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Why my Fiancé Loves Animal Crossing.

What is it about this game that has everyone hooked? A 3rd party perspective.

On March 20 my fiancé was eager to get started with Animal Crossing. In fact soooo many people were but why? I had only heard of it because of this release as if the previous version on the Wii was some stellar experience that needed an update.

But, I did what any fiancé would do and facilitated the purchase of both a Switch Lite and the game. Little did I know the world I just bought a ticket to.

Image courtesy of Nintendo

She’s never really played games that much. We would play Skyrim side by side at the start of our relationship and Destiny online together. She played Assassins Creed: Origins because of her love for Egypt but nothing since.

My expectations were pretty low, I thought a few days, maybe a week and she would be over it. How wrong was I, 220 hours later?

No longer was I the main male in her life. Tom fucking Nook had taken over like some weird sugar daddy. Was I complaining? Actually, no (despite the profanity earlier). I could get on with almost anything.

Animal Crossing has tasked her with finding mostly lovable pet like ‘villagers’ homes on the best island possible. Mr Nook finances it and you repay interest free.

To decorate your island you need to find items and crafting ‘recipes’. These are mostly random because ‘how do they have so many things?!’ There is a shop so a lot can be bought.

‘Not what my island looks like now’ – Fiancé 12/05/20

You make money by collecting just about anything and selling it back to the island. Some things are worth more and the quickest way to get rich is to sell Turnips.

BUT you don’t just sell turnips. Oh no no no. Any ol’ amateur can sell a turnip, but on your island you are the Wolf of Animal Crossing and will conquer the turnip stock exchange. You will bathe in turnip funded riches.

For some however your island is not good enough to be rich so you must explore. Your friends may have good stocks (turnips), maybe a social media follower or even a stranger from the internet. Animal Crossing lets you explore other peoples islands, which is pretty cool.

Going to another Island instantly makes you a exterior and interior designer with years of experience, casting your opinion on others hard gamer hours. Its like going to use someone’s homework and commenting on their handwriting. Everyone’s island is different so you could do this all day. ‘Oooh I like that’, ‘I haven’t got that item’ and ‘there’s too many flowers’ are some of the things you’ll here.

If being a crafty stock market dealer isn’t your thing, maybe you could try tarantulas? fish? fruit? There are so many ways. Tarantulas maybe the most rage inducing as you try to master the run, swivel & catch technique (or set up a trap). However just like any other game, various profanities are shouted if that spider nabs you on the knee.

Size does matter.

She’s at the point where villager choice is a thing, It seems that villagers pose you with a choice should they stay or should they go. The right answer depends on your affection for a villager. Nothing would make you happier seeing a villager wear a gift of clothing (this must be a rare chance they appreciate the free rent, food, clothes and friends) but some can rightfully fuck off because I want space for Raymond.

Villagers are like some weird and quite literal Farm Market with a whole host to select from and purchase in the form of Amiibo’s (or from other peoples islands). This absolutely impacts your island life as no one wants to talk to Isabelle everyday.

However all of this cannot be achieved in mere normal people time so what you gonna do? Become a god damn Doctor Who that’s what. Time travel is real and its a moral choice. Some do, some don’t, but who wants to wait till tomorrow, right? Some things like buying clothes, art or special vendors are on a daily refresh by Nintendo so you’re only half a Time Lord really.

All in all, I have so much respect for this game and its simple concept. I’ll never play but I’m glad she does. Her ups, downs and investment are what a good video game is all about. Cheers Tom.

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Marvels SpiderMan PS4

Swinging in with the review of Sony’s entry into the Spider-Man universe on PS4.

I haven’t played a proper Spider-Man game since Spiderman 2 on Playstation becuase, well that is the last relevant one worth playing.

But, after neglecting it for so long, I checked out the PS4 entry. A long line of single player entries have come before it on Playstion (God of War, Last of Us, Uncharted just to name a few). So I was eager to see what this game had in store.

I just want to start with how glorious this game is to look at. In general quality flows throughout this game. Almost every aspect is at a high quality of production and is seamless.

Most of my time was spent swinging around, taking in Manhattan Island. The only time i’ve spent as much time exploring in a video game was Assassins Creed Odyssey.

“…every aspect is at a high quality”

The voice acting for characters is stellar, the collectables are interesting and the combat is super fun in a arcade style kinda way.

After I visited all of Manhattan, on the closest thing i’ll have to a holiday during this Pandemic, I thought, best start playing this game. Probably the greatest compliment I can give the creative team.

I will admit, I was expecting an all out Spider-Man adventure. I had just taken down Fisk to leave a criminal size hole in New York.

And, well, the brakes were truly put on. I started to collect your typical ‘open world’ collectables, earn experience and skill points (everything you expect from an open world rpg). I was saddened that each collectable told me abit about what Spidey had already done before I got there. I had already taken down Rhino, Electro, Scorpion etc.

The story centers around a New York being taken over by a ‘Demon’ gang hell bent on letting loose a bio weapon made at Oscorp. In the meantime Peter is juggling helping Otto and getting back MJ. Every Spider-Man thing you would expect shoved onto a disc or digital downlaod (preference right?).

Mister Negative – Main Villian

“Insomniac definitely left it late but got it right.”

The story is unbalanced as I found out when I eventually got to the final 25%. This part, my god, it fucking killed it. Insomniac definitely left it late but got it right. I, however, had kind of got to a ‘is this finished yet’ feeling.

Combat had started to get tedious (gadgets, skills and suits keep it fresh until about the 75% mark). The story and villian (as shown above) were not that interesting until this stage and I had constantly cleared the map.

If the final 25% made up more of the game I would say this is a top 3 Playstation exclusive but alas Spider is still trying to figure out how to crawl past Ellie, Joel, Nathan and Kratos.

Better than the movies/ 10.

Photo Mode featuring a little Marvel magic
A taste of the late game

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So, What is This?

Really it’s just an open conversation about anything media related. I’m and all ears. Not literally, we’ll leave that to the special effects artists.

I’m a massive fan of films, video game, TV and anything associated really. My struggle has always been a place to communicate that.

It’s so easy to talk and talk and talk (you get the point) about these things and our opinions are passionate. Good thing is that’s exactly what I wanna discuss for, like, well, ever.

What to Expect

Films. I love films and spend half my money on subscriptions and the cinema. So plenty to discuss. Generally stick to the big releases but I’m open to watching anything.

Video Games. If I’m not watching a film it’s likely I’m in front of a monitor playing a game. What’s not to like.

Television. I watch series a lot. I stick to what I like and that’s fictional. But. But I will check out anything that takes my fancy.

Anything else. Probably a few books or something that’s woah. Dunno what that is but only one way to find out.

“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.” – Martin Scorsese