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V-Moda Cross Fade LP Headphones [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The V-Moda Cross Fade LP headphones turned out to be a huge surprise for me as not only was using the headphones fun due to the sound quality, but they simply look cool as well.  I’m not the fashionable type that likes to accessorize with headphones, but I was still amazed at the overall quality and design touches of the Cross Fade LP which combined with the perfectly crystal clear sound quality made it hard at times for me to take them off since all I wanted to do was listen to music.  Compared to almost static headphones that look like they were chiseled out of the same bulk of plastic as the hundreds of other products on the market, the Cross Fade LP headphones are the definition of stylish and actually have the tech know how to sound good as well.

The Pros: 

+ The design touches such as the leather patterns and color accents are extremely nice.
+ I loved the durability of the headphones which despite having a steel frame weren’t too rigid or uncomfortable on my ears, even during long listening sessions.
+ Opting not to rely on pushing out heavy bass effects, the sound quality of the Cross Fade LP headphones is stellar and really balanced.
+ The bonus of having a proper hard shell travel/holding case is a nice as is the Kevlar sound chords.

The Cons: 

-  No noise cancelling is a bit of a downer.
-  The sound chord remote for Apple products is a nice idea but the execution is lacking a bit.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

When it comes to headphones I’ll be honest in saying that I can be an easy guy to please.  For me the most important part about a pair of headphones is whether or not they fit my massive head and ears and that they sound good.  I like to feel comfortable when I listen to my buttery beats or crude jokes on XM Radio so if it’s possible for my ears not to feel crushed when listening to something for extended period of time then I’ll be extremely happy.  With the V-Moda Cross Fade LP headphones the comfort factor is definitely achieved but I was amazed by something else as well:

WWE All Stars BrawlStick [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The WWE All Stars BrawlStick from Mad Catz may not allow gamers to customize their button layouts or insert new faceplates, but what it does offer is a well-rounded arcade stick that is comfortable and highly responsive.  Don’t let the obvious product tie-in fool you into thinking the BrawlStick is only good when playing WWE All Stars. While playing THQ’s new arcade wrestling game with the BrawlStick is fun and responsive, the BrawlStick manages to be as good with faster paced games like Mortal Kombat.  For the gamers out there looking for an arcade stick that’s affordable and shows your WWE pride, the BrawlStick is definitely the way to go.

The Pros: 

+ The price point is terrific given the build and overall quality of the arcade stick.
+ Both the joystick and the buttons feel really responsive and are perfect to smash upon during intense fights.
+ The WWE art featured on the stick looks good and is tastefully done.
+ Thankfully the USB chord for the BrawlStick is long so it’s easy to sit at a nice distance away from the TV/console.

The Cons: 

- I would’ve liked if there was a bit more spacing in between the buttons.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

A lot of you out there know by now that I’m a huge arcade gamer.  Not only do I love arcade style video games like the Burnout franchise, but I also love arcade gaming as a whole. A lot of my early years gaming were spent at local arcades around the Chicago land area and I guess playing games like Terminator 2, Virtua Fighter and Revolution X (yes, I will admit to playing that and loving the hell out of it) has influenced my gaming sensibilities today.

Marshall Headphones Deliver Big Sound, Style and Comfort. [S#!T YOU WANT]

Overall Feeling: 

Some of the Best Portable Headphones that can hold up to our everyday torture.

The Pros: 

+ Sexy simplistic style (with or without you attached)

+ Great sound, especially when cranked just like Marshall amps should be

+ Amazing price

+ Surprisingly little volume leakage (transit Dj's need not apply)

The Cons: 

- "On-ear" design can cause ear fatigue after extended use.

- Low input volumes cause the sound to flatten out.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

The number of headphones I have gone through in my years riding transit is ridiculous. In fact, it's a bit embarrassing. Weather it's ear buds, the overpriced studio headphones, or the Bose I saved up for (that broke in three weeks), Any headphone purchases I have made in recent years has had an element of anxiety attached to it.

PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter may not completely change the way we play games with the PS Move, but the device is a nice addition for those who like to play games with Sony’s motion controller.  While I may not have had the definitive experience when using the Sharp Shooter when playing Kllzone 3, Sony’s new peripheral isn’t just a cheap gimmick and actually has a lot of potential if the software out there is engaging.  With a reasonable price ($39), there isn’t a huge barrier of entry for the Sharp Shooter aside from the amount of worthy action centric PlayStation Move games currently available on the market.  If the amount of thrilling games increase, then the Sharp Shooter is definitely something you may want to look into if you’re an avid lover of motion gaming or want to recreate the vibe of playing arcade lightgun games.

The Pros: 

+ The design of the Sharp Shooter is brilliant and doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic shell.
+ There’s a nice weight to the gun, especially once the PlayStation Move and Nav Con are inserted.
+ Holding the gun and using the Nav Con feels entirely comfortable.
+ Using the Sharp Shooter for games like Time Crisis: Razing Storm or Dead Space: Extraction is really fun.

The Cons: 

- The Square and Triangle buttons are a bit small, at least for my massive fingers.
- When used with Killzone 3, I really didn’t find things to be amazing.
- I wish the secondary fire trigger had more of a click to it or more resistance, if only to prevent accidental firings during certain occasions.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

A lot of things have changed over the years as we play games and the industry continues to evolve.  The games we play get bigger, better, more pleasing from a visual perspective and the way we play games has changed as well.  If you told anyone during the heyday of the PS2 era that one day we would have three different consoles that would all support motion gaming in various forms, I think someone would tell you to stop smoking whatever it was you decided to take a puff of.  But here we are, in the bright and always optimistic (ok, sometimes optimistic) year of 2011 and the v

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB Headset Review

Overall Feeling: 

The SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB is a headset for your Xbox 360 (and PC) that is built for the professional gamer. The headset lets you separate your online teammates’ voices from the sounds explosions, gunfire, planes flying overhead, the whole nine yards. So, if your teammate is barking orders your headset will turn down the games audio automatically through the LiveMix.

The Pros: 

-The AudioMixer is a great addition for any kind of gamer.
-Headset doesn't roast your ears like a oven.
-Comfortable and light.
-Nearly indestructible
-Still fits with glasses

The Cons: 

-Not an ideal headset for a living room where your TV is far away from your couch.
-Not Wireless.
-Hard to set up with TV's that are mounted.
-Hard to plug in AudioMixer in some PC's.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

After years of perfecting their gear for the professional PC gamers over in their platform; SteelSeries has finally released a console entertainment headset with the Spectrum 5XB Xbox 360 Gaming Headset. SteelSeries has gained a reputation of creating nearly indestructible gaming hardware. From keyboards you can smash between a door to a gaming mouse you can throw against the wall and it will be ok. The 5XB is no exception to the reputation that the gear company has gained.

God of War Kratos statue from Sideshow Collectibles [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The barrier for entry may be high to the point where folks could buy a used PS3 and a copy of God of War 3 for a far more reasonable price, but the God of War Kratos statue from Sideshow Collectibles is one superb piece of art and video game memorabilia. Kratos has never looked better and the statue is something that is a must have if you’re a hardcore GOW fan or are a collector of video game related products. Aside from wanting to see Kratos in a more action oriented pose, there’s essentially nothing wrong with the statue aside from the $250-260 price point, which is normal based on the quality that’s being provided.

The Pros: 

The sculpting and attention to detail on the statue is incredible and accurately portrays the look and feel of Kratos. Standing tall at 17” inches, the statue is very imposing in a good way. It may be heavy, but the base and statue itself feels very sturdy and is of the highest quality at the given price point.

The Cons: 

While he’s in an imposing pose, it would’ve been cool if there were a few extra hands like one holding a gorgon head or something equally brutal.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Over the years as we’ve seen videos games gain popularity amongst the mainstream we’ve bared witness to the ever growing business model that encompasses major video game franchises.  Sure, the video game is the base of the foundation for a company, but often a series of additional levels are built on top which includes products more accessible to gamers and consumers like t-shirts or in some cases themed beverages.  Some of the video game tie-in products we’ve seen over the last few years have ranged from questionable kitschy fair like PlayStation mints to stuff one would expect l

Official Super Street Fighter IV FightStick Tournament Edition - Chun Li [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Takes a little getting used to, compared to a pad or even american arcade sticks, but once you get a handle on the sensitivity and response of this stick... well there'll be no stopping you.

The Pros: 

Satisfying button feel/sound. Super sensitive control stick reads. Gorgeous artwork. Slick new semi-transparent wall-design. Easy to open/mod design means changing anything you don't like (or have a preference for) is quick and simple.

The Cons: 

The square-gate may take a little getting used to (American consoles rock a eight-way or circle-gate generally). Chun Li is NOT Ibuki.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Header Photo By Cynthia Griffiths

A couple of weekends ago the Shogun Gamer crew was offered the opportunity to head down and check out the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime) and report on the events there-in. Of course we jumped on the chance, being that PAX (both East and West) have been so good to us in the past. This year’s show was definitely one of the best there has been, and a big part of that was the connections that we were able to make. 

PlayStation Move [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

It may still only be an infant, but the long term potential of the PlayStation Move already looks good. The PlayStation Move provides excellent motion tracking that features no lag or iffy pointer situations that will leave gamers angry. Aside from getting the calibrations set, the PS Eye provides a flawless experience that is actually beneficial to games. The moniker of the PS Move being a Wii rip-off may not subside anytime soon, but the device certainly surpasses the Wii in some respects and as a whole provides gaming experiences that are completely original.

The Pros: 

The controller is extremely comfortable to hold. From a tech perspective the PS Move lives up to its potential as I didn’t encounter any major lag or control issues. The 1:1 motion tech truly is amazing to see in action especially for the games available in Sports Champions. Design wise the PS Move is once again a sharp looking piece of hardware from the gurus at Sony.

The Cons: 

The placement of the face buttons takes a while to get used to. Setting up the PlayStation Eye may be a pain for some as a clip/stand isn’t provide to place the Eye atop the TV. The wrist strap could be a bit bigger.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Last year the rumors were ablaze that Sony would be entering the motion control market, specifically to battle the Nintendo Wii.  After seeing countless patents that pointed to such a thing, we were officially introduced to Sony’s foray into the motion control market at E3 2010.  The device, which was unnamed and didn’t have the immediate snazzy appeal of Microsoft’s showing of Project Natal, was far and away a success based on the potential it showed.

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.

EA Sports 5-in-1 Gamer Kit for the Nintendo DS [Product Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The EA Sports Gamer Kit may not be the sleek DS accessory pack some desire but if you’re a baseball fan then it’s a gold mine. Featuring a nice case and skin for your DS, the package knocks it out of the part in terms of the value as it’s one of the nicest themed DS accessories packs I’ve laid eyes on.

The Pros: 

The carrying case is well made and sturdy. Headphones sound solid though the comfort level may not be quite there. Applying the DS skin is easy and more importantly it looks nice once applied.

The Cons: 

Headphones are a bit too small. The overall style maybe a bit too kid centric for some older gamers.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

It’s said that baseball is the national past time of the U.S., a sport that for well over a century has become ingrained in the nation.  Despite a somewhat shaky history in the past few years, baseball is still as popular as ever, especially with the World Series almost upon us.  So what better way to combine ones love of baseball and video games than with the EA Sports baseball Gamer Kit for the Nintendo DS.

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