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Battlefield Five Beta: Boring And Uninspiring

By: Jonathan Chan

In game Battlefield Five Beta the opposing force performs takedown on player.                                Photo By: Flickr

    “Battlefield Five” is developed by Dice and Published by Electronic Arts (EA). The game feels boring and uninspiring.  The game is set during the gruesome battles of WWII. Every other aspect of the game seemed historically accurate up until the character customization. You have the option to play as a female soldier on both the Allies and Axis. I understand very few women served during the war, but not to this extent where a player might see one in every battle. The newest game doesn’t offer anything new to the Battlefield series. The guns feel like the equivalent to using an airsoft gun that shoots out plastic pellets.

 Some firearms in the game felt underpowered. Players are able to play as the medic. The medic’s role in the game is to revive fallen teammates and to keep their health up. The medics only have access to submachine guns with an effective range of ten feet. Any farther feels like I’ve loaded Tic Tacs into the gun.

 On the other hand, the Assault class specializes in explosives. They have access to semi or automatic rifles in their kit. One gun that felt overly powerful was the “Sturmgewehr 44” (STG 44). When I first used it in a match, it made the game too easy. I could take out an opposing player from what seems to be two miles \/

 77away. I don’t like how powerful the STG-44 is because players will heavily rely on this firearm rather than to give other guns a try.

 

 On PC, players use the ingame chat box as a way of communicating with each other. Something new added is a profanity filter to keep the chat “clean”. The game is rated “M” for mature, so I can’t see why anyone would need a profanity filter in an adult video game. Further censoring is quite strange. The words/terms “white man” was censored but not “Asian man,” nor “Black man.” Another unusual censoring occurred when a player typed in “dlc” (downloadable content), this was censored. If the player added the word “free” before “dlc,” it would not be censored. This is bothersome due to EA heavily  emphasizing that the game would be released with no paid content.

 Comparing it to the previous iteration of this game, which was Battlefield One, I barely saw any improvement in the gameplay and features. For instance in Battlefield One, there would be a vast amount transportation to use such as but not limited to: artillery trucks, mark five landships, motorbikes, horses, many types of airplanes, jeeps, light, and medium tanks, old motorboats, blimp, and lastly, a warship. During the beta, all I saw were one airplane and a few jeeps. Weirdly enough, Battlefield One felt more fast-paced than Battlefield Five. It was due to not having many vehicles during battles and how random the respawns are.

 Overall, the whole experience was pretty awful. The gameplay feels recycled and boring, players had fewer vehicles to use, and the “gunplay” felt like a trip to an airsoft field.

 I thoroughly enjoyed the previous games. Hopefully next year the developers learned from their mistakes and produce a more enticing game for the gaming community.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” leads this generation’s rom-com season.

By: SavinieLin

"To all the Boys I"ve Loved Before" is the first book out of the triiogy series by Jenny Han.               Photo By: thereadinglifebelog.com

     Rom-coms are back and better than ever with a flurry of new movies to watch. People don’t need to rewatch “Clueless” or “Sixteen Candles” to live out the typical romantic fantasies as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” brings something and never before seen.

 “To All the Boys I’ve Loved” is a romantic comedy released on Netflix that is based off of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name. The movie follows the life of Lara Jean Covey, a junior who’s struggling to make it through high school without the aid of older sister, Margot who’s off to college. To cope with her feelings, Lara Jeans writes love letters to all the boys she has ever loved, keeps them in a hatbox given to her by her mother. The adventure begins when all five of those letters are sent out — one given to Josh Sanderson, her sister’s ex-boyfriend and her former best friend. With the help of Peter Kavinsky, another recipient of Lara Jean’s letters, the two devise a plan to prevent Lara Jean from having to confront Josh about the letters and so Peter can be get back with his ex-girlfriend by making her jealous.

 The minute I watched the trailer, I was immediately hooked in, probably because I have some of the books at home. But after watching the movie I found myself reading the books, ready to fall in love all over again with the characters I grew attached to.

 What I like about the movie are the characters’ flaws that are obvious to show they’re not perfect teenagers living a perfect life. Lara Jean knows she has trouble speaking about her feelings like how she feels about her mother’s death or how she feels towards her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Then Peter is aware that he’s too dependent on his toxic ex-girlfriend and struggles to talk about his father leaving the family.

 The movie doesn’t refer to the usual stereotypes such as the dumb, aggressive jock, and this can be seen with Peter’s character. He isn’t pushy or controlling towards Lara Jean at all, often respecting her space and not pushing her boundaries.

 In the movie the character development is gradual and not rushed at all. For example, Lara Jean grows more comfortable with talking and interacting with others as she spends more time with Peter. Before, her idea of interacting with others and letting others know how she feels would be through letters, but never sending them out.  As for Peter, he became more open about his personal life instead of bottling up his feelings.

 This movie is definitely something I would recommend others to watch. It’s not your typical romantic comedy movie, but you can see the closeness of family, growth of a person, and it’s the type of movie that gives more than just teen romance.

 

 CAPTION: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is the first book out of the trilogy series by Jenny Han.

The craze of an all Asian cast movie after 25 long years.

By: Nikko Dul

Ken Jeong and Awkwafina play secondary in the movie "Crazy Rich Asians."

     This review is based on the movie “Crazy rich Asians”, which depicts that a story of a wealthy family in Singapore. To me it’s a wonderful movie depicting Asians aren't only good at school studies or all the stereotypical topics. Asians can also be great actors as shown in this film, not only does it go against the stereotype of “Asians can’t act”,they show a few scenes that have effects on today’s society.

 The base of the movie was the two main characters Nick Young and Rachel Chu, travels to Singapore for his best friends birthday. Not only did I enjoy the movie, but many others did too, it’s more of a rom com. The last all Asian cast film was in 1993 called the“Joy Luck Club” In addition to that, we have a returning star from “The Joy luck Club” Lisa lu who plays Young’s grandma or “奶奶”. From this we find out Young is practically a celebrity back in Singapore due to his families investments.

 As you follow through with the movie you see how Singapore is a beautiful place which kinda makes you wanna book a first class flight there, Overall this movie is one you should put on a list to watch. If you’re thinking on taking a date somewhere, go ahead and buy a movie ticket to watch it.

 

 CAPTION: Ken Jeong and Awkwafina play secondary characters in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

 ATTRIBUTION: Wikimedia Commons

lincolns bsu sees "for colored girls." in theater

By: Armani Stewart

Lincolns BSU sees the play, meets and greet.    Photo By: Jeremy Trallor

     “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough” is a play based off of a Tyler Perry film, which is about seven African American women with different backgrounds and lifestyles who, in the end are all connected in someway. The women go through a personal obstacle that changes their life for the worse but in the end sees the bright side and keeps their heads up. The scenarios range from rape, STD’s, nymphomania, home abortions, murder , drug abuse, PTSD the list goes on and on. Basically all these women going through their own unique rough patch in life are all connected in someway and they don't even know until it’s too late.

  I love the play I feel that it did the movie and the book justice. I especially loved the fact that there was no stage. The performance was literally feet away from me, I could reach out and touch them if I had wanted. The actors were great, they really embraced their characters. The amount of emotion and passion I seen from the actors during the performance was beautiful to see. The only con that I have toward the play is the fact that all the actors had at least 2 roles instead of each woman playing a specific person, so that frustrated me as scenes changed. Overall though the performers did a wonderful job in bringing the movie to reality right in front of me.

   I think people should go see the play , even if they haven't seen the movie or read the book because the play succeeded in portraying the plot. I recommend this play because it tackles real world problems that occur in all kinds of lives all around the world. An eye opener to the bigger things around you and how the world is so big but suck a small place at the same time. It can definitely be a team building experience,  teaching how to be there for one another even at the hardest times in our lives and trusting one another to hold and keep our deepest darkest secrets.