I don’t go back through games very often. I loved the original Fable for Xbox, but after I played through the game with a good character, I only played a bad guy long enough to see the horns show up. I recently played InFamous and absolutely loved it, but again felt a decided lack of interest in playing it again.
These are games that offer the classic good path/bad path option for replayability. In truth though, I don’t do a lot of “replaying”, which makes the last ten days pretty weird. Shadow Complex is a short game. The story, which is normally a big factor in the games I most enjoy playing, is virtually non-existent and kind of predictable (though still a bit fun… G.I. Joe without the licence). The “metroidvania” concept apes games that I admire but suck at to an exceptional degree. Despite all this, I started up a new campaign as soon as I finished Shadow Complex the first time round. I wanted to find more items, all of them if I can manage it in fact, and I want to level my designer t-shirt wearing fratboy avatar up a little. If I’m still having fun with the game I might actually hit 50.
What’s going on? I don’t really know. True, it’s not the only video game I’m currently playing. I’m toying with a return to the original Fallout, and I’ve spent a lot of time controlling a dude in a cape with funny ears (more on that another time). Shadow Complex is, however, consistently a central part of any time I’ve spent in front of the Xbox for the best part of two weeks now. And I’ve only just started messing around with the challenge packs.
I suppose Chair just did a great job with the sheer fun of classic gameplay on this one. It’s very rare that I actually want to sit down and spend time looking for health packs. I am by no means a completionist. I could be using my limited free time doing a bit of extra work, playing other games, or even writing blogs. Still though, it’s a lot of fun. You should play some Shadow Complex if you have the means.