I went by the Activision offices in Santa Monica the other day to check out a half-dozen upcoming releases and there’s amazing stuff on the way. But nothing seized my attention quite like "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows," the new free-roaming game that lets a player wear either the traditional red-and-blue Spidey suit or the his "dark side" black suit, which comes with some different capabilities (for instance, the ebony look gives the hero that oily-looking tentacle power instead of old-fashioned webbing; also, the classic red-suit Spidey is more nimble, the black Spidey is stronger).
The premise of the game: Spider-Man suspects a mysterious infection is on the loose in New York City but then realizes that infection is actually a nefarious invasion. Venom has cloned himself and his symbiotes are turning citizens of the Big Apple into zombie-like minions. There are loads of heroes and villains in the game, among them Rhino, Vulture, Luke Cage, Kingpin, Black Widow and Moon Knight, and they get mighty interesting when they get the Venom juice flowing into their personalities, especially Wolverine. Oh yes, there’s also a fearsome beastie that is sort of mega-version of Venom, and here is the first look at him.
There’s some pretty dazzling visuals and the gameplay — especially the way Spidey flips between aerial battles and ground-level combat — have the folks at Activision pretty pumped about this release. "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" was designed by Shaba Games and Treyarch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Wii and PC. You can see another image of Mega-Venom…
– Geoff Boucher
All images courtesy of Activision.