Shank: Combo, Grappling, and Weapons Vignette

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

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

  • Looks good. Will we get a demo?

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • I can’t wait for this!

  • does this have local and online multiplayer?

  • 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.

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

  • 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


  • This looks rad. Kudos

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

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

  • Damn, this looks awesome!

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

  • Ohhhh I see lots of fun!!

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  • Pelt_Hunter

    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

    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.

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

  • raikage4375

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

    im just sayin

    • Jamie Cheng

      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!

  • awesome looking game… hopefully I’ll pick it up

  • 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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