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Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of his girlfriend, who was murdered right before his eyes by a gang. He has to run and jump through levels while killing hordes of enemies and bosses in the end of each. The mechanics are based on three weapon types; a pair of knives, melee weapons such as machetes and chainsaws, and ranged weapons such as shotguns and double pistol. Each weapon type is bound to a different input button. He often has to fight off many enemy at once as the different attacks can be linked into combos. Defeated enemies also drop weapons that can be picked up. Items in the environment can be used for acrobatic maneuvers.

For multiplayer there is a separate campaign that is played locally with another human player who takes the role of Shank's partner Falcone. The multiplayer campaign levels are built around cooperative gameplay to defeat the enemies and bosses. The story of the multiplayer campaign acts as a prequel to the main game storyline.


Shank Windows Poor Butcher.
Shank Windows That's hurt!
Shank Windows A cinematic attack from behind against this giant
Shank Windows A dog sneaks up from behind.

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The Press Says

Softpedia Linux Dec 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameGavel.com PlayStation 3 Mar 03, 2011 A 100
Indie Game Magazine Windows Dec 08, 2010 85 out of 100 85
Indie Game Magazine PlayStation 3 Dec 08, 2010 85 out of 100 85
Indie Game Magazine Xbox 360 Dec 08, 2010 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games PlayStation 3 Aug 30, 2010 B+ 83
GameFocus Windows Oct 27, 2010 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Nov 08, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Dec 30, 2010 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Xbox 360 Aug 24, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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