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Hello, Sims 4

So. Finally. I decided to try out the Sims 4 via Origin Game Time‚ĄĘ. 48 hours of free Sims 4 playing? Yay. ūüėź Thoughts I have had this past weekend about my old favorite pastime:

At least they are happy. Thanks to cheats.
  • I started the game with a house filled with six adults. After five hours I regretted my decision and was seriously thinking about going back to Sims 1 style aging and playing. I don’t know if it was their personalities, or the fact that sims in #4 seem to have ADD, but it was exhausting keeping track of these dang Damodreds.
  • I have a Sims 2 save with Mom, Dad and six kids and that household felt more calm and in control then the one with nary a child or significant other in sight. Maybe that is the real reason EA took out toddlers: adult sims are basically five-year-olds.
  • Having said that, they seriously need to bring back toddlers. And add in preteens while they are at it, because why not.
  • I hate the camera. Even changing it to Sims 3 style didn’t really help.
  • Build and Buy modes being one mode is actually a bit annoying, but not as annoying as the damn camera.
  • Ironically, although I was one of those who protested against the Sims 3 going open world and having story progression…now I miss it. The open world I can get used to being gone, since I like a game that loads in less than a minute, but story progression was mighty nice. I miss kicking sims out and them going on to live a full sim life without me intervening.
  • I bought the game anyway because it was on sale and I’m an addict and don’t want to bother reinstalling Sims 3.
  • In ten years I have yet to finish a legacy challenge. But I keep trying! ūüėÄ

Dag dag.  ?


Gaming Backlog: Yakuza 4

Yakuza¬†is a series that piqued my interest some years ago, but my want to start things off from the beginning kept me at bay. This want is why I’m still plodding along in the first¬†Assassin’s¬†Creed. However, thanks to PlayStation Plus I received Yakuza 4 for “free” and thus finally dipped into the abyss.

I cannot tell you how many hours I’ve sunk into this game, but what I can say is I’ve lost the plot somewhere along the way. Here’s what I can gather:

Akiyama is a Robin Hood-esque loan shark. A mysterious woman who needs a lot of money for mysterious reasons comes into his life. Drama ensues.

Tanimura is a cop with bad habits who uses his ill-gotten funds to help immigrants. Another Robin Hood, if you will. He also wants to find his dad’s murderer. Eventually crosses paths with Akiyama’s mystery woman. More drama.

Saejima is a yakuza on death row, who then escapes to find answers or whatever, and well, his storyline is a big “wha….”. But he ropes in the last protagonist.

Kiryu is what ties all the games together and I’m assuming all the plotlines in this specific game. Former yakuza. Head of very tiny orphanage. Does not seem disturbed at Saejima checking out middle schooler under his care. Also kind of hot.

There is an overarching plot involving stolen money, backstabbing, mass murder and love. But who cares! I’ve spent most of my time¬†in the hostess clubs and beating up gang members. Occasionally I help someone out with their curry recipe.

The actual game mechanics are a bit stiff, specifically with the fighting combos and moving around in general, and the map/mini-map leaves much to be desired. Actually, I really hate the map; it’s borderline useless. A lot of the fighting feels like placeholders until the next overly long, overly dramatic cutscene. And I’m okay with that.

Yakuza 4 is a soap opera with all the convoluted mess that entails, but is also fun for the most part. It only becomes tedious if you want to achieve 100% trophy completion. Thankfully I don’t.

I have no interest in replaying this game, but I may check out Yakuza 5.

Hand of God

Hand of God is an Amazon original series starring Ron Perlman. I binged watched it in one weekend as is the new norm for television shows. In fact, I refused to watch the pilot because I didn’t want to have to wait to see what happens next. Yes, I am that spoiled by new media. Anyway.¬†hand of god

Perlman plays¬†Pernell Harris, a judge corrupted by power, who seems to have a¬†symbiotic relationship with¬†Mayor Robert “Bobo” Boston (Andre Royo). The two are working with a firm called Brooks on a major land deal. This deal is actually pretty important to the plot, although you wouldn’t know it half the time. It’s also not ever really explained in full detail (like, why is a judge involved? and why is this judge so important to the deal? couldn’t you pay off any ol’ judge? etc). And I wish I could say it all makes sense in the end, but it doesn’t. So let’s move on.

The big plot point revolves around Harris’ son PJ who shot himself in the head after seeing his wife raped and didn’t die. He’s not really alive either, machines are breathing for him, and this limbo fate is a heavy burden on his father. Harris promised PJ he would find the man responsible for raping his daughter-in-law; a promise he starts to believe he must keep in order for his son to awaken.

Harris starts having visions, talking in tongues, and believes his son is speaking directly into his mind. He gets a follower to beat and/or kill people in the search of justice. He’s giving a crap ton of money to a church that feels scammy but might not be; it’s a church after all. He has a wife who is unfaithful but devoted and a mistress/escort who he proclaims to love (he also loves his wife; he’s basically Rand al’Thor).¬†The crazy part is that all these visions are actually leading to bonafide clues.

The ten episodes weave in and around the land deal and the hunt for whoever is behind the rape. And as convoluted as it becomes at times…it’s a lot of fun.¬†The cinematography and acting are both superb, and whatever faults lie in the writing could be ironed out in future seasons.

And there better be another season with that cliffhanger ending.