Video Game Review: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Details: Originally released in 2008 for various mobile systems and was subsequently released for the PC. I played the 3D version. I purchased this game for the PC through Steam in a bundle along with Final Fantasy IV for around $11.50. I spent about fifty-one hours playing through this game.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a sequel to the beloved Final Fantasy IV (also known as Final Fantasy II in the United States), much like Final Fantasy X-2 was to Final Fantasy X. The version I played was the 3D remake of the original 2D version. While I enjoyed the game, there is no reason to play this game if you haven’t played and loved Final Fantasy IV.

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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy IV

Details: This is the remake of the game originally released in 1991 for the SNES and known in America as Final Fantasy II. They remade the game in 3D into this game for the Nintendo DS in around 2008. It was subsequently released for iOS and Android, then for Windows and PC. I purchased the PC version through Steam in a bundle with Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for a total of around $11.50. It spent about forty-one hours playing through the game.

Final Fantasy II (or Final Fantasy IV as it was known in Japan) was a game that had a big impact on me. I first saw my older cousins playing it, which, as a child, caused me to want to play it as well. So I did and enjoyed it very much. It was one of the first video games I ever played. Fast forward a couple of decades and I nostalgically wanted to play it again. Unfortunately, the game has visually not held up very well and it only took me a couple of minutes before I decided I couldn’t play a game that looked this old. Luckily, Final Fantasy II (now IV) was remade from 2D sprites to 3D models and subsequently ported onto Windows. It’s this version that I’ve played and it was a lot of fun walking down memory lane again, albeit with better visuals.

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Restaurant Review: Tacombi

Details: Located at 267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012. The official site is http://tacombi.com/

Tacombi is another beer and taco place near in Manhattan. Like most taco place in Manhattan, the tacos are small and unsatisfying. Most tacos are somewhere from three to ten dollars. They have all the classic taco types.

I had the carnitas (around three dollars), Baja fish tacos (around six dollars), and a Horchatta (around four dollars). It was fine.

The biggest reason to come here is that the environment is comfortable and casual. Service was also really nice.

Overall, it was okay.

Score: 6/10

Video Game Review: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition

Details: Originally released in 2012. I purchased the Game of the Year Edition (doesn’t include all DLC) on Steam for PC for $8.80. I then purchased all five Headhunter DLC’s (all extra story content are in the Game of the Year Edition and the Headhunter DLC’s) for around $4.50 and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack 2 for another $2.50. In total, that’s about $16.00. I spent about seventy-five hours playing through the game.

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings on Borderlands 2. Sometimes, the game is really fun. More times than necessary though, this game is freaking boring. So much so that I’m not sure I’m going to ever play a Borderlands game again. I haven’t played Borderlands 1 or the Pre-Sequel and I know there’s no Borderlands 3, but that’s probably in the pipeline.

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Movie Review: Baby Driver

Details: Released in 2017. A little under two hours long. Stars Ansel ElgortJon BernthalJon Hamm. Written and directed by Edgar Wright.

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of this movie. Which is surprising given just how many big names are in the cast. The title sounds like the name of an Adam Sandler comedy. Anyways, when the film was released, a wave of reviews came out and this movie is seemingly one of the best reviewed films of the year. Without knowing much about what this film was about, I decided to give this film a watch and found a highly stylized film that I greatly enjoyed.

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Comic Book Review: Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting

Details: Published in 2017 by DC Comics. Official sites: http://www.dccomics.com/comics/dark-matter-2017/dark-days-the-casting-1 http://www.dccomics.com/comics/dark-matter-2017/dark-days-the-forge-1

DC Comics is gearing up for their next big event and these two issues act as a preview to what’s ahead. I wasn’t really sure what this was going to be about, but after reading these two books I am hyped and definitely going to read what comes next.

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Restaurant Review: Hide-Chan Ramen

Details: Located at 248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022. The official site is http://www.hidechanramen.nyc/

Hide-Chan is located directly upstairs from Totto Ramen. I don’t know if they compete or cooperate, but it is an interesting location for two businesses that do the same thing.

I came here for lunch during a weekday. I ordered the classic ramen which came with two slices of pork with noodles (you get to choose the firmness and whether you want straight or curvy noodles) and broth for ten dollars. I don’t know what their happy hour policy is, but they gave me a free extra topping, of which I got the soft-boiled egg. I also got an extra order of noodles for two dollars.

Overall, everything was good. Service was fine. Noodles were fine. Since I just had Totto Ramen recently, I can say that Totto was a little better, but not by much. Hide-Chan Ramen or Totto Ramen, both are solid ramen options. Also, for ten dollars, it’s a pretty good deal.

Score: 7/10