Monday, March 30, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review - The Sims 4

Released - 9|2|14

Platform - PC (Origin)

Create characters and control their lives! From careers and personalities to families and living spaces, its all up to you to make sure they don't kill themselves by setting a fire when they're chopping vegetables.

I tried to play the Sims 3 back when it was released in an Origin Humble Bundle along with a couple of pieces of DLC. It wasn't bad, but I just never got really super in to it. I decided to give Sims 4 a chance. I don't regret it. I don't know why it sucked me in this time. Maybe it was because I created a bunch of characters instead of letting my Sim date the pre made losers, maybe it's because I've created woven storylines for the characters, maybe its because my Sim had twin boys on the first try (and now I don't know if they are still there because I haven't redownloaded it since my hard drive died :D) but this time around I am definitely invested.

I really love the more colorful and cartoonish look of the Sims this time around. The entire interface feels really clean to me actually. And they gave us pools for free! I know the Sims revolves around lots and lots of paid DLC, but I'm not judging that - I'm only looking at the core game. And to be honest, it feels a bit sparse. Especially in the character customization department. Just compare the bare minimum of hairstyles in the third entry to the current one and you'll see what I mean.

Final Thoughts
The Sims 4 is far from a bad game, but it does feel like an incomplete one. But I still think you should play because it truly is lots of fun.

Score - 7.8/10 too much DLC

~ Zephyr ♥

But seriously though, the amount of money you have to spend on DLC for these games is absolute insanity. And we still pay for it! We all gone cray cray.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Top Ten - Kingdom Hearts Songs

Kingdom Hearts is one of my favorite series of all time. I absolutely adore these games and the music in them just make it an infinite amount better. So how could I not share my top ten KH songs with you? You know how much I love sharing music by now, don't you?

10. Sora

This song just screams character theme, even if you don't know the game. It perfectly matches Sora's upbeat can-do attitude and is such a good fit that its ridiculous.

9. Roxas

Roxas' theme is such a beautifully lonely counterpart to Sora's theme. It really speaks for the character and his purpose in the game, making it one of my favorite character themes period.

8. Reviving Hollow Bastion

Hollow Bastion is one of my favorite worlds to visit because of this song. Its the kind of song that just really gets me immersed in the game for some reason.

7. A Very Small Wish

Now I'll be honest and admit that the piano version of this is one of the reasons I love this song. But I became so attached to the piano version that when I played again and heard this song it carried the same kind of 'nostalgia' feeling as when I hear the piano version.

6. Lazy Afternoons/Sinister Sundown

I'm sorry, but I couldn't decide between the two! So take them both! Lazy Afternoons, the theme for Twilight Town, has more personal place on this list because it always makes me think of growing up and where I live. Just feeling the heat from the setting sun on a summer evening, sitting outside watching the dogs play - this very much feels like a 'me' theme. Sinister Sundown, however, is the opposite. The battle theme in Twilight Town brings about that more rushed or urged feeling, like I need to get something done now. It's also one of my favorite battle themes in the series.

5. Sanctuary 

I love the main themes for these stupid games and if the version of Simple and Clean that they use in the games wasn't so fast and catchy, I would probably prefer this one. But oh well. They are both absolutely fantastic.

4. Simple and Clean -PlanitB Remix-

I pretty much explained it above.

3. Organization XIII

If you read what I said about Roxas' theme and you know how much I love these melancholy sounding songs, then you really shouldn't be even remotely surprised that this is on the list.

2. Missing You

A sad theme that breaks your heart and is a piano theme too? Count me in.

1. Dearly Beloved

To be honest, I tried to not make this number one. I tried to not even put it on the list. And it seems crazy, but I just kept thinking "its too simple, its the series theme, there are so many good songs in this series, why is this little song the best one?" And I can't really give you an answer. It just is. But isn't that what a series theme is supposed to be, the best? This little song, that changes so much while staying the same, is absolutely perfect. Really, it is. To me, it is. This song has gotten me through a lot. Not just sad stuff, but its followed me through hurt, sickness, happiness, suffering, and even love. It has become a song that makes me think of my 'dearly beloved' for as cheesy as that seems. But I'm okay with that. I'm okay with that.

~ Zephyr ♥

Here's the piano theme I was talking about. If you like it you should listen to the piano albums (there's two.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review - Pokemon Shuffle

Released - 2|18|15

Platform - 3DS

Sure, Nintendo wasn't really for making mobile. But hey, that won't stop them for making a freemium match three on the 3DS!

Look, I know how people feel about freemium games, the love-hate relationship that seems to follow all mobile games in fact. And to be honest, these match three games are all kinda the same - fun for while, frustrating when you lose, and shake those without patience down for money. And I'm not saying this is different. But I kinda like this game. Saying that, I only play about once a week, but still I find it to be an enjoyable experience. And the gameplay differs slightly in that as long as you can make a match, you can move between pieces anywhere on the board, not just those side by side.

Final Thoughts
Its not anything special, but if you like these kinds of games or are just stuck in a waiting room, give this game a try.

Score - 5/10

~ Zephyr ♥

Its really hard to give games a score sometimes. You know like this isn't a crappy game, just simple and little unoriginal (okay, a lot), but it's still fun. It's not broken or anything. *sigh* Scoring systems can be a bit convoluted and counter-intuitive at times.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Update/ Remodeling, Travel, And Hard Drive Explosions

Hey, guys. Wow, I really am the worst, huh? Welp, I guess I'll start laying the excuses on ya.

I've said before, but I'll say it again - there's been remodeling going on in my house since the beginning of February and they are only just now wrapping up. Its been loud, filthy, and stressful. I haven't been able to eat home made food in a month and eating out a lot makes you feel sluggish. Plus, your feet are always covered with plaster dust. I finally got to clean, mop, and unpack everything last week, but there's a bit more drywall that needs to go up. Its also very hard to work when anywhere you can work has been taken over and covered in dishes and dust. Honestly, I've mostly been sitting in the garage with the dogs where I binge watched all of Steven Universe (watch it and Gravity Falls now) and playing Hyrule Warriors and Wind Waker HD on the Wii U.

Travel wise, well I'm up visiting Dae for the week so this is the first I've really been able to sit at my computer and this is only because I got ditched at the library, haha... I had to come up the week after Dae's spring break so my sister could stay home with the pups (she's on her break now). It's really weird being on a campus after ten months off one and going to class after four months of being out (I finished my AA in October). But yeah, after going to a physics class where I understood nothing, even though I'm pretty sure its all stuff I aced in Astronomy a year and half ago (who knew?), and eating lunch I got ditched so Dae could go to the Rec Room because they wouldn't let me in because I'm not a student here, even though they let other non students in. Can you tell I'm a little salty?

Anyways, the biggest problem is the most recent one. I went to use my computer on Thursday and it wasn't working right (taking ten minutes to do anything, literally), so I thought I had a virus or something. NOPE. My freaking hard drive died (RIP in peps) and they didn't have any in stock so I got lucky enough to have my mom get one the next day and a really awesome dude to fix it. He tried to clone it, but it was being a derg and not having it so he tried to move stuff over. Luckily, all my music went over. Unfortunately, I lost over 200+ gigs of crap. SIGHHHHHHH. So annoying!

But I did get all my crap re-planned out to the end of May (cause that always works, right?) and I'm already starting work so yeah! Making it work! Have to finagle with Vladimir (my laptop) so much now! YIP FREAKING SKIP! :D

I love you. Bye.

~ Zephyr ♥