Another collectathon for your remaster collection
What does partying like it’s 1999 look like, anyway? It’s maybe not the first thing that comes to mind, but playing Shadow Man — a dark action-adventure game from the PS1, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast days — is a fine choice. Courtesy of Nightdive Studios, the game is back on consoles today, following a PC remaster that first rolled onto Steam in April 2021. Kicking off the new year, Shadow Man: Remastered is playable for $20 on Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, with the latter coming slightly later: January 17.
You can follow those storefront links to nab your preferred digital edition — the old skull-and-shades combo is bound to transport you back to a simpler time.
I distinctly remember one of my childhood friends, whose brothers and dad all loved Resident Evil and Silent Hill, showing off this strange voodoo world. It creeped me out, legitimately. And with the way some of these atmospheric or outright sinister 3D games from the ’90s have aged, I feel like it can still get under my skin a bit in 2022.
What’s the console situation like? According to the developers, Shadow Man: Remastered has 4K/60FPS support on PS4 and Xbox One, and gyro aiming on Nintendo Switch.
For a more thorough take on Shadow Man: Remastered and how well it has aged, check out Zoey’s full review from last year — or at least this line: “It can be run in widescreen and 4K, and there are some new post-processing effects. It still looks old, but it’s been glossed up. More substantially, censored and cut content has been restored, including three levels [with new music and SFX for said levels] and a number of enemies. It’s more than just simply upscaling the game, it’s legitimately the definitive version of the title.”
This screenshot is such a mood.
As someone who was (and admittedly still is) obsessed with tracking down Golden Bananas in Donkey Kong 64 and Jiggies in Banjo-Kazooie, I am pretty into the prospect of firing up Shadow Man: Remastered on a random weekend to collect a bunch of Dark Souls.
I’m sure I’m repeating myself at this point, but it’s neat to see “less obvious” games like this resurface on modern platforms. If you’re just here for the hits, though, there’s Turok!
I wonder what else Nightdive might be able to freshen up…