Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. While not quite perfect and a bit on the short side, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is absolutely amazing, especially considering the poor reception of its home console counterparts; any DS owner with a taste for brawlers owes it to themselves to pick this one up.
  2. This is by far the best one yet and is probably the best Spider-Man game, period, of the last few years.
  3. 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.
  4. From negotiating the labyrinthine levels to cracking heads, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows brilliantly captures the essence of Spidey.
  5. 80
    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.
  6. More of the same conceptually, but the highly polished gameplay makes it a joyous, must-play Spider-Man sequel.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. It’s polished and fun for the four or five hours it lasts. Hopefully Griptonite takes this solid foundation and really expands on it in a future Spider-Man title.
  10. Web of Shadows takes Spider-Man into new territory with an enjoyable action adventure romp that's over too soon.
  11. Web of Shadows is a passable, but sincere, form of flattery to the king of the genre.
  12. 60
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. jeonglee
    Aug 16, 2009
    Good: -Tight control -smooth character movements -Stealing from Metroid Bad: -Tedious battles, even with new moves -enemies lack distinctiveness, which makes the battles more tedious
    -constantly regenerating enemies
    (while your attack power stays the same, enemies grow stronger with more hit points. So battles last much longer. Tapping button endlessly makes the experience tiresome)
    -Hard to distinguish entrance/path
    -Environments look too samey (lack of variety in color and mood)
    -Same music repeats over and over (music changes only when you encounter enemies/bosses but even that gets old quickly)
    -overall experience=tiring

    Nice effort but no cigar. Reviewers giving 90 are too generous or they are well-paid.
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  2. AleksTodorovic
    Nov 24, 2008
    I am definitely baffled as to how this game has been placed lower than other spider-man titles.
    Having played every spider-man title on the
    DS, i can confidently state that this is by far the best of them all.

    True, the game itself is a basic 2d side scroller (which is what works for this kinda game, tho some want that 3d malarkey), but the graphics are stunning for a hand held.

    As well, the controls are solid, and loose enough to create some customizable combos to deliver web fueled ass kicking.

    The games story is decent, although not winning any prizes. However, it is a bit short, but hey, its best to keep these kinds of games quick and simple.

    All in all a great time and something you can get friends addicted to.
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