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Shadow Complex (Xbox 360)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Shadow Complex (Xbox 360). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Xbox 360 Games for all reviews. Views about the single player gameplay and price are on the whole positive. The story and gameplay also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the action and usability.

graphics, gameplay, story, price, single player

usability, action

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Xbox 360 Games the Shadow Complex (Xbox 360) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Eduardo_Reboucas (

Shadow Complex Review for the XBOX360


Sorry Samus, your Metroid is in another complex.

Generous visuals and effects; Fairly long campaign mode; Challenging bonus speed run mode; Good implementation of leaderboards; Handy map

Shooting 3D on 2D plane can be wonky; Generic enemy design

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Patrick Adams (

Shadow Complex


Shadow Complex was released while I was out of town with no Xbox 360 in sight so I had plenty of time to read all the hype before I got a chance to sit down with it. Going in with high expectations is always a bad thing. This isn't the case for Shadow...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : JGifford (

Shadow Complex Review [Xbox 360]


It's impossible to avoid the comparisons, so I'm not going to try. Shadow Complex takes the formula that was previously best implemented by both the Metroid and Castlevania series and accomplishes two things: it frees the genre from the handheld prison...

Perfect level design ; Amazing, enjoyable, empowering abilities ; Well planned difficulty curve ; Beautiful lighting and graphical effects

Bosses are just plain boring ; Plot is mediocre

The pure extract of what made the old 2D Metroid and Castlevania powerup hunts so amazing.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Matt Cabral (

Shadow Complex Review


In 2007, Chair Entertainment—founded by key members of the team who developed the ambitious but ultimately underwhelming Advent Rising--released critical and consumer Xbox Live Arcade favorite Undertow. In 2008 Chair was acquired by Epic Games and,...

Its minor flaws keep it shy of a perfect score, but they by no means make Shadow Complex anything less than one of the best games I've experienced this year. Its stellar design, eye-popping presentation, addictive gameplay and, of course, that very...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Coop (

Shadow Complex - Xbox 360


Video Review: A Genre Reborn.

there were too many games coming out this month, so i had to skip this when it first dropped. just might have to go back and pick it up though

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Brian Rowe (

Shadow Complex Review


The new poster-child of XBLA.

Liquid-smooth platforming; brains over brawn combat; fine-tuned progression; replay value for two or three runs; fun mini-games

Weak storytelling

Saying that Shadow Complex is a triumph of Live Arcade almost sounds insulting. It's one of the best games in the 360 library. The gameplay is tuned tighter than a Maserati, and Jason's flowing movements nearly make the Prince of Persia seem crippled....

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : RockNrollRefugee (

Shadow Complex



Some cool twists on a classic formula; looks amazing for an Arcade title; tons of incentive for replay

Seems a bit too familiar at times; frequent issues with aiming; occasional visual bugs

Though the facility may seem intimidating at first, the game provides lots of great tools to help traverse it. The first – and arguably most useful – is Jason's flashlight. Of course, its primary function is to illuminate darker rooms, but shine it at...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Oscar Marin (

Shadow Complex on Xbox 360


Sink or Swim

At 1200 Microsoft Points (around $15), Shadow Complex is one of the most fulfilling, robust packages the Xbox Live Arcade has to offer, which is a steal for a game that could have easily been released at retail. It sets a new landmark for graphics in a...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Joe Robinson (

Shadow Complex


Epic take a break from Gears and join forces with a Card and some Chairs to bring you this well crafted action game, in a retro style.

There must be something in the air. The whole reason the side-scroller genre waned was because of the evolution of videogames graphics. But now they’re back, and it looks like they’re here to stay. Shadow Complex, a side-scroller shooter/action...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Kyle Orland (

Shadow Complex (Xbox 360)


Given its standing among developers, critics and fans, it's surprising that there aren't more games that blatantly rip off Super Metroid. Where Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter II and DOOM inspired whole movements of cash-in clones, Super Metroid's...

This review is based on a downloadable copy of the game provided by the publisher.

Aug, 2009