-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
-Offline: 45 (1000)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 20-25 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2
-Number of missable achievements: 1 (Obsessive Spider-Man)
-Glitched achievements: None!
-Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
This game is my favorite in the Spider-Man series. Although the storyline is not as broad as Spider-Man 3, the achievements are more attainable (no more impossible gold races) and the character design is much improved.
Welcome to Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. This game has a total of 45 achievements and requires two playthroughs to get 1000. Of the achievements, most are related to the storyline, others will require collection, completion of sidequests, and defeating enemies in certain ways.
The only really missable achievement is Obsessive Spider-Man which requires you to complete 60 bonus missions. These missions are easily found from the heroes who give you tasks throughout the story. When you are about to complete an Act of the story it will warn you that any uncompleted bonus objectives will be lost. If you complete all objectives before moving on you will have no worries about attaining this achievement. You can miss a few achievements in the game, I hit 60 when I still had multiple bonus objectives to complete in the game.
It is unconfirmed whether the 60 carry over from playthroughs so it would probably be wise to just complete them in the first playthrough.
Step #1: Prepare
The only real preparation that is needed in this game is your suit orientation. If you notice, four of the secret achievements are earned by getting the four different endings, this is possible to do with only two playthroughs, but you need to know which suit choices to make during the game. I will list them below for ease of use:
- May Jane and Spider-Man: Red choices through the entire game
- Hero: Red choices through the game until you fight with symbiotic Black Cat. After defeating her choose black, then finish the game with a red choice.
- Anithero: Black choices through the game until you fight with symbiotic Black Cat. After defeating her choose red, then finish the game with a black choice.
- Black Cat and Spider-Man: Black choices through the entire game.
Here is how you get both endings on the same playthrough. During the final act (you will know it because the entire city is practically falling apart, you will start to fight symbiotic forms of heroes or villains from the previous Act. At one point you will be asked to escort a caravan through these 4 S.H.I.E.L.D. generators. Once you finish, it takes you to the mission complete screen. At that point SAVE YOUR GAME! As soon as you exit the mission complete screen it will auto-start the mission where you fight symbiotic Black Cat. Therefore when you beat the game the first time, load up the save right before Black Cat, defeat her, choose the opposite suit alignment and finish the game again. It takes like 30 minutes max from Black Cat to the end. Do this again during your second playthrough.
Step #2: Play the Game
This is a very straightforward game. It is impossible to miss most of the achievements, others unlock as you play and defeat enemies. Grab any collectibles you can as you play, this is how you level up Spider-Man. When you hit just over 1000, all of the remaining collectibles will appear as tiny red dots on your map. This makes it easy to get the Max Out Spider-Man achievement.
I personally found Red Suited Spider-Man as stronger to my game style, but the Black Suit also has some strong attacks. I started parrying and counter-attacking early because that achievement takes awhile if you are not intentionally doing it.
After you beat the game for the first playthrough, watch the credits. When you get back to the title screen hit “continue” and it will take you through the credits a second time. When you are back at the title screen again, hit “continue” and it will start you at the beginning of the game. This time you will have all of the collectibles and upgrades that you purchased in your first playthrough. This is their way of having New Game+ but allowing it to be pseudo-hidden.
This game is pretty easy. I gave it 20-25 hours because I don’t remember exactly how long it took me to get through it. The first playthrough doing all the side-quests was probably close to 18-20 hours, but on the second playthrough, just going through the story only took like 3 hours max.