Ok, a warning beforehand: I am biased toward anything Turtles. It doesn't matter if it's a turd with a red bandana, I am bound to like it. With that out of the way, let's get this review trucking.
Out of the Shadows is a freeflow combat beat 'em up loosly adapted from the 2012 Nickelodeon reboot of the series. If you haven't seen that yet, give it a shot. It captures much of the old magic in a more modern and sensible jacket than the 80s cartoon. The game however, wears a different coat. The Turtles all have a more realistic look; they look like genuine mutants. This is probably the most striking feature of the game, because it departs from the appearances we's come be familliar with.
The gameplay itself though is a bit of a mix between Batman Arkham Asylum and Turtles in Time. You control one Turtle at a time, but you can switch at the touch of a button. You fight your way through hordes of mooks by using wel timed strikes, parries and takedowns, while also switching between your turtles to keep the combo going and the bad guys flying. It can be fast and extremely engaging to challenge yourself to do better and more stylish every time you try a stage. However, the turtles do feel like tanks, and they have the fluidity of cool magma. If you're a fan of the turtles, you can overlook this and get used to it, but if you're impartial to the heroes in a halfshell, you are right in thinking that you're holding a rather clunky game.
Furthermore, the music is dissapointment. Then again, every turtle game since Turtles in Time has had dissapointing music. What's also dissapointing is its design. Certain stages throw obstacles at you that are completely counter intuitive to what you'd expect from the game. The bosses in particular are just a gigantic headache, even if you've mastered the control scheme, they're still a complete mess.
However, the presentation is quite impressive. The main menu is an inviting rendition of the turtle lair, and each option takes you to a new place. On top of that, there are plenty of other modes to try when you've completed the short campaign. Especially the arcade mode, which harkens back to the original beat 'em up, is a treat if you're able to stomach the unfair final boss. Just get a friend on the couch, a slice of pizza, and just coop like the old day. Put on some 16-bit soundtrack goodness for the full package and you might you find this game growing on you in spite of its numerous flaws.
The online option is busted, so if you cannot couch coop, then you might want to consider getting a few friends before buying the game ;).