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Shadow of the Beast

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Engaging, strange, but bloody action remake.

Game PlayStation 4 2016
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Though it's violent and bloody, this remake of a 1989 cult classic will appeal to fans of 2-D, side-scrolling, hack-and-slash action games both old and new. Well, not too new; Shadow of the Beast isn't for anyone who hasn't been alive for 18 years and maybe not even more than that if they're disturbed by weird-looking creatures slicing up other weird-looking creatures while blood splatters everywhere. It's also not for someone looking for a simplistic arcade game or something super easy. Players only have 10 health points at any given time, and while you can restore your health through various means -- including by doing a special killing move -- that may not help given how your enemies will attack you from all sides. The game also has you using your hand spikes to climb up and slide down cliffs and has you using switches and teleportation portals to figure out how to get past obstacles before time runs out and everything resets. It's just too bad some of the big, bad bosses you fight are so easily defeated or that the game's penchant for awarding you points distracts from the engaging story. What's cool about this version is it not only includes the original game and a modified version of the original that has unlimited lives but also the option to play the new game with the old game's music. Shadow of the Beast will appeal to action fans looking for a challenge, with a healthy dose of the strange.

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