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.
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...
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.
Explosive downloadable shooter pays homage to classic games.
Common Sense Media
5 February 2010
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.