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Brooklyn to Babylon: Shinobi Ninja Attacks iPhone Review

Overall Feeling: 

An innovative band iPhone app that includes a great arcade game and interesting extras.

The Pros: 

Awesome arcade beat-em-up action. Music and Movie unlockables. Download the EP for free once you beat the game. Innovative "Live Show" features.

The Cons: 

3.99 regular price will likely be too pricey for players only interested in the game, which is a little short. 8 Point touch control pad would have been better as a Joystick, similar to Simpsons Arcade.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Recently we were asked to review a new iPhone game for the band Shinobi Ninja out of New York City. For those of you who don’t know them (and I’ll be honest I didn’t prior to them emailing me) Shinobi Ninja is an independent rock/rap group which features lead singers DA and Baby Girl, bassist Jonny on the Rocks, drummer Terminator Dave, guitarist Maniac Mike, and DJ Axis Powers. Shinobi Ninja is an interesting fusion of rock, alternative and hip-hop party music.

[Review] Bioshock 2

Overall Feeling: 

A solid action title with a fun feeling to it, though the storying is no where near as compelling as the original. Aided in no small part by the addition of multiplayer to the game.

The Pros: 

It is a beautiful looking game. The multiplayer is surprisingly fun and innovative. It is a lot of fun to play through, and the mechanics weren't ruined.

The Cons: 

Disappointing follow up to the story from the original. Random difficulty changes through the game. No new plasmids.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

 

The original Bioshock was a masterpiece of gaming work; it was one of those titles that helped to blur the lines between video games and art. It was a prime example of how something could be fun to play, and yet provide an engrossing story. When a game like that comes along and does well for itself, it enables itself the opportunity of a sequel. Unfortunately with that opportunity comes a high bench-mark to meet or, even more rarely, exceed.

[Review] Mass Effect 2

Overall Feeling: 

BioWare has attempted a fresh take on story-telling within the established Mass Effect world. While most of the changes to the game are cosmetic, a few core game play elements will leave fans of the original game's unique feel wanting.

The Pros: 

Mass Effect continues to have one of the most deep and compelling sci-fi universes out there. The story is powerful, entertaining, and surprisingly stands on its own. Soundtrack, voice cast, and stunning scenery help to compliment the writing without feeling like they are trying to wow you into forgetting what is going on.

The Cons: 

Core changes to the game play make this a horse of a different color. Fans of the original RPG elements will find the newest incarnation a bit lacking, as the game shifts focus to a more action/shooter oriented play-style.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Three years ago BioWare decided to create one of the most impressive original works of sci-fi that I have come across in a long while. At the time, I remember touting the game as “Star Wars” for gamers; a pinnacle of sci-fi story telling sure to be recalled by loyal fans for years to come. 

Story is paramount in BioWare games, and Mass Effect is one of the most compelling bits of sci-fi that I have come across within recent years. 

[Review] Darksiders

Overall Feeling: 

With its varied combat, challenging puzzles and epic plot Darksiders succeeds in merging many elements , and in doing so offers a terrific experience that’s likely to have something to offer for most who will play it. But more importantly, rather than feeling like yet another simple clone, Darksiders genuinely feels like a legitimate contender.

The Pros: 

Addictive combat with a large variety of enemies to face and moves to master. Epic boss battles. A gorgeous visual style that has as much variation as the combat itself. A plot filled with entertaining characters as well as a few twists along the way.

The Cons: 

War’s character is all too generic. The camera often leaves you unsure of where enemies are leaving War wide open.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Creating a game which draws its influences from some of modern gaming’s biggest series is a bold move on the part of developer Vigil Games, but it’s certainly one that has paid off. By enlisting the help of artist Joe “Mad” Madureira the slick visual style on display in Darksiders alone is enough to make the game stand out. Add to that a combat system that’s as deep as it is rewarding along with a handful of massive boss battles and you have a game that goes well beyond the title of clone.

[Review] Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: Rush

Overall Feeling: 

Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy: Rush may not seem like it but it’s one of the most cohesive and entertaining puzzle games to be released on a console. The puzzles are engaging and despite the difficulty of some of the more advanced ones it never feels too cheap or like it’s impossible to complete. The game boasts a nice amount of content and for $6 it’s an absolute steal.

The Pros: 

Entertaining puzzles that while difficult are always fun to tackle. The production values are really sharp which is surprising considering the fact that it’s a puzzle game based on a toy. Listening to techno buttery beats while trying to solve a puzzle never gets old.

The Cons: 

It would’ve been nice if there were more multiplayer modes. Other than that it’s just up to personal preference if you enjoy the puzzle offerings of Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy: Rush. Oh, it also would’ve been amazing if you could make your own puzzles and share them online.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

One of the biggest things to hit the world of pop culture in the last thirty years was the Rubik’s Cube.  Somehow this simple toy captured the attention of the world as it became notorious as being impossible to solve.

[Review] Assassin's Creed II

Overall Feeling: 

For the most part it's a fun game jumping from rooftop to rooftop assassinating fools that could've used a lot more polish.

The Pros: 

Parkour actions are pretty solid. Duel wrist blades are rad. A lot of detail went into the look of the cities.

The Cons: 

Story which tries its best to not let you in on it. Really poor level design in some places.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

This review of AC2 was made by a multi-matter state team of various faiths, beliefs and are neither Mac¹ nor PC (..politically correct).

[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

 

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