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Shadow Warrior 3

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Release Date: March 1, 2022

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'Shadow Warrior 3' Will Be Available On Playstation Now At Launch, Shows Off Gameplay - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 22, 2022 @ 3:25 p.m. PST

Shadow Warrior 3 marks the triumphant return of fallen corporate shogun Lo Wang and launches the offbeat first-person shooter series to the next level.

Shadow Warrior 3 finds Lo Wang and his former employer turned nemesis turned sidekick Orochi Zilla embarking on an improbable mission to recapture an ancient dragon they unwillingly unleashed from its eternal prison.

Armed with a punishing mix of blades and bullets, Lo Wang must traverse uncharted parts of the world to track down the dark beast and push the apocalypse back yet again. All it will take is the mask of a dead god, a dragon's egg, a touch of magic, and enough firepower to tear down the encroaching Shadowlands.

Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Flying Wild Hog revealed that Shadow Warrior 3 will be available on PlayStation Now on launch day.

Extended look at the Dragon’s Nest Mission

Our hero and his chatty companion are on the hunt for the dragon that was accidentally let into our dimension at the end of the last game and, more specifically, one of its eggs that can be weaponized to defeat it. The Dragon’s Nest is a beautiful, bright landscape that has seen better days since the dragon made its home there and wrecked the few bridges, buildings, and temples that remain. It’s a good mission to showcase the creativity in combat and movement alongside the new Gore Weapons players gain from activating finishers that we think make Shadow Warrior 3 a thrill.

Gunplay vs. Swordplay

The Shadow Warrior series has always leaned into the concept that a melee weapon like our katana shouldn’t be thought of as a last resort when you run out of ammo but rather a lethal option in the arsenal that makes players risk getting closer in order to land devastating blows on demons. The new game expands on that mechanic in a few ways including the ability to level up your katana to perform new attacks and creating a relationship between how you kill an enemy and the resources gained from each conquered monster. Striking down a demon with the katana will now yield ammo for your ranged weapons, while blasting them to bloody pieces drops health to patch yourself up and go in for more close-up combat. It’s a viciously fun cycle and we think it will keep players dancing between blades and bullets with each encounter.

Executions & Gore Weapons

The modern shooter scene has ramped up the action with the addition of executions, or ‘finishers’ at the end of hard fought battles. Shadow Warrior 3 takes that to another level by rewarding players with Gore Weapons, a feature where you literally separate enemies from their implanted tools of destruction and turn them against the horde for a limited time. Nearly every enemy in the game can be dispatched with a finisher to take a Gore Weapon or perk that players will learn to execute at the perfect moment for each situation. 

Mandatory Grappling Hook

So we know that every space marine and demon slayer has a grappling hook these days and that we’re not exactly breaking ground here. However, in Shadow Warrior 3 we think it adds a new dimension of freedom to combat and traversal by allowing players to pull out a few tricks to break free of a sticky situation or clear some room in a battle arena. The grapple hook will allow you to dart and swing around arenas, close the gap between yourself and a demonic target for a chest-caving kick, and cling questionably placed exploding barrels in just the right spot for an explosive result. Paired with a little fluid wall running and combat sliding, players will become masters of dancing around an arena in a creative display of force.

Key Features:

  • Bring a Katana to a Gunfight: Conduct a symphony of death with each encounter by mixing overwhelming firepower with devastatingly precise katana strikes as you dash in and around the demonic hordes.
  • Fancy Footwork: Flow between nimble movement techniques including air dashes, wall running, double jumps, and the fancy new grappling hook busts your combat and movement options wide open in every battle.
  • Execute Then Annihilate: Execute spectacular finishing moves to claim a piece of your conquered foe and unleash its powers back on the horde in a burst of unstoppable fury and powerful magic.
  • Dynamic Combat Arenas: Each environment is lined with hazardous structures and devices that can be activated to add another layer of creative choice to the offensive strategy.
  • Neo Feudal Japan: Trek across a mythic Asian land infused with the magic and technology of ancient samurai, now overrun by the demonic yokai from Japanese folklore.
  • Funny Business: Brace for expertly delivered one-liners from Lo Wang, pointed banter with Zilla, and an intense thrillride of absurd predicaments on the way to turning doomsday into a new day.

Shadow Warrior 3 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) on March 1, 2022.

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