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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.

[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

 

[Review] Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010)

Overall Feeling: 

Whilst much of the game has been improved, too many elements remain rooted in their recent past. The result is a game that's likely to appeal to fans but still feels inferior to its rival FIFA.

The Pros: 

The game's graphical overhaul helps to bring it up to current generation standards and the provides terrific looking player models. Master League has been reworked and now offers the player even more control over their selected team. The ball now has more weight to it resulting in a more realistic sense of speed and power.

The Cons: 

Defensives and Goalkeeper A.I. are still all too easy to expose. Commentary is very poor and almost identical to last year's. Animations still look a bit dated.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

The Pro Evolution Soccer series is one that has struggled to make the transition from the previous generation of consoles to the current one. Konami haven't been helped by the fact that in that time their main rival, EA's FIFA series, has been improving and tuning its already successful game. The PES series was once hailed by football fans alike, but its fan base now consists of mostly die-hard fans who hope for the games of old.

[Review] Brutal Legend isn’t quite the legendary game some had hoped it would be

Overall Feeling: 

Brutal Legend is the very definition of a mixed bag. The game has a story which has a perfect amount of humor and heart that takes some nice shots at the past and present of rock music. But the various game mechanics the game gives the player just aren’t as refined and fun as they could be which makes Brutal Legend a game that is more fun to watch someone else play or to simply watch the cutscenes on YouTube.

The Pros: 

The story is really enjoyable despite the few issues it has. Jack Black and the other voice actors and accompanying rock legends all turn in excellent performances where the core of the character is front and center and not celeb doing the voice. Simply amazing art design that makes this insane rock infused world believable and more importantly entertaining to explore. Awesome rock soundtrack with tons of legendary bands.

The Cons: 

Game just isn’t that fun to play. Regular combat is okay but not that deep and the RTS sections drag on a bit due to their length and lack of intense action and core mechanics that may be too much to handle for some people. The story while fun feels like it's missing a good chunk of content that would've fleshed a lot of things out. The game lacks longevity due to a story mode that can be completed in around five hours and secondary missions which aren't that compelling.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

When it comes to music and concerts in particular the most unsung heroes are the roadies.  Despite the bands performance and what sort of show they put on none of that would be possible without the hard work roadies put into the show. Whether it’s through tuning the instruments or erecting the massive stage that the musicians perform on, roadies are the true backbone of the band and concert. Perhaps the best roadie in the business is Eddie Riggs.

[Review] FIFA 10 falls just short of perfection on account of a few faults and a lot of bugs

Overall Feeling: 

As sporting games go, FIFA 10 is as close to its sport as you’re ever likely to find. With its realistic gameplay, stunning visuals and first rate commentary, you’ll never feel closer to the game of football. Had it not been for a few niggling faults and the presence of a host of bugs, EA Canada may well have created the perfect sports game.

The Pros: 

Last years gameplay has been improved upon again, ironing out most of the little things that held FIFA 09 back. The visuals are as stunning as ever, the commentary from Gray and Tlydesley is engaging and genuinely adds to the experience. Virtual Pro is huge improvement over last year’s Be A Pro mode allowing you to use your superstar in all the games modes. Add to this, an improved Manager mode, and FIFA 10 has a lot to offer you.

The Cons: 

The game still retains a few of the issues of previous generations, namely some unfair match-ups against the computer, as well as cheap AI that results in unrealistic players. Despite the visuals, player faces still look weird, particularly for those in lower leagues. The game has a notable amount of minor bugs – well over 70. Not game breaking in any way, but they do take the shine off a very professional game.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

The FIFA series is certainly one of EA's biggest, however for many of the initial years the game lacked any real depth making it only appealing to those whose primary focus was how good a game looked. A man by the name of David Rutter (a self-proclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer fan) was so dismayed by the FIFA series that he supposedly wrote a letter to EA in which he stated over 100 elements of the game that should be improved. David Rutter is now the producer for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA.

Is the PSP Go worth picking up?

Overall Feeling: 

The PSP Go is a slick system that works really well when it comes to form factor and design but is held back by a wallet punching price tag. If you're an existing PSP owner it's almost pointless to pick up the Go unless you're ready to abandon your old PSP. Just like the PS3 we're going to have a situation where people won't be picking up the PSP Go because of a price tag that is just ridiculous.

The Pros: 

Sleek design that despite the smaller size feels incredibly good when it's in your hands. The screen is as sharp as ever and doesn't feel too small. And finally the PSP is a system that you can easily take with you since the size of the PSP Go makes it extremely easy and comfortable to put in pockets or bags.

The Cons: 

The price tag. Seriously, the thing is a deal breaker and will surely prevent many from picking the console up. The lack of any new features or key improvements make the PSP Go a console that doesn't have that immediate "I need to get this now" factor.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

When it comes to console redesigns Sony really doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of love. A lot of people hated the look of the PS3 Slim despite liking its new slimmer form factor but when it came to the PSP Go almost everyone seemed to trash it.  Now is this a case of people not understanding what Sony is trying to achieve with the PSP Go or are they justified in their disdain for the new addition to the PSP family?

[Video] Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled HD history, comparison and review

Overall Feeling: 

The game delivers enough to be appease any classic TMNT fan, but definitely doesn't fulfil all of their demands.

The Pros: 

Ninja Turtles Arcade action in HD! Enemy and level visuals look great. Great online play that is fast to setup and connect and feels like a local match. They did a great job on recreating the arcade voices.

The Cons: 

The lack of retro music and the decision to use the shorter arcade version of the game makes the project seem half hearted. Turtles look semi anime. People who are not turtles fans may wish the game was as long as its name.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

We have a special video review of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled. It will walk you through a brief history of the Turtles and compare the newest game with the classic SNES and Arcade versions it's based on. We'll talk about the differences between the three versions and discuss if this latest HD remix is a welcome addition to the nostalgic Turtles franchise.

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