So I Plugged in the PS2 and…

So I Plugged in the PS2 and…

Like all Kingdom Hearts fans, I’m impatiently waiting for the drop date (because 2018 isn’t enough…I have to plan financially…I mean…SPYRO). The trailer is sick, citing new worlds from Toy Story and Monsters Inc. Also, can we talk about Ariel?

I decided to go back to the basics and play the original KH on PS2 in order to prepare myself, and because nostalgia always gets the best of me…and honestly? IT WAS SO REFRESHING.

This article started as a review of revisiting Kingdom Hearts, but what I want to talk about is the sense of peace and relaxation we experience playing an old game. Now, I can’t guarantee the same refreshing feeling if you pop Bloodborne in, but there is something to be said for revisiting games you loved as kids. I’ve seen a couple articles written about this, asking questions like “Why don’t I love video games anymore?” or “How do I become reinterested in gaming?”.

When we experience problems or frustrations in daily life, we’re often told to go back to the root. We want to start over. We want the basics. Why not the same for gaming? This is the idea behind remakes, and why there is such a mad rush in preorders when we read things like “Spyro triology” and “Final Fantasy 7” (ha).

Keeping that in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of some cool nostalgia inducing game things. Spend safely, ya’ll.

 

Spyro controllers by Kustom Kontrollerz

Kustom Kontrollerz does exactly what their name says, controller customization. With the release of the remastered Spyro, what gift could be better? The ones in the article are mock-ups, but you can place orders through the companies twitter!

More information can be found at: https://goo.gl/QqEHzd

 

Hyperkin Smartboy for Android

I find this extremely exciting (minus the fact that I’m team Apple). Emulators have always made my phone crash after a while and there is nothing worse than losing that kind of ground on Zelda…I promise you. I’ve seen a couple complaints about the product being excessive, but it’s more about the feeling of popping in a cartridge and playing than anything.

These can be found at: https://goo.gl/DhrRAz

Syberia for Nintendo Switch

I spent HOURS playing this as a kid. My binge only ended after I’d ripped my laptop out of the wall carelessly…(I know). I’ve seen pretty positive reviews about the switch, so if fun puzzle games are your thing, you’ve got a good deal with this.

It can be found at: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/syberia-switch

Tamogotchi

Look, we all know these are more technical furbies and will bring about the end of the world. But how FUN was it to try to keep an ugly little pixelated balloon alien alive? Order one. Play it at work. Destress.
Can be found at: http://us.tamagotchifriends.com/

Hope for a new Tony Hawk

This isn’t a product. It’s more my wishful thinking. But. I would KILL to get a new Pro Skater, preferably with Darren Harper (I’m a DC girl, what can I say), and better customization. Let’s cross our fingers that Descenders works something out.

More information can be found at: https://goo.gl/fQLD5M

Sul Sul Cell Phone! Sims Mobile: A Review

Sul Sul Cell Phone! Sims Mobile: A Review

 

What is it?

Sims Mobile is an EA mobile game based on a combination of Sims 4 and Sims FreePlay. It dropped on March 6th, 2018 –and the reviews are a mixed bag for sure. So I figured I’d toss mine into the mix.

 

 

Customization

Like most things, I have given up on creating character that look like me in MOST games, especially mobile. This is a “freemium” game, so I wasn’t too surprised that nothing resembled my natural hair, but I still found enough to work with to make a cool character that I enjoy. Plus as I move up, I get to see preview of the quality content awaiting me (I love a braided bun). Again, it’s a mobile game.

 

Image credit: theverge.com

Now, the house customization? FIRE. They have way more options than I thought they would for a mobile game. Again, “freemium”, so if you want content quickly you’ll have to spend coin – but it seems worth it. Same thing by way of clothing. The packs seem a little pricy, but if you can earn enough Sim Cash…you’re golden.

Image credit: macrumors.com

Now, the house customization? FIRE. They have way more options than I thought they would for a mobile game. Again, “freemium”, so if you want content quickly you’ll have to spend coin – but it seems worth it. Same thing by way of clothing. The packs seem a little pricy, but if you can earn enough Sim Cash…you’re golden.

Tasks

In Sims Mobile, your Sim has the opportunity to do a variety of tasks to level up. You’ll be able to complete work shifts, go on dates, attend parties, and all kinds of other predetermined stories. Now, I one thing I LOVE about this game is I can put my phone down or play as another character and my Sims will complete tasks on their own. This is truly an on-the-go game, and I am an on-the-go-girl. So if you’re looking for something to keep you engaged fully, I won’t hype this up to being it. But if you need you Sims fix on campus or at work, this is a pretty great option. You can help your Sim complete tasks faster, but it’s a lot of clicking and waiting, etc.

Interaction

I haven’t really participated much in connecting socially (I know, I know), but other people seem to really enjoy it. You have the option of giving strangers in the game stickers (cool, hot, etc.), and you get to dictate the types of relationship you build with them. I’m boring so my Sim is currently dating her housemate (also of my design —is this God complex?). My code is included in the pic if you want to add me though 🙂

Overall

Look, overall it’s a fun on-the-go game, and the old saying of “you get what you pay for!” rings true. It’s not a quick reward with this one, but I still find it pretty engaging. Recommendation: Shut the office door and live it up on your lunch break, or during the down time in between class, etc.