YMMV / Shadows of the Damned

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: It's Akira Yamaoka, so the whole soundtrack counts, but just to give a taste of what's in store, we give you:
  • Fridge Brilliance: Goats being a source of light might be a clever reference to Satan who is often depicted with goat-like features. In Satan's traditional backstory he was once known as the angel Lucifer whose name literally translates to "Morning Star" or "Light-Bringer."
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • If there is a Red Gem you can backtrack to (which doesn't happen too often) and you pass a savepoint, quitting and reloading will make the Red Gem respawn.
    • If you manage to knock down and stun an enemy that's immune to Brutal Kills (such as the teleporting ghouls), you can stomp on them endlessly, generating White Gems for as long as you can mash the button.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Akira Yamaoka's music and Ludicrous Gibs may try to create some of the feel of survival horror, but it's completely overshadowed by ridiculous dick jokes.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Shadows Of The Damned is pretty much a Grindhouse game and a Splatterhouse game made in to a Third-Person Shooter. The plot is about the same: a man's girlfriend is captured by demons and he must go to hell/the underworld to rescue her. There is also a snarking supernatural weapon that tags along with the heroes to help them with their quest. The Terror Mask for Rick, and the floating skull, Johnson, for Garcia.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Let's be honest, the first trailer really wasn't that exciting.
  • That One Achievement: "Nasty Headache" which requires you to get five headshots in a row without damaging enemies in any other way (You can miss and hit the air, but hit any non-head part of a demon and the count is reset). MUCH harder than it sounds. Although an easy way was eventually discovered; there's a part in the game where you can pull a lever to release a demon into a cage, which will stay perfectly still. You're supposed to let it out, but kill it and you can summon another one. So just take careful aim and...