Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows cover
Developers
Shaba Games
Treyarch
Windows Aspyr Media
Publishers
Activision
Engines
Treyarch NGL
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 52
IGDB 70
Taxonomy
Series Spider-Man
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Subseries of Marvel
Spider-Man (1986) 1986
The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge! 1989
The Amazing Spider-Man 1990
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety 1995
Spider-Man: The Sinister Six 1996
Spider-Man (2001) 2001
Spider-Man (2002) 2002
Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
Ultimate Spider-Man 2005
Spider-Man 3 2007
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe 2007
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows 2008
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions 2010
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014
Spider-Man: Homecoming - Virtual Reality Experience 2017
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Virtual Reality Experience 2019
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered 2022
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales 2022

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Based on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Meaning it does not contain Wii-exclusive suits.
The PC port is missing several graphical elements such as bloom, motion blur and some particle effects from its console counterparts, as well as having a massively reduced Draw Distance and LOD (Level of Detail) as many assets, such as trees in central park and objects on top of some buildings won't appear unless the camera is very close to them, resulting in severely worse presentation.[citation needed] The 1.1 patch mostly addresses the LOD issue but remove the 30fps limit makes the mission of preventing the gas station from exploding almost impossible to complete.. see Patches

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4.90.010 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The 1.1 patch updates the game to the latest version.
This patch fixes some graphics issues, adds more settings to the launcher (shadows, particle effects, special effects) .
Substantially improves Draw Distance and LOD; Although, it's still inferior to the console versions.
Depending on your system configuration, it may also introduce stuttering. It may also cap the frame rate to 30 during the transition between gameplay and in-engine cutscene.
The removal of the 30fps limit makes the mission of preventing the gas station from exploding almost impossible to complete.It also causes net hits to be extremely difficult to do

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Activision\Spider-Man Web of Shadows\Config.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Activision\Spider-Man Web of Shadows\

Video[edit]

Launcher video options
Launcher video options

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
A multi-monitor hack exists, but objects and textures disappear outside the central 16:9 area.[3]
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view
Windowed
Use DxWnd
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use DxWnd
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabling this option can lead to stuttering and bad frame pacing and possibly other minor issues.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30 FPS lock on 1.0 version. Install the official 1.1 update to unlock the frame rate. Mouse sensitivity and overall camera control rely on frame rate. some 2D elements, such as neon arrows, may animate faster and some, like the menu background, water effects and distant smoke may be capped to 30 FPS.Some missions, like "disable Park Ave cars", will be impossible to complete if the frame rate is above to 30fps due to the gas station exploding too quickly. If that's the case temporarily cap the frame rate to 30.
The game has a 60 Hz refresh rate cap which can't be overwritten with GPU control panel. Use DxWnd to overwrite the refresh rate by running the game in windowed or borderless mode while a higher refresh rate is selected; However, double buffered v-sync will be forced and can lead to stuttering if the target frame rate is not always achieved. Due to the game not being able to use multi-core CPUs correctly, high frame rates are difficult to achieve on modern systems.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view[edit]

Hex edit field of view value[citation needed]
  1. Back up <path-to-game>\Spider-Man Web of Shadows.exe.
  2. Open <path-to-game>\Spider-Man Web of Shadows.exe with a hex editor such as HxD
  3. Search for 35 FA 8E 3C
  4. Replace it with 00 00 AB 3C (for 16:10) or 00 00 BE 3C (for 16:9)

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration. Can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
The higher the frame rate, the more sensitive overall camera controls will be.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher requires mouse input.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Use DS4Windows.
DualShock button prompts
Use PS4 Buttons Mod
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Some character dialogues are displayed in dialogue boxes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Russian
Fan translation by «NeoGame»
US versions only contain English and French language options.


Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuttering[edit]

#Disable Vsync On Game Laucher And Run Game
  1. Start Task Manager (Right Click on the Start Bar and select Task Manager)
  2. Click on the Processes tab
  3. Right Click on the Spider-Man Web of Shadows.exe and select "Set Priority"
  4. You can then select a different priority.
  5. Close Task Manager And Back To Game.

High Frame Rate Issues[edit]

Patch 1.1 removed the 30fps limit causing certain missions to malfunction at high fps (60fps or higher)
Do not install patch 1.1
Cap the framerate to 30fps using Nvidia Inspector or Rivaturner

Texture popping[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
128 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References