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Backbreaker [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Backbreaker may not be a perfect football game but it isn’t far from becoming one. While it may not have the finesse of EA’s Madden, Backbreaker is still an enjoyable game that tries its best at offering a simulation based football experience.

The Pros: 

Nice control scheme that is relatively easy to get into. Most of the animations are nice and have that natural feel thanks to using the Euphoria tech. The custom team, jersey, and logo options are really deep and will hook those who wish to recreate their favorite team in the game. It may not push out an incredible amount of detail but the game does look nice visually even if some aspects are missing character to them.

The Cons: 

The presentation could use a bit of work. At times it seems like the A.I. can intercept the ball too often. It would’ve been nice if the player models were more varied as there aren’t any 330 pound behemoths on the field. The playbooks aren’t necessarily deep. POD’s “Here Comes the Boom” needs to go away.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

One of the most popular sports in the world is football. And by football I mean the football that’s popular in North America where players throw around a ball and try their best to tackle one another without causing life changing injuries.  Football is a major part of the American culture and surprisingly its video game counterpart has also been a huge staple as well. For the past fifteen years Electronic Arts’ Madden franchise has been the top football game amongst gamers and the mainstream press.

Alpha Protocol [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A great story, cast, and choice system that highlights an amazingly well put together RPG. The replay value in the title is through the roof, but there are some technical and gameplay draw-backs that people should be aware of before they buy.

The Pros: 

Solid voice acting. Compelling story. Unparalleled levels of choice, and story divergence. Massive replay value.

The Cons: 

Terrible shooting. Horrible mini-games. Game-breaking boss fights (depending on the character class you pick).

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

For some time now I’ve been following the development of Alpha Protocol. The early stages sounded like it was going to be a return to Mass Effect’s earlier RPG elements, plus spies. I, of course, was sold as soon as I heard there were spies involved. The bigger hook for me though was bringing in active dialog trees and the RPG inspired game-play. Unfortunately the game did a good job of emulating most of Bioware’s original space-RPG, right down to a lot of the issues that people had with the first instalment in the franchise.

Blur [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Gameplay inspired by titles from Bizarre's past, Geometry Wars and Project Gotham racing, as well as Mario Kart and Call of Duty build a unique blend that contribute to a wholly different style of racing action

The Pros: 

Addictive, intense multiplayer action. Bright, vivid, colorful graphics. Unique and dual-purpose weaponry that can be used defensively as well as offensively.

The Cons: 

Single-player campaign doesn't hold attention for too long. The "story" mode of the game deviates a little too much and too often the core of the game, combat racing.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

The last couple of weeks have brought about a small resurgence to the action-racing genre. First we had the release of Split/Second from Disney Interactive, and now Bizarre Creation’s Blur. Following the development of each of these games individually it never felt like it would be a competition to me where only one title could be the victor. Each is unique enough, and specialized in its own way, that I feel comfortable with these being very different and separate experiences with their own focus.

Alan Wake [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A dark, unnerving setting back-lighting an intense, powerful horror survival game with a fantastic story and immersive game-play.

The Pros: 

Strong story. Interesting characters. Powerful narrative. Amazing scenery. Unique game-play. Fantastic presentation. Solid soundtrack. Subtle queues to evoke eerie atmosphere and a drive to plow straight through the campaign.

The Cons: 

Left-side-loving camera. Blatant product placement.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

For a while there I was having discussions with fellow gamers and friends about the death of single-player gaming. It seems that every title that releases these days has multiplayer associated. In most modern cases the story-mode of the game does little more than introduce you to the ideals of the multiplayer. I was afraid that the cinematic, story-driven games of my past may have gone the way of the Dodo. 

NIER [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

NIER is far from being a perfect or traditional JRPG game with its untraditional story and action focused gameplay. But it’s the unconventional aspects of the game that makes NIER so damn good. With good production values and gameplay that isn’t just standard hacking and slashing, NIER is a game that everyone should check out no matter what perceptions they have about it.

The Pros: 

The story is really deep and is filled with emotion that isn’t just sappy JRPG writing. Voice actors like Liam O’Brien really inject an incredible amount of personality into the game. Controlling Nier and using the power of Grimoire Weiss during combat is fun and has a nice level of depth. The music is so damn good that you may just want to leave the control idle so you can listen to it.

The Cons: 

Side missions are a bit boring. At times the camera can be a slight hassle. Generally the graphics aren’t bad but there are a few rough edges and textures that may make you go “yeesh.” A few of the missions can drag on a bit too long and feel like nothing more than grinding.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

With most RPG games, particularly those that come out of Japan, there seems to be pre-conceived notions on what to expect.  One can’t particularly fault those who expect andronoyous heroes, spiky hair or a quest involving saving a kingdom when they hear of a new RPG.  For a long period of time the genre has mostly remained the same and is almost bordering on becoming stagnant.  Aside from a few old standbys such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest the JRPG genre has remarkably remained the same for better or worse.

Rocket Knight Review XBLA + Free Game Give Away

Overall Feeling: 

Solid gameplay, and another great example of how to re-do an old school franchise correctly. The game is simple and fun. Though the game runs very short, you will enjoy the time spent with it, and if you're a high-score/collecting hound then you'll find plenty of re-play value.

The Pros: 

Easy to pick up and play. Very laid back and fun styled platforming game. Great graphic and sound tweaks form the original. All-around enjoyable game.

The Cons: 

Way too short. No co-op play, even though there are two additional unlockable characters.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Way back in the early 90s, there was a short lived series following the adventures of an Opossum with a rocket powered suit of armor. While the premise might have sounded a little goofy, it quickly became an endearing franchise that I fell in love with on the Sega Genesis.

[Review] Final Fantasy XIII

Overall Feeling: 

Claimed by Square-Enix to be the evolution of gaming, Final Fantasy XIII is far in a way different to its predecessors. However with many of the changes working against the game rather than for it, it feels like two steps forward and one step back. There’s still clear progression and combined with a plot that as epic in scale as the series demands, Final Fantasy XIII has plenty to offer but series veterans may dislike this stage of the evolution cycle.

The Pros: 

Stunning visuals. Hectic and entertaining battle system. Paradigm system works well and offers greater flexibility than using pre-set roles.

The Cons: 

Linear level design as well as lack of side quests. Lack of Gambit system can be frustrating. Easier than previous games in the series.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Few games can boast as big a brand as Final Fantasy. With countless releases and re-release across a wealth of formats, Square-Enix's RPG series is one the biggest, and is regarded by a legion of fans as the best. Final Fantasy XIII represents the series' first outing in HD, as well as its first appearance on a Microsoft console. It's clear that rather than simply improve on its predecessor, Square-Enix opted to give the game a major overhaul. Unfortunately, in spite of all the improvements, Final Fantasy XIII feels like it takes one step backwards for every two steps forward.

[Review] Perfect Dark XBLA

Overall Feeling: 

It's very much like putting on rose-tinted sunglasses and looking back at your childhood. The game is just as much fun as I remembered it, but with the graphics and game-play tweaks there's no real downside to going back to the days of the N64.

The Pros: 

Tons of customization options.
Plenty of maps.
Fun and interesting challenges.
Great multi-player.
Some amazing weapons.
Nostalgia overload.

The Cons: 

Outdated controls.
Outdated story.
Single player experience not what I remembered.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Perfect Dark is a classic N64 game that a lot of people will debate was even better than retro fan-fave Golden Eye. While both played similarly and offered some highly addictive multiplayer action, a lot of people believe Perfect Dark to be the gold standard based on one key factor: variety. It’s absolutely true that Rare was light-years ahead of the rest of the developers out there when this game originally launched. There are insane amounts of customization, game modes, weapons, and challenges. But how does it stack up 10 years later?

[Review] Toy Soldiers

Overall Feeling: 

Toy Soldiers is a fun, polished, action oriented tower defence game that has interesting elements not generally seen in a tower defence. If you're into this genre, defeneitly check it out.

The Pros: 

It's not based in WWII. A good entry to the TD genre. Action is fast paced and varied and flying a bomber around the map raining scale model death is good times.

The Cons: 

The could be more variety in the amount of towers and the addition of some more advanced TD concepts like controlling enemy paths.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Tower defence games are a pretty niche genre and Army Men... a non-existent one. Both of which I’m big fans of, though on Army Men I liked the idea better than the games. Toy Soldiers takes place on a basement Ping-Pong turned model war table. You’ll experience World War I in a way you never have before: in a game. It’s good to see another historical war used as the backdrop other than WWII.

[Review] Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Overall Feeling: 

A more serious tone to the story aided by improvements to every last detail from the first game creates and exciting and entertaining single player campaign while continuing the Battlefield tradition of intensely satisfying multiplayer experiences.

The Pros: 

Impressive cast of interesting and entertaining characters.
A wide assortment of weapons, all reliable while providing variety.
Interesting twist to multiplayer that encourages team work, and staying alive over lone-wolf meat-grinder play.

The Cons: 

Almost nothing, pressed to provide something I would say I was a little let down that the story wasn't as campy as the first title.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

 

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