Shadow Warrior 3 Review PC – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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shadow warrior 3 is a fast-paced first-person shooter. Developed by Flying Wild Hog and published by Devolver Digital, the sequel to Shadow warrior 2. The world of first-person shooters is abundant, which makes it much harder for games to stand out in the genre. the shadow warrior The series became known for its fast-paced action and constant barrage of jokes. Flying Wild Hog released the first of its trilogy of games in 2013, but just how much growth is evident now that we’ve come to shadow warrior 3?

shadow warrior 3 follows series protagonist Lo Wang on his mission to slay an ancient dragon who he may or may not be responsible for freeing. Players take control of Lo Wang as he works with Orochi Zilla to return the dragon to its eternal prison. The story itself doesn’t seem too deep or extremely interesting, unfortunately. I never really cared about Lo, Zilla, or any of the other characters that make an appearance. The characters felt really superficial, with the story about them feeling secondary to the gameplay loop. The cutscenes were basically just filler between the different levels, none of the gameplay elements actually impacted the story itself. The story seemed to miss all the meat, instead presenting a predictable paint-by-numbers for the FPS genre. You have to smash your way through hordes of enemies in order to stop the dragon you unleashed, but the reason for what you’re doing doesn’t matter as much as it really does Make. Luckily, the main focus of the game is the gameplay loop which helps offset the surface-level story.

The game of shadow warrior 3 is relatively simple. You race through levels at lightning speed using your arsenal of weapons and abilities to defeat hordes of demons. The gameplay loop, as well as the extreme amount of gore, is reminiscent of the LOSS franchise. There are even finishing moves you can use to horribly defeat your foes. While the finishing moves are cool, the animations are limited and can feel terribly repetitive.

The weapons themselves also feel good to use, with the katana being my favorite instead of either of the pistols. The weapons themselves are hip-fired and were somewhat difficult to aim, so I defaulted to using my grappling hook to move towards enemies to take them down with my katana. Weapon and ability upgrades are also quite limited, which was a little disappointing. Each weapon only has 3 upgrades, which mostly add elemental damage or, in the case of the shotgun, unlimited fire. Elemental damage, like finishers, looks cool at first, but using only three elements (fire, ice, and electricity) severely limits options. The katana uses all three elements though, which is a big part of why I preferred it over the pistol options.

While some aspects of the gameplay, like the limited use of items, disappoint me, that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. The high-energy combat is genuinely exciting almost all the time, with locations that feel different enough to keep encounters interesting. The levels are linear, but the speed and traversal using walls and grappling hooks makes zipping around and slaying demons incredibly fun. Sure, the weapons aren’t the best to use out of all the shooters I’ve played, but blasting demons’ heads is still hugely satisfying. The time spent trying to survive and kill as many demons as possible is both enjoyable and, at times, quite difficult. The game may only take around 10 hours to complete, but there’s definitely a lot of replay value from enjoying the core game mechanics.

Visually, shadow warrior 3 is also great to look at, with a very well-done art style that brings locations and characters to life. It lacks the sophistication of many next-gen games, but that doesn’t mean the art style of the various locations isn’t pretty. There are several very stylized and colorful locations, which really helps keep the gameplay from getting too repetitive. I wish the enemy models had more variety, but overall they still looked pretty good.

My biggest complaint about shadow warrior 3 is writing. For a series that has been around for as long as shadow warrior a, it’s a shame that the writing doesn’t seem to have changed at all. I can count the number of times the game’s jokes have made me laugh, or even laugh, for one thing. I’m usually one to laugh at immature and childish jokes, but those in shadow warrior 3 I just felt bad. One of the jokes called an animal a “little furry ball bag,” and it was one of the most creative. The other problem with the writing comes from the fact that shadow warrior 3 is a game from a German studio about Asian characters. While the main characters are played by Asian Americans, the writing really pushes the line towards over-stereotypy at times. One of the most common refrains is the number of wang jokes, playing on the character’s name while making lazy and outdated jokes. It’s supposed to be funny because the main character’s name also means dick, got it? No? Well, maybe a barrage of constant wang jokes will make it more obvious. It all comes together to feel like a game released in the 2000s, and I’m incredibly disappointed that the writing couldn’t evolve over time the way the gameplay did.

Globally, shadow warrior 3 feels like a teenager who still has a bit of maturity to do. The humor that tries to be edgy overshadows the fun gameplay, and the lack of an intriguing story doesn’t help either. I wouldn’t necessarily say shadow warrior 3 is a bad game, but it was disappointing that it often felt like playing through a 15-year-old’s video game fantasy. Still, there are fun times to be had, and I hope shadow warriors 4 if this happens, can correct some of the writing errors to make the enjoyable experience of playing the game worth it.

Shadow Warrior 3 will be released on March 1, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

shadow warrior 3

6.5/10

TL;DR

Globally, shadow warrior 3 feels like a teenager who still has a bit of maturity to do. The humor that tries to be edgy overshadows the fun gameplay, and the lack of an intriguing story doesn’t help either. I wouldn’t necessarily say shadow warrior 3 is a bad game, but it was disappointing that it often felt like playing through a 15-year-old’s video game fantasy. Still, there are fun times to be had, and I hope shadow warriors 4if this happens, can correct some of the writing errors to make the enjoyable experience of playing the game worth it.

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