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Shadows of the Damned: Can Suda 51 and Mikami make magic?

Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

You don't often catch games legends like Suda 51 (No More Heroes) or Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) working together, but the pair have pooled their unique talents on what promises to be one of the most exciting, and mental, shooters of this year. Result.

Shadows of the Damned concerns a former demon hunter named Garcia Hotspur - no relation to Tottenham - who's called back into action after his girlfriend is kidnapped by agents of darkness.

With the help of a 'former demon' that can somehow transform into a variety of - get this - weapons, Garcia has to travel to the legendary City of the Damned to get her back.

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As you'd expect from something with Mikami's name attached, there's a heavy horror element, although judging by Garcia's snakeskin jacket and outlandish weaponry, it appears to be far more tongue-in-cheek than Resident Evil.

Imagine that series' acclaimed fourth instalment mixed with the brilliantly absurd Devil May Cry, and you're close to what Shadows seems to offer, from the brief glimpse we've been afforded of it.

Shadows and don'ts As Alan Wake knows, you can only defeat the forces of darkness with the power of light. In this case - happily - light appears to take the form of a machine gun with a skull on the end.

Combat seems to have more than a hint of Resi 4 about it, with a freely adjustable camera and a zoomed-in, over-the-shoulder viewpoint for gunplay. Presumably there's some sort of cover system too, but it hasn't yet been revealed.

Completing the unholy trinity of Japanese gaming legends is Akira Yamaoka, who you might remember from scaring the bejeezus out of you in the soundtracks to the Silent Hill games.

With two horror maestros and one Suda 51 all on-board, this unlikely collaboration is looking pretty damned good indeed.

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