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Shank is the cult-classic revival of the sidescrolling beat-em-up. Play as Shank in an over-the-top grindhouse game, packed to the rim with enemies, bosses, combos, and more by the award-winning team at Klei Entertainment. The 2D sidescroller beat-em-up is finally on Steamplay, now with improved controls and tuning updates based on popular feedback! Shank will have you shooting and slashing your way through hordes of enemies in a stylized slaughter fest. Embark on a brutal path of blood soaked revenge as Shank battles his way through the criminal underground in his quest for retribution. Boasting fast-paced bloody action, silky smooth controls and a signature pulpy grindhouse art style, Shank is a must-play for action fans.
Violent graphic novel art style:
Beautiful and fluid graphic novel art and animation styled by veteran director Jeff Agala.
Weapon-based combo system:
String together endless combos of mayhem and destruction on the fly and pummel your opponents to the ground using an exhaustive arsenal of weapons.
Gorgeous, fully animated story cinematics:
Watch Shanks brutal story unfold through beautiful fully animated cut scenes.
Brutal Boss Battles:
Over 8 different massive and unique bloody boss battles.
Two-Player Local Co-Op:
Murder with a friend. Play in a separate backstory in the two-player co-op mode and face a legion of well-armed enemies in the prequel to the single player experience.
Good for co-op.Furrek | Jan. 13, 2015 | See all Furrek's reviews »
I'm not a big fan of brawler/beat them up/sidescroller games or whatever you use to name a game where you walk from left to right and press few buttons to beat every living (and not) things. Shank is kind of different. It's nice looking game, it's hilarious and have a not bad story. But that's still not enough to please me. So why did I liked Shank? Co-op! You can't play this kind of games alone. Sure, maybe some people will have fun, but for this kind of games partner is must have for a bloody fun which Shank is. Also, maybe some people have noticed that art style is similar to game called "Mark of the Ninja" - yup, that's a game from same guys.
An entertaining, sometimes frustrating beat em upninjamerson | Nov. 28, 2014 | See all ninjamerson's reviews »
Shank is an entertaining, somewhat casual beat em up with incredible presentation and great gameplay. The game's visuals are similar to that of a comic book, preventing any violence from appearing too graphic and adding to the overall action-packed theme of this game. The entertainment value of the game is entirely subjective, although i found it to be quite smooth and intuitive, with very little to complain about in the controls department. My only real gripe with the game is that the harder difficulty is a little to unforgiving, especially in levels that contain insta-kills such as long falls, as they do not allow you to make use of checkpoints and simply make you begin at the start of the level upon death. Keep in mind, though, that this difficulty is entirely optional, and you do not need to play on this difficulty if you do not desire.
Playable comic book.Obsessor | Aug. 6, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
That's how I see this game. Very stylish hand drawn characters and backgrounds, lots of action. Cliche plot, but who cares, right? It's a beat 'em up. You play for an hour or so, and get up very satisfied. As I already said, I like the looks of this game very much. Same for music and audio in general. Professionaly made, with cool main theme.
This game's worth a try, I own both parts, and I'm proud of it.
KILL KILL KILL SMASH SMASH WINAlinasser | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all Alinasser's reviews »
SHANK; a beat'em up that i consider a CLASSIC, a 2d very very violent game that makes you feel relaxed after a gaming session. Game play: the strongest aspect in the game; great moves, smooth, satisfying, brutal, simple, beautiful, i just can keep playing. Graphics: cartoony looking which takes some of the brutality of the game off but it's certainly good looking and smooth on the eyes. Sound and Music, great and very fitting and LOVE the voice of the characters. Story: it's there but it's not very engaging, you want to revenge for something and so you are killing everybody on sight, but that's a normal in most beat'em up games so i won't consider this a big negative. Replayability: if you want to kill and chainsaw everybody, you will go back and play again and again.
Another great game from KleiGeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »
2D scrolling games aren't normally my kind of thing, but since I really enjoy Don't Starve I thought I'd give this a go. It's a fast paced (to me) "beat'em up" cartoon game, with a nice vibrant art style, a range of weapons and combos to dispatch your foes with a loose story thrown in to tie it all together (one of revenge). I haven't tried the co-op mode yet but I can imagine it would be fantastic.
Not sure how it compares to other in a genre due to my lack of experience, but if you want a bloodthirsty 2D action game then you could do far worse than picking this up.