What the Game Got Right
I really like the graphic style of the game and the animation used in this game. It gives the game a lot of character and Klei has since used this animation style to great effect in games since Shank. I really liked how they would have some of the story play out in graphic novel squares at the corner of the screen while you were fighting baddies. It really added to the atmosphere of the game. The game does have the ability to customize controls, change your screen resolutions and others. The atmosphere of the game as a whole was well done and unique too. It was this sort of Mexico-Texas vibe combined into one. It felt fresh and new despite its overused story plot. Its a solid PC game from what I had played of it. Its just…there were a few problems with the controls. Well, more than a few problems.
What the Game Got Wrong
Shank’s biggest problem is the controls. If you want to use the keyboard in this game, you will be in for a really rough experience. Fighting feels very stiff and unforgiving. I prefer having a very fliud fighting experience and for a game like this one which has really stiff controls, it really detracts from the experience. I got a lot of cheap deaths in this game because I weren’t fast enough or didn’t press the buttons at the exact right time. For a game that is about brutal fighting action, this can get real old, really fast. It also doesn’t help that the combat starts to get repetitive early on in the game. While the enemies do have some varience, it never felt like I was encouraged to use any different or varying fighting style other than spam the keys as fast as possible.
Shank really brings the graphic novel look to life and the game oozes character with the graphic style. However, the repetitive combat and stiff controls really drags the game down. Once I got to the boss fight with Cassandra and her tricky-to-pull-off counter that you had to use to defeat her, I decided I was done with the game. I’ve heard the gameplay is better with controllers but I’m a bit uncertain of that. Either way, bad controls don’t excuse for repetitive gameplay so I would be wary of that as well. So while I may not have been able to finish the game, maybe you will find something of interest in Shank.
Full Shortened Review to be found here: http://kingisaaclinksr.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/kings-shortened-review-shank/