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Review: 'Shadow Warrior'

By Shane Mckay

Video Game Reviews

9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013

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Sharpen your samurai swords, polish off your uzis and prepare to take a trip into nostalgia because classic shooter "Shadow Warrior" is getting a fresh reboot with all new graphics, gameplay and a host of other goodies. Developer Flying Wild Hog aims to bring back the iconic first-person shooter originally created by 3-D Realms to the Steam store and give it a modern overhaul.

Lo Wang returns as the main protagonist, and he has no shortage of verbal quips combined with ultra-violent gameplay. While he begins by attempting to buy the Nobitsura Kage, an ancient rare sword from a mysterious man who isn't willing to part with it. His adventure quickly turns sour as you soon face a plethora of ancient demons out for blood by wielding your sword, guns and magic to defeat the encroaching invasion.

What makes this reboot so special is the added focus on the melee combat, most specifically with the samurai sword. The ability to dismember any body part and a load of special moves makes melee combat fun again and gives the game some much needed variety from the traditional gunplay of the FPS genre.

Reminiscent of over-the-top action games like "Painkiller," "Shadow Warrior" looks to be just as outrageous but with a more realistic tone. Featuring an upgradeable arsenal from quad barreled shotguns to explosive crossbows, precision swordplay mechanics, updated 3-D visuals an engaging story and combat, "Shadow Warrior" looks to reimagine the FPS genre to keep it from going stale.

The game makes its way on to the Steam Store Sept. 26 and is currently available for $33.99 as a pre-purchase or $39.99 regular price after its release. Until then, the original "Shadow Warrior" is also on the Steam store for free so you can prepare yourself for the onslaught and kick some 8-bit demon ass back to the shadow realm before the release.

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