To say that video games have become much more politically correct over the years is no bold claim. One inappropriate joke or passing comment could result in unwanted criticism from countless people, just the kind of thing game developers want to avoid entirely. It wasn’t always like this, however. Sometimes, developers pushed games beyond the boundaries of tastefulness.
3D Realms’ iconic shooter Duke Nukem 3D, was offensive, challenging, and oh so fun. Its satirical and tongue-in-cheek content was enough to upset more than a few people after its release in 1996. After that, the company released an Eastern-themed spiritual successor Shadow Warrior. Looking past the cheesy one-liners, parodies of bad kung-fu movies and racial humour, Shadow Warrior really pushed its engine to its limits, helping the poorly-selling title achieve a cult-classic status over time. A title well-deserved, too.
Once you start the game, you’re attacked within the first three seconds. No other game has dared following in Shadow Warrior‘s footsteps!
If you’ve played Duke Nukem 3D, you may be disappointed to hear that Shadow Warrior is not as lengthy or balanced. You’ll come across quite a few irritating enemies across its 22 levels. The worst of the bunch are the uzi-wielding ninjas that jump, climb, and even perform special attacks, like fire homing missiles or cast spells (depending on the colour of their trousers). If that wasn’t annoying enough, there are suicide-bombers that usually turn into hard-to-hit ghosts on death, and killer hornets that attack in swarms.
A ninja’s never ready for a fight without his mighty katana or a handful of shurikens, but these are quickly outclassed by weapons like uzis, a slow-firing railgun, a grenade launcher, and a fire-breathing monster head. Many of these weapons actually have alternate-fire modes, like the riot shotgun. Normally it’s quite accurate, but its alt-fire lets you