History VideoGame / ShadowComplex

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.]]
8th Dec '15 4:06:34 AM demonfiren
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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 -he 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 -he - 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.]]
8th Dec '15 4:04:32 AM demonfiren
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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.]]
* 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 [[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 [[{{Metroidvania}} which is appropriate for the genre.genre]].
8th Dec '15 4:03:45 AM demonfiren
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** The third {{spider tank}} boss fight is an homage to the fight at the end of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''. The design of the tanks themselves are pretty blatantly modeled after the ''[=GitS=]'' tank, as well.

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** The third {{spider tank}} boss fight is an a homage to the fight at the end of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''. The design of the tanks themselves are pretty blatantly modeled after the ''[=GitS=]'' tank, as well.
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