As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, it’s around the time of year that everyone picks their Games of the Year. Surely these are all deserved of the title and personally, I feel there have been a great deal of amazing games this year. There are also, however, games that will go past underrated and ignored, as there usually are. So I’m starting a series of blogs that will cover some of the games I felt should have had more success and more attention this year.

Today, I’ll talk about Shadows of the Damned, a third-person action game from Suda-51’s Grasshopper Productions and some other “horror” game names helping with the project.

Shadows of the Damned did a lot of things right. The Combat was fast paced and fun, without feeling clunky or unresponsive. Giving the player a dive-roll made the game extremely entertaining and much more responsive compared to Dead Space and Resident Evil. It even had a fantastic storyline with interesting characters and a premise just now seen before. Although the ending was satisfying, it also left room for a sequel, which I sincerely hope happens.

The game even had a unique look to it. Especially the sections that enveloped you in darkness. Which even leads on to the fantastic game mechanics they came up with. Who would have thought a game would have you feed Baby Head doors strawberry’s to open them? Or shoot goats heads to light up an area? They were fun, puzzling and never felt like a chore or a bother to finish.

The reviews (even my personal one) were fairly positive. Unfortunately the game didn’t sell well, and I didn’t understand why then, and still don’t. It’s very unfortunate, especially considering it’s potential as a franchise.  Thankfully, it was enough of a success for other games to be made from the company (like Lollypop Chainsaw, looking equally insane) so the prospect of that sequel isn’t completely dead.

If you’re a fan of a third-person shooter, you need to buy this game. If you’re a fan of survival horrors or thriller games, buy this game. Hell, I feel that it deserves at least one play through, if not more. It’s unique, fun, entertaining and is bound to made you laugh and creepy you out, sometimes at the same time. It’s definitely worth your time.

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