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: 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: 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.
Excerpt: Release Date: August 19, 2009 ESRB Rating: Teen for mild language and violence Available On: Xbox Live Arcade Genre: Adventure Number of Players: 1 Retail Price: $15 (1200 Microsoft Points) Strong Points: Fantastic gameplay with a classic design; equally impressive graphics; likable protagonist in a great setting Weak Points: Narration is somewhat sparse; occasional graphical glitching; all good things come to an end Moral Warnings: Use of guns, explosives, and...
Summary: Chair Entertainment's Shadow Complex is out today on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 MS Points, or 15 American dollars. It's a "Metroidvania"-style side-scroller, heavily influenced by Super Metroid . You blow a lot of things up, and get a lot of cool gadgets in the process. Not sold on it yet? How's this: There's a review after the jump, but in the time it could take you to read it, you could have already downloaded Shadow Complex and started playing it.
Explosive downloadable shooter pays homage to classic games.
Common Sense Media
16 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a dowloadable shooter presented in a classic side-scrolling style, similar to classic games such as Metroid . Players assume the role of a hiker who must save his girlfriend and stop a mysterious military group from attacking San Francisco. Players use weapons such as handguns, machine guns, grenades and missiles. However, the game does not depict any graphic or gory images during attacks.