Skip to main content

Sony

God of War Kratos statue from Sideshow Collectibles [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The barrier for entry may be high to the point where folks could buy a used PS3 and a copy of God of War 3 for a far more reasonable price, but the God of War Kratos statue from Sideshow Collectibles is one superb piece of art and video game memorabilia. Kratos has never looked better and the statue is something that is a must have if you’re a hardcore GOW fan or are a collector of video game related products. Aside from wanting to see Kratos in a more action oriented pose, there’s essentially nothing wrong with the statue aside from the $250-260 price point, which is normal based on the quality that’s being provided.

The Pros: 

The sculpting and attention to detail on the statue is incredible and accurately portrays the look and feel of Kratos. Standing tall at 17” inches, the statue is very imposing in a good way. It may be heavy, but the base and statue itself feels very sturdy and is of the highest quality at the given price point.

The Cons: 

While he’s in an imposing pose, it would’ve been cool if there were a few extra hands like one holding a gorgon head or something equally brutal.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Over the years as we’ve seen videos games gain popularity amongst the mainstream we’ve bared witness to the ever growing business model that encompasses major video game franchises.  Sure, the video game is the base of the foundation for a company, but often a series of additional levels are built on top which includes products more accessible to gamers and consumers like t-shirts or in some cases themed beverages.  Some of the video game tie-in products we’ve seen over the last few years have ranged from questionable kitschy fair like PlayStation mints to stuff one would expect l

DC Universe Online [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Although the game has flaws, they are not enough to completely detract from the game. As it is, this game is the best console based MMO to have been made so far. It may be lacking in a few areas, but they are only areas that can be fixed with more development time, which all MMOs are expected to need.

The Pros: 

Great combat system, good voice work, impressive character creation system, and general high quality content.

The Cons: 

Low level cap that is quick and easy to get to, and though the content is good, there is not enough currently to last for too long. Story can also be confusing to those not following DC comics.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

MMOs have tried before to establish themselves on consoles. This one has succeeded where quite a few have failed before. Rather than trying to port a PC version of the game to the console, the game seems built to be played with a controller. I felt like I could jump right into things with it, instead of needing to learn where things are bound like on a PC. As much as I did enjoy the game, it was not without a few faults. These faults don't take much away from the game though, and the positives do generally outweigh the negatives.

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.

Sony Metal Gear Solid W-Series Walkman [Product Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The Metal Gear Solid W-Series Walkman isn’t a shameless tie-in product as it’s an excellent MP3 player. Featuring good sound quality and a small size that makes it easy to transport, the W-Series Walkman is an absolute steal if you're looking for a new MP3 and wish to expand your MGS collection.

The Pros: 

The sound quality is superb. Even though they may be camouflage, the design of the headphones is very nice and aren’t cumbersome or awkward to wear. Having five songs from the MGS Peace Walker soundtrack is a very nice bonus. Really good portability and battery life. The 2GB storage space is nice given the compact size of the headphones.

The Cons: 

During long listening sessions the earbuds can become a tad uncomfortable. The headphones may not have enough of an MGS theme for some. It would’ve been nice if a small bag or case was included to store the headphones when not in use.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Even though video games are massively popular it’s still surprising to see the type of products or cross promotions that are created for big franchise games. One video game franchise that has always maintained a fair level of consistency amongst their products has been Metal Gear Solid.  Despite being one of the most popular and recognized video games ever created, MGS has kept things relatively low key with the standard action figures, limited edition t-shirts and a few themed peripherals.

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.

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.

[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.

Syndicate content