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Battlefield 3 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Battlefield has always been a series focused on co-operative team play, massive battles encompassing land, sea, and air as well as a showcase of a variety of different military vehicles. The 'third' instalment of the series doesn't diverge from the tried and true formula, but does make some much-needed tweaks to the over-all gameplay to advance the series into the modern generation of FPS titles and beyond.

The Pros: 

+Team-focused combat sees a return, and gets some balance tweaks.

+Impressive graphical upgrades over the series predacessors. 

+A more compelling single-player campaign then previous ventures.

+Bigger better battles that let you take the fight on virtually every front.

The Cons: 

-The main story feels like it cribs a little to heavily from Call of Duty.

-A couple of bad-apples can ruin the experience real quick, as you are reliant on your teammates.

-The flashlight/laser sight system can be abused for annoyance VERY easily.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Outside of the Bad Company sub-series, Battlefield has never been a series that's been held up by its deep or interesting story. What story was offered in the games previous was little more than an introduction to the mechanics of the game; an extended tutorial if you would. That's probably the reason why Battlefield 3's story-mode isn't getting a whole lot of focus from reviewers. Reviewers and gamers alike will be jumping into the game with one focus in mind, and everything else as a secondary.

Batman: Arkham City [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The fact of the matter is that if you haven’t played the original Arkham Asylum, you missed out. If you did, you probably already own this game, and might have even wrapped it before me. Either way, this is a stellar title that absolutely everyone should have to play to continue holding the title “gamer,” “geek,” “nerd,” or even “Batman Fan.” 

The Pros: 

+Improved free-flow combat system.

+Enhanced 'side-quest' system, featuring all of Gotham's fave villains.

+Bigger, badder world of Batman to explore.

+One of the single most impressive Batman stories of any medium, ever. 

+Awesome new gadgets that change-up the combat and stealth.

+Everything in the game has a purpose, time-line and consiquence, making even mundane collecting tasks become 'life or death' situations.

The Cons: 

-Review scales simply don't go high enough to represent this game accurately.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

It would probably be a little bit of an understatement to say that Rocksteady had a bit of a high bar to hurdle, expectations wise, when they decided to release a sequel to Arkham Asylum. It was a game that was heralded by many game critics as the best of the superhero (and for Batman I do use that term loosely) genre. Beyond that it was considered to be one of the best games of 2009, winning all kinds of awards on all kinds of gaming enthusiast sites, including a game of the year nod from Shogun Gamer.

SpeedRunner HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

SpeedRunner HD does a lot of the same things other indie platformers do.  However with its fantastic competitive multiplayer, this one stands out a touch further than the rest, and at 240 Microsoft Points, if you have a friend, it is well worth it.

The Pros: 

+Easy controls to get you right into the game

+Multiplayer is an absolute blast!

+Decent price point for amount of fun

The Cons: 

-You can beat the single player in less than one hour

-Never changes enough to feel like you are going anywhere

-If you don't have any friends, there is hardly any replay value.

 

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

DoubleDutch Games bring us SpeedRunner HD: a fast-paced, superhero, 2D-platformer, which relies on elements of parkour to get you from start to finish.

As this SpeedRunner, you will find yourself zipping through levels against the clock to stop the evil Mad Bomber and foil his mad bombing plots.  To do this you will have quite a few tricks up your oh-so-fast sleeves, such as: grappling hooks, speed boosts, a handy slide move, and of course a good ol' fashion double jump.

TIC: Part 1 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Ultimately, I would hardly recommend this game. The message, while earnest, graced my TV with all the subtlety of a kick to the butt. However, if you're some sort of giant genius squirrel and have a thing about collecting different coloured acorns, then maybe this is right up your alley.

The Pros: 

+Kind of cute

+Music is good if a little repetitive

+Good groundwork for a concept

The Cons: 

-Short

-Preachy intro

-Graphics so-so

-Concept could use a lot of expansion

-Not very challenging

-VERY repetitive

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
2

TIC Part 1, the winner of 2nd Place in Dream.Build.Play 2011, is a quick indie game that had a good foundation but found itself falling short. While I have no real problem with games with environmental messages (such as Flower), I felt like the introduction to the game sort of slapped it right on there by outright telling you the villains were "Capitalist robots" known as EvilCorp, whose vendetta against you involves drilling your world for its natural resources. 

Guardian Heroes [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Guardian Heroes was brought back from the grave to remind us that this is possibly one of the best beat-em-up games ever made.

The Pros: 

+Dynamic story choices and different endings gives much replayability to the game.

+The stunning remastered graphics give a new shine on an old classic.
The Cons: 

-Playing through story mode makes the beginning levels very boring.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Guardian Heroes was developed by Treasure and released on Sega Saturn in 1996. The latter fact alone might've sealed its fate as one of those great-but-you-missed-it titles, be it not for the fact that Sega mercifully resurrected it for Xbox Live Arcade. The result is a great visual and mechanical update to an underground classic.

Forza Motorsport 4 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Forza 4 is less of a game, and more of an experience. It encompasses every racing fantasy that you've ever had, and presents it to you with both gorgeous graphics, visceral sound bites and the raw 'feel' that all proper racing games need to have. Forza does a bit better than pull it all off, it nails it, making it the best of all worlds in the racing genre, and my personal new favourite sim.

The Pros: 

+Ultra-realist graphics that help pull you into the world.

+One of the best feelings to a racing game. 

+Autovista feature allows you to get up-close and personal with a wide-birth of vehicles.

+Insane amounts of customization.

+Expansive car list.

+Race viritually every major circuit world-wide.

+The addition of the Top Gear track and Jeremy Clarkson make it huge win for fanboys.

The Cons: 

-The uncanny valley on the cars' dashboards can get a bit annoying.

-Navigation of the games massive list of features can be a little wonky.

-The Kinect features feel a little tacked on/useless for the most part.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

I'm going to be completely honest. I've never played a Forza title. Well, at least not for any significant amount of time. As someone that grew up with a family of automotive enthusiasts, I love cars and the idea of getting to tool around with vehicles that will never be within my price-range has always been an intriguing one, but I honestly didn't think anyone could do it better than Gran Turismo. As far as realism goes, that has always been the game that defined racing simulation for me.

Oozi: Earth Adventure Episode 1

Overall Feeling: 

Oozi is a very classic 2D platformer, and outside of the first two levels which are rather boring, it can be a very enjoyable game to pick up.

The Pros: 

+Cute, and bright colors help bring the earlier levels to life

+Sounds are rather satisfying

+Great as a pick up and play title

The Cons: 

-After the first few levels it fails to go anywhere new

-Scenery gets repetitive early on

-Nothing unique to make you seek out this 2D platformer

-Soundtrack does not fit the later levels at all 

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

As an indie game developer it's tough breaking in to any genre of game; let alone one that is arguably the most beloved and perfected genre to date: the 2D platformer. That's not to say that this title, Oozi Earth Adventure Ep. 1, does anything wrong. In fact it achieves everything it went for rather well, and it is in no way broken. However, in this day and age if you fail to strive for anything new, or take risks, your title will fall short and be swallowed up by the hundreds of other similar titles; such is the case here.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

One of great Resident Evil titles that still stands out after 10 years; with or without that HD shine.

The Pros: 

+ Great Resident Evil nostalgic gaming

The Cons: 

-Clunky controls.

-HD makeover doesn't really improve the graphics.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Back in 2000, Capcom released Resident Evil Code: Veronica for the Sega Dreamcast. After seeing two more ports one for the Sony's PlayStation 2 in 2001 and the other for Nintendo's Gamecube in 2003, which of course was when the "X" was added to original title, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X once again rises from the grave to scare up PS3 and Xbox 360 owners this time in High Definition.

Resident Evil 4 HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A re-release of one of the most successful Resident Evil game in its franchise, Resident Evil 4 HD is a worthy download complete with a HD makeover and some new achievements/trophies to unlock.

The Pros: 

+ New HD Shine

+ Achievements & Trophies Added

The Cons: 

- Some control issues

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

It has been six years since the initial release of Capcom's Resident Evil 4 for the Nintendo GameCube, and eventual port to PlayStation 2. Now Capcom is providing the option once again to either replay the experience all over again or take part in the adventure for the very first time.

RAGE [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The unique character design, impressive world that has been created and stunning use of idTech5 along with their 'megatextures' do little more than provide a breath-taking mask to otherwise bland shooter. At the end of the day RAGE feels little more than a re-skinned version of DOOM made by a group of people that were inspired by Mad Max and Borderlands.

The Pros: 

+Unique story telling

+Graphically impressive

+Awesome character design

+Unique weapons

+Solid co-op experience

+Ammo types drastically influence battle

The Cons: 

-Mediocre Feeling FPS

-Buggy, especially without install

-Doesn't have a real 'wow' factor beyond its look

-Repeative mission structure

-'Open world' is just a juncture between repeating zones

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

RAGE is something that I've been personally waiting for on bated breath. When it was originally announced back at QuakeCon 2007, it was the 'mega textures' and 'idTech5' showcase that started to blow everyone away. Beyond that though, the game was looking like it was going to take everything that Borderlands had already done, and ramped it up with all kinds of improvements to the style and specifically the graphics of the game.

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