So after a long summer hiatus, while UG was being completely redone and me having no time to play games, im finally back in the swing of things this fall with my first review and a new rating system.
Ive waited quite a while for Spiderman:Web of Shadows to be released and after much anticipation, it was quite a let down.For Those of you that have played any of the Spiderman games on the older generation consoles maybe remember having a pretty good time web slinging around NYC in a sandbox type area. Ever since the release of Spiderman 3 for the current generation consoles (pS3 and 360) it has either been mediocre or just plain terrible ::cough:: Friend or Foe::cough::.
Spiderman WOS doesnt bring anything really new to the table other then some cool animations, some new attacks, and a new story. With that being said, this game has alot of downfalls. For a next generation game, the graphics look pretty outdated. Seems like there has been slight improvements in the graphical department of Spiderman 3 the game but its been over a year since that game has been released. WOS has some really good ideas on combat like the smooth transactions from aerial to ground attack or vise versa but the camera seems to have a hard time keeping up.
Now here is where it really just gets me. The story line is semi unique from what I have played so far. But the biggest problem is the dialogue and tone of some characters. Spiderman sounds like a complete wuss. He seems to be voiced by some whiny 10 year old school boy. And the funny yet semi depressing part happens within the first 15 minutes of the game. When Spidey saves MJ and puts her on a stretcher, MJ calls Spidey Peter like its a normal thing when there are paramedics and cops right next to them. Poor dialogue placement kinda just ruins the whole hero in the mask mystique when your calling them out by their real name. Another bad thing is that the game can get very very repetitive. They ask for you to do some tutorials over and over. Also the fighting combat although fun can become a button mashing affair sometimes.
With all that, heres the tally
Graphics: This is Fall 2008 and the graphics look like from the early stages of the PS3 and 360. Not impressed. This game was made buy some of the developers from the Call Of Duty 4 game. I expected 2008 graphics not late 2006.
Sound: The city sounds are almost non existing. NYC doesn't live like it does in GTA 4's make believe city. And the voice acting is terrible. This coming from a developer that has one of the best sound crews and has been awarded many praises for their work on Call Of Duty. What a Shame
Game play : While the game play has its moments, the tedious repetition when playing through missions and boss battles get tiring really quick.
replay value : With the additions of some cool characters like Wolverine and how they tie into the story, you do have the option of playing this game with intentions of a full fledged hero or a downright evil hero. The choice is yours to choose and the cut scenes to very depending on what path you choose. Also, leveling up through finding Spidey icons can get a little addicting so thats another plus.
While this game is definitely not a buy, it is worth at least renting it for a play through to see some of the cool symbiote bosses and if your a Spidey fan like me. Even though i gave it a low score, the game has tons of potential and hopefully the developers will fix this in the next game if there is one.