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Shadow of the Colossus Remake [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Shadow of the Colossus is a classic title that is important to the history of video games. It is a warm memory, cherished by a vast majority of games that were around for its initial release. Unfortunately, the controls and mechanics should have been more of a vocus for the re-development of the game rather than the visualization of it.

The Pros: 

+Stunning graphics
+Awe-inspiring scale
+Beautiful soundtrack and story-telling

The Cons: 

-Extremely dated controls
-Wholly out-dated play mechanics
-No update on the world/level design to account for the new hardware

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

I think if you asked the majority for their top ten of all time, most people would have Shadow of the Colossus somewhere on the list. In fact, I'm inclined to say that it'd be on mine. It was an innovative title that broke new ground in terms of what a game could be, not only in scale as the Colossi, who were something we'd not really experienced up to that point, but in story telling and over all game design.

Dragonball FighterZ [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game feels like a love-letter through-and-through, but I can't quite place my finger on who its dedicated to: the fans or the source material. Either way it feels like a win for gamers and fans of Dragonball both. The art-style of the game is simply stunning and players at any skill level can pick it up and have an absolute blast!

The Pros: 

+Stellar art design
+Tons of deep-cut references to the anime/manga
+Ability to play at multiple skill levels (and still be fun!)
+High-end skill and deep mechanics means this has potential to be a proper tournament fighter

The Cons: 

-AI difficulty ramp-up can be a bit sudden
-Online is a bit spotty so far (day one)
-If you didn't pre-order, you're going to have to put in WORK to get SSGSS Goku/Vegeta

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Destiny 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Destiny is less of a "fun game" and more of an addiction. Activision has locked in on the feel of proper gameplay as well as the horribly difficult balance between the ability to get to end game/appreciate end-game content and a never-ending grind for gear. While you will be spending an awful lot of time grinding, it's much easier to get into the endgame now thanks to Clan Rewards and Guided Games.

The Pros: 

+Addictive gameplay
+Major quality of life improvements for menus and character classes
+Guided Games help you get into endgame content (if you're a loner like me)
+Staggering amount of content, new stuff being added every week

The Cons: 

-Small issues like one-time use shaders and mods
-Quality of life issues like the inability to sell off/dismantle multiple shaders/mods at once

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Destiny 2 has proven to be less of a “good game” and more of a down-right addiction. Now, at a first glance that seems like exactly what you’d be looking out of a gear-grind game. However, it’s important to note that I’m several weeks behind on reviews and personal errands at this point due, in no small part, to the fact that any free time I’ve had in the last few weeks had been dumped into that gear-grind to make sure my characters have one of everything.

Injustice 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Injustice was something of a surprise hit that defined what a great fighting game had to do in terms of content and story. Injustice 2 takes all of that, improves on it subtly, then changes the game completely by providing a simply unrelatable amount of content to the single-player fighting experience.

The Pros: 

+Vast character customization
+Deep dark story that continues from the original
+Seemingly endless rewards for continued play
+Stunning visuals and iconic character moments
+Great base play that will be ready for tournament play at EVO

The Cons: 

-The amount of content could be considered overwhelming
-If you're not into a gear-grind, that could be frustrating considering how much there is

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

The original Injustice was a game that no one really expected much out of. After the lackluster response to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, it seemed the concept of superhero fighting games under the banner of NetherRealms might simply be a novelty one-off.

Ubisoft E3 2017 Showcase

E3 2017 has been a series of highs and lows, and now Ubisoft is set to take the stage. We've already seen a couple of their titles revealed including the official trailer for the pre-E3 leak of Assassin's Creed: Origins. 

Bethesda E3 2017 Showcase

Leading up to E3 2017 there were a couple of rumors that had been swirling around. A few have already been confirmed, thanks to the EA and Microsoft pressers that happened yesterday and earlier today respectively, now the biggest question of "is it true?" is pointed on Bethesda as they wind up for their late-night event. 

Microsoft (Presumably) Scorpio Focused E3 2017 Brief

The the second (unofficial) day of E3 has begun and today we have two new press conferences to get through. First, and arguably most important, is the Microsoft conference, which is planned to run over its 90-minute time slot today. The biggest piece of the conference is sure to be the official reveal of whatever "Scorpio's" real name is as well as some of the accompanying software. 

EA Play Kicks off E3 2017

Kicking off this year's E3 presentations will be an early entry from video game publishing/developing giant Electronic Arts. We've seen some of what they have to offer already with early trailers for Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed: Payback, but expect plenty of other titles to highlight the show this year as well. 

Easy money will be on franchise follow-ups for their sports titles including Madden, NHL, and FIFA but we can probably expect that EA has a couple of new titles planned for this year's show as well. 

NALCS Spring Split Finals in Vancouver - Day 1

A few months back, Riot Games eSports division announced that the North American branch of the League of Legends Championship Series (NALCS) was going to be coming to our own backyard: Vancouver! As “seasoned professionals” of the eSports circuit it was something we immediately set in our schedule.

Yooka-Laylee [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Yooka-Laylee is the definition of "careful what you wish for." In the rash hatred for the changing ecosystem of game development when an old title, Banjo-Kazooie, got a face-lift on the X360 we created a vacuum that was filled by the crowd-sourcing craze and brought us exactly what we asked for: a '90s platforming adventure. Unfortunately, there's a VERY good reason these kinds of games don't exist anymore. We've moved on and games are infinitely more complex today and gamers will expect more.

The Pros: 

+Character design is adorable and the characters themselves are charming.
+The worlds are bright and beautiful, which is a nice contrast to the modern shades of brown and grey.

The Cons: 

-Game ignores all modern innovation on game design and plays like an N64 title.
-Issues with camera and control highlight a lack of innovation.
-Lackluster story telling and character motivation make collect-a-quests as boring as we might have feared from a true retelling of a '90s classic.
-Worst of all, this is what we were all asking for. It delivers '90s gaming and proves there's a reason we moved on. Nostalgia can hurt as much as help.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
4

A few years back, the Xbox 360 saw the return of a ‘90s gaming icon in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. It strived to bring the duo into the modern era and attempted to innovate on the tradition of the original title by adding the ability to craft different vehicles to platform in a new way, while trying to also stick to the original collectible nature of the original franchise.

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