YMMV / Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

  • Complete Monster: In the Amazing Allies (PS2 and PSP) Edition, Venom, Eddie Brock, is the main antagonist of this alternate telling of the story, and is nothing like any of his other incarnations. Hating Spider-Man for untold reasons, Venom allows Jackal to experiment on him in order to speed up his symbiote suit's growth rate, then spreads his symbiote across Manhattan, infecting hundreds of people, including Spider-Man's friends, and turning them into mindless, hate-filled zombies. After manipulating many of Spider-Man's foes into assisting him in destroying the Wall-Crawler, Venom reveals he plans to allow his symbiote to spread across the planet, infecting every human around the world once Spider-Man is dead.
  • Critical Dissonance: It's considered to be one of the better Spider-Man video games by fans, but critics gave it much weaker reviews.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the game, Black Cat shows concern when Spider-Man shows willingness to harm innocent civilians. A few years later in the comics would controversially change her character into wanting to kill Spider-Man no matter the cost, including a willingness to kill innocent civilians if it helped her further her goal.
  • Narm: A sizable number of the QTE fails are fairly comical.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Venom, due to his deep, scary voice and the fact that he takes over the entire city with an army of symbiote creatures.
    • Wolverine Symbiote is as scary as it sounds.
    • The Venom hydra, which has a deep, booming voice and multiple heads.
  • Older Than They Think: The game's main gimmick is the ability to switch between the classic red costume and the symbiote at the press of a button. The same thing was done in the Spider-Man 3 tie-in game on PS2 and Wii. However, it works much more smoothly and instantaneously in this game, since there is no Quick Time Event needed to transform from one suit to the other. Plus Spider-Man 3 would only let you use the Black Suit for a limited time before you ran the risk of dying; whereas Web of Shadows encourages you to just use whatever suit you like best indefinitely.