You play Sanjuro Makabe, a Mobile Combat Armor (MCA) pilot and Commander in the UCA Security Force. The UCA was originally formed by three dominant megacorporations (Andra Biomechanics, Armacham Technology Corporation, and Shogo Industries). Originally intended as a joint venture that would ensure the continued profitability of the three organizations that founded it, the UCA is now independent, and the dominant military power in existence.
Your mission is to locate and assassinate a rebel leader known only as Gabriel. All of the action takes place either on the planet Cronus or on the spaceship Leviathan. The Leviathan is the flagship of the UCA and is commanded by Admiral Akkaraju. Cronus is the only known source of the biologically active material known as Kato, an incredibly powerful energy source essential to the process by which interstellar travel is possible.
Your deadly enemy is The Fallen, a fanatical terrorist group lead by the mysterious Gabriel, threatens the balance of power on Cronus, and ultimately, control of Kato. You will fight them on your feet or from within one of the different types of Mobile Combat Armor, a giant mech which can run, duck, strafe, swim or transform into an ultrafast hovertank.
You will know the true power of giant robots!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 2214
Posted on 2008-09-13 20:21:45 byVoa:
I really do; it's fun, it's gory, it has a sense of actual inane humour running through it and it has huge mechs with huge guns. The combat is well paced, the robot control sections are great fun for anyone who's a fan of the AC series, and the choice of weapons is fun-tastic. The humour is such that, at one point, in the middle of firefight, I paused to look at a sign. It spokeread more of Traditional Amish Death Metal. I laughed and laughed until I got headshotted, and still kept grinning afterwards for a while, too mirthful to be annoyed that it happened while I was behind cover. There are signs like that littered through out the game, as well as inane one liners, which have caused me to break out in fits of giggles.
But those are 3, not 4 or 5 stars up there. Sadly, this game is held back by certain aspects in my eyes. The AI during the human control sectors seems to be on a seesaw; one minute it's pausing at the bottom of a flight of stairs while I open the door at the top, the next it's shooting me in the face with a shotgun BEFORE I round the corner. This is a bit of a deal breaker at times, especially as it has a habit of happening right after a lenghty cut-away to futher the rather insane plot. The graphics in the human section have also aged horribly whenevery they do a cut away to your character, or show any character that isn't decked out to the rafters in military hardware...they look like some mean-spirited soul took thier nose and collapsed their face inwards a bit. This may sound like a minour quibble, but it was pretty major for me; an important aspect of the game is the immersion, the feel of the game. It's hard to feel for a main character who seems to be in dire need of an olfactory sense.
But again, that's a 3, nothing lower. Though in reality (in my mind), this sits at the "classic" 7 rating for me; if the details pique your interest, this is will be one of your favourite games. If they don't, you can go elsewhere, it won't mind. So where does it bring itself up? The robotic fight sections. These are a brilliant romp through city-scapes, underground bases and deserted plains, where your aim is true and your guns are massive. There are some weapons in your arsenal that take serveral awesome cakes though; the quad-erratic-missile launcher; perfect for narrow spaces with a few enemies in them; the inanely explosive juggernaut weaponry; and my personal favorite; the machine-sniper-rifle-gun, with it's stupidly fast rate of fire and it's consta-headshot policy. Which also leads onto the fun battle mechanics; the game likes you to be stylish; it rewards you for so-called "critical-hits", to the head or...other regions of note. While in human mode, it gives you 25% health to each critial, a huge boon, and the only thing that keeps the human section from being a case of needing to bind quick-save and quick-load to mouse buttons 1 and 2. As a robot, it adds slightly more energy, but that doesn't matter as you find armour and energy all over the place, which paces the action nicely, allowing you to run in all guns blazing 90% of the time and not have to pay dearly for it.
Oh, and the story really really really REALLY wants to be an anime. Take from that what you will, but even the voice actors (who are pretty good, by the way) seems to know this too, and ham it up here and there, in the spirit of things.
To close; this IS a fun game. You just have to love giant robots and not mind sometimes re-doingt he same thing over and over and over agian about 4 times in the human sections. The game is worth a look if you're a fan of the current AC series, and if you're into anime or if you just like a nice explosive shooter with little brains but quite a bit of polish for its time. At the current price though, it could be worth a look if you're on the fence, or have some cash floating about. Don't judge it soley based on the stars, it IS a good game. It just hasn't aged too gracefully, and annoyances like wall-hacking AI can be a pain that really sets a game back. All in all, I'll repeat what I said to open this review; I like the game.
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Posted on 2008-09-09 09:24:59 byAshFirelord:
Shogo is a really good reminder of an age where you could have fun by simply pointing a gun at something and shooting. As it progresses it introduces new elements to the mix, but never gets overbearing or overcomplicated, and the cheesy dialogue and anime-inspired visuals make for a fun romp trough one of the lesser-known jewels of the fps genre.
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Posted on 2008-09-08 15:42:56 byPixi:
SHOGO was the first ever FPS I managed to play all the way through to the end. It hooked me completely. Normally you'd have found me tinkering with the inventory of some RPG or other but once I got going on this one I really couldn't stop. There's just something about it that works so well. The colors, the sounds, the feel of your big-arsed robot as you darted around, trying toread more stay alive. It all just came together really well in this one.
It's highly recommended if you like old shooters.
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