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[Review] Dragon Age Origins

Overall Feeling: 

Despite its dull and dated visuals, Dragon Age Origins still manages to offer a terrific experience. With deep gameplay, an epic plot and host of interesting characters to meet, the world of Ferelden will suck you in and you won't want to leave.

The Pros: 

Deep gameplay forces you to think before you act. The main plot has great length, before you even consider all the little extras available to you. Multiple playthroughs are actively encouraged, extending the game's life even further.

The Cons: 

A host of visual problems, from dull and dated environments, to some clipping and frame rate issues. Lack of player voice-over is a disappointment.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

1998 saw the release of Baldur's Gate, an RPG which is still heralded by many as one of best. Several years on, a few expansions later, and BioWare have finally released what they refer to as the "spiritual successor" to Baldur's Gate; Dragon Age Origins. The game takes the traditional style of Western RPG, which is based heavily around the Dungeons and Dragons rules, and brings the whole niche to a "next-gen" level. And whilst there are a couple problems, the experience offered in Dragon Age Origins is unlike anything you'll have played this year.

GTA DLC Review Part 2: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Overall Feeling: 

Forget the fact that it’s DLC. A wealth of new characters, missions and activities, combined with a visual upgrade make The Ballad of Gay Tony the perfect swan song for Rockstar North’s fourth Grand Theft Auto.

The Pros: 

Terrific pacing means that the action never eases up. A visual upgrade irons out many rough edges. Plenty of activities and missions to complete, none of which feel as though they’re simply filler. The new rating system adds an extra dimension to play as well as giving the player reason to replay missions.

The Cons: 

There’s still some minor graphical hitches.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

The Ballad of Gay Tony (TBoGT) represents the final piece of DLC that will be made available for Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV). No doubt the Edinburgh-based developer is already hard at work on the next GTA title, but not before offering up one of the best experiences in the series’ history.

GTA DLC Review Part 1: The Lost and Damned

Overall Feeling: 

Takes everything that was so good about GTA IV and freshens it up with new characters, missions and weapons all packed into an explosive story.

The Pros: 

New characters, each with the sense of humour that has become typical of Rockstar North. New weapons and vehicles means that you have even more choice in how you complete the various missions put your way. Plenty for you to dive into, adding more bang for your buck.

The Cons: 

Lack of any customization for your character appearance is disappointing. Some minor visual improvements (NPC clipping fixes etc.) would have been nice.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Make no mistake about it; even with its new characters and plot, The Lost and Damned (TLaD) is still Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV). But that’s what makes it so good. While Rockstar North have indeed added a fair amount in the first of two DLC packages, there’s nothing in TLaD that will feel new, but it does feel fresh.

[Review] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 a powerful GOTY contender

Overall Feeling: 

Powerful and compelling storytelling brought to life through unique and innovative game play from the developers of one of the all-time greatest shooters. A solid follow up that improves on the original in every single way.

The Pros: 

The legendary look and feel of a Call of Duty shooter.
Emotionally stirring soundtrack.
Powerful scenes that will make you pause and think.
The new standard for online shooters.

The Cons: 

Shorter single campaign then the previous chapter.
Easier than the previous game.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

 

[Review] Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010)

Overall Feeling: 

Whilst much of the game has been improved, too many elements remain rooted in their recent past. The result is a game that's likely to appeal to fans but still feels inferior to its rival FIFA.

The Pros: 

The game's graphical overhaul helps to bring it up to current generation standards and the provides terrific looking player models. Master League has been reworked and now offers the player even more control over their selected team. The ball now has more weight to it resulting in a more realistic sense of speed and power.

The Cons: 

Defensives and Goalkeeper A.I. are still all too easy to expose. Commentary is very poor and almost identical to last year's. Animations still look a bit dated.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

The Pro Evolution Soccer series is one that has struggled to make the transition from the previous generation of consoles to the current one. Konami haven't been helped by the fact that in that time their main rival, EA's FIFA series, has been improving and tuning its already successful game. The PES series was once hailed by football fans alike, but its fan base now consists of mostly die-hard fans who hope for the games of old.

[Review] Brutal Legend isn’t quite the legendary game some had hoped it would be

Overall Feeling: 

Brutal Legend is the very definition of a mixed bag. The game has a story which has a perfect amount of humor and heart that takes some nice shots at the past and present of rock music. But the various game mechanics the game gives the player just aren’t as refined and fun as they could be which makes Brutal Legend a game that is more fun to watch someone else play or to simply watch the cutscenes on YouTube.

The Pros: 

The story is really enjoyable despite the few issues it has. Jack Black and the other voice actors and accompanying rock legends all turn in excellent performances where the core of the character is front and center and not celeb doing the voice. Simply amazing art design that makes this insane rock infused world believable and more importantly entertaining to explore. Awesome rock soundtrack with tons of legendary bands.

The Cons: 

Game just isn’t that fun to play. Regular combat is okay but not that deep and the RTS sections drag on a bit due to their length and lack of intense action and core mechanics that may be too much to handle for some people. The story while fun feels like it's missing a good chunk of content that would've fleshed a lot of things out. The game lacks longevity due to a story mode that can be completed in around five hours and secondary missions which aren't that compelling.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

When it comes to music and concerts in particular the most unsung heroes are the roadies.  Despite the bands performance and what sort of show they put on none of that would be possible without the hard work roadies put into the show. Whether it’s through tuning the instruments or erecting the massive stage that the musicians perform on, roadies are the true backbone of the band and concert. Perhaps the best roadie in the business is Eddie Riggs.

[Review] FIFA 10 falls just short of perfection on account of a few faults and a lot of bugs

Overall Feeling: 

As sporting games go, FIFA 10 is as close to its sport as you’re ever likely to find. With its realistic gameplay, stunning visuals and first rate commentary, you’ll never feel closer to the game of football. Had it not been for a few niggling faults and the presence of a host of bugs, EA Canada may well have created the perfect sports game.

The Pros: 

Last years gameplay has been improved upon again, ironing out most of the little things that held FIFA 09 back. The visuals are as stunning as ever, the commentary from Gray and Tlydesley is engaging and genuinely adds to the experience. Virtual Pro is huge improvement over last year’s Be A Pro mode allowing you to use your superstar in all the games modes. Add to this, an improved Manager mode, and FIFA 10 has a lot to offer you.

The Cons: 

The game still retains a few of the issues of previous generations, namely some unfair match-ups against the computer, as well as cheap AI that results in unrealistic players. Despite the visuals, player faces still look weird, particularly for those in lower leagues. The game has a notable amount of minor bugs – well over 70. Not game breaking in any way, but they do take the shine off a very professional game.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

The FIFA series is certainly one of EA's biggest, however for many of the initial years the game lacked any real depth making it only appealing to those whose primary focus was how good a game looked. A man by the name of David Rutter (a self-proclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer fan) was so dismayed by the FIFA series that he supposedly wrote a letter to EA in which he stated over 100 elements of the game that should be improved. David Rutter is now the producer for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA.

No Exaggeration for Scribblenauts: “Write Anything. Solve Everything.”

Overall Feeling: 

The highly ambitious idea is solid but some game elements were lost because of all the wild content. I can’t deny that summoning up crazy objects like Cthulu isn’t kick ass, but 5th Cell developers seem to have spent all their time creating the database of items and forgetting about simple things that make a game more enjoyable.

The Pros: 

The vast amount of imaginable items players can conjure up
. Objects respond to the surroundings surprisingly well. 
Has a great level editor with plenty of options 
Numerous solutions for each level make excellent replay-ability
. Lots of things to unlock
. Great for people who can’t spell.

The Cons: 

Controls are easy but are also very clunky. 
Lack of indication in puzzle levels. 
The multitude of content took away from some much needed polish and tweaking (resulting in some glitches). 
No storyline

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Scribblenauts was deemed the most anticipated game for the Nintendo DS because of the ability to finish a level using an entirely unique method every time. This is done by typing in any conceivable object (no swear words) into the game and having the game render the item out into the level. The main character, Maxwell, is then capable of using the item in any way he sees fit. This proves to be highly entertaining for creative players.

ODST provides a lackluster side-story for the Halo universe

Overall Feeling: 

Bungie got fed up with making smash hit titles and slightly tweaking the game to improve upon a winning formula to take a gamble on a different genre of game while being forced to stick to the Halo name.

The Pros: 

Nathan Fillion does a fantastic job of voice acting one of the main characters, and will keep you entertained through the cut scenes of the game.

The Cons: 

The game falls short of being a successor of Halo 3, while failing at striking out to become a more realistic and adult shooter. It's also extremely short, with virtually no replay value. It feels as though this should have been a DLC side mission rather than a full priced retail game.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
5

 

Over the course of the last week I’ve been playing through Halo: ODST and mulling over my feelings for the game. Being a fan of Halo 3 and hearing they were going to take the series in a new direction I was considerably excited for the game. I made a point to go nab a copy as soon as I could. However, I’m disappointed to say that the best parts of what make Halo are mysteriously absent from their reinvention of the series.

[Video] Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled HD history, comparison and review

Overall Feeling: 

The game delivers enough to be appease any classic TMNT fan, but definitely doesn't fulfil all of their demands.

The Pros: 

Ninja Turtles Arcade action in HD! Enemy and level visuals look great. Great online play that is fast to setup and connect and feels like a local match. They did a great job on recreating the arcade voices.

The Cons: 

The lack of retro music and the decision to use the shorter arcade version of the game makes the project seem half hearted. Turtles look semi anime. People who are not turtles fans may wish the game was as long as its name.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

We have a special video review of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled. It will walk you through a brief history of the Turtles and compare the newest game with the classic SNES and Arcade versions it's based on. We'll talk about the differences between the three versions and discuss if this latest HD remix is a welcome addition to the nostalgic Turtles franchise.

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