Shadows of the Damned - Playstation 3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2012
I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this game and didn't have super high hopes but figured I might enjoy it. True there is some sophmoric humor to overcome at the beginning but I never found it that obtrusive. Bulletstorm was harder to stomach and even that game was pretty fun and bearable after a little while. Back to Shadows, this game feels a lot like Resident Evil 4 and 5 gameplay wise only the controls feel even better than either of those 2, the guns are very fun, they even border on Ratchet and Clank style. The best part is, a single bullet will pop a lesser demons head no matter how powerful it is, headshots all around. The ending is also one of the best endings I've ever seen in a video game. Great game all around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2011
Basically this is a game for Suda Goichi Lovers, great story, great humor, a gameplay similar to Resident Evil 4, but that's expected coming from Shinji Mikami. The Music by Akira Yamaoka cannot go wrong as well.

The only thing the game may lack is the fact that there is no, new game+ option or something similar, is just the core game, 3 leves of difficulty, and that's about it, but believe me, the game is so much fun, that you would like to play it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
I was really surprised with this game, I usually never play this kind of games but I was interested in trying it out.

The graphics are very good, as well as the gameplay (some issues with the movement/camera, but it's OK), the story is nothing serious and it's something I really like, the mixture of an excellent art setup and a funny non-serious story.

On the PS3 it has some texture rendering/loading issues, so be advised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
Shadows of the Damned is a very unique game. It's kind of crass, so you must have a good and sick sense of humor when playing it to really enjoy it to the fullest. If you're one of those tight butt PC people who blush when someone tells a dirty joke, then you may want to avoid it. It's kind of like playing Resident Evil while tripping on acid. It's a lot of fun and worth at least taking it for a test drive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
The game looks great and is a TON of fun to play. The only problem I had with it were a couple of frustrating level designs (e.g., some sub-stages require you to navigate twisting hallways with somewhat clumsy third person control while running away from your lethal girlfriend). Otherwise, this is a really fun (albeit wildly vulgar and DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS) game, worth a couple of playthroughs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
I recently played No More Heroes for Wii and was very impressed with its unique style, dark humor, and crass attitude all stemming from director Suda51 b-movie sensibilities. I was so impressed with it that I decided that I’d give another Suda51 game a chance and was curious what he could do at the helm of a next gen title. The only other game I had played of his was Killer 7 all the way back on the Gamecube, which left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that I was hesitant for the longest time to even try No More Heroes until now. So with my new found confidence in Suda, I shelled out $20 bucks on a whim hoping for a unique and bizarre experience in the vein of No More Heroes. What I got was a game that was solid enough (it’s definitely fun), but lacking punch because of its reliance of overly derivative gameplay mechanics and overall bland delivery.

I thought the concept of this game seemed interesting enough. You take control of Garcia Hotspur, a mexican demon hunter, as he tries to save his girlfriend Paula from the ruler of the underworld along with your talking Johnson, a british demon who acts as both your weapon and guide to the demon world. Along the way you get new weapons and fight off hordes of the damned until your final showdown. Okay, maybe it doesn't sound that great, but I was hoping Suda would inject enough of his quirkiness into the project to come up with something worthwhile. I mean, he did have some interesting ideas for No More Heroes and Killer 7, right? I'm sure he'll think of some way to make this simple premise a little more interesting.

I was wrong.

The best description that I can give Shadows of the Damned is that it's Resident Evil 4 with lots of dick jokes in between. I'm not exaggerating at all. Shadow's of the Damned extremely juvenile humor and blatant mimicry of the action oriented Resident Evil's formula is basically the selling point of this game. You will either like this or you won't, unless of course you're like me and will somehow have a mixed reaction to it. The gameplay can be very fun even though I couldn't shake the fact that this feels like a cheaper version of Resident Evil 4. The shooting mechanics and controls are fine as well as the added ability to move while aiming is definitely a positive thing in my book. Also having a quick heal and switching weapons on the fly makes the game much more frantic and fast paced then any of the similar Resident Evils. I enjoyed these changes and most of the shooting is very well done even when comparing it to RE. There is enough new things introduced to the player to keep them on their toes throughout the whole seven hours required to beat the game. The game moves at such a pace that it keeps you interested without it reverting to becoming a drudge of predictability. There are some nice big bosses to fight(even though they are a pushover) and there is also a decent variety of enemies to fight and fun ways to defeat them. I like the little touches, like when you shoot an enemy immediately in the head, you get a cool slowdown effect and a snarky curse word for the main Garcia as the head bursts open into a million pieces. It certainly isn't the most original ideas in gaming, but it is gratifying none the less. If anything, I felt this game didn't have enough of that.

I was surprised when I found out that Shadows of the Damned centered around a light and dark mechanic similar to that of Metroid Prime 2, where you must keep your character out of the darkness while lighting up the path so you can traverse further. At first I thought this was going to be a huge pain, but the way these situations are handled is actually not as annoying as you'd think. Most of the time you'll be going entering new areas that get covered in darkness, fight a couple monsters, take a breather and solve a light puzzle to continue onward. Most of these in between moments give moments for Garcia to talk with Johnson and well... dick jokes. I wouldn't mind these jokes if they were clever, but most of the time they're about as smart as a junior highschool boy trying his hardest to come up with different ways to use a dirty word. There are some generally funny moments in the game, but they are few and far between and all these moments that were funny didn't even mention private parts. I took it as the game's script was trying to be bad on purpose, like a supposed b-movie influence. It grows on you after a while if you have this mindset, but not by much.

But when you really get down to the bad aspects, Shadows of the Damned doesn't do enough new to really make it worth anything more than $20 bucks. Nothing is really horribly broken, but there isn't anything really worth mentioning either. The storyline, which should never really be important in a video game, doesn't get in the way, despite how predictable it is. This is good thing, but I was just disappointed by the lack of creativity involved in the art direction and execution of the premise. The depiction of the demon world just looks like a boring town most of the time and the enemies lack distinct characterization from past Suda games. With so many jokes about genitals, I was surprised that the architecture and enemies didn't also have more phallic designs. The game definitely needed to have something like that to make it more distinguishable than what we got in the final product. Garcia's animations, especially while running, look horribly unnatural and most of the voice work is also uninspired. These bad animations aren't punctuated for style at all, and just bring down the game to seem cheaper than it already does. Most the areas of the game are really linear and only occasionally branch out into bigger areas only to funnel into cramped little hallways until you transition to other areas. There are some moments when the maps and objectives are mixed up a little, such as a 2D shooter portion, but they aren't that interesting as they could be. Also, this game is short, and if you're not into trophies, there is almost no replay value. The trophies offered are really easy to get though, even though you will have to play through the game 3 separate times with no NG+ option to choose.

So...would I recommend Shadows of the Damned? It depends. If you're looking for a decent third person shooter in the exact template of Resident Evil 4 and the like, I guess it would be an okay purchase for less than 20 dollars. Even so, I would be hesitant and might recommend something like Binary Domain or even Resident Evil 5 in it's place. If you want an interesting game with a lot of personality and interesting ideas and execution, I probably wouldn't recommend it. This game doesn't come close to having the same style and personality as No More Heroes even if the gameplay is slightly more enjoyable NMH. The shooting can be fun, but there are much better options sitting on the shelf. Get it if you're already a hardcore fan of Suda51, but otherwise its passable at best.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
oh my god this game is just heaven for horror fans, evil dead fans and just about anyone with a wicked sense of humor. The soundtrack and sound effects are just amazing. Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka just blew my mind with this. Its better than the silent hill music. its a beautiful symphony of torturous screams, industrial and melodic piano with some latin flair. Trust me it works. The graphics could have been better but you can tell EA slashed the original budget. The game looks good, but could have been much better. Its like the graphics(levels) are just "there" it reminded me of hell in London like the Nightmare Creatures 1 setting. Suda51 went with a more homage to horror films and pop culture vibe vs. his usual twisted "it doesnt make sense" crazy style. Mikami (resident evil fame) influenced this title GREATLY. Its basically RE4 in hell with quentin tarantino sprinkled all around. it plays identical to re4 but ALOT faster, run n gun, n run n dodge rolls. Garcia is just so likeable and has an angelic face with tons of scars and tattoos but this works because you really feel for him. His lover is all he has in his cursed life and it shows. Hes very sexy and a true hero in this crazy world. The bosses are few, but are a spectacle to behold. I just LOVED Christopher(you'll know him when you see him) and the hilarious SUSHI LAMP FISH THINGY LOL. it even has its own soundtrack dedicated to the mighty sushi!!! For the downside, It should have been priced at 39.99/49.99 at launch given theres no replay value. when your done your done. It would have sold so much better if there was a new game+ mode, alternate endings paths etc. And no it doesnt need multiplayer. But EA is greedy what can you do? But my 5-star is because the game is just so damn fun and amazing I still think about it. Not since deadly premonition have I been so excited to be a gamer. in the sea of empty FPS and the soul-less games that are out there, Its rare we get a gem like this. I HIGHLY recommend this title. I take my time with games. I only play for like an hour each day, and i plowed through this 12 hour game in 3 days it was so damn fun and addicting. It's seriously one of those games where you say I will buy this new just to support the developers. The fact it didn't sell well is just a darn shame. Heres looking forward to Lollipop Chainsaw for the next akira/suda51 trip. cant wait!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a hilarious game. The voice acting is terrific! It is really cool.

As a shooter, it is very tight and a little hard. Many larger enemies require the player to hit a tiny little red spot on the target. To make matters harder, the red spot is only shown for a split-second for some enemies. The Demons are thin and they move alot, making them hard targets as well. However, it is satisfying when you finally defeat them!

Graphics are the Unreal Engine, so nothing great here. Still, the style of artistry is kinda neat and gloomy.

Sound is pretty awesome, especially the music. Guns are not Borderlands-quality but they are ok as well.

There are not enough Red Gem upgrades to be found, so you have to farm White Gem currency when you can to get the Red Gem upgrades. White Gems are also used for drinking heals and buying extra ammo. Ammunition is not a major concern as there are usually colored boxes lying around for ammo (Blue is machine gun, Red is pistol ammo, and Green is shotgun). The weapons have cool names.

There are some arcade sequences that are ok. Also, there is a Quick-Time-Event sequence at the beginning of the last chapter which is NOT easy - kinda frustrating.

Overall, this is a cool game. It is a good FPS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
I like offbeat games with quirky graphics, dark mood, and unusual play mechanics, and this game definitely qualifies. The game has a El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) theme that helps lend a spooky atmosphere to the game. I love a lot of the unique concepts in this game, like the sidekick who transforms between being a gun and a floating skull, and switching between normal gameplay and the special darkness mode. Even the goofy, amateurish voice acting adds to the unique feel of the game.

The concept, the gameplay, and the graphics are cool, but where this game falls down is that the darkness mode challenges are too time sensitive. Timing is so critical it makes the game practically unplayable after the first level. I wanted to love this game, but when I can't even finish the second level on easy mode...it's a letdown. I can't recommend this game. If you want an offbeat game with a dark sense of humor I'd recommend Brutal Legend instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pros:
It's made by Suda51(Hello :P)
Story really gets your attention even though its nothing new
Weapons are fun to use
Boss battles are fun sometimes even with the loose controls
I just love the style of the game overall
The controls are very similar to RE 4(just not as tight and precise)

Cons:
Controls are just so loose, they are not as tight as RE 4.They are very floaty
Sometimes boss battles aren't fun due to the sloppy controls

Summary:
I really wanted to give this game a 5 star but just couldnt because the only downside to this game is its controls being so wonky and floaty, otherwise it is a really fun decent to great game depending on the person. I would recommend to friends and family if this was sold for $10 or less.
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