posted by Birr1978 (MOUNT PROSPECT, IL) Jun 27, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
Let me start by saying this rated mature for a reason. Story topics include a lot of sexually explicit material. Do not allow your children to play this game.
The visual style of this game was phenomenal. This was the first title I've played by Suda51 and I have to admit, it lived up to everything I'd heard about his titles stylistically. The world, while it felt grainy at times, was very well done.
The control scheme is everything you'd expect from a third person shooter. Pretty well polished too. Nothing ground breaking though.
The light/dark gameplay element played into the game very well. This is where demons are unkillable in the darkness and Garcia (the hero) begins to die in the darkness. You feel very rushed to get out of (or lift) the darkness. It added a very cool (and to my knowledge) unique twist.
The story was very minimalistic, almost to the point of being non-existent. The game begins with Garcia coming home and discovering his girlfriend is dead, and demons take her off to the underworld. Garcia follows intent on reclaiming her. The rest of the story is just him encountering the occasional demon, talking to it, and killing it. That's not to say there isn't dialog. He talks to his Johnson most of the game. Johnson is the comic relief of the game. A floating demon skull which transforms into whatever tool Garcia needs. Mostly, guns.
This brings me to the weapons. Unfortunately, I found my favorite gun to be the one you start with, almost exclusively using it except on a few boss fights, where you're almost forced to use other guns. Now, I like trophies, so I did use the other guns, but I never felt I needed them. I only used them to unlock the trophies related to them.
The game has bugs. Some that really need to be fixed. I was stuck on the 2nd to last boss for 3 hours because of a bug, eventually restarting the chapter, which fixed it.
Trophies. Beating it on hard does not unlock the normal & easy trophies.
posted by SteveThe1ne (HOPE MILLS, NC) Jun 26, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
In Shadows of the Damned, you play as foul-mouthed demon hunter Garcia Hotspur. His mission is to travel through the Underworld to rescue his girlfriend from the Lord of Demons. With the combination of Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil creator) and Suda 51 (No More Heroes creator), this title definitely offers a wild ride through the Underworld.
Keeping a conventional gameplay style in the form of the third person shooter, Shadows of the Damned brings a few nice touches. The availability to move and shoot is nothing new to the genre, but is done quite nicely to keep a nostalgic feel even including a 180 degree turn. The camera can be quite odd sometimes, especially with the change of perspective when aiming.