Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD PS4

Hi everyone :)

I've loved the Final Fantasy series for as long as I can remember. The first game I ever played from the series was Final Fantasy 7 ... anyone who loves the series will probably tell you that 7 is the best! They are actually doing a remake for the PS4 but there is no release date just yet - but I am super excited and I've pre-ordered it already - but anyway this post is not about Final Fantasy 7 - it's about Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The game released on PS4 around 20th March of this year. I bought just after the release date.

The first major difference to many other Final Fantasy games is that it utilises a real-time battle system. For those who don't know what means - is that the battle is live and on-going to compare it to another battle type - would be turn-based (meaning - I take a turn, then they take a turn, then back to me and so on).

I actually prefer the turn-based battle system ... that is just my preference but real-time battle do have their advantages and are lots quicker. Final Fantasy 10 my second favourite in the series was turn-based however I also really enjoyed Final Fantasy 13 and that was real-time.

In this Final Fantasy the player controls a team of 14 students called Class Zero. The world in this series is called Orience. The world map is scaled down to make travelling easier - this can be achieved by walking, by Chocobo, or the airship (when you get it). The game is split into missions and there are also free periods so you can wander around and do other things.

For missions you can choose 3 of the 14 students. One is controlled by the player and the other two by the game's artificial intelligence. The other students are kept in reserve incase you get one of party killed. Similar to other games in the series once a enemy has been defeated the player earns experience points to help them level the students. They also receive Phantoma which is used to upgrade the characters magic skills. Similar to Final Fantasy 13 the students also have access to Eidolons (or aeons if you played FF10) - there are lots of different names for them (the players health suffers when you call on them for help though).

I do like to be honest with my reviews so I played this for a few hours and didn't really like the storyline. It actually reminded me of another game I played on the PS2. It's probably one of the only Final Fantasy games I've had a negative thing to say about.

It's hard to describe when typing it but when I played Final Fantasy 10 and 13 ... I didn't want to eat or sleep or go to work - I just wanted to play it - with this game - I played it and thought 'meh, I'll come back to it' - I haven't yet and that was a couple of months ago and since then a Destiny update and Division came out which I've played lots more of.

Let us also remember that I get bored easy  - I haven't actually completed Division yet and I'm gone and bought Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and I'm currently half way through that.

Have you bought and played this game? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Scrubs - The Complete Season 1 - 9 Boxset

Hey everyone :)

A few weeks ago I was thinking about television shows that had been on the air for ages and then were cancelled or run their course. One of those shows was Scrubs!

For those of you who have never heard of or watched Scrubs - it was an American medical comedy-drama which ran for nine seasons. The show followed the lives of employees at a fictional teaching hospital. The show focused mainly on John Dorian (or J.D) and his friends/family. He also narrated the show too.

I was in HMV over the weekend and saw the boxset for £39.99 and just couldn't resist. I think I watched up to the 6th or 7th season and then it moved to a channel I didn't get. However since its been so long I've started from the beginning.

My favourite characters have to be Elliot Read and Bob Kelso. Who are yours? Let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

New Apple Watch Strap

Hey everyone :)

If you remember more than a year ago ... I bought an Apple Watch - such a great and nifty little invention. I bought the 'sport version' which meant it came with a sport strap and I went with the white option.

Over the course of the year the white got dirty and didn't look as good - so when Apple released new straps I was really excited. I first saw them when iJustine (a YouTuber if you don't know) went crazy and bought lots of them to show her subscribers - I think she took most of them back.

So Apple have expanded the range and added lots of new colours too:

Sports Band (£39) has 22 different colours
Woven Nylon Band (£39) has 7 different colours (and this is the one I bought)
Milanese Loop Band (£129) has 2 different colours
Classic Buckle Band (£129) has 9 different colours
Leather Loop Band (£129) has 6 different colours
Modern Buckle Band (£209) has 7 different colours
Link Bracelet (£379) has 2 different colours
Herms Double Tour Strap (£420) has 8 different colours
Hermes Single Tour Strap (£270) has 7 different colours
Hermes Cuff Strap (£670) has 1 colour

I decided to go with the Woven Nylon Band in 'Royal Blue' which cost £39. I thought this was reasonable and the sports band is the same price currently. There is not as many colour options with the woven nylon band but that didn't bother me as the colours they currently have are more than enough to choose from.

The main colour of the band is 'royal blue' and it also has orange and white woven into the strap too. As with all straps you just click the old one off and click the new one off - so 'installation' was simple and easy. It feels comfortable and looks good too. Sometimes I felt with the sports band that when I was hot or sweaty the strap stuck or rubbed slightly.

I've worn the band for over a month now and love it. If I had one suggestion to Apple (not a complaint) it would be to make the band slightly wider as the strap looks odd in comparison with the width of the actual Apple Watch - but that is me just being picky.

I went with the 38mm band size (there is a 42mm available too) as I have small wrists and I felt that the 42mm might have been too big for me.

I do have to say that Apple have gone above and beyond with the packaging again. It's hard to explain but if you do buy a watch strap then you will know what I mean.

Do you have an Apple Watch? Have you tried or saw any new straps you might want? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Really Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Hey everyone :)

I love a good chocolate cupcake! I also go through moods of enjoying the odd bit of dark chocolate so when I saw this recipe had dark chocolate in the cupcake and the icing - I thought I'd give it a try. This is another one of Cupcake Jemma's recipes so I am excited to try it seen as the first one turned out so well!

Ingredients (for the cupcakes):
150g dark chocolate (70%)
350g plain flour
60g cocoa powder
370g caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 large free-range eggs
240ml coffee, cooled
240ml buttermilk
210ml vegetable oil

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line 2 cupcake/muffin trays with 24 cases.
2. Finely chop the chocolate (this is best done in the food processor), then tip into a large bowl and stir in the dry ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt.
3. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl with an electric mixer (I prefer the free-standing type), then gradually add the dry ingredients, whisking until all smooth.
4. Transfer the mixture to a small jug (you'll need to do it in batches), and carefully fill the paper cases just over two-thirds full.
5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until they spring back when touched.
6. Leave to cool, transferring to a wire cooling rack after 5 minutes.

Ingredients (for the buttercream icing):
180g dark chocolate (70%)
300g unsalted butter, softened
540g icing sugar
4 tablespoons whole milk

1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn't touch the water, then leave to cool for 5 to 10 minutes - the bowl should be just cool enough to handle.
2. Meanwhile, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until pale and smooth. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, then add to the butter in two stages, beating well between each.
3. Gradually add the milk and beat for a further 5 minutes or until well combined.
4. Pour in the melted chocolate bit by bit, mixing as you go, then beat for a couple of minutes or until the icing is a rich, even chocolate-brown colour.
5. Once the cupcakes are cool, decorate them with the icing and enjoy.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.!!

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