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“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” – Refreshing and Nostalgic

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

The Legend of Zelda is a classic action-adventure video game series starring a humble swordsman named Link that has consistently drawn an audience to itself since its inception in 1986 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Each installment since the first has managed to build on its predecessor’s successes,...

The Evil Within

Josie Krome, Staff Reporter

August 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

For those interested in all things disturbing and spine-chilling, look no further than “The Evil Within.” It’s a survivor horror game by Bethesda (you know, they made “Skyrim”?) and Shinji Mikami, the creator of the “Resident Evil” series. It’s set to come out this October on both current...

inFamous: Second Son

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

It’s been several months, but finally, PlayStation 4 owners have access to what has been hailed as a true next-gen game. “inFamous: Second Son” delivers a compelling narrative experience and is visually an impressive title, though some aspects of gameplay are unfortunately still following habits of th...

First Impressions: Elder Scrolls Online (Beta)

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

“Elder Scrolls Online,” as the name might imply, is the first venture of the “Elder Scrolls” series into the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) genre. Set to release for the PC on April 4, 2014, the game has had several open beta tests in the lead-up to the release. The first impression is pretty pr...

CWRU students to make betting on video games possible

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Games

In the era of smartphones and tablets, mobile gaming is becoming increasingly widespread, and the campus of Case Western Reserve University is no exception. Whether between classes, in line at Grab-It or waiting for a greenie, a large percent of the campus can be found playing games on a mobile device....

Spend some of your alone time playing “Thomas Was Alone.”

Josie Krome, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Sometimes the simpler the premise of a game, the more vast and expansive it can be made for the player. This is the case for the 2012 indie puzzle game “Thomas Was Alone.” The foundation of the game is about as simple as it gets; you play as a block and the aim is to go through the ‘door.’ The...

Pent up anger at Mom? Let it out in “Binding of Isaac”

Josie Krome, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As with many indie games, “The Binding of Isaac” may have flown under your gaming radar. In this case, that would be quite the tragedy. “The Binding of Isaac” is a 2011 randomly generated role playing game shooter with heavy rougelike elements. Rougelike sub-genre games are characterized by random...

“Clash of Clans” won’t clash with your smartphone

Josie Krome, Contributing Reporter

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As smartphones get smarter and smarter, more and more apps pop up on the market. Free apps, in particular, run rampant in the Case Western population. One such game is “Clash of Clans,” a huge multiplayer combat strategy game. “Clash of Clans” has topped the charts in 122 countries, so of course...

“Loadout” puts the load out there

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Thanks to the efforts of companies like Electronic Arts, one could be forgiven for thinking that free-to-play games are anything but free to play, existing only to frustrate players and take their money. However, there are fine examples of games that aren’t secretly cash grabs. “Loadout,” a third-person...

Review: Papers, Please

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

January 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Player engagement is a major factor in video games. Whether pushing the limits of graphics hardware or challenging players with overly complicated gameplay, games always try to engage the player. “Papers, Please” succeeds in engaging the player without doing either. Described as a “dystopian...

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