Shadows of the Damned places gamers in the role of demon-hunter Garcia Hotspur, to travel to hell -- literally -- on a quest to recover a lost love. Inspired by survival horror adventures, the game plays out in a psychologically twisted rendition of the underworld, but features extensive sequences of violent, fast-paced third-person shooting and combat, against seemingly limitless armies of soulless foes and grotesque monstrosities. The woman Garcia loves was stolen away, in retaliation for his demon-hunting ways. His only chance of saving her is to travel to the depths of the Abyss and bring her back himself. Clad in his outlaw biker gear and armed with a selection of upgradable, supernatural weapons, the hero shoots and slices through hordes of nightmarish attackers. At many points in his journey. Garcia must also solve perverse puzzles, using light to usurp the powers of hell's darkest evils. Shadows of the Damned was created by Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio headed by eccentric designer Goichi "Suda51" Suda. The game's creative producer is Shinji Mikami, creator of the Resident Evil series.