Shadow Warrior is a wonderful ride through humor and gut wrenching fun where you play as the geeky lovable mercenary Lo Wang, working currently as one ofOrochi Zilla's right hand and reliable mercenaries' with his new side kick Hoji, a demon banished from his home world. Together combining both of Hoji's demon magic and Lo Wang's amazing katana mastery, they power their way through the demon hordes in this unlikely duo's journey for the Nobitsura Kage.
Game-play in shadow warrior is quite fun. You can hack hack slash and shoot just about anything in the entire game and, yes the demons of course! you will obtain more weapons through out your adventure, such a the quad barrel shotgun. all of these attainable weapons all have upgrades to make these weapons even stronger than they already are but, be careful with your cash you will not be able to upgrade everything just like in previous games like Bioshock. When in combat your are scored for every move you make and how that move effects your enemy's body. So for example if you pull out your revolver and score a flawless head shot on a standard demon you shall be rewarded with more karma which is used to upgrade Wang's combat abilities (but not Hoji's demon attributes). Combat is broken down into;
- Small Encounters
- Large Encounters
- Boss Fights
- ADT (attention to detail)
(This is where the very minor spoilers I mentioned are at)
Shadow Warrior's story is quite good actually. It's Riveting, Interesting, and Mysterious everything you need for a well built up story to have a very satisfying ending that may bring a tear to your eye. The game starts you off in Wang's car jamming to the Transformer's hit "The Touch" by Stan Bush with Wang singing along getting ready to do a job forOrochi Zillawho own's a very large billion dollar company that owns and monopolize most of the world's products and is now searching for a fabled sword called theNobitsura Kage. Lo Wang's job is simple get the sword no matter what the "cost" in that case money or blood. after these beginning events the offer for the sword is obviously refused (what would you expect?). Later after fighting a horde of yakuza thugs you were trying to buy the sword from capture you and cage you outdoors, demons end up spawning and killing the yakuza. After escaping you have and encounter with the hilarious demon Hoji who will be you new companion through out that rest of the game. Together from that point you find out there are 3 different swords under the nameNobitsura Kage and are being moved around earth by these puppet creatures called Whisperers and all are required to complete the sword and bring it to it's true power this sword basically has the properties of the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series. No living demon can touch it. EVER. The blade of demons' bane in the sense can quite come in handy in a demon apocalypse. This is basically the Current plot of Shadow Warrior. Throughout the game you find out a bit more back story about Hoji and why he was banished and who his fellow demon brethren are (just brace yourself it's a true WTF moment for sure). Overall Shadow Warrior's story is awesome. Really. It's Honestly a lot more great than it sounds it's just something you would have to experience for yourself.
Overall, Shadow Warrior is a hell of a lot of fun and really deserves a lot more credit that what it has received over the course of all most two years since it's first release on PC. The game hits it all. Shadow Warrior plays with your emotions makes you laugh and could at times make you feel like an absolute badass and, I would STRONGLY recommend this game to any one who enjoys first person action with a deep and meaning full story with lovable and interesting characters. FINAL SCORE: 4.5/5