Shawn DrotarSound and Fury

Posted on August 4th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

When the demo for Madden NFL 11 was released, there was a clamor and din rising from veteran Madden gamers on Internet forums, primarily centered around the addition of the “Strategy Pad”, a new way of making pre-snap adjustments within the game.
Without belaboring the point, the complaints generally fell into a select few categories:
1. I […]

Shawn DrotarNCAA Football 11 grinds out the yards

Posted on July 16th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

It’s summertime, and while sports fans are still soaking in baseball’s Midsummer Classic, sports gaming fans have been flush with anticipation of EA Sports’ latest college gridiron title, NCAA Football 11.
Year in and year out, the NCAA game tries to carve out a niche in a ever-shrinking release window (this year, it’s less than a […]

Shawn DrotarStanding Upon A Burning Span

Posted on July 6th, 2010 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Back in 1990, The Hunt for Red October established actor Alec Baldwin as an up-and-coming star; his good looks, charm and dynamic portrayal of government agent Jack Ryan convinced many in Hollywood that Baldwin was the ever-elusive “Next Big Thing”.
But something happened on the way to Red October’s inevitable sequel, Patriot Games, in 1992. Baldwin […]

Shawn DrotarOn The Radar: November 2009

Posted on November 2nd, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii, Nintendo DS by Shawn Drotar

It’s going to be a busy-but-slow month in 5WGaming-land. I’m moving in November and I’ll also be traveling for much of the month, so unfortunately, the content flow here is likely to slow down to a drip until December. But that might not be an entirely bad thing, because there’s so much to play!
In October, […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on October 19th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day…

The Major League Baseball season is winding down, but Sony’s right in the thick of building next spring’s MLB 10: The Show. On Kotaku, Owen Good interviews two of the game’s graphic designers about creating Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins in 2010. The real-life Target Field isn’t […]

Shawn DrotarUncharted 2 powers PlayStation revival

Posted on October 16th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Naughty Dog’s PlayStation 3 exclusive, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, is earning rave reviews and looking every bit the part of a system-seller. In Japan, the title sold almost seven times as many copies as its predecessor, despite the fact that its box is one ugly baby.
In other words, Uncharted 2’s set to do big business, […]

Shawn DrotarOn the road again…

Posted on October 9th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

With apologies to Willie Nelson, I’ll be traveling until late next week and won’t be posting until next Friday, October 16.
In the meantime, entertain yourselves with a few titles that release next Tuesday, namely Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which has “Game of the Year” written all over it. I’ve played the beta at two different […]

Shawn DrotarNBA Live 10: Review

Posted on October 8th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After a long wait, a commitment to intelligent, realistic play makes NBA Live a championship contender once more
Bring it back. That’s been the mantra of NBA Live 10’s development team. The once-great series suffered a calamitous fall from grace over the years as it lost its way - and its spot atop the video-game basketball […]

Shawn DrotarMarvel: Ultimate Alliance 2: Review

Posted on October 7th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Comic-book sequel doesn’t break new ground, but with friends, it’s a action-packed romp
When the original Marvel: Ultimate Alliance arrived on the scene nearly three years ago, it was a breath of fresh air; a four-player cooperative game that was reminiscent of old quarter-eaters like Gauntlet, with some puzzle-solving and a heaping helping of comic-book fan […]

Shawn DrotarBeware the Zombie Apocalypse… in a good way

Posted on October 1st, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Zombies are everywhere, it seems. For the last few years, the zombie craze has inundated seemingly all forms of entertainment - but in gaming, they’re a natural fit. After all, waves upon waves of mindless monsters have become a staple in arcade gaming almost since its inception, and Konami’s downloadable entry into that genre, Zombie […]

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