Excerpt: Summary [9.5 out of 10] Set in the world of Empire by Orson Scott Card, Shadow Complex is a 2D side-scrolling adventure game in the vein of Metroid. You play Jason, a fish out of water who finds himself embroiled in high tech action and espionage when a hiking trip turns into a rescue mission which turns into a save the world mission. The game play is tight, the graphics are excellent and the cut-scenes and voice work are exceptional.
Conclusion: Shadow Complex is a fun, yet involving game. The action is well paced, there’s plenty of differing challenges, and the story will keep you hooked whether you’re a card fan or not. Epic has taken a break from Gears and taken on a long forgotten genre, and done it well. One of the better Xbox Live Arcade games to hit the dashboard this year, and has a quality about it that is just as good as any full game out there at the moment.
Excerpt: Jason and Claire embark on a date by hiking through a cave in the Pacific Northwest. Things take a turn for the worse when the couple stumbles upon a secret lair that would make Dr. No jealous. There are massive mechs, an army of henchmen and nuclear weapons. As soon as Jason inadvertently reaches the front door of the fortress, Claire is kidnapped. It’s up the everyman to save the day.
Excerpt: Super Metroid was released way back in 1994, although even many years later we’re seeing games adopting the brilliance of its design. We’ve seen games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was obviously inspired by Nintendo’s game. It just goes to show that some titles are so well crafted that even years later they are used for inspiration in game design.
Excerpt: You know a game is good when everyone you know who has played it can’t stop raving about it. And everyone you know who hasn’t played it can’t stop talking about how much they’re looking forward to playing it. Such is the case with Shadow Complex , a new Xbox LIVE Arcade game from Chair Entertainment and Epic Games.
Excerpt: Check out the Video Review. Microsoft’s E3 strategy, as of late, has focused on the year in which the convention takes place, without making promises that dive into the future. This year, with the unveiling of Project Natal and the first gameplay footage of Alan Wake, they seem to have gone against that idea and focused on the second half of the console cycle.
Excerpt: In Shadow Complex you play as Jason Fleming. Jason isn’t just voiced by Nolan North, the same voice actor as Nathan Drake of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted, he starts out looking a lot like Drake too. It doesn’t take very long though before he looks more like Shepard from Mass Effect tthough. To have things like voice acting and a coherent story in a downloadable title is praise-worthy in its own right, but that they’re excellent is beyond gravy.
Excerpt: Shadow Complex is Super Metroid for the Gears of War generation. Its 2D action mechanics are pretty much lifted straight out of the 1994 Nintendo classic, but it’s unequivocally modern with production values breaching the stratosphere and spiralling off into space. Created by Epic Games' Chair Entertainment, Shadow Complex is, in fact, a huge underground base, home to the Progressive Restoration, a fanatical terrorist organisation hell-bent on “liberating” San Francisco.
Conclusion: I felt the difficulty at the beginning was good, but as you gained strength your opponents did not really keep up with you. In the end could run full a room of bad guys without any thought. Overall, a good game with pretty solid controls. And it is now my favorite Xbox Arcade game. If you enjoy a good side-scroller I am sure you will enjoy this.