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The Best Games Period

Ever found yourself wondering about the best games period? Join Jeremy Brown, Jack Gardner, and Daniel Jones as they debate, argue, and sometimes agree over the best video games. The trio bring years of podcasting, game criticism, and somewhat related tangents to the table to create one of the most interesting podcasts you'll find in this corner of the internet.
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May 1, 2017

There was once a game called Advent Rising. It was hyped up as the next great science-fiction adventure that would transcend games and become something more. Unfortunately, it released in 2005 with a multitude of bugs in an era where patching post-release was a rarity at best. Advent Rising caused the implosion of its development studio, GlyphX Games. A group of individual developers escaped the studio's downfall, banding together to form Chair Entertainment. The newly minted indie studio went on to develop and release Shadow Complex in 2009. 

The 2.5D metroidvania side-scroller adopted a more realistic aesthetic and spawned a series of novels authored by Orson Scott Card. The game released and seemed to fill a niche in the indie gaming world that hadn't been filled in quite that same way before. With a recent remaster, it seems like a perfect time to ask the question: Is Shadow Complex one of the best games period?

Outro music: Tales of Phantasia 'The Koan of Drums' by djpretzel (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01500)

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1 Comments
  • two and a half months ago
    Robert Kehoe
    Holy cow, do you actually have to say Metroidvania when not talking about a Metroid style Castlevania? It's the Metroid design. Castlevania doens't factor into it.

    I'm kinda wondering why you chose this game. I personally never finished the game. From what you're saying it's claim to fame is that it showed games on Xbox Live Arcade could be more... robust? Is that the right word? Basically the live arcade was little more than arcade cabinet ports but this delivered a traditional console experience with narrative and graphics we hadn't seen on the xbox market place.

    Aside from that it had a basic military aesthetic, a simple plot that was penned by a man with questionable moral values, and the design was like metroid. Did I miss anything?