The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes FREE on Origin

It’s just over a month now until the release of the eagerly anticipated Sims 4 (September 5th), and I for one am going to have it on pre-order as soon as I know I have enough money in the bank, and enough HDD space on my PC.

The same old Sims, but in a brand new style

The same old Sims, but in a brand new style

But before we even get to The Sims 4, EA and Origin have actually come up with a rather crafty marketing plan. After a little bit of backlash over the removal of swimming pools and toddlers in The Sims 4, it’s not exactly surprising that they are giving away The Sims 2 Ultimate collection for free to all Origin customers. Yes, they’ve said that it’s because they are no longer going to support it, but it strikes me that’s not the real reason. It might be because of my studies into Journalism and PR for the last three years, but this must have been planned for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means complaining. I’m a massive Sims junky, and I would do anything to have all the expansions for all the titles in the series. As I type this, I am downloading the 12GB file onto my PC, and will hopefully be playing it tonight or tomorrow. Babies, aliens, pets; I simply can’t wait to delve back into an old childhood favourite in anticipation of The Sims 4 in September.

A touch of nostalgia goes a long way in the video game word

A touch of nostalgia goes a long way in the video game word

A little bit of Sims nostalgia might just be enough to drum up even more interest in The Sims 4, and we all know that giving stuff away from free opens up your product to a potentially untapped market. Maybe this move will see a whole new wave of Sims fans. I truly hope it does, as I am so incredibly excited to sit down with The Sims 4, and spend hours of my time creating new sims, new houses, and building new relationships.

How excited are you for The Sims 4? Do you have any huge architectural plans already? Or do you have plans to create your perfect Sim? Or are you going to boycott The Sims because you can’t drown them on release?


Top 5 JRPG Boss Battle Themes

One Winged Angel (FFVII)

A true classic in the JRPG world, One Winged Angel has been redone in so many different ways it’s ridiculous. It’s been covered by The Black Mages, revised for Advent Children, and done frighteningly good justice by the Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s such a versatile piece of music, and it’s brilliant to keep you pumped up for a very long, and epic boss battle.

Battle With Seymour (FFX)

This is another one that has seen a few different version floating around. Again, The Black Mages covered it, which was amazing, but the original is still the best. It’s just so funky and you can just imagine Seymour when you listen to it, and his smug little face.

Chaotic Dance (Baten Kaitos)

This might be a bit of an obscure one, however I’m hoping a few of you have heard this one. Baten Kaitos was a bit like Marmite. Personally I loved it, but it was perhaps a bit too niche for others. Regardless, this boss battle that crops up a couple of times in the game is truly different. With a techno dance vibe to it, you can’t help but have a little dance around as you kick some boss butt.

Invisible Depths (FFXIII-2)

This was the only redeeming factor of FFXIII-2 for me. The game itself was utterly confusing and I didn’t care about what was going on. However, when I got to the final boss in the game, it was like the game knew it had to redeem itself, and this gave me an instant rush of adrenaline to defeat a very taxing boss. I won’t spoil anything, but the epic nature of this theme will keep you going through this tiresome fight.

Boss Battle 1 (Legend of Dragoon)

A very badly named boss theme, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing. Legend of Dragoon is a game that is filled with about three different boss themes, but this one is the best in my opinion. It gets the adrenaline going, and for those that have played the game, you will know exactly how pumped up you need to be to keep going during these fights.

Do you agree with my list? Which boss battle themes are your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

My Most Wanted List

My Amazon wish list is bursting with all the games I want to play when I finish uni. Here’s a handful of them.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

This one is a no brainer really. I would rather it didn’t have X-2 in there, but I can’t complain really. I might like it the second time around…but probably not .The HD version of FFX looks amazing, and I’ve been listening to the HD OST as well to get myself in the mood. I can’t wait to spend hours on end playing Blitzball, and grinding to beat the Dark Aeons.


Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 is a game I never really got on board with. There was something about it which was just constantly frustrating. However, I’m willing to give it another chance on the PS Vita, now that I own one. Persona 3 FES was amazing, and a definite step up from the original, so I’m hoping for the same from Persona 4 Golden.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

I’m a massive FFXIII and Lightning hater. I can’t stand them, and I can’t stand her. However, it’s Final Fantasy, and I’m not one to overlook a title just because I don’t like the character. I’ve played the first two, so I’ll play the final one, even if just to have an opinion. It looks terrible, so I’m going to wait for this one to come down in price a little bit.


Diablo III

The demo for this game amazed me. I’m a big fan of epic dungeon crawlers if they’re done right, and boy did Diablo III get it right. An astounding time waster, I can’t wait to get my hands on this and waste some time slaughtering things with magic and swords. Bring it on.


Bravely Default

I’ve wanted this from the second I played the demo. I haven’t bought it yet because I know it will completely consume my soul, and my time, which I can’t afford to do just yet. I love the job system in this game, and it really makes me think of classic JRPGs with different costumes and abilities to learn.


Pokemon X/Y

I’m a big Pokemon fan at heart. I don’t explicitly post about it all the time, but I adore the mechanics of it, and I love nothing more than running around in a new town and harvesting some new Pokemon. This latest instalment looks even bigger and better than the last one.


The Last of Us

I played a bit of this at a friend’s house when it first came out. It looked good, but perhaps a little bit frustrating, so I’m waiting for it to go down in price a little bit before I go out and get it. In all honestly, I just want to shoot some things. Some mutant things.


Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

I can’t believe this actually came out. I loved the original Tales of Symphonia game so much, it was absolutely incredible. It had some of the best battle mechanics, and some brilliant characters. It was exactly what a real JRPG should be like. How could I turn down the HD version with extra bits and pieces?


Okay, so maybe it was more than a handful. However, there are so many more I haven’t even had the chance to list here. My bank account weeps.

What games do you want the most at the moment?


Long Time, No See

It’s been two months since I last updated this blog. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to. Believe me, updating this is one thing I really do want to do, however, I finish university on May 7th, and that is consuming my time at the moment, understandably. Along with having very little time to update, I am saving up to move down to London with my other half at the moment, which is eating into my gaming fund.

I just thought I would take this opportunity to do a quick update about where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and my general gaming ponderings at the moment.

This Christmas just gone wasn’t a heavily gaming based one for a change. My parents bought me a PS Vita, which I absolutely love, but due to the financial situation I’ve only been able to download the PS+ games; I don’t actually own a physical copy of a PS Vita game yet. I’m not even sure which ones to buy to be honest, because I’ve just been sucked in by all the PS Store sales, so I have Spelunky and Hotline Miami that I’ve actually purchased. Oh, and FFIX, but I just couldn’t resist the Square Enix sale. Ironic that the PS Vita Slim is announced just as I get the original, but to be perfectly honest, I’m glad I’ve got the original. The Slim doesn’t really appear to add anything else, aside from £’s.


Aside from that, my gaming time has been very scarce. Lightning Returns has been released, and I have to say I’m quite glad I don’t have time for it at the moment, because it looks terrible. It’s almost like Square Enix have thrown away everything that made Final Fantasy good. I can’t believe they’ve taken such a bad character and made her the focal point of a terrible trilogy. It’s received some terrible reviews from the public and the critics. All I can say is, bring on FFX/X-2 HD next month.


I’m still waiting for Bravely Default to drop in price, but again, I probably won’t be getting hold of this until May time. Bravely Default looks to be the JRPG of the year so far, but it’s early days.


That’s it from me for now. As I said, May 7th is my final deadline, and I’m optimistic I’m going to graduate my Journalism course with at the very least a 2:1. It’s been a tough three years, and I’ve neglected this blog a lot in favour of my degree, but I hope that what I’ve learnt I will be able to transfer to here, and start making this blog as great as I want it to be. If you want to keep up to date with what I’m doing/ranting about until I return in May, then follow me on Twitter @Debus42. Is there anything you want me to write about upon my return? Let me know in the comments. I’ll try to post before then, but I can’t promise anything.

Need for Speed Rivals Ponderings

I managed to acquire two copies of Need for Speed Rivals for myself and the man on Monday, for the bargain price of £24.99 each. We’ve been wanting to get out hands on this for quite some time, and waiting for a decent price, so when I saw it in GAME at such a low price, it had to be bought. Even though I’m on my self-imposed game buying ban, I couldn’t resist.


We’ve managed to play it for a good few hours so far, and it’s overall much more enjoyable than the lacklustre effort of Most Wanted. Although GHOST have combined the good bits of both Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted into one game, it’s still got a few teething issues on the multiplayer, but that doesn’t really bother me.

I like the idea that you can drive around with other players in a randomly generated public map, however I have set mine to private as I’m, as you may be aware, not overly keen on multiplayer anyway. Setting it to private, I can drive around on my own, or I can invite friends, and this is quite a nice luxury. When myself and the man were playing together, it was nice to be doing entirely different events, but still be playing on the same map, and even occasionally driving past each other.


The map appears to be quite extensive, with a lot of varying terrain, which is a pleasant change from the cityscape feel of Most Wanted. It’s not quite Hot Pursuit in my eyes, but it’s an evolution I suppose. I’m still not very good at it, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.

This time around, the cars aren’t unlocked and you must earn them by completing sets of objectives as you progress through the game. The frustrating part is, that even though you have unlocked the car, it must still be purchased with speed points. This feels like an unnecesary element, but thankfully speed points aren’t too hard to come by, as long as you bank them without being busted.


This is one of the most frustrating parts, if only as a racer; if you don’t bank your speed points and your car is either wrecked or you’re busted by the cops, then you lose everything. I can see why they’ve done it, it adds an element of challenge, but I really wish it could be turned off for those of us (me) who aren’t necessarily that skilled. I probably spend more time crashing into walls and other cars than doing anything else.

It’s nice to have relative freedom to drive around and drop into any event you like, and it’s nice to have some objectives. The modification of your cars is also a nice novelty, but can be quite costly in the beginning, and you must install pursuit tech on every individual car. Overall, it’s a good, fun game to play so far, and I look forward to playing it to relax over the Christmas holidays.