Shadwen is developed and published by Frozenbyte. This game was released on 17th May, 2016. In this game you need to remain hidden from the eyes of guards otherwise they will kill you on the spot. You can also download Enforcer Police Crime Action.
Trine creators Frozenbyte have released a demo for their next game, a stealth 'em up named Shadwen [official site]. They've got some of the physics-driven open-ended aspects of Trine, by which I mean you can knock boxes about, with lashings of stealth and crafting on top. Oh, and it's a proper video game - it has a grappling hook.
Shadwen sounds like an interesting one. It's a stealth game with open levels, a grappling hook to move around and tug things, physics-based antics like knocking crates (always crates!) around to bump men or distract 'em, traps you can lure folks into and... is this Trine smooshed together with Dark Messiah of Might & Magic? I'll download the demo and have a go once I clock off for the day, but parts of this trailer do remind me of that fine physics murderplayground:
I'm also interested in talk of a Superhot-ish 'time moves only when you do' aspect, and the ability to rewind time. Stealth games can have such arbitrary yet unclear edges, moments where systems collide to make everything fall apart in ways that don't seem your fault, that having time to think your options through fully - and take them back as new systems reveal themselves - sounds promising. I trust Frozenbyte to use it for more than making everything a doddle of trial and error. We'll see!
The minimum memory requirement for Shadwen is 4 GB of RAM installed in your computer. If possible, make sure your have 8 GB of RAM in order to run Shadwen to its full potential. An Intel Core i5-4400E CPU is required at a minimum to run Shadwen. Whereas, an Intel Core i5 750S is recommended in order to run it. Provided that you have at least an Intel HD 4000 graphics card you can play the game. Furthermore, an AMD Radeon HD 6850 is recommended in order to run Shadwen with the highest settings. You will need at least 6 GB of free disk space to install Shadwen.
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Last week, Sony published the list of PlayStation 4 games that won't work on its next-gen console via backwards compatibility. It's an impressively short one, cementing the Japanese giant's statement that more than 99% of PS4 titles can be played on a PlayStation 5. Although, what is stopping those particular experiences from running on the hardware manufacturer's upcoming machine? We've been speaking to the teams behind those select games to find out why.
In the case of Shadwen, it's actually due to a major issue encountered in load screens. A Frozenbyte representative told us: "We have a lot of PS4 games that are playable on PS5, including all of the Trine games and Nine Parchments. However, for some reason, Shadwen freezes on the loading screen. If this happened on one of our newer games, we'd probably figure out the reason quickly. Unfortunately, Shadwen is quite old, using an older version of our engine, and we don't have it up and running anymore."
Liam grew up with a PlayStation controller in his hands and a love for Metal Gear Solid. Nowadays, he can be found playing the latest and greatest PS5 games as well as supporting Derby County. That last detail is his downfall.
I played a little bit of this back when it came out but never finished it. I'll just make sure it's on my PS4 if I want to go back to it. I hope you can bring to light why some of the other games aren't backwards compatible. The one I'd really like to find out about is Shadow Complex Remastered.
Sony handled this fair, which typically means poorly in today's world. Instead of claiming "full backward compatibility" as MS does, they came out with majority claim, increasing it to 99%.. when in fact there are more PS4 compatible games then there are Xbox One games working without any issues on next gen.It seems to be a pattern forming this gen, where Sony is fully transparent about the actual state of things and challenges, while MS takes a bombastic approach that is then scaled down gradually. So far MS strategy has been working out better. :/
I mean, I doubt this'll upset even the six people that actually got this game. Even so, I'd think you'd want to patch your game just for the optics and preserving your reputation. Would you really want to be among the ten games that couldn't make it to PS5 out of thousands? Hell, even Life of Tiger made it!
Shadwen is a third-person stealth-action game that begins with the implied murder of a king at the hands of a skilled female assassin. As the monarch's crown falls to the ground, we see the face of a young girl travelling with the killer, and the game flashes back to an earlier point in the evening. The girl is named Lily, and she's saved from a guard that's interrogating her for stealing apples by the assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold, Shadwen. The assassin can't risk Lily telling the authorities that there's a murderous rebel loose in the city, but she also doesn't want to just bump the kid off to ensure her silence. Finding a happy medium, Shadwen demands that Lily remain with her until she completes her mission, and the unlikely duo set off on their journey to commit regicide.
The game is essentially one long escort mission in which you must get Lily from one end of a level to the other without being seen. Lily will hide in a bush until the way to the next bush on the path to the exit is clear. This means that you must either kill the guards between the two hiding places, or you can tell the girl when to run to the next safe zone with a tap of the triangle button and skip the blood-shed. Lily's broken AI means that she rarely behaves as she's supposed to, but then the guards just ignore her when they see her so none of it really matters anyway.
Lily can run freely in front of guards with no consequence (think Ellie in The Last of Us) but if Shadwen is seen by a single guard then it results in a game over screen. If you're caught then you're instructed to simply hold L1 to rewind time and you can try something else. There's also a mechanic whereby not doing anything with the controller stops time on the screen (think Superhot) giving you the chance to plan your next move. It's helpful because you can rotate the camera to look out for guard locations or potential hiding places and then work out what you're going to do next at your own pace.
The stealth genre can be extremely rewarding when executed effectively. The fear of getting caught can set the heart racing, and the joy that comes from a perfect run through a level is a rare treat. Think about completing a mission in a Hitman game with the silent assassin rating, or getting through a military base in Metal Gear Solid V without raising an alarm. Shadwen simply can't provide those thrills because the ability to rewind time at any point with absolutely no penalty removes all tension from the game, and it seems to be a mechanic that exists for no logical reason other than it was quicker and easier to add in than fix the broken AI of the guards.
The AI managing the guards in the game is so poorly implemented that using the phrase 'artificial intelligence' when describing it is doing the game a service that it doesn't earn. Sometimes guards will spot you with an almost superhuman vision, and in other instances they'll brush up against you without even noticing that you're there. Their hearing is similarly baffling. You can kill a guard and the sound of the falling body will alert another at the opposite end of the courtyard, and other times you can leap from the top of a building to flatten a patrolling guard below and his friend metres away won't even flinch. In fact, often when you're seen you can just hold L1 to rewind time, try the same thing again, and this time the guard won't see you.
The stealth portion of the game is riddled with issues, but the action part of it is similarly disappointing. Shadwen feels weightless to control, like she's floating slightly above the ground rather than running on it. She can jump and climb, and she can use a grappling hook to access higher ground, but the controls for using it are finicky and unpredictable. She has to use her grappling hook to open doors too, because presumably using her hands just isn't the way of the assassin, or maybe rendering an animation for opening doors was too much effort. The grappling hook is most useful for dragging crates off of high ledges to kill unsuspecting guards far below. Crates falling onto guards from just a couple of feet can kill them too for no apparent reason, and the unintentional hilarity that arises from the wonky physics in the game is a definite highlight.
Shadwen is a stealth-action game in which there's no action and the stealth is completely undermined by counter-productive design choices that defy logic or reason. The whole package suffers from a distinct lack of polish and is chock full of half-baked ideas and badly implemented mechanics. It's a Frankenstein's monster of a game stitched together from the dead bits of other, better games, but ultimately it possesses the heart and soul of none of them. There's no reason to recommend Shadwen to anybody other than prospective game developers looking for a lesson in what not to do.
The folks over at Frozenbyte are some of my favorite indie developers, consistently delivering on visually beautiful and interesting games. They might not always pan out, as is the case with Trine 3, but you can always be assured that they tried their very best. 781b155fdc