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GF Rating
6.9

2465 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Resident Evil 4 lives again but this time in He11

posted by Robstyle8000 (DENVER, CO) Jun 25, 2011

Member since Jun 2011

16 out of 19 gamers (84%) found this review helpful

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.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

If firing off a gun called the Big Bone er.....

posted by HrdcrGamr (HIGLEY, AZ) Jun 30, 2011

Member since May 2010

7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

..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:

Pros:

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

Cons:

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!

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Resident Evil

posted by voporak5 (WONDER LAKE, IL) Aug 16, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Yeah it is definately Resident Evil 4/5 but it just doesn't feel the same so I didn't like it

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