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[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.

[Product Review] Are the Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition night vision goggles worth the money? Find out!

Overall Feeling: 

Arguably the best special edition bonus ever created to this date. It's a little pricey for everyone to budget but those who didn't even blink at the price tag won't be upset with their purchase.

The Pros: 

Looks and feels like a pro set of goggles.

Plenty of options for customization with color, intensity, and fit.

Includes a bust of “Soap” MacTavish to display the goggles

Great addition for any collector of gaming items.

The Cons: 

No real depth perception. It's hard to walk around

Would not want to use these for any activities (i.e. Paintballing is a no go...sorry guys)

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

**NOTE** This is a review of the items that come with the Call of Duty 2 Modern Warfare Prestige Edition. Game review coming soon!

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.

Review: Video game cover band Tanuki Suit Riot

Overall Feeling: 

Enjoyable, funky-fresh, jazzy rock covers and mash-ups of classic retro games and pop music. Any video game fans in California should support this group and stop by a show!

The Pros: 

Fantastic solos and break downs, specifically the guitar solos! Great composition in mash-ups and bonus points for live instruments!

The Cons: 

Sometimes saxophone / horn sections drag or miss their mark. This happens mostly in their older slower tempo tracks, but it's by no means game over for this band.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

In my random Internet wanderings a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a kick ass band in California named Tanuki Suit Riot who plays video game covers and mash-ups. This type of band is not really a new thing, but it's their choice of style that particularly caught my personal interest.

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