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Shank: Combo, Grappling, and Weapons Vignette

Jamie Cheng's Avatar Posted by on Aug 11, 2010 // Co-Founder, Klei

Hey everyone! I’m Jamie, co-founder of Klei and writer of “The Challenges Behind Shank’s Co-Op Campaign” post, and of course the official Shank blog.

Recently, I decided to have a little fun with the game and record some of the combos we came up with using the standard-issued weapons. Below is the result: a vignette of Shank wailing on a poor dude. Keeping your enemies tied up in combos, grappling enemies to deal additional damage, and using moves such as the pounce-shotgun tactic to keep enemies at bay become increasingly important in Shank as enemies become progressively smarter — especially in Hard Mode.

If you look really hard, you’ll notice a couple moments are briefly pixelated (pixel-censorship gives me the chuckles) due to this being a public video and the ratings boards saying “tsk tsk.” Don’t worry, the actual game is in all its uncensored glory.

Also: lots of people have been asking us about the score of Shank — we’ve released the first track on our Facebook page, and we asked people to help hit our goal of 1500 fans before releasing the whole soundtrack to our fans. We did that in three hours (thanks!) and the soundtrack is now being remastered for everyone to enjoy.

Come check out our Shank Facebook page! I’m usually lurking around there a few times a day to answer questions. Note that you have to sign in to Facebook to see the page, because it’s age-gated.

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+ GJD21 on August 11th, 2010 at 10:04 am said:

Looks awesome. Nuff’ said. But will there be flamethrowers?


+ UNCyrus on August 11th, 2010 at 10:06 am said:

This was my personal Best in Show game at PAX-East


+ top-gun908 on August 11th, 2010 at 10:08 am said:

Looks good. Will we get a demo?

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    + Jamie Cheng on August 11th, 2010 at 12:31 pm said:

    Yep! Demo releases with the game.


+ atone1382 on August 11th, 2010 at 10:15 am said:

Oh man, come on August 24th!! Day1 Download for sure.


+ BigBangBear on August 11th, 2010 at 10:31 am said:

Would also like to try out a demo. I’m on the fence deciding if I should get this or Scott Pilgrim.


+ marlyt on August 11th, 2010 at 10:40 am said:

I heart Shank!!! @ 5 I gave Scott Pilgrim a shot and found it boring in play and style. Shank looks much bettah, in my opinion. That said thank God for all games put out, if people didn’t put their ideas on the line we’d have nothing to play.


+ koma1tose on August 11th, 2010 at 10:56 am said:

how much? im getting some games already ,need to know if i can fit this in. price please, hope its 9.99


+ xeno3d on August 11th, 2010 at 11:00 am said:

I can’t wait for this!


+ koma1tose on August 11th, 2010 at 11:01 am said:

does this have local and online multiplayer?


+ Jeigh on August 11th, 2010 at 11:16 am said:

When I showed my family the video for this, they laughed their heads off. The animations and excessiveness of the fighting were just hilarious. I look forward to this.


+ Axecution on August 11th, 2010 at 11:18 am said:

Holy crap. :D This looks so amazing. xD This needs to come out right now.


+ sdmf4ever on August 11th, 2010 at 11:22 am said:

CAN……NOT……WAIT…..FOR……THIS…….AHHHHHHHHHH!!! First day purchase no doubt…..I have been waiting patiently for this for quite some time now….hurry up August 24th!


+ PHILLYD_1230 on August 11th, 2010 at 11:35 am said:



+ defjedijam on August 11th, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

This looks rad. Kudos


+ DZORMAGEN on August 11th, 2010 at 12:10 pm said:

How much is the game? Please tell me $9.99, and not $14.99….


+ IrishHater on August 11th, 2010 at 12:26 pm said:

Can’t wait and hope it is worth it. I decided to go with this over Pilgrim… So hope it was a good move.


+ Sindred on August 11th, 2010 at 12:35 pm said:

Damn, this looks awesome!


+ Marston43 on August 11th, 2010 at 1:00 pm said:

I’m sold. How much does the game cost ?


+ Moonglare on August 11th, 2010 at 1:40 pm said:

Ohhhh I see lots of fun!!


+ Kinetic808 on August 11th, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:



+ Pelt_Hunter on August 11th, 2010 at 2:21 pm said:

Stoked. Day One Baby. I learned about Shank because I was waiting for Sugar Rush to release (which it still hasn’t), believe I read about it in PC Gamer. Anyway I looked around the site and saw this awesome looking game. Then it blew ups. Journos write about it, bloggers blog about it. I hope you guys get huge sales.


+ plaztiksyke on August 11th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

It’s great to hear there’s a focus on the score! Will it be 24-bit and/or losslessly compressed for the PS3 version of the game? HD audio support is a unique quality of the PS3 and it’s great when games with great music take advantage of it.


+ wolfzero1 on August 11th, 2010 at 4:15 pm said:

game looks like a blast to play, definite day one purchase


+ raikage4375 on August 11th, 2010 at 8:46 pm said:

the way i see it, its REALLY hard to kill people in this

im just sayin

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    + Jamie Cheng on August 11th, 2010 at 10:07 pm said:

    That poor goon was granted infinite life for demonstration purposes. You can continue juggling dead enemies as long as they don’t hit the floor, though!


+ Kchow23 on August 12th, 2010 at 2:24 am said:

awesome looking game… hopefully I’ll pick it up


+ Rhino136 on August 12th, 2010 at 10:45 am said:

This game is the reason that I won’t be buying Scott Pilgrim vs the world this week. I’m going crazy waiting for Castle Crashers, but this definitely will ease the pain. The combos are what got my attention.

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