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Far Cry 4 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Coming from Far Cry 3, the gameplay feels very much the same, but with a couple of new additions. However, the environment, the weapon selection, and the incredible feeling of lighting forests on fire and stomping on enemy soldiers while riding an elephant does a lot to detract from the negatives and deliver an overall bad-ass experience.

The Pros: 

+ You are a living murder machine
+ Beautifully rendered environment
+ Easy to grasp gameplay
+ You can ride an elephant, what more do you want

The Cons: 

- Gameplay can be very samey from Far Cry 3 to 4
- Hunting can be made almost too easy with the inclusion of Bait
- Outposts and Bell Towers are a little bit repetitive

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

A lot of games are doing moral/amoral story-lines now. I totally get the appeal as well. Titles like the Fallout series really made you feel the full weight of a bad decision, be it through popping a cap in one dude and having a bunch of normally-friendly NPC's come gunning for you or by blowing up a small town and making your daddy express his disappointment in you. Today, I'm going to celebrate Far Cry 4 which allows you to be a total dick to the oppressed people of Kyrat, and totally get away with it.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A collection of four Halo games should have been a cause for much rejoicing for Xbox fans. However, somewhere down the development road the team behind the game collection forgot what made Halo successful the first time around: Multiplayer. Without a working multiplayer at launch (or indeed for a week afterwards) this game feels half-complete.

The Pros: 

+Halo 2's visual upgrade is nothing short of stunning.
+Having the ability to go through all 4 main Halo games again is awesome.
+The menu navigation and selection is slick and easy to use.

The Cons: 

-The game was released before it was completed.
-Multiplayer is still having issues getting started a week later.
-Playlists should be customizable, instead of just preset.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

While we might not hit every single game for review, I'm sure some of you have been wondering where the Halo: Master Chief Collection review has been. It's understandable, especially considering the fact that we've live streamed several hours of the game on our Twitch stream. So here's the down low: We received a review copy of the game about 2 weeks before it came out, however there were issues with the multiplayer/co-op that were going to be addressed in a patch.

Bayonetta 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Bayonetta 2 is a game that never should have been made. We don't deserve it. We obviously didn't buy the original enough and yet now we're being rewarded with one the best character action games ever made. This is the opposite of how good things are supposed to happen. I'm sensing a terrible monkey paw twist real soon like that episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. I can't remember what happened in it but I remember the monkey paw. Or maybe that was Freaky Stories. Either way, Bayonetta 2 is amazing. Play it before something awful happens to you.

The Pros: 

+ Moment to moment tension in combat that makes Climax moves spiritually satisfying
+ Beautiful set pieces and enemy design that lend themselves to spectacular moments both in-game and during cutscenes
+Stage design that doesn't fight against the flow of the game
+A heavily customizable loadout with unique weapons and costumes

The Cons: 

-Good luck figuring out how to equip those weapons and costumes in the beginning
-No quick restarts in the middle of a stage
-Loki's voice-acting is reeeeal blah

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Bayonetta 2 is the sequel (that by all rights we never should have gotten) to 2010's Bayonetta by Platinum games, a studio well known for it's over-the-top character action games. Directed by Yusuke Hashimoto taking over from the series creator Hideki Kamiya, Bayonetta 2 follows the story of the titular Bayonetta, an Umbra Witch who seems to constantly get into tussles with the powers of Heaven and Hell, sometimes referred to as Paradiso and Inferno.

Fantasy Life [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Level-5 has built a fairly typical cutesy RPG with a fun new twist - find your calling and take up a job, buy and decorate (and redecorate) your house and create your own goods-based trading system with your friends as you progress through an unfortunately non-interactive story with a talking butterfly by your side. The very same-y feeling of the more standard inclusions in this game are contrasted against what happens to be an excellent gameplay system where you can, if you so choose, beat the bad guy and save the world as a powerful Paladin or a humble Cook.  These aspects create a surprisingly addictive yet easy to put down portable RPG.

The Pros: 

+Surprisingly fun and addictive blue-collar job system
+No job limitations - pick up as many as you want
+Classically adorable Level 5 design
+Online multiplayer encourages turning your craft into an entrepreneurship
+Very detailed character customization when making your avatar

The Cons: 

-Story is very typical dialogue is fluffy
-Combat classes pointless at start of game
-Story missions almost non-interactive

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Over the years, Level-5 has sat on the throne for a very niche concept - build an otherwise typical game and throw in just the right gimmick or twist to make you never want to put your controller down. From Dark Cloud 2's crafting system to Professor Layton's ...Layton-ness, to building a neat RPG concept and then having Studio-freaking-Ghibli animate your cutscenes, this studio has been aces at developing fun and unique games for all audiences.  Once in a while, a portion of the game has to suffer for innovation.

Fantasia: Music Evolved [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Fantasia: Music Evolved maintains the core-concept of the original musical-animation by providing an introduction to the concepts of orchestral music through stunning visuals, but adapts it for the modern generation by including you in the story. However the technical issues of the game hold it back from being a truly emersive experience, or competitive for the older audiences.

The Pros: 

+Fantasic Concept
+Awesome Character Design
+Intuitive Menu Navigation
+Great Creative Outlet for Childern

The Cons: 

-Technical Issues Where the Kinect Can't Keep Up
-A Lot of the Remixes are far Worse Then the Original Songs Themselves.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Years ago, I was visiting a friend’s house, just hanging out and playing video games… typical Friday night stuff for nerds like us. He pulled out a game called Amplitude, which at the time I had never even heard of. We booted it up, the premise and controls were explained and then we were off and running. I instantly fell in love with the concept, got my own copy and then eventually its successor Frequency. Ever since that first game I’ve been absolutely in love with Harmonix and their ideas on game design.

Sunset Overdrive [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Ready for the shortest "overall feeling" I've ever written? Sunset Overdrive is fun, pure and simple.

The Pros: 

+Addictive World Traversal Mechanics
+Fantastically Funny Story-line, Dialog, and Characters
+Awesome Character Creation and Customization
+So. Much. Fun.

The Cons: 

-The uh... logo screen is a bit busy-looking?
-People keep comparing it to Infamous, for some reason...
Seriously though, there are no complaints here!

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Before I received my copy of Sunset Overdrive for review, I had watched a developer introduction to the game at one of the conventions who was talking about the concept for the game. It’s stuck with me the whole way through; in particular one specific line.

I don’t remember the quote word-for-word, but the basic gist of it was: “We wanted everything about the game to be fun, even dying is fun.”

Forza Horizon 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Horizon 2 feels like the core concept for the design team was two fold: Freedom and Fun. The game allows you wishfulfillment in the form of not only a cross-continental road trip with the breath-taking beauty of Europe but a phenominal level of car customization to make exactly the kind of ride you've only ever dreamed of (unless you're super rich).

The Pros: 

+In Depth Car Customization
+Wide Open Road and Exploration
+Beautiful Scenary to Drive Through
+An Impressive and Ever-Expanding Car List

The Cons: 

-There Could Be More Options for Upgrades
-The Road Trip Story Line Progresses Too Quickly (if you stick with one car class)

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Ever since I was a child I was influenced by my father's extensive love and knowledge of automobiles. It shaped how I viewed transportation as a whole, and for decades since has been the root of my fascination with classic cars. It’s a hobby that I would absolutely love to have as my own, but as a mere writer there’s no way I’ll be able to collect like the comedians with millions in the bank to fuel their passion for automotives and its sports.

Thankfully as gamers, we’re not wanton for venues of wish-fulfillment.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

From incredibly fun combat and how rewardingly violent Talion deals with his Uruk enemies, to roaming around vast parts of Mordor in a variety of acrobatic ways, I had a surprisingly great time with this title. Shadow of Mordor's key feature, the newly introduced Nemesis System, was for sure the standout here and the source of most of my mischievous fun I had.  The side missions can get repetitive and the story isn't anything spectacular, but there was more than enough to have me coming back and decapitating Uruk after Uruk.

The Pros: 

+Nemesis System is excellent.
+Combat is an absolute blast.
+RPG elements aren’t deep, but very well used.

The Cons: 

-Side quests get repetitive.
-Story is nothing amazing.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Super Smash Bros. 3DS [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Smash Bros. 3DS may not even ATTEMPT a reinvention of the wheel with the latest iteration of the fan-favourite... but it at least devotes a noticable amount of effort into shining everything up nice and pretty like for the 3DS debut of the ridiculously hype cross-brand fighter. That being said, avoid the 3D feature at all costs.

The Pros: 

+Massive cross-brand character roster
+Solid Play Controls
+Full featured game, with plenty of new modes/items
+Fantastic attention to detail

The Cons: 

-Insanely obnoxious 3D
-Inherent feel of missing something, due to the time-gap with the Wii U version
-Poor platform choice for a 'serious' fighter

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Destiny [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Destiny is a really good game that shys just short of true greatness by being a fairly standard feeling FPS game at its core. It has the potential to be a really great game franchise down the road, but the current iteration is held back by a lot of little things that annoy slightly, like taking a lovely family vacation but not being able to ignore the mosquitos. 

The Pros: 

+ Solid mechanics

+ Addictive 'bread-crumb' style gameplay

+ Large, expansive scenes to explore

+ Plenty of varity in game modes and play styles

The Cons: 

- Derivitive feeling story and characters

- Nagging UI/flow issues

- Character fatigue online (not enough customization)

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

The amount of hype that Destiny has been able to generate, for a new IP, is simply unprecedented.

Some of that is natural; the fans saw something new and exciting, and they flocked to it.

Some of that is manufactured. The amount that was spent on marketing the game was a little beyond ridiculous as well… But it all in all it’s paid off.

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