Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - PC
- Not-So-Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man - A fusion of web-slinging and powerful combat moves combine to create an unbeatable, all-new fighting system that intuitively blends Spider-Man's speed and strength with the environment for deadly new attacks and combos
- Anything Goes - At a moment's notice, you can harness the grace, agility and acrobatics of Spider-Man Red Suit, or leverage the brute, savage power of the Black Suit. Switch suits at any time to create devastating never-before-seen combos and finishing moves
- The City That Never Sleeps - Teeming with life, the Big Apple is more alive than ever before in the Spider-Man series. Citizens will either cheer Spider-Man on or run away in fear, depending on your actions and decisions
- Increased city interactivity and destructibility allow you to pick up and use anything in your way as a weapon, destroy store fronts, demolish vehicles, and virtually obliterate city streets with powerful attacks
- With some of the greatest heroes and most notorious villains in the Marvel Universe, including staples such as Luke Cage and Vulture, your choices control who will ultimately aid you in the fight to rid New York of the alien symbiote
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A deadly symbiote invasion brings devastation to New York City. In Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, the game is set in an apocalyptic vision of the city. You'll have complete control over New York City's salvation and the fate of Spider-man. It also features an all-new combat system that allows for three-dimensional battles that can start on the street and end up on rooftops. You can also switch between the red and black Spider-Man suits, choose to ally with Marvel's heroes or villains and decide what missions to undertake to save Manhattan from destruction.
Extra Credit - As you progress, you earn experience in multiple combat disciplines so you can custom-design your ideal Spider-Man Instant Replay - dozens of story choices and character customization options
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After some time I felt like giving this another chance. Things went better this time, so I'm guessing I had bad luck the first time -- however, both installs ran on the very same hardware (same DVD drive, not a jumper moved out of place) and same Windows 7 installation, so I'm still blaming the game for the glitches, and I still think it needed more polish before hitting the shelves. Polygons were still flashing through one another, New York still appeared boxy and lifeless, and the timing of the whole fading to/from black thing in cutscenes was still a little off, but I could play, dang it.
In fact, I actually managed to enjoy myself this time: it IS fun to be Spider-Man, to web-swing at full speed between the skyscrapers and use the many moves available (the red and black suits have each their own unique attacks) to punish your enemies. It DOES get somewhat repetitive, and the story is minimal, but the core game mechanics do work.
This looks great! Graphics are very well rendered and blend well. No getting stuck in between walls.
It's controls are great! Combat is repeatative but simple and changes up a bit with different combos. But we are talking about how this was made. It runs very well.
On a Windows 7 rig, many older games don't run well (or even not at all). It was great to install it and have it run immediately. It also did not require any kind of activation or registration! Well done! Those are so annoying.
Voice acting. Not top shelf but it's not all that bad.
As for the gameplay/fighting, it can be repeatative button mashing but as stated, you can sort of change it up with web swings and web blasts. Also you can change from original suit to the black suit and fight a little differently.
CHASES...My all-time "hate" in games. I hate chase taskers that say you failed to follow someone or outrun someone. If I wanted to play a racing game I'd buy a game where you race cars. This is spiderman. Thumbs down on these tasks.
Wall walking. Prototype had it right. Just run up to the wall and go. In Spiderman WoS you have to press a key to wall walk? It's really annoying.
I have not completed the game yet but I hear there are 4 possible endings depending on your choices. Looking fwd to finishing it.
The black suit has always been my FAVORITE. In all of the past games most didn't even have the ability to use the black suit, and when they did it was really hard to get, or didn't really do anything special, and you were always kind of pushed to NOT use it... which was a terrible shame.
This game lets you use the black suit ALL the time and you can switch it on or off at any moment without even going into a menu, the way it should be! The black suit looks awesome, and has entirely different abilities when you're using it. You can switch between red and black between combos even if you like to get that crazy.
The battle mechanics have been completely enhanced. You can pull yourself into any enemy with your web non-stop in a beautiful display of aerial acrobatics as you lay waste to your foes in any plain you chose to fight on. The ground, the walls, or in the sky. All 3 are equally entertaining and provide so many dynamics that the fighting is only boring if you're choosing to make it that way by being repetitive. If you like only fighting on the ground, you can pull your enemies down there so you're not forced to fight on walls or in the air generally (but the new aerial fighting moves are an absolute blast!).
The hidden Tokens this time are a lot easier to find, and all they do is increase your web swinging speed and reach, and you don't have to get all of them to feel extremely godly in your distance and abilities.
There is only ONE tiny problem with this game. You can't do a web swing with both hands shooting a web out, (swing from left, to right, kind of like a monkey not quite letting go of the first branch before grasping the next)This is a very iconic way of web swinging and it is sad that it took a while to get it in these games, and now it's gone. I'm pretty sure it was Spider-Man 3 that finally got that in the game almost perfectly, so it is really odd to see that a feature was lost in this game. Over-all it is still a huge improvement in just about every other aspect compared to the predecessors(other than graphics but that is to be expected as they are pumping these games out faster than graphics and processors can get much better).
I think this game runs a little better than Spider-Man 3 because they want back to a more comic book style (not cartoon-like, or cell shading though) and it is not trying to do complex shading and reflections. In fact, there are absolutely no options to mess with the graphics other than resolution which is kind of odd. You certainly need one heck of a CPU to run it smoothly though. I have a really nice Intel Quad Core and an Nvidia GTX 295 and the FPS doesn't hold completely solid if you have the entire city in your field of view and you're zooming really fast. Still runs better than Spider-Man 3 though, and is perfectly smooth for me about 99% of the time.
If you enjoyed the other Spidey games, then this one is a major upgrade to the series!