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  • Summary: No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda and Resident Evil 4 director Shinji Mikami are hard at work on a new horror action game to be published by EA.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    93
    Its freshness shows just how stale a lot of the industry is and it's what's needed in an era of grey, modern shooters.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    84
    Shadows of the Damned doesn't quite hit the heights of either Suda51 or Mikami's history, but as long as you're willing to accept the sometimes vulgar humour there's an experience well worth its weight, and comes to a clever climax finale around the 10-12hour mark that leaves me hoping there's enough demand to warrant a sequel.
  3. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    I'd recommend it in an instant to fans of the developer's past works, and just as fast to those looking for a fresh, fun shooter with a penchant for the eccentric.
  4. Jul 21, 2011
    80
    A truly unique, absurd action game that no one should miss. With the help of Shinji Mikami, Suda 51 has delivered his most palatable experience to date.
  5. 75
    Shadows of the Damned plays homage to its film inspirations through an obscure and mature presentation, but the actual game mechanics lack the same sharp punch as the artistic direction.
  6. Sep 4, 2011
    70
    The game delivers what you might expect from two iconic developers. Unique story, plenty of grindhouse-style visuals and slightly lackluster gameplay. Fans of these auteurs will be pleased. Parents of impressionable youths will not.
  7. Jun 21, 2011
    58
    Although Shadows of the Damned has fun and interesting moments, the end product turns out to be a decent to slightly above average shooter that, at times, feels a little bland.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    10
    I'm currently on Act 3-2 (about 5 hours in). If you have any interest in Suda 51's dark humour & art style as a developer, then this game willI'm currently on Act 3-2 (about 5 hours in). If you have any interest in Suda 51's dark humour & art style as a developer, then this game will not disappoint you. Shadows of the Damned is a perfect combination of eerie & hilarious, and while graphically the game doesn't break any new ground, the game more than makes up for it with it's stylistic visuals and unorthodox gameplay elements. Not to mention, the musical score is a unique achievement all its own; which can only be described as Silent Hill meets Planet Terror.

    The combat, more often than not, is intense and enjoyable; and the boss battles are fun & challenging without being frustrating. My only gripe is that the controls can feel a bit clunky & sluggish at times, but not any more so than say Resident Evil 4. The one-button 180 degree turn mechanic helps remedy this to some degree, but on occasion the sprint button does feel unresponsive (and it really should have been mapped to L3 instead of R1). Again, this is a minor gripe, and it doesn't occur frequently enough to hurt the gameplay. Aside from that, the game does feel like it will probably clock in at around 10 hours. However, I'm playing on the hardest difficulty, so I'm probably looking at about 12 hours. Personally I'm okay with this.

    The light & dark gameplay mechanic is somewhat similar to what is found in Alan Wake (and is executed just as well), but it definitely has the Suda 51 trademark -- shooting munching goat heads as light sources, and igniting fireworks machines instead of boring flood lights. Goat heads you say? Yes... absolutely. And even the game's main character is as baffled as you. Upon discovering this, he aptly replies: "What do I have to do to unlock a door? F##K a horse?"

    Buy this game now. Support creative game development.
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  2. May 30, 2014
    10
    A fantastic and rich shooter just brimming with ideas, there isn't a dull moment in this game. It plays very fluidly with solid controlsA fantastic and rich shooter just brimming with ideas, there isn't a dull moment in this game. It plays very fluidly with solid controls reminiscent of Resident Evil 4, polished and revamped for convenience and efficiency. While it's not the most challenging shooter out there, the witty comedy, beautifully designed environments, and immersive gameplay make it clear that the game knows you're here to have fun, and if there's anything that this game delivers on in great excess, it's fun. Shadows of the Damned is one of those games that doesn't come around often, and we'd expect no less from the great minds Suda51 and Shinji Mikami working together on this beautifully designed, amazingly well-executed piece (and let's not forget Akira Yamaoka for his great work on the soundtrack). Expand
  3. Dec 8, 2015
    10
    fun game
    badass main character
    funny side character epic dialogue outstanding music bosses are fun story is really simple combat is
    fun game
    badass main character
    funny side character
    epic dialogue
    outstanding music
    bosses are fun
    story is really simple
    combat is good (no auto aim for you bit$ches)
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  4. Sep 10, 2011
    8
    Very fun for a survival horror game, with a few funny bits too. It lacks some fundamentals (in my opinion) such as chapter select and New GameVery fun for a survival horror game, with a few funny bits too. It lacks some fundamentals (in my opinion) such as chapter select and New Game + features, but the goodness heavily outweighs these pitfalls! Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2020
    8
    Shadows of the Damned is what you get when you mix the gameplay of Resident Evil 4 with the story of Dante's Inferno and the type of humorShadows of the Damned is what you get when you mix the gameplay of Resident Evil 4 with the story of Dante's Inferno and the type of humor you would expect in a Deadpool property.

    It's plenty of fun. The graphics seem to hold up well for the time. It's plenty colorful, literally and in terms of character. And it's a terribly easy game making it a breeze to play through. I didn't even realize I was on the hardest difficulty until I was nearly to the final boss. The boss fights are easy but frustrating for how long they take. After you rinse and repeat the same action and process for what feels like the umpteenth time you desperately want nothing more than the fight to be over with. It's not a test of skill but rather of patience.

    The game also reminded me a ton of Lollipop Chainsaw in terms of tone and style which makes sense because after I finished the game I discovered that both were Suda 51 projects. I liked this a hell of a lot more than Lollipop Chainsaw though. No pun intended.

    A Japanese game that stars a Mexican character voiced by a White American is an interesting decision to say the least. I feel like that wouldn't fly in 2020 but snuck under the radar in 2011. I didn't love Blum's voicework on this. I'm a huge fan of him as Wolverine but he was just distracting in this. I quite enjoyed the voice actor for the character of Johnson though.

    This game felt janky at times and like it needed a bit more polish. I hated the camera placement which made it hard to see at times but they balanced that with terrible AI hitbox detection. You could simply barely move to any direction and it would cause the enemy attack animation to miss. Again this game was terribly easy.

    Overall it was fun, interesting, and original enough. I'm glad I played this game and it was a hell of a lot better than a lot of similar crap I've played from this era. I really like 3rd person horror shooters and while this was on the lesser end of that spectrum it was still a solid enough game.
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  6. Feb 16, 2016
    7
    It's a cult classic for a reason. Personally I find the humour to be somewhat childish though I did laugh at times. Graphic wise, this gameIt's a cult classic for a reason. Personally I find the humour to be somewhat childish though I did laugh at times. Graphic wise, this game may not stand the test of time as well as others but I believe it will still be loved for years to come. Expand
  7. May 9, 2012
    1
    I fell for EA's marketing trick again. This is the worst game that I've played in 2012, worse than FF13-2 by a mile. The boss fights are theI fell for EA's marketing trick again. This is the worst game that I've played in 2012, worse than FF13-2 by a mile. The boss fights are the most outdated, cheap and frustrating fights that I've played in a long time. I don't think I played a game that has this badly designed bosses since the PS2 days. The controls are cluncky, the hitboxes on the enemies are way to small. I stopped playing at 5-2 because I simply don't want to continue torturing myself. Don't bother playing this game. Expand

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