As an ardent fan of Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture I’ve been paying close attention to Shadows of the Damned. I remember the first time I heard that Suda was doing a horror game with Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil creator) as it was the time I nearly had a heart attack merely because my geek heart couldn’t contain such an awesome pairing. As the months went on and on we never really heard much about Suda and Shinji’s new game, that is until TGS happened last year and the lid was blown on Shadows of the Damned. Suda 51 is one of few game designers working today that can still offer a semblance of originality in their projects and Shadows of the Damned was definitely indicative of that.
When SOTD made its debut last September I was definitely happy with how things were shaping up but I will admit that things looked a bit rough. I don’t know whether it was because the game was using the Unreal 3 Engine, but as good as the art design was, there were a few instances where things looked a bit flat in the trailer EA and GhM released. Now we have a fresh trailer for the game in preparation of its upcoming release and wow, those that thought SOTC wouldn’t bring it in the crazy department are sorely mistaken.
Suda 51 is known for doing crazy games that feature talking heads, guys dressed up in gimp suits or sex crazed anime/video game fans. When we saw Shadows of the Damned last September the game looked a bit cut and dry, if not completely looking like a standard 3rd person shooter. Well today the craziness has been brought as we have a magical talking skull that transforms into a gun, a demon erupting from a body and a blonde chick hanging herself in some risqué lingerie. The devilish abominations of the game along with other aspects have seemingly received a new layer of polish as the game looks considerably better compared to when we saw it last year. Thematically, I’m still impressed or at least have hope for the story Suda 51 and the GhM team have put together, even if it’s a bit reminiscent of other things we’ve seen recently.
I’m still hoping that Suda and the GhM team will end up giving us an amazing 3rd person action game that breaks the trend of ho-hum releases from Japanese devs in that genre, but with the watchful eye of EA and the expertise of Shinji Mikami, I’m sure Shadows of the Damned will be a standout title this year.
Shadows of the Damned will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on June 7th.