My opinions on Shadow Complex have been varying completely, one minute I'm loving it, the other minute it's making me want to rip my own eyes out. Don 't get me wrong, Shadow Complex is "decent", it's just too overrated and people seem to be missing all the problems associated with the game.
One annoyance that is getting to me the most is the shooting. It's fine and dandy when you're shooting and the camera is close to you but whether already frustrating camera feels the need to show the entire are you are in, you're forced to squint your eyes just to see if you're shooting the person and not the wall. While this is happening the people are shooting you, dead on your body I must add, and that is decreasing your health by the second. This results in you seeing that death screen quite a bit. Also, why the hell do you have to shoot vertically? That only adds more frustration to the game.
You can definitely tell that within the first 5 minutes of the game, it's an Unreal Engine run game.The dull, stale art style is similar to...well, every other Unreal Engine game ever made. I personally think that if this would've been on some different engine, it would've changed the look drastically in a good way. Until then, I guess you should just enjoy your bland grayish colors.
You have to keep in mind, these are just my impressions of the game after about 2 hours of playtime. This doesn't mean I hate the game, the water is decent looking, leveling system and collectibles are good, and I still can't wait to play the game and hope it does get better and start to impress me a little more. It had potential that just went unfulfilled. I'm not saying this cause I hate 2D type games like this, Super Metroid is one of my most favorite games to date. I could spend hours on end playing that thing. I guess I just went into this with way too much hype or something. I'll wrap this up by saying Shadow Complex is OK, just nothing more than that.