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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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Shadow of the Beast - Gamescom 2013 Announcement Trailer
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: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  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 25, 2016
    10
    Really cool game. Super demanding, you have to learn to play well, but this game is something really special! If you like challenging combatReally cool game. Super demanding, you have to learn to play well, but this game is something really special! If you like challenging combat and a rich world you're happy to revisit repeatedly (the game isn't too big) you'll love it, so just ignore the negative reviews if that sounds like you. Expand
  3. May 18, 2016
    10
    best remake for ever , i play Original this game when im have 4 years old :)
    but please update game and put shadow of the beast original II
    best remake for ever , i play Original this game when im have 4 years old :)
    but please update game and put shadow of the beast original II and III .
    thanks you Sony , thank you Heavy Spectrum :)
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  4. Jun 24, 2016
    9
    I liked that you really need to ideally time your button presses to get the best score/results when in combat, just like on the Amiga. ThisI liked that you really need to ideally time your button presses to get the best score/results when in combat, just like on the Amiga. This game gives you a choice - play it like in the old days or play it casually. I loved almost every aspect of this game - designs, story. I wish the music had more "amiga" vibe in it. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    9
    Entertaining company with a constant alternation of moments, various types of opponents do not allow the battles to run out of steam fast,Entertaining company with a constant alternation of moments, various types of opponents do not allow the battles to run out of steam fast, well-staged boss battles. Liked the game! Expand
  6. May 18, 2016
    8
    I'm not quite seeing the reasoning behind reviewers. Most of the negatives this game holds feel snarky and out of line. The game is aI'm not quite seeing the reasoning behind reviewers. Most of the negatives this game holds feel snarky and out of line. The game is a spiritual succession to the original Shadow of the Beast series back in 1989, and I feel with the 20$ price tag and the measly six developers working on the game, it's a fantastic continuation of the series. The budget was small, especially for a new company, and they still managed to get the original sound produced from the classic game to compose music on this new version of the game. It's gameplay tide for platforming seems like Rayman but with a God of War sense of gritty brutality. The executions you perform always feel satisfying, and pressing the Square attack button at the right time always gives the player a rewarding feeling. The different varieties the player has as the Beast to combat the enemies of the games world always makes you perceive that the approach you just took at that specific foe seem like it couldn't have been done better. All of this being said, I have to say that the concept of death feels extremely obnoxious when you have to waste an elixer or a soul if you "die", or you start from the beginning of the level. Most of the times I died, I felt like I was cheated. Especially when important moves like siphoning life from an enemy takes too much time for the attack to charge, leaving yourself open for an enemy to throw a basic swing without any retaliation from the player. That all being said, you will find yourself deterred from the action to get a look at the breath taking atmosphere and environment you tread or see from afar. The developers truly preserved the stellar, out of this world vibe that Roger Dean envisioned for the original Shadow of the Beast.

    All of that being said, I feel that based off of what the resources were for this game, the developers couldn't have done better. It's a great game, and it has the same difficulty vibe that the classic Commodore Amiga Shadow of the Beast game had. Psygnosis would be proud that the developers of this successor took such a great advantage of the resources provided.
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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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