Shadow Complex Remastered

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Shadow Complex Remastered
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Developers
Chair Entertainment
Epic Games
Windows Hardsuit Labs
Publishers
Epic Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows December 3, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) August 4, 2016[2]
Reception
OpenCritic 76
IGDB 78
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
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Key points

Remastered version and port of the Xbox 360 game Shadow Complex released in 2009. This remaster features updated graphics and new content.
In-game settings are fairly limited, with several common options requiring tweaking the settings file manually. Including anisotropic filtering (AF) and motion blur.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
See Skip Epic Games Launcher to bypass launcher.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
Steam
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Can be played without Steam running, but settings are not saved if the game launched without the client.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
DLC Bonus material, official artwork, and digital soundtrack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Superfan DLC Pack A collection of bonus material that includes the following: the game's original soundtrack containing 20 pieces of music in MP3 and WAV format, a printable poster of the game's world map, a set of wallpapers, Character Bios and a final draft of the cinematic script in PDF format. Available here.
Windows
Superfan DLC Pack is only available on Steam.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\385560\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/385560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\<user-id>\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\385560\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/385560/pfx/[Note 1]
Some settings are stored in the profile.bin file.
The ShadowComplexSaveGame file contains the game save data for gameplay and achievement progress.
10 save slots are available. The Steam version has an exclusive auto-save slot.[3]
Epic version: If the game is launched by skipping the launcher, save files will be stored under the Default folder instead.
Steam version: If the game is launched directly from its executable, save files will be stored under the UnknownSteamuser folder instead.[3]
ShadowComplexSaveGame file can be transferred between the Epic and Steam version.[4]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3, 16:10, and 16:9 only. For other aspect ratios see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Can be also toggled with F11.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
As Maximized Window.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
On (4x) by default. For other levels see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
"Low", "Medium", "High", "Very High", "Best", and "Alternative".
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 62 FPS by default. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Aspect ratios other than 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10 have skewed gameplay without this fix.
Fix aspect ratio constraint[5]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainXFOV to AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Under default settings, taller aspect ratios like 4:3 can be too narrow horizontally, and you can be shot by enemies off screen.
Allows fine tuned control of FOV[6]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireInput.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search for Name="GBA_Duck",Command="ToggleDuck true | onrelease ToggleDuck false.
  3. Change ToggleDuck false to ToggleDuck false | FOV xx.xx where XX.XX is a vertical FOV of your choice.
  4. Save your changes and close the file.
  5. While in-game, crouch once to enable the FOV change.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Anisotropic Filtering is set to 4x by default and cannot be modified in-game.
Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireSystemSettings.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change MaxAnisotropy= to 16.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  3. Save file, right-click EmpireEngine.ini, go to Properties, and make it Read only.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Disable motion blur[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[7]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireSystemSettings.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False.
  3. Change MotionBlurPause=True to MotionBlurPause=False.
  4. Change MotionBlurSkinning=1 to MotionBlurSkinning=0.
  5. Save your changes and close the file.

Disable ambient occlusion[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireSystemSettings.ini with a text editor.
  2. Change AmbientOcclusion=true to AmbientOcclusion=false.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and controller remapping.
Keyboard and controller remapping.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Tab is reserved for viewing the in-game map and cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Only turret Y axis controls can be inverted.
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.[8]
Full controller support
Controller remapping
The analog sticks cannot be reassigned.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Only turret Y-axis controls can be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 variant.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Lacks native support. See XInput wrappers such as Steam Input or DS4Windows for a workaround.[9]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
V2 tested.[9]
Generic/other controllers
DirectInput controllers are not supported.[8]
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes to controller button prompts despite using only keyboard and mouse.[10]

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, FX, Dialogue.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Shadow Complex fan translation
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Shadow Complex Remastered.
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Settings reset when launched without the respective client[edit]

Due to the game storing some settings on cloud servers, launching the game by skipping Epic Games Launcher or launching the Steam version directly from its executable causes settings to reset every time, even if the configuration files are set to "read only". A potential workaround for the Epic version can be found here.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
OpenGL
macOS/OS X only.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

Skip Epic Games Launcher[edit]

Epic Achievements, Cloud Saving, and Leaderboards will be disabled.
Instructions[11][12]
  1. Add the Epic version's executable to Outbound Rules in Windows Defender Firewall and block the connection.
    1. Go to Control Panel → System and Security → Windows Defender Firewall → Advanced settings.
    2. Select Outbound Rules, then go to Action and click New Rule, set the Rule Type to Program, then select This program path and browse for the Epic version's executable, then select Block the connection and apply it to all doman types.
    3. Give the new rule a descriptive name (e.g. ShadowComplexRemastered-Win32-Epic) and click Finish.
  2. Launch the game using the command line arguments -AUTH_LOGIN= -AUTH_PASSWORD= -AUTH_TYPE=.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon II X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon HD 4600
Intel HD 4000
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.10.5
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz Dual-Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M
1 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/385560/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (385560) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Shadow Complex Remastered coming to PS4, Xbox One; free download on PC right now - Polygon - last accessed on 2015-12-04
  2. Shadow Complex Remastered is Now on Mac App Store! - Steam Game News
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-05-21
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-05-21
    Moved my old save file from the Epic version's save data location into Steam version's and the latter was able to read the save file without issue. Transferring from Steam to Epic however seemed like it required clearing out my configuration files first before the game can read the save files.
  5. Shadow Complex Remastered - WSGF - last accessed on 2020-04-16
  6. Shadow Complex Remastered - WSGF - last accessed on 2021-05-29
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2016-09-16
    This disabled motion blur without the game crashing on start-up by using these settings.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-07-12
    Tested a wired DualShock 4 without third-party XInput wrappers and a Logitech F310 in DirectInput mode, and the game did not register input from either controllers.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-07-12
  10. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-30
  11. Kopert comments on (Configuration) GUIDE: Shadow Complex Remastered - last accessed on 2021-05-21
  12. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-05-21
    Tested and confirmed these instructions prevented the Epic version's settings from resetting when bypassing the Epic Games Launcher.