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Game Review - Anthem

Anthem has been a game I’ve been excited about since i first heard about it. I’ve never played a game from its launch before. I typically come to them a few years later, after everyone has done all the content and has no patience for a noob who has no clue what he’s doing. So with the launch of Anthem this month, I had the novel experience of playing a game where everyone is a noob to some degree.

Looter shooters are typically not my type of game, but that’s because most are first person, and I’ve always sucked at first person shooters... you should see me play Star Wars Battlefront II! It’s comical how bad I am! Anthem is played in third person, which is much more my kind of thing. Not only that, it’s a sci-fi themed story with mechanised suits that enable you to fly around. Awesome!

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Fragrance Review - Safari by Ralph Lauren

This was a completely impulse blind buy for absolutely no legitimate reason, but hey, that’s the kind of guy I am. Because of an upcoming trip, the same trip I recently bought my first pair of hiking boots for, I figured I needed a good fragrance for wearing on a hike. Something masculine and classic. Something that wouldn’t be out of place on Indiana Jones. The obvious choice was Safari by Ralph Lauren, so without a second thought, or even looking at any reviews, I ordered it!

Now in reality, it’s probably better to go without fragrances when in nature, so I probably won’t be spraying it overly liberally in an effort to avoid leaving a cloud of Ralph behind me as I wander through the forest. To be honest, a good choice for this purpose would be something like Escentric Molecules ‘Molecule 01’, which is supposedly a fragrance that is subtle and mixes with your own pheromones. I don’t have that, and haven’t seen it anywhere to try it, so maybe next time.

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Game Review - The Elder Scrolls Online

Following my failed attempt to get into World of Warcraft, another game I’d heard about, but never played was The Elder Scrolls. One of the people who works in my favourite coffee shop is a huge Elder Scrolls fan, so I thought it would be a good game to try out, little did I realise how complicated that idea was going to be! For a start, there are many versions, sequels and follow ups. I thought Skyrim was a different game, especially when I saw a poster on the tube for an orchestral performance of the music of Skyrim at the London Palladium, but it’s actually just a chapter of the game. As much as part of me thought I should start at the beginning, sometimes dated graphics and gameplay annoy me in a way that I can’t fully enjoy the story of the game. With that in mind, and with my affiliation with the MMO genre, I opted for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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Choosing the Right Hiking Boots

One of my New Years resolutions for last year was to be more like James Bond. As I said in my blog post about it, in any situation he’s capable and ready for whatever comes his way. It’s a very masculine trait, and for the brief time I was in the cub scouts as a kid, I remember the motto as ‘be prepared’. 

I’ve never been one for ‘hiking’. I love walking, and will spend all day wandering cities around the world, but trekking through the outdoors has just never really been a huge part of my life. Not because I’m adverse to it, it’s just never happened all that often. The result of that is a serious lack of the right gear, notably footwear!

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Fragrance Review - Dolce & Gabbana The One EDP

I’ve had Dolce & Gabbana ‘The One’ on my wishlist for ages, so I was super chuffed to unwrap this bottle as a Christmas present from Mum and Dad a few weeks ago. What’s even better is that this is the newer, fancier, more concentrated EDP version, which, in the words of Dolce & Gabbana offers “a deeper fragrance experience for the perfume connoisseur. Masculine and magnetic, this highly intense scent is a statement of charisma and sophistication.”

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been looking to increase the number of darker fragrances that are more suitable for the winter months, as well as some slightly more masculine vibes for evenings all year round. Most of my fragrance history has consisted of light citrussy notes, and whilst I still love those fresher fragrances, I want to wear scents that are more situationally appropriate. It’s a important to smell for the occasion as it is to dress for the occasion I think.

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JAYS T-Four Wireless Earphones Review

I’ve been meaning to get a new pair of in-ear earphones for ages. I’ve always had issues with them falling out in the past and have generally opted for those with hooks, but even then, I’m constantly adjusting them as the move around. When Apple infamously removed the headphone jack from the iPhone I grabbed a cheap sports set of in-ears, but due to the bad fit, and the tragically poor battery life, I rarely used them, and instead opted for big over ear headphones instead. Over ears are probably my preferred style, however, as a hat wearer, they can conflict with certain aesthetic choices, although in the winter, they double as earmuffs, so they definitely have pros and cons.

Anyway, I digress… Whilst Christmas shopping, I spotted these rather understated in-ears from Swedish company ‘JAYS’. I mean with a name like that, how could I not, right?

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