Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

 
High-flying action that grows repetitive quickly.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ultimately, you're a hero seeking to save New York City.

Ease of play

This brawler is pretty easy to pick up, but it doesn't vary, so it gets boring quickly.

Violence

Spider-Man uses his fists and feet to beat up foes. In his black suit, he can toss cars and grab enemies by shooting long tendrils.

Sex

A couple instances of flirting between Spider-Man and female villain Black Cat. Some female characters wear tight bodysuits which reveal cleavage. Players can also see jiggling breasts.

Language

Some of the dialogue includes words like "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

A few billboards of fake companies are littered throughout the city.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is reference to drug dealers, but nothing specifically detailing use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that combat plays a prominent role in Spider-Man's latest adventure. Most of the game is spent punching, kicking, and hurling enemies throughout the city. However, the game doesn't include any blood or gore.

What's it about?

Even superheroes have their bad moments. In the case of Spider-Man, it happens in the form of Activision's SPIDER-MAN WEB OF SHADOWS. While the combat is often exhiliarating, the adventure feels very one-dimensional. New York City has been invaded by an alien symbiote infecting citizens, and it's up to Spider-Man to thwart it.

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.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fights look and feel incredible, particularly once you leave the ground. You can pull yourself toward enemies with a web shot and let loose a flurry of punches and kicks. You can also slings gobs of web to slow foes before beating them down. Out of all the Spider-Man video games, Web of Shadows is arguably the best at conveying the character's speed and agility.

Where Web of Shadows fails is the game's singular focus on combat. The game simply involves swinging from fight to fight. There are occassions where you rescue civilians or chase down an enemy, but they're rare. What's worse is the combat itself is fun initially, but grows repetitive as you see Spider-Man repeatedly execute the same moves. Web of Shadows may dazzle at first, but don't expect the thrills to last very long.

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Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo 64
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 23, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Mac, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Windows)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySpartan B12 April 13, 2012
age 12+
 

Great game

I loved Web of Shadows as a kid and I think it is great fun for any Spider-Man fan. However it does involve mature content. E.G. (SPOILER ALERT) when the city is over run with alien parasites, which infect or kill civillians. The infected's apperance does not really differ from Venom, Carnage or Anti-Venom. I think it is a excellent game, but not for under 10s.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written bysaakar January 13, 2010
age 2+
 

perfect for all ages

well i think this is the best spiderman game so far, and i have played all of them, the highlights of this game are that they actualy added a couple more bridges other than just that one into this game, i bought this game a few months before we actually went to nyc for the first time and i found out how inaccurate the city is in all the games except spiderman 2, the violence isnt to bad niether is the language, but black cat is kinda flirtacious in this game, its a pretty good game overall so i would reccomend it to people of all ages
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byStarZero December 5, 2009
age 13+
 

Not bad

The gameplay is nice, there are multiple ways to tell the story. Some of the 'black suit' attacks are rather brutal, but not so much so as to detract from Spidey's usual vein. As to the 'consumerism', most billboards are just reverences to companies that feature in Marvel comics.

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