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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:06

Rainbow Six: Siege' review

'Rainbow Six: Siege' is the long-awaited continuation of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series made by Ubisoft. The game is a bit of departure from the past games in the series by switching to multiplayer only. While I do miss the campaign mode which was always a big part of the series, they have managed to create a fairly unique multiplayer experience, so maybe focusing entirely on that was worthwhile.

The game is a round-based, 5-on-5 shooter: when you die, you are out for the rest of the round. Because of this, staying alive is just as important as racking up the kills. The teams take turns attacking and defending, switching after each round. The attackers must disarm bombs, rescue hostages or eliminate the enemy team. The defenders have to either eliminate the attackers or protect the objective until the time has run out. At the beginning of the round, the defenders get a chance to fortify the level and the attackers get a chance to send in drones to try to find the objective.

Published in Tekk
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:20

Husson Theater present Twelfth Night'

BANGOR - This past weekend, Husson University Theater put on 'Twelfth Night,' directed by Christy Bruton. One of Shakespeare's comedies, 'Twelfth Night' centers around a shipwrecked woman named Viola (played by Nichole Sparlin) as she takes on the identity of Cesario so that she can work for Duke Orsino (played by Nick Kovarik). She has a twin brother who she believes died in the shipwreck. What follows is a twisted web of deception, mistaken identity and love.

The acting in this production is spot on. Sparlin does a fantastic job as the central character Viola. She is funny when she needs to be but also has no problem pulling off the slightly more serious moments. As the plot thickens and the misunderstandings add up, she plays Viola with a believable hint of confused panic. Kimberlee Lewis plays the character of Oliva, a wealthy woman who falls in love with who she believes to be Cesario. Her moments of frustration with Sir Toby (played by Kody Vaghan) are some of the funniest moments.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:27

Winter release roundup

Despite 2015 having already seen the release of 'Halo 5,' 'Call of Duty Black Ops 3,' 'Metal Gear Solid 5,' 'Fallout 4,' 'Starwars: Battlefront,' 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate,' 'Mario Maker' and many more, there are still many great games coming right around the corner. By the time you are reading this, a couple of big games will have just been released. Those games are 'Rainbow Six: Siege' and 'Just Cause 3.'

I was lucky enough to get to try out the beta for 'Rainbow Six: Siege' a few weeks ago, and as someone who isn't a big fan of competitive shooters, I think this may be one I have to play. The game sees groups of terrorists and counter-terrorists doing battle in small, enclosed environments. These environments can be ripped apart. Whether you are shooting a shotgun through a wall or placing explosives on a roof so you can drop through and catch the enemy by surprise, there are not many quiet moments. The matches are fast, tactical and exciting.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 19:48

Holiday Roundup

The greater Bangor area has always had had many ways to celebrate the holidays, and this year is no different, with a wide range of events and activities planned for December.

One of the first is the Festival of Lights Parade hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangor. The parade will begin at 4:30 at the corner of State and Exchange Street. The parade with then turn left up Central Street and then right on Main Street. The parade will end in front of Davenport Park. This year's theme is 'Light up the Season,' so expect it to be a bright parade. Santa Claus will be a part of the festivities, as usual. Following the parade will be the traditional tree lighting in West Market Square.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:01

Hotel Impossible and The Charles Inn

BANGOR - The landscape of Downtown Bangor changed this summer when 'Hotel Impossible' visited The Charles Inn. The episode, titled 'Ex Marks the Spot,' airs Tuesday, Nov. 24 on the Travel Channel. As a result of the episode, former owner Connie Boivin decided to sell the business. Leanne Hewey, a local hotel manager, and her husband arranged a deal with Connie to lease the business. Although not everything will be known until the episode airs, I talked to Leanne Hewey, who is now in charge of The Charles Inn. 'As it went along we found out Connie didn't want to be in the hotel business anymore,' Hewey said. 'She wanted to be with her grandchildren and go back to Florida where all her friends are. She decided that she was done.'

Hewey first got involved in the episode when Anthony Melchiorri, host of 'Hotel Impossible,' called in Hewey as an expert. Hewey made herself known in the community when she helped create a bill that would exempt innkeepers from becoming landlords. This change helped protect innkeepers from squatters. Before, people could show up and stay in a hotel room, and if they stopped paying it could be a three to six-month process to have them evicted. It was her legal experience that caused her to be selected as an expert, as she recounted: 'I don't know all the details, but there was supposedly an employee that the former owner didn't want there; she had let them go and asked them to leave. They would not leave and continued to come to work. That's why I was brought into the show.' Hewey's husband was also brought in to inspect the general shape of the building.

Published in Biz
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:58

My first 15 hours in the wasteland

Where does one even begin to talk about 'Fallout 4'? It is a massive game, not in terms of land mass (it is big but not mind-blowlingly so) but in terms of how much there is to do and see. Whether you are doing side quests or the main story, there is always something luring you away - a new settlement or an abandoned factory filled with goodies.

'Fallout 4' is the long awaited sequel to Bethesda's landmark post-apocalyptic RPG. This time they have switched the setting from Washington D.C. to Boston. The change in locale is probably my favorite improvement so far, and it is a big improvement. In 'Fallout 3' I found D.C. to be a rather bland city. It was cool seeing the big landmarks but aside from that it got boring walking through one gray, crumbling building to the next. The area outside of D.C. was even worse: a flat, empty-feeling brown-gray expanse that made me want to get to my destination more than it made me want to explore.

Published in Tekk
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:16

Evil Dead: The Musical

ORONO Some Theater Company's production of Evil Dead: The Musical (directed by Elaine Bard) is a fun, breezy, bloody, profanity-laced tribute to 'Evil Dead,' the classic 1981 movie.

The story follows a group of college kids led by Ash (Logan Bard) as they go to a cabin in the woods to party. They soon find it harbors a great evil that is unwittingly unleashed. Soon the trees are alive and the dead start returning from the grave. It's up to Ash, his chainsaw and his shotgun to survive the night.

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:46

Undertale

Undertale is a turn-based RPG for PC and Mac from Toby Fox. The game is reminiscent of the classic SNES game Earthbound. That isn't to say it lifts anything directly from Earthbound, instead its gameplay, art, music and story come together to evoke a similar feel. The game has a branching story and a heavy emphasis on choice. The player can go through the whole game without killing (almost) anyone. Or, you could kill everyone who gets in your way.

Undertale takes place in a world where monsters and humans used to live together until the humans banished the monsters underground and sealed them there with powerful magic. You play as a child who has fallen into the underground, where you meet a flower who turns out to be a pretty nasty customer. You are saved by a very motherly monster who teaches you not how to fight, but to talk to and interact with monsters during combat. She also teaches you about puzzles. Eventually your quest begins in earnest as you make your way deeper and deeper into the underground to find a way back home.

Published in Tekk
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:17

A theatrical trifecta

Three very different shows open in the area

ORONO/EDDINGTON Sometimes, our local theatrical scene is an embarrassment of riches.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 19:43

A Wolf in Autumn' review

The world spins and whirls around you as you rise from a mat on the floor of a shed. Shafts of vibrant sunlight filter through the cracks in the wooden wall. A key dangles from a string in front of you. In the distance you hear the sound of wolves.

'A Wolf in Autumn' is a new horror/adventure game from David Szymanski for PC. The game is very short, taking me just about an hour to complete. It has no save system since it's meant to be played in one sitting. I probably could have finished it in a about 40 minutes, but a couple of puzzles dragged it out.

Published in Tekk
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