Video Games

Violent videogames victimize women
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP While mature rated video games, such as “Grand Theft Auto,” are popular among students, these games include violent and demeaning portrayals of women in their gameplay. At an all boys school, it is important to determine how these games effect students’ outlook on women. Mr. Lane McShane ’82 administered a presentation at last year’s Summit on violence, focusing on how women are depicted in…
Students lament over NCAA video games pulled from production
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | The NCAA videogame series allows players to play as their favorite college football teams similar to the Madden football games. The series was cancelled after a lawsuit was filed against the NCAA and EA sports By Bryce Owen ’17 THE ROUNDUP Sports and videogames go hand in hand with successful titles like Madden, FIFA and the NBA 2K series dominating the market for…
‘NBA 2k17’ thrives with smooth gameplay, revamped ‘MyCareer’ mode
NBA 2K17 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. (Handout/TNS) “NBA 2k17”—2k Sports—for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One 9.5 out of 10 By Jack Davis ’19 THE ROUNDUP 2k Sports created possibly their best work yet in the latest edition of the “NBA 2k” basketball game franchise. “NBA 2k17” debuted Sept. 20, and presentation, details and customization…
‘Madden 17’ improves on gameplay,game modes, not graphics
Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service | ‘Madden 17’-from EA Sports  Xbox one, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 8.5 out of 10 By Edwin Perez-Morales ’18 THE ROUNDUP EA released its yearly madden game Aug. 23 for all consoles that improves on various aspects of the game making a big improvement from last year’s version. “Madden 17” made some adjustments but did not focus on the graphics. This Madden…
‘No Man’s Sky’ provides adequate gameplay, stepping stone for future
‘No Man’s Sky’ – From Hello Games Playstation 4, PC 7 out of 10 By Ethan Winkler ’17 THE ROUNDUP One of the most anticipated games of 2016, ‘No Man’s Sky’ delivers on its promise of a beautiful game with limitless exploration, but fails to give us an immersive experience. Released by Hello Games, “No Man’s Sky” was promised to be a game the world hasn’t ever seen, one with…
‘Pokémon Go’ gives new meaning to gaming despite flaws
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Michael Rowe ’18 poses the Pokémon themed t-shirt from the varsity shop. By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Pokemon Go” became an instant success and sensation on the App Store for every Pokemon and non-Pokemon fan when it debuted in the United States July 6. Prior to being released in the United States, it had constantly been delayed. Pokemon Go was released in other…
‘Dark Souls 3’ remains challenging, retreads worn ground
Screenshot courtesy of Chris Rehling ’16 – Dark Souls 3, the final installation in the series, takes the player through a journey of Lothric. “Dark Souls 3”- From Software Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC 7 out of 10 By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP The “Dark Souls” series has become a staple in the world of gaming, known for its brutally punishing risk and reward gameplay and cryptic story. From…
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain nears perfection
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”–Kojima Productions Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC 9 out of 10 To begin reviewing “Metal Gear Solid V,” I have to first explain the “Metal Gear” franchise as a whole. The franchise began with the game “Metal Gear,” which was made in 1987 by game developer Hideo Kojima. Since the release of “Metal Gear,”…
‘Hardline’ by Electronic Arts and Visceral does not improve on graphics, gameplay, makes multiplayer less interesting
Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service – A scene from “Battlefield Hardline.” Battlefield: Hardline – From Visceral Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC 7 out of 10 By Jack McAuslan THE ROUNDUP “Battlefield” games, specifically the multiplayer aspect, are very well known for a few reasons: big battles, realism and completely destructible environments. These three pieces make up one of the most loved first person shooter franchises…
‘Bloodborne’ provides dark, foreboding journey
Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service – In “Bloodborne,” players hunt through the night in the cursed city of Yharnam in search of a cure. By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP “Bloodborne”—From Software Playstation 4 9 out of 10 “Bloodborne” offers a truly unique and challenging experience, and is not intended to be a game that everyone can enjoy. The setting of the game is dark and horrific, taking place…