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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: The opening shot of Spider-Man sullenly walking across the rooftop as the world falls apart around him, all set to the Moonlight Sonata of all things, has become this recently. As well as an acoustic rendition of Unravel.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The seventh-gen version has Venom voiced by Keith Szarabajka, who is praised for having one of the best voices for Venom across media.
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: Almost everyone played the game and choose the evil options just to be with Black Cat.
  • Narm: A sizable number of the QTE fails are fairly comical.
    • While Venom's voice in the Wii/360/PS3/PC version, Keith Szarabajka, proudly subverts this, his voice in the Amazing Allies Edition (PS2/PSP) is vastly more underwhelming. It's one of the rare instances where Venom does not have any filters added to his voice, thus sounding more human than he should. Compare this to the 2000 game - another game where Venom's voice was not digitally altered. However, while Daran Norris was able to create a legendarily memorable voice for Venom in that game with a goofy but threatening deep, growling voice, whoever voiced him in PS2!Web of Shadows wasn't even going for that: instead just spouting out his lines in what vaguely sounds like a commercial spokesperson impression. Not only does this voice not fit Venom's design at all, but it sounds much more fitting for J. Jonah Jameson rather than Venom, or any other villain for that matter. Even in the final boss fight, where Venom is now what only can be described as a gigantic blob-shaped Hive Mind, he still retains this entirely human voice, sounding even far more out of place.

      It doesn't exactly help that the PS2/PSP iteration of Venom does everything he did in this version of the game simply because he hates Spider-Man for no explained reason (see above), unlike the next-gen versions of the game where it's implied that Venom was very much Drunk with Power; and even realizes the damages he's done and atones for his commitments unlike PS2/PSP Venom. In comparison, the Amazing Allies Venom overall is just...pathetic.
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  • Narm Charm: The black suit option after beating Wolverine; Spidey tears him in half. It's an absolutely insane moment, but it's sheer absurdity makes it a very memorable one.
  • 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. Not to mention in any other game, the fact that his mouth doesn't seem to move in time with his lines would be Special Effects Failure. Here, it's downright creepy and the fact that only remnant of Eddie Brock seen in the entire game is his mouth doesn't help matters.
    • Wolverine Symbiote is as scary as it sounds.
    • The Venom hydra, which has a deep, booming voice and multiple heads.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Fans consider this as one of the better Spider-Man video games.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Venom's Heroic Sacrifice, when it's not a Moment of Awesome. With his Defiant to the End parting words with the symbiotic mass he had created, and the way he just tosses Spider-Man out of his way to ensure that he cannot be saved - it's very sad to see him go. Even despite him being the Big Bad, Spider-Man's rogues gallery will never be the same without him.
  • Vindicated by History: While Web of Shadows has always been held in high regard by the Spider-Man fandom, the game saw an uptick in popularity thanks to Spider-Man (PS4), especially thanks to Whitelight's video essay. The combat systems especially are regarded as having aged exceptionally well.


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