For me it has been far too long since we last saw Shadows of the Damned, the new Grasshopper Manufacture game published as part of the EA Partners program. As someone who appreciates the work of Grasshopper Manufacture and its brilliant mastermind Suda 51, I greatly anticipated the reveal of the game at TGS last year and by no means was I disappointed with what was shown. I think gamers were taken aback by how action centric things looked as the game was pegged as a horror game at one point, partly because of the involvement of Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.
After the initial debut of Shadows of the Damned at TGS last year, the game has stayed rather low as far as new details and other such goodness is concerned. But with the planned Summer 2011 release of Shadows of the Damned drawing ever so closer, EA & Grasshopper have finally revealed some new screens from the gothic punk action offered in the game. For gamers such as me who are eagerly anticipating Grasshopper’s take on the 3rd person shooter genre, it’s a bit disappointing that these screens don’t show off any new environments compared to what we saw in the TGS premier trailer, but the game is still looking good, even if it appears to have a few Unreal Engine 3 issues present.
Folks like myself who are huge fans of what Grasshopper does and understand the vision they have for their games will probably adore what Shadows of the Damned does in all its man face horse glory. But despite the familiar trappings of the 3rd person genre, I’m not sure if casual gamers will dig the gothic visuals of the game or its protagonist, who in GhM tradition has a rad name, Garcia Hotspur. I’m hoping these screens are just the kick start for some new details and videos for Shadows of the Damned as the game is one of those titles that while niche in appearance, it could be one of those games that could catch on via word of mouth if it actually proves to be good.