Shank User Reviews

8.5

Brutal and ultraviolent - only on Adult Swim

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Shank is the kind of game that reminds you that the purpose of any given game is to provide you with an interactive means of entertainment. Usually, that's used to introduce an artsy game like Dear Esther or Proteus, not a game like Shank whose sole artistic quality lies in the Flash animation showcasing some over the top bloody action. But Shank really does drive that point home - it takes a relatively simple concept that could be mildly entertaining, and uses it to such great effect that it makes things more entertaining! It's not trying to be the next Silent Hill or Braid - it's just a d...

6.0

Somewhat dull shanks

Summary:

The Introduction:
When you scratch the surface of any form of media, you'll be able to see it for what it really is. In Shank's case, it's a violent beat em up where you go from segment to segment, beating up bad guys with various weapons and... well, I guess that's about it. Oh, and there's some story laced somewhere right before hitting Point B of each level, but beyond that, it is a rather shallow game that seems to have very little substance. Having said that, it is actually a little more complicated than mere button mashing, and once you figure that out, this game really starts to click...

8.0

The only game where you can stab someone with a chainsaw

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I'm going to put this as bluntly as possible – Shank is a game that rides on the same note, from the second you start it up until the second before the end credits roll. It does one thing right and one thing only (two if ambiance counts – I'll explain later), and any attempt at anything else falls flat on its face. But here's the thing – if you can do the big thing right, you'll have yourself a great game, regardless of the little flaws! Some games have the drive to kick ass, but end up flopping in certain medium sized areas. For instance, Shadows Of The Damned could've been fantastic if th...

7.0

Sharp and to the point

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Shank is one of those games people think I'll love, which doesn't surprise me – on the surface, it's a beat em up with cartoony visuals, combining two things I love – video games and cartoons. The end result was actually a bit surprising – the combat engine was deeper than anticipated, requiring some precise command inputting (especially towards the end), though as anticipated, when it attempted something else, it... wasn't that good. Don't get me wrong, Shank definitely knows what its doing mostly where it counts, but everywhere else... I think it could've been a lot better.

Story: I quite ...

8.0

Solid beat em up with some rough patches

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Style and flair.
Shank is another product of the retro revival movement that's been sweeping the market for quite a while, and thankfully, Shank is one of the good sorts where there's always something to keep things refreshing, even when it's based off of something that's been created 20 years ago. The one thing that makes this game awesome is its visual flair, but sometimes, it becomes its ultimate downfall. So with that said, let's dive in and give it a shot!

Once upon a time in the old west.
Shank's old gang leaves him for dead and kills his wife, so it's time for him to seek revenge. He he...

8.0

Shank stars in a game called Shank, with his trusty shanks

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Shank is another one of those retro-inspired games on the arcade segments of the consoles' marketplaces - excluding the Wii - that manages to blend in old school action with some new school elements to keep things refreshing. Like other retro-inspired games such as Shatter and Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Shank has some hi-def graphics and a kickass soundtrack that manages to keep in tune with awesomeness. Well, okay, it's not totally awesome; there are a few problems that stop this from being the best arcade game to ever be created by man, but shit, it's still well worth playing due its styli...

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