History VideoGame / ShadowComplex

10th May '16 5:14:53 PM PaladinPhoenix
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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shadow Complex Remastered'' gives the game a new coat of HD paint with new challenges added to the game and take down moves.

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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shadow Complex Remastered'' gives the game a new coat of HD paint with new challenges added to the game and take down moves. In addition, the villains are given different dialogue to more accurately fit in with the ''Empire'' series as a whole[[note]]In the original game on XBox, the villains seemed to have a very conservative slant, but in the Remastered version, they're more explicitly militant liberals, noting that New York and San Francisco are their first targets because they're likely to side with the Restoration for having shared values[[/note]].
10th May '16 5:10:46 PM PaladinPhoenix
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* GambitRoulette: Jason taking down the complex was all planned, and encouraged during the process, by [[spoiler:his fiancée Claire]].

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* GambitRoulette: Jason taking down the complex was all planned, and encouraged during the process, by [[spoiler:his fiancée [[spoiler: his girlfriend Claire]].



%%* HumongousMecha: Several of the bosses.

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%%* * HumongousMecha: Several The first boss in the game is a spider tank infantry fighting vehicle, which is quite a bit larger than a main battle tank. You also fight small "Devastator" class walking tanks, which are about ten feet tall, and massive "Walker" tanks that are much larger and better armed versions of the bosses.Devastators, standing about 30 to 40 feet tall.



* InfinityMinusOneSword: The inertial element can one-hit kill any minor enemy and do [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]] to bosses. On the other hand, it has the lowest rate of fire and one of the smallest clip sizes in the game, [[DifficultButAwesome forcing you to actually aim rather than spread bullets willy-nilly]].

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* InfinityMinusOneSword: The inertial element can one-hit kill any minor enemy and do [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]] to bosses. On the other hand, it Coil Gun has the lowest rate of fire and one of the smallest clip sizes highest bullet count in the game, [[DifficultButAwesome forcing you to actually aim rather is slightly stronger than spread bullets willy-nilly]].the WSM4000 assault rifle, and shoots incredibly fast.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Inertial Element is the strongest weapon in the game, functioning as a ridiculously powerful shotgun capable of killing any soldier in one shot.



* LostForever: The [[InfinityMinusOneSword Inertial Element]] is the only power-up that you can render completely unobtainable.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[spoiler:The final boss will counter with a massive missile salvo whenever you hit it.]]

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* LostForever: The [[InfinityMinusOneSword [[InfinityPlusOneSword Inertial Element]] is the only power-up that you can render completely unobtainable.
unobtainable. [[spoiler: If you don't get it before the control center explodes, you can never get it.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The final boss will counter with a massive missile salvo whenever you hit it, destroying the missile silo and everything around it.]]



* MinimalistRun: The game acknowledges two different levels of this challenge - there is an Achievement for finishing the game with 13% or fewer items, and a 'Master Challenge' for only collecting four percent - the basic pistol is included in the 4%, as its required to advance (and presumably, to use the sub-weapons). [[spoiler:However, if you've found all of the gold bars, you'll have access to the gold weapons, which don't count against you. So you can grab the best gun in the game, skip the pistol, grab the 3 sub-weapons, and an additional pickup along the way to complete the challenge.]]

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* MinimalistRun: The game acknowledges two different levels of this challenge - there is an Achievement for finishing the game with 13% or fewer items, and a 'Master Challenge' for only collecting four percent - the basic backpack, grenade, foam, and missile - even picking up the pistol is included will result in failing the 4%, as its required to advance (and presumably, to use the sub-weapons).challenge. [[spoiler:However, if you've found all of the gold bars, you'll have access to the gold weapons, which don't count against you. So you can grab the best gun in the game, skip the pistol, and grab the 3 sub-weapons, and an additional pickup along the way sub-weapons to complete the challenge.challenge. This also skips essentially ALL of the story.]]



* NinjaLog: Storm Shadow ninjas do this if you close to melee, except it's [[spoiler:a Ninja Grenade.]]

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* NinjaLog: Storm Shadow ninjas do this if you close to melee, except it's [[spoiler:a Ninja Grenade.]]]] Once you get the Omega Armor, you can [[TalkToTheFist let them know how you feel about that]].



* TheOnlyOne: Halfway through the game, Jason stumbles into the Restoration's factory, and Claire basically says "Hey, since you're doing such a good job anyway, why don't you put looking for a way out on hold and single handedly destroy the enemies' supply line." Jason [[LampshadeHanging points out how silly that is]], [[ButThouMust but does it anyway]]. Claire is actually surprised when he tells her what he's done.

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* TheOnlyOne: Halfway through the game, Jason stumbles into the Restoration's factory, and Claire basically says "Hey, since you're doing such a good job anyway, why don't you put looking for a way out on hold and single handedly destroy the enemies' supply line." Jason [[LampshadeHanging points out how silly that is]], [[ButThouMust but does it anyway]]. Claire is actually surprised when he tells her what he's done.that he did it [[spoiler: and drops some foreshadowing for good measure]].



* PoweredArmor: You eventually come across the Omega Armor. It is deeply entertaining to use, especially when fully assembled. Several {{Heavily Armored Mook}}s have powered armor as well, though their version is [[MightyGlacier much bulkier and more encumbering]].

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* PoweredArmor: You eventually come across the Omega Armor.Armor XOS-7. It is deeply entertaining to use, especially when fully assembled. Several {{Heavily Armored Mook}}s have powered armor as well, though their version is [[MightyGlacier much bulkier and more encumbering]].



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Going back to the car in the beginning will have Jason simply drive off commenting that there are plenty of fish in the sea.]]
* SequenceBreaking: The Foam allows this, with proper use. The game seems designed around encouraging sequence breaks, [[{{Metroidvania}} which is appropriate for the genre]].

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Going back to the car in the beginning will have Jason simply drive off commenting that there are plenty of fish in the sea. It gives you an achievement as well.]]
* SequenceBreaking: The Foam allows this, with proper use.use (it helps that you can stack charges to build pillars). The game seems designed around encouraging sequence breaks, [[{{Metroidvania}} which is appropriate for the genre]].



* TheSlowWalk: The final piece of your armor basically makes you ImmuneToBullets as long as you do this.

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* TheSlowWalk: The final piece of your armor basically makes you ImmuneToBullets completely invincible as long as you do this.this, or stand still.



* SpiderTank: Jason runs into one of the Restoration's spider tanks early in the game, but he ends up dispatching it with a few well-tossed grenades in an exhaust vent.

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* SpiderTank: Jason runs into one of the Restoration's spider tanks early in the game, but he ends up dispatching it with a few well-tossed grenades in an exhaust vent. More of them show up later, tougher to kill because of the lack of easily exploited explosions.



* SuperSpeed: About halfway through the game you are given Friction Dampeners that triple your speed. A few of the more interesting power-up placements involve solving a few logic puzzles that can only be solved with the gravity-busting properties of the boots. Sadly, you cannot shinespark, but you can use a later triple-jump ability to abuse the boots' charge-up time.

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* SuperSpeed: About halfway through the game you are given Friction Dampeners Dampers that triple your speed. speed, complete with breaking the sound barrier. A few of the more interesting power-up placements involve solving a few logic puzzles that can only be solved with the gravity-busting properties of the boots. Sadly, you cannot shinespark, but you can use boots, which require a later triple-jump ability to abuse the boots' significant charge-up time.



%%* WellDoneSonGuy: Jason.

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%%* WellDoneSonGuy: Jason.Specifically averted with Jason, who disappointed his father when he refused to join the military, despite his father training him for years for just that, because he doesn't believe in any cause strongly enough to kill someone. Jason notes the irony of the situation when he's forced to kill to rescue Claire, fulfilling his father's wishes anyway.
10th May '16 4:49:43 PM PaladinPhoenix
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* {{BFG}}: The Inertial Element, the best weapon in the game, varies from the other weapons in the game in that it acts more like a shotgun than an automatic weapon. It also kills any soldier in one shot, and does more damage than missiles to armored vehicles and walkers.



* DifficultButAwesome: The shotguns found throughout the game deal excellent damage, but have small magazines and can't fire as quickly as automatic rifles or pistols. This forces the player to aim carefully.
3rd May '16 10:42:03 PM Kadorhal
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The game is part of the ''Literature/{{Empire}}'' universe by Creator/OrsonScottCard -- the Empire novel was actually written for this game, not the other way around. The game was heavily promoted and released to near-universal acclaim during Xbox LIVE Arcade's first "Summer of Arcade" event. The gameplay is essentially just like that of a refined ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'': the protagonist, Jason, runs, guns and jumps around a 2D base, gaining equipment, items, and levels as he explores more and more of the place and unravels the sinister plot that is about to be put into action. It uses the [[GameEngine Unreal Engine 3]] and notably introduces "2.5D" elements smoothly into classic {{Metroidvania}} gameplay, such as allowing Jason to shoot enemies in the background of the stage. A remastered version is planned for an UsefulNotes/XboxOne, UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, and [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PC]] release in 2016, giving the game a graphical overhaul and with new content. The PC version can be downloaded early and for free from the game's website until 2016 [[https://www.epicgames.com/shadowcomplex/ here]].

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The game is part of the ''Literature/{{Empire}}'' universe by Creator/OrsonScottCard -- the Empire novel was actually written for this game, not the other way around. The game was heavily promoted and released to near-universal acclaim during Xbox LIVE Arcade's first "Summer of Arcade" event. The gameplay is essentially just like that of a refined ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'': the protagonist, Jason, runs, guns and jumps around a 2D base, gaining equipment, items, and levels as he explores more and more of the place and unravels the sinister plot that is about to be put into action. It uses the [[GameEngine Unreal Engine 3]] and notably introduces "2.5D" elements smoothly into classic {{Metroidvania}} gameplay, such as allowing Jason to shoot enemies in the background of the stage. A remastered version is planned for an PC, UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, and [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PC]] release in 2016, 4}} has since been released, giving the game a graphical overhaul and with new content. The content; the PC version can be downloaded early and for free from came in December 2015, with the game's website until Xbox One release following in March 2016 [[https://www.epicgames.com/shadowcomplex/ here]].
and the [=PS4=] one (alongside a UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} release of the PC version) the following May.



* {{AKA47}}: With the exception of the two made up weapons, this is almost painfully true. For the most part this consists of adding some zeros to the end of the name and switching out the real company for the fictional [=WhiteSands=], in example: H&K [=MP5=] becomes the [=WSMP50=], the model is almost exactly the same as well.

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* {{AKA47}}: AKA47: With the exception of the two made up weapons, this is almost painfully true. For the most part this consists of adding some zeros to the end of the name and switching out the real company for the fictional [=WhiteSands=], in example: H&K [=MP5=] becomes the [=WSMP50=], the model is almost exactly the same as well.
23rd Feb '16 7:50:25 PM SolidSonicTH
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* BadassNormal: Jason is a rather average joe but he's still really effective when the chips are down.
20th Feb '16 12:12:28 PM SolidSonicTH
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** Reaching Level 20 in ''Remastered'' rewards players with an achievement called Charted as nod to the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series; specifically being the fact Jason is voiced by Creator/NolanNorth, the voice actor for series protagonist Nathan Drake.

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** Reaching Level 20 in ''Remastered'' rewards players with an achievement called Charted as nod "Charted", nodding to the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series; specifically being the fact Jason is voiced by Creator/NolanNorth, the voice actor for series protagonist Nathan Drake.
20th Feb '16 12:10:13 PM SolidSonicTH
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** Reaching Level 20 in ''Remastered'' rewards players with an achievement called Charted, as nod to the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series and Jason being voiced by Nolan North, Drake's voice-actor.

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** Reaching Level 20 in ''Remastered'' rewards players with an achievement called Charted, Charted as nod to the ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series and series; specifically being the fact Jason being is voiced by Nolan North, Drake's voice-actor.Creator/NolanNorth, the voice actor for series protagonist Nathan Drake.
20th Feb '16 12:08:52 PM SolidSonicTH
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* CheckpointStarvation: Unlike ''Metroid'', ''Shadow Complex'' auto-saves in specific rooms and the places where it does this are somewhat infrequent, which can send you back a long way if you haven't triggered one in awhile.
11th Dec '15 5:13:31 PM AnotherGamer
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* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: The maximum level is 50, but to reach that, you need to play through the game several times, making sure that you explore most of the map each time around since doing so nets you far more experience than killing enemies.
9th Dec '15 2:27:22 PM demonfiren
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* NinjaLog: Storm Shadow ninjas do this if you close to melee, except it's [[spoiler:a Ninja Grenade.]]
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