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Shadows of the Damned..... Damned..... Damned. Ha ha ha.
Welcome to my review for Shadows of the damned. This is a fun, mature, and crazy third person shooter. If you have ever played resident evil 4 and loved it and wanted more, then odds are you are going to love shadows of the damned. It is fron Suda 51 the man who creates Killer 7 and No More Heroes. He also teamed up with resident evil 4 creator and silent hill music creator. It is awsome because the music and sound give the game an eire vibe. The controls are simple and easy. You have aim, shoot, and melee which is mainly used to knock demons back. Also sprint. What sets this game apart and makes it fun is the crazy story, weapons, and atmosphere. You have a sidekick skull that wields as your tourch and can transform into guns including a pistol a machine gun a shotgun and the big bonner (yep, lol). Also the darkness plays a huge part in the game as you can only kill demons in the light. Think Alan Wake. Light kills and it is also your protector. The story is typical you are a demon hunter the head demon kidnaps your gal and you go to he11 to kick butt! But trust me what makes it fun is that it doesn't take itself to seriously. It can even poke jokes at it self and does some cool movie refrences film geeks will laugh at. It stays fun through out the 9 or so hour campaigne deepending on the difficulty. I did normal. Plus spent time looking for red gems to upgrade weapons. But the reason it stays fun is it mixes up the gameplay enough so you can enjoy it and not get bored. Even throws in a couple of 2D levels. The only real flaws is sometims you hit a button and it feels like a slight delay. This doesn't happen very often. Also the one hit kill levels can be a tad annoying. The biggest flaw is when you beat the game, that is it. There are no bonuses or anything and you can't go back through the story with all your upgraded weapons. So this game is definitly worth a play for mature gamers.
..is funny to you, then you are in for a good time with Shadows of the Damned. Otherwise you might want to skip this one.
This is the newest game from Grasshopper and Suda 51 and you can definitely see their unique style in this game as well. Shinji Mikami and Akira Yamaoka also helped work on this game as well. So, you definitely see some gameplay elements of Resident Evil 4/DMC from the former and a great moody and atmospheric soundtrack from the latter.
In Shadows of the Damned you play as Garcia Hotspur, Hunter of Demons. Your girlfriend gets killed, kidnapped, and taken to the demon world . And naturally, you go in after her. The game plays a lot like Resident Evil 4/5 but with a light/dark element that makes it stand out from those.
Basically, darkness can creep out at anytime and engulf the screen. Most enemies cannot be killed in the dark and you will have to find ways to bring back light so you can kill them. Such as shooting Goat Heads and Sushi Lamps or firing off fireworks. It is actually very well implemented and keeps things fresh throughout the game by continually adding new elements for the entire playthrough.
Then there is Johnson, your Former Demon Skull sidekick that acts as all of your weapons and your source of countless jokes and crude humor. Which can be hilarious at times or a little too over the top. As Johnson gets upgraded your weapons become devastating. One weapon can create sticky remote mines while others fire multiple skulls for massive damage.
As for the Pros/Cons:
Combat feels fresh and smooth Fantastic Boss Fights Light/Dark Element is very well implemented Sushi Lamp music is AWESOME Good Soundtrack Interesting Puzzles Very Funny at times Unique Style Alcohol heals you
A bit too many genital jokes for my taste Animations can be very wonky at times Textures sometimes take a while to load in Not much to do after beating it
If grindhouse humor and gore is your thing, give SOTD a shot!