Shadow Fight 2 Tests Your Skill and Patience
Freemium titles like Shadow Fight 2 makes gamers like us question why we like playing games. Sure, most video games are interesting, enjoyable, intriguing, and even immersive. They are a great way to pass away the time while having fun. Is that the case with Shadow Fight 2? In a way, yes. The combat mechanic is surprisingly decent, and despite the horrible onscreen joypad response, mastering this game's control related nuances is doable. The visuals are impressively stylish (despite the cheap copout of going for non-details shadow figures instead of full models). The real true drawback of the game is the long wait periods -stamina bars and upgrade wait times are plenty in this game and can get frustrating to deal with.
Ninja Themed Fighting
Shadow Fight 2 is a fighting game with ninja theme. Here, players select between a variety of characters armed with different weapons and fight on one-on-one battles. To advance the game, the players simply have to keep winning. And winning battles is not an easy task, each character has his or her own unique moves and abilities. Understanding the differences of the various input action commands are important once you reach the middle stages of the game (you cannot button mash your way to victory).
The game's visuals are delivered in a stylized "shadow" style silhouettes. It basically inspired by those old Japanese film fight sequences where you'd see swordsmen's shadows on a paper wall. The shadows emphasize the movement of the characters, allowing the viewer to focus more on the action instead of the character. The entire game is presented in this way, thus you never really get to see the full details of characters you play or fight. Is that a good thing? In the sense that this is a fighting game and having a visual style that allows you to clearly see and even telegraph the actions of the combatants is pretty cool. But as a game artstyle, the novelty does wear off after a time. Sure, it is really is cool, but that coolness factor can only go so far.
Release Date: 19/09/2014
The good part is that the visual style of using silhouettes is complemented by something truly wonderful: smooth animations. As we said, the whole point of doing shadows is so that the view can see the movement -moment that is clearly and cleanly depicted by the game's animation. It looks incredibly good and smooth, some of the keyframes looks like it was rotoscoped actual human movement.
The core of any fighting game is the combat, and in Shadow Fight 2, it gets a lot more things right than wrong when it comes to battling out characters. There are several fighters to choose from and each one has their own fighting style, this means that the chances of getting tired of relying on a single technique is pretty low as you can switch around who you are using. The battles itself are quite intricate, range and speed of attacks are important concerns as there are not a lot of safe moves -if you are not careful you will leave yourself wide open. Being able to move and react fast is key if you want to win in battles.
The one thing that kind of drags down the combat in this game is the control system; touch screens are really not meant for direction plus action commands -the whole virtual joystick thing just does not cut it. Sure, you can get used to it with a lot of practice, but it is still not responsive enough to make the game feel truly fast paced. Shadow Fight 2 does tweak the game balance by not making the fights too fast or intense, but that's a shame since ninja fighting should be hard and hectic.
The Verdict: Be Like Water
There is a lot to love about this game, but that is only if you can overcome the control input and the freemium game mechanics. If you are playing this game after having played the browser version, the whole wait for stamina thing will be a major turn off. On the other hand, long time mobile game players used to the whole freemium thing will be able to play this game without much problems. The only real paywall aside from waiting is the special items that can only be obtained with premium purchases. This limitation takes away from the game's RPG sensibilities. Still, playing the game completely free still leaves you with a decent mobile fighting game with nice graphics, good combat, and a silly waiting system.
Shadow Fight 2 is developed by Nekki Games.