Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
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  1. 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.
  2. Blurry textures, an average story and Peter Parker's voice gets on our nerves, but overall, Web of Shadows is a cool Spider-Man adventure and much better than the horrid "Spider-Man 3."
  3. Spiderman is back with a completely new adventure that makes us forget the poorly done Friend or Foe, being closer to the fantastic Spider-Man 3. Web of Shadows has a lot of untapped potential, but it falls short for its technical problems and some bugs. However, it has a fantastic combat system and an impressive storyline.
  4. Looks flashy, and fun but ends up being a shallow, repetitive trawl.
  5. 70
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. AceGamez
    Spider-Man: Web of Shadows isn't a perfect game; there's too much grind and the first act is badly realised.
  8. Web of Shadows is an improvement over previous Spider-Man titles, but still lacks the punch we expect from such a popular movie-based intellectual property. A poorly told story coupled with mediocre and often repetitive action sequences have thwarted this titles chances of blockbuster glory this Christmas.
  9. X-ONE Magazine UK
    One of the best Spider-Man games yet. [Issue#40, p.101]
  10. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a breath of fresh air in many respects, but needs a good breeze in others.
  11. 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.
  12. 67
    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 65
    Despite some of the more flagrant errors, I'm still slinging webs around New York City enjoying the thrill of being what boils down to an urban Tarzan.
  16. 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.
  17. 60
    There are enough improvements here to please existing Spider-Man vidgame fans, but a shaky story and poorly implemented moral choice system -- and the lack of a new movie -- could leave it hanging by a thread in a crowded market.
  18. 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.
  19. Web of Shadows opens strong, but it seems like it runs out of interesting and varied ways to put them to use well before you get to the end, and it turns into a bit of a grind.
  20. 60
    There’s enough great gameplay here to make Web of Shadows recommendable for Spider-Man fans. The sheer level of glitches in the game, however, manages to take the fun factor down several notches.
  21. Overall this is a pretty average game.
  22. With Web of Shadows developer Treyarch builds on top of the foundation they laid with Spiderman 3. As Spiderman the player is put in charge of saving the city from a state of decay. The substance that spawned Spideys arch nemesis Venom has run amok in the city with total chaos as a direct result. The premise of the game is interesting but a horrible game camera and an overall lackluster framing makes the experience passable at best.
  23. Another year, another fair-to-average open-world Spider-Man action game.
  24. In conclusion, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is a competent addition to the franchise, though it feels like there could have been much more to the game.
  25. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Tether the choreography to controls and you'd be on to something. [Jan 2009, p.78]
  26. 58
    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.
  27. 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.
  28. 57
    Activision 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.
  29. Repetitive, repetitive and repetitive… With those three words we can describe Spiderman Web of Shadows, a new and failed adaptation of the hero to the videogames. Hard to play and much harder to recommend.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Far from brilliant, Web of Shadows is a weak game in practically every aspect, the repetitive scheme combined with the camera and gameplay problems mean this game has no glow. Eventually fans of the hero may feel the need for another game but even those must pay attention to its flaws.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. KennyP.
    Oct 23, 2008
    This game is really fun. I went back to play GTA4 for a little bit after playing spiderman and GTA was so slow. Even the running and car This game is really fun. I went back to play GTA4 for a little bit after playing spiderman and GTA was so slow. Even the running and car driving. So went back to spiderman and was killing guys two hundred feet up a building. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2010
    Web of Shadows is easily the best Spider Man game to date. It's loads of fun and has a great story. Plenty of appearances from some of theWeb of Shadows is easily the best Spider Man game to date. It's loads of fun and has a great story. Plenty of appearances from some of the great Marvel characters, both heroes and villains alike. The combat has been tweaked a little from previous games, it feels a little more fluid and realistic. You are able to switch from the red and black suits at will, each with their own combat styles, unlike the blandness of the Spider Man 3 game suits, and its actually closer to the real comic look on top of it. The wall combat is a nice little new addition as well, it's really fun to fight on the side of buildings and the like.The system still isn't really perfect, with some moves being repetitive but it works out in the end. Swinging through the streets of New York is as fun as ever, personally I don't know if it will ever grow old on me. The combat skill tree is easy enough to manage, and your points are added at a good pace to the time you come around to needing them in the story, so you're not too overpowered at any one point. My only serious gripe is the voice actor they chose for Spider Man. He's way too squeaky and childlike for my tastes. I wasn't expecting a deep booming voice or anything, because obviously that wouldn't fit Peter's character, but they could of done better in their choice of actor. Even so, that didn't ruin the game for me. Any fan of the ol' web head out there should definitely enjoy this game. Full Review »
  3. ColinJiang
    Dec 1, 2008
    This game is a way better version than the last games and completely destroys the thought that all spiderman games suck. But the game getsThis game is a way better version than the last games and completely destroys the thought that all spiderman games suck. But the game gets boring and soon you use the same attacks over and over again. Such as you just use a web kick turn on your black suite and finish them off there's no change and the upgrades are really weird. But it still doesn't ruin the fact the game rules for the first 60% so its still a really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really fun, boring, the same old thing, but awsome. Full Review »