Strap on your combat sandals...Lo Wang is coming to the Land of the Rising Sun to turn out the lights. Experience total blood immersion. If you can't touch, kill or drive something...then blow it away! Whether you're wielding shurikens, an Uzi, or a freshly plundered Guardian head...you've got your work cut out for you.
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 78% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Play Shadow Warrior Classic (1997)

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About This Game

Strap on your combat sandals...Lo Wang is coming to the Land of the Rising Sun to turn out the lights. Experience total blood immersion. If you can't touch, kill or drive something...then blow it away! Whether you're wielding shurikens, an Uzi, or a freshly plundered Guardian head...you've got your work cut out for you. Enter the world's most interactive 3D environment...and cut yourself some sushi!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor:1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 7 Compatible 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor:1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 7 Compatible 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (709 reviews)
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BasilSharkey
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
HA HA HA YOU NO MESS WITH LO WANG
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Terraria Fan
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
Even though this is free, I can't say how wonky the controls are. The game has graphics like Doom, but Doom is more fun.
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32=43 5p-=+
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
Made so you relize that it is a good game, but you cant really play it unless you get the 10$ redux.
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Dalton
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 7
I never thought a mature rated game with animated blood and gore, animated violence, and strong sexual content would have a kids mode.
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Alex aka Delta
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 7
The Wang I really enjoy playing with *wink wink*
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KDD!^agof
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
When people claim that all old FPS were obtuse labyrinths this is exactly what they mean. These games of follow-up second wave all feature LOL-I-TROLL-U level design, while offering mostly the same gameplay as the first wave of that generation.

This one is basically more of the Duke Nukem 3D, but with asian theme, new weapons and enemies and slightly improved engine. New character is more irritating and by nowadays standards even "racist", with jokes being even less funny.

Weaponry is somewhat interesting, but again, blast radius of explosives hurts player more than enemies, which renders them less useful. The rest are usual hit-scan guns and couple of projectile ones. So in the end you'll use only 2-3 of the same guns for the whole duration of the game. Usage of voxels could be impressive for the time, but they should spend them on enemies instead of gun models, so you could properly calculate distances and aim vertically.

Foes are unremarkable demons, with only notable one, being also the most irritating. Suicide bomber is often placed in blind spots and then his corpse plays overly long animation of rising ghost, before you could finally hurt it. And if you fail to do that in time, it'll start to fly around, turning sideways while being 2D sprite, so you have additional trouble to see where to shoot.

Turrets and limited vehicles are supposed to be the new gameplay element (but we all know how well it turned out), but they are extremely clumsy, while also being done better in a game released one month prior to this one.

Basically, this game can be recommended only to people who crave more of the same Duke Nukem 3D gameplay or who never played DN3D, due to ignorance or repulsion to the setting, though Shadow Warrior is not that much tonally different.
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Phantom
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 4
not sure what the Shadow Warrior Classic Redux has to offer but as long as I'm playing the original by playing this Shadow Warrior Classic (1997) verison on Steam then everything should be fine with me
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Laytex
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 4
You can punch bees and they bleed red.
10/10 Would punch bees again
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Fnatic Wolf
107.7 hrs
Posted: July 25
WHO WANTA SUM WANG
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ContraZombie4
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 20
Very fun, but Devolver Digital &3D Realms F***ed-up if they wanted people to buy the redux.
Take my advice, find "eduke32" in a Google Search after downloading this, as it has 3D GL compatibility
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
347 of 384 people (90%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
A classic for free? thanks steam
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231 of 265 people (87%) found this review helpful
328 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
Sometimes it is just fun to play with your Wang.
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164 of 193 people (85%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
When Duke Nukem isn't kicking ♥♥♥ and chewin' bubblegum - he's a Chinese dude.
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180 of 215 people (84%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
Let his Wang always hang Lo.
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109 of 119 people (92%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
If you are fan of Duke Nukem 3D, then this game is for you!
Shadow Warrior is the same as DN3D, but with better graphics and other stuff.
AND ITS FREE!
NO PAY TO WIN!
NO DLC!
CHILDREN PROTECTION!
DUAL UZIS!
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78 of 85 people (92%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
This game was real fun back in 1997 when I bought it.
I loved the animation when you slice enemies in 3 parts.

Fun Fact: There were 2 versions of the game.
Since Shurikens were forbidden in the UK, the UK version had Darts instead! lmao!

Give the game a try, it*s real fun!
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202 of 271 people (75%) found this review helpful
229 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I Lag On A Game Made In 1997
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109 of 135 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2013
A classic game, with a look and feel that'll bring you back through time, prepare for nostalgia
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64 of 69 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
Meet Shadow Warrior, the overlooked FPS game from creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Asian style. Just like Duke Nukem 3D, player will find themselves exploring the "real" levels, that are filled with ancient chinese secrets, as you are mowing down mutant ninjas with explosive weapons and interacting with level themselves.

Sure thing since this is old game, you probably want to know how this release works... Well, this one is the original FULL registered version (No expansion packs included), provided for free for your enjoyment, as it was back then. Even meaning that it still adverisates you to go and have some dojo multiplayer fun at Ten website (Which sure is non-fuctional now and just contains the history of the project). From what I heard, this one went free after some hacker managed to leak/abuse keys that were being given away on Twitter in one way or another... So you should enjoy a F2P game that doesn't have hats and microtransactions.
The second Expansion Pack (Wanton Destruction) is also available for free, just not on Steam, so you will have to do some stuff with your own hands.

Sure thing since it's a DOS game, developers had to do something about it. Developers went in a simple way - use DosBox. It uses the latest 1.74 version of DosBox, thankfully, and the CD music is still there, so there are no problems there. The launcher allows you to choose whetever you want to go and configure game (Launching Setup in DosBox) or launch game itself.
Your average player will not be able to play multiplayer in this one, as it isn't really supported (no configurations for that for average Steam player) and that it will require some serapate configurations of DosBox, so I didn't try this one. I would recommend you running one of modern source port if you want that that (Or even Shadow Warrior Redux once it gets multiplayer, some day). Another thing, is that controls are already configred by default to fit modern WASD configuration, as well as use mouse for mouselook, with only having to press square brackets buttons to choose items being uncomfortable.
And yes, it's a Software version of the game, not 3DFX one.

Now, game itself. In short, it's Duke Nukem 3D with style of the East. Heh, the only thing it's lacking are rainbowly colored human ninjas, like in Western movies... But randomly colored mutant ninjas will do. Shadow Warrior provides the players with two episodes. Shareware 4-level episode and Registered episode made for full version. And let me say this: When I played Shareware episode, I was amazed by level design. It was big, varied, had something interesting going on, as you travel city to the village in the forest. Worth playing for that. Now, the Registered episode felt like a let-down after that. The levels were just much less interesting, more of generic. I played only half of it, in all honesty, but from what I seen you spend first half of episode travelling through ancient Asian temples and villages, wihle only the second half lets you out to more interesting city levels.
Another thing to note, it the humor of the game... The main character is Lo Wang, the old bald Asian pervert with love for personal, automated and nuclear weapons. With his tongue-in-cheek comments, I found myself often chuckling during playthrough. It also inludes some more of offensive things, that puppies nowadays can't handle which is why we got none in new Shadow Warrior reboot game. Be ready to meet some out-of-place anime girls. Fun easter eggs and the ever wise Fortune Cookies included.
Weapons are varied as well... Well, there are some more or less underpowered ones, but you will find use to most of them. Some have few modes. One of more interesting things would be a Grenade Launcher... It has same blast power as the rocket launcher, but the radius of explosion is simply huge. As a result, you will use it often to lob grenades around corners into rooms you suspect an enemy to be in, instead of using it for direct combat. Sticky bombs that are abe to stick to walls, as well as bodies. ("Oho, sticky bomb likey you!"). (Strangely enough, Railgun shoots a bit to the left of crosshair.)

Graphics are of high-quality pixel art, and levels have a lot of details, usually, utilizing the latest improvements of Build engines. Prepare to see some floor-over-floor, reflections and other nice features, if you are familiar with previous Build games. As for music, it mostly plays a role of ambient, being CD quiality. mostly just enchanting the atmosphere of the game. But no worries, Boss and Title music are kicking and rocking.

And final note, the game is insanely hard. It's even more hard than Duke Nukem 3D, mostly in cheap ways. It either pits you againts monster with hitscan weapon (some of them even able to take cover) or it casually makes you face the enemies that can insta-blow-up your face off the Earth. Traps are no less nasty. As a result, I would highly recommend you to play the game on the lowest difficulty settings, like Tiny Grasshopers, if you wish to have some fun, without having to quickload OFTEN. Not that you still will not be blown off the face of Earth, mind that.

P.S. http://www.3drealms.com/sw/ This link will provide you with anything you need, including some Lo Wang rap.
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85 of 101 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2013
It's free. It's classic. Go play it.
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