Condemn O.R. Condone – Shovel Knight: Plague Of Shadows (Wii U)

Shovel Knight was one of my favorite games to release last year, and since then I have played it many more times across every platform other than PC. Everything about the game is pretty much flawless; from its excellent and difficult level design all the way to its simple-yet-fantastic story and characters. So, more of that can only be a good thing, and it certainly is that and more with Yacht Club Games’ free DLC for the game called Plague of Shadows.

What Plague of Shadows brings to the table is a new campaign where you control not Shovel Knight, but Plague Knight. Plague Knight is attempting to concoct an all-powerful potion that will make him better than anyone else in the land, which takes him on a similar journey to Shovel Knight’s as he must battle the other knights throughout the game’s levels. However, Plague Knight’s story and him as a character become much more likable and sympathetic as the game goes on, resulting in a conclusion that hits nearly the same emotional wallop that the original did last year.

While Plague Knight’s overall adventure is similar to Shovel Knight’s, the experience feels entirely unique due to Plague Knight controlling completely different and the levels being remixed to accommodate that. Where Shovel Knight was a melee fighter that uses his shovel, Plague Knight is a ranged fighter that uses his exploding potions. These potions can be customized a lot by equipping a new case, powder or fuse to them, which allows you to change things like how quickly your potions explode, the trajectory of your throws and bonus effects that happen after the explosion. This results in a lot more attack options than Shovel Knight had, which is a nice change of pace.

Apart from customizing potions you can also customize your burst, which is something you can do by releasing your charge to jump higher in the air. Mixed with the fact that Plague Knight can also double jump you have a character that feels much more nimble. This results in some sections of the game that were hard with Shovel Knight now becoming easy with Plague Knight, but also vice versa. There are some enemies in the game that never game me a hard time before, but due to Plague Knight’s different moves I had to figure out different ways to take them down. I loved that shift in the gameplay as it made a game that was largely the same feel new regardless.

For you collectors out there, Plague of Shadows has even more reasons for you to search every nook and cranny than the first game did. The game still has the music sheets, but there are also dozens of Cipher Coins in each level that amount to over 400 in the whole game. These coins are far more useful that the music sheets are, as after getting a certain amount you can trade them in to add more items to buy in the shop. This made me want to go after them more than the music sheets did, as I knew I was getting something worthwhile for the extra effort.

If an awesome new campaign wasn’t enough for everyone, Yacht Club Games also added an all-new Challenge mode to the game. This mode is for both Shovel Knight and Plague Knight, with each character having 30 challenges to complete. As you would imagine, these are basically little chunks of a level that require you to do things like survive a wave of enemies for a certain amount of time or make it through a section of a level without attacking. These a blast to play through and are great when you just want to pick up the game quick and play for 5-10 minutes. Just as the core campaigns are very challenging, the challenge that this mode brings is no joke and is a great new addition to the overall package.

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Plague of Shadows is one of the best DLC expansions that I have ever played, which is made all the more sweet due to the fact that it is completely free. There are so many other devs out there that charge ridiculous amounts of money for usually mediocre-at-best content, but expansions like this restore my faith in DLC. You can tell that Yacht Club Games put just as much love and care into this as they did the core game, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Plague of Shadows matches the admiration that I have for the core game, and if you know me then you know that’s as high of a praise as I can possibly give.

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Shovel Knight Plague Of Shadows DLC Launches Next Week

The first free DLC for Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight is set to launch next week, called Plague of Shadows. The DLC will be coming to all existing platforms that the game is available on as well as all regions it has been released in.

Shovel Knight Plague Of Shadows

As for what you can expect to get with this free expansion, it offers a completely remixed story that stars none other than one of Shovel Knight’s foes, Plague Knight. It will even come packed with an all new challenge mode, which will task you with taking on even more difficult scenarios.

The new Shovel Knight amiibo will be compatible with this DLC as well as all future updates for the game, so if you adore Shovel Knight like I do then you just may want to consider picking it up when you can.

New Info Revealed On Shovel Knight: Plague Of Shadows DLC

Shovel Knight is an incredible game that everyone should play, which they have no excuse not to now seeing as it’s literally on every major platform. However, developer Yacht Club Games promised that a lot more free content is on the way and now a new video has been released detailing the upcoming Plague of Shadows DLC.

In this new DLC you’ll be able to customize Plague Knight and change the arc of his projectile attacks, while he also has the ability to double jump and has some special moves unique to him. The DLC will feature a new story and paths to take, while an all new challenge mode will also be included.

There’s a bunch more stuff coming for the game in the future, as well, so it’s good to see that Shovel Knight will be staying in the conversation for at least a while longer.

First ‘Shovel Knight’ DLC ‘Plague Of Shadows’ Coming Soon

Yacht Club Games has revealed details on the first free expansion for last year’s critically-acclaimed platformer, Shovel Knight. The expansion is called Plague of Shadows and will be downloadable for free for owners of the original game in the Spring of this year.

Plague of Shadows has you controlling Plague Knight, who is one of the Order of No Quarter knights featured in the main game. He will reportedly be battling his former allies in order to create the Ultimate Potion, though what the potion is for is anyone’s guess.

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According to the devs, Plague of Shadows will feature new gameplay mechanics, story, bosses and a lot more. The expansion will be available to demo at Yacht Club Games’ PAX East booth this month.

Shovel Knight originally released for the Wii U, 3DS and PC last year, though the game is set to make its way to all current PlayStation consoles this April. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please change that soon as it was easily one of the best game’s released last year.