If you like that Oriental fighting movie style and the stories of lonely hero masters of karate or other martial arts, Shadow Fight 2 is for you. Even the name of this game sounds like a sequel to a direct-to-video karate movie with an unknown Bruce Lee follower starring; these trash movies are suddenly good at preserving that fairytale atmosphere. The game by Nekki has already attracted millions of fans. It’s available for Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. Though the audience has alreaRead full review
Shadow Fight 2: The Second One
If you like that Oriental fighting movie style and the stories of lonely hero masters of karate or other martial arts, Shadow Fight 2 is for you.
Even the name of this game sounds like a sequel to a direct-to-video karate movie with an unknown Bruce Lee follower starring; these trash movies are suddenly good at preserving that fairytale atmosphere.
The game by Nekki has already attracted millions of fans. It’s available for Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. Though the audience has already reached about 200 million, new users download Shadow Fight 2 each day.
Nikki may be satisfied with the results. The game has already become a masterpiece of fighting genre with a hint of RPG flair.
When we first see Shadow Fight 2, we may think that showing us shadows is the way to save on graphics, like the old French approach t make art out of silhouettes. But the intro explains the origins of the shadow aesthetics, so just take it as it is.
Black shadows are contrasting with picturesque bright backgrounds. Interludes remind Japanese artwork by Hokusai and other masters, and even if you’re far from this, you’ll feel that Oriental experience. That’s what we call an “atmospheric” game; you breathe the air of Far East, acknowledge the martial arts culture, look behind the life’s curtain and feel the Buddha’s eye on you. In fact, the shadows don't look black - they look noir, in a specific Oriental manner.
The movements. That’s the greatest part of the game. Though the characters are monochrome, their moves and interactions are extremely picturesque. As if there are real fighters (yes, yes, the demons too) behind a semi-opaque curtain, and the hellfire behind them.
No, it won’t be hard to tell your character from the other shadow. Just watch your head: your samurai haircut is unique and easily recognizable. The graphical luxury of this game is especially bright if your phone or tablet has a Full HD or even QHD definition.
It would be unjust not to mention sounds. The game sounds like the best of those 1970s martial movies, and the one that comes to mind first is Enter the Dragon, because of its enchanting soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin. The sound designers of this game managed to recreate this magic.
The app seems a perfect fighting simulator of the mobile era. The fans of console fight games of the 1980s may rejoice in their game heaven - the successor is gameworthy.
So, our hero is a famous warrior that has once challenged the shadows, and they destroyed his body, leaving only the spirit behind the shadow. But what’s the body, when the warrior’s soul is within you, and your sensei is beside you? You’ll master the art of fighting as a shadow in the sensei’s dojo and keep saving the world from evil demons trying to take over.
Fight by fight, you’ll apply your martial skills against dark fighters. Gradually you’ll get more gears and weapons to enhance yourself. Yes, they matter, even when you’re a shadow. As you earn coins for your victories, you can spend them on new gear.
If you’re hooked on Oriental martial arts, it will be a pure treasure chest for you. The arsenal includes swords, knives, nunchaku, other weapons and armors. Yes, there will be those combos we adore since Mortal Kombat, though we have fewer buttons for them now. It will be hard sometimes to tell your character from his demonic opponent, but it’s a part of the game. After a little practice you will feel a real connection with your game incarnation.
It would be logical to expect PvP mode in this fighting game, but unfortunately, the developers didn’t integrate it. It has been announced that PvP mode will be introduced in Shadow Fight 3, a next Nekki’s game about to appear in late 2016. Rumor has it that the new Shadow Fight game will have 3D full-color figures instead of shadows, which is a pity.
The game (as usual) is free, but it allows you to accelerate your promotion to higher levels, if you’re ready to spend a little money for that. But even that won’t give you crucial supremacy, as your rivals will grow stronger just as fast. The only thing you gain is time. You’ll regain the energy faster and won’t have to wait until your character is ready for the fight again. But, on the other hand, isn’t that much?
By the way, the game interface and the story itself are translated into different languages well. No automatic translation that makes us laugh sometimes.
Still, it’s not easy to get unused to hardware joysticks, though the developers have done their best to make the game playable with a touchscreen. The controls include a virtual 8-directional joystick and two buttons (for foot or hand hit).
If you're a hardcore old school gamer mad about hardware joystick, we have some good news about Shadow Fight. Game controllers like Sixaxis are fully compatible with it after a little rattle with settings. If you dig it a bit deeper, you may be lucky enough to connect this game with a generic Bluetooth controller. But by default, you’ll have to use your touchscreen.
Replay Value 8/10
Though beginning the game again you already know the tricks and the moves, your character doesn’t, and it feels like a warrior’s soul getting into a little boy (or a shadow!) it has to upgrade. The déjà vu effect that ruins all the pleasure in quests has nothing to spoil this pleasure; it rather brings some afterlife feeling that suits the game aesthetics.
Yet we guess there’ll be no need to start it all over. The game has a long storyline; you’ll have to win whole tournaments in different worlds until you’re through.
The Bottom Line
A strange Oriental mix of RPG and a fighting simulator has its own magic hold on gamers.Collapse
A must-have game for those hooked on martial arts movies of the 1970-80s as well as for action and RPG fans, especially if you’re hardcore enough to use a wireless joystick for your mobile device.
Pros : Great fighting simulation;
Unique silhouette graphic style;
Cons : Donations required for energy, acceleration or faster promotion;
Specific graphics style you may dislike;
No PvP mode.
Replay Value 4.0
Average : 4.5