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News

Honors School Sends Students to Present in New Orleans

3 DAYS AGO  |  NICHOLAS COSCARELLI | SENIOR/POLITICS EDITOR
Honors School Sends Students to Present in New Orleans

Four students from the Honors School presented their research at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s conference in New Orleans, LA, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10.

The acceptance rate of abstracts into this conference was 68 percent, with 398 students from around the country participating in total.

Students representing Monmouth were: Skylar Daley, a senior English student; Mehdi H...

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Opinion

Monmouth University: "A Green Campus"

3 DAYS AGO  |  RYAN THOMPSON || CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Monmouth University:

Any time you receive an email from a faculty member on campus, you will see on their signature right below the Monmouth University logo, a green leaf. Next to the leaf, it reads, “We are a green campus. Think before you print.”

It’s blasphemous that this “green campus” does not practice what it preaches.

In my junior year at Monmouth, one thing has never changed: our lack of recycling. Sure, you see...

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Sports

Upcoming Games 11-13-19

3 DAYS AGO  |  EVAN MCMURTRIE | SPORTS EDITOR

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15

M/W Cross Country
Mid-Atlantic Regional
Bethlehem, PA TBA

Men's Basketball at Kansas St.
Fort Meyers Tip-Off
Manhattan, KS 8:00 p.m.

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Entertainment

Elton John Says Farewell to Philly

3 DAYS AGO  |  MARK MARRONE | ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Elton John Says Farewell to Philly

Last ‘Saturday Night’ was ‘Alright for Fighting’ because Elton John brought his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to Philadelphia on Nov. 9. This was the second time John brought his farewell tour to Philadelphia (he had two consecutive sold out shows on Sept. 11 and 12, 2018) and it attracted back-to-back sellout crowds.

This tour was John’s most technically ambitious one yet. The stage featured a h...

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Features

Student Spotlight on JP Suttile

3 DAYS AGO  |  MELISSA BADAMO || FEATURES EDITOR
Student Spotlight on JP Suttile

Jon Suttile, known by his peers and professors as JP, has an exciting few months to look forward to.

A senior political science student, he was recently selected for an internship with The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia’s Strategic Communications Department. After pursuing the internship from Jan. 27 to April 30, he is set to graduate with his political science de...

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Lifestyles

Ask Chloe

3 DAYS AGO  |  CHLOE BARONE
Ask Chloe

Every guy I start to like winds up leading me on and/or only talking to me for academic help. Why can’t I find a nice guy who shares my interests to build a relationship with? - Anonymous

Anonymous-- - Finding the right person to be with takes time, and in many cases, a series of trials and errors. No matter if you have a crush, or are ready to get into a serious relationship, you have to mentally ...

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Politics

Polling Institute on Presidential Primary

17 DAYS AGO  |  MONMOUTH POLLING INSTITUTE || PRESS RELEASE
Polling Institute on Presidential Primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the clear front-runner among likely Democratic voters in South Carolina.  The Monmouth University Poll finds little has changed in overall presidential primary support, but there is evidence that black voters’ preference for the front-runner varies significantly when age and education are taken into account.

Biden currently holds 33% support among South ...

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Club & Greek

Club and Greek Announcements 11-6-19

10 DAYS AGO  |  RAY ROMANSKI | CLUB & GREEK EDITOR
Club and Greek Announcements 11-6-19

WMCX

WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

If you’re interested in joining, contact them at wmcxpd@monmouth.edu.

 


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Leisure

Campus Viewpoint 01-30-19

9 MONTHS AGO  |  NICOLE RIDDLE | MANAGING/VIEWPOINT/PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Campus Viewpoint 01-30-19

Do you have a New Year's Resolution? If so, what is it?


 

Deanna Dantas

Senior

“My resolution is to say no to people who I break my back for and say yes to opportunities."

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Online Exclusive

Jojo Rabbit Doesn't Have Enough Hop

9 DAYS AGO  |  MARK MARRONE | ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Jojo Rabbit Doesn't Have Enough Hop

At some point in our lives, we had imaginary friends. When times got rough where you couldn’t have that happy meal for dinner or weren’t allowed to go over Kevin’s because your room still needed to be spruced up, your imaginary friend was always there. Yeah, you looked crazy talking to a wall in your room by yourself, but they would always listen.

For Jojo, a 10-year-old boy growing up in Nazi Germ...

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Editorial

How Faculty Shape Our Future

3 DAYS AGO  |  EDITORIAL STAFF
How Faculty Shape Our Future

Throughout their time here at Monmouth, students develop different academic and personal aspirations: some wish to pursue graduate programs, while others are seeking to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Whichever path they may choose, the University faculty provide resource and guidance to get students on track to achieving these goals. 

This week, The Outlook staff shared their experiences ...

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Comics

Knowledge and Quinn #16

1 YEAR AGO  |  BRIAN TURCZMANOVICZ | COMIC ILLUSTRATOR
Knowledge and Quinn #16

© Copyright 2018 Brian Turczmanovicz
All Rights Reserved

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The player takes control of Kutaro, a young boy who has his soul stolen by the evil tyrant Moon Bear King. Within the opening scene of the game, Moon Bear King places Kutaro’s soul in a puppet and bites his head off, tossing him to the dungeon after his decapitation. From there, you are quickly introduced to the head system. Without a head, Kutaro is forced to use whatever is available. He starts off with a skeleton head, but it can range from anything as predictable as a pumpkin to as strange as a banana. 

These different heads have a surprisingly insignificant impact on how Kutaro controls. They allow him to access shortcuts, bonus stages or extra items. The heads’ primary purpose is to gauge how much damage Kutaro can take. He can hold up to three heads at once, with each hit resulting in his beheading. Lose each head and the player must restart from the last checkpoint.

While it would’ve been nice to see the heads have more of an impact, they also work well as collectibles. Scavenging for hidden heads gives “Puppeteer” replay value. It does, however, leave you with the impression that Sony Japan had something more planned for this mechanic, but either ran out of funding or time.

The game is a slow roller. In the beginning, Kutaro hasn’t unlocked any of his abilities yet, and while the theatre context is fresh and engaging, it takes time to get comfortable there. At times there is too much going on. There will be narration, actors chatting, and the detailed environments all diverting your eyes from the monsters trying to kill you. In addition to the movements of Kutaro, the player is also given control over a companion (Ying-Yang in the beginning, Picarina later on) who can reveal hidden collectibles. The backdrops also transition so quickly that it can be difficult to track Kutaro’s location.

However, once Kutaro has gained new abilities and you become accustomed to the game, it begins to hit its stride. Kutaro and crew travel from location to location in order to defeat the Moon Bear King’s dastardly generals. This task introduces the player to a wide variety of settings, none of which seem to have any connection to one another. First Kutaro’s on the moon, then all of a sudden he’s in a forest (wait, on the moon?), and now at a bottom of a pirate ship and then a desert.

It can get a bit confusing as to what’s going on, but this is where the strength of the theatre setting really shines. Since it’s a play, it narratively makes sense for the setting to jump around. All you need is a quick set change, and suddenly Kutaro is face deep in a pile of sand after just being on a ship. This gave the creators of “Puppeteer” full creative freedom. Events and characters are introduced not because they necessarily belong, but simply because they are interesting.

As Kutaro progresses on his adventure he gains access to new powers that boost his mobility and firepower. The frequency at which the abilities are acquired gives the game good pacing. You use each item just enough before it begins to lose its novelty.

The powers Kutaro gains are typical in any adventure game: bombs, a grabbling hook, an item that allows him to move heavy objects. Kutaro’s most interesting asset is Calibrus, a magical pair of scissors that allow him to slice up foes and navigate around various obstacles. After every successful midair slice, Kutaro gains momentum and can slice again. Stringing together a series of cuts allows Kutaro to fly through the air. It’s a unique mechanic, but it’s a shame it wasn’t explored any deeper as the game progressed.

The game is broken up into a series of acts, with each act culminating in a fight against one of the Moon Bear King’s generals. The fights are one of the most enjoyable aspects of “Puppeteer.” As Katuro does his best to prevent himself from getting crushed by his gargantuan foes, the game is given a much needed sense of scale. After the enemy becomes damaged, they are finished off by a series of quick-time events.

The screen jolts from a 2D to a 3D perspective, revealing “Puppeteer’s” true beauty. Since most of the game is spent as a side-scroller, it is difficult to see the detail and artistry that went into Puppeteer, but when the camera shifts perspective as Katuro finishes off his enemies, Puppeteers takes off its baggy sweater and shows us what it has been hiding the whole time.

The game is meant to be watched just as much as it is meant to be played. The more time you spend playing the same scenes over again, the more you are subjected to the same writing. Most of the game will be played easily, although there are some scenes that may require a few attempts (most likely some of the fights). However, it usually comes down to familiarizing yourself with the obstacles.

The gameplay does just enough to be mildly engaging, and on its own, the game would grow tedious overtime. However, when combined with the novelty of the theatre setting, the narrator’s skill and elegance, and great setting variation, “Puppeteer” transcends mediocrity to steal the show.

“Puppeteer” was released exclusively for the Playstation 3 on Sept. 10, 2013.

IMAGE TAKEN from inthegame.nl

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