Video Games

‘Assassin’s Creed’ provides action but subpar plot
‘Assassin’s Creed’ starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons 6 out of 10 By Josh Spano ‘18 THE ROUNDUP While providing much action and an interesting story, “Assassin’s Creed” fails to cultivate an audience who is unfamiliar with the video game series. Deriving from a video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” fails to do what the video game did so well: living your ancestors’ memories. By getting into the machine called…
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…
‘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…
Surrounded by Violence: Evidence of violent video games, music all around us
Photo by Reece Krantz ’16 – Screenshot of Doom. Many argue that violence in media promotes a violent culture and may even contribute to mass shootings. By Anthony Totri ’16 THE ROUNDUP The recent release of video games such as “Black Ops 3” and “Fallout 4” have revived the discussion regarding the culture of violence in video games and music. The popular first-person shooter game “Black Ops 3” was a…
Welty enjoys physics, playing board, video games
Photo by Cameron M. Bray ’16 – Mr. Welty teaches Forrest Wiegand ’15 about angular momentum, March 18. Mr. Welty teaches Honors and AP Physics classes. By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP Now in his 27th year at Brophy, Mr. Mike Welty ’83 teaches Honors Physics classes and one period of AP Physics C. However, these are not the only courses he has taught over the years. “I’ve taught…
Single player vs. Multi player
Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – There are aspects of single player games that are more appealing to some consumers, whereas others find multiplayer gaming facets more attractive. Single-player focused games offer more variety, replay ability By Jace Riley ’16 THE ROUNDUP There are two main types of games: single-player focused and multiplayer focused. “Skyrim” would be single-player focused while “Battlefield 4” is the latter. Single-player games have long campaigns,…
‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ boasts vast open world, excellent gameplay
By Cameron M. Bray ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Dragon Age: Inquisition”—Electronic Arts—for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One 9.5 out of 10 Words simply cannot express how stunned I was by “Dragon Age: Inquisition.” I haven’t been so engrossed in a video game since the release of “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”—nor have I sunk so many hours. Over Thanksgiving Break I spent hours exploring the vast…