A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Although the game has the stereotypical "good vs. evil" tropes, there's little motivating the player to actually save anyone. In fact, the story is just an excuse to give the player things to shoot at.
Positive Role Models
The characters fall on the darker side of the moral spectrum, even those that are supposed to be the player's allies. To one degree or another, everyone's either using the player or trying to kill the player more to serve their own ends than anything else.
Ease of Play
While the gameplay is relatively standard for a third person shooter, there are quirks that take getting used to. The aim assist makes it difficult to miss shooting enemies, but the movement feels stiff, imprecise, and generally awkward.
Violence & Scariness
The game is filled with violence, including scenes of murder and suicide. Defeated enemies explode in sprays of blood and chunks of gore. The only thing that reduces the impact of the violence is the game's retro polygon style, which keeps the gore from being too detailed or realistic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The dialogue has a number of sexual innuendos. Also, in Deadside, some undead enemies are female and shown to be topless.
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Profanity is laced throughout the dialogue, including liberal use of "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This is a remake of the 1999 game Shadow Man, which is based off of a Valiant Comics series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shadow Man Remastered is a third-person action game available for purchase on Windows-based PCs. The game's a remake of the 1999 Shadow Man game, updated with new content, new textures, and new audio, all while retaining the polygonal style of the original release. The story's based on the Valiant Comics series of the same name and has a heavy focus on supernatural and occult themes. Shadow Man is a violent game, with lots of blood and gore consistently shown onscreen. There are also scenes of ritual violence and suicide, which is tempered somewhat by the game's retro style. There's some nudity as well as occasional sexual innuendo in the story, as well as regular use of profanity in the dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
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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