Also available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, OSX, and Windows
I'm going out of town after work tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with family but really wanted to play something on my new, sexy, big-ass TV, so I found myself thinking last night "What's a current or last gen console game that I can beat in two nights?" A glance through my shelves and HLTB later, and I fired up Shadow Complex Remastered, one of my prized Limited Run games.
I never played the original release of Shadow Complex, so I can't speak as to how the remaster compares, but I have a pretty good time with the game. It's not very long - it only took me about five hours - but it's pretty good fun. It's a 2.5D shooter that takes place entirely in a massive interconnected subterranean terrorist base. You and your girlfriend are out hiking, and the dumb bitch gets herself kidnapped and drugged. Because of course she did. The story is kind of...meh. After she gets herself kidnapped, your character - an everyman - tries to rescue, miraculously becoming MacGyver in the process and taking down an entire terrorist organization.
Normally I'm pretty critical of games with stories and characters that do absolutely nothing to interest or engage me, but the gameplay here kept me moderately entertained. It's nothing that you have played before - it feels in some ways like a modern Contra (albeit much easier) - but it's done fairly well. There are some technical issues with ledge glitches, but nothing that interferes with the game for more than a couple of seconds. Unfortuately, that's really all I have to say about it. The game did nothing wrong, but it didn't do anything to make itself really stand out from the crowd, either. It's not a bad game by any means, but it's certainly in no way memorable. If you find it cheap on a PSN, Xbox Live, or Steam sale, I'd say pick it up, but I definitely wouldn't pay more than $5 or $10 for it (unless, of course, you're getting the Limited Run print for collecting purposes like I did).
My Rating - 3 Neps
I'm a teacher.
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.