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Breaking Dawn part 1 review
By Kylie Schlegel

Of the Flathead Arrow

     The twilight saga is coming to a close as the first part of the two-part finale was released in theaters November 17. The movie was ranked third in highest opening weekend profit. Breaking dawn was behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two which ranked number one, and New Moon, which ranked number two. The fourth movie of the four books written by Stephanie Meyer was ranked 26 percent on rottentomatoes.com. Even though the fourth book was split into two movies, the first movie focused too much on the wedding and the honeymoon than the actual important details of the book. The important parts of the story were rushed over or not mention to enhance the visual effect of the movie. Overall, it was an entertaining watch but nothing fantastic compared to the book.

2.5 stars


New Dashboard for Xbox
By Cody Bolster

Of The Flathead Arrow

     As most people know the Xbox 360 got its new dashboard update on Dec. 6th. This new update to the dashboard is the second one since its launch.
     The new dashboard groups things together and looks a lot like the Windows phone that many people have most likely seen. Of course with all new things, its going to take time to get use to. I'm already getting pretty use to it. Navigating around does seem to take a little bit longer than the last dashboard though I must admit. Before all I had to do to get to Netflix was go up two slides. Now I have to click RB a couple times just to get to the video groups. Not that big of a deal really, but it is something I've noticed.
The worst part of this update was waiting. I think I recall Major Nelson saying that the update will be pushed out around 10 o'clock. I got home from school and found no update. It took much longer than expected to release this update, which is weird since they had this dashboard in testing for months before this update was mandatory for every user. If this wasn't enough, the update caused many people to get booted off of Live and could not log in until after sometime were prompted to accept a new Terms of Agreement. Also, a lot of consoles got bricked. Ouch right? But to my understanding it sounds that the consoles that got bricked were modded consoles. Not entirely sure on this, but it does make some sense.
     Was anyone else excited for all the cool new apps like YouTube, and HBO? Oh yeah me too, but I got the update and found out that none of these apps are even integrated yet. Yeah so we pretty much have all the same apps as before, besides Epix. Unless we've already had that, with Netflix that app is completely pointless, for me anyways. I have no clue when these apps with start working but when they do I will be extremely happy.
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South Park RPG
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow


     South Park, the very long running, and in my opinion one of the funniest shows on TV, is getting a new game. Even more interesting about this is the game is an RPG. Say what?
      Yes that's right, South Park is going to be an RPG game. It is set to be released in 2012 for the 360 and the PS3. What makes this even better is that the game is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian created Fallout: New Vegas and Alpha Protocol (underrated).
      Hopefully Obsidian can bring all the fun of South Park into this game. I want to see a lot of parodies and as many characters as they can possibly bring in. Also, Obsidian needs to make this game a full on RPG, like Fallout. Lots of looting too. Yes.
If you wanna read more on this new game much more information on it will be in December's issue of Game Informer.
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Gears of War prequel
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow


     Another great game that came out this year was Gears of War 3. To many people having this game coming out was exciting but also said because they knew that this was the last time they were going to see Delta Squad together.
Rumors started flying and there was one about GoW that everyone should be excited about. There may be a prequel to the Gears of War franchise being worked on right now. And if that isn't enough, this prequel will turn into a trilogy, if rumors are correct. It sounds like it is going to focus on how Marcus get into the trouble that is Emergence Day. Is anyone else surprised or excited about this? Also, here's a sweet link to the Gears of War Timeline.

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Assassins Creed: Revelations Rumor
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow
 


     I love Assassins Creed, so when a rumor comes out about the next game in the franchise I am all over it. Below is a picture taken from a recent survey from Ubisoft pertaining new locations for the next Assassins Creed game. Since it is a rumor, who knows if any of these locations are even gonna be used, but a couple of theme seem really cool. I think my favorite would have to be the Ancient Egypt one.
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Skyrim: First Impressions
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow

      So I have played about 6-8 hours of Skyrim and decided I should throw down my first impressions of the game so far. About three words sum up how I feel about this game: I love it. I was never able to get into Oblivion, not entirely sure why, but Skyrim is amazing feeling. I created an Argonian, just like in Oblivion and am going pretty much the same route with using lots of sneaking, lock picking, speech, and one handed attacking. I've also used a lot of magic in the game so far, which I find very useful. I haven't made it very far into the main story really, but I have done a ton of side quests. Also I joined The Companions. these guys are like mercenary bad asses in the town of Whiterun. These guys are awesome, and also there's a great surprise in the first quest for these guys, and I really think it is worth it to join these guys early on in the game.
      The dragons are pretty sweet. The first dragon that you take down felt like a piece of cake, especially when you have a bunch of Whiterun guards helping you. I took the even easier approach and stood on top of the tower and shot down arrows on top of the dragon till it died.
      The second dragon I just recently took on and it was hard core. I died a couple times until I was able to find a good strategy to take this sucker down. And by a good strategy I mean I got lucky cause a Companion was with me and distracted the dragon while i swung at him with my Orc Sword.
I am really enjoying everything about this game. I haven't paid too much attention to any of the smiting and all that stuff, but I suppose I will see all that stuff later on in the game when I need to.
I really look forward to finding the Dark Brotherhood, and also the Thieves Guild to get rid of all the stolen loot I have.
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Assassins Creed: Revelations DLC drops on December 13
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow

     The pack will contain four new multiplayer characters: the Privateer, Corsair, the Brigand and the Gladiator.
Each one will have their own "unique taunts, weapons and stylized assassination moves", explains Ubisoft.
It'll cost $3.99 on the PS Store or 320 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live.
      I personally find this to be pretty cool. It is slightly older news as of today, because everyone who owns Revelations knows about the DLC that was announced the day of release, but I just thought I could give a little post about it considering the Assassins creed series is my favorite.
      I know a lot of people complained about this DLC, thinking they should've put these characters into the multiplayer from the start. In my own opinion, I don't think it's really that big of a deal. There are already nine characters to be, not counting the Ottoman Jester many people received from per-ordering the game and the Knight you can get from your UPlay account. Now if this DLC announced was connected to the main story, extending the campaign, then I would be mad, but it's just multiplayer skins, no big deal.
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Petition to ban Skyrim

By Cody Bolster

Of The Flathead Arrow

     Just read today from a post on Twitter by @GamersDigCom, and apparently someone has asked for a ban on Skyrim. Wait what? This has got to be one of most stupid things I have heard. His reasoning was that the game is  "proven to cause social, ethical, and health problems in people of all ages." Also saying the game is "threatening to destroy the Christian foundations on which the nation was built".
      In the petition the man has asked for the Obama Administration to seize all copies of Skyrim and destroy them, as well as prosecute all owners of the game. The petition needs 25,000 signatures, but right now it is only at 188. Whoever created this petition must be joking. There's no way that this petition will be passed. Also to me 188 signatures is still way too much. Some people are just way too serious about video games.
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Source: Skyrim Ban


Dead Island is bringing zombies back
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Last year the gaming industry was all over the zombie scene. This year is no different with a few titles involving zombies. The most dominant of all these titles is Dead Island. Dead Island was introduced back in 2006 at E3, but was pushed back till September 6, 2011. It was released all Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.
    The game is played in the first person perspective and is an open world. It does have an RPG system, but it really isn’t to in-depth. Dead Island takes place on a tropical island resort, but soon turns into an island that’s fun of the dead. The games combat system is based mainly on melee, like blunt and sharp weapons, which you can customize to deal more damage to the dead that walks. Later on in the game you can find guns off of punks, and also create makeshift bombs.
    At the beginning you get to choose from four different characters, all set with specific abilities. This was kind of annoying to me, because I would much rather be able to customize my very own character. There are two boys and two girls: Sam B., Logan, Purna, and Xian Mei. Each one has a specific talent they excel in like blunt weapons, guns, throwing weapons, and sharp weapons.
    The game begins with your character waking up in their hotel room. You don’t understand what is going on, but you walk your way through the dark hallways of the hotel, this basically being the tutorial of the game. Finally you find a group of survivors and begin to help them out. This starts the main quests, and also if you talk to everyone in the group you can pick up a couple more side quests.
    Dead Island is a very nice looking game. The island itself is bright and you almost forget that there are zombies everywhere. The island also has weather patterns and it shifts from day to night. Your also able to walk around the island, or free roam, and go wherever you please. The quests you’ll receive pretty much takes you all around the island, but if you want to explore right off the back it really isn’t such a bad idea. Be warned though, some areas on the island are much more dangerous than others.
    In Dead Island you can play by yourself, which can be pretty tough and creepy all on your own, or you can connect with three other people and play missions and explore the island together. This way is a lot easier and a lot less creepy when you have three other players backing you up.
    So overall Dead Island is a great looking game. The customization of characters could be better, but being able to craft your own weapons like molotovs or an electric machete makes up for it. The RPG elements are pretty good and are a great way to upgrade your character. Playing by yourself makes the game feel much more immersive, but playing with three friends adds to the fun of taking down zombies. If you enjoy zombies and/or open world games, Dead Island is a great game to pick up.


Gears of War 3 brings an end to Delta Squad
By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Back in 2005 Microsoft brought out their second ever video game console: the Xbox 360. Since the 360 was brand new there weren’t many games out for it. Halo 3 wasn’t quite ready for the 360, so Microsoft needed a game that could deliver.
    In 2006 Epic Games, led by designer Cliff Bleszinski, introduced Gears of War. Gears of War is a sci-fi third-person shooter where humans have colonized on the planet called Sera and are eventually attacked by earth dwelling creatures called locusts. Gears of War was praised for its’ dynamic story, how beautiful everything looked, and how well they incorporated co-op play into the main story.
    The game was introduced as a trilogy, so three years later in 2009 Gears of War 2 was released. The second game in the series was even better than the first, making the plot much deeper and emotional than the first game. Only problem many people had with Gears of War 2 was the multiplayer experience wasn’t as good as the first game.
    Finally, after being delayed a couple months, the final game in the trilogy was released on September 20, 2011. Gears of War 3 ended the current story of Delta Squad. The main story was just as deep as the second, and even more action packed. There even were a few reviews of the game where the reviewer told his readers that he had to pause the game and walk away for a little bit because he felt like crying. They also added a new enemy typed called lambents, a more evolved form of the locusts.
    The multiplayer aspect of GoW3 has gotten better than the second, but isn’t quite where it was like the first of the series. Many people complain about inconsistency with many of the weapons, but overall it is a fun experience. 
    A new thing the series added into the game is four-player co-op in the main mission. This means you can play with three of your buddies online and take on the locust horde together. They also added new modes in multiplayer like Beast Mode, and brought back the praised mode of Horde.
    Every week the developers add in a new limited time only multiplayer mode for players to play and to change things up from just playing team death match all the time.
    All in all, Gears of War was a fantastic series for the Xbox 360. The story is deep and there’s action every moment in the game. The game can get quite gory at times, and the language is pretty foul, but that’s why the game is rated M for mature. You’ll have a lot of fun with the characters in the game as you follow them all the way till the end.


Paranormal activity 3 spooks audience
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

     The final chapter of the intense trilogy came to a close Friday Oct. 21. The story about Katie and the demon that haunts her frightened many viewers in its opening weekend. The movie is shot from home videos and helps captivate the reality of the story. Many Flathead students have already experienced one of the scariest movies of all time. The third movie takes viewers back in time to when Katie and her sister were just young girls and the paranormal experiences began.  This movie is rated R and is in theaters now.


Saints Row 2 feels familiar, but still great


By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow

     Saints Row 2 is an open world game that came out in October of 2008. Volition, Inc. developed the game while THQ published it. It is the second game in the series, with Saints Row: The Third to succeed it in November of this year.
    
When you first start playing Saints Row 2, you instantly feel like it is a copy of Grand Theft Auto. It looks the same, plays the same, and also has the same gangster style to it. Even with all of this, the games couldn’t be more different.
    
The game takes place five years after the first with the same protagonist as the first game. You start off in jail, but in a matter of minutes you make your daring escape. After you get out you find out that your former gang, Third Street Saints, has been disbanded since your coma/jail time. From this point on your main mission in the game is to recreate your former gang and to eliminate the three gangs that now run the fictional city of Stillwater. The game plays as a third person shooter. The game is open world so your able to go anywhere without any loading features.
Closing Comments:
    
The game may feel and look a lot like Grand Theft Auto, but it is much different. The storyline is much more intense as well as the action. You can do more stuff in this game than GTA. With that being said, some of the more unrealistic things in this game may put some people off, but then again what game is super realistic these days? If you enjoyed GTA, then you will have to give the Saints Row series a try; it was a lot of fun. Also don’t forget the third game coming out on November 15 of this year.

L.A. Noire's detective game is a hit

By Cody Bolster
Of The Flathead Arrow

     2011 is shaping up to be the best year for the gaming industry. One of this years most anticipated games, L.A. Noire, was released back in May and was well received. The game reportedly took seven years to finish. The game was developed by Team Bondi and the makers of the hit games Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar Games. L.A. Noire is rated M for mature.


     The game takes place in Los Angeles in the year 1947. The main protagonist, Cole Phelps, is an LAPD officer. Throughout the game you will go to different crime scenes and try to solve them. The noire type of movies, mostly from back in the day, influences the game heavily. All of the cases usually have something to do with sex, murder, and just down right bad morals. Everything that happens in this game happens post WWII. The game was created by Rockstar Games, so it plays a lot like Grand Theft Auto, but instead of going around murdering innocent people and blowing up a burger joint, you’re a straight forward cop and are only out to protect the citizens in the city.
    
During cases you will have to walk around and try to find clues, interrogate people, have deadly shootouts, and even chase after guilty people. Finding clues and punching out bad guys isn’t the hard part of the game. The hardest part is interrogating people. After the person who is getting interrogated answers a question, you will have three choices to choose from. You can call them out and accuse them of lying. You can also doubt their answer, or you can simply choose to believe them. The only way you can choose the correct response is by watching the persons actions. You need to watch their eyes, tone of voice, and if their body is fidgety. 
    
The game has a ton of down-loadable content. Most of the DLC is additional cases for the player to solve. There were other things like new weapons, outfits for Cole to wear, and also new vehicles to drive around the city.

Closing Comments:

     L.A. Noire is a great detective game. It took seven years to complete and was definitely worth the wait. The game plays really well. The movement of the players did get kind of annoying when you couldn’t get Cole at the right angle to get him through a door. The hardest part of the game was getting information out of witnesses. Another annoying thing about the game is if you completed it, you couldn’t go back and play the side missions you missed.  If you got one question wrong it could possibly mess up the entire case for you. Overall, the game was a lot of fun and pretty challenging. If you enjoyed Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire is a great game for you to pick up.