E3: ARCADE AWESOMENESS: Shank Trailer & Preview


You know what we don’t have enough of these days? Yep that’s right! It’s like you read my mind …and then blasted it into a thousand pieces! I am of course talking about Metal Slug!

When I was a kid I used to love Metal Slug, faced paced side scrolling action. It was THE action game of the side scrolling world, kinda like a Sylvester Stallone movie gone 16-bit. Well make some room in your heart for SHANK, no it isn’t the game detailing life as a London street thug and your decent into the underground at night! It is however the latest game from Klei Entertainment and EA and it looks fucking amazing.

“Make some room in your heart for SHANK, no it isn’t the game detailing life as a London street thug and your decent into the underground at night!”

Coming to your XBLA and PSN later this year, Shank looks to be a testosterone based mixture of Metal Slug, Prince of Persia (the original side-scroller) and a big ol’ dose of A-Team style action… oh and don’t forget about the blood. Because there is a lot of it. A LOT.

Check out the Revenge Trailer from E3 2010:

C’mon now, how can you not fall in love with that!? What more do you want from your Xbox Live Arcade game? It has a sleazy western soundtrack, awesome voice acting and hints of a story that is bound to be ludicrous. The fucking cool stylized graphics lend well to the madness that looks to be the gameplay. You have nuns disguised as 80’s Miami Vice style cops, you have hot bikini clad strippers wielding a samurai sword…yes this going is going to be fucking sweet!

“You have nuns disguised as 80’s Miami Vice style cops, you have hot bikini clad strippers wielding a samurai sword…yes this going is going to be fucking sweet!”

Check out this trailer for a better look at the combat and the various ways you will get to kill ..everything!

The bit at 35 seconds where he is stabbing a bloke on the floor, holds him down with a knife and then shoots the other two dudes approaching? Yea that is pretty badass! How about the CHAINSAW he has stashed away? Hells-the fuck-yes! Anything with chainsaws gets my mark of approval. The game seems to utilize a lot of melee as well which is a nice change of pace, the game also handles combos and enemy juggling in the same way a 2D version of Devil May Cry might operate.

“Hells-the fuck-yes! Anything with chainsaws gets my mark of approval!”

The platform sections throughout look interesting as well, this is where the Prince of Persia style comes into it. Bits in both trailers where you can run along walls, smash through windows and do super leaps with your knives held high in the air for the killing blow…. anyway, the platform sections look interesting. They are usually absent from these types of games nowadays, so it is really refreshing to see them included.

And I know I mentioned this above but… I really do love the graphics! They fit the gameplay and setting perfectly. I have been really impressed with some of the stuff coming out for the XBLA, PSN and Iphone recently -this is another getting added to the list! Expect more on these types of games being reported on me over E3 cause they are doing some superb work in the industry!

What do you think of Shank? Will you give it a chance, leave your thoughts below!

Josh/Origami Kid

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