Game details

Game:
Shank
AKA
Genre:
Action
Sub Genre:
2D Platformer
Release Date (US):
August 24th, 2010
Release Date (UK):
August 24th, 2010
Players:
1-2
Online Players:
N/A
Developers:
Klei Entertainment
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
Rating:
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
0 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PSN:
0 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also on the XBLA

About Shank

Featuring a unique art style inspired by graphic novels and golden age comics, Shank blends the intensity of classic 2D side-scrolling action games with a gripping and mature storyline.

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PSU Review Score
8.0
Avg. user review score:
8.3

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Summary

While there is certainly an argument for style over substance here, it is hard to see any fans of the genre being disappointed with Shank's enticing gameplay.

We like

  • The blend of old school gaming coupled with stunning art direction
  • Well-paced and addictive hack 'n slash gameplay
  • The simple to use, yet satisfying combat system

We dislike

  • The fact the characters and story have no appeal
  • Repetition, even though we expected it

See PSU's review on Metacritic & GameRankings

Shank is a lot of things. From a gameplay perspective it’s a traditional 2D side scrolling action game that is clearly influenced by the likes of 1980’s coin-op beat ‘em up Double Dragon. From a visual viewpoint, Shank sports an expressive art-style similar to a Spider Man or X-Men comic, but layers it with animation not dissimilar to an episode of Samurai Jack. The violence on the other hand is much more Kil...

Shank News

  • Shank 2 announced - watch the trailer

    Electronic Arts revealed during a gaming press event in Las Vegas that Shank, the side-scrolling slice-em-up developed by Klei, would be getting its own brand-shanking-new sequel. Shank 2 will feature an online co-op mode that was built into the sequel better than it was in the original Shank (preq...

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