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Shadow Warrior

12 months ago

Shadow Warrior free as SW2 gets new free bits

Hey gang, if you missed Shadow Warrior the last time it was free, another chance is here for a few more hours. This is the 2013 reboot of the demon-stabbing FPS, to be clear, not 3D Realm's original (which is always free). You've got until 6pm today (10am Pacific) to grab this free so chop chop. The giveaway celebrates the launch of new missions and…

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1 year ago

PSA: Shadow Warrior is still free

Since every other games site is ecstatic to discover this week that the original Shadow Warrior is free, hey, we'll post it too. I'll ride that #trending content, blitz the bandwagon, disseminate to the viral limit, and zonk that zeitgeist until the SEO bursts. I know that Shadow Warrior has been free for four years now -- a fact other sites seem to have missed…

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Original Shadow Warrior alpha and beta released

Shadow Warrior [official site] has never been my favourite of the Build Engine games (it's Blood all the way for me) but that entire FPS era has a special place in my heart. It's also worth nothing that Shadow Warrior is kicking Duke's ass when it comes to remakes and sequels. As of today, you can explore the history of the original 1997 release by…

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Feature: Cheap games for the weekend

Best PC gaming deals of the week

Another week has gone by and with it came the news of Destiny 2, a Witcher TV show and a whole stack of new gaming deals to check out. Conveniently enough, I’m here to take a closer look at that last thing and it’s about the only thing that’s keeping me from playing more Prey. Without further hesitation, let’s go ahead and check out what’s…

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2 years ago

Feature: More weapons than you can shake a wang at

Shadow Warrior 2 review

Shadow Warrior 2 [official site] could have gone horribly wrong. The 2013 reboot succeeded because it took the principles of a nineties FPS and dragged them kicking and bleeding into the twenty-first century, adding superb melee combat controls, a well thought-out upgrade system, but sticking with linear levels packed with easter eggs and secrets. It was the best of the old and the best of…

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GOG Connect: More DRM-Free Games For Steam Owners

GOG Connect is a pleasant little scheme from the DRM-free digital distributor, letting people who own certain games on Steam get GOG versions too for free. Now it's back. GOG today launched another round of GOG Connect, with another seventeen games for Steamers to redeem. Because, y'know, it's nice to have a DRM-free backup without buying a game twice. The lineup this time includes Hotline…

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Shadow Warrior 2 Slices And Dices Onto PC In October

Shoot and slice 'em up Shadow Warrior 2 [official site] is set to launch October 13. It's a bloody, over-the-top ninja adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously. There's a guy taking a selfie as he decapitates a monster, so there's stuff in there us millennials can relate to, too. It's also shaping up to be quite beautiful if you look past all of the…

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Feature: The Final Picks

Our Steam Sale Picks, Round 3!

We're coming to the end of the Summer Steam Sale so chances are you've picked up the things you'd already got your eye on, but there are always games that sneak under the radar or come from genres you might usually ignore. That's why we've put together our final recommendation list. Here's a whole list of things we love and why we think they're worth…

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Feature: Rip and tear forever

Hands On: Shadow Warrior 2 Is Like First-Person Diablo

Demons, in Shadow Warrior 2 [official site], appear to be made of jelly. I’m carving one particularly big bastard open like a Christmas turkey and the segments that slide away are like the gelatinous gloop and gristle sliding from a tin of cheap dogfood. They wibble and wobble, quivering beneath the teeth of my chainsaw. They fold and flop, eventually disintegrating. The ultraviolence is more…

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Feature: Wang is the loneliest number

Have You Played… Shadow Warrior?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. But which Shadow Warrior do I mean? Despite my love of the magnificent Build Engine, not the 1997 original which never worked its way into my heart in the way that Blood did. Gotta have some Blood in your heart. But, no, I'm…

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First Person Squabbler: 12 Minutes Of Shadow Warrior 2

The Shadow Warrior reboot was one of the most pleasant surprises I've had since I started writing about games. It's a superb action game that does first-person melee combat well, has gorgeous environments, and managed not to feel like a throwback to the skeevier parts of the Build Engine days while capturing so much that I loved about the era. I can't wait for the…

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Humble Devolver Bundle: Not A Hero, Titan Souls & Talos

The games that fly under publisher Devolver Digital's banner are often funny, sometimes silly, and always quirky. Frantic shooter Not A Hero revels in its messy, hedonistic chaos; Dropsy tells the tale of sad, social misfitting clown; and The Talos Principle is a wonderful game about philosophy and mind-boggling puzzles, to name but a few. The Humble Devolver Bundle has them all and more and…

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Feature: 2.5D remembered.

Blood, Sweat & Laughter: The Beauty Of The Build Engine

When I think of gaming in the mid 90s, I think of a unique kind of grunginess. It’s like my mind’s got its finger on the Shift key with its left hand, and the Up arrow with its right, gliding swiftly through the sordid corridors of crematoriums, porn cinemas, hillbilly backwaters and dojos. But despite their muted tones of muddy browns and tombstone greys, these…

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3 years ago

Shadow Warrior 2 Announced Packing Four-Player Co-op

Four-player co-op and missions into procedurally-generated lands are the two biggest shiny new things Shadow Warrior 2 [official site] will bring, publishers Devolver Digital announced this afternoon following a teasingly short teaser campaign. Lo Wang will return in 2016 as a mercenary murdering folks and swiping loot while trying not to be murdered by demons. This time he'll have friends to help with that. Also…

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[A Joke About Wangs]: Shadow Warrior 2

Shadow Warrior 2: Wang Harder. 2 Wang 2 Warrior. Shadow Warrior: The Secret of the Wang. Shadow Warrior And The Last Wang/Raiders of the Lost Wang/Kingdom of the Crystal Wang/Wang of Doom. Judgement Wang. Shadow Warrior VII: The Wang Awakens. Shadow Warrior: The Wang of Ultron. Wang World. Evidence points toward an official Shadow Warrior 2 [official site] announcement in the near future (and, hey,…

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4 years ago

A Taste Of Wang: Shadow Warrior Demo

I liked everything about the Shadow Warrior reboot, except for the wang jokes. But to prove that there are no hard feelings, I've slipped a wang in right there at the top of the post. The reason we are returning to Shadow Warrior, as the headline makes clear, is to herald the unexpected (though far from premature) discharge of a demo. This coincides with a…

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A Keen Deal: Interceptor Purchases 3D Realms/Apogee

I didn't see this coming. Interceptor, the Danish company that recently announced a Duke Nukem ARPG and released the Rise of the Triad remake last year, have bought Apogee Software Ltd (aka the legal name of 3D Realms). This surprises me because I didn't think I'd be writing any stories about 3D Realms in 2014, except perhaps when they licensed Shadow Warrior out for a…

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5 years ago

Shadow Warrior + Viscera Cleanup Detail = All The Sense

When I first saw the news that there's now a Shadow-Warrior-themed level for Viscera Cleanup Detail, I was surprised for all of 0.2 seconds. Then, with the speed of a magical sword severing an already spurting limb, the universe made perfect sense again. It's a match made in heaven, and I don't know why I didn't realize it milliseconds sooner. Shadow Warrior leaves piping hot…

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Rebooted And Transformed: Shadow Warrior

Do Volition receive royalties for the Shadow Warrior launch trailer? Lo Wang singing along to Proper Transformers' song, The Touch, immediately reminded me of Saints Row characters caterwauling along to their favourite tunes from the hit parade while driving through the city streets. The scene is in the game as well, acting as an introduction to the hitman with a heart (in his pocket), and…

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