Parents' Guide to

Shadow Warrior 3

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody fun shooter and slasher -- but a flawed adventure.

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If you like absolutely ridiculous amounts of blood and gore, and cheesy one-liners, then you'll enjoy blasting away at demons in this fast-paced first-person adventure. Shadow Warrior 3's controls are easy to pick up, the graphics are colorful, and some of the boss fights are memorable. But it has some assorted issues, though, and it doesn't try anything new or interesting to push the genre forward. The lack of included multiplayer is also unfortunate. But for unadulterated fun, or as a means to blow off some steam at the end of a bad day with Lo Wang's six weapons and grappling hook mechanic, there are far worse games to play than this digital download.

The speed (including double-jumps and strafing) and platform-like elements are fun, and the demons are laughably crazy-looking. It's fun to play around with all the ways you can kill these creatures using a combination of guns and explosives, katana slices, and some magic abilities (like slowing down time). How they die is equally over-the-top, not to mention the cringy Mortal Kombat-like finishing moves – but from a first-person perspective. Those who like to explore to find hidden goodies will be disappointed in Shadow Warrior 3, as there are only a couple of ammo or upgrade boosts you can discover. That means you won't like be incentivized to look for these extras much. You'll kill a bunch of demons in an arena, make your way to the next area, and repeat the process (though the maps are mostly cleverly designed). On a related note, this game is also linear, which means you can't go back to collect items to bump up Lo Wang's arsenal. One last issue: the game is only about five hours long. But if you can get past its brevity, gameplay that doesn't push the envelope, and Lo Wang's repetitive jokes, you'll have a good time with Shadow Warrior 3. So long as you don't take it seriously – and you shouldn't – this mature-rated gorefest is fun... while it lasts.

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