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Take my advice...
on August 31, 2012
`Shadows of the Damned' is a 3rd person adventure game of moderate length and difficulty. Once you have mastered the somewhat finicky aiming the game provides little to test you- so I suggest you play on the normal or hard difficulty settings to get any sort of challenge. GOOD ADVICE- MAKE SURE YOU UPGRADE THE DENTIST WEAPON!!! On the highest difficulty setting one of the final enemies is very, very difficult to defeat without this weapon sufficiently upgraded.
The game itself is an engaging take on the b-movie horror genre; the rapport between Garcia, our hero, and his sidekick Johnson is often amusing despite being puerile (and in spite of the abundance of double-entendres it is never as offensive as the f-bomb riddled "house of the dead: overkill" which took similar inspiration from grind house cinema).
The game often feels a little too linear and straightforward, and you'll find yourself up against similar enemies, in different yet remarkably familiar environments, completing the same sort of tasks over and over. It seems the developers realized this and later in the game added side-scrolling levels and gallery style shooting levels- they never work quite as well as the main game but they are interesting diversions that spice up the adventure.
The length of the game is around 8 hours and unless you are interested in Trophies/achievements there is little to promote multiple completions. Although it never reaches the lofty heights of an AAA title it is enjoyable throughout and worth checking out.