YMMV / Shadow Warrior (1997)
aka: Shadow Warrior

  • Crosses the Line Twice: The game gleefully throws itself into its pisstake of bad kung-fu movie cliches with the same wanton abandon that The Simpsons did to Australia in 'Bart vs Australia', being as outrageously over-the-top and offensive and getting everything as deliberately wrong as possible (Lo Wang is a Ninja with a Chinese name who wields a Katana and shuriken just for starters) in order to play it all for maximum giggles. Whether it's hilarious, cringeworthy, or both at the same time depends on where you stand.
  • Demonic Spiders: Coolies, they are common, slightly resistant and fast, and their only attack is getting near you and exploding for heavy damage. That's not enough because once they die (assuming you don't use explosive weapons on them to gib them) they return as annoying flying ghosts.
    • Rippers. They take 5-6 full shots from the riot gun to down, they're incredibly fast, come in packs, and deal tons of damage to you if given the chance.
    • While the basic brown ninjas are normally somewhat troublesome in groups, the red ninjas have a tendency to launch rockets at you. Orange ones have the heat-seeking rockets. Gray ones can use grenades, which can pack a nasty punch. And the Shadow Ninja, in addition to being difficult to see, along with being very fast, has a firewall attack and a napalm attack, both of which are VERY deadly to be on the receiving end of.
  • Goddamned Bats: The hornets. They're small, very fast, and can come in a small fleet. Of course, with 1 HP, they are easy to kill. Good luck trying to hit them.
  • Most Annoying Sound : The replacement for the standard ninja enemies in the Wanton Destruction expansion will make you tear your ears out with their repetitive, squeaky chanting in pseudo-Chinese. It doesn't help that you'll be hearing it in every single level.
    • The Rippers let out a scream when you damage them. It's not annoying unto itself unless you're using the Riot Gun, where the sound will play over itself seven times!. If you used the alternate fire, then it's 28!
  • Values Dissonance: Oh so very much. What would've passed for harmless goofing on Asian culture in 1997 can come off as cringeworthy nowadays. The amount of Asian stereotyping in this game is enough to make someone's head spin. Though it is admittedly Played for Laughs, it's not hard to see why someone would be a little turned off by it all, nor is it hard to see why the remake toned most of it down.

Alternative Title(s): Shadow Warrior