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Overwatch [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Overwatch has been referred to as the "mixed martial arts" of competitive gaming and that feels like the most apt analogy anyone will make. It brings together a little bit of everything, shooters, MOBAs, even RTS and fighting games. All in a way that doesn't feel to convulted or overcomplicated.

The Pros: 

+Quick and easy game types.
+Easy to learn, difficult to master.
+Blends a little of everything, from the competitive gaming scene.
+Insane attention to detail, from map design to audio queues.

The Cons: 

N/A Rating : 

Overwatch has broken ground on a few industry firsts during its production. Many are already aware of the long development history and transition from Titan to Overwatch, changing a massive multiplayer online role playing game into a first person team-based shooter. Not only did it make history in that unprecedented change, but it also has one of the longest running beta periods I've ever seen (about 6 months). So for all that work, all that testing and tweaking, has Blizzard truly created the next big thing? Or is the novelty due to fade?

World of Warcraft Movie Moves Ahead, New Director and Possible Leading Man Rumored

Hollywood’s fascination with adapting their properties into video games may have faded (as evident by the lack of a Man of Steel game), but they still have no problem dipping into the world of games to find their next big tentpole flick.  Case in point: Warner Bros. is still moving forward with a World of Warcraft movie.

TL;DR - Mar 7 - Molyneux, WoW, 4Chan

As Day ‘numero tres’ winds down to a close, I had a chance to peak through some of the top stories of the day that weren’t hit up (either due to the fact that we were busy running around the floor covering appointments at GDC, or because the stories weren’t ‘big’ enough to necessitate a full feature). The items that caught my eye today: Peter Molyneux has left Lionhead. Blizzard has upped the ante on the ‘resurrection scroll’ and 4Chan massively trolls gaming journalists.


TL;DR - Feb 23 - Jet Set, Blizzard F2P, Warfighter

Today in TL;DR I take a quickly glimpse at a couple of major announcements, leaks, and even a rumor. First of all, Medal of Honor is getting another go-round with the sequel to 2010 franchise reboot. Secondly, it looks like Sega is going to be bringing back the best rollerblading/graffiti franchise of all time via XBLA and PSN. Then finally, a brief stop-over at the rumor mill for talks about Blizzard potentially working on a new F2P title.


Cyber Gaming StarCraft II Tournament Results and Video Coverage

This past Saturday the Shogun Gamer team was on location for the Cyber Gaming StarCraft II Invitational & Tournament. Hosted by Memory Express in Richmond, this event brought out some amazingly top-tier players and wound up being one of the most impressive events we've checked out locally. Be sure to check out our image gallery and video to see for yourself. Keep reading for my impressions of the event.

The Cumulative Guide to April Fools for Gamers

I don’t know about you, but April Fool’s has quickly become one of the favorite events of the year since I began following and then working in the video game industry. The pranks that have been pulled on the fans of video games over the last few years have reached an ‘epic’ level of status.

Blizzard Looking Into Diablo 3 For The Xbox And PlayStation

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime told the gaming media at the DICE 2011 Convention that Blizzard is exploring ways to bring a "Diablo-related experience" to the console players that they have been ignoring for the past couple of decades.  This is a subject that many of us are very skeptical about ever since the 1998 release of the first Diablo for the PlayStation.

Activision Outlines Their New Plans (True Crime canned, new CoD service)

I think Activision has hit a new time low today while still maybe recognizing that they should improve things but at the same time looking like a completely soulless corporation.  Announced during their financial report, Activision has decided to cease development on the 2011 version of Guitar Hero along with revealing that they don’t plan to release a new iteration in the Tony Hawk Skateboarding franchise. In addition to Guitar Hero getting the axed, DJ Hero has also been given the pink slip and so have the developers behind it.

Fist Bump or Bitch Slap: Blizzard Entertainment or Epic Games

This is the love/hate relationship between me and plenty of other people in the world of gaming. Every week I will pick someone who gets my Fist-bump for doing a good deed, someone who gets my undesirable Bitch-Slap for doing something wrong (or just something that pisses me off), and I'll share my experience/opinion along the way. 

Starcraft II [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

One of the most value-packed PC titles that I've experienced in sometime, Starcraft II offers a whole lot of awesome in one small pack. Both the multiplayer aspects and the single player game are fantastic and expansive. This is definitely a must-have title for all gamers (RTS fans and non alike).

The Pros: 

Plenty of game-types to choose from. Wide, expansive single player campaign, with branching story-lines that allow for multiple play-throughs. Deep multiplayer experiences that are as fun as our memories of the original title. Plenty of game modes including: campaign, challenges, multiplayer matches, and even an arcade shooter to take an in-game break from the war.

The Cons: 

Honestly? I can't think of even one thing that could have improved this title. Rating : 

For the last week or so I’ve been trying to decide on how to approach a review on a series that, honestly, I felt under-qualified to write about. Writing a review of a wildly popular RTS for PC is something that can be a bit tricky when you don’t particularly enjoy RTS games, and your preferred medium is the console for gaming.

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