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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 208 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 208

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  1. AUC
    Aug 20, 2009
    1
    This game is a total ripoff of Metroid and Castlevania, both of which have better gameplay and story. Typical M$ ripping off good games and calling it innovation. Too bad people are too occupied with their red rings of death to try and play this bilge. If this was on the PS3, then it would get a better review, but at least 6 points should be taken off for it being on the crapbox This game is a total ripoff of Metroid and Castlevania, both of which have better gameplay and story. Typical M$ ripping off good games and calling it innovation. Too bad people are too occupied with their red rings of death to try and play this bilge. If this was on the PS3, then it would get a better review, but at least 6 points should be taken off for it being on the crapbox please-fix-me. Waste of a game. Expand
  2. shane
    Aug 26, 2009
    2
    I am confused. Both Castlevania and Metroid are more engaging, interesting and more fun to play that this title. They have character, atmosphere and a fantastic setting. Here we have a generic man on a boring lets save America story which is completelly banal. Go play the games mentioned aboe right after shadow complex and you will see this is nothingI am confused. Both Castlevania and Metroid are more engaging, interesting and more fun to play that this title. They have character, atmosphere and a fantastic setting. Here we have a generic man on a boring lets save America story which is completelly banal. Go play the games mentioned aboe right after shadow complex and you will see this is nothing mohttp://clk.atdmt.com/goiframe/46210100.40947462/zdntsdva00100005642d1/direct;wi.300;hi.250/01re than a lazy, boring game made by men too pumped up on testosterone to create a game with a story that does not involve all their well worn out tropes. Expand
  3. IanC
    Aug 27, 2009
    2
    Am I missing something? I was bored to tears within minutes, all I can think is that this is favoured by gamers who came into gaming long after side scrollers fell by the wayside and are discovering them for the first time. I see nothing new, nothing interesting, can't disagree more with this being the best XBLA title ever.
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. A perfect working mix between fights and exploration: high rhythm, never boring. You're going to feel pure fun as if you're back again playing coin-up, being stuck with your pad, achievement after achievement, enjoying it for hours. Nothing more to ask from a game such this.
  2. A stunningly-executed, modern-day Super Metroid.
  3. It's a game that will delight gamers old enough to recognise the classics it celebrates, while captivating those oblivious to its inspirations.