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The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen is the latest stuff pack made available for players of The Sims 4 to purchase through Origin. Those who choose to purchase the pack will get quite a few items added to their base game related to the “Cool Kitchen” theme. In addition to the stuff you get out of this pack to add to your kitchens, there are also a few added hairstyles and clothing choices thrown in as well for the create a sim side of the game.

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The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Review

The developers of The Sims 4 have so far released quite a few stuff packs for players of the game to purchase in the recent months, as well as two game packs and one expansion pack, with even more packs to be released in the upcoming months. At first when these new additions started to emerge, I met them with great delight because who wouldn’t want more stuff in their game? But as is the case when you have too much of anything, one starts to wonder if it is still worth it to get more stuff just because it is available. Should you really go out and get this one?

So far the stuff packs have been quite well made and it’s difficult to criticize the earlier releases when looking back at the effectiveness of the use of their themes. When looking at Luxury Party stuff, we got stuff to use in a party room and quite a few party related clothes to wear. With Perfect Patio Stuff we got what we needed to create a patio and some clothes to go along with the theme. But something is a bit off with this stuff pack, we get quite a few items for our “cool kitchen” but the clothing items and hairstyles barely match the theme. While there are a few cooking related outfits for the males and females, there was not much else to suggest any of it was kitchen related. A “cool kitchen” stuff pack may have been a lot cooler if we had something like hair nets or chef hats. What about a mitten/glove for use when baking? It just doesn’t add up and really things could have been so much better on this side of the stuff pack.

The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff clothing and hairstyles – The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Review

Male clothing and hairstyles
Female clothing and hairstyles

In-game items and stuff – The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Review

The in-game items are directly focused around their idea of the “cool kitchen” theme and you get quite a lot of stuff to place in your kitchens with this pack. The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen stuff pack comes with an ice-cream machine which your sim can use to make ice-cream in their new kitchen and players can level up their sims skills in order to make more flavours of ice-cream which they can make when using the machine. When eating ice-cream players can choose to either eat out of a cone or out of a bowl as well as their choice of toppings to go with it.

The ice-cream machine | The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Review

The ice-cream machine | The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Review

When comparing this stuff pack to the amount of items in the recently released stuff packs, Cool Kitchen Stuff has just about the same amount of items as the others and neither impresses nor disappoints when it comes to quantity of items that you get. In the video posted below I take you through each of the items in this stuff pack and what you can expect to get out of it. For those looking to see the ice-cream machine gameplay only and not a full item overview, the ice-cream is towards the end.

The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Overview

Overall the items you get to play with are fairly familiar with a lot of the items just being newly designed objects already available in the base game. The ice-cream machine is a bit hit and miss, sure it does make ice-cream well and the animations of the sims when they are eating either from cone or from a bowl are great. However I do think that the size of the cone looks way too big and when sims are eating one, it just looks like they are holding a cup. But the worst thing of it all is that the container for the ice-cream to me just looks like a paint tin and I do not believe it is of great design at all.

Does anyone think this looks like a paint tin? | The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Review

Does anyone think this looks like a paint tin? | The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Review

In the pack you also get two styled rooms to play with which are for those who don’t enjoy building their own rooms in their homes. They give you a good idea of what the sims team suggests a “cool kitchen” might look like. I have no issues or critical points in favour or against these styled rooms.

Overall The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff is something that’s not necessarily giving out that “buy me right now” vibe. Sure if you do purchase it you get an ice-cream machine and you can sit down with your sims and watch them eat ice-cream and it comes with a variety of flavours that you can choose from once your sim is leveled up enough to be able to make them. But the other items that you get aren’t so impressive when compared to the kitchen items already in the base game and some of the clothes seem to be not related to the theme as well as they could have been. It’s nice to have more items, but with so many stuff packs already out there, this one just doesn’t seem as interesting or well put together and I do question buying this pack just for the ice-cream machine. The ice-cream machine is a good item, but it’s not in any way that great at all and I do not feel comfortable advising people to go out and buy this pack right now just to get it.

5 out of 10

 

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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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 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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