Video Games

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for the video game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Please note: this is not a basic introduction to the game, you must have at least been exposed to the game for this to be helpful. Air Attacks: Unless you’re a very skilled player, you’re probably going to get launched into the air at some point during a match. Fortunately, the Smash developers created a way for you to counter on your fall downward: air attacks. If you press (A) while in the air, your character will perform an attack. Forward air (fair) and up air (u-air) attacks are mainly used for offense, while down air (dair) and back air (bair) attacks are used for defense. Timing: I cannot stress the importance of this enough. You don’t need to worry about mastering air attacks or parrying unless you have your fundamentals down first. Smash attacks, jabs,…

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Anthem vs. The Division 2: What Anthem Should Have Been and Why The Division Succeeds

     On February 22nd, 2019, the game development company, Bioware, released the game Anthem. Anthem had so much hype built up so everyone expected it to be an amazing game. But when the player base actually got to play the game, Bioware received some very unwelcome feedback. All the talk about Anthem being a good game had evaporated. Everybody hated the game; Anthem was not what was expected at all. The game has gone downhill, and talk about the game has ended, because the hype about Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was beginning. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a game made by the game development company, Ubisoft. Ubisoft is widely known for games such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is the sequel to the popular game by Ubisoft, The Division. The Division 2, which released on March 15th,…


“Sea of Thieves” Immersion

Spoiler Warning! The game “Sea of Thieves” has been out since March 20, 2018 and there have been many updates since then. Sea of Thieves is an action/adventure type game about pirates.You start the game by choosing what character you want. After that, you choose the ship you want to sail. There is the “Sloop” which is the smallest and the fastest, and you can have a maximum of two players on it. There is also the “Brigantine” which is in between, and is the second biggest and the second fastest. There is a maximum of three players on it. The best and final ship is the “Galleon.” It is the biggest and the slowest, and has a maximum capacity of four players, and requires great teamwork to control. Each ship has a minimum of one player.                          …


What’s New in Fortnite Season 8?

On February 28 at 2 am EST, Fortnite got a new season. Season 8 for Fortnite has officially begun. The theme seems to be pirates with the official theme from epic being “X marks the spot”. There are around 100 items to be earned from the battle pass. Some of the skins include a banana, a pirate and what looks like a female Indiana Jones. There are also some gameplay changes. The planes, golf carts, sneaky snowman, shopping carts and chiller grenades have all been vaulted. Cannons have been added that can either be used to launch people across the map, or as a weapon. A volcano has also been added that is taking the place of Tomato Temple, Lazy Links, and Wailing Woods. The volcanoes have added vents into the map that will launch players into the air and allow them to reuse their gliders. Risky Reels has been…


All About Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars is the newest Supercell game and is quite different from all the games that came before it. It is a multiplayer mobile game that was in beta release in countries like Canada for the past two years and during winter break it was released globally. The game consists of 24 brawlers and 5 modes and a multitude of special events (which take tickets to play), Showdown, Bounty, Heist, Gem Grab, Big Game, Boss Battle, Robo Rumble, and Siege. The Brawlers are: Trophy brawlers, earned by gaining trophies: Shelly, Nita, Colt, Bull, Jessie, Brock, Dynamike, Bo Super Rares: Rico, Penny, Darryl, and Karl Epics: Frank, Piper, and Pam, the mythics, Tara, Mortis, and Gene Legendaries: Crow, Spike, and Leon All of these brawlers and all of these gamemodes make for fluid fast paced gameplay that has attracted 10 million players worldwide. The infinite possible permutations of the game has lead…


What You Should Know About Osu!

Osu! Is a free single-player game, with a multiplayer option. It is a game based off of the DS game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan. It is a rhythm game for PC, but the developers are trying to push it to mobile. Although there is a test build for IOS, with a maximum user limit of 10,000. The creator’s name is Dean (Peppy) Herbert. He owns the company PPY, which runs the Osu! servers, and has its own file format (osz). The game Osu! is a game where you simply click circles to the beat of a song of your choice. There are countless songs (“beatmaps”) in the game that you can play. Osu! has a ranking system based on how well you do on the beatmap. You gain what is called PP which stands for Performance Points. Osu! has a pretty active player base, with more than 10,000 players almost always online at once. What…


What is Shadow PC?

Shadow is a company that is attempting to revolutionize the way you game. They have been working on a software that allows you to play almost any game on all high settings from almost any device, including your phone. The software achieves this by connecting you to a top-of-the-line gaming PC (personal computer) at one of Shadow’s facilities. Although other gaming companies such as Nvidia have tried to do this, there has previously been too much input latency (a delay or lag) in gameplay to actually play anything, especially something competitive. But with Shadow, the input lag is way lower than any other cloud-based gaming system. When using Shadow PC, the only thing your machine actually has to run is the software itself, which isn’t demanding of expensive hardware. With this in mind you can run the software on most devices including your phone by downloading an app. Since you…


Million-Dollar CS:GO Tournament: Who Will Win?

The first CS:GO major tournament in 2019 “IEM Katowice” in Poland, has already started off with some major upsets occurring in the minor round of competition, which is what teams play through to get into the major. The mixed nationality team of MouzSports, the 4th best team in the world, who features some of the best players in the world, was eliminated in the minor by Valiance, the 28th best team in the world, who also failed to make it into the major. The Danish team North, the 12th best team in the world, who boasted one of the best players in the world, valde, was eliminated by ViCi Gaming, a Chinese team, in the minor. There are 2 types of teams at the major, which are “Legends” and “Challengers.” “Legends” get a bypass to compete against the top 8 teams at the major and don’t have to go through…


The Forest: A Glitchy, Boring Mess

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the video game, The Forest. The Forest started off strong. You’re stranded in a forest after a violent plane crash with a strange creature taking your son after the crash. You pick up an axe and survey your surroundings, maybe explore a little bit and run around with your friends. (Assuming you’re playing with them.) And then you see them–strange humanoid creatures running around in packs, and you’re forced to slash them with your axe, or you run away as you look behind you, anxious they’re on your back. This is the fun part of The Forest. And you better enjoy it, because it’s probably going to be the only fun you’re going to have. Actually, I take that back. There is some fun left to be had. You may waste some time building up a base, defending from attacks from the creatures. Then the…


2019 Overwatch League Preview

The Overwatch League (OWL) will start on February 14. Twelve teams from around the world will compete to be the top team and win the Overwatch League 2019 championship. The OWL will start with the regular season. The regular season is divided into four stages, each consists of ten matches. Each team will play 40 matches in all. Each stage is a different game mode: assault, assist, hybrid, or control with unique map types. Whichever team wins the majority, wins the match. If it is a tie, they play a tiebreaker on a control map. The Title Match happens on the last Saturday of each stage. The second and third place teams compete for the chance to take on the top team of the stage. After the regular season, six teams qualify for the playoffs. The teams that placed first for each division and the next top four teams qualify…


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