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“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

April 17, 2018


Filed under Apps, Features, Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

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 ...

Puzzle game ‘EDGE’ unlocks players’ decision making skills

Puzzle game ‘EDGE’ unlocks players’ decision making skills

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Apps, Features, Ideas, Reviews, Video Games

Hanging off of the edge of a block to deduct time, or being shoved off the edge of a level are two defining characteristics of ‘EDGE’. Despite the puzzle games’ simple graphics, the content grows in its complexity overtime, as to keep the player intrigued for later, unlockable levels. With over...

Sid Meier’s Civilization V remains on top

Sid Meier’s Civilization V remains on top

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

March 7, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

Despite being published over seven years ago, “Sid Meier’s Civilization V” and its multitude of DLC (downloadable content) packs are refreshing in almost every aspect. Fantastic versatility and variety are displayed in the complex systems for resources, diplomacy and production, in which the co...

“Free” Game requires serious amounts of time to progress

“Free” Game requires serious amounts of time to progress

By Ben Uram, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Video Games

With its initial price tag of “free”, Warframe is a great option for many video game players who are looking for an action-packed, less expensive alternative to a full priced game costing $60, especially considering that quality remains similar between these two pricings.   Gameplay in Warframe is f...

No one’s missing out on the new Sims 4 Laundry Pack

No one’s missing out on the new Sims 4 Laundry Pack

By Caitlin Bush and Allison Lackner

February 26, 2018


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

The newest Sims expansion pack, Sims 4 Laundry Pack, comes with country chic items and clothes that can transform the Sims house and warborde to look like it came out of an episode of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” This new pack allows players to decorate the Sims’ homes with a rustic vibe, which can ex...

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

By Amelia Abraham and Cordy Wettstein

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, The Game Stop, Video Games

Harvest Moon Skytree Village is a repetitive, unintuitive game. Players spawn as a young adult on a farm, after selecting their gender and preferred name, and are greeted by the Harvest Goddess, who explains that Skytree Village was once able to be lush and beautiful when the Villagers cared. This gave ...

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

By Allison Lackner, Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

“Sims 4 Cats & Dogs,” the newest expansion pack for “Sims 4,” speaks for itself -- cats and dogs can now be integrated into gameplay. Introducing a pet into a Sim’s household makes it more realistic — but at the same time is a lot to handle. While the pack includes new clothing options...

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

By Amelia Abraham, Intern

October 27, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Slime Rancher is a toned-down, role-playing game made to satisfy gamers who’d like a break from more objective-based and stressful recreations. The player is free to roam around the Far, Far Range while being politely encouraged to corral slimes, sell the slime’s byproducts, and improve life on The Ranch. ...

Cuphead worth time and money

Cuphead worth time and money

By Amelia Abraham, Intern

October 20, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

Saying that Cuphead is difficult game is an understatement. However, the diverse cast of bosses, interesting characters and the game’s charming style makes it a must-download for 2017. Cuphead was released on September 29th on Steam and Xbox One and already has overwhelmingly positive reviews ...

Sims 4: Toddler Stuff Pack review

Sims 4: Toddler Stuff Pack review

By Allison Lackner, Business manager

September 25, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

Although simmers saw the appearance of toddlers in Sims 4, the update was missing cute clothes and accessories for the new characters. The latest Sims pack, Sims 4 Toddler Stuff Pack, promised new options for the toddlers to express their personalities, burn off energy and make friends, yet it fell s...

The Game Stop: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

The Game Stop: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2017


Filed under Reviews, The Game Stop, Video Games

“Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan” is a first-person RPG designed as a throwback to the genre’s text-based origins. It retains the same style of gameplay, but has a different plot than its predecessors. Players take control of an exploration guild, a group of adventurers who explore lab...

The Game Stop: Project X Zone 2

The Game Stop: Project X Zone 2

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Building on an already good formula, “Project X Zone 2” makes major improvements across the board from its predecessor, cementing it as a vastly superior game. Much like the original, “Project X Zone 2” is a huge crossover between the video game franchises of Namco, Capcom and Sega. Despite...