Shadow Complex [Xbox Live Arcade]
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Microsoft’s E3 strategy, as of late, has focused on the year in which the convention takes place, without making promises that dive into the future. This year, with the unveiling of Project Natal and the first gameplay footage of Alan Wake, they seem to have gone against that idea and focused on the second half of the console cycle. One notable exception was Shadow Complex, an Xbox Live Arcade game developed by Chair Entertainment Group, the creators of Undertow. Running on Epic’s Unreal 3 Engine, Shadow Complex was the last game in Microsoft’s heavily advertised Summer of Arcade, and had a lot to prove, especially when up against the other heavy hitters it followed. Thankfully, it manages to meet expectations, making it one of the best games on the Xbox Live Arcade.
Players control Jason Fleming, voiced by Nolan North, as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend Claire, who has been kidnapped by Progressive Restoration, an organization attempting to overthrow the US Government by starting a second Civil War. Early in the game they assassinate the Vice President, so it's obvious they mean business. These nameless, faceless opponents serve as good fodder for Jason’s ever-increasing arsenal, which moves up from just a flashlight at the beginning to a power suit by the end. From regular grunts to massive mechs, the Restoration has plenty of firepower, and will stop at nothing to make sure Jason doesn't accomplish his goal.