Excerpt: For novices, the most intimidating aspect of modern console gaming is the controller, that Gordian contraption with arcane inputs bursting from every surface. Even lifelong players fumble around a bit as they’re learning new games, hitting the wrong buttons more than they’d care to admit. But in Shank , a revenge-fueled fighting game where the title character shivs, shoots, and chainsaws through waves of attackers, there’s no such thing as a wrong button.
Excerpt: It's easy to say what Shank is--a savage Saturday morning cartoon filled with blood, boobs and Berettas, an ongoing bar brouhaha that's only missing the squelchy sound of stools being backed up. In its violent digital soul, Shank is the progeny of Metal Slug and countless coin-op brawlers. But unlike Metal Slug's colorful military farce, there's nothing jovial here beyond stylized bloodletting.
Summary: Shank is an over-the-top action/adventure, built with all the things that the devs over at Klei Entertainment are passionate about: amazing control, great animation, immersive environment, and everything else that we feel like, and none of the stuff we don't.