During Microsoft’s pre-E3 press conference, Epic Games, the developer that brought you the Gears of War series announced an all new game for the Xbox 360. The game is Shadow Complex, an XBLA title that is mostly a 2D scroller with injections of 3D gameplay. Joystiq describes Shadow Complex as “Metroid meets Contra and HAS A BABY”.
The main thing that stands out with this game is the quality of it. The game looks as well-done as full retail games, but has the quick gameplay of an XBLA game. The main gameplay has you in the 2D scroller environment killing your enemies then at certain points you can switch to a 3D environment. One of those points is when you grab a turret and try to take down enemies that are around you.
The game also has pre-rendered ‘take out moves’. One of the moves that the trailer showed was when your character sneaks up behind an enemy he can incapacitate his enemy. When you do this the game zooms into the pre-rendered move and then zooms back out and seamlessly puts you back into the action.
Shadow Complex will be arriving on Xbox Live this summer. Be sure to check back later for any additional coverage of this game as well as all other coverage from E3 09.