Shadow Warrior 2
Shadow Warrior 2 is doubling down on what made the first game a fan-favorite by adding on a bunch of new features to the fast-paced ninja gore fest. Like the recently released Doom, it is a game that seems to seek to reinvent old-school gameplay with a light modern touch.
You’ll be running around at high speeds slicing, dicing, and shooting. New to Shadow Warrior 2 for returning players is a world that is much more open than the previous entry, and includes more fluid movement to get you there. The demo we played at PAX East 2016 featured an open level that had no restrictions on how you could get from objective to objective. There is a ton of space in every direction, and areas are now randomly generated to keep things fresh.
Shadow Warrior was brutal, and the sequel definitely continues the gruesome tradition. You can humiliate enemies by blasting or slicing off their limbs with a ton of new weapons. I personally went with a combo that included some kind of freeze gun, followed up with a tried and true Katana to slice them up after they were slowed down.
If you’re a fan of the first, you’re probably keeping an eye on Shadow Warrior 2, but if you’re a newcomer keep this one on your radar if a gun-gameplay focused cross between Doom and PS2-era Shinobi sounds appealing to you.