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Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

33%

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Based on 18 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 27, 2020
PCAug 28, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Mass Creation

Publisher: WhisperGames

Genres: Arcade, Adventure

Experience the most exciting and immersive beat-em-up combat system ever – become a kickass ninja and slice some demons in style! Join a band of wisecracking warriors in a bloody adventure through the land of mythical monsters and mysterious machines. FEATURES Play solo or with friends: 4 player local and online co-op (Online co-op available with Steam Remote Play, and Nvidia Geforce NOW). Experience immersive and intuitive controls: right analog stick controls your weapon giving you instant access to extensive moveset Enjoy gameplay that never gets old: master the multilayered combat, overcome clever enemies and face epic bosses Experiment with freestyle combat system: mix and match combos, switch characters on the fly and turn enemy abilities against them Witness the glory of beat-em-up 2.0!

Shing! Critic Reviews

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If you'd have told me before I played Shing! that I would like a control scheme that see's you launch combo attacks with an analogue stick, I would have karate chopped your kidney in anger. Ultimately, you would have been right. It's a control scheme that innovates, is accessible and offers a degree of combo flexibility not seen in more traditional beat 'em ups. In a stellar year for nostalgic side-scrolling beat 'em ups, Shing! is a new IP that absolutely demands your attention.

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Shing! misses the mark of great beat 'em up by a long shot; which could have been avoided with more attention to detail. If Mass Creation put in the effort, it could have been one of the best beat 'em ups this generation. But we're stuck with something too dull to take a bigger slice of that audience.

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Shing! is a fun and innovative co-op beat 'em up that has had its potential unleashed on PS5. While most elements remain the same, the upgrade in resolution and general technical fixes, make the game a significantly more immersive experience than the PS4 version. Certainly, the PS5 version is the more recommendable for those looking for a good co-op game full of wise-cracking ninja fun.

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Shing! has a few decent ideas and a reasonable premise up its sleeve but all of these things collapse under the weight of poor performance issues combined with scrappy combat and shoddy enemy AI and placement. The game's unique right-stick control mechanic could have worked a treat but isn't refined enough or even given the room to breathe and the story that backs the whole thing up is let down by atrociously dated writing. If you're desperate for a four-player co-op side-scroller you may find something to enjoy along the way here, but otherwise, this one is almost impossible to recommend.

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