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- Take the role of a demon hunter and travel to the depths of hell to save your one true love
- Violent, gruesome, fast-paced battles in a psychologically disturbing survival-horror setting
- Created in collaboration between Suda51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil)
- Psychologically Twisted, Visceral Combat - Rip apart the forces of the damned using an array of upgradable weapons and survive the ultimate head trip
- Heart-Wrenching Storyline - A love lost and the journey through hell to get her back are the backdrop for this warped tale
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His name is Garcia Hotspur, hunter of demons, and his wrath will bring hell to its knees. From the creative genius of Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) comes an all-new psychologically twisted vision of hell unlike anything seen before. Shadows of the Damned combines visceral grindhouse-style action with dark, grotesque horror to create a mind-shattering adventure that has to been seen to be believed. When evil demonic creatures kidnap Garcia’s girlfriend, it’s up to him to travel to the City of the Damned to get her back. Aided by a former demon with the ability to transform into an array of vicious weapons, Garcia will once again take on the mantel of “demon hunter” and rip apart the horrifying forces of the underworld to protect what he loves most. Players must harness the power of the light to fight the army of the dark in unique light versus darkness gameplay that will forever change the way gamers perceive puzzles, combat, and terror. Combining the punk rock style of Suda 51 with the legendary horror design of Shinji Mikami, Shadows of the Damned will take gamers on an in-your-face thrill ride through demon-torn towns, shadow infested forests, grimy sewers and more. Featuring the most twisted boss battles ever seen, warped visuals and intense visceral combat, Shadows of the Damned will challenge gamers to break through the ultimate head-trip to help Garcia rescue his tortured girlfriend from the clutches of a mysterious enemy. Brace yourself for one hell of a trip to the city of the damned.
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The controls in this game are very similar to Resident Evil 5 but the atmosphere and music are quite a lot like the silent hill games. This game seems to pull the best from both games. Though the plot of the game is rather dark the game has quite a lot of entertaining humor in it. My major and only complaint is that the game was lacking in difficulty. I played through on normal and rarely felt challenged. If you happen to be considering this game I highly suggest you try it out. This is easily one the most entertaining releases I've played this year.
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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