Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms’ shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) starring the legendary and quick-witted warrior Lo Wang.Read full description
"Shadow Warrior’s excellent fast-paced swordplay and surprising story make Lo Wang’s comeback tour a great success." - 8.6/10 - IGN
"I can’t think of a first-person shooter I’ve enjoyed more this year." - Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Shadow Warrior’s excellent fast-paced swordplay and surprising story make Lo Wang’s comeback tour a great success." - TotalBiscuit
Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms’ shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog (Hard Reset) starring the legendary and quick-witted warrior Lo Wang. Combine the brute force of overwhelming firepower with the elegant precision of a katana to annihilate the merciless armies of the shadow realm in an exhilarating and visually stunning transformation of the classic first-person shooter.
Shadow Warrior tells the offbeat tale of Zilla Enterprise’s corporate shogun Lo Wang as he is ordered to acquire a legendary blade of limitless power by his deceitful employer. Betrayed and left for dead, Lo Wang learns of the blade’s connection to ancient gods from another realm preparing to push our world to the brink of destruction. Now the reluctant hero must become legend through a masterful combination of gun, blade, magic and wit to uncover the truth behind the demonic invasion and banish evil back into the darkness.
Shadow Warrior Reborn – A bold new vision of Shadow Warrior elegantly blends classic first-person shooter gameplay with thrilling action, inventive combat, and a contemporary retelling of the hilarious legend of Lo Wang.
Elegant Swordplay – Unsheathe your legendary katana to slice enemies apart with precisely targeted swings or unleash fluid combos and special attacks to cut down hordes of enemies with one swift pass through the enraged hordes.
Upgradeable Arsenal – Utilize every gun in your formidable armory – from stylish revolvers and quad barrel shotguns to explosive-tipped crossbow bolts and laser-guided rocket launchers. Each weapon offers several unique upgrades to increase power, speed, and add devastating alternative firing options.
Mystical Powers – Call upon mystical powers to protect yourself and paralyze your enemies or use their own severed heads and still-beating hearts to bring them to their knees.
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This is one of the few first person games that I've played that does magic, melee, and gunplay right all together. Honestly, the game never pressures you to use a specific weapon except in the beginning when you're stuck with your starter weapons. But the good news is is that the sword is the coolest weapon there is. Why? Enemies will literally be sliced and diced as you attack them. The fact that you can use magic attacks with the sword is the icing on the cake. My favorite combo was using the sword and the crossbow. The crossbow can literally pin enemies to walls and objects with the crossbow bolts. The only thing that I did not like was the fact Shadow Warrior felt like it would never end. For most games, more content is good. However, Shadow Warrior keeps throwing you into more and more mobs. Eventually, you just get tired of fighting mobs. There wasn't anything new, no new monsters. The only thing that was in the later missions was the different combinations of monsters in mobs. By the end of the game, they just throw all the monsters together in a mob and that was extremely annoying. Shadow Warrior would have been perfected if it ended 2-3 missions earlier.
This is a remake of the original Shadow Warrior in 1997 and having not played the previous one I can only say that this one rocks! You are Lo Wang a paid hitman using guns,shotguns,rifles,SMGs and of course a katana. That's what makes this game different from the other fps games out there. You wield a freaking katana and hack and slash your way to the top. You are trying to collect 3 swords which are combined to one that has the ability to kill the Ancients (rulers of the shadow realm). You are being helped-manipulated by another Ancient demon because he wants to reclaim his memory and in the end you become friends with him and also avenge his death by his Ancient brother. It has also some rpg elements like upgrading your weapons, upgrading stats and skills which help you slice or shoot faster and deal more damage. Many demons dropped dead and many bosses will kneel before your katana's blade. I played this game in insane mode and although it took me a while to finish it I really-really enjoyed every moment of it. Rest in Pepperonis you ugly demons!! Overall 100/100 and looking forward to Shadow Warrior 2 which is going to be more open world, co-op and more rpg elements.
Shadow Warrior was something I purchased on a whim and only because it was on sale and it had good reviews. Wow, do I regret not getting this game sooner. This really is one the greatest first person shooters I have played. It is a balls to the wall (or in this case, Wang to the wall) kind of game. You play as Lo Wang on a mission to collect three sacred swords in an effort to stop the demonic invasion. The story is a little bare but there is enough meat to get you to the end. You have an invisible companion named Hoji who helps you through the entirety of the game and also provides constant, amusing dialogue. Hoji isn't the only one talking though, Wang often busts out hilarious one liners while he's cutting his enemies in two or launching rockets at a hulking beast. Together, the two have some very enjoyable conversations. While the gunplay itself can leave a little to be desired, the katana more than makes up for this. Chopping and slashing your way through Japan has to be one the most enjoyable things I've done in a first person shooter. I have yet to beat the game but there have plenty of moments where I just need to sit down the controller and take a break. At times the game can get a bit repetitious and beyond the story there isn't really anything to do besides a survival mode on three maps but that really only lasts so long. Bottom line? Get this game but wait for sale, and I only say that because of the lack of content past the story (although the story itself is quite long).
Shadow Warrior is a remake/re-imagining of a classic game by the same name. I've never played the original, so I'm only basing this review off of this game alone. And boy is it fun. You get a variety of different weapons, but you always have your trusty katana if you ever run out of ammo. This was definitely my go-to weapon, as I enjoyed the first person hacking and slashing. The controls were great, although the gunplay left a little bit to be desired (hence my affinity for the sword). You play as Lo Wang, fighting demons as you travel through different areas of a city, searching for some kind of mythic sword. There are jokes and puns aplenty, including on the main character's name (naturally). The commentary didn't get too stale, even though he continues to say the relatively same wrote lines during combat. The demons get a little bit repetitive, however, as you only have about three or four that you end fighting continuously - the difficulty increases as they add more demons or add armor to the demons, however. As you level up you get the chance to upgrade your weapons, buy some ammo, get new passive or active skills, and learn new magic. I didn't like how the magic controls were handled. They could only be used by a combination of key presses and clicks (for example W-W Right Click activated an ability). Overall, I'd recommend it if you're looking for a campy, punny shooter with some fun swordplay.
Shadow Warrior has got two important things going for it: 1, it's great FPS with guns and sword, and 2, more importantly, it is such an entertaining game. I mean, the writing is great, funny, and keeps you involved. Lo Wang is one of my favorite characters. He's witty, dirty, and just all around cool guy. Back to gameplay though, the only complaint I can throw out is that it can get somewhat repetitive (honestly a lot of games do), but with the writing it doesn't really matter because you'll be constantly laughing.
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