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Buy This Game: Shadow Complex

The release of a launch trailer for Chair's Xbox Live Arcade game Shadow Complex is a convenient time to echo the seemingly unanimous sentiment that Shadow Complex is a great game. Comparisons to Castlevania, and in particular Super Metroid, ar

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The release of a launch trailer for Chair's Xbox Live Arcade game Shadow Complex is a convenient time to echo the seemingly unanimous sentiment that Shadow Complex is a great game.

Comparisons to Castlevania, and in particular Super Metroid, are spot on. It's a real crate and grate sidescroller, with plenty of optional exploration, backtracking, and stealth. Most importantly, Chair's nailed all the basics--shooting enemies in the 2.5D environments is immediately satisfying.

The story may be forgettable, and sometimes shooting guys in the background is tricky, and the bosses aren't perfect--but beyond that, it's tough to criticize. In this great season of downloadable games, it sits at the top with Battlefield 1943 and Splosion Man. The game hits Wednesday for 1200 MS points ($15). Highly recommended.

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    August 17, 2009 4:07 PM

    Which Unreal Engine version does that use? Looks like it could be the engine used for UT2K4.
    Also, this would be awesome if released on PC....you know we're still waiting for Alien Swarm to come out....that's _kind of_ along the side scrolling action lines except from above!