Monthly Archives: August 2009

Shadow Complex Breaks Xbox Live Sales Records

Shadow Complex Sets New Sales Records

Shadow Complex is now officially the most downloaded single-player (I guess some multi-player games must have beat it) Xbox Live game, selling 200,000 since it was released on August 19th. Which is good, Shadow Complex was an amazing game so it’s good to see other people enjoyed it, too.

“Congratulations to Chair Entertainment and Epic Games for creating an outstanding game,” said Scott Austin, director of digitally distributed games at Microsoft. “As the capstone title of the second annual Summer of Arcade program, “Shadow Complex” has raised the bar for downloadable games. We’re proud to offer such high-quality content on Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

Level 5′s Fantasy Life

Level 5 Fantasy Life

Level 5 revealed there newest title today for the DS, Fantasy Life. Graphically it looks similiar to Mother 3, mostly because Brownie Brown, who worked with HAL on the game, are developing Fantasy Life. Interestingly, Nobuo Uematsu is doing the soundtrack, and he also did the soundtrack for Mother 3. Even more intriguing is the premise of the game, or lack thereof. The goal in the game is to “to live”, making it seem like an RPG, Animal Crossing mix. You begin the game by choosing your name, gender, appearance, and occupation. There are about 20 different occupations, including dancer, miner and treasure hunter. Each day you get new quests depending on your job. Sounds pretty interesting, I can’t wait to see what lies in store for the dancer career. It also sounds like the perfect game for Robert, he’s always just trying to “live his life.”

Shadow Complex Review

Shadow Complex Review

I’m a huge fan of Super Metroid, it was one of a handful of SNES games I had as a kid and easily in my top 10 video games of all time. I played it for countless hours and many times over, the exploration aspect was really fun, and finding all the little secrets, the hidden rooms and passages was always a driving factor. Naturally, when I heard that Shadow Complex was admittedly inspired by games like Super Metroid and Symphony of the Night, I was excited. After playing through the game, I can say that Shadow Complex lived up to my expectations in every way.

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Starcraft II Map Editor Can Do RPGs, FPSes

Starcraft’s map editor allowed users to create their own maps and just generally do a lot of cool things with the game (this mostly resulted in the creation of about a million different Starship Trooper maps). Well, Starcraft II’s editor is going to be even cooler. At BlizzCon’s StarCraft II gameplay panel, they showed off three different custom maps, each showing off different ways the editor can be used. The first shows how players can create new enemies, it featured a custom made “uberlisk.” The second is a third-person action game, basically the now cancelled Starcraft: Ghost. The third is a Galaga-like top-down shooter. Basically, users can do a lot more with the editor now, which should give a lot more variety to their inevitable Starship Trooper maps.

New Mass Effect Achievements, DLC On The Way

New Mass Effect Achievements

Three new achievements have been listed for Mass Effect, pretty much guaranteeing that new DLC will be on the way, soon. The way the achievements are listed seems to hint at an arena-type DLC, with the new area being called Pinnacle Station:

  • Undisputed: Complete Ahern’s survival mission (50 Gamerscore)
  • New Sheriff in Town: Take first place in any combat scenario on Pinnacle Station (50)
  • Best of the Best: Take first place in 12 combat scenarios on Pinnacle Station (50)

New Castle Crashers DLC Coming Soon

New Castle Crashers DLC On The Way

Behemoth announced on their blog that some new DLC, the Necromantic Pack, will be available soon. The pack adds a number of new things:

  • Two new characters, the Necromancer and Cult Minion
  • A new animal orb, Dragonhead
  • Two new weapons, the NG Skull Mace and Chainsaw

There’s no set release date or price, they are saying that’s up to Microsoft, but do note to expect it very soon.