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Shadows of the Damned

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Jump to: navigation, search Shadows of the Damned Developer(s) Grasshopper Manufacture Publisher(s) Electronic Arts Director(s) Massimo Guarini Producer(s) Goichi Suda (Executive director)   Shinji Mikami (Creative producer) Composer(s) Akira … see full wiki

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Console: PS3/Xbox360
Genre: Action Adventure
1 review about Shadows of the Damned

A Quick Tip by GargantuasGames

  • Feb 26, 2014
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Grindhouse Game #8: "Now THAT is a Big Boner!"

With the exception of maybe DUKE NUKEM, I haven't encountered a video game so obsessed with a particular component of the male anatomy. Crude exclamations like the above are for the par in this bizarre little adventure by avant garde developer Grasshopper Studios and producer Shinji Mikami. A cross between a psychological horror/decent into hell title and a Robert Rodriguez action flick, this game is probably best suited for those who like gory, sensational, surreal adventures with big production values that ultimately come off as just weird for weirdness' sake. Definitely a Grindhouse title, although I have no doubt that one day a fanatical devotee of Suda51 will come along and try to justify it as an intriguing piece of art. Gameplay wise, it's basically a modern version of RE4 with a few wacky twists.

I say "basically" because although the gameplay resembles RE4 in execution...it really doesn't have the same kick. One of my main problems with this game was that the shooting feels really underwhelming in comparison to its predecessor. Guns don't have much of an "Oomph!" to them and enemies seem to fall apart way too easily. In fact, on Normal Difficulty, this game was just a breeze. While I understand that easy games are a fashion, I think there are certain tricks in game design to make the the player feel like he has accomplished something tremendous. But this game doesn't even attempt such a feat. Even final level enemies can be blown away in one hit from your shotgun and you'll barely crack a sweat. Also the final battle (if it can be called that) is just laughable (at least in terms of challenge). Video game veterans are recommended to immediately select the Hard Difficulty from the outset, but even then I doubt you'll find the climax terribly satisfying.

Who would I recommend this game to? Definitely not kids. Definitely not proponents of video games as art. Lovers of low brow Grindhouse cinema maybe. Conventional horror fans might be a little offset by the weirdness. In the end, I think you'll have to decide for yourself. Go to Youtube, watch a video review or a couple gameplay videos. If the wild combination grips you, give it a spin...or not.
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