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2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

Plenty of downs in 2014, but we'll get to the ups.

2014 Game Retrospective

2014 Game Retrospective

We're looking back at game releases that may not be GOTY, but deserve to be talked about.

Halo: Nightfall [Review]

Halo: Nightfall [Review]

A look inside Microsoft's exploratory Halo TV mission.

Horror Vacuum on Wii U Left by Capcom, Fatal Frame Must Fill It

Horror Vacuum on Wii U Left by Capcom, Fatal Frame Must Fill It

Nintendo fans need their horror games!

Hyrule Warriors Adds Amiibo Support, New DLC, And I Keep Playing It

Hyrule Warriors Adds Amiibo Support, New DLC, And I Keep Playing It

It's raining amiibos!

Rumors Surface For Batman: Arkham Origins (Grain of Salt Time)

Holy contradictory news Batman!  Some interesting details have arisen concerning the future of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise that could be legit or simply a case of wires being crossed. 

Suda 51 Teases Next Game From Grasshopper Manufacture

Grasshopper Manufacture may not have even finished their upcoming game yet, but the studio is already prepping and discussing, albeit of a cryptic nature, their next title.  While talking about the studio’s forthcoming PS3/Xbox 360 action game Killer Is Dead, GhM mastermind and overall creative genius Suda 51 revealed a few key pieces of info regarding the next game from the studio.

New Tomb Raider Movie Gains Notable Film Partner

More progress has been made on the forthcoming theatrical reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise.  Under the creative eye of GK Films, the latest attempt to bring Ms. Lara Croft to life now has a major distributor/backer to help bring the tomb raiding exploits to the big screen.

Next Wave Of Projects From Minority Media Detailed

One of my favorite new developers in the games industry could be keeping themselves busy for quite some time based on some preliminary details that have just surfaced. 

After starting off strong and wowing gamers, and the industry alike, with the release of Papo & Yo last year on the PlayStation Network, the team at Minority Media are hard at work on several new projects which once again maintain the mantra of originality the studio has become known for.

Battlefield 4 Debut Footage Shows Shooting, Explosions, and Forced Drama [Video]

As expected, EA went on to announce Battlefield 4 in a grand fashion last night to live up to the popularity the series has gained for the past decade or so.  The existence of a new Battlefield game isn’t too much of a shocker considering we’ve known about it since BF3 was released and it has been incessantly teased for the last week or so. 

So other than not knowing how far DICE was aiming to push the visual bar and up the action, it was business as usual for the Battlefield franchise and that’s apparent in this rather dull gameplay footage.

Sony Announces Two New Indie FPS Games For The PlayStation 4

The software line-up of the PlayStation 4 has just expanded thanks to the reveal of two new titles slated to arrive on Sony’s next-gen console.  Despite both games being FPS titles, gamers and those looking for something new to play on their shiny, and likely expensive, PS4 ought to enjoy these newfound options.

Gameplay Footage Of The PSN Title Rain Finally Arrives

Sony has finally lifted the veil on one of the last few games bound for the PS3.  After surprising us last year at Gamescom, the new PSN bound SCE Japan produced adventure game Rain has finally surfaced again.  Still slated to arrive sometime this year, presumably before the PS4 is released, we now have a better look at Rain thanks to this new gameplay video.

GDC 2013: A Prologue

So, GDC 2013 is officially underway (though the show floor won’t be open until this Wednesday). Arriving early (yesterday) I’ve gotten opportunity to get a lay of the land, walk the convention center, and get started on my pre-party drinking  -- we’ll be attending several events throughout the week that offer drinks and socializing. Today (and tomorrow) are primarily about the panels.

Indie Love - Team Pixel Pi

An academic trial-by-fire brought five young developers together to create one of the most celebrated student games of 2012, Pulse. Drawing strong inspiration from games like Journey, and with burgeoning professional careers in game development, Team Pixel Pi has reformed as a part-time entity (that is, if you can really call the award- and buzz-filled interim from their graduation to the present a split for the team).

Developer Behind The Unfinished Swan Tease Next Project

The developer behind one of the more unique games to come out last year is slowly getting the hype gears moving for their next title.  After wowing PS3 users with an abstract but addicting game in the form of The Unfinished Swan, the team at Giant Sparrow has revealed that they’re in the early stages of their follow-up title.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Set To Arrive On Wii U In Director's Cut Version [Updated]

The somewhat hand-me down perception the Wii U has amongst certain gamers will likely continue with this latest tidbit of news. After being rumored due to vague retail listings, Square Enix has formally announced Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut for the Wii U.

Endless Skater Announced For XBLA/Win8

Skateboarding fans finally have another video game to do mass combo laced grinds in a project that doesn’t star the legendary Tony Hawk.  Sadly the Skate series is still out of commission as per the ever shifting plans of EA, but now Supervillain Studios has stepped up to the plate to release Endless Skater for Xbox Live Arcade via the Windows 8 platform.

Acquire Reveals The Persona Clone That Is Mind 0 [Update]

2013 may be a better year for the PlayStation Vita since yet another game for the platform has been revealed.  After teasing us last week with a site that led people to believe The Last Guy was set to return (which was a dumb thing to think), Acquire has revealed the new action-dungeon crawler Mind 0.

BattleBlock Theater Date Announced [Trailer]

The guys over at The Behemoth have, rather quickly, rooted themselves a secure place deep in the cockles of my heart.

Supergiant Games Reveal Transistor, New Sci-Fi Action-RPG

Those who are attending PAX East this week will have one very cool treat since they can play the latest game from the makers of Bastion.  Since wowing us with their talents in the incredibly beautiful and ever compelling Bastion, the team at Supergiant Games have announced their latest game: Transistor.

Ovosonico Teams Up With Sony To Produce New IP

Sony is once again teaming up with a talented indie studio to develop an original title for the PlayStation.  Today the indie based firm of Ovosonico announced that they’ve signed a contract with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe to release an original IP for yet to be revealed PlayStation platforms.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Heart of the Swarm does what every good expansion/sequel to a Blizzard title (or game in general) should. It expands on the original concepts, without killing the reason we fell in love with it in the first place, and brings something new to the table. At first glance, the changes to the competitive gaming (easily the biggest part of the game for most gamers) seem subtle, but after playing with the new units for a bit, it’s easy to see just how drastically the game has been changed for all levels of gamers.

The Pros: 

+Improvements to the play and feel of the campaign mode.

+New units drastically reshape the gameplay in competitive, with subtle tweaks to the play-style.

+Top-tier production value that we’ve come to expect from Blizzard.

+Some of the most visually impressive gameplay and cinematics in the RTS genre. 

The Cons: 

-F*ck the Zerg.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Does anyone else feel the connection between Blizzard Entertainment and Wolverine? Seriously, it’s been bothering me all week… Every time Blizzard comes out with a new trailer, a new game, an expansion, or whatever I hear, in my head, “We are Blizzard, and we’re the best at what we do and what we do is…” roll the title and display whatever it is they are showing off that particular day of the week.

Canadian Video Game Awards 2013 Nominees

Fans of Shogun Gamer are probably already aware that we are a (primarily) Canadian site. That means we’re big fans of touting the talent of the hard-working Canadians in the video game industry, and that we tend to follow the Canadian Video Game Awards with eager anticipation. Last year we had the privilege of attending the show, which was a blast and finally shone the spotlight on some well-deserved Canadian talent.

Disney Epic Mickey: The Power Of Two Arriving On PS Vita. Why Is This Happening?

Likely ending up to be the most befuddling announcement made this year, barring of course we get another $599 moment from Sony, Disney has revealed that Epic Mickey is once again returning. 

Saints Row IV Is Revealed, Superpowered Craziness To The Max

The 3rd Street Saints are back and yes, they’re doing things in a unique way that will likely make a shocking first impression on us.  We all knew that a new entry in the Saints Row franchise was in the works, even when THQ was a sinking ship, and now in the wake of Deep Silver acquiring both the IP and Volition the next entry in the series has finally been announced.

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