Excerpt: Ever since the Sam Raimi film kicked off the present-day comic book movie boom, it's become rote to recite the line from Amazing Fantasy #15 that forms the core of the Spider-Man mythos: "With great power there must also come -- great responsibility!" That Stan Lee sentence gets at the heart of why superheroes continue to reverberate so strongly throughout pop culture: The costumes, the powers and the secret identities all service metaphors that hit on aspects of the...
Conclusion: Spider-Man Web of Shadows is a slickly produced game that's a lot of fun while it lasts. The mix of beat-'em-up action and Metroidlike exploration works well with the source material. The length of the game is so short that it feels like reading a comic that's a part of a larger story, making this a good companion to the console game but a tough sell on its own.
Pros: Excellent, fluid animation, Plenty of quality voice acting, Precise controls make pulling off flashy moves easy.
Cons: Can be beaten in under four hours, Combat takes a while to get interesting, Lots of backtracking, Story is underdeveloped.
Conclusion: For those in search of single-player fun, Web of Shadows is an entertaining PS2 title, while not offering a whole lot of functions. There is absolutely no two-player action or any modes other than playing through the storyline with three different skill levels. Though the repetitious button controls can become tiresome, the game does offer enough challenges to keep gamers busy, and Spidey fans of all ages will have fun with Web of Shadows.