Anticipated Games

BattleField One: Fans of the popular shooter, BattleField, have been kept on their toes since the announcement of the latest edition to the series. Taking place during the first World War, Battlefield One brings back the gritty, battle to the bone feeling that you can’t get playing other shooters. Available on most most major consoles and PC, BattleField One is something to definitely look forward to.

Release Date: October 21, 2016.

“I’m really excited for “For Honor.” I think the combat is very unique.”

-Senior Stone Carignan

Pokémon: Sun & Moon: The new edition to the Pokémon series, Sun and Moon, are some of the most anticipated games of 2016. Taking place in the Alola region, a tropical and exotic area that IGN describes as “Pokémon’s take on Hawaii.” This Pokémon brings a whole new list of exotic Pokémon, along with a twist on the Pokémon we know and love. Available on the Nintendo 3DS, this is going to be a great game.

Release Date: November 18, 2016.

“I’m excited for Pokémon Sun and Moon, but I think they are down grading from Pokémon X and Y.”

-Senior Kitty Walter

NBA 2K17: This game is great for basketball fans stuck inside on a rainy day. In the eighteenth installment of the NBA 2K series, 2K17 promises improvement from its predecessor 2K16. The NBA series is great for people looking to have a good time. There is just something fun about the idea of controlling your sports idols, making insane plays, and bringing your team to the championship. Its also great for a little one on one action with your friends to see who is the best of the best. Available on all major consoles and PC.

Release Date: September 20, 2016.

“I’m really excited for the Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star DLC. Also any more Star Wars games in the future!”

-Junior Reid Snider

Gears of War 4: Do you enjoy fighting hordes of enemies? Using a chainsaw to literally rip your enemies a new one? Well now you can! The new edition to the Gears of War series follows JD Fenix, son of previous main character Marcus Fenix, twenty five years after the events of Gears of War 3. As a new enemy emerges, you and your friends can band together to slice, dice, and shoot your way to victory. Available on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Release Date: October 11, 2016.

WARNING: Game includes intense violent themes.

Despite murderous rampages, GTA V is captivating

Upon its release Rockstar Games “Grand Theft Auto V” sales broke $800 million globally within 24 hours.

Divide that number by 60, the average price of the game, and you get the number of people who jumped at their first chance to virtually assume the role of a hardened gangster.

Virtual gangster and senior Tim Ewen said, “The whole GTA series makes up some of my favorite games. I really like the upgrades from IV to V.  The graphics are better and the gameplay is more intuitive.”

Countless people gave the game such great reviews that I had to give it a try for myself.

Upon putting the game into my console I was greeted by a hooker on the load screen, followed by flashing photos of sketchy looking people.  To some one not seasoned by the cold hard streets of GTA I, II, III, and IV, this might seem inappropriate or even offensive.  I wasn’t too surprised.

The game started with some captivating and high-action missions intended to give the player a feel for certain new controls and give a little back story.  After completing the setup to the story mode, I got to dig into what I really enjoy: wreaking havoc on the city of Los Santos.

I noticed while playing that the driving is a lot more sensitive than previous Grand Theft Auto games which gives you more control over the things you can do.

Like the previous games, there are five stars in the upper in right hand corner of the screen.  A star illuminates for every level of how wanted you are by law enforcement.  I started my rampage by stealing some cars and plowing down people.

The fuzz came after me with full force.  My streak ended in a bloody shoot out with the police.  It sounds terrible, but there is definitely an addictive element to this game.  The release of the game caused many absences in school for a day or two to come.

“I didn’t sleep any more than five hours for the first three days,” Ewen reported, “It’s too addicting.”  The game takes about three days to complete if you’re a go hard like Ewen.

The game play is captivating, and the story is great.  We all owe Rockstar Games a thank you, for once again allowing kids and young adults to let out their murderous rampages virtually. My overall rating:  five out of five.