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Apex Legends: Fortune’s Favor

By Justin Vaughan, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2020

Quarantine hasn’t stopped the game developers at Respawn from releasing the fifth season of the battle royale game Apex Legends, titled “Fortune’s Favor.” Three months ago I did a review on the 4th season of Apex Legends, ever since then, the game’s storyline has delved deeper into each of the ...

The “Fury Unleashed”

By Brandon Miller, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2020

If you’re spending quarantine like me, you have probably been playing a lot of video games to pass the time, whether it is online with friends or by yourself. Despite how fun those games might be, it’s always fun to mix things up now and then with something new. With this thought in mind, I went in...

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new remake: “Final Fantasy VII”

It's a new dawn, it's a new remake:

By Phoenix Archer, Intern

May 11, 2020

The remake of the 1997 roleplay, action game “Final Fantasy VII,” released April 10th.  This seventh edition pays homage to the pre-rendered fantasy game that has had an everlasting effect on the gaming community and me during its time.  The original “Final Fantasy VII,” story follows Cloud Strife, a previous Shinra soldier who lives in a pre-apo...

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” a personal island getaway

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” a personal island getaway

By Robert Maddox, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” was released on March 20 and has taken over the lives of many Nintendo fans with its inviting communities, lovable characters and creative outlet. The game starts with the player having to create their character, which then is sent to a deserted island along with two ran...

Disney’s greatest disappointment: the Sorcerer’s Arena

Disney’s greatest disappointment: the Sorcerer’s Arena

By Syeda Rizvi, Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2020

“Disney Sorcerer’s Arena,” an app released on March 24, has an average of 4.7 stars on the app store. I hoped this game would prove to be a worthy activity that would eat up some time during my quarantine. However, like many things in life, the best thing about this app is the way it looks—and ...

Apex Legends Assimilation captivates players

By Justin Vaughan, Staff Reporter

March 4, 2020

“Apex Legends” is redefining what it means to be a battle royale game. Players are dropped onto a map where they must annihilate other players and be the last one standing. The game, which hit 50 million players in one month and is widely considered a rival of iconic “Fortnite,” released its fo...

Review: Ink Mountains and Mystery

By Jordan Craighead, Business Manager

January 23, 2019

Story game “Ink Mountains and Mystery” (IMM) opens with beautiful music laced with heavy Asian influence and a delicate, well drawn scene of a grassy mountain surrounded by big trees swaying in wind. It looks extremely peaceful and the first impression of this game is that it will be relaxing. ...

New app “Twisty Arrow” hits the bulls eye

New app

By Adam Schwartz, Page Editor

September 13, 2018

The app “Twisty Arrow” tests both accuracy and patience. This game requires users to shoot a given amount of arrows onto a circle that continuously spins at different speeds as one progresses through the game. As the player advances through the levels, the difficulty changes. At the start of e...

“RFLEX”: intense, high speed quests for high scores

“RFLEX”: intense, high speed quests for high scores

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 23, 2018

Everything about “RFLEX” screams of a game hellbent on examining the breaking point of a player and their reaction time. Taunting those who wish to surpass old scores, failures can prompt “DEAD” to appear on screen. There is no doubt that the upbeat electronic soundtrack and the super sensit...

“64.0”: an escape from regular, routine repetition

“64.0”: an escape from regular, routine repetition

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 17, 2018

Growing in intensity and complexity over the course of its challenging modes, “64.0”  is best characterized as a collection of difficult time trials. The levels each have their own styles, with an accelerating pace to handle overtime. Controlling a rotatable square in the center of the scree...

Chaotic aerial combat empowers “Luftrausers”

Chaotic aerial combat empowers “Luftrausers”

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2018

Superficially, its appearance is underwhelming. The dull color palette and bit-like graphics can be easily dismissed. Yet, an impeccable flight system is formed from the air-based combat in Luftrausers, fleshed out with numerous complexities on the speed, health and other traits of a controllable plane. Upon...

“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

April 17, 2018

In the allure of clearing the way to the top of the leaderboard, arcade games are known for their replay ability. Repetition of levels is prevalent in this draw, a design concept treated no differently in “Bit Blaster”. In the hopes of bringing arcade-like features to the mobile environment, the ...