6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good B movie quality game,
This review is from: Shadows of the Damned - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
The overall ratings for this game are spot on--this is a four star game. This isn't a big budget, high production value game, but that's okay because the game is still very fun to play if you come in with moderate expectations. The graphics are average, the color palette, very limited; the controls are fine for the most part but gets sticky at times. The game could have come out a few years ago because there isn't any innovation here. The deal-breaker for some will be the aiming mechanic. Like others have mentioned, this feels like Resident Evil 5 and it feels like you're aiming with a telescope. I don't expect auto assist with my aiming in these types of game, but they could have made it more like the Dead Space series which would have been great. Head shots are cool to pull off, but you'll be spraying bullets more often than not than pulling off precise shots. I'll also note that the "zombies" in this game are of the slow, clumsy variety rather than the ones on speed like in Left for Dead. As long as you're in constant motion in this game they'll inexplicably miss you. I played this game on normal and it was rather easy because you can basically walk/run circles around everyone. The boss battles aren't the best and are equally as easy, but they are long and dragged out. There are also health drinks you can buy at about every turn and you'll have stockpiles of currency to load up on them. There's also some side-scrolling sections, but nothing worth mentioning except that they exist. The journey will last about 8 hours or so and there is no game+ so I'll leave it to you whether it's a rental or low price pickup.
Now, it sounds like I'm negative on this game, but I'm not. I just want to set appropriate expectations. The game does a great job of creating urgency and tenseness by the use of the darkness. Your energy drains after a few seconds in the dark so you'll constantly be under duress to flip the switch back on. But there are times, you'll need to be in the dark to solve puzzles or defeat bosses so you'll have to do this tap dance going into light and dark to avoid having your energy depleted.
And I still haven't touched upon the d*ck jokes yet. The extent of your enjoyment with this game will be measured by whether you feel the pubescent humor and dialogue add to the charm of this game or is a major detraction. If you find yourself rolling your eyes more than chuckling at the game's attempts at humor, then this will be a forgettable title for you. If you view it as a late night B horror movie, you may just have a good time. All it's missing is Elvira doing the commentary.