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  • Summary: Shadow Warrior is reimagining of 3D Realms' cult classic shooter from developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) and independent game label Devolver Digital (Serious Sam 3: BFE, Hotline Miami, LUFTRAUSERS) for PC and next-gen consoles. Blending the viciously over-the-top gunplay of itsShadow Warrior is reimagining of 3D Realms' cult classic shooter from developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) and independent game label Devolver Digital (Serious Sam 3: BFE, Hotline Miami, LUFTRAUSERS) for PC and next-gen consoles. Blending the viciously over-the-top gunplay of its predecessor with the elegant precision of the powerful katana, Shadow Warrior promises to be an imaginative take on the classic arcade-style shooter. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Oct 24, 2013
    90
    Flying Wild Hog has topped their previous game, Hard Reset, in nearly every respect with Shadow Warrior. A myriad of beautiful environments, crazy but balanced and innovative combat, and a smoother difficulty curve prove that the Polish studio has graphical, level and gameplay design talent to spare. Don’t miss this one.
  2. Oct 8, 2013
    85
    I haven't had this much unadulterated fun chopping and dropping enemies since the late '90s, and I, for one, am eagerly salivating for a bit more of Flying Wild Hog's Wang.
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    80
    Shadow Warrior won’t win any awards for complexity. It’s a shamelessly self-confident return to the whiplash, blood’n'guts symphony of 90s-era shooters, but it salvages the low concept, and it’s own checkered legacy, with ironclad mechanics and the likable, if oafish, story it tells.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Shadow Warrior is an unrepentant love poem for all things 90s and plays out as a greatest hits album of the video games and buddy cop movies from that time.
  5. Oct 7, 2013
    75
    Without any doubt, Shadow Warrior, is a great reimagining of the old classic. The game is brutal in many ways, with one-liners reminding us of Duke Nukem. It’s a bit repetitive and some variation wouldn’t kill the mood. Overall it is a good game with a lot of blood and a great fighting system. In the words of Wang: it’s wangtastic!
  6. Oct 2, 2013
    70
    Shadow Warrior is a good shooter that stands out for its humor and fast-paced action, and that's enough to satisfy fans of FPS until something more substantial comes along.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    Nov 25, 2013
    50
    No matter which way you slice its solid shooting mechanics, it still doesn't feel like Shadow Warrior. [December 2013, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 150
  1. Sep 26, 2013
    10
    Good times and a cheap price. Fun gun/swordplay and fast paced action with exploration elements. Upgradeable weapons and sliceable enemies.Good times and a cheap price. Fun gun/swordplay and fast paced action with exploration elements. Upgradeable weapons and sliceable enemies. Looking forward to more games from this developer. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2016
    10
    A nice refreshing twist on FPS versus CoD X.. underrated by critics because "hurr durr too silly and childish for a mature individual likeA nice refreshing twist on FPS versus CoD X.. underrated by critics because "hurr durr too silly and childish for a mature individual like myself". Ignore all that **** game is a rollercoaster from start to finish. If you want instantly playable highly polished FPS, this is what you're looking for Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2013
    9
    This game is plain fun and gore, that's the whole point, nothing special besides fun. The story is nothing special, just funny, the gore isThis game is plain fun and gore, that's the whole point, nothing special besides fun. The story is nothing special, just funny, the gore is awesome, the fighting is awesome, graphics are mediocre, pretty good game. would give it a 8.5, but that's not possible on metacritic. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2017
    8
    Analysis: Shadow Warrior

    Shadow Warrior is a game that surprised me. I won a Humble Bundle promotion for free and great was my surprise to
    Analysis: Shadow Warrior

    Shadow Warrior is a game that surprised me. I won a Humble Bundle promotion for free and great was my surprise to start the game. One word perfectly defines: T-H-R-I-L-L-I-N-G.

    Gameplay: Excellent! Game in first person, with plenty of action and excellent gameplay. The way the developer found to facilitate the use of the most varied abilities was very interesting, since they were able to add a variety of skill in simple commands. The game is fluid and without any bug;

    Note: 9.5

    Graphics: Good. Nothing impressive. Fits well with the role.

    Note: 8.0

    History: Complicated. I particularly had a hard time understanding the story behind each character and the main reason why the main character is behind gathering the parts of the katana. I found all the characters very superficial, except the main one, in which, due to the narrative, you begin to identify.

    Note: 7.0

    Final grade: 8.2

    Summary: It's a game that surprised me and held me for many hours. It's a lot of fun and makes you want to play more and more. Worth buying the game.
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  5. Sep 30, 2013
    8
    Fun Melee Combat, challenging Enemys. Graphics on Ultra are nice too. All in one a good oldschool Action Shooter with cool Katana Gameplay andFun Melee Combat, challenging Enemys. Graphics on Ultra are nice too. All in one a good oldschool Action Shooter with cool Katana Gameplay and nice dismemberend. Levels are linear, but with alot of hidden Treasure. Thousand times better than DN4E. If you like in your Face Action without a comlex Story. This is it. Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2013
    7
    There's no denying Shadow Warrior is 'FUN', but is it worth the asking price? I don't think so. If you're after a repetitive FPS which willThere's no denying Shadow Warrior is 'FUN', but is it worth the asking price? I don't think so. If you're after a repetitive FPS which will make you laugh and embrace swordplay combat, look no further. Shadow Warrior is a nice game to dip in and out of for sure. I've just played two and a half hours straight, but the game began to lose it's appeal. If it had more gameplay variety and they built upon the combat, it could have been great instead of good. I'll go back to SW in a day or so to release some day to day stress. Enjoy. Expand
  7. Jul 10, 2015
    0
    Generic much? This game is extremely forgettable and just takes itself way too seriously. Makes lo wang actually turn in his grave due to howGeneric much? This game is extremely forgettable and just takes itself way too seriously. Makes lo wang actually turn in his grave due to how terrible this one is. Didn't anyone learn anything from Blood Dragon? If a game even has bad modern gameplay mechanics, it still can be good if the style of the game is right this is just another calladoody. Expand

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