There have been a lot of third person shooters coming out lately, but Shadowman: 2nd Coming
is one of the better looking ones. The game has a very dark feel throughout to accompany the dark storyline. Lighting is very key in this game and it really sets the mood. While there are a lot of shadows, there is one constant light - your character's. Being that he is dead, you are able to see through his ribcage to his glowing blue heart. Weird, yes, but it's a very cool effect. Other graphical flairs include robust and varied textures and realistic water reflections. Shadowman: 2nd Coming
is one of those few games that come along and decide to push the bounds of the Mature rating. The way it does this is through horrendously violent graphics. I'm not even sure if I can say the kinds of things that go on in this game. Whatever your stance is on violence in videogames, you would have to agree that the graphics of Shadowman: 2nd Coming
do a terrific job of getting the violence across. While the game looks great, there are a few problems. For one, the character animations aren't quite up to par of other games. Time to use your imagination. Picture the Tin Man on crack jerkily walking around really fast with a gun. That's you. If you haven't seen the Tin Man on crack, it's pretty ugly.
Not only is there a lot of voice acting in Shadowman: 2nd Coming, but it is also of superb quality. All of the voices are clear and recorded very nicely, and they also fit the characters, which is the most important. The content, however isn't quite as clean as the voice acting itself. In the opening video, I was treated to more than a few harsh words, and by the fourth level I had heard every expletive that I knew. I wasn't really offended, but surprised that a videogame could use some of the things that Shadowman: 2nd Coming did. Don't play this one with your little sister in the room. Other than that, the sound effects were also nicely done, but the soundtrack was less than memorable.