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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 Various posters are scattered across the game and provide some background into Demon World.
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 Some ways require chain bombing them to open the passage.
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 Better be careful and not get under electrical explosion of dying enemy.
Shadows of the Damned PlayStation 3 The overall act progress is displayed during the loading screen.

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OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Xbox 360 Jun 01, 2012 8.9 out of 10 89
Destructoid Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
360 LIVE Xbox 360 Jul, 2011 8.4 out of 10 84
Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 Jun 23, 2011 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy Xbox 360 Jun 22, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Calm Down Tom Xbox 360 Jun 28, 2011 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox 360 Jun 22, 2011 79 out of 100 79
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Jun 23, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Gamekult Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2011 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Nov 08, 2011 C 50

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