Game & Tech News 3/26/12

This week we cover the again delayed Bioshock Movie after it’s second director, Juan Fresnadillo has officially left the project. This doesn’t effect the release though of the the uber awesome looking Bioshock Infinite coming out in October. In really strange news a new patent has been filed for a quote “System and Method For Creating Exalted Video Games and Virtual Realities Wherein Ideas have Consequences”. Here is a link to the patent and specific details http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20090017886. Finally, we reviewed Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and discussed it’s flaws. In this new Resident Evil you play as a member of the elite mercenary group called “the Wolfpack” whose job is to handle the cover up after the massive outbreak of the T-virus. Honestly, the game was mediocre though and with out the online additions this game would have suffered. Earning a 5 out of 10.

By: Matthew Linguist and Rhett Swarb

Rhett and Matt’s Tech News and Game Review 3

We are back this week with your tech news and game review. This week we got to see the new trailer as well as an official release date for the new assassin’s creed 3. The game is going to be set in Colonial America during the American revolution. The game is set to release October 30th of this year. Now in other odd but cool news Japanese college students at Ochanomizu University have come up with an audio gun that records and sends back a speakers voice at .2 seconds causing confusion and silencing the speaker. Being dubbed the Shut Up gun by the internet the SpeechJammer is finally a way to get people to be quiet by giving them a taste of there own medicine. Finally we ended this weeks segment with our review of SSX. The snowboarding title was a lot of fun and with simple controls and unrealistic stunts you never quite feel as though you are forcing anything gameplay wise. It also had a wicked soundtrack. So we gave SSX an 8.5. Now we won’t have an episode next week because of spring break but when we return we will have our official review of Mass Effect 3 so we see you will soon.

By: Matthew Linguist & Rhett Swarb

Rhett and Matt’s Tech News and Game Review


In this edition we talk about the potential of the new google glasses as well as Oklahoma’s crucial decision to not tax T-rated games as well as our review of Asura’s Wrath. Google’s new glasses have recently really started to popularize on the blogs and forums with it’s oppurtunities for the advancement in augmented reality and it’s massive consumer potential. While in Oklahoma the bill that was beaten back was trying to group all t-rated games together in an effort to tax violent games but because of the over broadness it collapsed thankfully. Finally we reviewed the Hindu inspired sci-fi action game Asura’s wrath and came to the conclusion that it was really average earning a 6.5.

By: Matthew Linguist and Rhett Swarb

RAM ep 1


Welcome to the first episode of RAM or Rhett and Matt. RAM is your newest place for Tech News and Game Reviews. This week we discussed Glenn Mangham the Facebook hacker and an attack on government websites by hackivists anonymous. Finally we leave you with our review of Twisted Metal, one of the longest running franchise in the PlayStation vault. Leave your comments, questions, or suggestions in the comment box below and don’t forget we broadcast from UTA on Mondays at 4 right before Entertainment Connection on UTANews so check it out.

Twisted Metal Review

Twisted Metal is one of the longest running franchises in playstation arsenal. So, you figured it would be good but no. I could not stand this game. The graphics looked like a game from the end of the playstation 2 era. The gameplay was a pain to try and learn, and outside of online play the game was just no fun. The story modes follow 3 different characters but after the start on the first one you won’t want to continue. The music for the game was like reliving the bad 80′s hardcore metal bands and the videography and story felt like an old school grind house horror with the same bad acting for cut scenes. Overall it would have been a great downloadable game for $10-$15 but $60 is just ridiculous earning a 3 out of 10.

By: Matthew Linguist

Soul Calibur V Review

Soul Calibur V is the newest edition to the Namco Bandai game series. SC 5 was graphically gorgeous and gameplay wise it looks really fun big emphasis on “looks”. This game was pretty tough to pick up and even after playing for awhile the learning curve to play online felt ridiculous. The game also lacked a tutorial or practice mode to assist the player and that really turned me away from this game as opposed to other fighters. If your a hardcore Soul Calibur gamer though this game make you so happy. It added new characters as well as keeping most of the favorites and the character creation menu was fun. Over all I gave Soul Calibur V a 7 out of 10 because of it’s lacking areas.

By: Matthew Linguist

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the sequel to arguably the worst rated final fantasy game since X-2. But it definitely lived up to the hype and Square Enix, after much listening, addressed most of the major issues that irate fans had with its predecessor. XIII-2 also added a couple of new features such as the moogle clock to balance the return of random encounters by allowing players to avoid the monsters and escape or attack them for a preemptive strike to increase the chance to stagger most monsters. Another feature added to the Final Fantasy series was the ability to collect most of the monsters you fight in a Dragon Quest like manner with each of the monsters bring unique skills to the battle. Overall this game could stand alone and people shouldn’t be deterred because of its predecessor earning an 8.5.

By: Matthew Linguist

Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review


What a way to start off the semester is all I can say. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of two Zelda games to be released for the 25th anniversary of the series, the other being the remade Ocarina of Time for 3DS.. but anyways, let’s get down to it. Skyward Sword is a very solid game, which is something Nintendo has been struggling with as of late. For not being in HD, Skyward Sword’s art direction is amazing. The same can also be said for its musical score which in and of it’s self could stand alone as a masterpiece. Honestly the only real problems I have are that they really didn’t utilize the sky area well for exploration and the surface areas felt very linear at times but overall it still wowed me into a 9 out of 10.

By: Matthew Linguist

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Review

This game was exactly what I’ve expected from each one of the games in the series. Ubisoft has continually exceeded my expectations, making the most historically accurate environments any game has ever scene. Assassin’s Creed Revelations was well polished from the free running game play mechanics to the online multi player modes. Revelations did an excellent job telling the last part of the Ezio saga as well as adding in a summary for Altair all while maintaining it’s individuality. The den defense mini games addition was also a nice breakaway from the main story. The side missions where also a lot of fun from recruiting new assassins to helping the Romanies, a group of gypsies. Overall the game was very good earning a 9 out of 10.

By: Matthew Linguist

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

This week’s review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim literally consumed and even cut into my study time. I really didn’t want to put it down. Normally i would dock a game for not having either a multiplayer function or at least downloadable content but I couldn’t because I realized the extra content was the seemingly endless amount of side quests. Another cool thing that the team at Bethesda did was install a random spawn generator for the dragons so you never know when one or two for that matter could appear. This was a nice touch to keep you on your toes. Overall as I said this is the closest thing to perfect if you like RPG’s 10 out of 10

Check us out next week for a brutally honest review of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

By:Matthew Linguist

Uncharted 3:Drake’s Deception Review


let me first say that Uncharted 3 is gorgeous. The graphics were flawless and the writing was genius it was well polished in both aspects but that doesn’t mean that I could over look the fact that at time the game play mechanics just felt sloppy and that online play was more of a hassle then fun. I loved the game though because of how well written and illustrated the game is. At times you feel that this was an Indiana Jones movie for a younger generation. Even with the seemless transitions from cut scene to game action though I couldn’t overlook the flaws giving it a well deserved 8 out of 10.

by Matthew Linguist

RAGE Review


This week’s review of RAGE was actually tough for me because I loved this game. The game was a lot of fun from mowing down endless waves of mutants with my shotgun to the races in my decked out dune buggies. The game just had certain flaws. It wouldn’t render fully at times and the story just wasn’t blow you away great, but the game play definitely covered for this. The online content was really fun the rally races felt similar to old school Jac and Daxter. Online racing was pretty cool as well. Overall I’m giving RAGE a 8.5 out of 10.

by Matthew Linguist

Dead Island Review


Dead island has a chance to be one of the best zombie survival games of all time. It’s tough you can combine household items to make new weapons and relentless hordes of zombies. Unforunately the npc’s are not that bright and well driving is a pain i crashed more in dead island then an old person on an LA freeway. The game definitely isn’t that flawed visually there were times when i was playing this alone and i would jump unprevocated. The man problem i had was that it still felt rushed. The story wasn’t well polished and again npc’s should not be so annoying. Overall it got a 7 which is respectable but it had so much more potential.

By: Matthew Linguist

Batman: Arkham City Review

Honestly I tried to find something wrong with it but at every turn my theory was blocked. The graphics were amazing the unreal system again proves it is the one to use. The story was beyond crazy. I couldn’t put it down even if i wanted to.

A few of the minor villains did feel like they were thrown in but they did play intricate roles in the story. Even the soundtrack sets the mode perfectly. With all the extra features as well as the main story you feel like the game won’t end and you are completely ok with it. This game has set the bar earning in every way a 10 out of 10.

By: Matthew Linguist

Gears of War 3 Review


Gears of War 3 was beautiful first off at least as beautiful as a post-apocalyptic world can be. This is the final installment in the Gears series and it does a great job overall. Gears of War was developed by Epic Games and they should be commended. The multiplayer that everyone was so excited for after the initial test beta’s was improved upon further and playing as the lambent is probably the most fun I have had in an online match in awhile. Gears of War 3 came out in April but with a new downloadable content pack arriving I figured this would be the best place to start with video game reviews. Overall i gave it a 9.5 because it was almost a perfect gaming experience.

By:Matt Linguist

Fun in Flight


Flight 12 is UTA’s new improv comedy troupe that is run by both Professor Joe Chapa and the students. The troupe held auditions early this fall semester and has 16 members. The troupe practices 3-4 times a week for a hour to 3 hours at a time with all sorts of different games and exercises to sharpen there wit and delivery. The members of flight 12 feed off of each others energy to combine to make for a funny but comfortable feel. The troupes first performance is Friday and Saturday Oct. 1st and 2nd at 8pm. The show will be free but the troupe is excepting donations. The troupe warns some adult language might be used due to the random flight paths one mind can take.

by:Matthew Linguist

Retention


With School back in session the number of returning freshman and new students again increased. With the freshman retention rate up as well as the schools enrollment increasing. In the past five years UTA’s retention rate has gone up thirteen percent from 61 percent to 74 percent. The Schools enrollment is up around 33,450 student almost 500 students more than the previous year. When I sat down with the vice provost and asked about the increases he contributed tremendous credit to the University College and I knew program called Success U which brought about 900 new freshman to campus the two days before classes started to give them a kind of a heads up on what to expect

By: Matthew Linguist

Oozeball Postponed


Oozeball has been a fall tradition for 22 years welcoming students back and providing a welcoming environment to new freshmen but with the Texas droughts this tradition is going to be moved to April. The event was originally scheduled for October 16th but has been moved to April 27th.  The Student Alumni Association that’s in charge of the event have released a statement saying that the event was postponed as a way to be good stewards of the environment. The fields outside off Greek Row that are used to hold the event is scattered with the debris and memories of last year.Hopefully, April showers can bring more than just May flowers this year.

By Matthew Linguist