When a publisher lists Sylvia Path as inspiration for a new game, as Acclaim does with Shadow Man, you know you're dealing with a different kind of game (or at least a different kind of development team). According to its creators, the third-person 3D adventure Shadow Man was inspired as much by poet Plath, and painters Bruegel and Bosch, as by Mario.
But wintery New Englander Plath, for all her dark desolation, couldn't be farther from the Southern bayou, savage, exotic feel of voodoo New Orleans, where Shadow Man is set. Main character Mike LeRoi is an English lit graduate, and like many with such degrees, he has trouble finding work in his chosen field. He instead becomes a part-time hit man, spending his days sending men to the shadow world. His career is abruptly cut short, however, when he, along with his family, is killed in a car accident. MANGA 229