Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Release Date: 01/03/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
I was rather excited about the third installment of Shadow Warrior and its fast-paced gunplay. Again, I tend to go into games blind. The only thing I knew was Devolver Digital was involved, so I was even more excited. But this is one time I wished I looked into the game.
You play as the man himself, Lo Wang, who has ended all life on Earth by inadvertently allowing a destruction dragon loose on it. And it’s up to him to rid the world of this menace. With the help of a dead god, a dragon egg and luck.
Shadow Warrior 3 is your basic run off the mill shooter from the early 2000s. It has lost the looter shooter component of the last installment. It is a basic by the numbers shooter with parkour and a grapple hook.
They have stripped everything that made the second installment entertaining and it feels like the soul has left the game. Short levels on a linear path, a handful of guns and a few upgrades. While slash or shoot through waves of enemies. With the odd occasional bosses that you will face, each being weird and wonderful.
As you are hacking and shooting your way through hordes of the undead, you will gain an ultimate meter. Depending on the enemy you use it on will depend on what Gore Weapon you get. Basically, it’s an overpowered weapon you get from an enemy you gut, crush head, and pop an eye out of. These weapons give you a massive destruction boost for a short time.
Not Everything Is Bad
The fast action gun(sword) play is enjoyable and slick, with switching from guns to sword with just a push of a button. With plenty of grassy areas where Wang can run and traverse the area with ease. He also has a handy grapple hoot that can get him out of danger in a pinch. I would recommend having your head on a swivel as enemies come from everywhere.
Shadow Warrior 3 is a beautiful game, both with the world and enemy design. Each of the enemies looks outstanding, and the bosses are both over the top and random. The Dragon is just jaw dropping.
Overall, Shadow Warrior 3 is a shadow of its former self. It is a short game, but plays well. It but does nothing interesting or even tries anything that will make it standout. It is a shame as the character and the world are excellent.
For the price tag on a lackluster game, I say wait on a huge sale before even thinking of getting this.