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How turning bad could make Spider-Man good again

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows isn't like the movie-licensed Spider-Man games of recent times. But in the case of Spider-Man 3, that's probably a good thing. With the comic book license, as well as cameos from several other Marvel icons, Spidey's literally got the license to behave very badly. He's got his black suit, he's got some bad-ass friends... and he's definitely got our attention with these ten reasons to expect a revitalised spider.

1: 'Interaction' with the super-sexy Black Cat
Finished looking at the picture? OK, we'll wait...
Black Cat and Spider-Man have history but it turns out she's still very interested in him, as one rather suggestive cut-scene explains.

So what will you do? Up until the mission you encounter her (and her more-than-adequate charms), Spidey's been seeing a lot of Mary Jane. But at this point, you can choose whether to spend more time with Black Cat instead or just keep on after safe, predictable MJ. Which Peter Parker do you want to be?

2: Suit switching
A quick press of the left analogue stick will instantly switch between Spidey's red and black suits. He doesn't even need a phone booth, so that's one over Superman already. The black suit allows you to pick up vehicles and throw them. They explode like bombs on impact and the driver will be thrown through the air and land in a heap. But they get up and walk away (of course).
The black suit allows many more 'bad' things to happen. For instance, if you pick up a civilian and carry them through the city by web-swinging, if you're in black, you can let go of them. You'll get extra evil points for doing so, but can your conscience cope with the guilt? (Clue: Yes)


Above: "That'll teach you to drop your freaking balloons"

3: Fight alongside heroes and villains
Along the way, Spidey will encounter various iconic characters from Marvel lore and, after completing their respective missions, he'll get the ability to call them to his aid at any time. We saw Black Cat join the fight against an enemy mech and she blended into the action seamlessly. While the lack of any team-up moves was a disappointment, being able to choose who your allies are is exactly the sort of thing we want from our superhero games.


Above: Look, it's Wolverine. Wolverine! In a Spidey game. Get in

4: Run around on skyscrapers
When you swing against the side of a skyscraper, you can now latch onto it and suddenly you'll be running around freely on its surface. While it looks more Spider-Man-y to crawl around like this, you can stand up and sprint too, defying the laws of gravity and fighting enemies at 90 degrees to the ground. Corners are no problem either, you just run around and the camera stays directly behind you.


Above: Don't look down? Which way IS down?

5: Fire your web like a gun
You can fire web shots at enemies in quick succession, binding them and causing some damage, leaving them open to a devastating throw or melee combo. All the combos and moves can be upgraded with XP in an RPG-lite ability tree. And if you buy a move you don't like, you can sell it back again. The result is a crowd-pleasing array of spectacular throws, roundhouses and smashes. There's also a new lock-on system that's activated by the left trigger and the right stick then cycles through enemies, allowing for sprays of rapid fire from Spidey's wrists.


Above: Why not switch to the black suit and throw the car?

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20 comments

  • Hammy_94_ - October 10, 2008 12:58 p.m.

    The thought: "BLACK SUIT ALL THE WAY" jumps immediately into my mind =D Also- one (slight) worry: i've had bad experiances with the "moral compass" thing that turns to multiple endings. (namely shadow the hedgehog, but thats because the sonic series died after "sonic and knuckles" for the PC. Legend game, that) im a bit of a spidey nut, actually. i thought spider-man 3 wasnt actually too bad, due to the fact that you can destroy your opponents with the black suit =). worst part of that game: the fact that you lose the black suit after you beat the game
  • jimsondanet - October 9, 2008 10:07 a.m.

    now if only we could fit kratos in a spidey suit...
  • S1ightlyParano1d - October 8, 2008 8:50 p.m.

    This will undoubtly fill in the Spider-Man goodness that was lost after Spiderman came out :D
  • animeaddictoid - October 8, 2008 6:25 a.m.

    Sounds Wicked! WOO EVIL SPIDEY
  • Blinder - October 8, 2008 5:08 a.m.

    I am really looking forward to this game. I love the moral choice aspect which reminds me of "The Suffering". Sounds like it will add to the replay value. Plus, I used to collect Spidey before the "Secret Wars" issues(that's right I know how he really got the black suit) and this seems familiar, besides Marvel is known for their Team-up issues. Great idea sticking with the comic.
  • NelosAngelos - October 7, 2008 10:14 p.m.

    A Spider man game I'm actually interested in? Nah, it can't be...can it?
  • TheWebSwinger - October 7, 2008 10:11 p.m.

    @Juriasu: GR hypes every game. Ever. Seriously. Like TOP 5 REASONS YOU'LL LOVE ____ But I...am psyched for this. @MacGuyver1338 Did you even PLAY Spider-Man 3? It was actually pretty fun.
  • Gladco123 - October 7, 2008 7:56 p.m.

    all the bad guys are mutated versions of the spiderman badguys theres a vulture verion a shocker version and a greengoblin version so there all like symbiote versions of the main villains
  • Juriasu - October 7, 2008 7:17 p.m.

    Because, normally you wouldn't hype a license-game. (Sorry for the double post guys.)
  • Juriasu - October 7, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    Who are the people making this game? I want to know because I would like to ask if they are sponsoring you guys to hype them in some way.
  • monojono - October 7, 2008 5:52 p.m.

    ^ I read you won't be able to change to other costumes, as the gameplay revolves around using the normal and black suit.
  • drprofessor - October 7, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    Agreed^ I think it's just a crazy enemy type rather then the man himself. Anyone know if the antivenom will be in the game? Just curious. And I read you wont be able to change spiderman's costume, like from normal to say for the sake of example the 2099 suit. Or the iron spidey suit. wtf.
  • Bestinthebiz - October 15, 2008 3:25 p.m.

    OMG!!! IM SO PREORDEING THAT GAME!!! :)
  • Graham - October 10, 2008 3:32 a.m.

    This looks like it might actually de-throne Ultimate Spiderman as my favorite Spidey game. Granted, I haven't played 2 but movie tie-ins make my skin crawl.
  • Defguru7777 - October 9, 2008 3:32 a.m.

    Now if they can fit in Carnage and Electro, this will be the best Spider-Man game ever.
  • steve15 - October 8, 2008 5:11 p.m.

    @the web swinger. did You play spider man 3 buggy, difficult to control and not a patch on the awesome spider man 2
  • TheGreatHobbe - October 7, 2008 11:53 p.m.

    i think it can. whoot for evil spidey
  • Life - October 7, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    Sounds sick. I wish they did this and the combined it with Ultimate Alliance, into a not-so-fricking-linear Marvel Game.
  • lava_lamp - October 7, 2008 9:09 p.m.

    no "its a lava lamp" suit WTF!
  • MacGyver1138 - October 7, 2008 4:07 p.m.

    They actually have me interested in a Spidey game after the abysmal Spider-Man 3 game. Oh, and I don't think that is actually Venom in the picture you have with his name in the caption. He doesn't have the white Spider emblem, and the head looks weird. I think that is some other "symbiote zombie."

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