Summary: Imagine, if you will, if Super Metroid and Metal Gear Solid got together and had a baby. The result would be Shadow Complex. It is a game of upgrades, exploration, crazy conspiracies, boss battles, and more all in an isolated military complex.
Pros: Impressive graphics, Near perfect gameplay, Excellent replay value, Great reward/experience system
Cons: Story/characters only so-so, Needs better boss fights, Ending sneaks up on you
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.