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Singularity Single Player [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game is pure fun. While it might not be the most in-depth or technical shooter that you ever play, you will have a lot of fun with the weapons and abilities that the game offers up.

The Pros: 

Fun gameplay. Interesting weapons. Proper uses of time manipulation (finally). Compelling story. Interesting characters. Solid voice-acting.

The Cons: 

Short single player experience. Texture pop-in issues on the PC version. Predictable story "twists." Weak feeling "morality choice" at the game's finale.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Time Manipulation is an idea that I have always thought would work perfectly for video games. The ability to slow time down and dodge bullets, or run in and hit people from behind while they are frozen in time. Of course there are much more elaborate uses as well, but these are the main ones that I’ve been waiting a long while for. Singularity finally allows for this kind of gameplay, and plenty of other interesting twists on the usage of time through localized time distortion.

Backbreaker [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Backbreaker may not be a perfect football game but it isn’t far from becoming one. While it may not have the finesse of EA’s Madden, Backbreaker is still an enjoyable game that tries its best at offering a simulation based football experience.

The Pros: 

Nice control scheme that is relatively easy to get into. Most of the animations are nice and have that natural feel thanks to using the Euphoria tech. The custom team, jersey, and logo options are really deep and will hook those who wish to recreate their favorite team in the game. It may not push out an incredible amount of detail but the game does look nice visually even if some aspects are missing character to them.

The Cons: 

The presentation could use a bit of work. At times it seems like the A.I. can intercept the ball too often. It would’ve been nice if the player models were more varied as there aren’t any 330 pound behemoths on the field. The playbooks aren’t necessarily deep. POD’s “Here Comes the Boom” needs to go away.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

One of the most popular sports in the world is football. And by football I mean the football that’s popular in North America where players throw around a ball and try their best to tackle one another without causing life changing injuries.  Football is a major part of the American culture and surprisingly its video game counterpart has also been a huge staple as well. For the past fifteen years Electronic Arts’ Madden franchise has been the top football game amongst gamers and the mainstream press.

Supermarket Mania [PSP Minis Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Even for those who enjoy casual games Supermarket Mania fails to impress. The concept is there but the execution is lacking and the variety is next to none. If you want a one-off game Supermarket Mania is worth checking out but it doesn't have the same addicting charm as other casual games on the market.

The Pros: 

Some may like the steep challenge presented in the later stages. The concept and accompanying "story" is silly fluff. The game is a nice time killer.

The Cons: 

The ramping difficulty makes things a bit cheap at times. Seeing the same character models constantly and doing the same things gets old really fast. Visuals and animation are a bit rough. Controls are really poor and feel clunky.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

Over the past decade we’ve seen the casual games market absolutely blow up. Video games were once looked at as something for kids or the geeky/nerdy audience but now games are enjoyed by everyone, even if it’s an 80 year-old grandma who enjoys playing Bejeweled.  Casual gaming on the consoles hasn’t been as prevalent as on the PC but with platforms such as the PSP, DS and Wii more and more games aimed towards the casual toward are being released. Case in point: Supermarket Mania for the PSP.

Planet Minigolf [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Planet Minigolf may not be the successor of arcade golf mantle due to a few issues which hampers the experience. But once you grow accustomed to the faults or improve your game, Planet Minigolf can be rather fun at times. A simple premise and user-created content that isn’t trash helps elevate the game past the problems it has. With a patch or a potential follow-up Planet Minigolf can become something truly great but right now it’s not quite there yet.

The Pros: 

It’s a visually pleasing game, in all its simplistic arcade glory. The power-ups add a nice dimension of strategy to the game. Course variety is nice. User-created content is fun so far and easy to browse.

The Cons: 

The swinging mechanics are touchy and don’t properly convey how much power you’re putting behind your swing. Most of the Par requirements are too damn tough which lowers things on the fun scale. At times the physics of the golf ball and other objects will piss you off. Not a lot of courses are available in the single-player campaign.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Even though golf is one of the most popular, oldest and timeless sports in the world it hasn’t exactly gotten a lot of video game love.  Yes, when it comes to the two ends of the sports spectrum (arcade and sim) golf is well represented with Sony’s Hot Shots Golf franchise and EA’s Tiger Woods.  But with the fate of Hot Shots Golf unknown there’s now a void in the arcade golf genre.  The new PSN release Planet Minigolf may fill the arcade golf void for some but a few issues pop up which prevent it from earning a green jacket. 

Alpha Protocol [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A great story, cast, and choice system that highlights an amazingly well put together RPG. The replay value in the title is through the roof, but there are some technical and gameplay draw-backs that people should be aware of before they buy.

The Pros: 

Solid voice acting. Compelling story. Unparalleled levels of choice, and story divergence. Massive replay value.

The Cons: 

Terrible shooting. Horrible mini-games. Game-breaking boss fights (depending on the character class you pick).

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

For some time now I’ve been following the development of Alpha Protocol. The early stages sounded like it was going to be a return to Mass Effect’s earlier RPG elements, plus spies. I, of course, was sold as soon as I heard there were spies involved. The bigger hook for me though was bringing in active dialog trees and the RPG inspired game-play. Unfortunately the game did a good job of emulating most of Bioware’s original space-RPG, right down to a lot of the issues that people had with the first instalment in the franchise.

Blur [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Gameplay inspired by titles from Bizarre's past, Geometry Wars and Project Gotham racing, as well as Mario Kart and Call of Duty build a unique blend that contribute to a wholly different style of racing action

The Pros: 

Addictive, intense multiplayer action. Bright, vivid, colorful graphics. Unique and dual-purpose weaponry that can be used defensively as well as offensively.

The Cons: 

Single-player campaign doesn't hold attention for too long. The "story" mode of the game deviates a little too much and too often the core of the game, combat racing.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

The last couple of weeks have brought about a small resurgence to the action-racing genre. First we had the release of Split/Second from Disney Interactive, and now Bizarre Creation’s Blur. Following the development of each of these games individually it never felt like it would be a competition to me where only one title could be the victor. Each is unique enough, and specialized in its own way, that I feel comfortable with these being very different and separate experiences with their own focus.

NIER [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

NIER is far from being a perfect or traditional JRPG game with its untraditional story and action focused gameplay. But it’s the unconventional aspects of the game that makes NIER so damn good. With good production values and gameplay that isn’t just standard hacking and slashing, NIER is a game that everyone should check out no matter what perceptions they have about it.

The Pros: 

The story is really deep and is filled with emotion that isn’t just sappy JRPG writing. Voice actors like Liam O’Brien really inject an incredible amount of personality into the game. Controlling Nier and using the power of Grimoire Weiss during combat is fun and has a nice level of depth. The music is so damn good that you may just want to leave the control idle so you can listen to it.

The Cons: 

Side missions are a bit boring. At times the camera can be a slight hassle. Generally the graphics aren’t bad but there are a few rough edges and textures that may make you go “yeesh.” A few of the missions can drag on a bit too long and feel like nothing more than grinding.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

With most RPG games, particularly those that come out of Japan, there seems to be pre-conceived notions on what to expect.  One can’t particularly fault those who expect andronoyous heroes, spiky hair or a quest involving saving a kingdom when they hear of a new RPG.  For a long period of time the genre has mostly remained the same and is almost bordering on becoming stagnant.  Aside from a few old standbys such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest the JRPG genre has remarkably remained the same for better or worse.

Rocket Knight Review XBLA + Free Game Give Away

Overall Feeling: 

Solid gameplay, and another great example of how to re-do an old school franchise correctly. The game is simple and fun. Though the game runs very short, you will enjoy the time spent with it, and if you're a high-score/collecting hound then you'll find plenty of re-play value.

The Pros: 

Easy to pick up and play. Very laid back and fun styled platforming game. Great graphic and sound tweaks form the original. All-around enjoyable game.

The Cons: 

Way too short. No co-op play, even though there are two additional unlockable characters.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Way back in the early 90s, there was a short lived series following the adventures of an Opossum with a rocket powered suit of armor. While the premise might have sounded a little goofy, it quickly became an endearing franchise that I fell in love with on the Sega Genesis.

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 4-6 [PSN Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 4-6 may not be the pinnacle of mystery gaming in the realm of video games but it’s a solid attempt. Combining nice humor and unique puzzles the game can at times be rather enjoyable. But things like annoying characters, puzzles that are too difficult and a lackluster ending prevent Blue Toad Murder Files from becoming the Sherlock Holmes of its genre.

The Pros: 

When the puzzles are good they’re really damn good. Nice visuals and art style that perfectly melds a cartoon ascetic with a realistic one. The presentation of the story is nice and I loved the musical cues that were hit at key moments.

The Cons: 

At times the puzzles are either too hard or feel like more a chore than actual fun. The ending doesn’t have that grand mystery finale feel to it. One voice actor does the voices for everyone in the game. All 10+ male & female characters is one dude and you can tell which at times is really distracting.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

This generation we’ve seen the rise of games released with an episodic nature.  While not every game is jumping aboard the bite sized game bandwagon, it is becoming a more acceptable thing amongst gamers.  One such title that took the episodic route was the PSN exclusive Blue Toad Murder Files. Combining a mystery backdrop with mini-game puzzle mechanics, Blue Toad’s premise perfectly fits the simple digital episodic approach.

[Review] Groovin' Blocks

Overall Feeling: 

Groovin’ Blocks has a cool concept and nice visuals but the gameplay doesn’t exactly register. The game isn’t broken nor does it feel cheap or unrealized. It’s just that the main gimmick of the game doesn’t work as well as it could have.

The Pros: 

The music is good. Nice style and presentation. Moving blocks trying to chain them together is fun.

The Cons: 

Beat mechanics don’t work that well. No online play. Having to replay levels to earn stars is slightly annoying.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

At this stage of the game we’ve practically seen almost every possible scenario and combination for a puzzle game.  It all started with the classic genre builder that was Tetris, which eventually spurred a vast array games that many had never dreamed of.

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