Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

aka: Spider-Man: Le Règne des Ombres
Moby ID: 41616
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Although Spider-Man: Web of Shadows shares some features as previous Spider-Man games there are also many differences including no movie connection for starters.

A flashback in the beginning reveals how a fight with Venom causes some symbiote to attach to Spider-Man giving him greater strength. Spider-Man then meets Luke Cage who helps train him to defeat the city gangs. During an attempt to save some gang leaders from assassins, Spider-Man is attacked by residents who are controlled by symbiote. The symbiote substance terrorizes the city as it spreads and attaches to innocent citizens. Spider-Man begins a quest to save New York City.

He sees the epidemic sweeping the streets below as he’s able to swing over and between buildings with great speed and agility hunting down baddies. Don’t worry about falling from buildings as Spider-Man seems to be unaffected by the plunge. When under attack, just mashing the X button enables Spider-Man to punch and conquer. The player has the ability to change suits easily where you can defeat bad guys as either the red Spidey using his web or the black Spidey using the tendrils from the symbiote. Other destructive combo attacks are the same regardless of suit color. Choosing one suit color over the other is more of a player’s personal choice for each fight and doesn’t have an impact on the game’s outcome. However, the player will be forced to make decisions during the game that are equal to Spider-Man’s red suit or black suit morals. The choices made at these times will lead the player to different endings based on the paths taken. Points are earned as he fights crime and advances to help upgrade moves and actions.

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  • Человек-Паук: Паутина Теней - Russian spelling

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Average score: 68% (based on 80 ratings)

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Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 28 ratings with 1 reviews)

The best combat heavy Spidey game

The Good
After the campy showing of the Raimi films in Friend or Foe, Shaba and Treyarch made it up with creating a proto-Prototype game (2nd after Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction) where Peter Parker for reasons unknown gets a part of Venom after 20+ years. In 3-4 chapters, NYC goes from a peaceful metropolis plaqued by gang banger drive by's and shoot outs to a full on symbiote infested cesspool. Taking a page from Neversoft's game, the developer put a little treat for Marvel fans in form of supporting characters such as Mary Jane, Luke Cage, Black Cat (3rd best in gaming) and villains like Kingpin, Vulture, Electro etc. For those that did not enjoy the tech demo feel of Treyarch's Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in, this one brings a clear redesign of NYC.

The Bad
Since this is a PC port, the main issue derrives from FPS and sometimes the camera. The plot, while an interesting concept (looks like Neversoft is the core inspiration) needed more time in the kitchen with the pacing and better explanation for certain plot points. Keith Arem, the VO director did what he could with the dialogue but certain voice actors shouldn't have been casted (Vaughn as Spidey, Atkin Downes as Moon Knight and O'Brien as Electro). A future remaster might fix some of the camera and FPS issues.

The Bottom Line
Despite being better than Friend or Foe, this game deserved more time spent on polishing certain aspects before release.

Windows · by Hrvoje Grahovac (2) · 2024

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Game added July 25, 2009. Last modified February 19, 2024.