Monday, August 29, 2011

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
Rating: M

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter that puts you in the shoes of Alex Mason. Mason wakes up in an interrogation room with his unknown captors sitting in a booth right in front of him. They tell him that they captured him and are asking him what the numbers they are making him listen to mean. Seeing Mason’s confusion, they tell him that these numbers are a broadcast that they discovered. They also know that an attack is planned for them and deciphering the numbers’ secrets is the only way anyone will survive through the attack. Mason is still confused and the captors try to electrify him to get the information. Then, they try to get the info by getting him to recount his previous missions. With no other choice, the player must relive all the past missions in a hope to escape that torture room and stop the nuclear war their captors told them would happen if they did not find out what the numbers mean.

Call of Duty: Black Ops also has online and offline multiplayer and zombie survival game modes. In these, the players must work together to defeat their foes.

I really like this game. I think that this is one of the best shooters out there. However, parents, please remember that you can turn off the blood and foul language easily. Keep in mind, though, the blood will come back if you are playing online.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Discovering God's Way of Handling Money - Howard and Bev Dayton

Discovering God's Way of Handling Money is a superb introduction to personal finance and Biblical financial principles. Published through Crown Financial Ministries, it is a great combination of Bible study and practical instruction. Teens are walked through the Biblical understanding of stewardship, and they're taught how to make a budget, track spending and write checks. Highly recommended for middle and high school students.