Give a man a knife and name him Shank, and you can expect the worse. Klei Entertainment's latest game is a 2D side-scrolling brawler in the vein of the Rodriguez and Tarantino films. Amongst its many references to popular culture, Shank keeps retro gaming close to its heart. It tries to combine the addictive, simple design of Streets of Rage with the stunningly brutal slaughter of the Devil May Cry series. While an admirable goal, this raises the problem of balancing the tribute to the origins of a genre with making the game accessible to modern audiences -Shank is walking along the sharp end of a knife.