Recommended: Shadow Complex

"That spider in the bath, dear? I'm going to need a bigger newspaper."

Super Metroid was, so they tell me, a classic. I say “so they tell me” because I have a shocking admission to make – I’ve never actually played it for more than about ten minutes. Before you kick me out of the gaming club, I was very much a ‘computer’ kind of guy during the 16-bit era so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. The fact that I now own a SNES and have somehow managed to avoid picking up a copy remains a mystery, however.

Regardless, I’m a fan of the “Metroidvania” style of game – the first Metroid Prime was excellent (aside from Meta Ridley, I still wake up screaming occasionally even now) and I’ve enjoyed various flavours of Castlevania over the years, so I was moderately interested in Shadow Complex when it was first announced at E3. However, the Splinter Cell styling didn’t really appeal and it didn’t look quite as Metroidy as some people said it was so I was a little dubious.

I was also a little wrong.

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Recommended: De Blob

It's cheap as chips, too, you bloody cheapskate!We bought our Wii for my son’s birthday last November and to be honest I wasn’t expecting to like it very much. And what do you know? Shock, horror….. I don’t like it very much. Actually, that’s a bit mean – I don’t really have anything against the machine itself, which is kind of cute, it’s just that the games we have for it…. don’t really gel with my tastes for the most part.

That’s why I feel it necessary to start off my new ‘Recommended’ category with the only Wii exclusive that I feel is really worth the money – THQ’s ‘De Blob’.

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