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One of my favourite games from the Nintendo 64 days, damn this takes me back. I played the everloving crap out of it back in the day. You may have never heard of it, but believe it or not, this game was higly anticipated at the time. Then it just seemed to fade away. It got an unsuccesful sequel on the PS2 and then it just died. Shadow Man fell into the unforgiving depths of obscurity and gathered a cult following. It was forgotten, abandoned. And then it suddenly appeared on Steam. I don't know what this could mean, but I'm silently hoping for the comeback that this franchise deserves.
In case you don't know, Shadow Man is an action adventure game that takes elements from Tomb Raider, Zelda, Metroid and Banjo-Kazooie among some others and sprinkles it with a healthy dose of occult horror. Think of it as a 3D metroidvania with collectathon elements. You play as Michael Leroi aka Shadow Man, an immortal voodoo warrior who walks between our world and Deadside. Suffice to say, the apocalypse is nearing and you're the only one who can stop it. You travel across Deadside in search of Dark Souls, dangerously powerful souls that, should they fall into the wrong hands could bring about the end of the world. There's 120 of them scattered across multiple areas, and collecting them is a real treat. The more you get, the more powerful you become, so it's addicting and satisfying. You'll wanna find them all. Along the way there's plenty of platforming and shooting a la Tomb Raider, unearthing special abilities and items that help you progress like in Metroid, top it off with a lot of freedom of exploration, it's like a delicious mix of the best aspects of several different games and I simply adore it.
Downside? Controls are a bit clunky. Precision platforming can be a bit of a hassle when you control like a tank. No free camera movement either. They're not bad, it just takes a while getting used to.
Sadly, I wish they would have done a better job with the port. No steam overlay, and I often see my taskbar and the game's window flickering in and out. I feel like the game is just barely there, that it could automatically minimise at any moment. No true controller support either. You can use an Xbox 360 controller, but it won't recognise the shoulder triggers. It's useable, but you'll have play around with the configuration for a bit. As far as I know, it's quite playable with keyboard and mouse, so there's that. Personally I haven't had the game crash yet, but I've seen other people complain about it.
Shadow Man on Steam isn't as stable as it should be and it doesn't look like it'll be fixed anytime soon. Still, it works for me and it might work for you too. And it's only 5 bucks. Kind of a steal for a game like this. If you're like me and you wanna get your Shadow Man fix but you're too lazy to plug in your N64 (Dreamcast, PS1), well, here ya go! :p