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Shadow Man

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
63
3.3
Dreamcast
77
3.7
Nintendo 64
78
3.6

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 13 3.7
Nintendo 64 19 3.6
PlayStation 10 3.3
Windows 17 3.6
Combined MobyScore 59 3.6


The Press Says

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100
WindowsGamesFirst!
That’s right. Shadow Man has got to be the spookiest game I’ve ever played, and the point is worth noting for at least two reasons. One, ‘tis the season; Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’ve tired of the lame costume soirees and the obligatory movie marathons every cable channel broadcasts on All Souls’, then pick up Shadow Man and lose sleep for weeks. Two, it’s a testament to Acclaim’s potential that they have produced an entertainment in which every aspect of the gaming environment—from the story to the gameplay to the graphics to the sound—is so superb that it, like the voodoo mask fused to Mike’s ribcage, grafts itself to a player’s subconscious and renders certain waking moments—hearing unfamiliar noises, noticing flickering shadows—horrifying.
95
DreamcastVideo Games
Mit der DC-Version des Shadowman kommen wir nun in den Genuss der mit Abstand besten Umsetzung des Spektakels. Verständlicherweise werden Zocker, die sich bereits die N64- oder die PS-Variante zugelegt haben, nun mit neidischen Augen auf die DC-Version schielen.

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95
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Shadow Man est en définitive un super jeu. Son ambiance à vous décoller les cheveux, alliée à sa réalisation splendide devrait vous faire passer des heures angoissantes. Proche d'un Tomb Raider pour l'interface et le style, il le surpasse de loin au niveau scénario et graphisme. Et je me répète, quelle ambiance !
93
Nintendo 64X64
Beau, passionnant, gigantesque, terrifiant, le dernier bijou d'Iguana profite d'une réalisation soignée et d'une durée de vie à toute épreuve.
91
WindowsPower Play
Wahnsinn! Was für ein Spiel! Schon allein aufgrund seiner extrem finsteren Atmosphäre kann „Shadow Man“ so manchem Alpträume bescheren. Wenn man zum Beispiel in dem verwahrlosten Haus in Queens durch die Räume schleicht und eine schreckliche Entdeckung nach der anderen macht, kann sich schon der Angstschweiß auf der Stirn bilden. „Shadow Man“ ist sicher nichts für Leute mit schwachen Nerven. Die Mischung dieses Voodoo- und Massenmörderschockers stimmt einfach: Fabelhafte Grafik, tolle Musik, prägnante Soundeffekte und solides Gameplay kreieren neben der deftigen Thematik ein Spielerlebnis, das einen für Tage und Wochen unweigerlich an den Monitor fesselt. Bedenkt man nämlich, das alle Örtlichkeiten des öfteren aufgesucht werden müssen, um jeden Winkel zu erforschen, ist langer Spielspaß mit Gänsehaut garantiert. An der deutschen Synchronisation dieses Höllentrips könnten sich außerdem andere Publisher ein Beispiel nehmen, denn die ist, wie der ganze Rest, wirklich erstklassig.
91
Nintendo 64IGN
This game not only made me want to see the as yet unmade movie, but I totally got into the comic book line as well. It's rare that a videogame sparks interest in a film and comic book, but Shadow Man's got it where it counts. Well executed game elements drawn from a fantastic storyline. Maybe it's idea of an extremely adult game on the N64 that's turning me on, but Shadow Man fills more than one void in the console's library. A nice smooth Hi Rez game with some of the biggest environments you've seen since some of the outdoor levels of Goldeneye. And it's also a dark third person shoot-em-up that could be described as an older, disillusioned uncle to the upcoming Jet Force Gemini. Bright and cheery this game is not, but it doesn't need the sun behind it to cast a big shadow on the N64.
90
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
ShadowMan bietet gewissermaßen die perfekte Mixtur aus den actionreichen Kämpfen eines Heretic 2 (mit dem es auch in puncto Atmospähre zu vergleichen ist) und der Rätseldichte von Tomb Raider 3. Auch die geschickt in den Spielfluß eingearbeiteten Jump&Run-Einlagen erinnern ein wenig an die Abenteuer der Lara Croft, sind aber sehr viel kurzweiliger gestaltet und bei weitem nicht so ausufernd. Den Schlußpunkt der Vergleichsliste bildet das leider in jeder Hinsicht deutlich schlechtere Asghan von Ubi Soft.
90
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Acclaim believes that the next frontier in gameplay will be integration and manipulation of the gamer's emotion. Shadow Man is an example of how it can be done successfully. Shadow Man is graphically rich and emotionally binding. Top it off with an excellent storyline and superb gameplay and you have a game that you must experience to truly appreciate.
90
Nintendo 64Jeuxvideo.com
Shadow Man est donc un jeu qui vous tiendra en haleine de nombreuses nuits blanches grâce à son ambiance malsaine et à ses niveaux labyrinthiques. A ce propos, Acclaim fournit une carte du jeu dans la boîte qui vous permettra de vous repérer et de connaître l'emplacement des différentes armes de Shadow Man. Les gars de chez Acclaim s'en tirent vraiment bien avec Shadow Man en conservant quasiment tous les atouts de la version PC.
89
Nintendo 64Gaming Target
Overall, ShadowMan is an immensely satisfying game. Even though it may bring out phobias you never knew you had, the rush you get from it can only be compared to that of Zelda 64. While it may start to collect dust once you've finished, the journey to get there is long and powerful. The game has been dubbed "The most mature game for the N64," and is rightfully.
88
WindowsPower Unlimited
Shadow Man zal de fans van Soul Reaver absoluut aanspreken. De combinatie van ratelende guns en mystieke voodoospreuken in de twee totaal verschillende werelden met hun 25 sinistere, donkere levels, zorgen er voor dat je binnen de kortste keren volledig in de ban bent van dit spel. De ban van de Voodooaaaahhhhh!
86
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Die Levels sind faszinierend ineinander verzahnt und teilweise schon fast zu offen. Meine Motivation schnellt ohne Ende an, wenn ich nach einer etwas längeren Suche ein neues Portal mit neuen Überraschungen entdecke. Und dann die Grafik: Solche Lichteffekte und Texturen wie auf den Krokodilen und Hunden habe ich selten gesehen. Wenn Sie nur einen Funken Interesse an ungewöhnlichen Geschichten und Action-Adventures im speziellen haben, ist Shadow Man Ihr Ding.
86
WindowsGame Over Online
The whole game is presented very well. As the story unfolds throughout the game, it is intriguing and interesting enough to keep you hooked. I found myself wanting to keep playing to figure out the next part of the adventure. As you progress, you feel as though you are accomplishing something with each new object you find, or area you discover. The path was not always as straightforward as I would have liked, but I managed. You are the lone Shadowman and you have your work cut out for you.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Pro: Spannend dank toller Soundkulisse und düsteren Grafiken. Selbst Profis dürften mehr als 60, 70 Stunden beschäftigt sein.
Contra: In den großen Level geht die Orientierung manchmal flöten, außerdem nerven lange Etappen mit den ewig gleichen Gegnern.
Fazit: Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist anspruchsvoll und fair, könnte Einsteiger aber anfangs abschrecken. Wer sein Zimmer verdunkeln kann und relativ schalldichte Wände besitzt, hat keine Entschuldigung, SchadowMan nicht zu spielen. Mein Kandidat für das atmosphärischste Spiel des Jahres.
85
DreamcastIGN
All in All, Shadow Man is a welcome addition to the Dreamcast's growing library of games that fills a void in the DC Action genre. Easily the best console version of Iguana and Acclaim's collaborative Voodoo vision, fans of dark storytelling and action hounds alike will find a lot to praise here.
85
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
ShadowMan оказался на удивление приличной игрой, которая может смело претендовать на любовь игроков. Великолепный мрачный сюжет, очень хорошая графика, захватывающий игровой процесс — что еще нужно для счастья? Пожалуй, лишь новые интересные игры, которые, можно не сомневаться, скоро появятся. Ведь разработчики знают, что нас много и имя нам — Легион.
85
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
En résumé, Shadow Man sur Dreamcast est sans conteste la version se rapprochant le plus de la version PC. Une qualité graphique impressionnante et une ambiance à vous coller la chemise font oublier la maniabilité quelquefois hasardeuse et apprécier un titre qui en vaut vraiment la peine.
84
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Begrijp me niet verkeerd: het is een vette game hoor, maar naast de N64- en PC-versie staat Shadow Man op de PSX toch wel in de schaduw van zijn twee grotere, sterkere broers.
83
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Det kunde ha blivit riktigt bra, men Iguana valde att krångla till det, och får nu skörda den bittra frukten. Vi får hoppas att spelet iallafall inbringar tillräckligt mycket pengar för att kunna göra ett nytt försök.
82
DreamcastPower Unlimited
Shadow Man is een lekkere third person action adventure op de Dreamcast. De prima mix van puzzels, aktie en platform maken dit een goede game met een creepy sfeer.
81
Nintendo 64Super Play
I sin helhet så förblir Shadowman ett hypat spel som inte håller vad det lovar. Det är inte originellt eller beroendeframkallande. Det är bara stort. Fruktansvärt stort. Och det har gott om bonusföremål och annat matnyttigt. Men det räcker inte hela vägen.
81
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Tengevolge van enkel vervelende minpunten kan Shadowman zich niet de status van toptitel aanmeten. Niettemin zullen liefhebbers van Heretic II di geen multiplayer mogelijkheden eisen, zich best kunnen vermaken met Shadowman, zoals ook ik dat heb gedaan. Geniet dus alvast maar van de tijd die je nog rest in deze dimensie. Onderwijl kan dit spel nog van pas komen om je voor te bereiden op de gruwelen die je in het hiernamaals te wachten staan...
81
WindowsGame Over Online
Overall, Shadowman is a very good game that will keep even the hardcore gamer occupied for awhile. Shadowman has everything needed to be a quality game of the year. The graphic quality is top-notch, sound is great, and storyline is intriguing. Shadowman is most definitely worth a try if you want a good game to occupy your time.
80
WindowsSpel för Alla
Shadowman hittar en egen stil och förenar bra karaktärer med exotiska och snygga miljöer.
80
Nintendo 64Retroage
Podsumowując gra jest delikatnie chora, ale także zakręcona i wciągająca. Posiada swoją oryginalność rozgrywki. Przy fabule miękną takie tytuły jak Resident Evil czy Silent Hill. Pragnę również zauważyć, że jest to jedna z niewielu gier na Nintendo 64 wymagająca jednak co jak co ale dorosłego gracza. Nieźle odbija się ona na psychice, nie tak jak np. seria Turok. Warto dla niej otworzyć sakiewkę. Tu jednak należy uważać na ocenzurowaną niemieckojęzyczną wersje, klimat w takowej jest o 180 stopni inny. Shadow Man został wydany również na PlayStation, Dreamcast oraz PC i doczekał się kontynuacji na konsole PlayStation 2.
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
From a gameplay perspective, Shadow Man is an enjoyable experience, if not a little commonplace. Wrapped up inside the rich voodoo themes is a standard 3D platformer that eschews puzzles and focuses our sights on the action. What lifts this title above the ordinary, though, is well-written dialogue with strong literary sensibilities, a character-based narrative that engages people on an emotional level, and an engine slathered in disturbing sounds and images. In terms of action titles, this is inarguably Acclaim's best, and I hope they continue to develop and sharpen the concept in future offerings.
80
WindowsPC Zone
So, then... yes, we enjoyed Shadow Man, and shall continue to enjoy it after filing this review, hence the fact that it's earned a PC ZONE Recommended award. It's a robust 3D platform game with some excellent visuals, its own unique atmosphere, and peculiarly compelling action. Don't expect a complex adventure or an epoch-shattering, processor-bending, pioneering epic. It's a platform game, plain and simple, and takes a bit of getting into. But once you're in, it's worth it.
80
WindowsIGN
Shadow Man is scary, dense, and full of surprises -- but like a lot of huge projects, is overwhelmed by its own size. Between all the action and exploration is a lot of hoofing and hair-pulling, and though it by no means crushes the game, it does keep the game from its full potential. Instead of leaving you wanting more, in a sense the designers have given you too much. The exciting moments make the game worth playing though, and with some helpful hints the adventure is large enough to give you some entertainment for more hours than I'd like to think about. Shadow Man's adventures in Deadside may not be a completely new concept in terms of gameplay, but its fun, twisted, and definitely worth the visit.
78
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Die Abenteuer von Mike LeRoi sind dank des gruseligen Szenarios sehr spannend. Der dichte Levelaufbau läßt kaum Langeweile aufkommen - Geschicklichkeitseinlagen, Gegner und Mini-Rätsel sind genau richtig plaziert. Schade nur, daß die Schußwechsel so wenig Abwechslung biete: Die Gegner stürmen entweder in Kamikaze-Manier auf mich ein oder beharken mich aus sicherem Abstand. Lediglich die Zwischengegner sind fordernd. Doch leider steht auch dann noch die verkorkste Steuerung im Weg. Gleichzeitig ausweichen, zielen und schießen ist kaum zu schaffen. Ansonsten kann ich Acclaim lediglich Innovationsarmt vorwerfen. Hüpfen, ballern, Schalter drücken - alles schon mal dagewesen. Trotzdem ist Shadow Man ein überaus solides Action-Adventure, das ich Genre-Freunden wie Einsteigern ans Herz legen kann.
77
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Yet again we see a game that has been released to the public when it should have been held back and finished properly. With one of the best storylines in any game, combined with its size and groundbreaking nature, this could, and should have been a classic. The programmers believe that the game will take you over 70 hours to complete, but with all of the problems I encountered while playing, this could be quite easily be an underestimate. So if you consider yourself a patient person, then there lurks a good game buried deep beneath its inadequacies. In fact I would go as far as to say that if you can battle your way through the first half of the game, the second half is a much more enjoyable experience altogether. Whatever you decide, please RENT this game before buying it..!
75
DreamcastPlayer One
Sans modifications apparentes depuis la première version, Shadowman se révèle être le premier véritable (pseudo) jeu d'aventure intéressant sur DC. Ouf... Il était temps.
75
WindowsGame Revolution
Shadowman's gothic, artsy flavor is certainly refreshing, but underneath all the English Lit, the actual gameplay isn't all that innovative. While it isn't new, the familiar elements of an exploration game are done well. To the uninitiated, Shadowman can get tiresome quickly due to loss of interest in the plot. For those willing to keep searching the realm of Deadside, however, you'll find a long, above-average game worth taking the time to explore.
72
DreamcastNowGamer
If you have a trigger finger and a penchant for killing everything that dares to stand in your way Shadow Man will fulfil all your sick and disturbing fantasies… and then some.
70
PlayStationConsoles Plus
Les graphismes sont tout à fait corrects, en revanche, l'animation est saccadée et le personnage étrangement (mal) animé. Le gros problème de ce jeu, c'est qu'il se veut d'aventure alors que ses énigmes n'ont rien de sorcier, et que, côté action, il est plutôt vide. Bref, on s'ennuie.
70
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Shadow Man could have been a great game, but the awkward controls and constant backtracking makes it very frustrating at times. It's also a little disappointing that the game looks virtually identical to the Nintendo 64 version. On the bright side the game is massive, very atmospheric, and strangely addictive. It should keep you busy for a week or two at least, and if you've got the patience it's well worth a dabble.
70
WindowsJust Games Retro
To understand the genesis of Shadow Man, you must first understand why Acclaim suddenly became so interested in comics. Shadowman was a title of Valiant Comics, that Acclaim pretty much bought up to convert into a video game - same trick they pulled with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Why? Not sure; part of wanting to branch out "Acclaim Entertainment," I suppose. Mind you this was the game and the time for which they made the monetary offer if you'd agree to a Shadow Man advertisement on your tombstone. I think it's fair to say they were desperate. Now the Vailiant version was doing pretty well, even got Frank Miller involved, but very little of it was used as the basis for the game. If you're expecting a Shadowman (there's a difference apparently; the comic title is one word) videogame, you'll probably be disappointed, as the two seem to have only voodoo in common. That doesn't mean that the game's unique plot is a throwaway.
69
Nintendo 64GameSpot
Thanks to the sprawling levels, this game delivers plenty of multiple endings and opportunity for exploration, which is a huge plus in terms of value: Don't expect to beat this game in a night or two. Shadow Man embodies the spirit of solid-gold game design: a worthwhile, captivating storyline; gameplay that lets you choose your own path; and tons of hidden areas to discover. Although the adult themes and occasional swear words may make it unsuitable for younger players, for most other players it's definitely worth looking into.
68
DreamcastConsoles Plus
L'ambiance est bonne, mais ça ne bouge pas assez, on s'ennuie. Des heures à arpenter des couloirs vides, c'est triste. Reste le scénario pas trop mal ficelé et une réalisation à peu près digne de la Dreamcast. Les capacités de la machine n'ont toutefois pas suffi à ôter le balai phalloïdal que Shadowman semble avoir avalé. Shadowman serait-il condamné à rester dans l'ombre ?
67
DreamcastGameSpot
Shadow Man for the Dreamcast is truly the only console version of the game that isn't a chore to play. While many of the elements are subpar in terms of what the platform can easily dish out, Shadow Man does have its merits. If you're one to enjoy a tangible atmosphere replete with intelligent references and somewhat disturbing themes, then this is something you should definitely check out. Granted, of course, that you're OK with ignoring some rather annoying issues.
65
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Shadowman offers a good filler game until the next batch of games hits your local store. Its a far cry from the likes of Resident Evil: Code Veronica or Tomb Raider:The Last Revelation (which are both coming soon). Shadowman isn't the next big thing for Dreamcast, but rent it, or try it at a friends house. See it for yourself. For now it's a decent time killer, but in a few months they will be third person adventure games that blow Shadowman away.
65
PlayStationGame Critics
Acclaim Studios was successful in recreating the look and feel of the comic, but as usual with an endeavors such as this, they failed to take advantage of the video game medium. So as in this case with Shadow Man, all the pretty environments and special effects are simply wasted.
63
WindowsGamezilla
Overall, I was not impressed with Shadow Man. I feel like the designers at Acclaim took the idea for Tomb Raider and twisted it enough to call it their own. People who enjoy this kind of gaming platform will really get into Shadow Man, because the running, jumping, climbing and solving puzzles are all wrapped up in one nice package. I do have to emphasize that it really bugged me that there was no mapping ability in this game. With all the walls having the same texture and color scheme, you will find yourself getting lost early on, and Acclaim didn't seem too worried about this when I brought up the subject.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
SHADOWMAN is a good start, both for Acclaim and for the industry. It shows that a decent game can be made from a comic license. For third-person action fans who don’t mind jumping and gunning a lot, it’s a reasonable buy. Let’s hope that Acclaim uses this as a springboard for some really good comic-book based projects.
60
WindowsFiringSquad
Well, Shadow Man certainly isn't a bad game, but it really failed to live up to our expectations. I would recommend it for people who are really into the whole dual world / land of dead area, and dark storylines. Unfortunately, they also have to be extremely persistent gamers, because the quest of Shadow Man is a long and often frustratingly slow-paced one. It has a lot of high points, especially sound, but when it comes down to it, nothing quite makes up for the slow and repetitive gameplay.
50
Nintendo 64Spel för Alla
Shadowman är ett magiskt spel fyllt av kusliga miljöer och onda varelser. Handlingen är mycket spännande men det finns en del att klaga på: Grafiken till att börja med är rent ut sagt usel. Jag har sett spelet på PC och det är då spelet kommer till sin rätt. Konverteringen till cartridge har inte gått bra här, hela spelet är suddigt så till den milda grad att jag nästan tappar lusten. Shadowman skall spelas på en PC med bra grafikkort, punkt slut.
50
Nintendo 64Game Revolution
Shadowman's gothic, artsy flavor is refreshing, but underneath all the English Lit and references, is an exploration game that could have used some more port-specific tuning. Even, if I hadn't played the PC version first, I'd still be disappointed with the N64 edition. If you want to go to Deadside, the N64 isn't the voodoo portal to get you there.
50
WindowsGameSpot
It seems silly to malign a game about the undead by calling it lifeless, but that's exactly Shadow Man's problem. Although not incompetent technically, it is poorly paced and ultimately not involving in any significant way. The developers have promised seventy hours of gameplay, and while this reviewer won't argue with that - Shadow Man is indeed a long, long game - that's no guarantee you'll get seventy hours of enjoyment.
44
PlayStationGameSpot
What we have in Shadow Man is, apparently, a rushed attempt by Acclaim to permeate the market with its new franchise. The N64 version does more to realize the neat vision Acclaim had in mind, but this fiasco on the PlayStation will surely turn many gamers off to the franchise. It totally did so for me. If you're dead set on experiencing this title, you'd be better off going with the N64 version, or maybe even wait for the Dreamcast release. Otherwise, there are many PlayStation titles (Soul Reaver immediately comes to mind) that do this concept a much greater deal of justice.
42
WindowsJust Adventure
What begins as an almost awe-inspiring experience soon disintegrates into a tedious, mind-numbing experience on the order of Nightmare Creatures. Wave after wave of what are supposed to be fear-inducing and nauseating creatures spawn and respawn relentlessly in a ruthless attempt to keep the Shadow Man from reaching the next of 16 levels (I have an uneasy feeling that this is the type of game that brainwashes teenagers into believing that killing sprees are harmless fun). Never fear, though, you can return to any level you have previously visited via the help of a tattered teddy bear. That's right, a tattered teddy bear--a totem that links the Shadow Man to his lost loved ones (apparently, Acclaim is trying to capture the Beanie Baby crowd). You will have to revisit previous levels as Dark Souls and Cadeux must be collected to continue onward, or downward, as the case may be.
40
PlayStationIGN
Thankfully, all is not lost. There are other alternatives to reaping evil adventures this year. You can buy Soul Reaver on PlayStation (or the PC for that matter), or you can buy Shadow Man on Nintendo 64 or the PC, two systems on which it looks and plays brilliantly.