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 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 […]

Shawn DrotarFight Night Round 4: Brawn and Brains

Posted on June 26th, 2009 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

In many ways, Fight Night Round 3 ushered in the era of high-definition gaming. When the game released in February of 2006, its jaw-dropping graphics were almost too realistic to imagine at the time; its lighting and true-to-life player models showed what would soon be possible on consoles (and HD televisions) all over the world.
Fight […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on June 4th, 2009 in Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Reviews, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts on a Thursday afternoon:

I miss being at E3, which I had to sit out thanks to surgery. Not so much the games or the parties or any of the pomp and circumstance surrounding it - it’s the people that I miss. It’s so difficult to maintain relationships and friendships from the distances that we […]

Shawn DrotarReview: Loco Roco 2

Posted on February 13th, 2009 in Gaming, Reviews, Opinion, PSP by Shawn Drotar

Let’s face it - while the PSP is a fine handheld system, its library isn’t chock-full of must-play games. Suffering from too many ports and half-hearted attempts to cash in on console titles’ success, Sony’s device often struggles in competition with the overwhelming success of the Nintendo DS and its more distinct approach to handheld […]

Shawn DrotarReview: SteelSeries Xbox 360 Headset Connector

Posted on December 11th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Reviews, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Sure, the name isn’t catchy, but the Xbox 360 Headset Connector by SteelSeries might be the best third-party accessory for that system on the market today - even if you’ve never heard of it before.
If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. Two weeks ago, I scoured the Internet, looking for some device that […]

Shawn DrotarCall of Duty: World At War

Posted on December 3rd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The Call of Duty franchise keeps on rolling forward, but the latest iteration takes gamers backward in time once more. After last year’s well-received Modern Warfare, the series returns to its World War II roots with a gripping, intense experience that’s hard to find fault with.
Call of Duty: World At War is a finely polished […]

Shawn DrotarGuitar Hero: World Tour - Review

Posted on November 14th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Reviews, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

It’s hard to find a gamer that’s never tried a Guitar Hero title; the outlandishly successful series has been rolling along unimpeded for years, offering musical fun and challenge for millions.
But a year ago, everything changed. Rock Band entered the fray with a joyous, four-player musical romp that stole much of Guitar Hero’s critical thunder, […]

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