#Assessment: Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Version – Destructoid

Assessment: Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Version – Destructoid

Dick jokes

It’s exhausting to imagine Flying Wild Hog’s Shadow Warrior video games began off as a retro revival of the 3D Realms’ 1997 Construct Engine title. Whereas the 2013 sport made references to the unique, it was very a lot its personal factor. Then I skipped the second title as a result of it might make me really feel lonely to play it on my own, and now we’re at Shadow Warrior 3, and it’s unrecognizable.

That’s the place we have been final 12 months, I suppose. That is Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Version.

The Definitive Version comes with survival mode and a brand new sport plus, however in any other case, it’s the identical Wang. I haven’t gotten intimate with this Wang but, so fortunately, my expertise won’t ever not be definitive.

Shadow Warrior 3 Definitive Edition Wang Talking
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Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Version (PS4, Xbox Collection X|S, (PC [reviewed])
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Writer: Devolver Digital
Launched: February 16, 2023
MSRP: $39.99

Someday after no matter occurred in Shadow Warrior 2, the world is in ruins as a result of a dragon has been working amok. It’s form of exhausting to imagine that there ever was a world since all of the wreckage you see appears to have existed in a bizarre mash-up of historical China and feudal Japan. It’s colourful, at the least.

Collection protagonist, Lo Wang, has tried and did not take the dragon down and, in consequence, has misplaced his vital self-confidence. Orochi Zilla reveals up in the future with a plan to take the dragon down. It depends on the masks of Wang’s useless spirit good friend, Hoji. After which we simply form of stagger down that prepare of thought, making an attempt to take down the dragon and hoping that one thing finally works.

Shadow Warrior 3 is clearly not too dedicated to the entire story factor. A minimum of, I hope that’s not what it had in thoughts. In any other case, I simply tried to melt the blow and punched via the again of its head. As a result of the story is fairly horrible. It’s a bunch of half-developed characters bickering with Wang, and since every part is destroyed, they’re the one characters there are. It’s a tough world to really feel like saving when each character is a self-described dick, and nobody else was essential sufficient to stay round.


The gameplay is the place it’s actually at. Shadow Warrior 3 apes Doom Everlasting fairly exhausting, with a give attention to brief arenas that you just dash between. In case you’re observant, you possibly can see once you’re about to drop into one as a result of the extent all of a sudden opens as much as be wider than a spaghetti noodle, and there are often pick-ups mendacity round.

Between these arenas are free-running sections. Largely, you simply search for apparent indications of the place to go subsequent, then sprint towards them. There’s wall working, grappling, and sliding, with some variation in between.

The arenas themselves have you ever dealing with off in opposition to a rising gallery of baddies. As soon as once more, it takes cues from Doom Everlasting. Enemies drop completely different flavors of homicide gasoline relying on the way you hit them. In case you shoot them, they drop well being, however when you’re low on ammo, you can provide them a thwack along with your katana to get them to bleed bullets. It places the give attention to quick motion and fixed aggression, which is a extremely enjoyable method to gunplay.

Each slices of gameplay pie style good. Nonetheless, they begin to put on skinny by the top of the sport, and Shadow Warrior 3 is about 5 hours lengthy. Enemies are drip-fed in, and the large ones are largely simply annoying bullet sponges to kill. That’s advantageous at first, however once you’re simply pushing to get to one thing new, it turns into a slog. I don’t understand how a 5-hour sport turns into a slog, however the Wang discovered a means.

Shadow Warrior 3 Definitive Edition wallrunning
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Shut. Up.

It doesn’t assist that Lo Wang spews a continuing energy stream of verbs. The man by no means shuts the hell up, and whereas I perceive that he was first launched within the ‘90s, Duke Nukem and, nicely, basic Lo Wang each knew learn how to shut their traps for some time. Fashionable Lo Wang by no means lets up for a second, and out of each one chuckle-eliciting phrase, there are about two dozen that fall flat. After which they simply get repeated always. It was like having somebody rake their fingernails down my again, and never within the attractive means.

It will get worse when Hoji joins the combo. I discovered Hoji to be moderately pleasurable within the first sport, however with him and Wang bouncing off one another, it’s virtually nauseating. Humor is all the time going to be extraordinarily subjective, however I can’t think about having fun with the sheer frequency of his one-liners.

One of many new options of Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Version is its survival mode, and whereas Wang nonetheless can’t hold his mouth sealed in it, he’s at the least means much less talkative. I actually don’t know why this wasn’t simply his regular frequency or why it wasn’t an adjustable choice. If I listed out my greatest points with Shadow Warrior 3 from most intrusive to least, Lo Wang’s verbal incontinence could be on the high.

A minimum of Mike Moh appears like he’s having plenty of enjoyable with the function, however the issue is that Lo Wang appears like he’s always having extra enjoyable than I’m.

Fantastic kill
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An excessive amount of Wang

That is additionally the primary sport shortly that I needed to alter the sector of view. I do know what the setting does, however I really feel builders often have one in thoughts when creating the visible really feel of their video games. Nonetheless, in Shadow Warrior 3, I initially felt uncomfortable taking part in it. One thing felt extraordinarily off with the gameplay, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I can’t keep in mind what led me to extend the FOV, however the distinction was so impactful it felt like I may all of a sudden breathe once more. Just like the slim subject of view was suffocating my mind.

But, even after that, I favored Shadow Warrior 3 however didn’t like it. I really feel just like the collection is both desperately looking for its personal id or is proud of aping different FPS designs. If it’s the latter, I’m unsure being the cut price model model of higher video games is the suitable method. Shadow Warrior 3 tries so exhausting to comply with within the footsteps of Doom Everlasting however will get misplaced beneath its treads.

Because it stands, Shadow Warrior 3 is a advantageous sport, and the Definitive Version will probably be a welcome improve to homeowners of the unique console variations, nevertheless it solely manages to fulfill expectations whereas additionally working it underneath a observe of abrasive banter. It’s like taking part in skeeball whereas the fireplace alarms hold going off. It’s not a nasty solution to spend your time, however you is likely to be happier when you went and came upon what’s burning.

[This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]


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