Final Fantasy XV Review

At its heart, Final Fantasy games have always been about what makes us human.


While wrapped up in bombastic and grandiose storylines, the themes of love, family and companionship run deep throughout the beloved JRPG series.
Final Fantasy 15, arguably the most anticipated entry since FF7, is a game about friendship and the importance of the ties that bind.

You play Prince Noctis, a King-in-waiting, on a road trip with his four bodyguards to his wedding with a childhood friend – an arranged marriage meant to bring peace between two warring nations.


Things, of course, don’t go to plan and soon you’re left fighting for survival and all that’s important to you. And throughout the course of FF15’s 30-hour long main campaign, you’ll be doing plenty of fighting.

In an effort to appeal to a wider fanbase, developer Square Enix have ditched the series typical turned-based combat, which has been bit-by-bit phased out, for a more action-orientated approach.

Battles play out like something out of a Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden game – with a furious flurry of attacks delivered by pressing down and holding one button.


However, that only deals so much damage – so you have to make use of buffers to increase the power of your blows like hitting an enemy from their blindspot and linking blows. During fights you only control Noctis but you can shout orders to your friends Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis – then launch a powerful follow-up strike with a well-timed button press. It’s simple to pick up and play, but harder to master, with the nuances to combat making fights fast, furious and frantic – especially when swarmed by huge numbers of enemies. The bold changes means FF15’s combat system is one of its best features – unlike other entries in the series random battles are no longer a chore you have to labour through to level up but a joy to play.

The world of Eos, where Final Fantasy 15’s adventure is set, is also one of the main highlights – a vivid, gorgeous place that is teeming with life and has locations that will leave you breathless.

One such area Noctis’s journey takes you to is the city of Altissia – a Venice style location full of canals, waterfalls and gondolas which is jaw-dropping to behold

Each area, whether it is a sprawling capital or quaint town by the beach, is full of life around every corner – with random conversations you can overhear that help draw you into the setting further.


One such moment was when I ran past an upset child with his father, who was asking why his mum wasn’t able to come to dinner that night – a heart wrenching little touch that made me feel like I was in a real world. To get between these impressive locations Noctis and his friends travel the vast map of Eos in his dad’s luxury sports car, the Regalia, but these journeys aren’t just a matter of getting from A to B. Long journeys can take almost ten minutes, and during this time you’re able to take in the sights of FF15’s impressive locals, stumble across side quests and learn more about your friends/bodyguards.


Large parts of the character building occurs during these scenes, with your three musketeers talking to you and revealing more about themselves and the camaraderie between the quartet. During these road trips I learnt about Prompto’s love of photography, Gladiolus’s passion of reading and how Ignis always likes to be the one driving. These little moments, along with the banter between the ragtag bunch of heroes, helps to flesh them and their relationships out – making them some of Final Fantasy’s most vivid characters yet. Their friendship, which turns into a brotherhood, is the driving force in a story which at times feels a bit muddled and vague. A number of big story beats fail to resonate as powerfully as they could have done because what’s happening is not explained clearly enough.

While that is an issue, Final Fantasy games often have stories that can seem impenetrable or hard to grasp – it’s the experience as a whole that makes it worthwhile.

And with FF15 the awesome combat system, beautiful world and memorable characters all combine to make it one of the series best entries in years.

Like with the revered Final Fantasy 7, Noctis’s adventure in Eos breathes new life into the JRPG genre and is set to draw in a whole new audience of players. Square Enix have shown that you can teach an old dog new tricks – and with it created one of the best games of this generation.

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NEW EXCLUSIVE CABBAGE PATCH Big Kids – 1000 of Each for Holiday 2016

18” CPK Big Kids – Dream Collection

Limited to only 1,000 pieces of each style, these kids are a dream to collect.  Now 18 inches tall with a soft torso and vinyl arms and legs, Cabbage Patch Kids are growing up and aspiring to do great things! Each is dressed in deluxe removable fashions with matching themed accessories that showcase their own unique style and personality. New for 2016, Zoe Sky and Eden Joelle will be joining their friends Sophia Lorraine and Violet Anne who were introduced for the 2015 holiday. Each 18” Big Kid is an extremely limited edition and will be retired after a short production run.Ages 6+, SRP $99.99 – Available exclusively at Amazon – Get them while they last! New styles will be released for Fall 2016.

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Super 7 shows off final mock up for MOTUC ultimate editions

Article is from He-Man.org


Hi MOTU Fans! We wanted to share the final packaging of the MOTU Ultimate Figures with you. He-Man, Skeletor, Faker, Ram Man, and Teela will be blister packaged with their accessories on a vintage style exploding background backing card and logo treatment. Included with each character is a mini-comic style backing card with the character bio on one side and a brand new mini-comic cover style artwork on the other. The back side of the backing card will have all new characteraction artwork across the top on a classic 8-back influenced design.
We also have new Priority International Mail rates that are 20% lower than previously used. We will also be refunding the difference to all existing international orders based on these new rates over the coming weeks.

The pre-order for the Ultimates figures and other new MOTU items has been extended in the Super7 Webstore until 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, December 4th.

By the Power of Grayskull!”

Also, Super7 has posted on Facebook that these are resealable. See the Four Horsemen’s Mythic Legions for an example of mock-clamshell packaging. The blister on the front is a entire piece of plastic with flanges around all four sides, which allows a collector to slide the cardback in and out, and then remove or replace the figure and accessories

​Boogie boards ewriters: review

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

Handwritten items and documents, at one time, was the stuff of legend, but now it’s almost a lost art. The ability to write has trickled down to basic print and almost at that level seems overtly caveman-esque. (If you have seen what my penmanship and hand signature currently look like, you would understand why).

The Jot 4.5 e writer

Some believe it’s the advancement of technology, the advent of texting, and using computers that has declined our ability to write well. I also believe it has a strong factor only because the less you do anything the worse you become at it after time.

This is where Boogie boards Scribble n’ Play Featuring Colorburst™ and Jot 4.5 e writer come into play. Their ever reusable screens feels like a tablet but are not too straining on the eyes at all. This makes these boards easy to use, making them engaging for young children. In the long run, this will help them build that core strength in their fingers to enable them to write better.

After we gave our 5 year old the Jot to help her practice writing her letters and numbers, in a short time her penmanship increased 10 fold. Also, its design is easy for young hands to hold, which helps out a lot.

These boards can be simply used as scratch paper and/or playing great old fashion games like hangman. 

The Scribble and Play’s Colorburst feature also brings out the creative side with a rainbow of colors at the touch of the screen. This really makes the product something kids and adults alike will want to always use. 
Boogie Boards are something every household needs and, with the holiday season upon us, will make an excellent and useful gift under the tree.

From the press release:

Available in a multitude of global retail markets, Boogie Boards have become ubiquitous when it comes to electronic writing with the most natural feel of handwriting.  

Seemingly “old school,” the Boogie Board technology was originally conceived in 1993 by two scientists; Professor Bill Doane of the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University and William Manning of Manning and Napier, Rochester New York.  After years of development, and more than 50 patents, these two experts were able to bring this unique cholesteric display technology product to life for everyday consumers.
Today, the Professor’s emphasis on the importance of traditional handwriting in the digital age for learning, “relearning”, improved memory, reading comprehension and overall cognitive development purposes is supported by researchers worldwide.  In fact several recent studies have cited that handwriting can actually make you smarter. 
Boogie Board proudly exclusively manufactures its LCD screens right here in the United States; with products available nationwide at most major retailers at a very affordable price.  
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Peppy Pup Fever On National Mutt Day – December 2nd

Peppy Pup Fever On National Mutt Day – December 2nd

 

A new puppy may be topping the kids wish list, but is the family not quite ready for the real thing? Young children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of Peppy Pups from TPF Toys, the official plush dog of National Mutt Day, coming up this Friday, December 2nd.

 

Peppy Pups™ brings to life the authenticity of puppy friendship, complete with a pup that follows its owner everywhere.    The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog.

 

Brimming with personality and no batteries needed, Peppy Pups have ultra-soft fur, distinct paw pads and springs in their feet that help these eager Peppy Pups move and prance, just like a real dog.  Peppy Pups bounce, jump and waddle as they go for “walks” with their kid owners, and turn heads as they go. Peppy Pups adore cuddling, snuggles and squeezes, showing characteristics of a real dog that all pet lovers embrace.

 

Peppy Pups from TPF Toys is available at retailers nationwide.   Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in available in – soft brown, and black and white – and are available at Toys “R” Us nationwide and Amazon – priced at $19.99.

 

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Mezco toyz one 12 collective Spiderman

THE SPIDER-MAN ONE:12 COLLECTIVE FIGURE FEATURES:

Two (2) newly developed head portraits including:
Large eye head

Classic small eye head
All-new slender, sinewy One:12 body

Hand painted authentic detailing

All new One:12 Collective developed body with over 30 points of articulation

Approximately 17cm tall

Eight (8) interchangeable hands including:
One (1) pair of web-shooting hands

One (1) pair of fists

One (1) pair of holding hands

One (1) pair of posing hands

Weblines that loop over the figure’s wrists for posing

COSTUME:
Acrylic eye lenses

Spandex outfit with web detail and spider insignia
One (1) pair of web-patterned gauntlets
One (1) pair of articulated web-patterned boots
ACCESSORIES:
One (1) of webline style A
One (1) of webline style B
One (1) of webline style C
One (1) of webline style D
One posable webline
One (1) One:12 Collective display base with Spider-Man logo

One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Diamond select toys: Alice Through the Looking Glass and Doctor Strange!

In Stores This Week: Alice Through the Looking Glass and Doctor Strange!

 

It’s a mind-blowing week at comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys ships two reality-twisting toy lines to stores across North America! First up, four Vinimates vinyl figures based on Alice Through the Looking Glass capture that movie’s time-traveling shenanigans, then the Doctor Strange Movie Minimates assortment captures all of the dimension-distorting magic of the hit Marvel Studios film! Read on for details, then find a comic shop near you at comicshoplocator.com!

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Vinimates Vinyl Figures</br>

A Diamond Select Toys release! Off with their heads! The newest movie to join the Vinimates revolution is Alice Through the Looking Glass! Four characters from the much-anticipated sequel – Alice, Mad Hatter, Red Queen and new villain Time – are now part of the Vinimates vinyl-figure army. Each 4-inch PVC figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and pre-posed to display their personality. Plus, with their ball-jointed necks, you can add additional attitude to each already perfect pose! Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box.

Alice Vinimate (Item #JUN162363, SRP: $9.99)

Mad Hatter Vinimate (Item #JUN162364, SRP: $9.99)

Red Queen Vinimate (Item #JUN162365, SRP: $9.99)

Time Vinimate (Item #JUN162366, SRP: $9.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 70 Doctor Strange Movie 2-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now the next entry in the long-running Marvel Minimates line! Series 70 of Marvel Minimates mini-figures travels to the world of the Doctor Strange movie, with four different two-packs: Doctor Strange with The Ancient One, Mordo with Kaecilius, the comic-shop-exclusive Stephen Strange with Christine Palmer and the comic-shop-exclusive Wong & Zealot! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUL162622, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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