Shadows of the Damned review round-up: The pros and cons

By Posted 22 Jun 2011, 11:24

While many North American gamers probably went straight out and bought the Shadows of the Damned game as soon as it arrived in stores yesterday (June 21st), others might be waiting to read a few reviews before they decide whether or not they want to buy it. We thought we would help those that fall in the latter category by providing a Shadows of the Damned review round-up that highlights the pros and cons.

The first review we looked at is from Jim Sterling over on the destructoid.com website. Jim gave the Shadows of the Damned game a fairly impressive overall score of 8.5/10. The survival horror / third-person shooter game sees players taking on the role of the flamboyant Latino demon hunter Garcia Hotspur, as he embarks on a mission into Hell to try and save his girlfriend Paula from Fleming, Lord of Demons.

Jim notes that although the game’s comedy can occasionally border on anti-humor, it never fails to be entertaining. The pros of the game in Jim’s opinion include the variety of eccentric boss encounters, a good soundtrack and great voice acting, while the cons include issues with the in-game camera, glitches that appear to halt the player’s progression and the length of the game (8 hours).

Next up is a review by Liam Martin from digitalspy.co.uk. Liam gave the game an overall rating of 3 out of 5, claiming that the Shadows of the Damned game unfortunately fails to match up to its influences. This reviewer praises the game for its narrative, imagery, visuals and combat, but also notes that it does have a few frame rate issues and feels like it is trying too hard to be vulgar and immature.

Meanwhile, Will Herring from the gamepro.com website gave the game a 4/5 rating. Will states that while the game’s over-the-shoulder shoot-em-up gameplay is definitely solid, the character’s combat tactics can get a bit boring once players are further into the game. The pros in Will’s opinion include an oddball sense of humor and an awesome atmosphere, while the cons include sluggish aiming and frustrating set pieces.

Last but not least is a review by Tom Pakinkis over on the computerandvideogames.com website. Tom’s overall score of the Shadows of the Damned game was 8.1/10. Tom says that although the game has a pretty rubbish dialogue, it is actually half the fun of the game. The pros according to this reviewer include childish sense of humor and satisfying gunplay, while the cons include repetitive level design.

You can read the full reviews through the links provided. Have you played the Shadows of the Damned game yet? If so, what do you think of it?