Shadow of the Beast PlayStation 4

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  • Summary: The legend of Aarbron is told once more as you embark upon a ferocious action adventure, seeking to dethrone the evil lord Maletoth, in the visually stunning world of Shadow of the Beast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 60
  2. Negative: 5 out of 60
  1. May 16, 2016
    90
    Shadow of the Beast is one of those digital releases that is worth its price. A videogame that is incredibly well designed, with a considerable duration, addictive, can be played multiple times and has an amazing graphic design.
  2. May 25, 2016
    80
    Shadow of the Beast unleashes a beast out for revenge. It offers some puzzles, a lot of platforming and even more disgustingly good hack and slash action. There is a lot of stuff to unlock as well which keeps you busy for hours.
  3. May 24, 2016
    79
    Shadow of the Beast is a respectful re-imagining of the Amiga classic from 1989. The combat in the game is fun, it has a nice presentation throughout and an interesting narrative design.
  4. May 16, 2016
    70
    We expected more from this tribute. But it will appeal to fans of the original work, albeit with its loose controls and its poor gameplay evolution.
  5. May 16, 2016
    63
    Shadow of the Beast is a tribute and a modernization of the namesake action game that Psygnosis developed in 1989 on Amiga Computer. It shows some impressive art works, a captivating style, and create an original setting, but the story mode is impressively short and the gameplay is far from being well designed and responsive.
  6. May 17, 2016
    58
    I imagine that if you have fond memories of the Amiga game, playing this remade version will feel like checking in on an old friend after a few decades apart. If you don't have that nostalgia, though…let's just say you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
  7. May 16, 2016
    30
    If Shadow of the Beast is in any way effective, it's as a cautionary tale of the dangers of nostalgia.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. May 17, 2016
    10
    If you play this game mashing the attack button you've failed! The combat is really intricate once you get used to the fact that it's aboutIf you play this game mashing the attack button you've failed! The combat is really intricate once you get used to the fact that it's about considered timing. With the amount of secrets to find and unlock, and all the psygnosis references for old school players, the replay value is high! I've enjoyed going back into the levels and getting better at combat as I discover more. I really don't understand what the low score reviews are talking about, I think they just haven't understood that this is a proper game that requires skill to play. I love it and hope they make a sequel! Expand
  2. May 18, 2016
    10
    Awesome game!!! So much depth, looks great, plays superbly. You've got to take it seriously though, the fighting is technical! Think VirtuaAwesome game!!! So much depth, looks great, plays superbly. You've got to take it seriously though, the fighting is technical! Think Virtua Fighter rather than God of War. Combat requires precise timing and using the virtually instant block to keep yourself safe, it's super rewarding when you get into it!!! PLUS you get 2 games for 1, the original Amiga game is there! Ignore the negative reviews, they clearly didn't get it. If you love TECHNICAL fighting games get it! This is a GEM! Expand
  3. May 17, 2016
    10
    This game is love letter to all shadow of the beast fan. You start the game, in background you see familiar montains from amiga version, youThis game is love letter to all shadow of the beast fan. You start the game, in background you see familiar montains from amiga version, you start to hear familiar tunes close to the original of SOTB1 and you fall in love with this game. For this price point, graphics are beautiful, really very nice. You have the same structured game as original one, so side scrolling platformer with improved combat and exploration. If tou are old fan of SOTB, just start on begginer and do not use innocent soul/this will be automatic set up if you are on beast difficulty later on and you will be much better prepared this way/ if you die, just simply restart as you would on amiga version. This will still give you points you gained till your death so you can start slightly upgrading your character and maybe on 3-4rd attempt finish 1st level on begginer difficulty. This way game will last you longer and gives more satisfactory. It just play very fine, combat is enjoyable with some exploration and story. In unlockables you can unlock a lot from old original amiga version, which is really heaven for old fans. Sure I first unlock original amiga game and enjoying art style, mysic, gameplay once again. You can unlock and switch to original music to current version of game if you like. For that price point and as a fan of old SOTB, this is a huge surprised as it was really created with love for old version. 10/10 highly recommende for any SOTB FAN. I was really not expecting much from this one, but someone here keep the soul of the original game and add new mechanics carefully. Now, time to start to work on SOTB5 and give us SOTB2+3 as unlockables :-) Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2016
    9
    This game is really charming and the hommage is very neat. 9 only for no depth in dialogues (after you have to unlock them) :) AbsolutelyThis game is really charming and the hommage is very neat. 9 only for no depth in dialogues (after you have to unlock them) :) Absolutely worthy going for platinum, only this way you will fully enjoy the game. Expand
  5. May 18, 2016
    9
    The game is really awesome. It's little to easy, but still challenging. Limited budget is felt, but I love it anyway. Great graphics, niceThe game is really awesome. It's little to easy, but still challenging. Limited budget is felt, but I love it anyway. Great graphics, nice music, fun gameplay. Not many players played at the highest level of difficulty (on Beast ranking there are only few scores), so perhaps because that some scores are lower. On Easy and Normal difficulty game is toooooo easy and could be boring. Expand
  6. May 17, 2016
    8
    Shadow of the Beast returns with a good game that has its flaws like the very long loading times and the platforming is a bit weird but youShadow of the Beast returns with a good game that has its flaws like the very long loading times and the platforming is a bit weird but you can get used to it quite fast.

    Good things:
    -Offers a good challenge if you're playing the game on the hardest difficulty
    -Good amount of hidden secrets and collectibles and various endings to have replay value
    -The visuals are very pretty and you will be amazed by some backgrounds
    -The music is as good as it was in the past games
    -Good amount of violence without being too gore for people that likes violence

    Bad things:
    -The combat might be too simple, you have one button to attack so you will see yourself constantly pressing Square, you can press the touchpad or R1+L1 to do special attacks but you will see yourself using Square most of the times
    -The platforming doesn't feel right, Aarbron jumps when you press X unlike many people says but when falling it feels very clunky
    -The movement some times also feels kinda clunky, specially when you want to turn or walk just one step you may find Aarbron walking two or three steps instead of one as you intended
    -The game sometimes doesn't explain its mechanics well enough, like the first boss you encounter you will probably face him like the rest of the enemies and you will probably find how to deal with it after you died since the game doesn't give you a hint by any way until you fight it for some time

    Still is a good game and for those who loved the original one it comes inside the game so you're basically buying two games paying only for one, for any who loved the original and its challenge they will love this new entry, i hope Sony doesn't ditch the Shadow of the Beast series and keeps making new entries with bigger budget.
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  7. May 19, 2016
    1
    This ISN'T Shadow of the Beast. As a fan of the two games on the Sega Genesis, this is absolutely nothing like those games. This feels moreThis ISN'T Shadow of the Beast. As a fan of the two games on the Sega Genesis, this is absolutely nothing like those games. This feels more like a generic hack & slash with little to no difficulty. This should've just been called something else since it's NOT Shadow of the Beast. Expand

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