Cities: Skylines (Game Review)

The last time I played a city simulator was back in the Sim City 4 days. I never played the newer Sim City, purely because of the complaints it received. I will not be comparing the two due to this fact.

It’s actually been quite some time since I’ve been so hooked on a new sim game. I usually just stuck to the classics, like Sim City 4, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, or the original Zoo Tycoon. Cities: Skylines has changed that for the better. Not only does the game encompass all of the features of those “classics”, it also adds plenty of its own mechanics to enhance that experience.

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The game has many features expected of city sims: zoning, traffic, pollution, etc. On top of that, the game already has an active modding community. It is plenty fun standing on its own, but with the addition of mods, that experience is extended furthermore. I’ve already installed quite a few mods, including some maps and buildings as well as some mechanic-changing mods, such as one that automatically destroys abandoned buildings, which is quite annoying to do manually.

The biggest problem I have with the game would be the traffic aspect of the game, which I’m not very good at managing. I can do fine in every other department, but when it comes to traffic, I’m just no good. This is partly due to how traffic in the game works. It is a bit wonky, but I found some minor success by using lots of one-way roads and such. Although it does sound strange, the less traffic lights in your city, the better.

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I also found it very impressive that EVERYTHING in the game can be renamed. Every citizen, building, district, etc. The attention to detail with features like that really brings out the micromanaging beast within me.

I do have a few other complaints, however. For one, I’m under the impression that the game is simply too easy. Once I got around 30k citizens, money was never an issue. That and I feel as if the lategame is severely lacking in content. Sure there are “monuments” and such, but nothing really exciting enough to make me want to stay with a given city for too long. On the other hand, the modding component of the game allows modders to remedy these faults.

Overall, there’s really nothing to lose when picking up Cities: Skylines. It provides hours of fun and the modding component of the game just keeps that coming. Be warned though, once you start, it is hard to stop, something I learned myself one night morning at around 5am.

5- Highly k

Winter 2015 Anime Ranked

I made another one of these things because I don’t have a life.

Here’s the list for you text people:

44. Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 50
43. Sengoku Musou
42. Gundam: G no Reconguista
41. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!
40. Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll
39. Kamisama Hajimemashita◎
38. Akatsuki no Yona
37. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
36. Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
35. Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus
34. Rolling☆Girls
33. Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
32. Go! Princess Precure
31. Log Horizon 2nd Season
30. Military!
29. Isuca
28. Yuri Kuma Arashi
27. Nanatsu no Taizai
26. Seiken Tsukai no World Break
25. Junketsu no Maria
24. Tokyo Ghoul √A
23. Shirobako
22. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
21. Yoru no Yatterman
20. Shinmai Maou no Testament
19. Absolute Duo
18. Dog Days″
17. Durarara!!×2 Shou
16. Gundam Build Fighters Try
15. Koufuku Graffiti
14. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
13. Kantai Collection: KanColle
12. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
11. The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
10. Ace of Diamond
9. Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season
8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
7. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
6. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
5. Magic Kaito 1412
4. Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season
3. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
2. Death Parade
1. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

Weekly Update #3

I somehow find myself writing this up on a Wednesday.

I just redid my YouTube channel‘s avatar and channel art, and I have a few more things I’d like to implement. I’m going to be “revamping” the channel, you could say.

  • Removing the outro (it doesn’t serve any purpose anyways)
  • Upping my audio quality by way of a microphone mount (WIP)
  • Actually doing some editing to the videos in question, specifically jump cuts for boring segments.
  • Revamping the Cub Plays series
  • Changing my video title template
  • Playing a wider variety of games
  • Condensing CS:GO videos into a single game per video

I also got some other stuff going this past week.

Gaming:

  • Deranked to MG in CS:GO.
  • Just about conquered every girl in HuniePop.

Anime/Manga:

  • Caught up to the Blue Spring Ride manga. Gave it a 10/10 because I’m a sucker for Shoujo.
  • Started watching To Love-Ru, which I’m already enjoying quite a bit.
  • Started watching Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. It’s an alright series, nothing too spectacular. Although I’ve heard that the second season is the best.
  • Finished the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and I have a couple episodes left of the first season of Stardust Crusaders. The series manages to remain good throughout, which is always good.
  • Started watching Steins;Gate. I’ve finally caved and started one of r/anime’s favorite shows.
  • Finished watching Corpse Party. It was just a few OVAs, and although they weren’t entirely enjoyable, I still gave them a 6/10.
  • Nisekoi, the manga. Just as good as the anime it seems.

Maybe I’ll do something productive with my channel this week, who knows?

Weekly Update #2

Well, I’ve already failed to do this weekly, but then again, who really cares? Not me, at least.

I still haven’t gotten back into recording, or editing for that matter. I’d like to get myself another 4TB so I can record Final Fantasy XIII sometime soon, along with Assassin’s Creed Revelations (I am so behind…).

Gaming:

  • Went from Nova Master (Nova 4) to Master Guardian II in CS:GO. Slowly rising the ranks and on track to become a DMG before the end of the school year.
  • Played some Smash Bros. with a few friends for several hours the other day. That was fun.
  • Probably going to buy HuniePop today because why not? Eroge on Steam is always a good thing, I think.

Anime/Manga:

  • The winter season started and I am yet again watching all the anime this season, aside from a few sequels which I will be picking up as soon as I finish their corresponding prequels (Durararararara!, JoJo, Fafner, Dog Days…)
  • One Piece is just getting better and better as I progress at 2ep/day.
  • Gintama is nowhere near as good as I had expected it to be and I don’t find it all that entertaining to be honest.
  • Started watching Digimon Adventure, doing 2ep/day with that as well. Preparing for the sequel. So far, it’s rather entertaining. Oh, and I’m watching it dubbed.
  • Started and finished Lupin III, now onto the second part, 3ep/day in preparation for the new season. It is rather good for being made in the 70’s, reminds me of watching Scooby-Doo back in the day (the old Scooby-Doo, that is).
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012). Such an over-the-top show. Very entertaining and can’t wait to get to Stardust crusaders.
  • Saint Seiya. Another “classic”, but not that good in my opinion. The amount of blood in that show is really high for being a kids show.
  • I also started Fafner, the first season. I’m not that far into it, but I’m sure the studio behind it went into it trying to rip-off Evangelion.
  • Started reading Blue Spring Ride, which was one of my favorite anime from the Summer season. The manga is pretty good as well. I heard that it ends in February though.

I still need to make a new video for my “Approva” channel, but aside from that, I don’t have anything else to say. I have this week off of school, so I’ll probably finish up JoJo and Fafner.

Weekly Update #1

One of my new year’s resolutions was to start posting weekly updates on what I’ve been doing with my life. I’m going to try to post these on Sundays, but I was a bit late this week. We’ll see how long I can do this until I’m too burned out to post them anymore, which hopefully won’t be anytime soon, if at all.

What have I done this past week? Here’s a hint: nothing at all.

Random:

  • Start of the new year, with my first word spoken in 2015 being “no”
  • My Steam profile now has my latest computer specs and I will update that whenever something changes. So if you want to know, go there for the latest.

Gaming:

  • I originally planned to start a couple let’s plays this month, but with the new 60fps feature on YouTube, I want to strive to release 60fps videos. As such, I’m going to wait it out until I get myself a 4TB external just for raw footage, which I should get sometime next month.
  • I got back to Nova Master rank in CS:GO, after having been stuck at Nova 3 for some weeks.

Anime/Manga:

  • I got a couple more 3TB WD Reds, so I’ve been filling them up with more anime because why not?
  • Started watching Gintama. A new season was announced for the upcoming Spring anime season, so I figured I would watch three episodes a day in order to watch this new season on time. If I stick to the three a day rule, I’ll finish just in time, on March 31st.
  • Started watching One Piece. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and thought I’d incorporate it into my new year’s resolutions. Two episodes a day, including movies and such, and I’ll be caught up sometime in December.
  • Started watching Oreimo. It’s a pretty good show, but I wish it focused more on the romance aspect, if that exists. Still on the first season.
  • I finally managed to catch up with the Kissxsis manga, after having started it three or so months ago. Let’s just say that it is glorious and that Ako is still best girl.
  • Currently powering through the Kuroko’s Basketball manga. (Volume 7 right now)

And that’s that. I’ll be changing up the format of these as I go, but I hope this is fine for now. I’m also going to be working on another video for my Approva channel, either my “Top 50 anime ever” or “Top 50 anime of 2014″.

Fall 2014 Anime Ranked

So I opened a new channel, dedicated to anime. I thought I would separate my gaming and anime content, of which I have close to none.

For my first video, I chose to rank the fall 2014 anime, including leftovers. Anyways, here’s the video.

And here is the list in text form, from bottom to top:

  1. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
  2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
  3. Sword Art Online II
  4. Grisaia no Kajitsu
  5. Selector Spread WIXOSS
  6. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
  7. Amagi Brilliant Park
  8. Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season
  9. Magic Kaito 1412
  10. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
  11. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  12. Psycho-Pass 2
  13. Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu
  14. Gundam Build Fighters Try
  15. Yama no Susume 2
  16. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
  17. Shirobako
  18. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  19. Denki-Gai no Honya-san
  20. Nanatsu no Taizai
  21. Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
  22. Madan no ou to Vanadis
  23. Log Horizon 2nd Season
  24. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
  25. Akame ga Kill!
  26. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
  27. Girlfriend (Kari)
  28. Trinity Seven
  29. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
  30. Akatsuki no Yona
  31. Gugure! Kokkuri-san
  32. Terra Formars
  33. Orenchi no Furo Jijou
  34. Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girl
  35. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
  36. Kaitou Joker
  37. World Trigger
  38. Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
  39. Ai Tenchi Muyo!
  40. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
  41. Sora no Method
  42. Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 3
  43. Gundam: G no Reconguista
  44. Tribe Cool Crew
  45. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
  46. Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen
  47. Donten ni Warau

Should You Watch It? Fall 2014 Season

Since I’m yet again watching all the shows this Fall 2014 season, I thought I’d start doing a “Should You Watch It?” for each season I partake in. Totally did not steal this idea from r/anime.

The only show I’m not watching this season (excluding shows that are not available subbed or even raw) is Cardfight!! Vanguard G, because I have not watched the previous four seasons to the season.

Here’s the rankings that I will be using:

  • Drop it – Not worth watching.
  • Consider it – Consider watching it if you’re a fan of the genre or maybe when it is done airing.
  • Watch it – A show that I deem “good” and should be enjoyed by most anime viewers out there.
  • Must watch it – A show that is a “must watch” of the season.

Ai Tenchi Muyo!Consider it – This show airs everyday and is supposed to be a homage to the Tenchi series, which I’ve yet to watch. Coming from someone that has not seen the Tenchi series, this show isn’t that enjoyable, but it isn’t entirely bad. Not a fan of the recap episodes either.

Akatsuki no YonaConsider it – I’m not really a fan of shows set during whatever time period this may be, but it has enough drama to warrant a consideration.

Amagi Brilliant Park: Must watch it – Basically Roller coaster Tycoon the anime, which we’ve all wanted sometime in our life. Right?

Bonjour♪Koiaji Pâtisserie: Drop it – Coming from a fan of harems, this is one bad harem.

Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo: Watch it – A pretty cool mechs/dragons mashup with a bit of fanservice thrown into it. Also, the MC is awesome.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Watch it – A decent mystery story with a fantastic female lead, one of the best leads this season.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai KenWatch it – A hilarious short-form anime. Each episode is a 3 minute comedy skit.

Denki-gai no Honya-san: Watch it – The best comedy this season in one of the weirdest locations, a bookstore. Despite this, it still manages to keep me laughing.

Donten ni Warau: Drop it – A boring story with boring characters. Oh, and the setting is not the best either.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV)Watch it – It’s a Fate/stay night series. What more of a reason is required? In all seriousness, the animation budget on this guy is massive.

Garo: Honoo no KokuinDrop it – Although the show has some amazing CG, that alone can’t make up for the generic storyline.

Girlfriend (Kari)Watch it – Girls being girls. What I originally thought would be a gigantic harem actually turned out to be a girls making friends with other girls, which is just fine by me.

Grisaia no KajitsuMust watch it – Although many will flame this show for being a not-so-great adaptation of the VN. I for one, not having played the VN, thoroughly enjoy the show and its characters.

Gugure! Kokkuri-sanConsider it – A random and weird comedy show. All sorts of animal-human hybrids. It seems to be the Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun of this season.

Gundam Build Fighters Try: Consider it – Although this is set after the events of the original Gundam Build Fighters series, the characters and their stories are completely new and there isn’t much correlation between Try and the original series. I’d still recommend watching the first season beforehand, however.

Gundam: G no ReconguistaDrop it – Although I’ve never seen a legitimate Gundam series before, I know that this isn’t what it should be.

Hi☆sCoool! SeHa GirlsConsider it – Fan of the old SEGA? This anime seems to be a homage to that time with far too many references to count. It’s pretty entertaining for what it is.

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle: Watch it – More Chaika? Yes, more Chaika.

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka deConsider it – So Trigger made this anime about a ton of high school students who have super powers. It is okay.

Kaitou JokerDrop it – Go watch Magic Kaito instead of this.

Karen SenkiDrop it – The CG in this show is fantastic, but the show itself is terrible. So sad.

Kiseijuu: Sei no KakuritsuMust watch it – A very entertaining story with a certain likable character. Might end up being the best this season.

Log Horizon 2nd SeasonWatch it – It picks up where Log Horizon left off, and while it may not be as good as the original series, it still is pretty cool.

Madan no Ou to VanadisConsider it – A decent ecchi-romance story with a not-so-great art style. The setting isn’t all that great either.

Magic Kaito 1412Watch it – Very cool detective show about everyone’s favorite Detective Conan villain. Doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the Detective Conan series either.

Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd SeasonMust watch it – I don’t know what you’re doing with your life if you haven’t already started watching this.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Watch it – Fan of shounen? This is probably for you. It’s also getting the full 24-episode treatment, so it should turn out quite nice.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro OujiConsider it – Not really entertaining, but may be for some. Also known as “Abusive Relationships: The Anime”

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu: Must watch it – A fantastic series about a guy trying to save the world’s twintails from some weird bad guys. Also, gender bender.

Orenchi no Furo JijouConsider it – Not as great as the other short-form anime this season, but not enough to warrant a complete drop. It’s about a merman, if that interests you in the slightest.

Oshiri Kajiri Mushi 3Consider it – A ridiculous comedy about bugs biting butts. Only worth your consideration if you liked the first two seasons.

Psycho-Pass 2Must watch it – Even though it may not be as good as the first, it is the mystery show to watch this season.

Sanzoku no Musume RonjaDrop it – Don’t let the fact that Studio Ghibli being listed as a producer fool you. The show doesn’t have the charm of the studio and the show itself was animated by Polygon Pictures, the guys who did Knights of Sidonia. The CG is great, but the show is so not worth it.

Selector Spread WIXOSSMust watch it – The sequel to one of Spring’s best anime is finally here and it is epic. Please watch the original first, however.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoWatch it – A fantastic romance with a musical cover to it.

Shingeki no Bahamut: GenesisWatch it – A very well-done action series, even if it is based on a terrible card game.

ShirobakoWatch it – Actually quite educational. Shows the process of creating anime and how it ends up as we see it. Oh, and a bit of drama here and there.

Sora no MethodConsider it – Cute girls and a not-so-cute story. It seems very similar to Anohana, but nowhere near as good.

Terra Formars: Drop it – This show has too much censoring to be worth your time. Even uncensored, the story isn’t that great and it is rather slow paced for a series adapting a manga that’s 10 or so volumes up.

Tribe Cool CrewConsider it – If you’re into kids dancing and enjoying themselves, then give it a shot. If not, show it to your kids.

Trinity SevenDrop it – Despite all the good things I hear about the manga, this is nothing more than a harem wrapped up in a terrible story.

Ushinawareta Mirai wo MotometeWatch it – A fairly interesting drama that’s worth your time.

World TriggerConsider it - I don’t understand where all the hate towards this series comes from, as the series isn’t necessarily bad. Although it isn’t that great either, it would be kind of fun to marathon later on.

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande RoadMust watch it – The sequel to one of the best sports anime ever created. Continues the high-intensity cycling of the first season.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de AruDrop it – I don’t even know what’s going on here, but I know it is not good.

And there you have it. Complaints? I don’t wanna hear them. Also want to note that I don’t drop shows. Each and every one of these I will finish, even if it is the worst thing ever because I’m a masochist.

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