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Music Box Classics: Final Fantasy VII

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this digital album to review!

Final Fantasy games are known for their extraordinary music and my husband and I have had the pleasure of seeing multiple live symphonic performances of Nobuo Uematsu’s masterpieces. As a result, we own several compilations of Final Fantasy music and managed to get one of our daughters sick of it. Our other two kids love the music so they turned out alright.

Music Box Classics: Final Fantasy VII focuses on a title with many great songs and the music box treatment works well with these melodies. J-E-N-O-V-A is a little too fast paced to be included, but there are plenty of other great songs in this collection. There are lots of theme songs including the Aerith’s, Tifa’s, and the Chocobo song. Of course, the game’s title song is on this album as well.

I love the battle music in Final Fantasy VII and the Fighting song and One Winged Angel are both included. Another welcome addition is Cosmo Canyon though I have to say that I still prefer the version from the game’s soundtrack.

There are fourteen songs in total and they range from a minute and forty-seven seconds to six minutes and forty-one seconds. All of the tracks are great and I highly recommend this $7 digital album to all Final Fantasy VII fans. The songs are available in MP3 and lossless FLAC formats.

As for my daughter who is sick of Final Fantasy music, I have a plan. After she gets married and has a child, I will give it a stuffed animal or a music box with Aerith’s theme. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission, but I’m sure the kid(s) will love it.


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The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Volume 1 (A-M)

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Author: Brett Weiss
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Hardcover book
416 full-color pages
Over 350 games covered
MSRP: $42.99

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for sending us this book to review!

I was fortunate enough to grow up with video games and technology as it did. Being born in 1978 (and recently turning forty), I was fortunate enough to play the Atari 2600 long before I went to kindergarten, played tons of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) through elementary school, and got my Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in late jr. high or early high school (I don’t remember exactly when; it was early in the system’s launch, but I doubt it was year one).

I had gotten a PlayStation maybe a year after that released, and enjoyed it, but I always felt like the SNES was a perfect storm of available technology and maximum creativity that led to some of the best games of all time, and many remain timeless and revered to this day. (It also helped that I had more time to play games in high school rather than the busier early adulthood that occupied my time shortly after I got my PlayStation.) This book celebrates that generation of gaming by devoting one or two pages to each and every game in the SNES library. This volume covers every game in alphabetical order, starting with ‘3 Ninjas Kick Back’ and ending with ‘Musya: The Classic Japanese Tale of Horror’. Volume 2, when it is released in 2019, will cover game titles starting with N-Z.

The first few pages include a foreword, where the technical specifications of the SNES are discussed, as well as a brief summary of historical context about the system’s release. There is also a preface, where the author talks a bit about his history with gaming, and what led to him writing this book. All of the action starts on page ten.

Each page is in full color, with the title, publisher, developer, game type, and release year all notated at the top. Under that is the box art, a picture of the cartridge, and a general description and summary of the game. If it’s particularly good or bad, you might find some commentary there, too. Sometimes they will compare the game with its Sega Genesis counterpart, if there was one. There are also screenshots, and some titles may have promotional art or a picture of an ad as well.

Other than the general overview, each page also includes a ‘Notable Quotable’, which is typically an excerpt from a review, sometimes modern and sometimes classic, or a comment from a famous YouTuber, game developer, or industry veteran. Some games also feature one or more ‘Insider Insight’, which is a story of how that game impacted one of the many contributors. There are ninety people listed as contributors on pages 404-410. There are also brief articles about the console wars from the era, the historical and preservation value of emulation, and a bibliography.

Reading through this lovingly crafted archive, I was reminded both of the many great games that shaped my adolescence, but also the many that I remember looking at fondly but never having the chance to purchase for myself. I had a job in high school, so I worked for my games – but no kid can afford everything, so something always had to give. Thankfully, I often had great success scouring the used games at my old Blockbuster Video, which no doubt saved me a pretty penny in these early days before GameStop (and FuncoLand was the only used game store around).

A few notable games that I either owned or borrowed from friends which are covered here include:

ActRaiser
Breath of Fire
Chrono Trigger
Clay Fighter: Tournament Edition
Contra III: The Alien Wars (my cartridge is gone, but the SNES Classic delivers)
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf (borrowed from a friend)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest (spelled wrong in the book: it's supposed to be Diddy's Kong Quest!)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
Earthworm Jim (I have this and Earthworm Jim 2 on PC also!)
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
F-Zero (SNES Classic only)
Gradius III
Inindo: The Way of the Ninja (my cartridge is gone, and makes me very sad!)
Jurassic Park (actually haven’t played it, but apparently it’s quite excellent! Garage sale find)
King of the Monsters 2 (another garage sale find, haven’t played it yet)
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES Classic only)
Lagoon
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (I thought I had a copy of Lufia 1, but my memory must be hazy)
Mario Paint
Mega Man 7 (I played it on the GameCube collection)
Mega Man X (I played it on the SNES version, but ended up beating it on the rare PC version!)
Mortal Kombat (I think I played a friend’s copy)
Mortal Kombat III (I played the arcade version much more)

This book is an excellent retrospective, and reminded me of several games that I wanted to pick up when I was younger, but never had the chance, as well as some new ones I hadn’t heard of. Who knew that one of the better RPGs on the SNES had a name as wacky as Brain Lord? I had no idea the Michael Jordan video game was actually decent. Apparently the Disney games were all fantastic. Did you know that Blizzard Entertainment met the team that eventually became Blizzard North who created Diablo though their early work on SNES games? All of this, and much more, is lovingly detailed in The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Volume 1. If you are a collector, or simply love the SNES, then I highly recommend that you pick up this book ASAP. It may be pricey, but it’s worth every penny.

 


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The Ultimate RPG Backstory Guide

Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending us this book to review!

The Ultimate RPG Backstory Guide was written by James D’Amato and features 100 prompts to shape a Dungeons & Dragons player’s character as well as that character’s world. The prompts go deep into areas that most would never explore when creating a character or its world. The book has three parts: the first part is exploring the origins of the character, the second part is describing their experiences when they have been adventuring for years, and the third part is probing what they are like and what happens to them when they are powerful and famous.

When I was reading this book and filling out (the majority of) the prompts, I noticed that this book is clearly aimed for adults that don’t hold Christian values, as it explored deities that could possibly be in this world, and made several sexual references. I also noticed quite a few references to drunkenness, as a decent amount of the narratives involve alcohol in some way. For example, there is a propmt asking you to figure out your current predicament after waking up from a drinking session. Of course, being designed for creating a fantasy D&D world, there are also countless references to magic in some form or another. This was something I expected, just seeing the title.

As I worked through it, the RPG Guide provoked thought upon aspects of the character in the making that I never would have thought of. There is a section where the guide addresses things that your character brought but shouldn't have, and even a prompt to help you figure out details about their formal wear. There are also some prompts to determine some details of the world, which are clearly directed towards the game’s Game Master (or GM). The GM controls the game’s monsters and helps create and advance the story. These prompts explored many different things, like a wizard’s college. This prompt explored almost everything that could be explored, and it was really in-depth, as all of the other prompts were.

This book, all in all, is great for those who would like to create a D&D character and the world they live in. I enjoyed working through it, and I now have a really in-depth character who I would like to use in a D&D game that starts from scratch. If you enjoy Dungeons & Dragons and are looking for a guide to create a really in-depth character, then this book is for you!

-Kittycathead

 


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How Do Tottenham Stack Up Against Liverpool in FIFA 19?

How Do Tottenham Stack Up Against Liverpool in FIFA 19?

It was only the other week that unbeknown to Tottenham, defeat away at Watford was the first loss in a run of three straight games.

Up next to put Tottenham to the sword was high-flying Liverpool who still remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

A promise of goals galore was painted prior to the game and although that did not quite materialise, Liverpool did end up winning the game 2-1  

Both Spurs and Liverpool have a number of likenesses, for example, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Lilywhites manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoy playing attacking football, neither manager has won a trophy with their club and neither side has ever won the Premier League title despite being contenders.

As both sides are struggling to break their trophy drought, perhaps a title on FIFA 19 is a more realistic goal?

But which side are you better off selecting in order to give yourself the best chance of becoming FIFA 19 champion?

We compare some of the key battles on the pitch and assess who is better.

Harry Kane 89 Mohammed Salah 88

Despite winning the golden boot in the Premier League last season with 32 league goals, Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar finds himself slightly behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Kane himself netted 30 times in the league and for the fourth straight season comfortably netted over 20 league goals in a campaign.

Perhaps due to Salah’s positioning as more of a wide striker is the reason why Kane edges this one, however, there is almost nothing in it.

Hugo Lloris 88 Alisson 85

Your goalkeeper can make a major difference in FIFA as well as real life football and Tottenham edge this one as well.

Lloris has been a Spurs stalwart for a number of years and is the Lilywhites whilst Alisson despite a strong season for Roma last year, is still fresh in at Anfield.

A little less experienced as his counterpart works against Alisson in the FIFA rankings this year.

Dele Alli 84 Sadio Mane 85

Two attacking players of undeniable quality but it is Liverpool who edge one back here largely thanks to Mane’s attacking prowess and additional power.

Mane netted ten times in the Premier League last season which is a vital reason why the 26-year-old just edges this battle.

The rest

Aside from those key battles, it is quite an even affair across the rest of the park, however with Firmino and now Naby Kieta in the Liverpool ranks, it is the Reds who have the better forward line.

Tottenham make up for this somewhat with a stronger defence as Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander Arnold come in at 81 and 79 points respectively whilst Davison Sanchez and Kieran Tripper come in at 84 and 82 respectively.

The contest is close between the two, but the numbers are clear, for defence go for Spurs, for goals, go for Liverpool.

Now its over to you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Thank you Lucasfilm for sending us this Blu-ray to review!

Solo takes place before Star Wars IV: A New Hope. As the title suggests, it’s about the reluctant hero, Han Solo, and even shows how he gets his surname when he enlists in the Empire. Han and his girlfriend Qi’ra grew up on the streets in Corellia. Like many street kids, they are forced to steal and bring their loot to Lady Proxima in exchange for food, shelter, and their lives. In attempt to escape Corellia, Han makes it out and promises to come back for Qi’ra.

In order to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot and reuniting with Qi’ra, Han enlists with the Empire. Instead of flying, he’s put on the front lines where he meets some thieves who have infiltrated the Empire's army. Han has a nose for sniffing out trouble and likes to hang around fellow troublemakers. He also meets Chewbacca and the two become inseparable.

The Millennium Falcon's original owner, Lando Calrissian, is also introduced. Lando’s co-pilot is an independent and sassy droid named L3-37. She’s hilarious. Both Han and Lando are fond of gambling and one of them is a cheater. Like other Star Wars films, you can expect to find spaceship violence, blood, and death. There is some language (d*mn) and it’s implied that Han and Qi’ra have been intimate. Kissing is shown, but nothing else.

The Rebellion is in its infancy as the Empire is getting stronger and more hostile by the day. Something needs to be done about them and Han must choose his alliances carefully. I enjoyed this 135-minute film and recommend it for any Star Wars fan. It’s rated PG-13 and I agree with that rating.



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Secrets: Jonah and the Whale

Thank you Smithsonian Channel for sending us a screener to watch!

The Secrets TV series is in its fifth season and since we don’t watch much television around here, this is the first time I’ve watched an episode from it. This season premiere caught my attention, as I love watching archaeology reinstate what the Bible has written. Sadly, the title is a bit misleading as there isn’t much evidence or talk about the whale in this episode other than the possibility of it being merely “symbolic.”

The rest of the episode is pretty informative and interesting. On July 24th, 2014 in an attempt to cover up history, ISIS bombed what is believed by many to be Jonah’s tomb. Instead of erasing history, they exposed more of it! Under the tomb are many tunnels which are dangerous to explore due to possible bombs and collapsing. The tunnels are also prone to flooding so the chance to recover the many relics buried within is fleeting.

Inside of the tunnels are various inscriptions and ancient Assyrian Lamassu sculptures. The tomb is located in Mosul which was Nineveh 2,500 years ago. The archaeologists are convinced that Nineveh’s leader was Esarhaddon who claimed his throne by conspiring with his mother to kill his father. He definitely fits the bill of being an evil king and with Nineveh being Assyria’s capital, it would make sense that it was a sinful city. Though references to Esarhaddon are found within Jonah’s tomb, not everything adds up.

In II Kings 14, Jonah gives counsel to Jeroboam II who died in 742 BC. Esarhaddon died in 669 BC. While other sites claim to be Jonah’s resting place, this show assumes that the Bible is errant by the verbal transcription process that took over 250 years to complete instead of summarizing that this tomb may not actually be Jonah’s. Given Jonah’s disdain towards the Ninevites, I doubt he would want to be buried among them. There are many possibilities and explanations. I’ll leave the rest up to you if you wish to watch this episode and TV series.

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Music Box Classics: Castlevania

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this digital album to review!

The iconic Castlevania series made its debut in 1986 and I enjoyed playing the first three on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). While I didn’t own the first two games, I have played them at friends’ houses on several occasions. The game I’m the most familiar with is Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse of which there is one track, Beginning, on this album.

Six songs including the 11-second prologue are from the first game. Simon’s Quest has four songs devoted to it. Symphony of the Night has four songs and while they’re good, I didn’t recognize them since I haven’t played any Castlevania games since the NES era.

As the album title suggests, all fifteen tracks are in a lullaby music box style. Each of the songs are exceptionally done despite being a little slower paced than the originals. The longest song is nearly four minutes and most of the tracks are a couple of minutes in length. Many of them bring back good memories of playing this classic series. The soothing music is very relaxing, but I would recommend exercising some caution as they may be too relaxing to listen to when doing long driving stretches late at night! Having this album shuffled in with the rest of your music library is highly recommended though.

This album is ideal for any Castlevania fan who is familiar with the first few games. The asking price on Bandcamp is a reasonable $7. These songs would be great for conditioning a baby to appreciate awesome game music at a tender age. Additionally, these songs would go great in a crib mobile or perhaps a Build-A-Bear. I wish these albums were around when my kids were babies. I guess I can indoctrinate my future grandkids in the not-so-distant future.

 


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Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

 

Detroit: Become Human

I can’t lie. I’ve always loved the games that the Quantum Dream team has made. Their games are masterfully designed, both visually and aurally. The stories, even more so. This team has definitely made a name for themselves in the saturated industry of gaming and it’s a name that is often associated with some of the best choose-your-own-adventure games to have ever been released.

And I think you know where this review is already headed, but still, hear me out, read on and learn what I’ve got to say about this game. Despite what you’ve heard, it’s a fun game to play. Also, it forces us humans to take a good long look at how ugly we, and the things that we’re capable of, can get.

And well, gaming has definitely evolved.

On that note, let me start this review off with a question.

Have you ever killed an ant?

I can’t lie and neither can you. We all have. And well, most of the time we think nothing of it because we simply assume that ants (and insects in general) have no feelings.

Imagine calling an exterminator to deal with an ant infestation. We feel no remorse over being able to snuff out the lives of an entire colony, queen, soldier, and worker alike. The game shows a lot of social injustices towards the androids simply for the fact that they’re deemed machines and like the ants, emotionless.

What makes the imagery striking is that the androids look like real human beings and to witness bad things happen to humans is a horrible experience.

Detroit: Become Human forces players to take a long hard look at that. (Don’t worry, no spoilers from me). It’s set in the future where we, humans, have been able to create androids who are smarter and stronger than us humans, and they’ve been created to serve us.

The game lets you take control of three characters. Connor, the deviant hunter, Marcus, the deviant leader, and Kara, a deviant who can be symbolically interpreted as a machine searching for meaning in life.

And that’s exactly what the game wants you to think about. How we value life (even those of beings we feel have no emotion), how we find meaning in it, and how we act upon it.

The quick time events are fun, and this time, failure is more of a threat than previous games. That means that quick reaction times actually do matter now. This is an important change for the series because, in previous games, it felt more like a chore than a test of skill.

The fact that it’s very possible to kill off all three lead characters makes the game more thrilling and believable.

So, my verdict? Play the game. Cry some tears while you’re at it, because the game really knows how to cut deep at your heart and scoop it with a spoon. It makes you question so many things about morality, how we’re so dependent on technology, and life in general. This is an ambitious, yet properly executed video game. PLAY IT.

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Accell USB-C to 3 DisplayPort Multi-monitor Hub

Specifications (from Amazon listing):
|Supports DisplayPort MST (Multi-Stream Transport)
Supports source devices with Windows OS and have DisplayPort Alt Mode, such as HP EliteBook x360, HP ZBook, Dell XPS, MS Surface Book 2
Supports 4K on up to two displays; The third displays up to 1080p
Connects three independent displays to a single USB Type-C port
macOS does not support MST technology for expanded monitors; It will allow for mirroring
Compatible w/ Thunderbolt 3
Data bandwidth up to 5.4 Gbps per lane, 21.6 Gbps total
Can simultaneously display 2 Ultra HD resolution
Compliant to DisplayPort versions 1.2 and 1.1a, VESA DDM, HDCP 1.3
Advanced WideEye SerDes Technology capable of receiving data over a long range


Thank you Accell for sending us this device to review!

As I often live near the cutting edge as technology improves, I’ve had my eye on the USB Type-C interface for quite some time, long before you could buy devices with the ports. I was excited about it then – the promise of a truly universal port, that always plugs in properly, and can work with everything – has finally become reality. With that said, the ‘one port to rule them all’ is great, but it comes with tons of caveats that are important to be aware of, as I found out first hand.

I have four devices with USB-C ports, and two PCs with the interface. USB-C has several possible data lanes, and they vary from USB 2.0 and 3.0/3.1, to DisplayPort, to Thunderbolt, in that order of speed. Almost all support at least USB data transfer, so that part is easy. However, not all ports support DisplayPort, and especially not all ports support Thunderbolt.

DisplayPort is the protocol, along with HDMI (which is just a variation on the DVI standard) that all modern displays use now. This interface is very fast (faster than HDMI in most cases), and extremely flexible. The standard, in version 1.2, supports up to 17.28Gb/s of bandwidth, which supports 4K displays at 60Hz. It also supports the MST (Multi-Stream Transport) protocol, which allows cool devices like this one to exist, which you can use to connect multiple monitors to one DisplayPort connector, or even daisy-chain monitors, if your devices support that.

Thunderbolt is an extension beyond just DisplayPort; it has direct PCI-Express lanes in the connector, along with the more typical USB 3.1 and DisplayPort lanes. It’s a very powerful standard that enables use cases like external graphics cards and full-speed SSD drives. It used to use a DisplayPort connector when Apple was the only one using the standard, but now everyone has migrated to USB-C ports.

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Confused yet? If not, I’m impressed. There are even more USB-C alt modes that I haven’t even mentioned – power delivery modes, audio channels, the new VR connector standard, OTG modes, and more. I went through all of that, to say this: in order to use this adapter, your computer must have a port (not all are created equal) that supports DisplayPort alt mode or Thunderbolt. (The VR port might work, too.) No other ports will offer you the DisplayPort lanes needed to use this adapter.

I tried plugging it into several of my devices, with both expected and unexpected failures. The Nintendo Switch uses some variation of DisplayPort alt mode for the video out, but apparently it’s proprietary enough that this device does not work for it. My LG phone has a USB-C port, and when I plugged it in, it said "DisplayPort is not supported for display mirroring; please use MiraCast instead." Now my two other machines, my MSI GT62VR laptop, and my GPD Win 2, I had higher hopes for.

The MSI laptop has the PC’s only USB-C port right next to the DisplayPort and HDMI ports on this laptop. I thought for sure it would work, right? Wrong. That port is only wired for USB 3.1; it has no Thunderbolt or DisplayPort alt mode available. So that only leaves my GPD Win 2, which thankfully passes with flying colors.

The GPD Win 2, a super-tiny computer, has a single USB-C port for charging and other things, in this case DisplayPort as well. I have two 27” 1440p screens, and using the USB-C port and this adapter, they work perfectly. I wrote a review using that adapter and it never gave me any trouble at all. It has the same SoC (System on Chip) that the supported Microsoft Surface has, and it works just as well. The gotcha? You can’t charge the system while using it. Of course that makes sense; it’s not the adapter’s fault that the Win 2 uses the USB-C port for both charging and DisplayPort, but it is what it is. If only someone would make an adapter that injects charging into an existing USB-C device…

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the Accell USB-C to 3 DisplayPort Multi-monitor Hub. It does exactly what it says it’s supposed to do – and it works perfectly in my estimation. It’s not the fault of Accell that system support is so hit or miss. If you have a supported configuration, then I highly recommend you look at Accell’s products if you are looking for a similar multi-monitor adapter.


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We Are Alright

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Thank you Borys Nieśpielak for sending us this digital film to review!

Making a video game that’s fun and stands out from the crowd takes a lot of time and effort. Many indie games remain obscure and don’t get insanely popular like Mojang’s Minecraft. In fact, many game developers get discouraged and quit once their game releases and fizzles shortly afterward.

We Are Alright is a sixty-four minute documentary about Lichthund’s founders Bartek and Rafel and the preparations/launch of their first title, Lichtspeer. The audio is in Polish, but thankfully, it’s subtitled. The film begins five months from release day and continues on though the game’s launch on Steam and PS4.

Until the launch, there are several bugs and issues that need to get sorted in order to get Sony’s approval. Time and money are tight, as the composer is seen asking for his money and in order to break even the developers are hoping to sell 10,000 copies or 300 a month to make ends meet.

Lichtspeer has a lot going for it with some great looking merchandise and highly praised gameplay feedback at the PGA conference. Both of the developers quit their jobs to finish working on Lichtspeer, which has been in development for two-and-a-half years.

After many trials and tribulations, the launch date drew near and it was time to get influencers to check it out and spread the word. Sadly, many of them did not respond. Our site was too niche to be contacted but I can see the importance of launch day coverage after watching this film.

I won’t spoil the ending or divulge the sales numbers as I recommend checking out this film if you have any interest in developing games. It will give you some valuable insight into the struggles of game development and getting coverage for your title. If you don’t mind drinking and strong language, you can rent this film for $2.99 or own it digitally for $9.99 on Steam.

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How to Use Far Cry: Primal Trainer

Far Cry Primal

So, you want to be a cool guy in Far Cry: Primal, but don’t have enough time to make a rapid progress in the game? And you decided to use a game trainer to achieve so coveted success? Good choice! Now you need to download and install the magic program properly to start enjoying your favorite game.

Downloading the Trainer

Go to a reliable website and launch the download of Far Cry: Primal: Trainer +12 v1.3.3 {MrAntiFun}. Once the download is complete, you will need to unpack the new file that comes in a .zip format. To do it, use an unarchiver of your choice. We recommend using such reliable programs as WinZip or 7-Win.

  • You may be required to enter a password to start extracting the content of the downloaded file. Don’t worry, the website will provide you with the one.

Make sure to save the trainer to the same directory you uploaded your game to. Launch your trainer and start your game by pressing the “Run Game” button.

Keys to Control the Game via the Trainer

Congratulations! Now you can become invincible and super powerful in Far Cry: Primal. To do it, use the following keys:

Let’s start with H. By means of this magical key you will get unlimited lives in Far Cry: Primal.

Need more weapon? Not a problem. Hit 8 or F3 to get a super durable armor, unlimited quantities of firearms and ammunition.

Press 9 and bingo! I have unlimited endurance (stamina).

Need binoculars? F4 is at your service.

Too dark? Can’t see a thing? Press F5 to get a flashlight.

Tired of smart enemies that don’t let you feel a superhero? Turn on “stupid opponents” mode      by hitting N

Miss the “clever” guys. Bring them back by pressing the “M” key.

If you want to deprive your enemies of strength, press F10. Thus, you will turn on the “weak opponents” mode. One shot – and you will be able to kill 99 % of your foes. As for that 1 % wearing the durable armor, they can be rendered harmless by shooting in the limbs. 

If you find yourself surrounded by malicious enemies outnumbering you, don’t hesitate to press F6. The program will take you high up so that the soldiers cannot get you.

By F7 you can disable the previous option.

If your speed doesn’t satisfy you, you can always enable “Afterburner.” Hit F8 and will become as fast as the wind.

Want to get back to normal? Press F9 and the “Afterburner” option will be disabled.

If you want to experiment with different types of weapons available in Far Cry, you should choose the “With” option. To change weapons do the following:

  1. Press Z to activate the “Change Weapon” regime.
  2. Choose the desired weapon by means of your numeric keypad or simply by rolling your mouse.
  3. If you want to get back to the first slot of the selected weapon, press 1.

Want to soar up into the sky? Not a problem. You can enable a flying mode by hitting F1.

By F2 you can turn off this mode when you find it necessary.

Afterword

  • Please, keep in mind that your game trainer may be incompatible with your version of Far Cry, which means that you won’t be able to avail yourself of the described tricks. Still, there is no need to get upset. You can always continue searching for the appropriate game version and try using the trainer with it.

We sincerely hope that out tutorial helped you download and install a cool trainer for Far Cry: Primal. Now, when you have limitless opportunities at your disposal, we will be able to enjoy your gameplay even more!

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Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Thank you PBS for sending us this DVD to review!

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure contains two twenty-five minute cartoon episodes with only the first one being Halloween related. The first episode begins with Garfield being rudely awakened by Binky the Clown’s TV show. Surprisingly, Garfield joins him in doing a few jumping jacks before getting annoyed with him. As he shuts off the television he realizes that it’s Halloween and looks forward to collecting a lot of candy with Odie as his sidekick. The duo dress as pirates and even sail across town in hopes of getting more candy, but they find themselves in a haunted house on a deserted island instead.

The second episode isn’t Halloween themed but it does involve everyone dressing up for a pet talent show competition. Jon, Garfield, and Odie won a local talent contest that gave them $1000 and a chance to compete in Hollywood. The local competition was a pushover compared to what was waiting for them in Hollywood. In order to increase their chances of winning, Garfield devised a plan that would remove Jon from their group. Unfortunately, this plan involved destroying some of his personal property.

The luxurious Hollywood lifestyle made an impression on Jon, Garfield, and Odie. While Garfield embraced it, Jon didn’t want them to be overtaken by it. Jon’s advice to Garfield was very wise and he said, “No matter the outcome, they will still have each other.” I won’t spoil the results of the contest.

This DVD sells for $6.99 on Amazon and it’s worth picking up for Garfield fans. If you don’t like ghosts and celebrating Halloween, you may want to skip this DVD. The sound and visual quality isn’t the greatest, but my kids enjoyed these classic episodes regardless. The songs in the episodes are catchy and Garfield’s antics are funny as always.


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Reflections of God's Grace

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Reflections of God’s Grace is written by Michelle Hanna, and features 72 different devotions focusing on different topics of life. These devotions offer unique illustrations to make their point, and at the end of each one, there are assorted Scriptures to back up the message of the devotion. Each devotion is only a few pages long, but they provide deep, inspiring messages to bring God’s wisdom into your life and help Him influence your decisions each and every day.

The book as a whole is 179 pages long. While it generally focuses on making your relationship with God better, the devotions help to focus on various areas where your personal friendship with God can be improved upon. All of the sections are influenced by something that happened in the author’s personal life that struck her heart. For example, a section could be influenced by a song the author heard, an event that happened, or simply just a passage from the Bible.

Each devotion ends with a blessing and a wish that the author wants you to pray for in your daily life as you grow with your relationship with the Lord. After this blessing, the aforementioned Scripture is there to back up the passage. Usually there are four to nine pieces of Scripture after the original message of the devotion.

If you’re looking for something to help you expand your friendship with God, this is the book for you. Containing Scripture to back up each of its messages, it is biblically based and contains unique illustrations of Scriptural concepts that will help you grasp what each devotion is trying to tell you. Again, if you’re looking for something to help you get closer to the Lord, then this book would be a good one to add to your collection.

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Playing with Elsa is fun

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In 2013, Walt Disney Animation produced a computer-animated film named frozen, the main character of the film is a runaway princess famous for her icy powers who lives far away and no one knows but due to her powers frozen winters prevail in the kingdom forever, her younger sister Elsa sets off on an adventure to find her sister and bring back her sisters and summers in her kingdom. In 2013, Walt Disney Animation produced a computer-animated film named frozen, the main character of the film is a runaway princess famous for her icy powers who lives far away and no one knows but due to her powers frozen winters prevail in the kingdom forever, her younger sister Elsa sets off on an adventure to find her sister and bring back her sisters and summers in her kingdom. Most famous character, Elsa, mostly called frozen is popular among young kids especially girls all around the globe. They want Elsa on every possession of theirs. Elsa on book covers jewelery, toys, accessories, furniture, walls, bags and literally everywhere. Elsa on book covers jewelery, toys, accessories, furniture, walls, bags and literally everywhere.

Games of Elsa

Elsa games is the anchor where you will find the games of frozen featuring Elsa, Anna, the funny snowman and some characters from various other movies like the popular Jack Frost from The Guardians, Rapunzel, and Picacho from Pokémon and many others. These games are literally so many and offer a huge variety of options. Subjects include makeup, dress up, cooking, spa, fashion, romance, wedding, parties, competitions, puzzles, adventure and much more. You can plan marriages, be a beauty artist, decorate, cook, compete, prep, give a manicure and a Pedicure, plan weddings, parties and balls, make hairstyles, do makeup , decorate cakes, cook delicious foods , solve puzzles and mysteries , go on adventures, enjoy spas and all those fun things a girl can dream of.

All these games come along a short description of the plot of the game and directions on how to play it. It provides an easy and user-friendly interface which is very helpful for gamers especially young children.

Features of these games
most prominent features of these games are:

1. Colorful

All these games come along a short description of the plot of the game and directions on how to play it.

All the games found here are developed using bright and sharp colors which are eye-catching and pretty to look at especially bright pink is used to attract young children.

2. Musical
another prominent feature us the music used in games. It is fast and fun to listen with many appealing sound effects.

3. Joyful 
Colors and music make it a joyful experience, animation, and creative graphics take the experience to a new level.

4. Easy and Fun to play
these games are so designed that they are fairly easy to play which makes them so much fun.

5. For all ages
Though Elsa is a cartoon character for kids but its games related to romance and event planning can be played by young adults and the elderly as well, obviously for fun and be young again.

6. Varying characters
Variety of characters makes it even more interesting to spend time on.

7. Interesting stories
there is a spellbinding story in each game which makes it even more enthralling to play. For instance, in one story Elsa has to get ready for a ball but meets an accident; gamers have to help her get ready in time and overcome the mishap.

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Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Fourth Season

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Star Wars Rebels takes place fourteen years after Revenge of the Sith and tells the story of the origin of the Rebellion as the Empire slowly takes control of the galaxy. This series is in its fourth season and it has already been announced that it will be its last. This Blu-ray set contains two discs and 353 minutes of entertainment. In total, there are fifteen episodes and some exclusive extras.

The fourth season begins with Sabine Wren, a Mandelorean trying to rescue her father who is a captive of the Empire. She has the help of Ezra Bridger, a Jedi, and his Jedi Master Kanan Jarrus. The Mandeloreans wear Boba Fett style armor which has significant sentimental value as well as defensive properties. The armor is passed down for generations and is being targeted by a prototype weapon being used by the Empire. Despite the risk of being incinerated, the Mandeloreans continue to wear the armor regardless.

While the Rebels have a common enemy, they are not unified by much else other than bravery. The main characters tend to go above and beyond what’s required of them. For example, instead of stealing just the flight recorder from the latest Tie Fighter Prototype, Sabrine steals the whole ship! Different Rebel parties have different tactics and they often conflict with one another and usually complicate the missions further.

There is plenty of humor and a little bit of romance. Kanan has difficulty trying to kiss his alien girlfriend, Hera Syndulla, without getting interrupted. Other than kissing, you can expect to find epic lightsaber and spaceship battles. No blood is shown, only destruction.

The characters are likeable and each of the twenty-five minute episodes kept the interest of my son, daughter, and me. If you’ve enjoyed the previous seasons, then you should definitely check out this finale.


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Big Hero 6: The Series: Back in Action!

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Judging by how many times it's been watched, Big Hero 6 is hands down my kids’ favorite Disney movie to date. Although Big Hero 6: The Series: Back in Action! has a little bit of a recap in the first episode, I still strongly recommend watching the movie before embarking on this series. The main characters are still present including Hiro Hamada, the younger brother of the deceased renowned science student, Tadashi Hamada. Hiro is a newly registered student at his brother’s school, San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Although younger than them, Hiro quickly becomes buddies with his brother’s friends who happen to do super hero work on the side.

Fred is the founder of Big Hero 6 and lives in a huge mansion. Fred’s father was also a superhero and is played by none other than comic book legend Stan Lee. Honey Lemon has a unique purse that can produce helpful beads with different abilities. In one episode her purse gets stolen by a villain and becomes quite a formidable threat. GoGo is pretty fast and good with razer blades. Wasabi is a big guy who uses some powerful laser slicers when he’s going through an adrenaline rush.

Baymax is Tadashi’s unfinished loveable medical robot who will assist anyone in need, friend or foe, if they simply say “ouch!” Baymax’s helpfulness and honesty often leads to some funny moments in this 175 minute DVD. There are seven episodes and some shorts that are bound to bring out some laughter.

I like how the episodes deal with the problems and consequences of lying, stealing, and procrastinating. There is also a message of hope and not giving up on people. If you don’t mind some cartoon violence and poor decisions that teach good life lessons, this DVD is a wonderful addition to any Big Hero 6 fan’s library. My only complaint is that it’s not available in Blu-Ray format. The 2D art style wouldn’t look much different though. This collection can be yours for less than $10 on Amazon.


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Guitar Collections Final Fantasy IV

Thank you Scarlet Moon Records for sending us this digital album to review!

Of all the Final Fantasy games I’ve played, IV and VI have the most memorable music and stories though there are some other runner-ups in the series as well. Nobuo Uematsu is a talented composer and my husband and I have had the privilege of seeing him in person and conducting a live orchestra performing many of his masterpieces. We have also seen live performances of string quartets playing his works too. I’ll also confess to owning every CD from the Black Mages and Earthbound Papas. I also have the overclocked remixes from Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI (hands down better than IV).

Upon hearing about the Guitar Collections Final Fantasy IV album, I was hoping for a chance to check it out and I’m glad that we were able to do so. William Carlos Reyes from The OneUps does an exceptional job playing the classical guitar and does these songs proud with his performance. I’ve only been playing the guitar for a couple of years and it will be a while before I can consider myself worthy of attempting any of these songs.

In total, there are twelve tracks and my favorites from Final Fantasy IV made the cut. The Theme of Love and iconic Fight Song are both done beautifully. Of course, Rydia’s song and the main theme are present too. If you enjoy the town music, you’ll be happy to know that it’s on this album as well. The final track is an original piece titled The Crystals which is inspired by Final Fantasy IV.

This album sells for $8.99 on Amazon and $10 on Bandcamp and it’s worth picking up if you enjoy Final Fantasy IV and its music. They’re planning on making a Guitar Collections Final Fantasy series and I’m definitely looking forward to future releases.

 


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Reducing Your Cancer Risk (A Holistic Approach)

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Carl O Helvie is currently eighty-five years old and a forty-three year lung cancer survivor. When Carl was diagnosed, he was only given six months to live. He has incorporated many holistic lifestyle changes and techniques and has shared them in this 152-page book. Not only is the advice for quitting smoking mentioned but steps of how to do so successfully are also shared. Along with Carl’s advice and sixty years of nurse practitioner experience, several interviews with doctors, and case studies are also provided. Although I normally prefer hard copies of books, because of the amount of links to interviews, products, and websites, I would recommend the digital format which is nearly half the price of the paperback edition.

As new case studies come out, the author plans on revising the book and the digital version is easier to update than the physical copies. Hopefully, future revisions will fix a couple of the typos I spotted. Aside from the typos and drawn out doctor bios, this book is easy to read, informative, and hard to put down.

Most of the advice I was aware of such as avoiding sugar substitutes, pesticides and GMO enhanced produce. Avoiding excess minerals like fluoride requires some changes like switching to a toothpaste without it. I like how this book recommends several brands and where to purchase them. Avoiding EMF waves is trickier since I doubt my family will be up for disabling the WiFi at night. When possible the claims are backed up by case studies and interviews with physician specialists. There is some safety lingo stating that this book is not meant to be used in lieu of visiting a doctor and so on.

One bit of advice was a bit contradictory. It’s well known that fish, especially larger ones contain a lot of mercury. It makes sense to avoid eating too much salmon yet the book recommends eating it twice a week in another section.

I like how faith, serving others, prayer and meditation are all recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Many faiths are represented and there are quotes from the Dali Lama and President Monson from the church of Latter Day Saints. Many Bible verses are referenced in the prayer section so I was happy to see those there.

Overall, Reducing Your Cancer Risk (A Holistic Approach) has some great advice and lots of information and web links to check out. Reading the interviews takes more work in the physical format, but it’s not impossible. Most of the information can be found at the author’s website: www.HolisticCancerFoundation.com.

 


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Utopia 360 VR Headset: Features, Specs, and Price

Utopia 360 VR
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Nowadays, VR has become a popular trend in the tech world. There are more and more advanced VR headsets on the market. However, it is hard to pick just one. Some of them come with amazing features and specs, while others have a very affordable price. Also, you need to take into consideration the requirements of every headset before you choose the right one for you.

In this article, we are going to present you the most important things you should know about this VR headset. However, if you need more information about Utopia 360 VR features, you can check out an in-depth review on Top Best VR. Now, let’s see which are the main specs of this device.

Utopia 360 VR Specs and Features

As you probably know, there are different types of VR headsets. Some of them work with Xbox, PlayStation or a PC. However, there are also some VR headsets that work with smartphones, like Utopia 360 VR. This is a smartphone-based VR headset that is depended on the platform.

One of the best things about this device is that it comes with a 360-degree field of view. It has an Android platform so it doesn’t work with iOS smartphones. Unfortunately, this is not a professional headset like Oculus Rift or PSVR. Despite this fact, it comes with great features and specs for its small price.

The best feature is that it supports AR apps, unlike most headsets in its class. On the other hand, it doesn’t support a lot of new games and apps. Despite this fact, you can play a lot of VR games and AR apps on this device. Many users mentioned that it offers the real VR experience and it only comes with some minor inconveniences.

Utopia 360 VR Requirements and Design

Unfortunately, like any other device, this VR headset comes with some problems. The main issue is the resolution of this headset. It is not quite clear which smartphones fit in the front dock of the device. Also, the resolution is given by the resolution of the smartphone so you can’t know for sure which is the resolution of this headset.

When it comes to its design, the VR headset comes with simple, basic design that makes it easier to use. If you tried another VR headset before, the Utopia 360 will seem easy to set up and use. However, there is a minor issue with its design. Some users complained the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 devices don’t fit the first few times they tried it. However, after a few uses, the phones seem to fit just right. This could mean that this headset loosens up which is a design flaw.

Utopia 360 User Experience and Price

One of the best things about this device is that it is easy to use. The setup process is simple. You just need to select the game or app you want to use and put the device on the front dock of the VR headset. After that, you can enjoy the full VR experience. However, you need to select the app before putting the device in the dock because it is uncomfortable to preview games and apps while having the headset on.

Despite this, most users mentioned that this device works just as it advertised. This is great considering that most devices don’t always work as they advertised. The main problem with this headset is the smartphone requirements. Due to the fact that the manufacturer is not quite clear about the size of the smartphone and the resolution, you might not be able to use the headset with your smartphone.

However, you need to take into consideration the great price of the device. Utopia 360 VR headset costs only $39.99. It is hard to come with more features and better specs and still manage to beat the price of this headset. This VR headset is best for those who want to experience the VR world without spending a lot of money. However, if money is not a problem and you want a device with better specs which can be used with your PC, you should opt for Oculus Rift. 

These are the most important things you should know about Utopia 360 VR headset. This device is a great one for beginners to the VR world because it is simple to use and it comes at an affordable price. The 360-degree field of view makes this headset stand out of the crowd.

 

 

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String Player Gamer: Rebirth

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this digital album to review!

Ever since String Player Gamer’s rendition of Undertale’s music, I’ve been a fan of his work. The Rebirth album has a wide variety of songs, instruments, and source material. Not all of the songs are based off of video games either. Light of the Seven from Game of Thrones makes an appearance. There are some songs from the movies Wonder Woman and Star Wars: A New Hope too. Other than those few songs, the rest of the tracks are from classic video games from the past couple of decades.

In total, there are thirty-two tracks and they are all exceptionally done. Most of them are instrumental though there are some with vocals like Pokémon’s Magikarp Song and the Song of Mana from Legend of Mana. There’s even an acapella version of Star War’s throne room song. Along with the instrument playing, the vocals are fantastic.

There’s a lot of Nintendo representation with songs from Kirby's Dream Land, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Land, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. There are quite a few Pokémon songs including battle and town music. Chrono Cross has a couple of songs in this album. Retro gamers will enjoy tracks from Mega Man 3, Street Fighter II, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Tetris Reggae. Some other songs come from games like Animal Crossing, Assassin’s Creed II, and Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I was happy to see some Final Fantasy (XV) representation on this album too.

In the end, this album has something for every gamer and fans of superhero and Star Wars movies. The price is a reasonable $12.99 and you can listen to it before buying it on Bandcamp and other digital resellers. While it is available digitally on Amazon, it’s a little more expensive there.


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