Shadow Complex Microsoft Press Conference Impressions

Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive 2D/3D side-scroller Shadow Complex unveiled at Microsoft press conference.

At today’s Microsoft E3 press conference, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski helped take the wraps off the 2D/3D Xbox Live scrolling shooter Shadow Complex. The title is being developed by Chair Entertainment, the studio behind the Xbox Live Arcade game Undertow and will be exclusive to the Xbox platform when it launches in North America this summer.

Demonstration gameplay showed that the action remained focused on the 2D plane, but we saw deep and immersive 3D background environments. At one point the game camera pulled back from the industrial corridor setting to reveal a dam location with verdant trees and foamy, churning water cascading. The development team is promising that interactive environments will allow for branching gameplay choices. We saw the environment used for cover, and it also allowed gamers to go on the offense, with the main character shooting out loose electrical cables to shock a pair of nearby guards. Shadow Complex will feature boss battles, and we saw a brief encounter with a giant mechanical spider.

Conventional shooting mechanics appear to get the job done just as well, and the demo showed off mainstay weapons, including pistols and assault rifles, as well as hookshots and triple-jump moves to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Fans of exploration will be pleased to know that the game will feature 120 hidden collectible items in the 10-hour-plus single-player campaign mode.

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24 comments
8smokes
8smokes

Wow, so many good games!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I might pass on this game for me.

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

As a PC Gamer I don't give a damn about Gears of War 2 and Halo 3, but this game... I really want this game on PC. Old-school FTW! :D

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

This game didn't really hook me. It felt like a derivative from previous games.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

i thoght epic games would do something a bit more cooler, but oh well

gmax
gmax

Not 119 hidden collectible items, not 121. 120. Alright.

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

I will most likely get this game it reminds me of metroid and those insanely hard old games

Red122
Red122

Ill play it looks great

dark_being
dark_being

Looks nice, plays nice. I think I'll be playing this one.

shinian
shinian

Too bad that this isn't GeOW3 or the rumored Epic's survival horror. Oh well this is better than nothing.

Moop25
Moop25

Love Castlevania and Metroid, really like where this games goin.

sonictank
sonictank

this looks like the new metroid and sweet as heck!

sungf
sungf

The game seems to be still fairly early in development. The giant mechanical spider encounter involved the player standing on top of the spider, blasting it from above, until the spider quite naturally exploded. However, upon the explosion, the player's character remained on a higher vertical plane, as if the mechanical spider was still there. The developers then quickly hit the paused button and exited to menu. Stated that they were out of time and left. Looked like a bug to me.

SoraConor1
SoraConor1

Ok theyll sell this with and without the console alone im guessing 100-150 and the consoles old prices will be back... oh well

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

sweet, im working toward a 360 but i probably wont ever get one.

Naruto
Naruto

I wonder how much it will cost.