The Awesome of Shadow Complex

Posted by DrWhat (291 posts) -

"Hey, whoa, it's like Blackthorne. No wait, it's Out of This World. Wait, it's Metal Gear Solid, look at this gear. And I totally brought that guy down with stealth. Wait no it's Metroid, I have missiles!"
 
This continued as I played this awesome game.
 
And then, suddenly, it was Zelda. After

I got an item, and never have I wanted the Zelda "mystery solved" music to play so much in a non-Zelda game.
 
This is a fantastic experience and I never would have tried it if not for Giant Bomb, so thanks guys!
#1 Posted by DrWhat (291 posts) -

"Hey, whoa, it's like Blackthorne. No wait, it's Out of This World. Wait, it's Metal Gear Solid, look at this gear. And I totally brought that guy down with stealth. Wait no it's Metroid, I have missiles!"
 
This continued as I played this awesome game.
 
And then, suddenly, it was Zelda. After

I got an item, and never have I wanted the Zelda "mystery solved" music to play so much in a non-Zelda game.
 
This is a fantastic experience and I never would have tried it if not for Giant Bomb, so thanks guys!
#2 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

It certainly makes things hard for Metroid: Other M to top.

#3 Posted by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
" It certainly makes things hard for Metroid: Other M to top. "
I don't think Metroid: Other M is even trying to compete with Shadow Complex, the two games looks totally different from a gameplay point of view.
#4 Edited by JJWeatherman (14571 posts) -

Giant Bomb. Helping gamers get their game on since mid 2008.   : )
 
edit: that should totally be their next t-shirt.

#5 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

Man, I just now read that you mentioned Blackthorn.
 


 
Man... Blackthorn.
#6 Posted by MiamiRedHawks (914 posts) -

Shadow Complex is phenomenal, and I think I'm going to play it for a second time soon.

#7 Posted by Meltac (2009 posts) -

Shadow Complex was a great game, but a bit overrated.

#8 Posted by DrWhat (291 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
"Man... Blackthorn."
Whoa, I had no idea there was a GBA release of that game, either. Crazy. I played the SNES version.
 
@Meltac: I don't know if it was overrated. The length and slow ramp of complexity really remind me of Portal, like, a perfect capsule-sized game. The elements they pull from the classics are really well done and, on top of that, $12? It takes a lot of skill to take "dude climbing around with his girlfriend" and turn him into a superman fluidly, in the context of a good (fun) story. You start out climbing up some ledges and hiding and then you gradually become a killing machine. How is that not a fantastic game? It's exactly what it should be.

Yes, the aiming can be a bit wonky at times, and the characters talk like puppets... and they could have done without the helicopter bit at the beginning, which I think is only there to promise/suggest to impatient players that you get to be said superman eventually... so maybe it's a 4.9, 4.8 out of five. That's still a great, great game. It may have won over Pro Critics even more than the average player just because of all the borrowed (should I say sampled?) elements from the classics, but I think it earned all of its stars.
 
Now, I gotta get through these VR Missions- I mean uh, Proving Grounds levels.

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