VG Review: Shadow of War

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By Zane Parsons

Shadow of War is the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, picking up where the last game left off. As mentioned in my previous article, you are the grave walker and are capable of making orcs your followers. This aspect has been expanded and improved immensely with the Nemesis system. The Nemesis system lets you have a different story every time you play. I won’t spoil too much, but I will say a warning. Treat your followers carefully for they become your enemy at the worst moment…

There have been many improvements the game. I enjoyed the facts that there are elemental types of beasts and creatures in Mordor. It makes the combat and different status effects interesting to deal with. I really liked the changes they made to the way combat on mounted creatures works.

The level system and upgrades are far more extensive than its predecessor, and this aspect works for me. You can upgrade your arrows to make charged head-shots explode in a ball of fire or a blast of poison. Actually, come to think of it, you can do both with Balefire, which is pretty much just poison fire. Another thing that makes Shadow of war better than Mordor is the armor system. You can take armor and weapons from fallen captains and they change the way your equipment works. I love the customization that was added and recommend the game to RPG gamers.

Luke’s Minecraft Tutorials

By Luke Burruss

Hello all! I’m back for another video! This one is a bit glitchy and buggy and I mess up a bit. All in all, it isn’t my best work. In the future, I promise to take more time on it and make it better! Anyways, in this tutorial, I show you how to build a shulker box loading system that you can hook up to huge farms, for mass storages. Enjoy the video!

Wow! that was a bit sketchy. Thank you all for watching that video! Again I’ll do better in the future and take more time with each one. Stay Tuned, after a while I’ll be putting up a survival let’s play series. See ya next time!

VG Review – Mass Effect Andromeda

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By Zane Parsons

Mass Effect Andromeda is a part of the Mass Effect series. I liked the game, but don’t get me wrong it has it’s flaws. However, I don’t think it deserved the hate it got originally. The game added jump jets, which allows you to dash short distances to dodge gunfire. this adds a new mechanic to the game-play. The story behind the game is interesting and fun to play.

The story is also expanded with the multiplayer Apex Missions, but they are also only available online. The missions are carried out by strike teams separate from your main team in the single player play-through. You have been given the authority to give the orders from the strike team leader. The game has wonderful graphics and the views of the landscapes are beautiful. The planets are also very different and vary from Earth and make for an original experience.

The game has some original concepts for enemies and alien species in the new galaxy. In my opinion, they look a little weird. You are able to craft weapons from the various species and lifeforms that are vastly different from the Milky Way weapons. They also behave differently. Now what I mean by that is they may be lazer weapons or chargeable plasma weapons. Your job as Pathfinder is to find a way through the galaxy, and make the worlds habitable for the races that went with the Andromeda Initiative.

I enjoyed the games differences from past Mass Effect games because I really didn’t like the others. I enjoyed being able to choose how the Pathfinder was viewed through my actions in the game.

Rainbow Six: Siege Review

By Cameron Patton

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Rainbow Six: Siege is an online competitive shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and released in 2015. The game encourages using the destructible environment, as well as teamwork to complete your objective. There are two teams, Attackers and Defenders. Each team has their own operators with their own unique abilities. For a basic non-boring rundown of the operators currently in-game, enjoy the video below.

 

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I’ve played Rainbow Six: Siege since its initial launch and it has changed drastically since then. Ubisoft Montreal has kept updating the game and has made it into a very successful shooter. Much of the gameplay requires skill and precision as headshots are the deciding factor between life and death. I find the gameplay to be very tactful, requiring a lot of thinking about how you approach situations, rather than blindly rushing in.

I haven’t had many problems with the game, except for the servers. If you don’t have a good connection to Ubisoft servers, you’ll have a very bad time; as the game requires a connection to work.

Much of my problems are with the balancing of operators. Recently, an operator named Ela was added sometime last year. She has a rapid fire SMG with a 40 bullet magazine. Her special abilities are three concussion mines that stun enemies for 5 seconds; reducing movement speed, DPI (How fast your mouse moves), and putting a blurry overlay on your screen. Suffice to say, she’s a very overpowered operator that’s difficult to counter.

Overall, I think the game is definitely a good choice if you enjoy competitive shooters that require skill and accuracy. While being somewhat buggy with connectivity issues, it’s a relatively stable game. Finally, the operators need a lot of tweaking, but not too much to be unplayable.

Top 6 McDonald County Fortnite Plays

By Jacob Cooper 

Fortnite Fever has been breaking out in recent months. With their top player count hitting 3.4 million and surpassing PUBG,  you can expect a good group of players in Mcdonald County, so let’s dive into McDonald County’s first ever Top 6 Fortnite Plays.

(Submitted by Marshall Foreman) Despite the crappy quality, this play was nothing sort of awesome.  Landing the beautiful snipe shot with quick reflexes, this play deserves to be in this Top 6.

(Submitted by Logan Ginger) This invisible snipe shot was one for the books. Whether it was luck or if it was pure skill, it doesn’t matter. This was a legendary shot, and this is why it is in this Top 6.

(Submitted by Izak Johnson) This play was shooting ducks out of the sky, finding the sniper, locating the target, and boom.

(Submitted by Taylor Gilliam) This is one of the funniest clips submitted. Ever since the Impulse grenade was introduced in the latest patch update, people have been testing out how it works. This play submitted shows one of the funniest kills and one of the funniest reactions.

(Submitted by Bryce Westgate) This quick thinking and the sniping definitely deserves to be on this list.

(Submitted by Elijah Habert) This double shot was epic. The precision and accuracy are on point.

Play Fortnite at School!

By: Jacob Cooper

With the recent doors opening from the creation of the eSports team in McDonald County, there are many new opportunities. One of those opportunities is the new, up and coming LAN (Local Area Network) Party. Now, what is a LAN Party? Basically, a whole bunch of gamers come together and play a lot of video games for a long time.

This particular LAN Party is being hosted by the MCHS Megabytes and is being used as a fundraiser to buy resources and materials needed to compete in the Spring Season. The party is this Saturday, March 24th, and it starts at 10 am and ends at 10 pm. It cost 5$ to enter and play for the entire day, and 20$ to gain access to the food buffet being served.

Three of the many games you will be able to play at the LAN party (from left to right is Warcraft 3, League of Legends, and Fortnite.)

The most anticipated games that will be played are League of Legends, Injustice 2, and Fortnite. Yes, that is right. You can now play Fortnite at school with your buddies for 5 hours straight withith the game downloaded on 60+ computers with graphic cards to match the game. If you love Fortnite, then you will love this party. Other games that you will be able to play is Warcraft 3, Starcraft 2, and Medal of Honor.

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shown above is Fortnite, One of the many games you can play at the LAN Party.

Another big thing offered, is the 1v1 Injustice tournament, and the 5v5 League of Legends tournament (all will include prizes to the winners). You can choose your own team and submit to the brackets.

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shown above is one of the many finishing moves presented in Injustice 2.

So if you’re a gamer, or just love Fortnite, get your controller, hook it up, and play games with the team all day.

MCHS eSports Club Update

By Jacob Cooper and Maya Dally

On February 8th, the MCHS eSports team went and represented themselves in front of the school board. After discussing it with the Board, they finally approved them, letting them compete against other schools.

 

eSports team pictured above at the School Board meeting after they were approved

 

It’s been almost two months since the McDonald County High School decided to allow students to participate in competitive gaming, and club attendance has never been stronger. The club has some of the most loyal attendees consistently showing up to each and every practice.

The club’s members have put their entire heart into this, practicing hour after hour and learning the skills they need to compete.

“Unlike any other sport, eSports changes on a weekly basis. Some weeks are full of pain and headaches, while others are full of wins.”  -Kamireon Douglas 

Since the club came together in mid-December, they have had multiple after-school practices, working on trust, teamwork, and perseverance. It’s been a wild ride, but the club has already left a lasting legacy just by starting the first ever eSports team.

For everyone that supported us, thank you.

 

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review

By Cameron Patton

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom, released in January of 2017. You play as Ethan Winters, a seemingly ordinary citizen that receives a cryptic email from his missing wife, Mia. The email only detailed an address with the words “Find me”.

After following the address to a derelict plantation mansion in Dulvey, Louisiana, Ethan finds that there’s something terribly wrong about the house and its inhabitants.

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 I genuinely appreciate the route this installment took. It adds a more unique and immersive survival horror experience while still keeping the original charm of Resident Evil. I felt that Resident Evil was losing its touch with Resident Evil 6, so it’s a very nice change of pace from the run and gun zombie shooter that was the previous title.

The gameplay is a lot slower paced than previous titles, rewarding patience and exploration while recommending avoiding unnecessary combat. I welcome this change as the previous games started feeling more like a Call of Duty campaign with zombies. A problem I have with the weapons is that they are very easily replaced with arguably better weapons. For example, the starting pistol is more or less replaced once the shotgun is acquired because the shotgun has such a higher damage than the pistol and ammo is easily conserved through avoiding combat. Thus, decreasing the impact of the survival aspect of the game.

The story is original and unique to the series; however, my only real annoyance is the only story-altering choice is more than three quarters through the game. You have to choose whether to cure your wife of three years, or some random member of the Baker family that you just met. To me, it seems like a no-brainer that you would choose your wife over some random girl you just met.

The game runs smoothly and I encountered little to no bugs or glitches through my two playthroughs. However, the game does require a fast computer to run properly, so older computers will have some performance issues.

Overall, I really enjoyed this game and sincerely recommend it for those looking for a good survival horror game.

VG Review: Shadow of Mordor

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By Zane Parsons

A hidden story of Middle Earth, this game takes place in the Lord of the Rings before the events of the original trilogy. You play as Talion, a former Ranger, who has been sacrificed to bring back an ancient elf lord by the hand of Sauron. You awaken in a vast gray landscape and then the memories of what happened come back to you all at once. These events thrust you into the open world game.

I really enjoyed the game because the mechanics are fairly easy to master. It can be very satisfying to massacre the enemy. The story and impressing cinematics make the game enjoyable. The game’s story is very impressive and has an interesting viewpoint to the Lord of the Rings story.

Now fused with the wraith Celebrimbor and unable to stay dead, you go on a rampage while getting used to the abilities the Wraith gives you as well as gaining an understanding of the orc society within Mordor. You help Celebrimbor learn who he is and help him gain abilities. You can choose your own playstyle, and change it up whenever you choose.

Warning: The next section may contain spoilers as to who Celebrimbor is.

The main antagonist in Lord of the Rings is Sauron, or the Dark Lord. Sauron tricked Celebrimbor into making the rings of power and betrayed him. These events inspired Celebrimbor into becoming the Bright Lord. Celebrimbor is kind of like the polar opposite of Sauron.