Dingo reviews #2: The Sims 4 (Base game)

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Here’s my Sims 4 review (finally) yes, the review layout is pinched from one of my very early blog posts :P

Audio: The music in this game is a little repetitive if you’ve been playing for a fair while. But there are some really nice music tracks in the current selection, with hopefully more added in in later expansion packs. At the time of writing, the reviewer didn’t check if there was the ability to add custom music.
total: 6.5 (Good)
Graphics: Graphics are a substantial improvement over Sims 3, and supports pretty high resolutions, doesn’t look blurry.

Supports a good range of graphics cards, unlike Sims 3.

total: 8.5 (Very Good)
Gameplay: Like the other entries in the series, The gameplay in Sims 4 is that of a Life Simulator and is pretty free form in what you can do, there is no “end goal” and you can play however long or little you like.

As of the writing of this review, Sims 4 features far too many loading screens than is sane (this reviewer still states that NO PC game should have a loading screen of any kind)

There are also too many things missing between Sims 3 and this entry in the series, some of which were cut due to design decisions.

total: 5 (Average)
Value: Like the other games in the series, Assuming that one has an endless amount of cash to splurge, it can be a game with lots of content, there are user made free creations though, and as with any game that supports any degree of modding there’s always the advantages that come with that (like fixing bugs, removing undesired things, etc)

Note that at this time Sims 4 has very little content, much less than the previous sims games and as suck it is rated much lower than the previous.

total: 5 (Average)
OVERALL RATING: 6.25 (Above Average)
Difficulty: Pretty Easy to Just right
Learning Curve: 3 or more hours
Play Time: 30 hours total

- Nightwolf

Dingo reviews #1: The Sims 3 (Base game)

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Here’s my review of The Sims 3, Somewhat late, but better late then never.

Audio: The music in this game contains some really nice music tracks in the base selection, along with some decent sound effects. Better ones were added in in later expansion packs, and the ability to add in custom music was pretty neat.
total: 7.5 (Good)
Graphics:  
total: 8.5 (Very Good)
Gameplay:

The Gameplay in the sims series is that of a Life Simulator and is pretty free form in what you can do, there is no "end goal" and you can play however long or little you like.

In saying that, its quite addictive and once started, could leave someone playing through the night if they are not careful, and have enough store or expansion content to keep it fresh.

total: 6.5 (Average)
Value: Assuming one has an endless amount of cash to splurge, it can be a game with lots of content, there are user made free creations though, and as with any game that supports modding there’s always the advantages that come with that (like fixing bugs, removing undesired things, etc)
total: 6.5 (Average)
OVERALL RATING: 6.25 (Above Average)
Difficulty: Pretty Easy to Just right
Learning Curve: 3 or more hours
Play Time: 200 hours total

- Nightwolf

My Doctor Who episode ratings (Season 8)

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Welcome to my ratings post for Doctor Who Season 8 (2014) Information will be updated as the season continues.

Aired:

  • Deep Breath* (7/10)
  • Into the Dalek (8/10)
  • Robot of Sherwood (7/10)
  • Listen (8/10)
  • Time Heist (8/10)
  • The Caretaker (7.5/10)
  • Kill the Moon (8/10)
  • Mummy on the Orient Express (9/10)

To come:

  • Flatline
  • In the Forest of the Night
  • Dark Water
  • Death in Heaven
  • 2014 Christmas Special

Note:

* I saw both the cinema and TV releases, the rating here is for the TV release, the cinema gets a 8.

Random bucket list update

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I just added the following things to my bucket list:
* Travel to Rottnest Island on a swan boat.
* Travel to Japan
* Travel to Germany
* Travel to Bali
* Go skydiving
* Travel into space.

A Dingoes thoughts, September edition

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I was intending to post a blog entry last month, but personal situations prevented me from doing so. Now that I can I will do another one of my thought posts, from the inside of my head…


Video gaming

Very recently, I acquired a Playstation Vita, and a whole host of games, including Borderlands, the Persona series and the Danganronpa series… In addition to that I have managed to get my paws on The Sims 4 (If you wish to add me on EA’s awful Origin client, or on PSN: DingoWolfAU/dingowolfau is the person to add)

Please note that I will review Sims 4 momentarily in a separate blog post, once I feel up to the task of writing again (which isn’t right now)


TV and movies

Doctor Who and my 2 favourite anime’s have started up again with new series’, so I am watching them with great interest, especially to see how they progress. Loving Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, he brings a certain maturity to Doctor Who, that it has lacked for a while, well, in my opinion, since David Tennant took up the role.

I got to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in the cinema last month, and let me tell you it was amazing, funny and quite decent Sci-Fi. I liked Rocket, but that had nothing to do with being interested in Furry, Werewolves and anthros in general.


Life in general

Recently, my back problems have gotten worse to the point where I am in near-constant levels of pain (at 7/10) where they were previously only a 5 and ignorable for the most part, caused by a work injury and other factors. I am waiting for the results of an x-ray to determine, what, if anything further needs to be done.

I have decided to go on a diet and cut down on sugar, I will only drink water at lunches and at dinners (unless they’re special occasions)

- Nightwolf

Struggling on

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I’m continuing to struggle on with work, but it’s starting to quiet down now, and the new manager starts next week which means I can feel at least some relief…

On the bright side, Doctor Who starts airing again from next month, so really looking forward to that, as well as some anime that I have been waiting for for a long time.

- Nightwolf

Rantlog Supplemental…

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I decided to take the depression test again, and I seem to have gotten slightly better in some areas, and slightly worse in others… But I certainly don’t feel any worse, and the test is not a replacement for a proper medical diagnosis.

Disorder Your Score
Major Depression: Very High
Dysthymia: High-Moderate
Bipolar Disorder: High
Cyclothymia: Very High
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Moderate
Postpartum Depression: N/A
Take the Depression Test

Here is the original test that I took back in 2012, for comparison.

- Nightwolf

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