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- 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 total devastation to the streets of New York City in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, where players have ultimate control over the citys salvation and Spider-Mans destiny. Set in an apocalyptic New York City, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows gives players an unprecedented level of gameplay choices, including for the first time, control over the games direction and outcome. The all new combat system allows for truly three-dimensional battles that start in the streets, continue up sides of buildings and finish on rooftops. Gamers can instantly switch between Spider-Mans agile red suit and his formidable black suit, choose to ally with Marvels honored heroes or ferocious villains, pick which character abilities to upgrade, and decide which missions to undertake in order to protect Manhattan from certain destruction.
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The main difference in WoS and previous iterations of Spider-Man is seen in the combat dynamic- it is definitely the greatest improvement over previous games. Spidey is now able to "web strike", or aerially attack, enemies in various different ways that is really successful in bringing across the acrobatic ability of the comic book hero. In fact, Spider-Man's combat abilities are the focus of the "upgrades" in his abilities now, unlike in SM2.
Other differences in WoS and previous Spider-Man games include a smoother overall swing and travel animations, the ability choose your own destiny with the use of the symbiote Black Suit (for generally more destructive use, heh heh) as well as an interesting "Ally" feature where you will team up with other heroes from the Spider-Man universe. Additionally, I have to disagree with some of the critics who pointed to WoS being too short; they obviously didn't attempt any of the side challenges.
Overall, I have to give this game a 5/5 because I think it is definitely the best Spider-Man game yet. It develops many of the cool aspects of some of the previous games while leaving out much of the filler. The combat, webslinging, and storyline are all developed to a great extent, and it is definitely worth a rental for the casual Spider-Man fan, and a purchase for the fanatic.
For one thing, this is the first game since the PSX/N64 ones to be based on the normal Marvel Universe Spidey. As such you control Spidey in a New York that's populated with the comic versions of Wolverine, Luke Cage, and Mary Jane. And you also see some of the sights like Wilson Fisk's building and Stark Tower. Just being able to be in this universe will definetely delight any fan who's followed the comics in any fashion over the past 10-15 years. But it also doesn't explain when in time it is. The story doesn't mention wether the Civil War or Secret Invasion has taken place, whether Peter's identity is out in the open, or what the status of MJ and Pete's relationship is. It's just kind of...there.
The controls however, are amazing as usual. I love it because the web-swinging is spot on. The combat I admit can get repetitive, but it still looks exactly like stuff the Spider-Man would do in the comics. A lot of people probably get bored with the web attacks where you zip back to some dude and kick him in the chest or throw him into a wall. I can't get enough of it. Some of the controls might seem a little off at first just because some of the normal things like clinging to a wall or web-zipping are in different places, but you'll catch on through some of the tutorials.
I'll be the first to admit the storyline isn't the best thing I've seen, and the voice acting kind of makes you cringe. But the actual Dialogue is great. I have no idea where they got the whiny little voice that plays Spidey, but it's still funny when he starts cracking jokes and firing off those one-liners that he's famous for. It's one of those games that's almost better while listening to a cd with the tv on mute while reading the dialogue between characters.
So if you're just looking for a game or something to dethrone Spider-Man 2, you're probably better off looking elsewhere. But if you like the character and have had fun with the previous games. You'll really get a kick out if it.
About the action in the game... there's a lot of it: from simply fighting a lot of enemys at once, to saving airborne civilians. There are alternative paths that you can take, choosing the red or black suit way, and there's also the different combos for red and black suit, adding dinamics to the game.
Some details that Spider-Man fans might like: The Spider-Man costumes are the same from the comics, there's a lot of Spidey's "way of talk" and irony in conversations, the game explains the origin of heroes and villains (and it shows THE CORECT BIOGRAPHY!!! not some movie-made history), the Spidey's moves were exactily copied from the comics.
Some details that gamers might like: Spidey's web don't attaches to the sky anymore, if you try web swing above the hight of buildings you'll fall until there's something solid arround for your web to attach. The camera always stay in a friendly position. The game is long enough and the possibilities of choosing different paths (there are 4 endings) makes you want to play this game over and over.
At last, there are lots of villains and heroes in the game and you can have all of then as your allie. If you are using more the red suit you can summon heroes to help you, but if you like the black suit best villains will hurry to answer your call.
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the Spidey's game we have been waiting for a long time. A cool comic-respecting game. I bought it along with Mirror's Edge, Need For Speed: Undercover, PES 2009, MK vs DC and Metal Gear Solid... Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is by far the game that I most play. Resuming: AMAZING!!!!!