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: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)

"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" (2012), Activision.

Caution: Zombies may explode, 4.5 stars Garett McCollough | Sports Editor Unlike the fans of “Halo 4” and “Assassin’s Creed 3,” who usually go home and play the campaign first, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” players want to get into that multiplayer action as fast as possible. I was no different and as soon as two game updates were complete, I immediately selected play online and was ready to have my mind blown. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The three classes “Call of Duty” starts every player off with were terrible, and all of the gadgets had new names, leaving me confused as to what their uses were. I was basically stuck in the corner figuring out…

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…

Video Game: ‘Slender’ (2012) review

The Slenderman in "Slender" (Parsec Productions, 2012).

‘Slender’ is simply superb, 4/5 stars Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief Today’s video game market is saturated with finely polished, action-packed adventures with long, complex stories. However, simplicity can sometimes do so much more. Enter “Slender,” an incredibly short and simple horror game for Mac and PC that was born from an Internet meme. Parsec Productions took the online joke that started in 2009 and turned it into something truly terrifying, yet surprisingly basic. The premise is simple. You’re placed in a densely wooded park in the middle of the night. Your only objective is to find eight manuscript pages while exploring the pitch-black area with a flashlight, all while avoiding the “slenderman.” Upon first setting…

Video Game: Darksiders II (2012) review

Players take control of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in THQ's "Darksiders II."

Darksiders II trailer An impressive combination Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Columnist The original “Darksiders” came out in 2010 and was a surprising hit. The game allowed you to play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. War was wrongly accused in the game of bringing about the End War. It was not an original game and borrowed heavily from video games such as “Legend of Zelda,” “Devil May Cry,” and “God of War,” but it was extremely fun. “Darksiders II” takes all of the concepts present in its predecessor and expands them to give us the epic journey of Death, the deadliest of the four horsemen. Death’s story in “Darksiders II”…