People often refer to the Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Insomniac’s latest entry when discussing their favourite Spider-Man games. Unfortunately, Web of Shadows is routinely neglected and hauled off to the side, not even succeeding in garnishing hatred as the Amazing Spider-Man games tend to.
The lack of appreciation that Web of Shadows has is astonishing because, in the sea of combat-rich open world web-swinging games, it's unique in that Shadows proudly embraces features reminiscent of the RPG genre such as the two skill-trees and moral choices; Peter Parker can cross the line or embrace traditional boy-scout heroism, it’s up to the player. The two perk trees are present because Spider-Man dons both the symbiote suit and the classic red and blue which allows for a plethora of different abilities to be unlocked, adding depth to the combat.
The symbiote suit can shoot tendrils, extend beyond the limits of Parker’s body and lend a hand to a very aggressive playstyle. The base suit, on the other hand, gives you the classic, beloved experience of web shooting, fisticuff, kicks-to-the-face-action.
The game may be overlooked due to poor graphics and sub-par voice acting, but that hardly matters when the game sports an incredibly designed combat system with bosses to unleash it upon. As much as I love the new game by Insomniac, nothing compares to facing off against an overgrown, hulking Wolverine and a symbiote-infected Vulture. Even beating up the ordinary thugs on the streets offers an enjoyable experience.
The game may be overlooked due to poor graphics and sub-par voice acting, but that hardly matters when the game sports an incredibly designed combat system
The story is amazingly basic with, for the most part, cringeworthy cutscenes to carry it along but, in spite of that, Venom’s presence in the game is fantastic and the various heroes Spider-Man encounters on his journey make it all worthwhile. The noble Luke Cage, the vengeful Moon Knight and the grizzly Wolverine all teach Spider-Man life lessons and fighting techniques before sending him on his way to take care of a problem that they’re dealing with. It’s repetitive but helping out some of the more underappreciated heroes makes this feel like a true Spider-Man story.
If you’re itching for more Spidey games after the PS4 entry and still have a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 lying around, dust it off, get yourself a copy of Web of Shadows, and swing into one of the most overlooked games about the beloved wallcrawler.