A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some of the dialogue includes words like "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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