6 items from 2014
There’s no denying that platformers have played a major role in gaming history, but it’s also true that good ones are few and far between. That’s especially true these days, where first-person shooters and large scale action-adventure games have stolen the limelight from the genre that Mario defined. Perhaps it’s because it’s so hard to make a great one, what with the need for precise controls, near flawless jumping mechanics and a unique draw to set it apart from the many others out there. Or, maybe it’s just a sign of the times.
Like Nintendo and Ubisoft, to an extent, Flying Wild Hog and Nordic Games aren’t willing to let the sidescrolling dream die. Their latest — a PS3, Xbox 360 and PC digital download bearing the strange name of Juju — harkens back to the platformers of yesteryear, while mixing together mechanics that borrow from both the past and present. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Kris Wall reviews Shadow Warrior…
Shadow Warrior bleeds old school gaming from every single pore, a reboot of a game of the same name from the late 90’s by 3D Realms. The original Shadow Warrior first appeared in 1997, a pretender to Duke Nukems crown, aping it’s style and terrible/brilliant one liners, while deemed something of a cult classic, it also courted controversy for straying too far into overly offensive stereotyping and some very near the knuckle racism, a relic from a time when developers thought they could be tongue in cheek but fell way short of the mark. The new Shadow Warrior comes to next gen courtesy of developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital.
In Shadow Warrior, you play corporate shogun, Lo Wang (Get it), who is ordered by his employer to track down and acquire the legendary blade, the Nobitsura Kage. As is usually the »
- Kris Wall
Bandai Namco has unveiled a new trailer for 90s-inspired romp Shadow Warrior, which is due to launch across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next Tuesday, September 23rd.
Billed as the next-gen release of the game’s PC debut last year, Flying Wild Hogs will look to bring series protagonist Lo Wang to the next generation of consoles with aplomb. And, in a post through PlayStation Blog, Artur Maksara — the studio’s level designer — hinted at the kind of bombastic action that fans can expect come release.
“Shadow Warrior is a bold reimagining of the classic 3D Realms’ shooter from independent developer Flying Wild Hog 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.”
Originally released in 1997, Shadow »
- Michael Briers
Bandai Namco announced today that the 90s-inspired, ultra-violent Shadow Warrior will rear its head on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 26th.
In tandem with the announcement, the publisher also revealed that Flying Wild Hogs’ bombastic reboot of the 3D Realms classic will include a host of features exclusive to the console version. First up, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can look forward to an all-new arena mode in the rerelease, along with a hoard of weaponry from Devolver Digital’s other titles — including the Katanas from both Hotline Miami and the original Shadow Warrior.
In a statement, the company’s CFO, Fork Parker, outlined the passion behind the project, which is on its way to next-gen systems courtesy of support from fans of the 1997 original.
“Our fans have been very vocal about bringing Shadow Warrior to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One so we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with »
- Michael Briers
Flying Wild Hogs’ bombastic reboot of 3D Realms’ ultra-violent shooter, Shadow Warrior, is getting the next-gen treatment, as Majesco Entertainment announced plans to bring the cult classic to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this September.
Teaming up with Devolver Digital — publisher behind a litany of indie titles, including Hotline Miami — the distributing duo will shepherd the game onto current-gen consoles, where it will be priced at $39.99 in the States. As for other territories, it’s unclear whether Shadow Warrior will launch at a similar price point.
Nevertheless, in a statement, Jesse Sutton, CEO of Majesco trumpeted the rerelease as the perfect experience for fans of the 90s romp:
“Shadow Warrior turns the 90s nostalgia meter way up, delivering big guns, big blades and big attitude laced with humour. This is a must have title for every kind of fan: those who loved the original game, Fps enthusiasts and players looking for »
- Michael Briers
Reviving a 2.5D shooter franchise into the modern day is difficult. Making a comedic game with humor that doesn’t get stale is even more difficult. Shadow Warrior, a remake of 3D Realms Duke Nukem 3D protege, manages to succeed where other remakes have failed.
Both the gameplay and premise are simple enough to quickly grasp.
Play-wise, it’s similar to Flying Wild Hog’s Hard Reset and other strafe and shoot games like Serious Sam and Painkiller. Rather than your ducking for cover and waiting to restore health like so many other games, Shadow Warrior has the classic run and gun affair with a variety of weapons and plenty of sword play.
Just like the gameplay itself, the story is a modern update of the classic Fps genre. You play Lo Wang, a ninja-like mercenary who must deliver a mystical sword to his employer, Zilla. Suffice to say you »
- Andrew Hudson
6 items from 2014
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