Parents' Guide to

Shadow Man Remastered

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent supernatural remake feels awkward and outdated.

Game Windows 2021
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A big trend in gaming is to revisit classic titles, giving them a modern makeover to re-introduce them to a new generation of gamers, but this one just feels like a miss all-around. While many games might be ripe for a remake, Shadow Man Remastered is one that should have been left buried in archive of nostalgia. Although it was quirky and fun for its time, playing this "Remastered" version somehow makes the game feel even more dated and forgettable than replaying the original. After all, there were a lot more limitations to what was possible back then. But when it comes to Shadow Man Remastered, it feels like the enhancements to the game serve only to shine a great big hi-def flashlight on all its flaws.

For starters, while the game makes a lot of use of newly detailed textures, these are slapped on top of models that haven't been updated in more than twenty years. The most jarring example of this is watching characters talk with flat, rectangular faces with weirdly detailed, animated mouths. Speaking of animations, the characters motions are anything but fluid. The models move in a stiff, puppet-like manner that somehow glide over the surface. This is made even worse due to the game's clunky controls, which make navigation more frustrating than any of the undead swarms players fight against. Whether or not it's meant to retain some of the nostalgic feel of the original, Shadow Man Remastered winds up feeling more like an update that was left only half finished before release.

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