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Shadow Warrior Review

Shadow Warrior Devolver Digital

Flying Wild Hog has brought us another classic remade with today’s standards in graphics, and style along with other remakes like Doom, Duke Nukem, and Wolfenstein. But can Shadow Warrior stand out and go down as one of the best remakes of all time? Let’s see!

Story: Players assume the role of Lo Wang who is trying to acquire a sword that he doesn’t know much about. After attempting to purchase the sword he learns that it wields a power of inhuman capabilities and he must get the sword in order to save the world. Lo Wang becomes sort of possessed by a comical demon who joins sides to help Lo Wang get the sword back before a demoness can attain the sword of UNPRECEDENTED POWER!!! I said that with a booming sound in my head to add dramatic effect. The story line itself is pretty bland and straight forward with not much appeal, but still funny and comical with a lot of laughs, much like the original.

Gameplay: Shadow Warrior has a real solid character progression gameplay mechanic that allows you to upgrade Lo Wang’s abilities and weapons by attaining Ki crystals and each upgrade to his abilities appears as a Japanese tattoo on his body. I thought this was very cool, and a great idea which I’d like to see more of some time in the future with other games. It adds to the depth of the game when upgrades actually show up in some physical and / or aesthetic form. It’s a very good touch. The combat is fast paced and very well done, it doesn’t lose any aspect of fun as it goes on and gets deeper into the story. Most games feel like you’re doing the same thing after a while, and in Shadow Warrior there’s no difference, but the enemies you fight help keep the monotony away a bit and with simple controls which help the flow of combat stay fluid and fast for a first person hack and slash shooter.

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Characters and enemies also have unique abilities and difficulties and some tend not to stick out in the story. The main enemies I felt needed more of a stronger role in the game and because they weren’t super tough, it made the game feel a little overly casual compared to its original incarnation. The most entertaining was the demon who is fused with you, combined with a few other vulgar and sexually themed characters that made for a good laugh throughout the story. Some parts I felt were rushed, but the game was still enjoyable. Shadow Warrior has minimal replay ability. You might enjoy one play-through of Shadow Warrior and never pick the game up again, but Flying Wild Hog seemed as if they were trying to go that route.

I have to give them a good kudos though for bringing a great game back that I had enjoyed as a kid with the limited resources they had. I can’t help but think if they were a triple AAA company that this game would have excelled more in some areas such as the graphics which weren’t horrible and surprisingly good looking for the most part in most areas, but not all. You’ll see  a few circumstances where their limitations show especially with the character models and not so much with the scenery. Nothing game-breaking, but I can’t fault them too much for this considering the fact that they are not a big game developer, but managed to reach near triple AAA quality and I commend them for that. Lighting and shadows looked amazing, but some areas of the game seemed as if weren’t focused on as others and that could be something that slipped by QA testing.

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Audio: If you read my Preview of Shadow Warrior, you know how much I liked the music in the game. Being a big fan of Japanese themes, you get a good mix of that in Shadow Warrior which helped set the mood and fit the overall theme of the game. With a combination of Rock, Opera,Ttechno and Japanese instruments make hacking, slashing, blowing, and (that sounded bad) shooting your way through a demon horde more exciting. The soundtrack to the game is just amazing with great music and I’ve found myself listening to it a lot on YouTube (track 4 mostly). I highly recommend the game’s OST for good listening tracks if you’re into that type of music.

Final Verdict: Flying Wild Hog set out to deliver a nostalgic game up to today’s standards without sacrificing some of the great things that made the original great. This is a great example to follow and something I wish  Duke Nukem would have had. While the game is no perfect 10 and doesn’t have much replay ability, it’s still a great entry and makes for a fun few hours. I give Shadow warrior a 7.5 out of 10.

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Overall Score: 7.5/10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer: Flying Wild Hog

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Available On: Windows PC (via Steam)

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Data: It’s Official PC Gaming Has Overcome Console Gaming; Digital Sales Up 1,400%

PC Gaming Overcomes Console

In what is perhaps a surprising turn of events (or not, depending on your perspective) cold hard data recently released by SuperData Research Inc. and Digital River confirms that the growth in the game industry’s PC Gaming sector has actually caused what was once considered to be a niche audience to overtake that of the Console Gaming sector. Similar to the argument of art imitating life and vice verca, we’ve been seeing a lot more AAA publishers supporting the PC Gaming market who normally haven’t been so open to it in the past; which is likely either because of, or causing, this type of reaction from the gaming community. Of course PC Gaming is still a ways off from producing the same amount of cash as Console Gaming. Other information in the quantitative data report includes evidence of a lean towards digital which is stronger than ever seen before.

Contrary to the vocal minority who spoke out against the ban on re-sellable physical game media when Microsoft revealed their next-generation Xbox ONE console, this new data suggests gamers currently prefer digital content that is not re-sellable versus boxed physical games; at least statistically speaking. Digital sales on the whole have increased upwards of 1,400% when speaking to the United States market per capita.

Also contrary to some of the outspoken feedback from those who take to forums to express their gaming views, free-to-play products are doing better than ever and proving to be one of the most lucrative markets in the industry. The entire report can be accessed for free in exchange for providing a small amount of personal information to the research firm (including the typical name / email address as well as a company name and job title) at the Official Digital River Website for those who are interested in learning more about these market changes and the deep statistics behind them.

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Auto Club Revolution Review

If you are looking for a top notch free to play online PC racer then look no further. Auto Club revolution has everything you will need to start building your favorite cars to perform exactly how you want as well as a huge selection of some of the best race tracks to take them out on and tear it up. Auto Club Revolution boasts over thirty officially licensed cars and eighty premium upgrade  manufacturers to enhance your vehicles performance. They also currently have twenty two tracks with half of those officially licensed as well. This system runs directly of of your browser with it’s own race app having minimal requirements.

Start out with single player practice mode to race against the clock, yourself, or the leader boards for a shot at the fastest time for the track with each vehicle. The ranking system is kept in real time so any earned points rewards  of rank up will appear immediately under your stats and the leader board. Single player mode will also let you race in a field of eight vehicles so you can get ready to hit the track and go up against the other live competitors after getting a feel for your vehicle and the track of your choice.

As you start to race you can earn credits to spend on new cars or upgrades to your current cars. The XP earned is tallied and converted into credits after every race. You can also buy cars and upgrades there is always great deals with free giveaways and fifty percent off sales on credits and vehicles so it can be fun to pick up one of your favorite cars in the showroom. There is a daily achievement that pops up everyday when you log in to race that offers a XP reward for completing a certain race on a track or whatever it is for the day.

Join an auto club or start your own to get a good bunch of people a place to get together for some awesome competition or to go up against other teams in battles to see who’s team has the fire. All the time you get rewarded for playing with free car rentals that allow you to try out a new car selected for you for twenty four hours. I think that is great letting you try out the cars before you buy especially when you work so hard to earn your credits. You can also purchase perks with your XP credits to double your XP up to fifty percent for and hour at a time to help you earn.

Your cars can be mastered as they mastery of each vehicle is kept nice and neat for you to look at and find out what challenges you will need to accomplish one hundred percent mastery. Every time you complete a challenge or a track you receive a race pin to commemorate the achievement and they all will be located in your profile to look at as well as being able to highlight some of your favorites into the slots provided to show off your accomplishments.

Head to the workshop to add upgrades for performance to which there are many as every one affects the vehicles power and handling so you may adjust and vehicle to you personalized set up for different tracks or just preferential settings that you may be used to. there is also a very nice styling section where you can add a paint job do some customizing or just at a little style to your favorite ride. There is also some driver assist switches that can be turned on or off depending on your driving preferences.

If your ready to race then head on over to the hang out section where you can jump from section to section where people from all over the world are gathering to race. Each hangout has a color and a number so you know where your at and it will let yo know when you have changed rooms. Inside every hang out has open text chat that allows the players to talk before during and after races. It also displays when races are started with a link to join in the chat box. There is also a list of races to join at the bottom of the chat page to scroll through to see is there is one you may want to join. If not no big deal start your own room pick your own track , your rules, and let it rip.

The graphics in the game are really sharp giving you the feeling of being at the races, no  better yet being in the races. Crank up your headphones cause the sound affects of the engines roaring, tires squealing, and crowd cheering will get you in the mood for the fast paced action that’s about to transpire.

All in all I found that Auto Club Revolution has everything an online racer should have to really enjoy the experience. Especially the price tag which is free to play. So download the race app you don’t have to but put in a few bucks why not  you got it for free buy your favorite car upgrade it to awesomeness and join the revolution! Auto Club Revolution is a silver game earns itself an 8 out of 10 by RealGamerNewz.

Overall Score: 8/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Eutechnyx

Available on: PC

Review Copy Info: in-game credits and assets of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the developer for purposes of this review.