‘Cell’ satisfies with sandbox play

Nevin Jones Gamers love receiving choices. With choices, the experience becomes your own and allows you to execute your unique play style. Whether it is tearing through a room with guns blazing or sneaking past in a ventilation shaft, “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” gives players the freedom to save the world how they see fit, and dang is it satisfying. When a terrorist group calling itself The Engineers attacks an Air Force base on the island of Guam, the president creates a secret unit called Fourth Echelon with Sam Fisher as its head. Sam and his crew must stop The Engineers from executing what they call “the blacklist,” a series of escalating attacks against America every…

Spoiler alert: it was bad

Nevin Jones | writer The season finale of “The Walking Dead” was about as pleasing as the day after Thanksgiving: After sitting down and eating a bunch of garbage, things just don’t exactly sit well. The past three episodes leading up to “Welcome to the Tombs” built palpable tension. Rick’s group was scared, Woodbury and the Governor were ready for blood, and someone had to die, as is the norm with any episode of TWD. The battle looked to be huge, but the way things played out was wholly unsatisfying. The prison assault started out with a literal bang, as The Governor’s group tore into the prison. They reached the zombie death quota for the…

‘Bioshock’ sets bar high

Nevin Jones | writer Creating a sequel to one of the highest rated first person shooters of all time would be a daunting task for most studios, but Irrational Games is not most studios. They have once again created something phenomenal. “Bioshock Infinite” is a game that, like the fictional setting of Columbia, raises itself above the rest in order to achieve newfound greatness. You are Booker DeWitt, a former member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency with a haunted past. After partaking in horrible events at The Battle of Wounded Knee, he picks up a life of drinking and gambling to wash away the guilt of his past. Now indebted to the worst kind of…

The Return of Lara Croft

More story, less cleavage Nevin Jones | writer Bid farewell to Lara Croft’s comically large boobs of old. In this reboot, there is no place for them. Get ready for a cinematic adventure with a strong narrative focus. “Tomb Raider” focuses on Lara’s beginnings as a timid adventurer, progressing to a hardened survivor, and it is one hell of a ride. “Tomb Raider” begins with Lara and her crew searching for an ancient civilization off the coast of Japan. During their search, a mysterious storm appears and decimates their ship. The crew finds itself stranded on an island with bizarre weather and violent cultists. Everything on this island brings danger, and Lara must harden her…

‘The perfect final goodbye to Mass Effect’

Nevin Jones | writer Strap on your N7 armor and prepare for some fun, because “Mass Effect 3: Citadel” is a blast. BioWare has finally delivered a worthy add-on to its epic conclusion, which brims with action and endless laughs. “Citadel” is a final love note that all fans of the “Mass Effect” series will enjoy. This downloadable content (DLC) features fan-service to the highest degree, and I do not mean that as a negative. People have spent six long years with this series while growing attached to the characters along the way. It seems only fitting that BioWare’s last DLC with this group of characters brings them together for one final hurrah. At the…

Gorilla gamers anticipate ‘Bioshock’ among other hot titles

Nevin Jones | reporter The spring gaming season is on the horizon and with it comes a batch of new releases that should excite all gamers worth their achievement points. Throughout the rest of the semester, there are several noticeable contenders that gamers should keep their eyes on. With big releases coming so soon, some PSU students sounded off on what they look for in a good game. “I’m very interested in games as a storytelling device,” said Jeff Linville, senior in international business. “A video game should always tell a good story. Almost like a book, but better.” Similar feelings were shared by junior in psychology Chandra Morris, who said, “I look for a…

Pitt’s hottest music scene

Local bar showcases home-grown talent Nevin Jones | reporter Former firefighter Bobby Gardullo’s adoration of live music and entertainment has culminated in Pittsburg’s newest popular hangouts, JST Bobby G’s. “I was brought up with music,” said Gardullo. “I play keyboard, guitar and a little bass. I’ve always had music in my blood. My in-laws own Kutz Music, so everywhere we go there is music.” Gardullo has bartended for over 30 years and his love of music is something he has made sure to hold onto over the years. Now that he owns his own bar, this lifelong romance still very much alive. “I always said when I own a bar there are two things it…

Heads vs. Feds

Marijuana legalization debate draws large crowd Nevin Jones | reporter Pitt State students gathered for “Heads vs. Feds,” a spirited debate on the legalization of marijuana, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Bob Stutman, a formal federal agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Steven Hager, former editor of High Times magazine, were the debaters. Stutman and Hager, known as “the ultimate odd couple,” come from different worlds. Hager is one of the most visible and active proponents of marijuana legalization and is known for founding California’s “Cannabis Cup” and the first national Hemp Tour. “When we started, one state had medical marijuana, California,” said Hager. “Now 18 states have medical…

Movie Review; The Dark Knight Rises – Part 2 (2013)

Batman finale good enough; “Returns-Part 2″ stays true to Frank Miller classic Nevin Jones | writer In 1986, Frank Miller radically changed the way people viewed Batman with “The Dark Knight Returns.” He took the “World’s Greatest Detective” and dragged him down into the gritty, dark streets of Gotham. His depictions of Batman and the Joker are the origin of the more mature characters we know today. In September 2012, Warner Brothers Animation released “The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1,” which features the first two books of Frank Miller’s original story. It was a good translation of the source material featuring gorgeous visuals and a solid voice cast. However, even though it features the best…