Shadows of the Damned Opens Up Grindhouse Hell on June 21st

Did Robert Rodriguez just make a video game? No, but it almost seems like it. Shadows of the Damned is pretty much what a grind house film would be if it could transform into a video game. With your British-accented skull-torch named Johnson, slick leather jacket, and three-layered cheese dialogue, you will take on the underworld in this new stylish action game from Grasshopper Manufacture and Shinji Mikami. Grasshopper Manufacture is the development studio behind Killer 7 on Gamecube, and No More Heroes 1 and 2 on Wii and PS3, and they will be the ones responsible for drowning us in a whirlpool of insanity come June 21st on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Now, I have to say that I am not a fan of the No More Heroes series because I feel that, gameplay-wise, it’s just not up to par with the best. However, thankfully Shinji Mikami (of Resident Evil fame) is there to help out:

I’m there to make sure the gameplay is right — make sure it’s tight, make sure it’s fun. That’s why I’m there.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that Grasshopper Manufacture is trying to bring these crazy stories, characters, and worlds to the gaming audience, but I’m also glad they’re getting some help from one of the best lead-designers out there.

I sure hope that's normal blood, and that that enemy isn't an aborted fetus.

For those of you whose radar somehow missed this lesser-known game, it’s essentially a third-person shooter that takes place in hell (which is called Fleming). In it you’ll be battling all sorts of demons, including a frankenstein-like enemy that pulls out its own heart, eats it, and then turns into a werewolf. If that’s not weird enough for you, how about a gluttonous boss monster that has a harmonic stuck in its throat?

Japanese nightmares are scarier than Western ones. Proof!

Similar to Alan Wake, monsters are powered by the dark, and thus you must shine light on them in order to send them back to…wait a minute, where are you supposed to send back the baddies if they’re already in hell? In any case, the protagonist, Garcia Hotspur, can use his torch he calls Johnson to aid in battle. So, yeah, you have to slap enemies with your Johnson to weaken them. Your Johnson will also turn into a shotgun, machine gun, and a pistol called Boner (what else would you call a pistol that shoots bones?).
Get a load of Garcia Hotspur and his Johnson in these trailers:


Sources: Joystiq, Destructoid

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