PAX West Spotlight: Cyber Shadow

PAX West Spotlight: Cyber Shadow

Cyber Shadow is an upcoming 8-bit “Ninja Action” game being developed by Mechanical Head Studios and published by Yacht Club Studios. Like some other recently released ninja themed titles, it seems heavily inspired by Ninja Gaiden. At PAX West, we got the chance to play Cyber Shadow and although it was enjoyable, nothing in the demo made it stand out in comparison to similar games.

A a brief summary of the story of Cyber Shadow has been provided by the publisher:

The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity.

Being similar to other “Ninja Action” games, the main character Shadow’s basic moves are jumping and dashing for enhanced movement, and slashing with his sword to defeat enemies. If you’ve played any games with similar controls, you’ll probably get used to Cyber Shadow in the first minute of two of gameplay.  These are just the basics however, and checkpoints interspersed throughout each level will grant players with new abilities once they can be unlocked. I didn’t get the chance to try any new abilities myself, but I would assume that they enhance gameplay by giving players multiple ways to deal with enemies and bosses.

While I felt nothing in Cyber Shadow really stood out, which has also made it much more difficult to write about,  it managed to have top notch presentation. The gameplay is easy to learn, the visuals are crisp and clean and  perfectly emulate a retro 8-bit style, while the music is even better than I expected, even reminding me of game soundtracks like those of The Messenger and Undertale.It’s quality shows it definitely has plenty of potential. If you’re a fan of games like the original Ninja Gaiden or The Messenger, you may want to see how Cyber Shadow develops over time.

Cyber Shadow is expected to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch at some point in the future.

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