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Reviewed: Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: November 17th, 2008
Page: 3

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

When you're just running around the world, the gameplay is fun and engaging, as long as there are enemies to toy with. Once you're in a boss fight... be prepared for annoyance factor.

Graphics:

They've pushed the envelope on the character models of "main" characters, but they haven't done an immense amount to the environment or to bystanders and random scenery. I suppose the polygon count was still prohibitive. Still, they did a very good job and obviously spent a lot of time on the things that are front and center throughout the game, including Spidey's transitions between suits and his weblines.

Sound and Music:

Good music... mediocre voice acting at best. Special warning to those who think Spidey's voice shouldn't actually sound like a teenager, because their voice actor is pretty whiney.

Difficulty:

Reasonably difficult to beat, though that isn't necessarily a criterion for a Spidey title. The removal of the "experience" system in favor of an explore-for-tokens system in leveling up and increasing abilities changes the game's dynamic considerably.

Controls and Interface: /

On the standard consoles, good to go. The two-star mark up there is for the PC; it has a particularly awkward set of key definitions, maps the camera to mouse, and refuses to take a PC gamepad.

Overall:

It's proof that the Spidey series is getting better again, but there's still work for them to do. Rent it before buying, definitely.


Added:  Monday, November 17, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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