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Previews & Impressions

Gears of War 3 Launch Party [Event]

Over the last little while Microsoft has been running a competition of the ARG (Alternate Reality Game) type with the final round granting those who had completed the challenges and opportunity to attend a Gears 3 launch party at one of two Canadian locations. The challenges involved puzzle solving, location hunting, meat-gathering and all sorts of other non-sense that lead to a location of a barge docked in the harbour at the north end of Main Street (for us Vancouverites anyways).

Snooping Around March 32nd [PAX Prime 2011]

Taking my time to explore the exhibition hall at PAX, I had a chance to take a look at a few indie developers working on really great, unique games - one in particular that hit a note with me was Chromed, the developers of a pretty cool game called March 32nd.

Sonic Generations Hands-on [PAX Prime 2011]

If you were around the site for Sonic's 20th anniversary, you know what kind of a Sega enthusiast I am. If you weren't well then, spoiler alert: I got the Sonic Team logo on my left shoulder for Sonic's big-day. So, obviously one of the highlights from my trip to PAX every year is getting to hang out with Team Sega. To this day the 10-year-old inside of me loses his mind at the thought of hanging out with the people behind Sonic.

Batman: Arkham City Hands-on [PAX Prime 2011]

So far, I've gotten an opportunity to share with you the majority of my personal top-picks from PAX Prime 2011. However, there's one that I haven't yet touched on... and you know what? There's really no better time that the present. Stopping in at the WB booth on the show-floor of PAX, Corey and I managed to tag-team a play-through of the demo of Batman: Arkham City.

Street Fighter x Tekken Hands-on [PAX Prime 2011]

As regulars of the site know, I'm a little bit of a Capcom fan. It's not just that I think they are still the kings of the fighting genre; it's the fact that they've busted out some of the best action games that I've played during my life-long gaming career. So it's easy for me to say that they are one of the highlights at convention tour. At this year's PAX Prime I wound up taking the lead on the fighting games, 'cause seriously, who else is going to own that stuff?

Twisted Metal Hands-On [PAX Prime 2011]

These days it’s almost common for the video game industry to go the film industry route and reboot or relaunch existing franchises that really don’t need a comeback since they’re already so damn good.  At times hearing that a game is making a much awaited return after staying dormant for five years can lead jaded gamers being happy for once but on the other hand it can also lead to DmC type situations – pure resentment to the max.

Asura's Wrath Hands-On [PAX Prime 2011]

As much as it pains me to say, we haven’t exactly gotten a good amount of new IPs, or at least those that turn out to either be good or somewhat warranted.  Given the financial hardships involved in developing a proper HD game these days, some developers may not be inclined to spend $20-30 million on a new IP only for it to go the dreaded Heavenly Sword route and only live on in the minds of gamers as a complete joke, albeit one that’s pretty to look at.  Capcom may have made some bad moves this generation concerning their properties (I don’t think the DmC fiasco will ever die dow

Aliens: Colonial Marines Preview [PAX Prime 2011]

The somewhat thinly veiled drama that has surrounded Aliens: Colonial Marines is somewhat known, at least it is by gamers such as myself with way too much time on their hands.  After debuting with a strong positive reaction in an issue of Game Informer magazine, Aliens: Colonial Marines drifted away into the far recesses of space – much like Ripley at the end of the first Alien movie.  Even more disheartening was the fact that Sega reportedly had developer Gearbox Software put the game on the back burner due to having reservations about the status of the Aliens franchise in the vi

Lollipop Chainsaw Hands-On [PAX Prime 2011]

Those of you out there that have been nice enough to read Shogun Gamer since the site first went online in 2009 may know that I’m a bit of a Grasshopper Manufacture fanboy.

Jurassic Park Hands-on and Telltale Booth [PAX Prime 2011]

Coming into PAX this year, one of the first companies I made a point of checking out was Telltale Games. They have an amazing tendency to make games based off my personal favourite properties, so I was very excited to be able to go check out Jurassic Park.

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