“Who desires a little bit Wang?”
It is a typical line taken from the amusingly named Lo Wang, star of Shadow Warrior 2.
It’s onerous to imagine that it has been 5 years since this recreation was unleashed on an unsuspecting public (unsuspecting, that’s, until they performed the primary recreation within the sequence). In fact, the third title within the sequence, the surprisingly named Shadow Warrior 3 has launched not too long ago and continued to broaden the insanity, so this looks like pretty much as good a time as any to gaze again to 2017 when Shadow Warrior 2 exploded onto the scene. So include me to the launch of a chaotic shooter/slasher…
Beginning with the story, Lo Wang, our protagonist, is a considerably disrespectful warrior, vulnerable to talking first and pondering, properly, by no means! He’s one thing of a employed gun for the Yakuza, and as such is given missions to go on and targets to realize; these normally lead him into much more hassle than he could have anticipated.
In the beginning of the sport, the story is that now we have to rescue the daughter of the Yakuza boss, however as a consequence of varied causes which can be too lengthy winded to enter however make good sense when you’re enjoying via it, Lo Wang finally ends up with the soul of the daughter – Kamiko – inhabiting his physique, whereas her physique, which has been mutated by the folks within the Zilla labs, goes on the rampage. And sure, it does get stranger from there on out, don’t you are worried.
Now, the primary draw of the Shadow Warrior video games has at all times been the completely excessive motion, and SW2 definitely didn’t disappoint on this respect. I imagine that there have been round seventy completely different weapons to be discovered, purchased and utilised, and in a pleasant sort of an RPG type impact, utilizing a weapon might stage it up, making it simpler. So the query is at all times, do you keep on with the weapons that and like, or must you department out and stage up a variety of weapons, simply so that you just at all times have an choice? Nicely, provided that a number of the arsenal have been weapons, and a few of them blades, it made sense to me to have a number of choices, as I at all times discovered it tough to search out sufficient ammo for the huge numbers of dangerous guys that wanted perforating. Jabbing them with a pointy stick is at all times a pleasant backup.
The entire recreation was a little bit of a departure from the template that the primary recreation had set, and it moved right into a extra open world sort of course. With a hub space to discover, the place you could possibly stage up your weapons, purchase new ones and in addition choose up facet missions, in addition to the flexibility to replay earlier missions in an effort to grind for ranges, Shadow Warrior 2 was a a lot much less linear affair than the primary one. New traversal mechanics have been included this time round as properly, with Lo Wang having acquired not solely a really helpful double leap potential (though leaping in first particular person shooters is at all times a bit tough, except for the Future video games), but in addition the flexibility to focus on particular person physique components of his enemies. Clearly, it’s going to be onerous for an enemy to shoot you in the event you’ve chopped their gun arm off.
The sport was as fantastically gory and violent as the primary, and Flying Wild Hog studios definitely have to have a little bit of reward for not watering the motion down within the sequel.
One other addition this time round was the inclusion of a 4 participant co-op mode, which made issues a little bit bit extra thrilling. In an fascinating transfer, each participant noticed themselves as Lo Wang, with the opposite three gamers being represented as nameless ninjas. Clearly, having a bit extra firepower alongside for the experience is rarely a foul factor, and as I’m way more in favour of co-op video games than PvP, I used to be more than happy to see this function make it into the sport. I did get pleasure from some good instances with a bunch of like-minded pals, blasting and slicing enemies into atoms late into the night time.
Shadow Warrior 2 did get pleasure from a great stint on Microsoft’s sensible Sport Cross service, becoming a member of in 2018 and solely leaving in March 2022, simply in time for the launch of the third recreation, in a very sudden transfer. Whether or not Shadow Warrior 3 will seem on the service is at the moment unknown, however the sensible cash says that it will likely be at some stage; the unique Shadow Warrior reboot was additionally given away as a part of Video games with Gold, so the observe document is there.
So, these are my reminiscences of enjoying Shadow Warrior 2, again within the day – 2017 to be exact. However what about you guys on the market? Did you play this at launch or on the Sport Cross whereas it was there? What did you consider the bonkers story, and the way did the gameplay seize you? Tell us within the feedback.
Yow will discover Shadow Warrior 2 playable on Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC. The Xbox Retailer will give you the Xbox obtain you want.