Hello, everyone. Anthony here, your resident “Jack of all trades” gamer, and what that means is I don’t have a preferred style of game that I play. Today I am going to bring you a Games With Gold Shadow Warrior Review but first, I wanted to give you a little run down of what this series is going to consist of.
Some people only play first-person shooters, or RPGs, sports games or Battle Royale style games. I will play pretty much any style of game that catches my eye. Since I am a fan of all different types of games I have decided to download, play and rate the free games of the month given out by Microsoft for Xbox Live Gold members for you through Games With Gold. This will give me the chance to play random video games, and if I happen to rack up some achievement points in the process, all the better. With that being said, here is my Games With Gold Shadow Warrior Review.
The free game of the month for the end of February was Shadow Warrior. Shadow Warrior was originally released in 2013 by Flying Wild Hog as a reboot of the 1997 version of the game. I never played any games in the Shadow Warrior series, so I was interested to see what it was all about.
When I started up the game I could tell right away it was an older title, as the graphics weren’t up to par with the ones we have today. Even so, that didn’t deter me from playing more.
One of the first things to really stand out to me was the dialogue. The main character that you control, the ninja mercenary Lo Wang, is on his way to purchase a katana sword for his boss. While the cut scene plays out, Lo Wang is cracking jokes–a theme that continues throughout the game. There is no shortage of comedy in Shadow Warrior. Whether it is Lo Wang making jokes, the demon Hoji who eventually joins you on your journey to find the mythical katana sword, or the little quips in the fortune cookies, the jokes came fast and furious…and I loved every bit of it.
The gameplay for Shadow Warrior took a little getting used to. It took some time to remember all of the combos and powers you get to unlock throughout the course of the game. But once I got the hang of it, I was running around the map, slicing demons in half, blowing monsters out of the sky, healing myself, using ancient techniques to send my enemies flying, and much more.
Another fun part of the gameplay is the environment, most of which can be used to your benefit. Barrels and cars explode and cause fire damage to enemies, electronics can be used to cause electric damage. There is no shortage of environmental damage to deal to your enemies, you just have to plan it out to inflict the most damage.
Speaking of enemies, Shadow Warrior is full of different types of demons for you to slash and shoot. Throughout the course of the game, the enemies come in various difficulties and waves, keeping you on your toes.
Shadow Warrior is also a pretty long game. I’ve put in several hours already, and I’m only about half way through. I still have plenty of upgrades to earn, powers to unlock, and attachments to buy for my weapons.
Beside the story mode, there is also a survival mode, which I haven’t even delved into just yet, but I can’t wait to give that a try.
Overall, I say Shadow Warrior was absolutely worth the free download. Once you get the mechanics down and commit all the different powers to memory, taking out demons gets more and more satisfying as they increase in difficulty.
Written by Anthony Giudice