LTTP: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

I started Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze over three months ago and I don’t know if I will ever finish it. With that in mind, I’ve reached the conclusion of the journey that began with Donkey Kong Country Returns. I realized I still don’t like Retro Studio’s take on Donkey Kong Country. It’s not because it’s poorly made or fundamentally broken.

I just don’t like it.

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Checkpoint: EPL 2014 Kickoff Edition

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Checkpoint - EPL 2014 Kickoff Edition

Well this is unexpected isn’t? This year has been full of unexpected things for me. Six months ago, if you asked me if I would be spending time watching pre-season soccer matches or English Premier League kickoff, I would have laughed at you.

The World Cup changed my perception of soccer and the FIFA 14 demo cemented my interest in it. I then sought out other competitions like Bayern Munich vs MLS All Stars. Then I spent some “Rogers Rewards points” on GOLTV to catch the DFL Super Cup last week and the Spanish Super Cup next week. And this weekend, I’m watching a few English Premier League season openers.

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Checkpoint: Just One PS4 Game Edition

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Checkpoint - Just One PS4 Game Edition

I just got back from trading in inFamous: Second Son leaving me with only one PlayStation 4 game, Battlefield 4. (My brother has his copy Call of Duty: Ghosts but let’s just consider that gone).

I’ve played Mercenary Kings, Outlast, Resogun and a tiny bit of Don’t Starve: Console Edition but for me, the PlayStation 4 is pretty much a wasteland at the moment.

Watch_Dogs doesn’t appeal to me above $20. I’m waiting for Rayman: Legends to hit the same price point as well. The only other disc based title that appeals to me is Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This kind of drought was to be expected and thankfully DICE made Battlefield 4 playable because without it, I don’t know what my PlayStation 4 would be used for. It’s not even my go to Netflix or Blu-ray machine — that honor goes to the PlayStation 3.

Thankfully E3 2014 is just over a week away.

I wish I could muster the will to play and finish Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It’s not clicking with me. I keep blaming the fact that I have to use the Wii U Gamepad to play it but I don’t think that’s the only reason. The same criticisms I had with Donkey Kong Country Returns could be levied here.


Checkpoint: Quality Spending Edition

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Checkpoint - Quality Spending Edition

“We don’t have time to do it right but we have time to do it again”

That expression is applicable to the workplace but it’s also applicable to everyday life including purchases. I bought cheaper products believing they were “good enough” but it didn’t take long before I had to go out and buy the same product again because it already fell apart.

I’m finding this is line of thinking applies to everyday household products most. Spending the right amount of money on a quality household utensil or appliance makes my life easier  for a long time. Going down the cheap route will only keep me content for that initial use.

So how does one spend the “right amount of money”? Spending more money does not necessarily mean quality. You need to also find the right product for the right price. I use The Wirecutter and its household centric sister site, The Sweethome, to help me make these purchasing decisions. If they don’t have a recommendation, I search for some semblance of a product review online but I am cautious in that area.

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