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Shank is the cult-classic revival of the sidescrolling beat-em-up. Play as Shank in an over-the-top grindhouse game, packed to the rim with enemies, bosses, combos, and more by the award-winning team at Klei Entertainment.
Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
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1Up
...Shank is the freshest, most unequivocally rewarding beat-em-up game to come along in almost a decade.
http://www.1up.com/reviews/shank-review
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G4/X-Play
Wildly addictive action and smooth controls complemented by a pulpy grind house style, make Shank a must-play for fans of the classic genre.
http://www.g4tv.com/games/xbox-360/62766/shank/review/
5 out of 5

Joystiq
Shank is a lot of fun because it lets you murder a lot of different people in a lot of different ways, and I think you should buy it.
http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/24/shank-review/
4.5 out of 5

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About the Game

Shank is the cult-classic revival of the sidescrolling beat-em-up. Play as Shank in an over-the-top grindhouse game, packed to the rim with enemies, bosses, combos, and more by the award-winning team at Klei Entertainment. The 2D sidescroller beat-em-up is finally on Steamplay, now with improved controls and tuning updates based on popular feedback! Shank will have you shooting and slashing your way through hordes of enemies in a stylized slaughter fest. Embark on a brutal path of blood soaked revenge as Shank battles his way through the criminal underground in his quest for retribution. Boasting fast-paced bloody action, silky smooth controls and a signature pulpy grindhouse art style, Shank is a must-play for action fans.

Key Features:

  • Violent graphic novel art style:
    Beautiful and fluid graphic novel art and animation styled by veteran director Jeff Agala.
  • Weapon-based combo system:
    String together endless combos of mayhem and destruction on the fly and pummel your opponents to the ground using an exhaustive arsenal of weapons.
  • Gorgeous, fully animated story cinematics:
    Watch Shanks brutal story unfold through beautiful fully animated cut scenes.
  • Brutal Boss Battles:
    Over 8 different massive and unique bloody boss battles.
  • Two-Player Local Co-Op:
    Murder with a friend. Play in a separate backstory in the two-player co-op mode and face a legion of well-armed enemies in the prequel to the single player experience.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 4 running at 1.7 GHz or Greater; Athlon 64 running at 1.7GHz or greater with support for SSE2 instructions
    • Memory:1 GB of ram, 1.5 GB (Vista and Windows 7) GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB and the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB cards
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 running at 1.7 GHz or Greater; Athlon 64 running at 1.7GHz or greater with support for SSE2 instructions
    • Memory: 1.5 GB or more
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB and the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB cards, or better
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,138 products in account
66 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
"FORGIVE ME FATHER FOR I WILL SIN" and lets carry on by saying that "SHANK" is one of the toughest S.O.B's i have ever seen in gaming,i mean come on to rip a guy clean in half with your shanks is just one hell of a feat of strength (NOT TO MENTION ONE EASY WAY TO GET COVERED IN YOUR ENEMIES INNARDS YUCK)
Now i know this games been out for ages but i have never got round to finishing it until now and i must say it is one game that is no walk in the park,some of the "BOSS" fights border on the "AAARRRGGGHHH GOD DO I HAVE TO TRY AND BEAT THIS (CENSORED FOR THE CHILDREN AND PREGNANT MOTHERS OUT THERE) AGAIN,FOR PETES SAKE (NO IDEA WHO PETE IS EITHER)" but thats the whole point as you get to the "BOSS" and you win a little and you loose a little until you learn their attack pattern and how to deal with them.
The graphics in game look like they have been animated by a top team and it all plays out like a saturday morning cartoon (YEAH-if you like them full of action and eviscerated enemies) and the sound and spoken dialogue in game are all of the highest quality and the gameplay just flows from one act to the next,with you hacking down enemies and then moving onto the next wave.
My only gripe is,is that is all you actually do whilst playing the game-but trust me when i say you will be having to much fun to realise this and it will not enter your mind until you either stop for a break and think about it to much or finish the game and look back over what you have done and then say to yourself "GOD I KILLED A LOT OF FOES IN THIS GAME,BUT WHAT ELSE" (thats how it happened to me anyway).
Now whilst i was playing the one thing that came to mind the most was a modern grind house classic (well it was a classic to me anyway) "MACHETTE",from the action to the sense of humour this game shares a lot in common with this bloody modern day "B" movie,now "SHANK" was released in 2010 and "MACHETTE" was released in 2010 also so which takes influence from which you decide,but i will tell you this watch one and then play the other (or vice versa) and you to will see what i am talking about.
Now this game was a commercial success, selling tens of thousands of copies and remaining in the top 20 Xbox Live Arcade games during September 2010. It was followed by a sequel, Shank 2, released in 2012 for the same gaming platforms as the first game and to be honest you can see why they did the sequel (profit yes i know thats what your thinking-and YES that may be the main reason OK) as the orriginal is just such fun and a total blast to play through (i still need to get to the CO-OP though and play through thet yet).
Will you play this if you havent allready,well if you like an action game that kicks ♥♥♥ and takes no prisoners at all then yes and if not then why not as its one of the best side scrolling beat,chop,kick,main,muttilate,eviscerate and blow the crap out of games that this reveiwer has ever played.
Posted: 6 August 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
687 products in account
30 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
Think about a game based on the movie "Machete". With Ennio Morricone music. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Adds a lot of blood and violence. Bring the combo system of Devil May Cry/God of War. That's what playing Shank feels like. And I like it!

There are 20 levels, ranging from 4 minutes (boss stages) to 15 minutes long. You can choose between 4 melee weapons (plus your main weapon) and 3 range weapons, although you'll soon discover some weapons are useless compared to others (I never used the Chains a single time). 3 different attacks: one fast but weak, one ranged attack and one strong but slow attack. You can also throw a limited ammount of grenades.

The monochrome backgrounds match nicely with the atmosphere of the game, it's good to distinguish between different areas and it helps not to lose your focus from the enemies, but they make the stages feel empty sometimes. There are 11 cosmetic costumes to unlock. The game also has its own coop campaign (local only), which adds some extra hours of fun.
Posted: 7 April 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
292 products in account
52 reviews
8.6 hrs on record
“When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing.”

Shank is an entertaining 2D brawler game with a robust combat system and visuals that cross a cartoonish look with the grittiness of graphic novels. The variety of weapons will give you several ways to finish off your opponents and the boss battles are well made and enjoyable. You should also take a look into the co-op game, because it provides a decent background story for the singleplayer campaign.

Overall this game offers solid gameplay, fluid controls and visceral combat.
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My rating system consists of five categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Combat & Controls
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Story

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Combat & Controls: A-Rank [with a gamepad]

Details: B-Rank

Tactical gameplay: B-Rank

Story: B-Rank
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To conquer all achievements of Shank, you will most likely spend around 8 hours. The only multiplayer achievement can easily be obtained with a friend in a local co-op session.

Achievement difficulty: 2 of 10

Common:
- Singleplayer [+1]
- Multiplayer [+1]
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Shank 2 (PC) – 2D side-scrolling beat-em-up game
(Action) – 2012
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/102840/
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Shank (PC) – 2D side-scrolling beat-em-up game
(Action) – 2010
Posted: 6 July 2014
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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27 reviews
5.5 hrs on record
A good game. Too bad it is so short.
Shank gets up in your face right away and stays there with huge helping of profanity, violence and style.

Reminds me of those good classic beat 'em up where the key and fun was just killing enemies.
For a certain audience this must be the game.
Posted: 19 July 2014
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
12.8 hrs on record
Jedna mi je od omiljenih 2D arkada. Odusevila me je u svkaom pogledu. Brza, zabavna, ali nazalost i kratka. To bi bila i najveca mana ove igre. Suvise je kratka moze da se zavrsi za nekih par sati igranja. Druga mana igre bi bila sto su komande ocajne totalno su nepristupacne za PC igrace. Igra sama predlaze upotrebu gamepada da bi se bas u igri uzivalo.
Ja sam igru presao na tastaturi, ali je malo teze jer ima dosta komandi, a ponekad mora brzo da se koristi dosta tastera.
Ako izuzmemo te 2 stvari igra je vrhunska.
Gameplay je odlican brz, veoma zabavan. Neprijatelji se deru, vriste dok ih ubijate i bacate oko sebe.Shank ima nekoliko kombo udaraca a pritom moze koristiti nekoliko oruzja. Moj omiljeni je kad dok drzim neprijatelja i bodem ga nozem u stomak probodem ga motornom testerom i bacim u vazduh... Ma dozivljaj je odlican.
Sto se oruzja tice na raspolaganju su za pocetak noz, motorka i pistolj, a kasnije kroz igru otkljucavate bolja oruzja macete, uzi, ♥♥♥♥♥ itd.
Igra je odlicna preporucujem je svakom.
Ja sam je uzeo prosle godine na GMG oba dela sam platio 5$ sto mislim da je dobar deal. To je bilo ono vreme dok su bili skromni.
Ko hoce ima na mom profilu video gejmpleja iz shanka pa moze da pgoleda. :)
Posted: 1 June 2014
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