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Game Review – “The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs” Expansion Pack

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Our sim’s lives are now “fulfilled” with the addition of some fluffy, four-legged critters to The Sims 4 in the latest expansion pack; you guessed it — “The Sims 4; Cats and Dogs”! I thought the content from The Sims 4 Toddlers Stuff was cute… Hold on to your leashes, it’s about to get *ruff*.

 

Explore Brindleton Bay

Brindleton Bay is the new world to explore with your new family members. It is a quaint, seaside village with ample places for your little ones (and this time I’m talking about the four legged ones) to roam and explore. There is a mysterious lighthouse with a creepy back story to expose and it’s even better to visit with a lover, after dark. If you know what I mean…. The whole place gives me a Fisherman’s Village feeling, something that would be good to add some weather to? Maybe? (Hint Hint…)

 

 Create Cats and Dogs

Like, Create a Sim (or CAS), Create a Pet is the new way to create your little angels (or monsters) and put them in your game. In fact there are three ways to add a pet to your household, including adoption and stealing strays from the streets — but this is definitely the most creative and fun way to do it! The Create A Pet mode is super exciting for us long time players, as it adds the Colour Wheel from The Sims 3 (you know the one…) so you can create, pretty much any kind of animal ever. Or at least paint them to those colours.

There are 170+ pre-loaded breeds in The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs which are mentioned here, but you can also mix two breeds together to create a hybrid, or make something completely unique and custom. Just like The Sims 4 Create a Sim, you can push and pull pretty much any part of your cat or dog to change them just like play-dough. Want longer ears? A longer tail? A bigger booty? Just push and pull to your puppy loving heart’s content.

My favourite part about the Create a Pet are the individual traits you can give your pets to bring out their personality more than any other Sims game previous. By adding three traits, you will make completely different pets every time. Complete with their own secret fears, obsessions and quirks.

 

Become a Vet and run a Clinic

There is a new “career”. I have added the quotation marks because it is more of a “Dine Out Restaurant Owner” experience rather than a “career” per se. But this doesnt make it less fun at all! There is a pre-built vet in Brindleton Bay (and a lot of new content by creators on the Gallery) to start with, simply save up your simoleons and purchase the lot and *voila* you are now a fully trained Veterinarian. Yep! Isn’t that the life? Treat illnesses such as “Blazing Tootsies”, “Derpy Doggy” and “Prismatic Poop Plague”! It is similar to the “Get to Work” Doctor career, in some ways — put the loved one on the Exam Table, Collect Information through examining the pet and then treat as required. Or you can put them through the surgery machine and give them the chop!

 

Bond with your Pets 

There are many ways that The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs cannot be compared to it’s predecessor (The Sims 3 Pets); such as the fact that this pack is strictly Cats and Dogs. No birds, no deer, no horses, turtles, snakes, UNICORNS. Only Cats and Dogs (and Raccoons and Foxes… which are just Cats and Dogs really.) But anyway…

In The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs, you can’t control your pet, or even check on their well being. This means we aren’t able to see their skill levels, their age, their relationships, etc. I know there was some scepticism, about this within the Sims Community, but I am loving it. It’s not like I can click on my cat at home and expect to see how bad she needs to pee! This also gives Cats and Dogs the freedom to be themselves, this can also mean that they will cause trouble when they are given the chance, just like in real life. Awww….. Of course there is a way you can “check” on your Cats and Dogs, and it’s by simply asking them “What’s Wrong” and they will basically tell you what they need, then and there. Simple!

 

I am really enjoying this pack so far, and I was very nervous to play the Vet career, mainly because I am a sook when it comes to going to the vet (yep… not my cats, me.) but I can say I am having a ball with it. When I first installed the expansion, I made my own kitties and the noises that were coming out of me were not human and not to mention the reaction that came from my real cats — they were watching the whole time. Cuteness Overload!

The new objects and lots are just amazing and I am having fun just playing this game again. You know they’ve got a winner Expansion Pack when it’s fun to play the game again. Oh, and I didn’t even mention the new Robot Vacuum which is just one of the 300 objects added to build and buy mode! Vacuum + Cat = YouTube Sensation!

The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion Pack is now available in stores or on EA Origin!

 

 

Alexandra Eve joined Resident Entertainment in 2016 as our Sims writer. She has always enjoyed the Sims series and as one of the biggest fans of the game, we think she is the best choice out there to cover The Sims. She has been playing video games since her father introduced her to the Commodore 64 in the early 90's. She enjoys retro games, family games, puzzle games, some role playing games and also, Simulation Games. Her favourite games include Pokemon, The Sims, Animal Crossing, Kirby and Lego Games.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber Review

Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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