Shadow Fight 2
Sequel to the popular fighting and role-playing game
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Step into the Shadows for the Fight of Your Life
Shadow Fight 2 presents a quirky touch to the traditional fighting game format where, as the name suggests, the characters are represented by shadows. Is this unusual touch enough to give the game the edge, or is this shadow boxing merely smoke and mirrors? Read on to find out.
The game has a strong oriental feel and players battle a steady stream of other shadows and hone their skills. There is steady character progression in the game and it is important to practice all the different types of fighting styles early on in the game so that you are ready for when the bad guys get harder to beat in later levels.
Players earn game money for defeating their enemies. This cash can be used to spend on better equipment that will help to give them the edge against their opponents. The strive to get more cash and convert it into weapons and other gear is quite compelling and helps to make the game very addictive.
Like many other fighting games, there is no real storyline to speak of, simply an endless stream of opponents to beat. However, the game mechanics are so smooth that most gamers will not even notice this minor floor. Simple details such as fabric swaying add a nice touch of realism, which the sound effect of snapping limbs seems to have been taken straight from a King Fu film and matches the style of the game well. At some points the game slowly down slightly to dramatise the movement when the finishing blow is delivered, which also fits well with the style and setting of the action.
The game comes complete with an animated intro, which fans of this genre are also sure to appreciate. The pacing of the fights is good and fights seem to last for just the right amount of time. players will have the chance to rack up a large amount of hit combos and create their own crazy sequences that can turn their opponents into rag dolls that are ready to be flung across the screen. Gamers who have always fancied themselves as Bruce Lee will finally have the chance to live out their fantasies with this game.
Despite the fact that all of the characters are represented as silhouettes, they are surprisingly detailed. Each character is instantly recognisable by the way that they move and they have various different fight styles and skills to compliment their character. The graphics of the entire game are well rendered and provide an air of mystery to the game that makes a refreshing change.
The main downside with the game is the controls. While the graphics are very fluid, the controls can be very difficult to get to grips with. Once you have mastered the various different fighting skills that you are able to use, the real battle is putting these skills into practice as the controls that are available simply do not seem to be up to the task.
Shadow Fight 2 is much more than simply a clever gimmick and fighting game fans are sure to have lots of fun. Despite the often clumsy controls, the range of enemies that are waiting to be taken down and the fighting styles that players can choose from help to make the game entertaining and will keep gamers coming back for more.
- The animations are clear and details
- Lots of weapons to choose from
- A wide range of different enemies to fight
- Plenty of different fight styles
- The controls can be a bit tricky