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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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High-flying action that grows repetitive quickly.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStarZero December 5, 2009

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byBroncoDude10001 December 31, 2012

Decent game, but overwhelming sex content ruins it.

CSM's review of this game is not accurate. That is the first thing I would like to point out. The area where it fails to give correct information is in the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpartan B12 April 13, 2012

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 i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysaakar January 13, 2010

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 bridge... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Web of Shadows compares to other Spider-Man video games. How is this game better or worse? Also, what are some of the best video games based on comic book characters?

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