Well I was dubious about getting this game after the dismal Spiderman 3 game but somehow this is a great game! The fighting is responsive and arcadey, which makes it lots of fun and you can actually see spiderman on the screen compared to the incredibly dark lighting issues of the last game. Changing between the red/blue and black suit on the fly never gets old. If your like me I've wanted to test drive the black suit since Spiderman 2. Spiderman 3 allowed you to wear the suit but it made very little difference to gameplay. But in Web of shadows you can essentially do everything you'd expect spiderman to be able to do(with the exception of of sitting on flag poles and lamp posts and that pointless "hanging upside down and sliding down the web" move from previous games).
One bizarre design choice was that they have reverted back to spiderman's webs seemingly attaching to the clouds when swinging through the city. At first this seems like a backwards step, but this break away from realism never hinders the freedom you get from propelling yourself around the city and if anything, just adds to the arcadey fun and for once spiderman finally feels like the A-List superhero he is meant to be. You actually feel powerful. Gone are the rubbish fighting mechanics from previous games where you had to fight a single mugger then run away from his friends to regroup to plan your next attack. Now you can wade in without a plan and take on a bunch of bad guys without ever touching the ground or taking a single hit.
The game environment is enjoyable destructible, things break how you'd expect them too when spiderman gets through at them or you through a bad guy.
The voice acting is pretty terrible, but you do get used to it. And the camera canhave a mind of its own. But then it does have to contend with a character than can go up or down by hundreds of feet at the touch of a button, so it's sorta forgiveable.
Getting to chose between good or bad choices at certain points in the game may not change gameplay in a dramatic way, but it does at least simulate the feeling that you are a hero in a living breathing world and you can make important decisions. Do you cheat on MJ for example and start hanging out with black cat? Or do you stay faithful and tell the tramp to bog off?
Despite my beast intentions the temptation to stay in the dark suit is pretty much overwhelming. Its more powerful, you can pick up cars and through them and as you unlock more moves you can shoot tendrils out to grap people 100 yards away etc. The downside is people stop cheering your name and run away and scream the more you rely on the darker option. And you can see why, as when a car knocks into you as your walking across the road are you really not gonna tap circle to pick it up and through it into the ocean. For the first time you can experience the inner turnmoil peter faces when he wears the dark suit. You can't fight the dark side it would seem.... It's the most fun i've had in a spiderman game since playing as Venom in Ultimate Spiderman. Imagine that throwaway fun experience and through in better moves, a more arcadey feel and the incredibly ace black suit and you've got yourself a fun free roam sand box superhero game. Something of a rarity at the moment. I got this for 25 quid. The game is not worth more than 30. And 25 quid for a bit of what you like aint too shabby at all.