rarely connect to the main plot (and at times, don’t make much sense), the voice acting is laughable, and the enemy types are limited, to say the least. Still, there’s enough content and fun combat to make it easily worth a rental, and for Spider-holics, a purchase.
80
Xbox 360Yahoo! Games
There might be no Spider-Man movie this year, but who needs one? Even without a big-screen blockbuster backing it up, Web of Shadows is one of the best comic-book games on the market, and Spider-fans shouldn't hesitate to pick it up. Even if you're only casually acquainted with Peter Parker's antics, it's still a good-humored, eminently likable action romp. It's a lot like its hero: packed with character, impressively capable, and never puts a foot wrong. What higher praise for a licensed game is there than that?
80
Xbox 360Games Radar
Spider-Man’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, and even on his best day he's never had what most critics would call a "masterpiece". Yet when done right, like Shadows mostly does, nothing beats swinging freely through a huge New York skyline, bashing one foe after another. If the developer could have just tightened up a few minor technical issues and injected a little more soul into the proceedings, this might have been Spidey's best game yet. Instead, it’s just a satisfyingly entertaining experience and a big step back in the right direction.
80
Xbox 360Deeko
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is an amazingly fun title. It is fitting of its star; filled with humor, over the top break neck combat and a storyline that manages to mature the franchise. It's the Spider-Man game every comic fan has always wanted and more. Even with its wicked camera (which make you feel like you're going to lose your lunch) and small technical hitches, it's a game any Spider-Man fan worth his red and black underoos should own.
80
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
We came into our review with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows with only one hope, that Shaba Games would provide us with a great time playing through the Spider-Man game we have always wanted to experience. While we can’t honestly say that it was a total success what we can say is that the good times far outweighed the bad times. More than once a large smile crept across our faces as we swung through the city, raising and dropping with insane amounts of speed and aerobatics. Once completed we cannot really see any reason to go back for more; Web of Shadows is one of those games perfect for a rainy Sunday, when there is nothing else to do besides pop in a 360 game and enjoy some old-school action fun.
80
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Shadows has a dark side of its own, with a few glitches like foes and objectives occasionally disappearing or freezing, but they’re not enough to mar this otherwise spectacular adventure.
79
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows certainly exceeded my expectations. Shaba Games and Treyarch has done a great job bringing back the Spider-Man franchise to its rightful glory yet again. With a much smoother game engine, coupled with fantastic combat, great swinging mechanics, an enormous world, and good replay value, Web of Shadows should finally satisfy fans after the abysmal disappointment that was Spider-Man 3. This one comes recommended by me.
78
PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Web of Shadows ist ein wirklich gutes Action-Abenteuer geworden. Es hängt die vorangegangenen Teile durch eine recht aufwändige Inszenierung und gute Technik meilenweit ab. Es ist ein erhabenes Gefühl, sich in wahnwitziger Geschwindigkeit und mit totaler Kontrolle zwischen die Hochhaus- und Gegnermassen zu schieben, nur um zu sehen, wie Spider-Man Gegner für Gegner stumpf in den Boden rammt. Ein paar kleine Grafikschnitzer wie Clippingfehler, PopUps oder leichter Zeilenversatz stören das grafische Gesamtpaket kaum. Bei der schnellen Grafik hat man kaum ein Auge dafür und genießt die schick animierten Aktionen des Helden. Dieses Spiel ist nicht nur für Spider-Man Fans einen Blick wert. So wollen wir den Spinnen-Mann sehen!
78
Xbox 360Gamesmania
Web of Shadows ist ein wirklich gutes Action-Abenteuer geworden. Es hängt die vorangegangenen Teile durch eine recht aufwändige Inszenierung und gute Technik meilenweit ab. Es ist ein erhabenes Gefühl, sich in wahnwitziger Geschwindigkeit und mit totaler Kontrolle zwischen die Hochhaus- und Gegnermassen zu schieben, nur um zu sehen, wie Spider-Man Gegner für Gegner stumpf in den Boden rammt. Ein paar kleine Grafikschnitzer wie Clippingfehler, PopUps oder leichter Zeilenversatz stören das grafische Gesamtpaket kaum. Bei der schnellen Grafik hat man kaum ein Auge dafür und genießt die schick animierten Aktionen des Helden. Dieses Spiel ist nicht nur für Spider-Man Fans einen Blick wert. So wollen wir den Spinnen-Mann sehen!
78
WindowsGamesmania
Web of Shadows ist ein wirklich gutes Action-Abenteuer geworden. Es hängt die vorangegangenen Teile durch eine recht aufwändige Inszenierung und gute Technik meilenweit ab. Es ist ein erhabenes Gefühl, sich in wahnwitziger Geschwindigkeit und mit totaler Kontrolle zwischen die Hochhaus- und Gegnermassen zu schieben, nur um zu sehen, wie Spider-Man Gegner für Gegner stumpf in den Boden rammt. Ein paar kleine Grafikschnitzer wie Clippingfehler, PopUps oder leichter Zeilenversatz stören das grafische Gesamtpaket kaum. Bei der schnellen Grafik hat man kaum ein Auge dafür und genießt die schick animierten Aktionen des Helden. Dieses Spiel ist nicht nur für Spider-Man Fans einen Blick wert. So wollen wir den Spinnen-Mann sehen!
77
PlayStation 3GameFocus
You don’t have to be a Spidey fan to enjoy this one. Good fighting, fluid web swinging and exciting boss battles make this game enjoyable. I won’t say it’s a must buy, but it’s definitely a must try.
77
Xbox 360GameFocus
You don’t have to be a Spidey fan to enjoy this one. Good fighting, fluid web swinging and exciting boss battles make this game enjoyable. I won’t say it’s a must buy, but it’s definitely a must try.
75
PlayStation 3DreamStation.cc
Overall, I was left with the impression that Spider-Man: Web of Shadows could have been really great if some care was taken to vary the experience, but instead we are left with an average beat ‘em up. Swinging around the city is fun while it lasts, but you’ll end up feeling a bit unsatisfied at the end of the day.
75
PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Strangely enough, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows’ controls and content are such an improvement over past Spider-Man games that I still recommend this in spite of frequent glitching. The moment-to-moment activity of open-world Spider-Man is finally clean, smooth, and fun.
75
Xbox 360Game Revolution
Strangely enough, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows’ controls and content are such an improvement over past Spider-Man games that I still recommend this in spite of frequent glitching. The moment-to-moment activity of open-world Spider-Man is finally clean, smooth, and fun.
75
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is far from a perfect game, but its problems shouldn't keep you from having an amazing time swinging around the fictional New York City. Throw in some of the best boss fights of the year and you have a game that will get your Spidey senses tingling. If this is the future for Activision's Spider-Man games then I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
75
Xbox 360Gaming Age
I do think Web of Shadows is a pretty fun Spider-Man title, even if it relies on certain mechanics that are really growing old. The story line itself is pretty good, and definitely appealing to comic fans, while the web swinging around the city is still really enjoyable, and almost as fun as anything else the game provides. Combat has seen some minor improvements, but the missions you're required to play and the side-quest stuff in the city are still pretty bland encounters for the most part, and it's those areas that really need to see the most improvement for the next Spider-Man installment down the line.
75
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Developer Shaba Entertainment seems to be in the best position to finally iron out the camera difficulties and insert some more interesting side missions into the next Spider-Man game. If the combat and story (even as long as it takes to get going) wasn’t as good as it is, I would be much more hesitant to give Web of Shadows a positive recommendation. As it is, Shaba has done some really good work here and it’s worthy of attention, just go into the experience with your eyes wide open.
74
PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Shaba Games has done a good getting the Spider-Man franchise back on track of being on of the best comic book/video game licenses. Web of Shadows is a major improvement from the last Spider-Man game which should give Spider-Man fans some renewed faith in their friendly neighborhood super-hero. The multiple storyline paths, black and red suit and fast and furious combat make Web of Shadow a worth a closer look. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows isn’t a perfect game, however there is still a lot of fun to be had taking out the trash in NYC.
74
Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
Shaba Games has done a good getting the Spider-Man franchise back on track of being on of the best comic book/video game licenses. Web of Shadows is a major improvement from the last Spider-Man game which should give Spider-Man fans some renewed faith in their friendly neighborhood super-hero. The multiple storyline paths, black and red suit and fast and furious combat make Web of Shadow a worth a closer look. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows isn’t a perfect game, however there is still a lot of fun to be had taking out the trash in NYC.
73
WiiGame Chronicles
The best part about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the total freedom you are allowed in not only choosing what to do and when to do it, but also how to do it and what you wear while you're doing it. And when you mix this freedom of gameplay with a massive sprawling city that reaches to the clouds, and an endless supply of intelligent evildoers, there is no end in sight to the superhero action waiting for you in this latest Spider-Man adventure.
72
WiiThat Gaming Site
While not a bad game, I washoping the title would break the chains of mediocrity that plague so many Spider-Man titles, but technical problems weigh this down. So close, so close.
70
WindowsGameplanet
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows would probably be better in short dosages and unfortunately I couldn't really recommend it for more than just a rental.
70
WiiGameSpy
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows has a lot going for it, and is certainly a step above Spider-Man 3, but it doesn't quite embody the next evolution in the franchise. The animation is slick, and there are many appreciable smaller touches, but it's also tarnished by repetition and technical issues. If you've never been a fan of the series, this installment certainly won't change your mind. However, if you're a die-hard fan who was disappointed by Spider-Man 3, Web of Shadows should be right up your alley.
70
WiiGameplanet
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows would probably be better in short dosages and unfortunately I couldn't really recommend it for more than just a rental.
70
WiiDaily Game
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a breath of fresh air in many respects, but needs a good breeze in others. The smooth combination of RPG and acrobatic combat is most welcome, but the developers lengthened the plot by inserting thug-killing filler missions that create some unintentional boredom. The inclusion of Heroes is nice, but it feels like they're unlocked almost randomly, and they really don't ever need to be called. The graphics are a nice blend of cel-shaded appearance and real-world character models, but the fast camera is hard to control at times and actually gets in the way of maneuvering through the big, open world. In short, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows feels like a game that takes two steps forward and one and one-half backwards, eventually leading to a game that only Spidey's most staunch supporters will deem a "must own" title.
70
WiiGameFocus
Considering just how different this game is from the other Spiderman games out there, it’s easily the most recommendable to anyone who didn’t enjoy the previous two outings. While it never reaches the level Activision reached with Spiderman 2, it’s still an enjoyable romp while it lasts. It’s refreshing to see a game come out that focuses on the dark side of being a superhero, and it’s definitely a trend I hope we can see more of in the future.
70
PlayStation 3NZGamer
Overall, this one is worth a rent – it’s fun to swing around for a while, and you can always return it to the video store once you get bored. It’s hard to recommend it at full price though, unless you’re a hardcore Spiderman fan, or just want to have a fight with Wolverine. There are certainly some good features in Web of Shadows, but they’re wrapped up in a pile of poor implementation.
70
PlayStation 3Gameplanet
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows would probably be better in short dosages and unfortunately I couldn't really recommend it for more than just a rental.
70
PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
With its flashy combat system, Web of Shadows is a notable addition to the other sandbox style Spider-man games but the overall mission structure and lack of polish keeps it from standing out as well as it could.
70
PlayStation 3GameSpy
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows has a lot going for it, and is certainly a step above Spider-Man 3, but it doesn't quite embody the next evolution in the franchise. The animation is slick, and there are many appreciable smaller touches, but it's also tarnished by repetition and technical issues. If you've never been a fan of the series, this installment certainly won't change your mind. However, if you're a die-hard fan who was disappointed by Spider-Man 3, Web of Shadows should be right up your alley.
70
PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
The inconsistency that rocks the camera can also be observed in the visuals, which take on an uneven quality. Characters look fantastic and there are a number of impressive scenes, particularly in the later half of the game. That comes at the cost of a smooth performance, though. Later stages that pack the screen with hordes of symbiotes or loads of special effects cause the game to stutter significantly. By the time you reach those points in the game, though, you'll have fallen in love with the combat system. Spidey's adventure gets entangled in a number of silly issues, but the action is so satisfying that you're likely to skim over them just as you would those few panels in a comic book.
70
PlayStation 3GameDaily
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, despite its flaws, is a major step up from Spider-Man 3. Our Spider sense tells us that choosing between good and evil, pounding enemies on buildings and upgrading Spider-Man's abilities makes this a cool adventure worth your time.
70
PlayStation 3Daily Game
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a breath of fresh air in many respects, but needs a good breeze in others. The smooth combination of RPG and acrobatic combat is most welcome, but the developers lengthened the plot by inserting thug-killing filler missions that create some unintentional boredom. The inclusion of Heroes is nice, but it feels like they're unlocked almost randomly, and they really don't ever need to be called. The graphics are a nice blend of cel-shaded appearance and real-world character models, but the fast camera is hard to control at times and actually gets in the way of maneuvering through the big, open world. In short, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows feels like a game that takes two steps forward and one and one-half backwards, eventually leading to a game that only Spidey's most staunch supporters will deem a "must own" title.
70
Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows for the Xbox 360 features solid visuals and some really enjoyable moments. The upgrade system is effective and there is some replay value here. If you are a fan of previous Spider-Man games you will likely be satisfied with Treyarch’s latest instalment. That being said the finicky camera angles, Spidey’s annoying voice, and some repetitive gameplay may turn a few of you off. As well, the absence of a co-operative or multiplayer mode of any sort hurts this game immensely. At the end of the day some may be better off renting this game, while others may enjoy it more as a purchase.
70
Xbox 360GameSpy
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows has a lot going for it, and is certainly a step above Spider-Man 3, but it doesn't quite embody the next evolution in the franchise. The animation is slick, and there are many appreciable smaller touches, but it's also tarnished by repetition and technical issues. If you've never been a fan of the series, this installment certainly won't change your mind. However, if you're a die-hard fan who was disappointed by Spider-Man 3, Web of Shadows should be right up your alley.
70
Xbox 360Meristation
Spider-Man: Reino de las Sombras es un buen juego que pudo haber llegado a mucho, mucho más. Supone un paso adelante en cuanto a calidad narrativa, incorporando un guión que daría para una película realmente espectacular, y además cuenta con un potente sistema de combate que, esperemos, se use en juegos venideros, por que realmente merece la pena. En contra, los fallos técnicos que afectan a la jugabilidad y algunos bugs que se escaparon de las sesiones de testeo. Más allá de esto, cualquier fan del hombre araña debería tenerlo o, al menos, jugarlo. Los que simplemente quieran un juego con una gran ciudad por la que pasar ratos muertos, deberían optar por Spider-Man 3, Crackdown o, ¿lo adivináis?; exacto: Grand Theft Auto IV.
70
Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
That said, WoS is better than Spidey's last two outings. The important thing is you can't be too into Spider-Man. If you're religious about him, you'll hate the poor character representation and bad script so much that you won't enjoy the game. If you just think Spidey's generally cool though, you'll enjoy swinging about having a punch up here and there. Just don't expect any miracles of game design.
70
Xbox 360GameDaily
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, despite its flaws, is a major step up from Spider-Man 3. Our Spider sense tells us that choosing between good and evil, pounding enemies on buildings and upgrading Spider-Man's abilities makes this a cool adventure worth your time.
70
Xbox 360Gameplanet
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows would probably be better in short dosages and unfortunately I couldn't really recommend it for more than just a rental.
70
Xbox 360Daily Game
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a breath of fresh air in many respects, but needs a good breeze in others. The smooth combination of RPG and acrobatic combat is most welcome, but the developers lengthened the plot by inserting thug-killing filler missions that create some unintentional boredom. The inclusion of Heroes is nice, but it feels like they're unlocked almost randomly, and they really don't ever need to be called. The graphics are a nice blend of cel-shaded appearance and real-world character models, but the fast camera is hard to control at times and actually gets in the way of maneuvering through the big, open world. In short, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows feels like a game that takes two steps forward and one and one-half backwards, eventually leading to a game that only Spidey's most staunch supporters will deem a "must own" title.
68
WiiOfficial Nintendo Magazine
There is some fun to be had swinging your way through the city and bumping bad guy skulls together; it's just a shame the whole package wasn't stitched together with a little more flair and imagination. There's a great game struggling to get out here, but alas, as it stands, this is a frustrating missed opportunity.
68
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Web of Shadows can be fun to play, to begin with at least, however after a while the mundane and repetitive nature of the game kicks in and when this happens you should reach for the power button.
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PlayStation 3IGN Australia
On one hand, we know that a team of 50 or so probably slaved away to make this game as good as possible on a fairly tight budget and probably on a short turnaround, to maximise profits. It's a hard life, being a developer creating a title like this that panders to the broadest, most easy to please market and we appreciate that, we really do. On the other hand (and this is the part where we lay the boot in), Web of Shadows is, despite good intentions and some cute ideas, pretty average in most respects, failing to stand out in any one category. It's kind of boring, poorly structured, mostly linear and, shock, it still reeks of cash-in, despite moderate production values. Voice acting is acceptable, even though Peter Parker sounds like someone's put his nuts in a vice and given it a few spins. It's competent -- but in this age of fine gaming, off the back of a solid season of releases -- is being merely 'okay' really enough to warrant your dollars?
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
On one hand, we know that a team of 50 or so probably slaved away to make this game as good as possible on a fairly tight budget and probably on a short turnaround, to maximise profits. It's a hard life, being a developer creating a title like this that panders to the broadest, most easy to please market and we appreciate that, we really do. On the other hand (and this is the part where we lay the boot in), Web of Shadows is, despite good intentions and some cute ideas, pretty average in most respects, failing to stand out in any one category. It's kind of boring, poorly structured, mostly linear and, shock, it still reeks of cash-in, despite moderate production values. Voice acting is acceptable, even though Peter Parker sounds like someone's put his nuts in a vice and given it a few spins. It's competent -- but in this age of fine gaming, off the back of a solid season of releases -- is being merely 'okay' really enough to warrant your dollars?
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich spiele gerne böse Charaktere. Deshalb macht es mir auch gewaltigen Spaß, im schwarzen Anzug Autos durch die Luft zu werfen und verletzte Passanten liegen zu lassen (keine Angst, die sterben nicht). Blöderweise bleibt die Charakterentwicklung rudimentär, und die beiden Enden unterscheiden sich nicht kolossal. Die fiese Kamera und die Synchronstimmen machen aus einem "Geheimtipp!" lediglich ein "Ganz okay für Spidey-Fans".
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WindowsGameZone
Only go buy this game if you are a die-hard Spiderman fan, or have an unhealthy obsession with bad voice acting…
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WiiKombo.com
The story with the good and evil paths are interesting to play the entire game but you'll have a hard time forgiving some of the extremely obvious flaws.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
If you don’t mind playing a game for six or seven hours before getting to the good stuff, Web of Shadows eventually packs a nice little punch. However, if you want instant gratification from your games, this experience won’t do much for you.
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PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
While it isn't the ultimate Spiderman title that gamers have been clamouring for, Spiderman: Web of Shadows provides gamers with a slice of web-slinging fun.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Spider-Man : Le Règne des Ombres est certainement plus réussi que son prédécesseur Spider-Man 3. Il propose ainsi une jouabilité légèrement remise au goût du jour qui fait honneur à l'agilité et à la puissance du tisseur. Par contre on regrette que le scénario ne soit pas davantage mis en valeur et que les graphismes soient souvent décevants. Il s'agit certainement là du prix à payer pour déambuler librement entre les buildings de Manhattan.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Spider-Man : Le Règne des Ombres est certainement plus réussi que son prédécesseur Spider-Man 3. Il propose ainsi une jouabilité légèrement remise au goût du jour qui fait honneur à l'agilité et à la puissance du tisseur. Par contre on regrette que le scénario ne soit pas davantage mis en valeur et que les graphismes soient souvent décevants. Il s'agit certainement là du prix à payer pour déambuler librement entre les buildings de Manhattan.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Spider-Man : Le Règne des Ombres est certainement plus réussi que son prédécesseur Spider-Man 3. Il propose ainsi une jouabilité légèrement remise au goût du jour qui fait honneur à l'agilité et à la puissance du tisseur. Par contre on regrette que le scénario ne soit pas davantage mis en valeur et que les graphismes soient souvent décevants. Il s'agit certainement là du prix à payer pour déambuler librement entre les buildings de Manhattan.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
With great power comes great responsibility. Treyarch and Activision had the power to design a Spiderman title and had the responsibility of making it good. Thankfully they have achieved this to some extent. Spiderman: Web of Shadows is quite simply the best Spiderman title to date – but that’s not saying much after the dismal efforts on the game’s previous outings. Due to the shortness of the game, Web of Shadows isn’t worthy of a £40 purchase. A rental or a cheap buy off the web seems to be the safest option.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
If you don’t mind playing a game for six or seven hours before getting to the good stuff, Web of Shadows eventually packs a nice little punch. However, if you want instant gratification from your games, this experience won’t do much for you.
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
The story -- with the good and evil paths -- is interesting to play through, but you'll have a hard time forgiving some of the extremely obvious flaws.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Aber die Aufgaben setzen nicht nur die Story fort, Sie erhalten für die Erfüllung auch Erfahrungspunkte, die Sie wiederum in neue Fähigkeiten entweder des guten oder des bösen Spider-Mans investieren - das einzige Element, das motiviert, längere Zeit am Ball zu bleiben. Doch das Schlimmste: Web of Shadows sieht zwar nett aus, deutlich besser als Spider-Man 3 seinerzeit, als Konsequenz läuft das Spiel jedoch nicht ruckelfrei, sondern bricht regelmäßig auf unspielbare Bildwiederholungs-Werte ein.
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PlayStation 3GameTrailers
It's rare that such a great concept is sabotaged so savagely by poor execution, but Web of Shadows is a stark reminder that it takes more than a solid idea to make a great game. Spider freaks who haven't had enough of this same formula will find it to be a solid rental, but if your spider senses are tingling we recommend picking up one of the old games from the bargain bin.
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Xbox 360GamingTrend
When I write a review I typically avoid any and all information about it to make sure my writing isn’t tainted or influenced by anyone else’s thoughts about a game. After I finished this review I popped by a few of the review aggregation sites and could plainly see which sites had played through the bulk of the game, and which had not. I readily admit that I rushed my review on Spider-Man 3, so this time I spent more time on Web of Shadows. I really wish Treyarch had done the same.
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Xbox 360Common Sense Media
Unlike recent Spider-Man titles which focus on open-world action, Web of Shadows emphasizes combat. Your hero pummels foes on the ground, along the facades of skyscrapers and even in mid-air. As you vanquish foes from drug dealers to super villains, you'll earn points toward new attacks. You can also pick up glowing spiders scattered throughout the city that increase your speed. A twist to the storyline is Spider-Man himself has been infected by the symbiote. As a result, Spider-Man can take advantage of the symbiote's powers in the form of an all-black costume. While Spider-Man deftly bounces past enemies in his traditional red and blue suit, the black version whips long tendrils at foes and uses brute strength to punish enemies. Some elements of open world games, like light exploration and sporadic side quests, appear as well.
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WiiNintendojo
Still, it has its place for fans of the series, especially in its (predictable) parade of heroes and villains and a control scheme that can actually be engaging when it works. If you’re a huge fan, it’s worth a look. If you’re anything less than a hardcore Spidey follower, however, you’ll be better off taking a pass on this title.
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WiiN-Europe
Web of Shadows goes its own way and, plays better for it. But while Treyarch seem confident of their story telling, their overall lack of technical mastery and ability to create an enjoyable combat mechanic kills any enjoyment past the first few hours.
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WiiGames Radar
When you get down to it, what we have here is a good game that is still fun in spite of the limitations of the system. Web of Shadows is a reasonably good time, but unless the Wii is your main gaming console, you’ll want to play it on a higher-end machine with less gimmicky controls. Failing that, this game is still your best bet for a web-slinging fix on the Wii, though given the competition, that isn't saying much.
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WiiGameSpot
Fans of the wallcrawler may find that it's worth putting up with the considerable flaws and frustrations in Web of Shadows just to experience its original story and the occasionally thrilling action. But if you don't feel a particular attachment to the character, it's not worth it. In a way, the game's better aspects only serve to make its flaws all the more disappointing. This really should have been an exciting, high-flying adventure, but the awkward controls keep this Spider-Man from doing whatever a spider can.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows ends up being a disappointment despite a lot of potential. We reckon the combat system, the web swinging and special moves are about the best we've seen in a 3D Spider-man game, but the city feels lifeless, the graphics lack spark and the missions range from OK to dire. Spider-Man fans will likely still get a lot of fun from the game because of the decent treatment of the main man, but he really needed better material to work with in order to have a broader appeal.
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PlayStation 3Gameplayer
A defining moment: while strolling through Battery Park collecting giant glowing spider power-ups, a taxi cab fell foul of a physics bug and started spinning like a top, grinding slowly along on the corner of one bumper like a yellow tornado. The hazy view of the Statue of Liberty was ruined by this crass physical impossibility. Eventually the cab exploded, possibly from embarrassment. Another month or two in quality assurance might’ve squashed that bug.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Spider-Man : Le Règne des Ombres est certainement plus réussi que son prédécesseur Spider-Man 3. Il propose ainsi une jouabilité légèrement remise au goût du jour qui fait honneur à l'agilité et à la puissance du tisseur. Par contre on regrette que le scénario ne soit pas davantage mis en valeur et que les graphismes soient souvent décevants. Il s'agit certainement là du prix à payer pour déambuler librement entre les buildings de Manhattan.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows ends up being a disappointment despite a lot of potential. We reckon the combat system, the web swinging and special moves are about the best we've seen in a 3D Spider-man game, but the city feels lifeless, the graphics lack spark and the missions range from OK to dire. Spider-Man fans will likely still get a lot of fun from the game because of the decent treatment of the main man, but he really needed better material to work with in order to have a broader appeal.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall this is a pretty average game. There are certainly worse games out there but with this holiday season having so many blockbuster titles, Web of Shadows will most likely get lost in the shuffle. It had an interesting premise but overall will be too repetitive for a lot of people. The game is basically you talking to a friend, doing the mission they sent you on, going back to talk to your friend, going on the next mission they sent you on and repeating that process throughout the game. Having the freedom to swing throughout the huge city is entertaining for a while but it can be occasionally hampered by the camera, as I mentioned above. If you are a Spider Man fan I would definitely say to rent this title to see what you think. If you enjoy it then go ahead and pick it up. For other people, you are probably much too busy playing Fallout 3 or Gears of War 2. This could be a good rental in the spring when there aren’t too many games being released.
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Xbox 360Gameplayer
A defining moment: while strolling through Battery Park collecting giant glowing spider power-ups, a taxi cab fell foul of a physics bug and started spinning like a top, grinding slowly along on the corner of one bumper like a yellow tornado. The hazy view of the Statue of Liberty was ruined by this crass physical impossibility. Eventually the cab exploded, possibly from embarrassment. Another month or two in quality assurance might’ve squashed that bug.
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WindowsGamingTrend
I haven’t played the console versions, but I imagine they would come out much better than the PC version. This is a lazy console port, and you will feel it every time you deal with stuttering audio, abysmal framerates, and clunky keyboard controls. There is some limited fun to be had initially, as you grow accustomed to new moves and swinging around the city. However, the honeymoon fades pretty quickly. If you absolutely must play the game, at least save your money for one of the console iterations. This PC port gives our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man a bad name.
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WiiGameZone
Web of Shadows keeps the Spider-man gaming legacy going but with some bumps and bruises. Depending on your tastes the bruises might be more of a compound fracture.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a near-perfect Spidey game. The core Spider-Man elements people care about are all present, and arguably better than any game to date. Sadly, the developers forgot to find a way to eliminate the grinding feel of the basic gameplay. The result is a game hard line Spider-Man fans will want to beat in order to experience the story, while casual fans will likely get bored halfway through.
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PlayStation 31UP
Shadows is halfway there. I experienced plenty of cool "Spider-Man" moments throughout thanks to the basic locomotion and combat and the occasional well-done cut-scene...but Shadows never really hits any sort of stride. Rather, it settles into a rhythm of repetition and drags out as its third act self-destructs. And without the unlockable costumes or artwork (despite seeing it behind the closing credits) of most superhero games, you've no reason to power past the bad bits. Shadows might be the best Spider-Man game yet, but that's just a testament to the series' now-mediocre standards.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a near-perfect Spidey game. The core Spider-Man elements people care about are all present, and arguably better than any game to date. Sadly, the developers forgot to find a way to eliminate the grinding feel of the basic gameplay. The result is a game hard line Spider-Man fans will want to beat in order to experience the story, while casual fans will likely get bored halfway through.
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Xbox 3601UP
Shadows is halfway there. I experienced plenty of cool "Spider-Man" moments throughout thanks to the basic locomotion and combat and the occasional well-done cut-scene...but Shadows never really hits any sort of stride. Rather, it settles into a rhythm of repetition and drags out as its third act self-destructs. And without the unlockable costumes or artwork (despite seeing it behind the closing credits) of most superhero games, you've no reason to power past the bad bits. Shadows might be the best Spider-Man game yet, but that's just a testament to the series' now-mediocre standards.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
When it all comes down to it Web of Shadows is a disappointment to the Spider-Man game franchise. This game is better than the last two Spider-Man games but that really isn’t saying a whole lot. For the asking cost this title is way too much, wait for this one to go down in price before you think about picking it up.
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Wii4Players.de
Finger weg! Die Wii-Fassung ist zwar inhaltsgleich zu den anderen Versionen, aber sonst in jeder Hinsicht drei Klassen schlechter!
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Xbox 360IGN
In the end, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a missed opportunity. Activision, Treyarch, and Shaba were given a blank slate to create whatever Spider-inspired tale they wanted, and they put together a game starring a whiney hero, a foggy story, repetitive gameplay, and a focus on pretty combat combos instead of engaging combat mechanics. Web of Shadows is better than the last Spidey game to make it to the market, but that's not a ringing endorsement. If this game makes your spider-sense tingle in a good way, I'd suggest renting or waiting for a price cut before taking the plunge.
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WiiCheat Code Central
I was really looking forward to Web of Shadows. I had high expectations for this game, but they were obviously not met. I feel like this franchise is in a rut, Treyarch needs to go back and fix the many issues that plague the Spider-Man games. On a positive note, they have the swing system down. It works and is a lot of fun. The combat system is also a good start, but the combinations need more variety instead of repeatedly mashing the same button. They also need to design a control scheme for the Wii instead of mapping buttons to motion swings because the controls feel tacky. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is retailing for $49.99, but I highly recommended you rent before you spend your hard-earned money.
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PlayStation 3Mygamer.com
In all honestly, Spiderman Web of Shadows entirely misses the mark. I can see the effort in creating the new combat system, but it is nothing more than button mashing. The story is filled with holes, the graphics and voice acting has more than a fair share of problems, and the game is filled with bugs (including one that will mess up your save file). There are some entertainment moments, like when encountering Wolverine, but there are so many other missed opportunities. My spider-sense says this game is best suited for a weekend rental.
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PlayStation 3IGN
In the end, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a missed opportunity. Activision, Treyarch, and Shaba were given a blank slate to create whatever Spider-inspired tale they wanted, and they put together a game starring a whiney hero, a foggy story, repetitive gameplay, and a focus on pretty combat combos instead of engaging combat mechanics. Web of Shadows is better than the last Spidey game to make it to the market, but that's not a ringing endorsement. If this game makes your spider-sense tingle in a good way, I'd suggest renting or waiting for a price cut before taking the plunge.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
This may be one of the better Spider-Man games, but by today's standards, other than a decent beat em up with some familiar faces, I recommend even the truest of Spidey fanatics give this a rental.
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Xbox 360GamersHell.com
When all is said and done, Web of Shadows shows hints of promise for being one of the best Spider-Man games yet—that is, until you factor in the myriad of technical flaws which mar everything past about halfway through the game, or when you try to pay attention to the story. The experience may dip towards some repetition in objectives and things to do, but dynamic battles and engaging action make fighting the same thugs over and over again more satisfying than boring. With a bit more time refining environment textures, clearing up framerates, and creating a narrative, Web of Shadows would have been a solid game; as it is, its a buggy experience you have push your way through.
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WindowsIGN
In the end, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a missed opportunity. Activision, Treyarch, Aspyr and Shaba were given a blank slate to create whatever Spider-inspired tale they wanted, and they put together a game starring a whiney hero, a foggy story, repetitive gameplay, and a focus on pretty combat combos instead of engaging combat mechanics. Web of Shadows is better than the last Spidey game to make it to the market, but that's not a ringing endorsement. If this game makes your spider-sense tingle in a good way, I'd suggest renting or waiting for a price cut before taking the plunge.
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WiiIGN
In the end, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a missed opportunity. Activision and Treyarch were given a blank slate to create whatever Spider-inspired tale they wanted, and they put together a game starring a whiney hero, a foggy story, repetitive gameplay, and a focus on pretty combat combos instead of engaging combat mechanics. Web of Shadows is better than the last Spidey game to make it to the market, but that's not a ringing endorsement. If this game makes your spider-sense tingle in a good way, I'd suggest renting or waiting for a price cut before taking the plunge.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
As a Spider-Man fan, I was really hoping to see a revival of him as a video-game hero, but this wasn’t that vehicle. There are moments of fun to be had and an awful lot of gameplay, if you choose to do all of the optional missions (some of it that I found pretty tedious), but mostly it played as uninspired and disappointing for such a big-name brand.
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WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
For enogtyvende gang forsøger en spiludvikler at konvertere en superhelteserie til spilform, og for cirka tyvende gang mislykkes det (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance var godt!). Gense hellere filmene. Altså minus treeren.
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PlayStation 3Blend Games
Web of Shadows is a big improvement over Friend or Foe. But Shaba Games just misses the mark by making the gameplay a little too repetitive and the story laughably silly. With a little more push on the overall experience there could be a great game to match Spider-Man 2 here. This time around it is just not delivered. Too bad, because I feel like they’ve finally gotten Spidey’s fighting style down. Web of Shadows is fun, but in the end is too full of flaws and ridiculous moments to be anything but a foot note in Spider-Man’s pantheon of gaming adventures.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is one of those games that seem content to just drone along, coasting on the ever-decreasing appeal of one gameplay element and gobbling up your free time with repetitive tasks and mindless exploration of a mostly empty space. It's not awful, but nor is it sufficiently different to any of the other Spider-Man games. It's a game you'll probably play through to the end, out of habit rather than excitement, and promptly forget you ever played, and with so many superior games fighting for your attention right now, this is barely worth a weekend rental.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
So what are we left with? Well, the controls work fairly well and it keeps faithful to the Spider-Man universe – if only in appearances, but other than that we've got another underwhelming Spider-Man game on our hands. There isn't enough variation in the missions to keep any average gamer interested until the end, and what you will play is even that attractive. Web of Shadow's ray of sunshine is the web-slinging mechanic, but you can't really make a game based entirely around that, now, can you?
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.pt
Longe de ser brilhante, Web of Shadows é um jogo bastante mediano em praticamente todos os aspectos, o esquema altamente repetitivo aliado aos problemas de câmara e jogabilidade fazem com que seja um jogo sem brilho. Poderá eventualmente atrair os fãs do personagem que sintam uma necessidade de um novo jogo com o herói mas mesmo esses devem-se preparar para as falhas que o afectam.
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PlayStation 3Hellbored
You could hardly compare the best of today’s evolved FPS’s with those of five or six years ago. The latest GTA titles are being improved with every release and even the survival horror genre has seen recent improvement and growth. Web of Shadows unfortunately, while sporting some inventive features, has nothing else to detach it from its earlier predecessors and the fast paced combat and the nimble webslinging are just not enough to carry the game.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
Ultimately though it comes back to crushing disappointment. Nothing here wasn’t possible on the last generation of consoles and after playing other open worlds the city of New York seems bland in comparison. There are plenty of crimes being performed, but eventually when they start resorting to the same; stop bad guys, take injured person to hospital, repeat formula it starts to become tiresome. Why is it so hard to get a superhero game right?
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Xbox 360AusGamers
What's equally vexing about all of this is on paper, any free-form sandbox Spider-man title should work better than your GTAs, Fables, Far Crys and more through his awesome abilities and New York stomping ground. But alas, since videogames began there has yet to be a definitive superhero experience, let alone a Spider-man one. But I love the character so much and see the true potential here I'll keep holding my breath and know that Web of Shadows really didn't even come close.