I was surprised and saddened that the Shadow Complex forum on Neoseeker is grossly inactive. Actually, it's inactive period, except for some random postings I do when new stuff arises.
Alright, maybe not that surprising, but this is a game I think more people should be excited for. The "hardcore" or "hobbyist" gaming community might dismiss it as something too casual, seeing as how it's an Xbox LIVE Arcade title, while "casual" gamers might think it inaccessible because it's a platformer featuring guns and sci-fi elements... and it's developed by Epic Games, along with their sub-studio Chair Entertainment.
But seriously, this game is worth a look, if you guys haven't already. It didn't receive much fanfare during E3 2009 with all the other big titles coming out -- mostly from EA and Capcom -- and the motion sensing craze. Really though, it's won a few "Best of E3 2009" awards from those sites. You know, the ones who get paid more and buy exclusives and pocket money directly from the industry.
As some of you may know, we talked to lead developer Donald Mustard and his lovely PR agent / wife Laura, and they were both very much excited for the game. Seriously, I had not met a PR rep who was so into the game -- or gaming in general. It really helped sell an already good idea to me, and I was lucky enough to receive an XBLA code yesterday for a review copy of Shadow Complex.
It should really draw in sci-fi fans as well, because the game takes place in the world of Empire, created by Orson Scott Card, best known for Ender's Game. So really, you know from the beginning that with some of the folks behind Gears looking over this project and Scott's creative contributions, it's gotta be kosher at the very core. The fact that Donald admitted it was inspired by his love for platformers (more screenshots and stuff via link) like Metroid and Castlevania is awesome too -- the game is inspired by some great predecessors.
And now I shall go back to my review playthrough. Shadow Complex will be out on August 19, and I hope you will read the review when it's published on Monday.