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Resident Evil 7 returns to horrifying roots

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

For the past several years, the massive hit horror video game series Resident Evil has seen its fair share of missteps since the groundbreaking release of series marvel, Resident Evil 4, in 2005.  The series’ concurrent film franchise proved to be unoriginal and each successive film was worse than ...

Prepare for a grand Titanfall successor

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 4, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Respawn Entertainment crafted their debut game, “Titanfall,” in 2014 as an Xbox exclusive first-person multiplayer shooter game that was dreamed to be the killer application for the then recently released Xbox One gaming console. While well-received, it was simultaneously criticized for its lack of cont...

A game with multiple perspectives

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

“Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation,” the third branch of the “Fire Emblem Fates” story, is an excellent union between the best parts of its brethren, “Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright” and “Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest.” While its download-only status and additional $20 price tag may make...

A tough but rewarding game

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

While it may have supercharged the popularity for its series, “Fire Emblem Awakening” brought with it a number of changes to the “Fire Emblem” formula to make the game easier for newcomers, leaving series veterans wishing for more difficulty. “Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest” seeks to appeal...

Yoshi’s Woolly World is adorable and challenging

Yoshi’s Woolly World is adorable and challenging

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Nintendo has recently gained the stereotype that its games are increasingly child-friendly, and “Yoshi’s Woolly World” is by far the most cute and cuddly game on the Wii U to date. Good-Feel, the studio behind 2010’s “Kirby’s Epic Yarn,” has, once again, employed a yarn-based aesthetic...

Digging deeper into “Shovel Knight”

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

During its Kickstarter campaign, “Shovel Knight” was able to hit several stretch goals, one of which was the inclusion of some playable boss characters as free DLC in future updates. Plague Knight is the first to receive the playable character treatment in “Plague of Shadows.” Set in parallel...

Nintendo releases new, customizable Mario game

Nintendo releases new, customizable Mario game

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

On Sept. 13, 1985, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka revolutionized the world of videogames with “Super Mario Bros.,” widely considered to be one of the best platforming games of all time and a classic among classics. It was even the best-selling video game of all time until “Wii Sports” too...

Ink it up with Nintendo’s freshest IP

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

August 28, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

A multiplayer online competitive shooter, “Splatoon” is the newest intellectual property from Nintendo. Despite having a stereotype for hanging onto the “Mario” and “Zelda” franchises for decades now, Nintendo has created their first new major IP since “Pikmin” and “Animal Crossing...

Video games are strange

Rachel Payne, Contributing Reporter

August 21, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

More and more videos games are beginning to focus on the storytelling aspect of a game as opposed to completely focusing on the gameplay. “Life is Strange,” with four episodes out and the fifth most likely coming out sometime in early September, has been a standout game in terms of creating a unique...

Remake offers great gameplay, but lackluster graphics

Remake offers great gameplay, but lackluster graphics

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As the numerous reveal trailers for new fighters in “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U" were released over the past two years, one character that may have confused most American gamers was Shulk. He seemed interesting enough, wielding a cool sword and having the ability to see the future,...

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