'''''Spider-Man: Web of Shadows''''' was a 2008 video game starring {{Spider-Man}} as he tries to stop Venom and his symbiote army from taking over New York, and is helped by MoonKnight, {{Wolverine}}, and Luke Cage.

The game takes notes from the WideOpenSandbox of ''[[VideoGame/SpiderMan2 Spider-Man 2: The Game]]'', ironing out the flaws introduced there and adding an evolving environment that gradually turns New York's appearance into that of a symbiote entrenched alien world. The gameplay involves an in-depth combat system similar to ''Spider-Man 2'''s as well as changes in web-swinging mobility that actually allow aerial battles and wall-crawling battles to be ''fun''. The Symbiote Suit/Red Suit duality is back, with each suit requiring distinct playstyles and with the ability to be instantly interchanged even in the midst of battle to switch up combos. The variety of combat options and the ease in switching between the different modes of combat means battles are ''extremely'' dynamic.

The game was often touted by advertisements and previews as delivering the "complete" experience of being Spider-Man. Because of this, the console game is considered one of the best Spider-Man games in recent history to fans, but most critics found it SoOkayItsAverage due to graphical and sound flaws, as well as repetitive main- and side-quests.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AWinnerIsYou: In the PS2 version, once you beat the final boss, all you get is a pop up saying "Congratulations, you beat Spider-Man: Web of Shadows!" before going back to the main menu. You don't even get an image for your efforts.
* ActionCommands: Of the PressXToNotDie variety, mostly found during cutscenes and after boss fights.
* ActionGirl: Mary Jane. Rather than being the DistressedDamsel, she actually takes part in the boss fight against Symbiote Black Cat, blasting away at symbiotes with her shotgun from a hovercraft. She also fires that shotgun with essentially one hand, as her right arm is broken.
** Although her shotgun does almost nothing to the symbiotes and you fail the mission if she dies so you have to keep breaking off the fight with Symbiote Black Cat to save MJ over and over and over again, making her assistance a case of "Stop Helping Me!"
* AIBreaker: The ''last two bosses'' of the NintendoDS version are [[ThatOneBoss Those Two Bosses]] of the game, until you start {{Whoring}} two of the ''most basic moves in the game''. [[spoiler:Venom]], the penultimate boss, can be beaten simply by [[spoiler:standing on either the lower edge on the far left or on the other on the far right, and then keeping shooting webs, causing Venom to be slammed to the ground]], while the FinalBoss can be beaten by... wait for it... [[spoiler:kicking him by spamming ''web-swinging'']]. [[AnticlimaxBoss So much for the "final boss".]]
* AlliterativeName: It ''is'' Spider-Man, after all.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Peter is given the choice of either turning Black Cat over to SHIELD after she's badly injured following her second boss fight, or bonding her with a symbiote to heal her.
* AnimalMotifs: Obviously -- Spidey, Black Widow, Rhino, Vulture, Black Cat, and so on...
* AxCrazy: Venom, when Eddie's not in control.
* BadassBoast: Spider-Man after getting the symbiote near the beginning of the game.
-->'''Spider-Man''': Venom, get ready for a world of pain!
* BadassBookworm: Peter is one of the more nerdy superheroes, but he's also a Grade A certified badass.
* BadassNormal: Moon Knight, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, and Mary Jane have no powers, but that doesn't stop them from kicking butt.
* BettyAndVeronica: Mary Jane and Black Cat vie indirectly over Peter's affections, with Mary Jane wanting him to lead a normal life and Black Cat wanting him to turn to the dark side.
* BerserkButton: Only ''just'' averted. During Kingpin's KickTheDog moment, Spider-Man almost uses the Black Suit to pummel the guy, but stops himself because he made a promise to Mary Jane that he wouldn't use it.
* BrickJoke: When Spider-Man talks with Luke Cage about ending the gang violence in Harlem, he mentions that, growing up in the relatively peaceful Queens, he probably wouldn't have any idea what it was like on the streets. Later, when arranging a meeting between the rival gang leaders, this exchange occurs.
--> '''Spider-Man''': Now, be there, or be square.
--> '''Gang leader''': "Be square"?! Are you from Queens or something?
* BuildingSwing: As always, the main mechanic of traversing NYC.
* ByronicHero: Spidey is at his whiniest and most troubled here.
* CarFu: The super-powered variant, but Spidey can only use it while in Symbiote mode -- presumably, he has too much restraint otherwise.
* CatGirl: Black Cat, naturally, as both her costume and alias are intended to invoke it.
* ChestInsignia: Spidey and Venom have spiders and Moon Knight has a moon.
* ContinuityNod: The first time you meet Kingpin's gliders, Peter will say "[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Gliders are so 2004, guys. The kids like the Sandman and Venom now!]]" Then there's Woverine's questions that he asks you.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: The Kingpin has enough high-tech weaponry to make Tony Stark jealous; his ''garden-variety'' thugs are equipped with Goblin gliders, PoweredArmor, and MiniMecha. What do they use it for? Robberies and vandalizing city hall. And we thought his guards [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries having laser guns]] was improbable!
* DarkIsEvil: The more Black Suit choices the player makes, the more sinister and aggressive Spider-Man becomes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Spider-Man himself is this if the player primarily has him use the Black Suit's powers but otherwise follow the Red Suit path.
* DatingCatwoman: Black Cat initially shows up in the game working for Kingpin because she is still in love with Spider-Man and did it to help him from the inside. Problem is, he's currently married to Mary Jane. Over the course of the game, she gets infected with a symbiote, and the option is actually given to choose her over Mary Jane, especially in the "Black Suit" storyline.
* DeadpanSnarker: Spidey is the ultimate master of cracking sarcastic jokes, of course, but several other characters get in on the gig is well.
* DirtyOldMan: The Tinkerer's demands to build the sonic bomb include a specific girl from a tool catalog.
* EnemyMine: Spider-Man is forced to team up with Rhino and the Tinkerer to put a stop to the symbiotes.
* EmergencyTransformation: When Black Cat is badly injured following their second fight, Spider-Man can choose to either give her to S.H.I.E.L.D. for medical treatment (Red Suit path) or bond a symbiote to her (Black Suit path).
* EvilSoundsDeep: Venom has a guttural, growling voice befitting his monstrous appearance.
* FallenHero: Spidey takes over the symbiotes in the Black Suit endings.
* FaceHeelTurn: Spider-Man in the Evil Endings. Black Cat as well if you choose her over Mary Jane.
* FiveManBand: Black Suit players end up with:
** AntiHero: Spider-Man.
** TheLancer: Black Cat (Who pulls double duty as TheChick).
** TheSmartGuy: Vulture.
** TheBigGuy: Rhino.
** SixthRanger: Electro.
* FiveManBand: Red Suit players get:
** TheHero: Spider-Man.
** TheLancer: Wolverine.
** TheSmartGuy: Moon Knight.
** TheBigGuy: Luke Cage.
** TheChick: Mary Jane.
** SixthRanger: Black Widow.
* FromBadToWorse: One of the central themes to the story was how quickly the symbiote infection seemed to spread. Made apparent when, after unwillingly giving Spider-Man back the symbiote in the beginning of the story, without losing his, Venom soon realised he could reproduce the symbiote and do the same to others. After that, it literally takes one night before things get out of control.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Oddly, with the red suit/black suit choices the player can be a perfect boyscout or a real bastard, but as long as the player simply uses the black suit or red suit repectively in actual gameplay most of the time they will still quickly go to that suit's alignment regardless.
* GeniusBruiser: Given how strong and fast Spider-Man is, it's easy to forget that he is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel universe.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: If you pick the Black Suit option after beating Symbiote-Wolverine, Spidey will ''tear him in half'', [[UltimateMarvel Hulk-vs-Wolverine-style]]. It's given a GoryDiscretionShot, but '''damn'''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [Eddie redeems himself, and turns good to help stop Venomzilla in the Red Suit path.
* HeroicSacrifice: Eddie Brock/Venom throws himself into the Helicarrier's turbine in the Red Suit path.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A lot of the Black Suit choices invloves this, including [[spoiler:letting the two gang leaders kill each other, violently beating Electro, ripping Wolverine ''in half'', and tossing Venom into the turbine instead of letting him make the choice himself.]]
* HighAltitudeBattle: The Symbiote Vulture boss battle cranks this trope to epically extreme levels as, considering the fact that you're Spidey, the battle takes place high above New York and quickly becomes a warzone when SHIELD troops arrive... and there is no '''ground'''. Therefore, you'll have to swing across hovercrafts and use air combos and web strikes on the Vulture and his mooks to keep up in the sky. Speaking of which, the game's final mission and boss is on the SHIELD Helicarrier.
* InMediasRes: The game begins while Peter is frantically searching for Mary Jane after losing track of her, leading to HowWeGotHere.
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: When Luke Cage makes a crack about Spidey's costume, Spidey points out that Cage used to run around in a yellow silk shirt and a tiara - er, headband. "It was the 70s!"
* KickTheDog: After escorting a convoy of non-symbiote survivors to the safety of Fisk Towers, Spider-Man realizes that only one vehicle didn't make it... the one that was carrying Mary Jane. Kingpin then mocks Spider-Man over the fact he got everyone to safety, except who he cares about most. Peter is so enraged that he activates the symbiote and is about to go all [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Back In Black]]'' on Fisk before he remembers his promise to MJ and backs down.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the best ending, Spidey narrates how the loose ends are all tied up, and we are led to believe that it is an internal monologue... until Mary Jane calls him out on talking to himself.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Spidey vs. Black Cat and later Spidey vs. Wolverine. It's just barely averted with Moon Knight.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The Black Suit's upgrades allow Spider-Man to turn into a mass of spikes and writhing tentacles.
* MadeOfIron: Luke Cage can tank bullets and a car blowing up behind him.
** Spider-Man as well. In this game, you can jump off the top of the Empire State Building, and Spidey will [[CrossingTheLineTwice impact the ground]] with such a force that he's almost flattened, and he will slowly pull himself up with just a minor loss in health.
* MaleGaze: In the scene in which the Black Widow, Kingpin, the Vulture, Spidey and the Tinkerer are [[spoiler: coming up with a plan to save the city from the symbiotes]] together, and the Tinkerer makes ridiculous demands of the group, Black Widow agrees reluctantly and stalks off, angrily muttering in Russian. ALL the men in the room including Spidey (who hilariously cranes his neck) turn their heads to watch her leave.
* MsFanService: The Black Cat, who pretty much throws herself at Spider-Man, including one instance of her practically shoving her breasts in his face.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:During the final confrontation, Spider-Man tries reaching out to Eddie Brock, within the writhing mass that is "Venomzilla". Peter convinces Eddie that his vendetta against him has gone too far, as he has begun hurting innocent people. In the Red suit choice, this causes Eddie to sacrifice himself to destroy the symbiote for good.]]
* MultipleEndings: Four of them, depending on how many "Red vs Black" choices are made during the game.
** If all/most of them were Red, and Spider-Man picks Mary Jane, then New York starts returning to normal following the elimination of the infection and Spider-Man is reunited with Mary Jane.
** If Peter picks the Black Cat with mostly Red choices, Peter attempts calling Mary Jane to apologize for his actions in the story.
** If only more of them were Black, and Peter picks Mary Jane, Spider-Man becomes leader of the symbiotes and vows to get back Mary Jane at any cost. Black Widow, working with Kingpin and The Tinkerer, prepares to send in Wolverine, fully in control of his own symbiote, to bring him in, dead or alive. Wolverine opts for "dead".
** If all/most of them were Black, and Spider-Man picks the Black Cat, Spider-Man becomes leader of the symbiotes, with Black Cat at his side as his "queen", and opts to spread the symbiote infection. He also rejects WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility, as in his own words; "I never knew what power was." Again, Symbiote Wolverine is brought in by SHIELD to bring Peter to justice.
* OhCrap: When Spider-Man first sees the Kingpin Flyers, he thinks they're the Green Goblin and/or Hobgoblin, and immediately mocks them for bring ripoffs when he engages them.
* OffstageVillainy: We never see exactly how or when Black Cat and Vulture were taken over by symbiotes.
* PopQuiz: Wolverine gives Spidey one to make sure he's the genuine article.
* PressXToNotDie: A pretty forgiving example, since failure just restarts the sequence.
** Sometimes it's funnier just to fail a few on purpose.
--->'''Spider-Man:''' Cat! No!(Spidey dives and grabs Black Cat...[[EpicFail then forgets to shoot a web and smacks into the ground.]])
* ProductPlacement: Billboards advertising everything from Five Gum to ([[Creator/DCComics ironically]]) the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' DVD release can be seen throughout the city in the 360 and PS3 versions, mixed in with ads from in-universe companies including [[IronMan Stark and Roxxon.]]
* PsychoElectro: Electro was always nuts, but in Web of Shadows, he gets worse. Mostly due to his sister being taken in by SHIELD. Being possessed by a symbiote didn't help.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The opening of the game is set to the ''Adagio sostenuto'' segment of Beethoven's ''Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2'', better known as ''Moonlight Sonata''.
* ShownTheirWork: On the mythos.
** In a fight with Wolverine, he asks you questions about whether or not you're the real Spider Man; unfortunately, these questions are so obscure, ''even hardened fans of the mythos may get them wrong''. Depending on your opinion,[[TropesAreNotGood showing their work may have been a bad thing in this case]].
*** This is Lampshaded partially by Spidey mid fight - After one question, he'll note the answer isn't in his [[TheOtherWiki wiki]] article. At the time of release, ''it wasn't''.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Spider-Man's upgraded Red Suit abilities lead into this.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In the Red suit choice, Eddie comes to his senses at the end of the game and climbs into the turbines of the helicarrier, using tendrils to drag and trap "Venomzilla" with him. This causes the turbine to explode and the helicarrier to fall out of the air and crash into the river below.
* RedHeadedHero: Mary Jane and Black Widow.
* SanitySlippage: Continued use of the Black Suit makes Spider-Man more aggressive and sinister.
* ShootingSuperman: Luke Cage's first appearance. The gang members keep firing until the car behind him [[EveryCarIsAPinto explodes]], but not even that scratches him.
--> '''Luke Cage:''' "Now ''that'' was rude."
* SkySurfing: Kingpin Flyers. Due to some Web-Strike combos, Spidey can do it for a short time.
* SlaveMooks: The Symbiotes are this to Venom.
* SmashingSurvival: When certain mooks grab you.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Wolverine uses a set of questions to determine if you are the real Spider-Man.
* SpiderSense: Obviously. Peter can upgrade it to track and detect infected citizens.
* SpyCatsuit: Black Cat and Black Widow.
* StanceSystem: Red Suit and Black Suit start off playing similarity, but after being upgraded have very different play styles.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky / BladeRun: During the ending [[PressXToNotDie action command]] sequence of Vulture's boss battle, Spidey does both of these ''at the same time''
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Black Cat, oh so very much. [[spoiler:Especially in her second Symbiote outfit.]]
%%* SuperHero
%%* SuperLoser
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: This is what the symbiote does. It makes you evil, while making you stronger.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mary Jane, in comparison to other adaptations of Spider-Man where she's the designated DistressedDamsel, after getting out of the hospital in the midst of the symbiote infection. She meets up with Luke Cage and Spidey, with the latter asking the former to promise that he would protect her. MJ's response? Turning around racking a shotgun whilst exclaiming "Y'know what? MJ can take care of herself!" Though in comparison to her comic-self, this is fairly standard for her until ''One More Day'' and ''Brand New Day''.
* UnholyMatrimony: Spider-Man and Black cat in the bad ending.
* WhatTheHellHero: MoonKnight, [[AxCrazy of all people]], gives Spider-Man this when he thinks he killed some people, though the people in question were the first infected with the symbiote infestation, although Black Cat also seems shocked that he'd murder innocent civilians. Most of the Black suit choices will also get this reaction from a lot of people.
* WolverinePublicity: Spidey, Venom, ''and'' Wolverine are main characters.
* YouFightLikeACow: Peter Parker is as fond of insulting his enemies as ever.
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