Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Shadow Warrior 2 is a fast paced, action-packed FPS that has tons of loot, and a whole lot of dick jokes.
You are Lo Wang, a lone mercenary on a mission where something goes terribly wrong. You are thrust into a major conflict between hordes of demons, and the enemy forces belonging to your nemesis. The story is interesting. It’s not profound or anything, but it’s very amusing at times.
Most of the gameplay revolves around combat. You have a wide variety of weapons, both for ranged, and melee. Personally, I am a huge fan of the melee combat, where you get to jump and dash all over the place, and stay constantly moving. I absolutely loved the gore; dismembering, and slicing down enemies was an immensely satisfying experience. The guns are fun to use too, and there are definitely times where you will want to keep some distance, but melee combat feels so much more intense for me.
- combat is extremely enjoyable, and you have a wide range of weapons to choose from, as well as special skills, and abilities in your arsenal
- leveling up, earning skill points (by slaying enemies and completing quests) to improve abilities that better fit your playstyle is consistently rewarding, and you’ll look forward to leveling up
- lots of loot drops, and upgrades to socket into your weapons if you want to optimize them for your playstyle (most items are auto-looted when you walk over them)
- all of the audio is done well; the voice acting is solid, and the sound effects and music are great – I love how the music intensifies, and really gets your adrenaline pumping while in combat
- with procedural generation, there’s always the potential for replay value
- graphics are excellent; the environments look fantastic (especially the rain, gore, and all the explosions
- performance feels good; tons of action, but there was never any lag experienced
- the dialog is amusing, and I often found myself smiling, and chuckling (prepare for a lot of dick jokes!)
- the difficulty in co-op scales with the number of players, and although I haven’t played in co-op, I can definitely see it being a great co-op experience
- one crash to desktop during my entire playthrough, which caused me to have to redo a boss fight (it only happened the once ever, so it wasn’t too upsetting, but still an inconvenience)
- my biggest complaint about the game is the long loading times; the loading screen feels like it takes an eternity (this was on an SSD)
- (nitpick) some of the characters during the cutscenes are not as good looking as the rest of the game is
- (nitpick) if you want to min/max your items, it can be time consuming, but you can get by with little to no time spent managing your loot (also, there are a few items that you will have to manually loot)
I played the game solo on normal mode. It took me 9.5-10 hours, and I had expected it to be a bit more challenging. In hindsight, I should have played it on the next difficulty setting, but I still had a blast playing it. If you’re looking for some fast-paced action to play by yourself or with friends. Shadow Warrior 2 is a lot of fun, and it reminded me of DOOM combined with Borderlands co-op and loot system. Overall, it is a really fun game, and definitely worth playing.