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Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  • Summary: Shank is a new game that a small team at Klei is working on. It's an over-the-top action/adventure, built with all the things that we at Klei are passionate about: amazing control, great animation, immersive environment, and everything else that we feel like, and none of the stuff we don't.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    Shank is the freshest, most unequivocally rewarding beat-em-up game to come along in almost a decade.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Overall Shank is one of the best beat 'em up titles to come out in a long time
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It's never unfair. [Issue#100, p.124]
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    As a platform-hopping back street brawler, Shank succeeds in carving its very own niche, earning a place on the hard drive of anyone looking for a brutal treat with which to stave off the remainder of the gaming drought.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    The fundamental level design issues later in the game, combined with the eventual tedium of the combat it relies on, makes Shank a good game for a particular audience rather than a great game worthy of everyone's attention.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    64
    Shank does sport a co-op mode in addition to its single player portion, but it doesn't add much to the game. The levels form a prequel to the storyline of the main game, but the prequel is a rather short story indeed and can only be played on the same console – there's no Xbox Live support should you be short a friend to share your couch with.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    25
    The only leg it has to stand on is its cartoon style that will certainly attract less demanding gamers as well as the merely curious. If that's worth $15 to you, more power to you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    Fluidly animated and well paced, Shank is one of the greatest beat 'em ups of all time. Combat has never been this great and easy to get a good handle on the controls. By the time I have written this review, a sequel has already been announced and I can't wait to see what Shank does next. Klei Entertainment should pat themselves on the back for creating such a awesome game.. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2010
    10
    this Game is Brilliant! the one player campaign has some of the best fighting i have seen in a long time. If you only play through it once then maybe you'll see it as being too short but you can go back and get costumes which make multiple playthroughs a must! The best part for me though is the co-op campaign which must be played. Don't trust the negetive reviews buy this game! Or at least download the demo. Expand
  3. JET
    Sep 11, 2010
    10
    Whats with all the bad reviews? Ignore them this is up there with the best games on Xbox Live Arcade. Go and get the demo and find out for yourself! Great combat, one of the best artstyles, whats not to like? The length isn't that bad. It's longer than most arcade games. It's even better if you have a friend to play the co-op campaign with. I played it with my brother and its one of the best co-op experiences ever. The difficulty is perfect as well. So with the co-op, you can double that 3-4 hour length. Throw in all the collectible costumes and you've got more than your moneys worth! What are you waiting for, buy it! Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2011
    8
    Good game, it worths to play it. Several awesome weaponds and creative ways to kill your kick your opponent's ass. The graphics and the history are both nice either.

    Problem: Gets repetitive as the time goes by.
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  5. Aug 30, 2010
    6
    I waited quite a while for this game and I must say, I'm a bit dissapointed. What you get IS fun, but it is so short, and there are some pretty glaring control issues too. Still, you can get past the control issues with a little patience, and the game itself is very unique and fun. I can't give it too low a score because I actually did enjoy what I played, but there isn't enough of it and the control issues are there, so I can't score too highly either. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2010
    6
    Decent beat em up with a great style, lots of weapons and ways to kill people. However the gameplay isn't especcially innovative, and play controls can be frustrating at times. There were several moments throughout the game where I felt like the (very cool looking) animations blocked me from performing the move I wanted. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2010
    0
    This beat-em-up is a bad value. The game is short, but the value might have been remedied by some good mechanics. Unfortunately, that is not the case with Shank. The lag between pressing a button and it working onscreen is unacceptable. The drawn backgrounds are low-resolution and the character models often look really retarded. $15 for a two hour campaign (and an even shorter co-op one) is not worth it, especially considering the Scott Pilgrim game that just came out (which is longer, up to 4 players, better looking). Expand

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