Shadows of the Damned is a third person shooter with an over the shoulder view. You play as Garcia Hotspur, a bad ass Mexican demon hunter. Garcia is out hunting demons and one leads him to believe his girlfriend is in danger. He rushes back home to find she hung herself, but that’s not the worse part. The Demon King Fleming has taken Paula hostage, and is going to take her back to the Underworld so she can die in the most horrible ways over and over again. Hotspur is joined by his former demon companion Johnson, who is also his weapons. As Garcia battles Fleming’s minions, he talks some mad shit and cracks some jokes.
This game plays nearly exactly like Resident Evil 5 with the exception of a quick dodge, melee attack, and being able to add a light element to your shots. The light element is used on enemies that are invulnerable due to being covered in darkness. The light shot can also be used to light up darkness covered areas by shooting “goat lamps” because not only are enemies invulnerable in the darkness, but you loose health if you stay in the darkness for too long. When you are in the darkness you get a spirit meter around your health bar. There are also doors that are covered in “demonic pubic hair” blocking your path, so you have to shoot out key points that can only be destroyed in the darkness.
The weapons are weird. They are all formed from Johnson, your former demon companion. The pistol, aptly named “Boner”, shoots bones for ammo. The machine gun shoots demon teeth is called the “Teether”. The shotgun shoots skulls. It’s called the “Monocussioner”. Each weapon evolves into other weapons, for example the “Boner” evolves into the “Hot Boner” and so on. While some of the later versions of the evolved weapons are cool, when you get to the part of the story where they evolve, you can’t go back.
The enemies are fairly easy to fight. Most of the time you can run into a room, shoot out all the enemies legs, then just stomp them all to death. There are parts of the game where there is more of a variety of enemies, and there are some fun mini games as you near the end. The bosses are unique, but usually easy. You will never run out of ammo in a boss fight because there are infinitely spawning ammo boxes in all boss areas.
This game is hilarious to those that have that kind of humor. If you like raunchy comedy, you will think this game is awesome. However there are a few things that drop the rating of this game by quite a bit. You need 80 red gems to fully upgrade everything, but you can’t get all those gems in one run unless you fight enemies over and over to get white gems and buy all the red gems. There is also nothing to unlock except a harder difficulty. This game could have been better if once you beat the game it had a chapter select or even a new game plus where you can keep your upgrades from your past play through. This game is more of a rent then a buy.