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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 Loading screen with statistics and tips.
Shank Windows Mmm... Refreshing!
Shank Windows Two opponents driven into a corner.
Shank Windows A chainsaw attack straight through the gut

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An ultra-violent, grindhouse style cartoon! PlayStation 3 Stijn Daneels (85)

Critic Reviews

Softpedia Linux Dec 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 PlayStation 3 Mar 03, 2011 A 100 Xbox 360 Mar 03, 2011 A 100
Defunct Games PlayStation 3 Aug 30, 2010 B+ 83 Xbox 360 Aug 27, 2010 77 out of 100 77 PlayStation 3 Aug 27, 2010 77 out of 100 77 Xbox 360 Sep 02, 2010 3.5 out of 5 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 26, 2010 70 out of 100 70 PlayStation 3 Sep 02, 2010 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Aug 24, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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