June 5, 2001
Shadow Man: 2econd Coming - Preview
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Hopefully backgrounds will improve.
Acclaim are a funny bunch. At times they release games that are absolute stinkers such as Spirit Of Speed 1937 and Ducati World on Dreamcast while at other times their games are quite spectacular such as Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Vanishing Point, also on Dreamcast. Quite possibly their best game however, was their spectacular action-adventure game ShadowMan. The game combines spectacular graphics, and engaging storyline and brilliant action to create one of the most atmospheric games ever. Two years after the first games release Acclaim have almost completed work on the sequel, Shadow Man: 2econd Coming, for the Playstation 2.

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Shadow Man at his gruesome best.
Mike LeRoi is the Shadow Man - an undead, demon-hunter on a twisted voodoo journey through the darkest recesses of the soul. In Shadow Man 2: 2econd Coming, players assume the role of Shadow Man as he battles the Grigori, a group of sadistic demons that have been masquerading as humans for the past 2000 years, and now seek to be reunited with Asmodeus their leader from the Pit. If successful, destruction of Biblical proportions will befall humanity and only the power of Shadow Man stands between life and eternal darkness.

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The skeletal body is awesome.
As you can tell from the surrounding screenshots the developers have spent a lot of time on the graphics. ShadowMan is now made up of over 5,000 polygons alone and the artists have gone into such detail that the character's ribs, tendons, muscles, wind pipe, spinal column, intestines, internal organs, and even decaying flesh are visible. One of the coolest effects is the way in which ShadowMan begins to emit a blue glow from within his chest cavity when he becomes more powerful. It's and impressive sight which really shows off the graphical detail of the character.

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The lighting is greatly improved.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the first title was the atmospheric sound. Some areas of the game were devoid of music to create an air of tension throughout the game. We can expect this excellent use of sound throughout the second game.

Acclaim are touting over 50 hours game time for Shadow Man: 2econd Coming which should keep hardcore gamers very happy. With plenty of action and a strong following from hardcore gamers of the original title Acclaim are almost certain to have another hit on their hands. Fortunately, Mike LeRoi fans won't have to wait too long with a release expected in time for Christmas.