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  • Summary: New York City has been invaded and only Spider-Man can save it. The fate of New York is in your hands...Take Control. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows gives you an unprecedented level of gameplay choice, including, for the first time, control over the game's direction and outcome. Choose howNew York City has been invaded and only Spider-Man can save it. The fate of New York is in your hands...Take Control. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows gives you an unprecedented level of gameplay choice, including, for the first time, control over the game's direction and outcome. Choose how Spider-Man fights, which powers to upgrade, who in the Marvel universe to fight with or against, and the fate of New York City itself. Choose wisely. [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Web of Shadows assembles a great cast of heroes and villains, combines them with a fantastic story, and integrates an intuitive and exciting control scheme and evolving combat system that easily makes this the best Spider-Man game ever made to date for any system.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. As far as sandbox games go, it is pretty rudimentary, with an incredibly limited range of mission types. If, however, you slip on Spider-Man's famous skin-tight costume expecting little more than a high-camp, sandbox beat 'em up, you will not be disappointed.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    Half-arsed superhero rubbish. [Christmas 2008, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. May 30, 2013
    10
    Like Spider-Man himself, this game was absolutely amazing. The combat was fluid and web swinging was almost perfect (it stuck to the sky mostLike Spider-Man himself, this game was absolutely amazing. The combat was fluid and web swinging was almost perfect (it stuck to the sky most of the time). Venom was awesome and I enjoyed fighting him seeing as he is my favorite Spidey villain. I love switching between the red and black suit whenever I want. If only Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus were in this game. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2020
    10
    Amazing game since 2008.Story and game play is beautiful best spider man game ever!
  3. Feb 25, 2022
    10
    The gameplay was great the combat was really Hyped me . But the problem is the dialogue was very awful with the storyline
  4. Dec 9, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really don't understand the hate with this game from critics. But honestly, it's one of, if not, the best Spider-Man game in existence up to this date, if not, better than Spider-Man 2018 IMO, and it is not a treasure that shouldn't be forgotten.

    Pros:
    Character design:
    This game has by far one of the best character design in the entire Spider-Man series, including the inclusion of Moon Knight and the symbiotes with their badass and my favorite symbiote designs in the series, including Symbiote Wolverine. If he ever makes an appearance in any of the Marvel movies/shows/games, I'd definitely watch/play it.

    Story:
    The story is simple: find Venom, stop him, and save the world. That's it, but with a twist. The game has a branching paths that if you want the good ending featuring the good spiderman, or the bad ending featuring the black-suit spiderman and controls the symbiotes and takes over the world while both Kingpin and S.H.I.E.L.D. join forces along with fully controlled Symbiote Wolverine (the game's boss) to take on the new symbiote ruler that is spiderman. If there's a sequel that follows this ending, I would love to play as the boss to take on the evil version of spiderman.

    Gameplay:
    Out of all spiderman games, this has the better web swinging and better combat. You have so many moves to chose from for both suits. Moves for red suit spiderman and moves for black suit spiderman. Red for weak but fast attacks and black for slow but strong attacks. This game also gives you the option to chose which route to pick that if you want the good ending or the bad ending, and it's a breath of fresh air if someone don't want to be the "goodie-two-shoes" spiderman and it's also good for replayability.

    Cons:

    Characters & Voices:
    This is something I have to agree here. The voice acting are mediocre and I don't blame the voice actors for trying their best. One of them is spiderman's whiny voice that I can't stand. It get's better when you pick evil spiderman. Some of them are the voices are so bad that they're good, like Scarlet with her stereotypical slovan voice and Luke Cage's snazzy but dull voice. And there're good and amazing voice performance such as Liam O' Brian as Electro and Steve Blum as Wolverine.

    Game Bugs:
    This game has encountered with so many game bugs and sometimes, the game crashed on me that I had to restart the console.

    Dull world:
    There's another thing that I would have to agree is that the world is dull. No side missions, no extra costumes, and there's barely any life.

    Cut Content:
    Out of all Spider-Man games, this one that has the most cut content in the game. Most of open world spiderman games gives you the option to free roam the city. But in this game, here's no post-game free roam, so you're stuck with the story and call it a day. This game also has missing characters that should've been in the game like Symbiote Moon Knight. There was also finished art work in the credits of the game. It feels like this game was rushed upon launch. Not only that, I feel like the bad ending is the canon ending and if it is true, I want to play as Symbiote Wolverine and play as him 24/7. But sadly, that dream lives on.

    Overall:
    It may have been the most overlooked Spiderman game, but it's one of the best one in the series. If this game ever gets a switch port or even remaster it for current/next gen consoles, I would re-buy it.
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  5. Jul 1, 2011
    8
    Pros: fun gameplay, city is huge, web-swinging is fun, good story. Cons: not exactly deep, repetitive combat, running is too sharp, city isPros: fun gameplay, city is huge, web-swinging is fun, good story. Cons: not exactly deep, repetitive combat, running is too sharp, city is boring, bad graphics, weak cutscenes. OVERALL: enjoyable in parts but once you finish the game you have to start a new file. and there should be more things to do in the city. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2011
    7
    The best thing to do in this game is by far the swinging around. It's fluid, responsive and looks good, animations are top notch. There's moreThe best thing to do in this game is by far the swinging around. It's fluid, responsive and looks good, animations are top notch. There's more moves to pull of such as wall running, crawling sliding etc it's all good... That is until the glitches kick in, and completely ruin the experience. You can be soaring through the air at breakneck speed, only for Spidey to come to an instant stop in mid-air, witness his world load before him, then drop down vertically. Other times, he may just disappear altogether requiring a restart or load. Levelling up is incredibly easy. Unfortunately, it requires you to collect 2000 tokens around the city and it's boring, but makes the game better once it's finally done.
    Combat is pretty good, nothing major though still the best in Spidey games so far. Red or black suits have different moves.
    Voice Acting is rubbish (except Black Cat) and the story is dull with basic red or black suit choices. Basically, it's a decent game. Best Spidey game anyway.
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  7. Jan 10, 2022
    0
    This game is very bad and the combat system on the wall is annoying. This 360° camera makes me nauseous every time I try to fight on walls.This game is very bad and the combat system on the wall is annoying. This 360° camera makes me nauseous every time I try to fight on walls. Ultimate Spiderman was in 2004 and it's a thousand times better than this thing Expand

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