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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.

Eat Them [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Eat Them! Is a relatively fun game but is hampered with missions that are slightly repetitive and some control issues that really didn’t make me feel like I’m controlling a giant monster. The comic book presentation and cell-shading is nice, but doesn’t feel like it’s utilized as good as it could be, perhaps due to the omission of coherent cutscenes. Eat Them Isn’t a complete bust as it only costs $10, but the game doesn’t have a longstanding replay factor outside of Trophy hunting or letting some steam loose by eating or stomping on people.

The Pros: 

It’s fun to stomp on people, pick them up and eat them and destroy a variety of buildings. The monster creation tools are easy and its fun smashing together body parts to see what the best pairings are. The environments may not be huge, but they’re modestly sized in such a way that I never felt too confined while playing a mission.

The Cons: 

There’s just something about the controls that feel off, especially when it comes to picking things up or destroy buildings. Having the multiplayer be limited to four-play local play is a bummer. Missions are cool at first but then begin to drag a bit. Even in the form of a giant monster, it’s still easy to be taken out by the military which can lead to some annoying scenarios which involves running away – something that most monsters shouldn’t do.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

Video games are all about fun so it’s nice when a game comes along in which we can literally let all our animalistic instincts come to the surface and just cause pure and utter destruction.  There are quite a few games that allow us to let loose and have fun blowing stuff up, but how many games allow us to roam around a city as a monster as big as the Statue of Liberty?  Usually games have us confined in the role of a small chap or maybe a medium sized monster, but in the new PSN game Eat Them, gamers can channel their inner Godzilla as they destroy city after city and yes, even e

Auditorium HD [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

For the PS3 owners who like to try abstract indie games, Auditorium HD is without a doubt the game to play right now. At first the experience may be a bit disorienting, but eventually learning to open your mind a bit to create music and pieces of art is captivating and extremely satisfying. Priced at $9, Auditorium HD is probably the latest great indie game to be available on the PSN as it offers an experience that’s one part puzzle game, one part music journey, and all around is a terrific piece of interactive art.

The Pros: 

Taking a slightly low key approach to the music, Auditorium HD has a nice selection of classical based tracks which may not be long or overly epic but are still memorable and enjoyable. Figuring out how to manipulate the flow of particles may take a while, but switching between the different tools and expanding their range is really simple – even when using the PlayStation Move. There’s an incredible amount of content in the game as the two playlists have over 70 tracks each.

The Cons: 

Like some pieces of art, the game may not be for everyone. The lack of a clear explanation for certain tools may leave some completely befuddled.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

One debate that’s almost constant is whether or not video games can truly be considered art. To some out there, games aren’t anything more than entertainment spectacles featuring big explosions, bad dialogue and nice visuals that sadly don’t have any substance.

Aqua Panic! [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Aqua Panic! is an easy going and fun puzzle game that despite its overly cute appearance offers a nice amount of depth. At times some of the puzzles can be simply brain busting annoying, but with a reasonable price point and unique mechanics, Aqua Panic! is yet another solid puzzle game for the PSN.

The Pros: 

The almost cartoon style visual and vibrant art style is nice. Puzzle fans should appreciate the level of challenge the various layouts present. It’s nice that you can skip a puzzle that proves to be too challenging.

The Cons: 

Could’ve used more variety in terms of the art design. While interesting, it would’ve been nice if the level layouts had more variety to them and perhaps a bigger scope. The music and sound effects are some of the most annoying things I’ve ever heard in a video game. Seriously, I had my sound settings on level 3 the entire time so I wouldn’t have a psychotic breakdown and hurl something at my TV.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

The PlayStation Network isn’t in short supply when it comes to puzzle games.  Come to think of it, the PSN has quite a diverse offering for those who like to flex their cerebral muscle. From games involving buttery beats, block flipping, and puking creatures into one another, the PSN has the full gamut of puzzle goodness. So with that being said I was quite interested to see what the new puzzle game Aqua Panic! would bring to the table in terms of mechanics and overall originality.  Being a chap who digs a well-executed puzzle game I was certainly hoping Aqua Panic!

NBA 2K11 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

NBA 2K11 is basically the best basketball game to be released in the past 10 years. The game boasts incredible production values, amazing gameplay and one of the best modes ever in the form of the Jordan Challenge mode. Lots of the lingering issues from past NBA 2K games have been cleared up and few issues that are present in the game are minor. With an accurate depiction of the NBA, its players and the sport of basketball, NBA 2K11 is the crowned Champion of basketball video games.

The Pros: 

The gameplay is just stunning, even if it takes a while to get used to. The feeling the game gives from an aural and visual perspective is just unparalleled. NBA fans should be satisfied with the deep Association Mode and the soon to be legendary Michael Jordan mode. The options for online play are good and the stability is terrific. Even when it’s on Easy mode the game still puts up a nice challenge.

The Cons: 

Passing can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. The Dunk Challenge mode left a bit to be desired. Starting out as an upstart in the My Player mode may be a bit too tough for folks. A few small glitches/issues are still present. Ref calls can be a bit odd at times.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Seeing someone travel from both ends on the wood tiles of a NBA court is almost like poetry in motion. While NBA players like LeBron James or past legends like Karl Malone and Michael Jordan weren’t spitting out poetic verses like Robert Frost, they were showing us their true selves with how they played on the court.

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.

Eagle Eye USB Mouse & Keyboard Converter (REVIEW)

Overall Feeling: 

I believe without a doubt that any PC gamer will absolutely adore the Eagle Eye by Penguin United. The familiar controls that are easy to customize, it is a must have for you Dual-Shock haters out there.

The Pros: 

Every good thing about using Eagle Eye is right on the box, “Aim Better, Move Faster, Ownage Never Comes Easier”. For the most part, these claims are very true given that you are already acquainted with a mouse and keyboard. The Eagle Eye is easy to set up and simplified for a “fluff” free experience. It is also equipped with a very long USB cable for a nice set up anywhere on your entertainment stand.

The Cons: 

For people who are more comfortable, or better with a joystick/controller I suggest you stay away from this. It doesn’t work with very many (if any at all) high-quality gaming mice that are available for Windows. At the somewhat steep price of $69.99us there seem to be a lot cheaper (not necessarily better) options out there.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

I entered my gaming lifestyle running things in Counter Strike and the likes on a PC. As it turns out, with the evolution of console gaming, I would lose touch with my roots. I was all over the opportunity to review this Eagle Eye converter just based on the possibility to combine my life of console gaming with my roots of WASD pwnage. I opened the box thinking I was going to be graced with a lavishly designed piece of awesome that would transform my Dual Shock 3 into a Razor Mouse and Keyboard (I was wrong of course). Instead I was introduced to the simple and linear Eagle Eye.

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.

Clash of the Titans: The Video Game [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Clash of the Titans: The Video Game is an epic waste of time to play. Those who enjoyed the movie are likely to be burned by a game that is extremely dull and fails to capture the Greek mythology essence. Even those looking for a mindless action game are sure to be disappointed by a combat engine that feels like it belongs in a PS1 game.

The Pros: 

There’s laughter to be had by some of the bad voice acting and production values. Smashing skeletons to pieces is mildly entertaining for the first twenty minutes.

The Cons: 

Visually unimpressive in almost every way, especially the lifeless cutscenes. The combat lacks a spark and doesn’t offer much we haven’t seen before. Most of the missions and levels are extremely boring.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
4

Being an avid gamer, I like to support as many games as I can, whether they’re big budget AAA titles or lesser known IPs/indie games. Sometimes my openness to support a game, not necessarily hyping it up to others, can backfire on me in such an ugly way that I can’t help but feel like an ass.  One such game that my anticipation of has completely punched me in the gut is the game adaptation of the recent Clash of the Titans remake. 

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