By: Vanessa Valerie Giedosh, Staff Writer
Looking for something fast paced, fun, and with a bit of a challenge? Then look no further than the new platformer “Risk of Rain.”
This new indie game takes place in a futuristic world where the use of transportation devices is the norm. In all honesty, the plotline means little, if anything at all in this game. Players seem to more or less be shooting monsters and alien creatures just to do it. After killing all the enemies on a level, gamers are transported to another to do the same thing.
So, where does the challenge come in? This game is extremely difficult and provides a struggle for players to come up with strategies in order to beat the level. There are three difficulty levels to choose from, all of which are above the average difficulty rating in comparison to other games.
During the game, the longer it takes a player to beat a level means the higher the difficulty level rises. This means that more monsters spawn at a quicker pace. The levels become harder as the game progresses.
There is also the looming threat of permanent death. When a player dies in game, they’re dead for good and need to restart from the very beginning. However, if gamers are playing with buddies, they can be resurrected for the next level. But if everyone in the group fails, the game is over.
Levels can only be conquered when players have defeated the boss or bosses of that level. Then, they must take care of loose ends, by killing the remaining creatures before they can be transported to the next level.
The bosses are always randomly generated, as are the levels and monster spawns. The number of levels varies depending on the selected difficulty.
Players may also find items in the games that add weapon damage or other boosts to aid in destroying enemies. These items are either found as drops from bosses or purchases with coin earned through killing monsters.
There are chests, altars, and small item shops where gamers can get these helpful things. Finding items is very important in beating the game because it allows players to cause more damage, heal themselves, and earn more gold.
Gamers get to choose from a large selection of different characters. However, these characters can only be unlocked through gameplay. Methods of unlocking a character vary from beating the game, killing a certain amount of bosses, or a certain amount of monster kills.
Most of these unlockable characters cannot be found on the easiest difficulty, which is known as the drizzle mode. Each of these characters has their own set of abilities to suit all types of gamer preferences. At the start of the game, there is only one character available, which makes unlocking the others a high priority.
“Risk of Rain” is priced at $10 or $30 for a four pack to share with friends. Even though the game may be slightly overpriced, it’s still worth it for all the fun that its players have. To really get the most bang for your buck, playing in multiplayer mode with buddies is highly recommended.
By: Rae Meade, Managing Editor
The BU Dance Ensemble lit up the room with their fall showcase this past Sunday, giving their audience members a brief but exciting glimpse into some of the creative choreography they've been working on this semester. Performed at the Nelson Field House, the show included numbers from a variety of dance styles, such as ballet, tap, jazz, country, modern, and African.
Julie Gould, the Dance Ensemble’s president, kicked off the show with a welcoming note, and then gave the stage to Jen's Advanced Jazz class, who roused the crowd with their high-energy performance to “Creator” by Santogold.
Each performance was less than two minutes, giving the crowd a taste of each style of dance, as well as something to look forward to in the ensemble's spring recital. There were also no costumes for this event; rather, each member wore black pants and shirts for most numbers, the minimalism allowing for the audience to focus solely on the dancers' movements collectively and individually, as well as on their expressions and character.
Some of the highlights of the show included a bold Latin number, which showcased the dancers' lively personalities as they partner-danced and showed off their salsa-inspired movements. The musical theater number also added a touch of fun sensuality to the show, with the dancers performing “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago.” This was one of the few numbers that utilized props; the back line of dancers performed behind what appeared to be the bars of a prison cell, posing seductively and, at times, comically with the prop, all while reenacting the larger-than-life, theatrical movements of one of “Chicago's” most noteworthy numbers.
A huge hit with the crowd was Chrissy and Shaakirah's Advanced Hip-Hop number, which was full of energy and precise body contractions and isolations. Most importantly, it was full of attitude. The step number also was a favorite amongst the viewers, starting off with music accompaniment and ending a cappella. The dancers all remained perfectly in sync with one another, even without the supporting rhythm of music in the background. Their timing was impeccable in the a cappella section at the end of their performance, leaving the audience amazed and wanting more.
The competition hip-hop and jazz routines really stood out in terms of precision and skill. Both numbers showcased the dancers’ flexibility in terms of high leaps and jumps, as well as their meticulousness despite the fast pace of the music.
The ensemble’s country number is always a fun way to mix up the variety and add some flirtation to the showcase. The dancers came out in cowboy hats and boots, and displayed their ability to combine sexy hip movements with traditional line dancing.
The slower numbers were certainly not lost in the midst of some of the more fast-paced performances. The ballet number to Lana Del Rey's “Young and Beautiful” was incredibly elegant; the tempo of Del Rey's song is very slow, leaving the dancers with the opportunity to meticulously point every toe and stretch each leg up as high as possible. Both graceful and powerful, the number was unforgettable.
Another slow, but memorable, number was a lyrical dance performance to Ed Sheeran's “Give Me Love.” All the dancers wore white shirts with black pants or leggings for this number, the contrast heightening the romantic tone of the dance.
During the middle of the first act before the Irish Hard number, the audience was able to witness a very poignant and exciting surprise for BU dancer Katelyn Marchiani. Before the number began, Gould surprised Marchiani by announcing that her brother, who had been away at the military, came to the show to surprise her. After Gould pointed toward the audience, Marchiani’s brother stood up in full uniform. After the siblings reunited, Marchiani’s brother stood up and clapped along with his sister’s Irish step performance.
The show ended on an energetic note with an African dance, which was a favorite routine last semester at the ensemble’s spring recital. Once again, the African number appeared to be a favorite amongst the crowd, garnering a thundering of applause from the audience.
For those who missed this impressive showcase, make sure to look out for the BU Dance Ensemble’s recital in the spring!
By: Gina Girio
Beautifully scripted and whimsically enchanting, “About Time” starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy, delivers just enough, and so much more.
This British rom-com was recently released in the United States after its early September showings in the United Kingdom.
Tim (Gleeson) learns from his father (Nighy) that the men in his family are able to time travel when he’s 21 years old.
All they have to do is hide in a closet or dark space, clench their fists, and think of an exact moment to relive.
Tim’s goal is to find a girlfriend, Mary, (played by McAdams), and throughout his journey of searching, the task becomes more difficult than first perceived. He struggles with choices as he continues to discover multiple “rules” about time traveling.
The only possibility is only going back to events that occurred in your own life, and there is just the option of traveling backwards in time.
Another rule is that if you travel past the birth of your child, that child will be lost and a different child will be born in its place.
Although this film encompasses creating a life with someone else, it also dwells heavily on the father-son relationship.
This aspect composes the film in a way that goes beyond usual expectations, which contrasts with the “About Time” trailer’s effect.
The chemistry between Gleeson (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) and McAdams (“The Notebook”) is superb and causes laughter at the most opportune instances. The dialogue is simultaneously personal and quirky.
Gleeson plays his awkward and uncertain character enticingly well. This is McAdams third time starring in a time travel film, and her performance is just as lovely as the last two (“Midnight in Paris” and Time Traveler’s Wife”).
There are a few flaws, specifically time travel plot holes, which makes the film confusing and hard to follow at times. This may upset the sci-fi lovers in the audience.
Yet, overlooking these mishaps is simple because of director and writer, Richard Curtis’s (“Love Actually”) execution of an amusing cast.
Tim’s sister, Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson), has a zest for life. Her character’s goofiness brings the audience smiles even at the gloomiest of scenes.
Their uncle Desmond (Richard Cordery) who seems to have memory loss, is the character that tugs at the heart of the audience the most.
Mary’s best friend (Vanessa Kirby) is strikingly funny and Tim’s old family friend (Tom Hollander) is a crudely uproarious playwright. They all commit to their roles without any trepidation.
Cameos from the respected Richard E. Grant and admired late Richard Griffiths give it that small spark of hilarity.
Among this constructed incredible cast, Curtis tops off his work with suitable soundtracks, including The Killers, The Cure, and Ellie Goulding.
“About Time” is likely Curtis’s last film as a director, but he will fortunately carry on in the film industry.
In truth, it is a film that could have been rated PG-13. Still, “About Time” is pieced together pleasantly without being too sappy and is charming in every way.
By: Adina Evans
Three episodes in and the mid-season 3 of “Awkward.” is proving to be somewhat of a disappointment. For those of us who may have forgotten what went down during the Season 3 summer finale, here’s a recap: Jenna (Ashley Rickards) kisses Collin (Nolan Funk).
Yes, we all know Jenna has been dealing with an internal dilemma as to whether or not she was into Collin, but Matty (Beau Mirchoff) has been the perfect boyfriend this entire season. Not cool Jenna. Not cool. Okay, so Matty might not have always been the “perfect boyfriend,” but he’s really come a long way since season one, and that deserves some recognition.
Flash forward to the mid-season premier. Spoiler alert! Readers might want to stop reading if they haven’t started watching the second half of Season 3. Jenna attempts to break it off with Collin, but each try just ends up being another steamy make-out session. Soon enough Jenna and Collin get caught by the “I can’t keep a secret” Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), who threatens to tell Matty about their secret rendezvous if she didn’t end it with Collin. Jenna does exactly that, but everything falls apart on Jenna’s birthday.
An unsuspecting Jenna arrives home to find Collin waiting on her doorstep with a gift in hand. Thinking no one is home Jenna invites Collin in and the pair burst through the front door, with lips locked, only to discover all of her closest friends and family are there to surprise her for her birthday. Not only was this unbearably awkward to watch, but it was extremely heart breaking to see Matty humiliated and heartbroken in front of everyone.
This season is proving to be extremely disappointing. After Jenna cheats on Matty with a pretentious jerk who isn’t nearly as handsome as Matty, we have to watch her go through her self-loathing, pity-me phase. I’m sorry, Jenna, but no one feels sorry for you. After many tears and dramatic dialogs Jenna and Matty finally talk, he forgives her and she rejects him!
After all the tears shed over him, viewers anyone saw that coming. Jenna continues her love affair with Collin and doesn’t understand why everyone isn’t on board with her new relationship. Jenna has become a whole new character. She dresses differently and acts oddly, and to be honest, has become kind of obnoxious and difficult to like. Did I mention that Matty tried to patch thing up with her again and she rejects him, again?
Jenna’s new love interest has split not only her friends and family into team Matty and team Collin, but also her fans as well. The tension between the two groups and her new attitude is the ultimate reason for the demise of her relationship with her closest friends.
The new-found turmoil between characters is chaotic, unfamiliar and unwanted. Watching the close connection between characters come to a screeching halt is jarring. It’s difficult to watch Jenna trade her friendships and sweet boyfriend for some tool. So far, Season 3 has left its viewers wanting to shake Jenna back to reality. Let’s hope there’s a light at the end of the “Awkward.” tunnel.