Gears of War 3 Leaked + Another Epic Announcement Imminent?

April 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Gears of War 3 had already been previously confirmed for a 2011 release

The internet had been buzzing with rumours about what Cliff Bleszinski’s big announcement was going to be on the Jimmy Fallon Show next Monday in the US, after his appearance had been pushed back from Thursday. Obviously the big rumour was Gears of War 3, the final installment in Epic Games‘ blockbuster trilogy.

Well that rumour was confirmed earlier today, though by complete accident. Perhaps it was timed to automatically go live after the original date of the TV appearance and somebody forgot to change it, or maybe somebody accidentally hit the big red ‘announce’ button, but it was confirmed on the Xbox 360 dashboard that Gears 3 will be released 12 months from now in April 2011.

While this announcement does please me more than just a little bit, I do have to feel sorry for Cliffy B and the team at Epic Games. I’m sure that a lot of work had gone into the announcement, only for it to just pop up in a completely non-spectacular way on Xbox Live. Even though it almost certainly wouldn’t have lived up to the almost ludicrously awesome Gears 2 announcement at GDC 2008, chances are they had something a bit more exciting planned to go with that TV appearance.

However, Cliffy B updated his Twitter not all that long ago, saying that there will be “two announcements about two upcoming games” on Monday. One of the other rumours below Gears 3 in the original hype around the appearance was the as yet un-named shooter from People Can Fly, a studio acquired not too long ago by Epic Games. Chances are that’s what it will be. Or maybe even Shadow Complex 2? We shall see…

Even though the main, big announcement has already been ruined, I’m sure it will still be worth tuning in to the Jimmy Fallon show (on YouTube most likely if you don’t live in the US like myself) to watch Cliff Bleszinski’s announcements next week. He is not the type to disappoint…

Xbox Live Deals of the Week Announced for December

December 10, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Shadow Complex, the hit Xbox Live Arcade game from Chair Entertainment will be 33% off at 800MSP later this month

Shadow Complex, the hit Xbox Live Arcade game from Chair Entertainment will be 33% off at 800MSP later this month

Major Nelson has announced the Xbox Live Deals of the Week for the rest of this month on his blog, the most notable of which are the hit Live Arcade titles “Shadow Complex” from Chair Entertainment and “The Maw” from Twisted Pixel.

Shadow  Complex will be reduced by 33% at 800MSP from Decebmber 21-27, and The Maw will be 50% off at 400MSP the following week. Also in the announcement is Gears of War, Lost Planet and others will be coming to Games on Demand, and there will be new holiday avatar items.

Check out the full announcement here

Shadow Complex Smashes XBLA Sales Record

September 4, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Shadow Complex: the record breaking XBLA title from Chair Entertainment

Shadow Complex: the record breaking XBLA title from Chair Entertainment

.Epic Games’ Summer of Arcade title Shadow Complex has been raved about all over the internet since it’s launch on August 19th. With a Meta-Critic rating of 89, it has certainly had a positive reception.

Such a positive reception in fact, that it has managed to get over 200,000 downloads in it’s first week, breaking the record for Xbox Live Arcade first week sales. At 1,200 Microsoft Points (about £14) it must be a darn good game to get that many downloads…

Shadow Complex

August 18, 2009 by Dave Burns  
Filed under Reviews, Xbox Live Arcade

Overview

Title: Shadow Complex
Release Date: 19th August 2009
Developer/Publisher: Chair / Epic Games / Microsoft
Genre: Platform Shooter
Platform[s]:Xbox 360

Storyline

Shadow Complex has a fairly straight forward story line, you are Jason Fleming (Feels like a mix of Jason Bourne and Ian Fleming, both have a lot to do with the style the game plays) and you start off exploring a cave with your girlfriend who then disappears and you have to find her, stumbling into a secret facility filled with puzzles, enemies and collectibles.  Its not exactly the most original story line we have encountered over years playing video games but this game is definitely different from the rest.

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Gameplay

The game play is pretty straight forward in a very basic sense, run, jump, shoot, jump, shoot and run… got that? The game itself has a massive 3D element with out being 3 dimensional in the traditional sense, for instance you are given a map which depicts what way you should go and how to get there but in a completely 2D view which helps you to understand further what way you should go and how you need to get there.

I’ve never really been a platform kind of guy and often struggle when overwhelmed by enemies or hard obstacles such as jump puzzles but this game feels very accessible even to novice players, coming in a range of difficulties that most Epic Game fans will recognise; Easy, Normal, Hardcore and Insane.  The difficulty can be adjusted at any time which makes this game even more accessible.

The weapons in the game don’t vary much and they all offer unlimited ammo apart from the secondary weapons which are Grenades, Goo and Missiles but by finding special collectibles hidden around the game you can increase the amount of ammo that you can hold at a time.  Later on in the game you will find a grappling hook which will allow you to get to places that normal jumping would normally not allow.

The whole combat function is very simple, most enemies will automatically be sighted so all you need to do is shoot but sometimes you will need to manually aim by using the right analogue stick.

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Graphics

Is this the future of platform games? we certainly hope so! this is by the far the most sexy looking game available on the Marketplace and without a doubt the Unreal 3 engine has been used in the best way possible, the whole game has a Unreal Tournament / Gears of War vision behind it, from the enemies resembling Unreal and some of the scenery and the helicopters representing Gears of War.

We sincerely hope that all platform developers take note of how well crafted this Arcade game is and takes it into account when creating new games as Shadow Complex will certainly set the benchmark for future titles.

Audio

Most of, if not all of the audio has a real genuine feel to it and they don’t sound like some geek has been tinkering around with sound effects for ages to bring the ideal audio to the game, the gunshots echo through the caves and the explosions bounch off of the walls which makes this game ideal for all home theatre owners!

The music that accompanies the title have dramatic effect on the game and help you distinguish when your in trouble or a degree of emotion when touching on parts of the story that we can’t spoil for you.

Overall Score & Replayability

I’ve mentioned a few times in this review that this game is by far the best game on the marketplace at the moment and probably will be for some time, the only problem that I really encountered was the hardness of the game on Normal and above which isn’t a great problem because you can adjuctthe difficulty at any time.  The other problem is the lengthof the title, expect it to last around 4 hours on Normal mode but with the addition to collectables you could probably spent twice that amount of time in the game.  Before the end of the game it will save allowing you to reload that save after you have comleted the title which will ensure that you can complete it 100%.

We expect some DLC from this title at some point as the end was left slightly unfinished in terms of storyline, plus the game is action packed and exciting to a degree of ‘I want more NOW!’ so in perfect honesty I wouldn’t be surprised if DLC wasn’t in the works now.