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Shadows of the Damned

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
77
3.8
Xbox 360
76
3.5
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Shadows of the Damned is a third-person shooter starring the Mexican demon hunter Garcia Hotspur. His girlfriend Paula is kidnapped by Fleming, Lord of the Demons, and even though he is initially unable to stop him, he follows him into the underworld to get her back. Garcia is assisted by his sidekick Johnson, a skull that can take on different types of forms. It acts as a torch for melee attacks, but can also transform into a pistol, a shotgun or an automatic rifle. Each of the three gun forms can be further upgraded by collecting blue gems left behind by bosses. There are also red gems that are used to upgrade the other abilities, along with health. Health can also be restored through alcohol.

Darkness is an important part of the gameplay and the environment puzzles. Garcia can only reside in dark areas for a short time before his health starts to drain. This can be avoided by shooting and lighting goat heads, setting off fireworks or killing the demons that spread the darkness. For these events a special light bullet needs to be used. Garcia meets characters such as Colonel, and the half-human half-demon Christopher who acts as a salesman to purchase goods.

Certain levels have complete different gameplay and resemble mini-games, such as a 2D side-scrolling shooter with very different art design for instance. The action is often over the top and the conversations carry a humorous tone.

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Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 Those hills look pretty familiar, don't they?
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 I'll have to get the eyeball, or else that crying door keeper won't let me pass further.
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 I wonder, what was referenced here?
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 It's better not to indulge into close combat and keep the distance.

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The Press Says

Splitkick Xbox 360 Jun 30, 2011 9 out of 10 90
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Xbox 360 Jun 01, 2012 8.9 out of 10 89
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
360 LIVE Xbox 360 Jul, 2011 8.4 out of 10 84
Calm Down Tom Xbox 360 Jun 28, 2011 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Jun 22, 2011 79 out of 100 79
IGN PlayStation 3 Jun 21, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Jun 23, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Gamekult PlayStation 3 Jun 24, 2011 6 out of 10 60

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