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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
This is an old-school shooter, but with all the great things that modern technology can add - better graphics, etc. Very fun, and very funny - this is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's absolutely worth playing. It's got some good length to it as well, and the story, while not world-class, is actually surprisingly well-done and coherent.

Pretty much everyone will like this game - fans of older games like quake, doom, duke nukem, and the original shadow warrior will appreciate the gameplay style and speed and lightheartedness in the style of those older games. Newer shooter fans will like the excellent graphics and polished gameplay and writing. Buy this game!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
This game is just amazing. They did everything right. While it looks, feels, and acts like a classic FPS, it also takes FPS to the level that it should be at. For example, many FPS do not get melee weapons right. If you start off with one you try to get another weapon as soon as possible and hardly ever use melee again...unless necessary. Here, the sword play is perfect and I found myself wanting to use my sword all the time. Even when I had all of the other weapons in my inventory I always had my sword equipped and beat most enemies with it.

The player can adjust how difficult and precise the sword can be (along with adjusting how other weapons perform) and a beginner, or novice, can keep the sword settings on the most simple. This means that your sword strikes will automatically be the best possible hits against he enemy. But its so much more fun to set that your aim/cursor is where you will strike. It allows you to deliver blows exactly as you want.

The worlds are beautiful. They took the best of Hard Reset and improved on it. Enough said!

Character development was great. Lo Wang is one of the funniest heroes yet. And he is truly funny. Not the Borderlands 2 type of "throw everything against a wall humor and see what sticks". The writers took their time developing Lo Wang properly. He is someone who doesnt take himself too seriously and realizes his shortcomings...then consciously makes an effort to not make the mistakes that make his life (and this mission) harder.

I want a sequel or some DLCs as soon as possible. I played the game through and only completed about 35% of the achievements. Now I am playing it through a second time...and its even more fun. Unfortunately, I think this is going to be a severely underrated game. Because consoles dominate the gaming market, true FPS (and truly spectacular ones at that), never get their proper credit or play time. And thats pretty sad. I know that this game cant be played correctly on a console with a controller...you really need the precision of a mouse. Not to mention, some of the beauty of the worlds will be lost on consoles.

But if youre a PC gamer and youre an FPS player, you absolutely have to own this game. You wont be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Good: Fantastic graphics, interesting story, solid shooting mechanics, upgrades add depth, lots of blood and gore, funny writing, fun easter eggs

The Bad: Repetitive enemies and environments, powers feel practically useless, weapons take too long to acquire, boss fights are the same, story is disjointed until the end

Shadow Warrior was an FPS underdog in vein of Doom and Wolfenstein. It was full of potty humor, gore, and cursing. While it didn't sell as well as Doom or Duke Nukem, it had a large enough following to get a sequel. Shadow Warrior is a highly entertaining shooter with a decent story and the same funny dialog is in tact.

You play as Lo Wang who is a mercenary working for a Chinese warlord. He hears of a magical ancient sword with a lot of power. Through his trek he runs into demons and has a demon ally named Hoji who helps you through your journey. The story mainly focuses on where these three sword pieces are and what the deal with Hoji is. It's pretty interesting, but nothing fantastic. It's actually pretty disjointed until towards the end. The game is all about action and there's plenty of it, but by the half way mark the game gets really dull.

The game gives you new weapons and things to do very slowly. There are 17 chapters in this game and it feels a bit long winded. You start out with your sword and a revolver which is fine at first. The guns handle very well and the guns are fun to shoot. Your sword is actually more powerful than you think and you will use it often. Slicing enemies into bits is a lot of fun and feels satisfying. While you're killing demons you get scored based on how you killed them and multipliers come into effect. Once you finish a wave you are rated a total of 5 stars, but I could never get 5 stars no matter how hard I tried. I honestly don't even know how the scoring system really works. When you're not fighting demons you can explore old school style and search for secrets. However, Shadow Warrior has implemented an upgrade and power system. You can use KI Crystals to upgrade your powers such as a shield, shockwave, and push attack. Honestly, I felt these were useless and I never used them. The only useful one was the healing power. Karma points are used to upgrade your skills such as stamina, healing, swordsmanship, and protection. Then you can use the money you find to upgrade weapons.

All this sounds great, but it takes forever to accumulate enough money to upgrade all your weapons. It was pretty annoying realizing that 10 hours later I couldn't upgrade everything despite searching every nook and cranny for money and secrets. That's not the only issue here, The game uses the same 6-7 demons over and over again until you start seeing them in your sleep. Some are hard while some are super easy. They look cool, but after about 3-4 chapters I got tired of seeing them. It doesn't help that it takes so long to acquire all the weapons in the game. The final major issue is the repetitive and boring level design. You have to run around opening doors and flipping switches which gets really boring. It doesn't help that all the levels start looking the same. At least there are fun easter eggs. Arcades are spread throughout the game with Hotline Miami, Serious Sam, and Hard Reset. The Serious Sam one has famous quotes from the game which are funny. There are secret areas with throwbacks to the old game and Lo Wang will comment on this. There's even a fun easter egg in which you kill enough rabbits to get a black rabbit that attacks you with Serious Sam battle music playing.

However, the game is just a lot of fun despite the repetitive nature. The game looks fantastic though with great DirectX 11 visuals and high resolution textures. The effects look great, but I would have liked to see it with varied environments. As it stands, Shadow Warrior is an entertaining weekend play through but nothing more. There's some charm here that makes you want to keep playing. Mainly because the game is balanced just right and the shooting mechanics are solid. After your first play through you won't be visiting this one again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 15, 2014
If there ever was any doubt that gaming is an art-form, this game shreds it to pieces.

The game offers traditional Japanese settings (from the temples and the castles to the mythology and the paintings), rich late 80's environments (from shipyards and inner courtyards to caves and snowy mountains) and a great collection of interesting guns. It may be only 9 in total yet I got more excited when I got the shotgun or the rocket launcher than I ever was finding any one of the bazzilion guns in Borderlands 2.

Each type of enemy has different strengths and different weaknesses so you will have to try to figure out the best and quickest way to put them down. Each gun comes with three purchasable upgrades and augmentations. No sniper rifle because this game wants you to be up close and personal.

The music is sublime, the dialog witty, the atmosphere mesmerizing, the hidden secrets will keep you exploring every nook and cranny (and try again and again to find your way to that impossible to reach bonus statue) and the story unfolds in twists and turns and double-crosses. And the ending will make you misty.

I know it is not fair to this epic game but it does bring to mind the game Daikatana should had been. See, Mr Romero, if you fail to get it right, someone else eventually will. Now, I usually subtract a full star for games that come with an online DRM such as STEAM (required here); however, because the game is so good - and also available in the DRM-free GOG version, I decided to make a rare exception.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
Short Review; Get this game if its on sale for $5-$10
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This game is a throw-back to all those 90's games on the PC (Doom, mostly Duke Nukem, etc). The story doesn't take itself too seriously which is good, considering how over the top the fighting is. Wave after wave of enemies come at you, similar to Serious Sam, if Serious Sam did a better job with presentation.

PROS:
- Fun combat system.
- Variety in leveling up your character/unlocking new powers.
- Length. Each level took me 30-60 mins to beat, with on average me finding 60-75% of secrets without looking too hard.
- I can run this game smoothly on "Ultra" Settings on a 3 year old mid-level PC!

CONS:
- Sword is overpowered. You will use it 90% of the time instead of the guns.
- Comedy isn't that funny; mostly "Wang" jokes. I feel if they were going to do jokes, they should have gone a little more over the top instead of some 4th grade potty jokes. I mean, with the sword you can slice an enemies' body into tiny pieces; clearly they were not concerned with the ESRB rating.

Overall; This was a surprisingly fun game. Don't expect to get lost in a rich story; what this game excels at is the violence and excellent combat. A great throw-back to Duke Nukem type games, if Duke Nukem came out now instead of 20 years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
Just a short review:

Pros:
* A FPS that brings the best of old school shooters, like Doom, Duke and so on: lots of enemies, a basketful of easter eggs, excellent secrets, etc.
* Good story (but who needs it, anyway), couple with very smart writting (very!!).
* Great power-up system, branching into weapons, skills and abilities.
* Quite long.
* Very nice difficulty curve

Cons:
* The music is a bit letdown
* Its a bit dark at a times...
* Sometimes it is very difficult to tell where you have been or where to go.

I bought it for less than 20 bucks, which should be considered the maximum amount of money to pay for this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
I'm not very good at shooters so I didn't use the guns much, but when I did it felt satisfying. Most of them are fairly heavy though so it was difficult to use anything other than the Smg, especially since the game loves to throw hordes of demons at you. Where the game really shines is when you're using the sword. The grisly cutting physics are extremely enjoyable to watch, especially when you make ki empowered strikes. The boss battles are very sparse since there are only 3 and the final boss is extremely disappointing, but in general I enjoyed this game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
After several seconds playing Shadow Warrior (2013), my colleagues and I have concluded that this game is WANGTASTIC.

Buy. Buy now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2014
A severely underrated, unheard of game. Pure fun, and kind of a throwback. I got it during a sale and it was totally worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
5 Stars! I got to chop up monsters with a samurai sword! It was awesome! It was the greatest thing ever.
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