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Review: Portal 2

In this review of Portal 2, we’ll rate each aspect of gameplay on a scale of 1-10, then discuss our opinions of the game. *Disclaimer* We will not be covering Portal in this article, as we find Portal 2 to be more fun and entertaining. Just a quick disclaimer. Gameplay: 9/10 Plot:8/10 Design/Characters: 7/10 Soundtrack: 9/10 Creativity: 10/10 Gameplay (9/10): Portal 2’s gameplay is fantastic and has better than some games made recently (*cough cough* No Man’s Sky *cough cough*). Portal 2’s gameplay ties into its creativity because the idea of shooting portals and progressing through puzzle rooms, or test chambers, while listening to an evil robot is clever and a new type of game. The genre of Puzzle/Story! The co-op of Portal 2 is a bit lackluster compared to the main story. The co-op delivers the main idea of gameplay but doesn’t deliver the personality or creativity of the main story…


Top Google Searches of 2016

2017 has just started, and over the past year, there have been so many Google searches in the USA. From memes to sports to news stories to the election, here are a bunch of lists of the top Google Searches of 2016. I’ll finish everything off with the top 10 Google searches worldwide. I have found this information from www.google.com/trends/hottrends. If you don’t know what anything is please feel free to look it up. DISCLAIMER: This is not a list of “Top _____”, but a list of “Top Google searches of _____”. Top Memes 5. SpongeBob Caveman 4. Dat Boi 3. Pokémon Go 2. “Darn” Daniel 1. Harambe Top Songs 5. One Dance 4. Panda 3. Black Beatles 2. Purple Rain 1. Formation Top Video Games 5. Warcraft 4. Battlefield 1 3. Overwatch 2. Agar.io 1. Slither.io Top TV Shows 5. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story 4….


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App Unwrap: iMovie

Hello everybody! I’ve been told that App Unwraps, or reviews of iPad apps, gained a lot of attention last year, so I’m here to continue the legacy of App Unwraps! To start my App Unwrap writing, I’m going to review iMovie. iMovie is a pretty popular app that you can find in the App Store for only $5.00. It’s also a required app for middle schoolers.


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Game Review: Super Mario Maker

Whenever someone says the word “Mario,” I’m sure you think of the same thing: Bowser steals princess, Mario goes after him, blah blah blah. But Super Mario Maker is a Mario game like no other! On September 10, 2015, Nintendo released Super Mario Maker for Wii U. This game was originally for Nintendo employees only, but the company realized that the game could make tons of money by being sold to the public. In this game, you create your own Mario levels! You can add in all sorts of enemies and blocks, plus you are able to create in four different styles! 


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Game Review: Metroid Other M

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the: review! Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for the Metroid series. Metroid Other M for the Wii is the sequel to Super Metroid, an amazing game for the Super Nintendo! The game is about Samus Aran on another quest, to explore an abandoned space station with many mysteries! The game mechanics are good, almost… You can go into first person and third person; in third person you get the full view of the room and in first person you can fire missiles and look around! It’s too bad that the motion controls are bad…


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LEGO Robotics Announcement!

Everybody knows that Friends’ Central has sports teams. But now, Friends’ Central has a new kind of team… Team Phoenix, the LEGO Robotics Team! We go to a LEGO Robotics contest (called FLL: First LEGO League) on December 19, 2015! There are three parts of this contest: the robot (which has to do some different actions to get points), the poster (which you don’t need to worry about), and finally, the project. What We Need So, FLL always has a different theme every year, and this year, the theme is TRASH, which is a very big problem around the world. For our project, we have to find a way to reduce some type of waste in the world and in our community. So, we decided to focus on whiteboard marker trash. Almost every teacher at Friends’ Central uses a whiteboard marker brand called Expo. After these Expo markers run out of ink, usually the teachers…


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Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Hello, and welcome to game review! In this review, we examine gameplay and game mechanics, items, story, and music. Please remember this is just an opinion so please don’t start bashing me! Thanks. (P.S. I won’t tell the story because I don’t want to spoil too much of the game.) Part 1: Gameplay Well “Ocarina of Time” (OOT) is in fact my favorite game of all time, so I’m very excited to share this review.


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Splatoon Review

Hey everyone this is gonna be my first game review. I’m going to do a lot of these, so I’ll familiarize you with how I’m gonna do this. First I’ll do 10-star ratings for gameplay, plot, design, soundtrack, and creativity. Then I’ll do my review, followed by some pics, tips, and finally some info about the game director and stuff. At the end, I will give the game a final rating out of 100. Last, I want to tell you that this is in my opinion so if you hated the game, that’s okay. And my first game review will be… RATINGS Gameplay: 6/10 Plot: 3/10 Design: 7/10 Soundtrack: 9/10 Creativity: 10/10 Released on May 28, 2015, Splatoon already seemed amazing when first revealed at E3 2014. Appearing in multiple Nintendo Directs, many were excited. The game features humanoid squids called “Inklings” who play “Turf Wars,” four-on-four online paintball fights. You can…


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Top 15 Mario Games

This year is Mario’s 30th Anniversary. The original Super Mario Bros game came out thirty years ago (1985), so I’m going to write a Top 15 list on all the best Mario games! I would’ve done Top 30, but after a long pause, I realized that I had not played 30 Mario Games (yet). So I divided thirty in half and created a Top 15 list. #15: Mario Kart DS (DS, 2005) This game was almost deleted, but I decided that it should stay. Mario Kart DS is a incredibly confusing game, and it was the first Mario Kart game I ever played. For those who don’t know, the Mario Kart series has 11 games, and the whole plot or premise is to race other players (either friends or CPUs) to win characters and stages. This game has tons of wacky stages to race in–some that are not used anymore…


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Haiku? More like “BYE”-ku!

At the beginning of the one-to-one iPad program last year, there was an application that has been recently discontinued: Haiku Learning. It has been replaced by Veracross and eBackpack. This was a decision made by Mr. Crowley (Director of Technology), Mrs. Quinn (Middle School Principal), Miss Schwobel (Technology Coordinator & Librarian), and other officials last summer. One of the interesting things about this choice is that FCS was using Veracross during the 2013-2014 school year, but thought Haiku would be a better program in the long run. However, after returning from a Veracross conference this summer, Mr. Crowley learned about new Veracross features and amenities that were not available when the school had used it. After sharing this information with fellow staff members, Miss Schwobel said “it was a no brainer” to switch back to Veracross. Miss Schwoebel shared, “Throughout last school year, we, the Tech Department, had been getting…


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