Aug 5, 2014
Great, like the world needed another example of why free-to-play model ruins civilization. Shadow Fight 2 is a sequel to a game I had no idea existed, but I don’t feel bad about it, as it seems to be a Facebook game, and who cares about those? I don’t know the differences between them, but there’s probably no reason for fans of the original to dislike this sequel. Anyway.
Shadow Fight 2 tells a story of a ninja who mistakenly opens a crypt that unleashes demons upon this world and reduces him to a shadow. There are no shadowy techninques in the game, so it’s basically an excuse to not draw any actual character models â€“ weird, considering there’s a bazillion of character portraits in game, but not a bit of texture or color on the combatants. The player needs to fight through the demons to get to their master warriors, and then defeat them, all in one-on-one fighting encounters. And it’s exactly as difficult as it sounds. I’ve had a hard time even getting to the second part, as it require beating a crapload of really tough enemies. To skip the details, it requires several hours fighting to improve the hero enough and get equipment good enough to take on the first level boss and unlock the ranged weaponry.
And that’s not even considering the energy bar â€“ yes, Shadow Fight 2 has the blasted energy bar that allows starting about 6 fights in a row, before making the player wait for it to refill. Or making him spend the precious gems, of course. The same old song. Since the game requires lots and lots of grinding, even if you don’t count the fights you lost, there’s going to be a lot of waiting. What’s even more enraging is that Shadow Fight 2 is damn good! It’s an honest-to-god fighting game with combos, fast-paced action, lots of weaponry, and opponents who you just KNOW are cheating bastards. There are also ranged weapons, and magic â€“ magic! The game would be close to perfect if it wasn’t for endless grinding and frustration when you need gold but can’t get it, as you lose almost every fight and can’t restart it for the next 6 minutes.
In general, Shadow Fight 2 is must-try for fighting fans. If you can get past the energy hogwash, it’s definitely one of the best fighting games on Android. Also, that soundtrack is dope as hell.
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