Gangland Betrayal With Shank

Shank is classic 2D brawler Available as DLC through PS Network and Xbox Live Arcade Nominated for Excellence Award by Independent Games Festival

Downloadable 2D action game Shank is a blend of classic side-scrolling action gameplay and stylised animation set against a modern-Western canvas, claims the developer, Kei Entertainment. Shank tells a bloody story of revenge, penned by award-winning game writer Marianne Krawczyk.

"Our goal with Shank was to create a game that pays homage to the classic 2D brawler, while seeing how far we could push it by melding it with our own pulp-fiction influences," said Jamie Cheng, CEO of Klei Entertainment. "At the end of a long road that began as an indie dream in 2009, we've finally shipped a visually striking, cinematic brawler."

Shank tells a classic story of gangland betrayal through a violent lens. Gamers play as Shank, getting their hands bloody as they uncover the secrets of Shank's past and the reasons he is hell-bent on revenge. With an intuitive combat system, players unleash a tremendous number of creative combinations as they take down waves of enemies standing in their path. Shank also features a special co-operative campaign, designed to be played with a friend locally, which tells the back story of the revenge plot. This prequel mission allows players to play as Shank or his partner-in-crime Falcone, with deadly double-team moves and game play that encourages teamwork.

Shank ha been nominated for Excellence in Visual Arts by the Independent Games Festival, as well as multiple "Best of E3" awards, including "Best Action Game" from IGN.com and "Best Downloadable Game" from GameTrailers.com.

Shank is available for download now on the PlayStation Network for $19.95, and on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points. Shank is rated "M" for mature by the ESRB.

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