Shadows Gangs has all the good schlock of an '80s B-movie & '90s beat'em-up

With a recently launched trailer, Shadow Gangs is a beat'em-up and shooter filled with ninjas, robots, '90s aesthetic, and all the trappings of a good B-movie.

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There’s something to be said a lot of old school beat’em-ups. The best ones had a unique taste that could often remind players of hokey B-movie action flicks. Whether it was the mullets, the muscles, or the sheer amount of different goons facing heroes down, we played it out to the end whether it meant earning continues through points or grabbing an allowance full of quarters. Shadow Gangs is a title coming from JKM Corp and if any of the above sounds good to you, then you have to see the trailer released ahead of the game’s April 2020 launch.

JKM Corp put out the Shadow Gangs launch trailer on the game’s YouTube on March 15, 2020. Set to launch on April 10, 2020, Shadow Gangs puts you in the role of ninja master Dan as he goes on a one-man war to save his family. The enemy? The Shadow Force crime organization and its dangerous members known as the Shadow Gangs. Dan will have to utilize his brawn, his ninja transformations, secret magic, his sword, and a machine gun - why not? You can check out the game in action in the trailer just below.

Shadow Gangs is bristling with a lush old-school aesthetic. Between the brawler protagonist that turns into a machine gun-wielding ninja, enemy ninja warriors bulging with ridiculous muscles under their garb, the bosses that include a Lex Luthor-looking tech head and shaolin temple master to name a few, and the gorgeous levels ranging from cities, forests, mountains, and secret villain lairs, Shadow Gangs has a lot of things going on. Elements of Contra, Double Dragon, Shinobi, and much more can clearly be seen.

As Shadow Gangs slices its way onto PC, be sure to check out the game’s Steam page for more details as it joins the stacked 2020 gaming calendar.

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TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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      March 24, 2020 11:27 AM

      This should speak directly to me and my fondness of class beat 'em up games, but that trailer just didn't do it for me. Something about the movement or animation of the main guy just feels off. Like maybe it's too stiff? I'll keep tabs on it just in case it turns out to be worth playing.

      Managed to grab Volgarr on sale last week. That's been a decent distraction. The UI isn't what I think it should be, but it's worth the $2 I paid for it.

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        March 24, 2020 11:35 AM

        This feels to me more like a shinobi-clone than a real beat-em-up. If you're after that, you can't go wrong with fight-n-rage.

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          March 24, 2020 11:40 AM

          Has that Shinobi feel, yes, but still something off about it.

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      March 24, 2020 11:48 AM

      Friend of mine pointed out it's probably the Bad Dudes style art direction (Data East) on top of the Shinobi style game play breaking my brain.

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