Shadow Warrior for PC, PS4 and XONE is a remake of the game known by the same name, created by 3D Realms Studio in 1997. The new edition was developed by Flying Wild Hog, a Polish studio known for a science-fiction FPS Hard Reset. The studio includes people who worked on such games as Painkiller, The Witcher 2, and Bulletstorm.
The game takes you to the Far East, where you can visit snow-covered mountains, dungeons, and Japanese gardens. The story follows the adventures of Lo Wang, a martial arts master who gets hired by Zilla Enterprises to find a legendary blade known as Nobitsura Kage. The hero discovers a mystical connection of the weapon with ancient gods from another dimension, and the world gets overcome by demons from hell. Wang’s goal is to send them back into the dark abyss and discover the truth behind the invasion of unearthly creatures. Hoji, a soul exiled from the mysterious land of the Ancients, helps him in this task.
In terms of gameplay Shadow Warrior for PC, PS4 and XONE resembles the original game, therefore you spend most of the time on killing hordes of enemies. The game is an old-school arcade FPP shooter, which puts a strong emphasis on melee combat. Therefore, Lo Wang uses both guns of various caliber and equipment characteristic of ninja warriors: deadly katanas and shurikens. The developers used proven solutions also when it comes to minor gameplay elements – healing system is based on first aid kits and there is no limit of weapons the hero may carry.
Character development system is an important feature too. There are three resources in the game that allow you to personalize your character. These are cash, ki crystals, and karma. Money allows you to modify the weapons owned by Lo Wang and replenish ammunition. Ki crystals and karma enable you to develop Lo Wang’s skills and powers (such as health regeneration, increased mobility, stunning opponents), and it is the element which allows you to personalize your game experience.
Audiovisual binding of Shadow Warrior stands on a high quality level. There is a large number of details and many elements of the environment is destructible, which may also be effectively used in combat. For example, you can lure an enemy near a car and then blow it up or let the opponent in between explosive barrels and cause a chain reaction with just one shot.
PC / Windows
- Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM (4 GB - Vista/7), graphic card 1 GB (GeForce GTX 460 or better), 8 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet connection