It Is Coming

Students gear up for fall’s biggest distraction Nevin P. Jones | reporter eople to dive back into the shows that they love. Possibly the most hotly anticipated returning show is AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. After the season three finale’s record-breaking 12.4 million viewers, the show became the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history. The previous season left viewers with many questions and an appetite for answers. “ ‘The Walking Dead’ starts back up soon, and I’m pretty excited about that,” said Seamus Hamilton, junior in psychology. A sentiment that fellow PSU student Abby Spillane, senior in graphic communications, shares. “I can’t wait for ‘The Walking Dead’ to return,” Spillane said. “I love zombies…

Countdown To Touchdown

Paul Fraley performs with the marching band during the homecoming half time show on Saturday, October 20 in Carnie Smith Stadium.

pride of the plains marching band Nevin P. Jones | reporter The crowd is roaring; the stands are shaking; the football team is ready to crack some skulls; Carnie Smith Stadium is at a fever pitch, but something is missing. On cue, “Welcome to the Jungle” erupts from the Pride of the Plains Marching Band, and the stadium explodes in excitement. If PSU football had a 12th man, he would undoubtedly be the Pride of the Plains Marching Band. You can’t have a game day in Pittsburg without the band. It just wouldn’t be the same. “If the band wasn’t there, people would miss them,” said clarinet player Leann Verhoff, junior in music and English….

‘Blade mode is amazing’

Nevin P. Jones | writer “Metal Gear Rising: Revegeance” should have been called “Violent Cyborg: Mature Fruit Ninja.” Kojima Production fans, you are forewarned; the “Metal Gear” you know has vanished. This is a product of Platinum Games, so action heavily overrides the stealth associated with the series. What you get with “Revengeance” is a crazy, action-filled romp, which entertains throughout, but ultimately feels imperfect. Like most action games, the plot features absurd scenarios present only for awesome gameplay. You play as Raiden after he becomes a full cyborg, working for a private military company (PMC) called Maverick Security. Raiden’s employers might need to re-evaluate their company following the prologue because they fail to protect…

Video Game Review: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012)

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012, Sony)

3.5 stars Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Reporter Chaos is the kind of element that, if you can harness its power, then the product can be completely amazing. Bringing order to chaos isn’t easy, but Nintendo has proved time and again that it is possible with its “Super Smash Bros.” franchise. Pitting more than 20 years of iconic characters against each other in an arena-style brawl creates frantic brilliance. Sony is looking to cash in on this kind of successful chaos with its new “Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale,” which puts some of Sony’s greatest icons together in one game. However, their attempt was good but it never quite reaches the same level of brilliance as…

Video Game Review: Tokyo Jungle (2012)

Tokyo Jungle (2012, Sony)

‘Jungle’ is absurd, yet fun Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer I stalked my prey from the high grass. Just me and a pack of five fierce Pomeranians. With the six of us against one animal, I had no fear. I believed my pack would succeed no matter what the cost, but that was my first groan-inducing mistake. I jumped from the grass and watched in horror as I found myself attacking a full grown panther. I imagined my teeth must have felt like a raindrop to such a massive creature. Within seconds I was dead and the panther feasted on my fluffy Pomeranians’ remains. Moments like this are not rare in “Tokyo Jungle,” and…

Video Game Review: Mark of the Ninja (2012)

The eponymous ninja in "Mark of the Ninja" (Klei Studios, 2012).

“Best stealth game in years” Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer Recently, stealth genre video games have lacked gameplay that actually focused on stealth. Too often, stealth games have begun to cater to the “Call of Duty” crowd, focusing more on player empowerment than the feeling of vulnerability that a true stealth game should have. It is fitting that the most recent title to be a stealth game is called “Mark of the Ninja,” because it leaves an indelible mark on the genre. Klei Entertainment combines the graphical flourish of its action-oriented “Shank” with the finesse of a stealth platformer to make the best Xbox Live Arcade title of the year and the best stealth…

Video Game: Mass Effect 3: Leviathan (2012) review

Mass Effect 3's new downloadable content (DLC), "Leviathan" (2012, Electronic Arts).

Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer ‘Leviathan’ storyline outshines gameplay, 3/5 “Mass Effect 3: Leviathan” is the first downloadable content for ME3 that costs money to play. It is an extra side quest for the single-player campaign that takes about three or four hours to play in its entirety. “Leviathan” contains some big revelations about the origins of the Reapers, and Bioware had enough story twists to keep me enthralled long enough to finish the extra missions. “Leviathan” starts when Commander Shepard boards the Normandy and checks his personal computer, finding an urgent message from Admiral Hackett, who requests Shepard’s presence at a new lab in a separate section of the Citadel. There you find…