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Shadowman Preview

Publisher - Acclaim
Developer - Ensemble
Platform - N64
Release Date - June 1999
Type - Action/Adveture

Shadowman, Acclaim's introduction to the action/adventure genre, plans to scare gamers everywhere, much like the Resident Evil series on the playstation, but with much cleaner graphics and a fully 3-d rendered environment.

Mike Le Roi, the main character, has had a spiritual mask implanted into his chest by a voodoo priestess. With the powers of the mask to aid him, Mike is forced to fight between two worlds, the living and the dead. Possessing the powers of Black Magic, the Shadowman is a very powerful being, but he also chooses from a wide variety of handheld weapons.

The environments are seamlessly beautiful. All environments are 3-d rendered, therefore Shadowman can go virtually anywhere, while encountering many interactive situations, unlike the 2-d rendered Resident Evil. Not only are the environments graphically intense and pure eye candy, they are also free of fog (unless desired) allowing Mike to see the horizon whichever way he looks. Each level is dark and presents a very haunting atmosphere.

This is defineely not a kid's game and is intended for a mature audience due to the graphic violence, but hey do you see me complaining? It's about time this type of game was released on a Nintendo system. Stay tuned for new info as it unfolds. Expect to see Shadowman in fall.