Shadow Warrior 2013 edition is a first person shooter remake of the 1997 game of the same name. The game is developed by Flying Wild Hog and published by Devolver Digital. The game was released on September 26th, 2013. The story now follows Lo Wang as he hunts down Zilla for betraying him after he was told to go find a sword of limitless power. Does this game patch things up for making fun of Asian culture, or make it worse?
Graphics-Scenery wise, they look good. Flying Wild Hog this time made the environment more accurate to Japan than 3drealms did with the first game. The enemies are a huge step up from the first game, and don’t look as stupid. Lo Wang’s character model, however, doesn’t quite live up like the first game did. Old man Lo Wang actually looked more intimidating than this Lo Wang.
Sound-The cheesy one-liners aren’t as frequent this time around. The background music is also more appealing to listen to instead of a generic Japanese audio track. Lo Wang’s voice is slightly better, but not by much.
Gameplay-Like the previous game, and other first person shooters before it, is to get from point A to point B. This game also does a little bit more backtracking, as you’ll be visiting previous areas in order to move forward. Combat actually looks better this time around. You can now buy power ups for Lo Wang and upgrades for the weapons by collecting money, Ki crystals, and karma points.
Politically Correct-As you recall from the previous Shadow Warrior review, the game poked fun of Asian culture. Does this game fix the problem, or create new problems? The answer is the problem is fixed…sort of. The game now doesn’t feel like it is being insulted in anyway, and the enemies make more sense this time.
Overall-This game is an improvement from its predecessor. Is it a perfect game? No. It is worth playing? Yes.
You can get Shadow Warrior 2013 from the following sites
Steam: Click here.
GOG.com: Click here.
Devolver Digital: Click here (then click Humble Store).
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