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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.

[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.

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