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Portal 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Portal 2 is like reliving your first kiss or watching a pig fly for the first time. It’s a gaming experience you would tell your kids about. Surpassing that of the original, Portal 2 delivers the perfect mix of puzzle solving gameplay, with a soundtrack I want to burn to a CD... people still do that right? The difficulty progression is set at the perfect rate, however the replay value might be missing.

The Pros: 

+ Co-op gameplay adds its own unique story and characters for players.

+ The voice acting is the best I’ve heard in a very long time.

+ New elements such as the Propulsion and Repulsion Gels, provide great new dynamics

+ The charm of Portal: Still Alive is maintained and not discarded.

The Cons: 

- The replay value could be a hit or miss depending on Valves plans for DLC.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

The history of sequels has shown us that sometimes it’s best to stay with the original. This can be taken even further when you look at games. Portal: Still Alive was a shining star in a sky filled with clouds and video game pollution. As a game that was released in the Orange Box, it wasn’t a standalone title.  Where am I going with this? Look at it like this, if Portal was a movie, it would have been straight to DVD. Garnering so much success a blockbuster sequel was made. For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Steam users this head turning experience is called Portal 2.

Rift: Planes of Telara [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Rift is not only the cleanest launch of an MMO I have ever seen, it is hands down the most polished MMO at launch that I have ever played. This is no small feat since I have been playing MMOs for well over 10 years. Not only was the launch clean but the game is really, really good. The only test left for Rift is its lasting power but if launch is any indication, this game has nothing but success in its future.

The Pros: 

+ A near perfect launch with next to no bugs, lag or server issues.

+ The game is very reminiscent of other popular MMOs such as World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings online, meaning any MMO player can dive right in.

+ Tons of little innovations to set itself apart; AoE looting, zone puzzles, collections, crazy class (soul) system and so much more.

+ The games namesake, rifts, are a huge leap forward in the MMO genre and not only offer a new path of progression but are a ton of fun.

The Cons: 

- Class balance is still being refined which can cause some frustration, especially in PvP.

- It might steal your soul.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Rift is the MMO that came out of nowhere and has caught the entire genre off guard. Since the rise of World of Warcraft, every single MMO has struggled to take a real foothold in the market. Lord of the Rings: Online achieved some success, especially with its re-launch as a free-2-play title. There have also been some niche titles such as EVE which are massively (yay for puns) successful. However as a whole, the fantasy MMO genre only has one name, and it is World of Warcraft; or should I say had one name.

Bulletstorm [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

While lacking a few features, the game campaign alone makes this game worth everything it costs.

The Pros: 

+ Skillshot system is awesome

+ great dialogue between characters

+ solid voice acting

+engaging story.

The Cons: 

-lack of multiplayer options

-game froze briefly on the PC

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

I've never played a game that so encouraged shooting people in the balls. Bulletstorm not only encourages it, but rewards it. In fact, some of the hardest shots in the game require some serious punishment to the 'funzone.' A good thirty minutes of my time was spent with the sniper rifle, guiding bullets into testicles. The AI made sure it was hard too, because nutshots were more protected against than having their head blown off. Despite all that, Bulletstorm happens to be one of the highest quality FPS games to come out in the recent set of releases.

DC Universe Online [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Although the game has flaws, they are not enough to completely detract from the game. As it is, this game is the best console based MMO to have been made so far. It may be lacking in a few areas, but they are only areas that can be fixed with more development time, which all MMOs are expected to need.

The Pros: 

Great combat system, good voice work, impressive character creation system, and general high quality content.

The Cons: 

Low level cap that is quick and easy to get to, and though the content is good, there is not enough currently to last for too long. Story can also be confusing to those not following DC comics.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

MMOs have tried before to establish themselves on consoles. This one has succeeded where quite a few have failed before. Rather than trying to port a PC version of the game to the console, the game seems built to be played with a controller. I felt like I could jump right into things with it, instead of needing to learn where things are bound like on a PC. As much as I did enjoy the game, it was not without a few faults. These faults don't take much away from the game though, and the positives do generally outweigh the negatives.

Magic the Gathering: Tactics [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Not much else to say about this game other than it was a letdown. Although it was able to kill a few hours of my time with some mild entertainment, it did a poor job of bringing the elements together to make a good game.

The Pros: 

For players who love Magic the Gathering, but are looking for an alternative other than just playing the card game itself, this is an alternative.

The Cons: 

Glitches that should have never made it out of testing, horrible card balance, a poor tie-in to the strategy, lack of depth behind the card game and a microtransaction system that makes you always feel like you are losing, even when you are winning.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
4

I do not think I can express to you how excited I was about this game. I have been an avid Magic the Gathering player for over 15 years. I have gone from being the casual kitchen table spell flinger to driving two hours to try my hand at qualifying for pro-tours. Magic has been an integral part of my gaming history and is founded in my love of strategy games. This of course led to a love of video game genre as well. Not just any strategy games though, but tactics; turn based combat.

Dead Rising 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A fun feeling "Sunday" game. Casual, laid back, not particularly engaging or in-depth, but a whole heck of a lot of fun to mess around in.

The Pros: 

Fun gameplay. Improved weapon system, with combination weapon creation system. Co-op addition from the previous title. Online multiplayer (aka free in-game money). Big, crazier world in which to wreak havoc.

The Cons: 

Same restrictive time-sensitive mission structure of the previous game. Restrictive, manual save feature that will have you cursing out your Xbox/PS3/PC at least once or twice.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

The original Dead Rising game was one that I wound up having a bit of a love/hate relationship with. While I love the “core” idea of hacking through hordes of zombies – specifically within the confines of a mall – the idea of having to abide by a time restriction throughout the game, and constantly saving to ensure you maintain your progress did irk me something fierce.

Borderlands: Claptrap's New Robot Revolution DLC [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Claptrap's New Robot Revolution offers a bittersweet
goodbye to a well enjoyed game that delivers the usual dose of offbeat humor mixed in with hours of treasure hunter's fun.

The Pros: 

New areas to explore, wacky Claptrap humor, weapon looting never gets old.

The Cons: 

Should had more new original enemies rather than re-using most of the previous enemies, a reminder of how tedious this game can get when playing single player only, really short play-through.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Claptrap's New Robot Revolution DLC is Borderlands' swan song and as nice it would had been to say that the game closes out with a bang, it doesn't but come pretty damn close. The last DLC brings us back to Pandora and stars the one wheeled comedians known as Claptraps.

Shank [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Shank is a game with terrific art design that’s well produced but doesn’t have everything at optimum levels as far the gameplay side of things is concerned. Klei has laid down a good foundation for the side-scrolling action of Shank, but things don’t feel as entirely fleshed out as they could be and ultimately the last few stages get really repetitive. Despite the gameplay issues, Shank still feels like a fresh experience in the side-scrolling genre and should be checked out by those looking for an entertaining brawler.

The Pros: 

The comic book/cartoon inspired art design is amazing, both in the cutscenes and the in-game visuals. Shank has a nice arsenal of weapons at his disposal which are all fun to use. Even though it’s short, the co-op mode is fun. Fun boss battles all of which surpass the standard run and gun mechanics.

The Cons: 

Combat doesn’t feel as deep as it could be. The slight button input delay can be slightly annoying at times. The game gets really repetitive towards the end with only a few standout sections. Unless you look online, the game doesn’t tell you what the criteria are for unlocking the bonus costumes.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Most games these days often rely on style over substance. Of course such a thing is to be expected at times since video games are often meant to be showpieces of amazing graphics and awe-inspiring art design.  That’s not to say every video game follows the Michael Bay mantra of “blow sh!t up, have cool camera angles and everything else is just fluff” but that’s most often the case these days.  Klei Entertainment’s side-scrolling brawler Shank is a game that’s high on the style and originality department.

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.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

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.

Singularity Single Player [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game is pure fun. While it might not be the most in-depth or technical shooter that you ever play, you will have a lot of fun with the weapons and abilities that the game offers up.

The Pros: 

Fun gameplay. Interesting weapons. Proper uses of time manipulation (finally). Compelling story. Interesting characters. Solid voice-acting.

The Cons: 

Short single player experience. Texture pop-in issues on the PC version. Predictable story "twists." Weak feeling "morality choice" at the game's finale.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Time Manipulation is an idea that I have always thought would work perfectly for video games. The ability to slow time down and dodge bullets, or run in and hit people from behind while they are frozen in time. Of course there are much more elaborate uses as well, but these are the main ones that I’ve been waiting a long while for. Singularity finally allows for this kind of gameplay, and plenty of other interesting twists on the usage of time through localized time distortion.

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