Friday, February 10, 2012

Shank 2 PC Demo Impressions

So very violent you are Shank 2. Although, after having recently played The Darkness II you doesn't feel overly violent. The violence of Shank 2 feel's about right for a game that has you mutilating enemies with a chain saw. You also have many options for your violence, like throwing knives, machete's, grenades, frying pans, cleavers, baseball bats and plenty more. Not only do you get to customize your character, a little, when you first start a level but you also can pick up any weapon an enemy drops. Shank 2 has something of a rambo feel to it, with you taking on numerous soldiers, small and large, all by yourself. There is also a lot of explosions, impaling's, brutal counter attacks and a constant flow of action. If you like bloody action games then this is a game for you, but it isn't perfect.

The controls constantly fight against the fluidity of combat, unfortunately. It starts off feeling quite good, but as soon as you start to try to aim your ranged attacks or attacking to the left the controls become difficult. Aiming feels off and you generally have to over correct in order to get the desired result, while melee attacks are a bit annoying because the game doesn't want you attack in any direction except to the right. This all may be a problem of porting, since the game is available on Xbox 360 and PS3 as well. Dodging and jumping in any direction feels fine, but only attack seems to suffer from directional problems. Despite this the combat is enjoyable, as is the customization options that come with and violence. Countering moves have some great animations and are very useful against enemies. You can also grab enemy and throw them against objects, use them as bullet shields or execute them. The demo was unfortunately very short, giving you one story mission to do and one survival mission, each of which last about ten minutes.

You can download the demo on the XBL Marketplace, PSN or Steam. The game itself is available on Origin and Steam, for PC only. It has a low cost of $9.99 and should be seriously considered by those who enjoy side scrolling action games or just brutal action games in general. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
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-Written by Sean Cargle


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