Reviews by jerryhsiao


A must have for the Sims

jerryhsiao | May 30, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 Ambitions NA Origin - PC

This expansion pack, once installed, doesn't feel like one whatsoever. It adds so much to the game, but is simple and quiet enough, to not make a large difference. It is an amazing add-on to the Sims 3 experience. While your sims are on their job schedules, the ability to choose how they react and behave during work/school is a great addition, as it makes the game that much more life-like. The introduction of the investigator, scientist, and firefighter are great obvious jobs to add, my only criticism is the "ghost hunter" job, it seems out of place. The tattoo artist is my personal favourite, as it just seems like it should've been there all along.


Promising, but it's non-applicable

jerryhsiao | May 29, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 Supernatural NA Origin - PC

This is a great expansion pack, very enjoyable, but I can't see myself playing this again. It's a nice leeway from your natural sims, but this just can't be used in normal everyday gameplay. Its a nice occasional thing, but it's very distracting in normal gameplay. This is fun when you specifically want to play with your "monster" side, but its just impractical. The most annoying aspect is the "zombie" invasions, which are a pain to deal with, especially when you've got outdoor items. Luckily, those can be turned off in the options menu.


Eh, not much to offer

jerryhsiao | May 29, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collectors Edition NA Origin - PC

This expansion pack, although it contained a vast array of clothing and decorations, it contained nothing whatsoever to add to your gameplay, overall expectations weren't too high, showtime in general wasn't too great of a expansion pack, compared to late night. Aside from some katy perry songs in the radios, there wasn't nothing much that was offered, I suggest a different expansion pack, this one doesn't offer much besides flourescent pink tee shirts and "tgif" in simlish. The "performer" attribute you can use in the sims 3 doesn't change much here, you can still be a juggler, dj, or a singer, much like vanilla showtime, but it is really a disappointment to have nothing change. Even though it's advertised that your sim can attract large crowds, you realistically get no more than 8 to 9 sims at your concert, the rest being one large backdrop, of non moving sim copies. You see a small group of moving sims in your concert, but it is really empty, since the lifeless 40 or something concert attenders dissappear immediately. This was probably the worst ep EA has done for the sims 3, quite disappointing, since there is so much potential in something like this.


Alright, a bit of a let down

jerryhsiao | May 29, 2013 | Review of The Sims 3 Worlds Bundle NA - PC

This DLC didn't prove itself as much as it advertised itself, it felt more like a store item, and the theme didn't really "fit" with the vanilla game, it wasn't applicable. Much like any other world pack, this added yet another rural-suburban area, skipping on the city life once again. A world pack created with a more urban theme would be nice. It feels like it tried too hard to become it's own expansion pack, rather than a map.


Nice addition to the game

jerryhsiao | May 29, 2013 | Review of SimCity Amusement Park Pack NA - PC

This expansion pack added much to the experience to the gameplay, making it feel more "complete". The other expansion packs were very themed, making it hard to apply to all styles of gameplay. This DLC is possibly the only one that made itself applicable to almost every situation. It could almost be implemented into the game itself, Gameplay is not much different from other fields, it raises land value, and boosts town morale, while providing fun animations doing so. I appreciate the ability for the player to draw their own park path, rather than having to place it down on a "blue spot" exclusive space. Possibly the best ep for simcity 2012-13 out there, compared to the others.


An experience!

jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | Review of Sims 3 plus University Life (1) - PC

This expansion pack promises much addition, which it does in some fields. Your sims now have a more diverse span of jobs/occupations, and the "college experience" is comically portrayed. Much like many of the other sims 3 occupation-based eps (late night, showtime, ambitions), there isn't a specific theme, rather a very applicable tag to your sims story. It adds many more animations, very acute and detailed, and your sims have even more to do now. The music is very modern, with up and coming british pop songstress Blaise's single "Thunderstorm", to indie band The Mowgli's "San Francisco". It includes a bit of each character, and all around is a great experience. My only criticism is that although the campus option is great, it seems like it would've been better to keep bowling alleys and other such places more "Town-oriented". Still an amazing ep.



jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | Review of Dear Esther Steam - PC

It's not exactly a game, rather it's a moving first-person story, but the art is beautiful, and the story has much more depth than at first. The graphics are beautiful from the start (on the pier), and the lush environments pull through when you visit the caves. There are stunning visuals, but it's not for those into action oriented games. This is more of a relaxed, laid back casual movie.


Alright, has potential

jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | Review of Towns - PC

The game is like a combination of dwarf fortress, along with minecraft/terraria graphics. It has a nice game progression script, but the AI isn't the best out there. Within the game, certain actions/orders you place aren't placed in right priority, even when you manage them in the "priorities" panel. The game itself has great potential, if only your townspeople wouldn't keep wandering off to the forests to get themselves stuck.


Stunning graphics

jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | Review of Trine - PC

Gameplay is diverse, three different live characters, each with their upgrades/various weaponry. Graphics are nice. The game theme is very bloomy, enchanting, lush. Definitely a must-play for those into the illuminated art direction(s)


Beautiful, absolutely stunning

jerryhsiao | May 26, 2013 | Review of Bastion - PC

The game in itself has beautiful gameplay, great graphics, the environments are bloomy, gorgeous. Live commentary w/ story progression, as well as a breathtaking soundtrack. The game includes little pieces of various themes, all contributing to a lush landscape. Great story, absolutely amazing.