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10 Exceptionally Romantic Destinations In The World

While the European beauties, Rome and Paris are amongst some of the most romantic destinations for couples, there are many other locations which are equally as exotic as well as less crowded. Having your favorite dinner by the side of the Venetian waters or simply walking on the cobblestone lanes of Bruges with your loved one are a just a few examples. Want to explore more enchanting destinations? Read on!

  1. The Maldives


From having a candlelight dinner by the side of a lake to living in a house built at the water’s edge, nothing sounds more romantic than this. If you fantasize being on a beach covered by tall palm trees while sitting under their shade, all while enjoying the beauty of the captivating sunset, then Maldives is the place to be.

  1. Jammu and Kashmir, India


Often known as paradise on earth due to its snow-covered peaks, Jammu and Kashmir is said to be the most romantic destinations in India. Staying in the houseboat, floating in the gleaming Srinagar’s Dal Lake, taking a ride in the gondola over the Himalayan peak, or walking holding hands in the fields of Pahalgam are a few romantic experiences you ought to enjoy while exploring the beautiful valley of Jammu and Kashmir.

  1. Santorini, Greece


The ancient beauty of Greece has always been welcoming for its visitors. When visiting Santorini, other than the glistening sunsets and the shimmering waters, you can also enjoy the white washed homes, the spectacular blue domed churches, and the color-changing skyline.

  1. Paris, France


Walking on the cobblestone lanes of Paris gives you the feeling as if you are walking in a painting. A famous spot for all lovers, this city is filled with dazzling experiences such as roaming around in the puzzled cobblestone streets, climbing the Eiffel tower to see the most exotic skyline ever, or just sitting with your loved one and gazing at the breath-taking sunset.

  1. Bali, Indonesia


The beauty of Bali lies in the perfect white-sand beaches, the extravagant mountains, and green rice fields. Visiting Bali simply means dining along the edges of the crystal blue waters, pampering yourself through an exotic spa experience, and wandering around in the rice fields.

  1. Seville, Spain


If you want to explore deliciously different cuisines of Spain, then Seville offers many places for that around the city.

  1. Kyoto, Japan


If you are looking for a place with magical bamboo forests, breath-taking shrines, and ancient palaces, then Kyoto in Japan is the best place to visit. This city is rich in architectural beauty and lets couples explore its natural beauty, history, and diversified culture.

  1. Venice, Italy


A few of the many romantic experiences in Venice include sailing in gondolas in the Venetian waters, dining along the side of the river, and roaming around the stunning streets of the wonderful village of Burano. Venice also lets you visit its creative artisans where you can feel the tranquility of love. While strolling around the streets of the city, you may also smell the yummy cuisines.

  1. Vienna, Austria


Vienna is famous for its spectacular Baroque palaces, attractive trams, and cafes located in quiet and peaceful streets. This city is a must-visit romantic destination as it offers various magnificent settings.

  1. Rome, Italy


Rome is a city with many historic structures and museums. While visiting this fabulous city, don’t forget to explore the Spanish steps, and Italy’s most illustrious structure, The Colosseum.



5 of the Most Underrated Places in the World

When most people think of traveling, they think of traveling to the most extravagant, beautiful places around the world. According to Travel and Leisure, Kyoto, Japan was the world’s best city of 2014. Although the entire world is beautiful and has so much to offer, travelers tend to follow the status quo and visit what is known to be a good visit.

Each city is different from the next, offering a variety of foods, cultures, races, languages, fashions, and more. There are so many places in the world that fly under the radar simply because not enough people know, or talk about them.

Taipei, Taiwan

Back in the 1980-1990’s, Taipei was home to about three million and enough smog to clear every single one of them out. Today, Taipei is one of Asia’s most beautiful cities to visit. The city has come a long way since the smog issues after adopting a more environment-friendly route. Taipei is now covered in acres of greenery, hiking trails, and bike paths along the mountains. This city is perfect for the outdoor and adventure lover! The public transportation system is very easy so there are no more worries of a smog overload. Taipei is known to have some of the world’s best Chinese food, which also makes this the perfect place to visit for a foodie! Locals tend to be very friendly and resourceful for those that don’t speak their language, so don’t be shy.

Tucson, Arizona

Most people, especially Americans, never think of an American city to be an extravagant place to visit. Tucson is surrounded by mountains and Saguaro National Park, which gives this city so much of its beauty. The city of Tucson also has a rich heritage and cultural roots implanted so deep that nowhere else is like it. Downtown Tucson is filled with historical buildings that have been brought back to life, including the theater The Rialto that was built back in the Roaring Twenties. Downtown holds a large variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, so you will surely never run out of things to do! On every second Saturday, a few blocks are closed off for the street fair. There are artisans, street performers, some live music, and plenty of good food.

Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the United Kingdom. People tend to think that London and Manchester have the best music scenes in the UK, but Glasgow has them both beat. Performers like Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian started their road to success in Glasgow’s clubs. Keeping the artsy theme, Glasgow is the perfect city for an architecture enthusiast. The city’s architecture is astounding, and the Glasgow School of Art holds a bright and promising future. Glasgow is also known for having the cutest little vintage shops, so don’t forget your wallet!

Nara, Japan

As mentioned earlier, most people travel to Kyoto, Japan since it was named the world’s best city of 2014, but many will never get to experience the beauty of Nara. While Kyoto is home to beautiful gardens, shrines, and Buddhist temples, Nara is filled with just as many gardens, shrines, and temples. Nara also has a large amount of machiya, which are traditional wooden townhouses. Nowadays, a lot of machiya have been transformed into restaurants and cafes. This creates more business for the city, but also keeps the beautiful, serene atmosphere that you can only find here, making it a one of a kind experience.

Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is nicknamed “the city of churches,” so to some, that can a bit off-putting as a vacation destination. Most visitors tend to travel to the bigger, more well known cities of Australia, so Adelaide is often left as an afterthought. If you ever get the opportunity to visit here, you will see some of the most beautiful art and scenery you can lay your eyes on. Adelaide is very well known for its 125-acre botanic garden that’s open all year round. This city holds a variety of art festivals at the beginning of the year, and also has several art galleries that you can enjoy any time of the year. The cafe scene is very lively and gives Adelaide a specific ambience that you can only find in this city. A lot of Australia is hot, but Adelaide was graced with a mild climate so you can enjoy virtually everything year round, making it a great place for anyone.



Top Family-Friendly Hostels Around The World

Hostels all around the world are now realizing the need and consumer-preference for affordable accommodations for families and are accordingly adapting their resources to meet this new preference. There’s no denying the fact that hostels are the perfect option for people with families who are on a tight budget. Hostels receive more preference because they are centrally located, can hold multiple people simultaneously and allow cost-saving options like shuttle buses and laundry rooms. Online websites have huge databases covering a diverse range of hostels to choose from. The search filters make this task even easier.

When you are with kids, you need to take several things into consideration and here are a few tips to get you started when booking a hostel while with kids.
Look for family rooms located away from other rooms, ensuite bathrooms, amenities for children like high chairs, cots, and a good entertainment selection with indoor games.
Following is the list of affordable and family-friendly hostels around the world that you would want to remember for your next family trip.
YHA International Hostels

Located in different places, YHA hostels are known for their large family rooms that can accommodate up to 5 people. They also have specifically reserved areas for children’s entertainment where they can play games and meet children from across the globe.
Our personal favorite is YHA London St. Pancras in UK which not only boasts of a centralized city location and is located in close vicinity of Kings Cross International Station, but is also in walking range of a couple of family-friendly tourist attractions. When inside the hotel, you can occupy yourself with a range of different board games. You will find the hostel’s environment extremely accepting of toddlers and offers to provide cots on request on their website. If you are in Australia, you are again in luck as Blue Mountains YHA is famous for their arcade games and exceptionally maintained and dedicated kid’s corner.
Adelaide Hostel

Located in San Francisco, USA, at Adelaide, you don’t just get free breakfasts on a daily basis, but you also get free weekly dinners. This is the biggest budget-friendly gem that parents tight on cash are going to love. Most of the private rooms offer refrigerators and microwaves to provide for the ever-changing needs of fussing toddlers. The television facility can help keep them in a good overall mood.
Palm Lakefront Resort and Hostel

Located in Orlando, USA, staying in this hostel can allow you to spend extra at the closely located Disney Land. The magic kingdom is just a bus ride away which is easily accessible at any time of the day. The family-friendly amenities that these hostels have to offer include a barbeque pit, a swimming pool, and a room for tech-savvy children with an Xbox and Playstation 2.
Hana Hostels, Japan

Located in Hiroshima, Fukoka, Kyoto and Osaka, this group of Japanese hostels are welcoming of children and babies. Games and cartoon options in the common room can help keep the young ones occupied and content.
Adventure Queenstown Hostel

Located in Queenstown, New Zealand, this place is ideally known for its peaceful location away from the noisy musings of the nightlife. You can rent bicycles, frisbees, and DVDs to enjoy in the nearby Frisbee golf course.
Stayokay Hostels

Located in Netherlands, this internationally-affiliated hosteling group boasts of 26 Dutch properties that are well skilled at the art of keeping young visitors happy. They have different sports fields and interesting indoor recreation options to keep youngsters from throwing tantrums. Regular tourist groups can also benefit from the hostel’s family card facility where a certain annual fee can earn you discounts on bike rentals, accommodations, and tours.
Habitat HQ

Located in the uptown neighborhood of St. Kilda, Habitat HQ is ideal for road trip families because it provides free and secure parking. Habitat HQ is also titled as the city’s first carbon-neutral hostel for backpackers.
The Valley House Holiday Hostel

Located on the Achill Island of Ireland, the hostel has to offer some of the most picturesque and eye-dazzling views from the beach, just ten minutes of walking distance away. There are loads of natural trials to cater to your golf fantasies and a good point for children to burn off their energies.


Colombia - 2014 World Cup

June 14 – Recap

After 8 matches played, there has still not been a single draw. Each match played today featured 3 goals or more, which means it was an excellent day to be watching football!


Colombia beats Greece 3-0


The Colombians came out strong as Pablo Armero scored the team’s first within the first 5 minutes of the match.


Teófilo Gutiérrez scored goal number 2 in the 58th minute following a corner and Colombia continued to press well into injury time as James Rodríguez scored their third to put their final stamp on the match.



Costa Rica upsets Uruguay 3-1


After a penalty kick put Uruguay up in the first half, Costa Rica put on a show in the second.


Joel Campbell played a great match and was rewarded with a goal utilizing a solid strike with his left foot in the 54th minute.


Oscar Duarte was able to head in another goal only 3 minutes later off a free kick.


Marcos Urena added the last Costa Rican goal by slipping the ball by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the 84th minute.



England falls to Italy 2-1


It was Italy who struck first. Claudio Marchisio scored 35 minutes in with a long and low strike that got through defenders and ultimately past goalkeeper, Joe Hart.


This seemed to electrify the English side as Wayne Rooney took a pass for a counter-attack and crossed a ball in from the left to a wide open Daniel Sturridge to tap in the equalizer just 2 minutes later.


Mario Balotelli got the game winner on his first World Cup goal in the 50th minute by heading in a wonderful cross by Antonio Candreva.



Côte d’Ivoire comes back to beat Japan 2-1


Japan took an early lead, 16 minutes into the match, with a great left-footed strike by Keisuke Honda into the top left corner.


They seemed to have everything under control until Didier Drogba entered that match shortly after the hour mark.


Drogba’s presence helped lift the spirit of his team immediately.


Wilfried Bony tied the game in the 64th minute and Gervinho secured the lead for good just minutes after.



Naoto Matsumara’s Love For Abandoned Animals

It’s commonly seen that animal lovers go through great extents to provide love and protection to these innocent and vulnerable creatures, but then there are stories of selflessness and heroism that surpass them all.
We all know that Japan experienced a terrible earthquake on March 11th, 2011. The earthquake resulted in a 15-meter tsunami that disabled three Fukushima Daiichi reactors causing one of the most serious nuclear disasters in history.
As a result of this catastrophe, Japanese officials were instructed to evacuate the population that resided within the defined 12.5 miles exclusion zone. This was a precautionary measure taken in order to avoid radiation exposure that threatened to affect the inhabitants. Part of this zone included a small town called Tomioka.
Due to this evacuation, Tomioka is now a picture of abandoned streets, empty houses and shops, and motorcycles left out on the street. While everyone fled this town as instructed by the government, one man stood his ground.

Call him stubborn or just simply persistent, 55-year old Naoto Matsumura decided to stay back in order to attend to the animals that had been abandoned by their owners. Along with Matsumura, these animals were the only inhabitants that remained in Tomioka and this altruistic hero has been ignoring the potential hazard to his health as well as orders issued by the government in order to tend to these animals. As for the hazards he is facing firsthand, Matsumura is exposed to 17 times greater radiation than an average person can endure.

Initially, Matsumura, a rice farmer, had fled Tomioka with his family, but later he returned to check on the animals left back in his farm. There were a large number of hungry abandoned animals, some of which were still tied up and couldn’t even scavenge for food. In a single episode, 120 cattle died of starvation as they were locked inside a barn with no access to any food.
The sight of these deserted lands and abandoned animals caused Matsumura to stay behind and care for them and thus gave him the unofficial title of ‘The Guardian of Fukushima’s Animals.’
Another reason behind Matsumura’s decision to stay back is that he was born in Tomioka, and the brave animal lover says he would prefer dying there too. Experts have informed him that he had between 30 to 40 years before he got sick, so being 55-years old already, Matsumura knows that he may even be dead before then, so he couldn’t care less.
The food and produce in the land of Tomioka is highly infected and hence this selfless farmer and his animals depend solely on the food and material donated to them. With a smile on his face, Matsumura happily waits in hope that someday the town of Tomioka will go back to being its old self and its inhabitants will return. Until then, he will patiently wait and continue to care for and feed the animals, and continue to be their only hope of survival.

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Destinations of 2015: 10 Cost-Effective Vacations

With greater information about travel-friendly destinations to visit, it’s little wonder that you’re still unsure about your travel itinerary. Should you fulfill you’re backpacking dream and hike through Europe, or go for the exotic locales of Asia? This article will help you get a better idea of some budget-friendly destinations that you absolutely have to visit this year.
1. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

In spite of Moscow’s popularity, the city pales in comparison to the rustic charm of St. Petersburg. Its highlight is the Armitage with its enthralling art display. Moreover, the Winter Palace is a sight to see with its 1500 rooms and a gruesome battle scenario depicting the 1917 October Revolution.
2. Istanbul, Turkey

Rich in its culture of Islamic architecture, thrumming bazaars and historical monuments, Istanbul is certainly one of the most appealing destinations to visit this year. Staying in Sultan Ahmet will facilitate your visit to Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. For the most vibrant shopping and dining experience the city has to offer, you can stroll through Beyoglu which is next to the famous Taksim Square.
3. Washington DC, USA

Heralded as one of the world’s best museum and monument cities, this is the place for art aficionados and history lovers. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and will thus be commemorated with notable artifacts.
4. Milan, Italy

This is one of the travel destinations dripping with elegance and prominently displaying its wealth. However, in 2015, it opens its doors to all travelers with the Expo 2015. This fair will have 1.1 million square meters of ground so that visitors can enjoy plazas full of street musicians.
5. Macau, China

The intriguing element in Macau’s offering is the fusion of European, African, Indian and Chinese influences. A new rail system is also underway. What’s more is that you can enjoy the world’s highest bungee jump right here in Macau.
6. Bali, Indonesia

This Pacific paradise beckons to you since hotel prices are down by 12% in specific places. You can enjoy an array of underwater exploration and surfing activities and discover volcanoes amidst the jungle vegetation.
7. Khumbu, Nepal

Follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing. Experience the elation that culminated in the scaling of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. The Three Passes Trek and the Mera Peak expedition are bound to bring out the adventurous spirit in you.
8. Tokyo, Japan

The country’s tourism has taken a hit which is why travel expenses of such destinations are at a low this year. Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 Olympics and is rife with activity in this regard. Check out the KoishikawaKorakuen Garden and the Imperial Palace.
9. Svalbard, Norway

Bear witness to the moon blocking out the sun for several minutes on March 20. This heavenly sight can be seen here and is situated between Norway and the North Pole. The aurora borealis will continue this year, and herds of polar bears will constitute a spectacular viewing.
10. Tasmania, Australia

Renowned as the landing site of the first convict ships to Australia, Tasmania has a lot to offer to the avid traveler. This year, the second leg of the Three Capes Track will open up. You can make the most of coastal bushwalking and view the breathtaking sea cliffs of Tasman National Park.
Make 2015 the year of the traveler. Pick one or more of these must visit destinations and we guarantee an enriching and fulfilling travel experience!



Romantic Trips For Honeymoon Couples

The world is beautiful and full of romantic places you can experience with your significant other. The exotic locations mentioned below range from the beaches of the Maldives to the snowy peaks in Jammu and Kashmir. And while cities like Paris and Rome are traditional choices for romantic charm, there are other locations that are just as romantic, but are not so well-known.

The Maldives

Nothing is more romantic than a candlelight dinner beside the majestic sea, and residing at one of the many bungalows dotting the coastline. The Maldives is the stuff of dreams, beaches strewn with tall palms, and beautiful sunsets every evening. It easily gets on this list because there are only a few locations that can get more romantic than the Maldives.

Jammu and Kashmir

The nickname ‘Paradise on Earth’ doesn’t come without solid-backing. It is the land of snowy peaks and foggy hills. Other romantic highlights include the beautiful waters of Srinagar’s Dal Lake where you can stay in a houseboat, or the Gulmarg’s legendary Gondola ride over Himalayan Peaks, or perhaps a peaceful walk in the fields of Pahalgam. Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most romantic places on Earth which is just overflowing with romantic spots.

Santorini, Greece

Greece’s fame attracts world-wide travelers, but Santorini’s charm keeps them there. Santorini is an island in Greece and is home to breathtaking sunsets, beautiful vistas, and peaceful waters. Beyond that, there are amazing blue-domed churches, white washed homes, and a majestic color-changing skyline. A beautiful Greek isle and indeed one of the most beautiful isles found in the world.

Paris, France

The classic city of romance. From the architecture to the atmosphere, France seems to be a match made in heaven for star-crossed lovers. From the heights of the spectacular Eiffel tower to the banks of the Seine, everywhere you go is an opportunity to make another memory with your significant other. Give yourself and your partner a treat when you visit this legendary European city of romance.

Bali, Indonesia

Synonymous with white sands, awe-inspiring mountains, beautiful green rice fields, and amazing temples, Bali has its own unique identity among one of the most romantic places to visit. It has much to offer visiting couples from wining and dining at a cabana by the waters, to a walk through rice fields, all with a picturesque scenery that Bali is known for.

Seville, Spain

One of the most amazing cities of Spain, but definitely the most romantic, Seville ends up on this list because of its undeniable charm and atmosphere. Take a stroll through the streets of Seville, where each corner holds a secret of this old but majestic city. Explore romantic cafes catering to couples, and restaurants specializing in setting the mood for love.

Kyoto, Japan

The capital of Japan is a city of peace. With a deep cultural history embedded into the very atmosphere of the city, it’s a very good choice for couples who want to explore history together. There are the famous bamboo forests to see, mystical shrines, and hundreds of years old temples and palaces to visit. Visiting Kyoto in the cherry blossom season allows you to experience Kyoto when it is at its most beautiful, when red, orange, and yellow colors dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

Venice, Italy

While it may be the first city from Italy to end up on the list, it’s not the last. Venice has a reputation for romance. From strolling over the Rialto bridge to having dinner on a pier, Venice must be experienced to be appreciated. Creativity is bursting at every corner and artisans creating masterpieces everywhere, Venice is popular with the traditional romantics.

Vienna, Austria

Simply amazing, Vienna grasps its visitors with its beautiful architecture ranging from Baroque palaces to amazing cathedrals. Vienna hides charming cafes in the more quiet streets. The Danube river which runs throughout the city offers multiple areas where you can sit with your partner and take a part in a photo so that you can cherish this memory years later.

Rome, Italy

The second city from Italy takes its rightful place on this list. Rome is another one of those classic romantic cities that are the destination for many quintessential couples. The main attractions of Rome include strolling through St. Peter’s square together or visiting the legendary Colosseum. The lovely cafes and restaurants are simply the cherry on top of the proverbial cake.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has almost everything to offer its tourists. Local artisans playing in the streets, unique architecture to visit and experience, and charming eateries located in a maze of its streets. Buenos Aires is simply a bundle of multiple romantic experiences. Visiting it during spring will allow you to see fields of blooming flowers coupled with milder temperatures and fewer tourists.

Bruges, Belgium

Last but certainly not the least, Bruges in Belgium rounds out this list with its medieval charm equivalent to taking a step back in time to Western Europe. Bruges is a true treasure of Belgium and seems to have come straight out of a fantasy. There are boat rides to be taken in scenic canals, paths to take a romantic walk on or historical landmarks to be visited. Bruges is simply a gem.



Tipping Etiquettes In Different Countries

Tipping is one of the things that you need to know before visiting a country. It can make or break your impression before others, including the party you’re with and the place you are visiting. This guide will help you understand how to tip in 14 different countries!

It’s a given that people working in the service industry including hotel personnel, hair stylists, taxi drivers, restaurants servers, etc. are to be given a tip. The standard percentage is 15 to 20%.

Since it’s a European country, most Swiss businesses include a 15% service charge on their bill. However, if you are visiting a fancy place, it’s considered courteous to leave a small tip behind. In fact, it’s their custom. The amount of the tip often depends on the kind of service you received from a particular person.


Similar to the US, businesses in Canada do not include gratuity. Thus, it’s important that those who visit any place here should know about tipping and should tip those who have served them. The normal service tip range is 15% to 20%.

In the UK, you are presented with an ‘optional’ charge. If you go for it, you will have to pay it. Otherwise, you will be expected to pay a tip on your own. The ideal range of tipping is 10 to 15%.


Generally, a 10% tip is expected and given. Euros are preferred, however, dollars are not too bad either.


A number of currencies are accepted here including Euros, dollars, as well as their own local currency, Liras. So yes, you should tip.

Tipping in Euros is appreciated. No more than 10% is expected. For gondoliers, you need not tip the boatsman.


The concept of tipping does not exist. However, you may tip if you are exceptionally pleased with the service. Don’t be surprised if you see that the person is surprised to receive a tip!

Similar to China, businesses in Japan do not expect to receive a tip. However, if you do wish to pay, such as at a fancy restaurant or at a luxurious hotel, pay in yen.

Earlier, Australia did not have the norm of tipping. However, in modern times, a 15% to 20% tip is expected, something similar to European and North American countries.


The French often dine at restaurants and pay a 10% tip.

Most restaurants include a service charge to the bill. Hence, no tip is required of you.

Most businesses such as restaurants, parlors, etc. expect a 5% to 10% tip in addition to the total bill. Dollars are appreciated by local workers.

South Korea
In South Korea, tips are not expected from tourists. If you wish, or are exceptionally pleased, you can leave something behind. Workers at a hotel can be paid around $1.

There is no fixed tipping culture in India. Their local currency is preferred by those who receive it since converting dollars or other foreign currency can be a hassle for a worker. Generally, a 10% tip is sufficient. However, you may tip more if you’re pleased with the service.

Restaurants in Argentina do not include a service charge. Dollars are not preferred. Pay around 10% of the total charge. At a hotel, 10 pesos are sufficient as a tip.

Since Mexico is close to US, dollars are appreciated. You can add 10% to 15% on top of the original bill as a tip.



Resident Evil O HD Is Proof Capcom Wants PC Players’ Attention

Resident Evil 0 has held a special place in the history of horror games –a special place in the hearts of franchise fans, as well. I remember playing the title as a much younger person back in the early 2000’s. On the surface, Resident Evil 0 (also known as Biohazard 0 in Japan) was a kind of curious gem. Exclusive only to the GameCube, the game’s signature, carefully-paced tension and creative, off-putting camera angles made exploration and combat very different from other titles of the time.

One could even say that the game’s trademark “partner zapping” system, which allowed you to switch between characters to solve cooperative puzzles and use unique abilities, was something of a precursor to the successes of the Resident Evil Revelations off-shoot.
And while there had been a remake of Resident Evil 0 for the Wii six years after its original release, Resident Evil 0 remained a kind of obscurity that many gamers, even Resident Evil fans, hadn’t played. It’s what makes the new high definition “remaster of the remaster” so worthwhile playing. Now that the game has been ported to the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, a whole new generation of gamers get to experience this acclaimed Resident Evil game. Make no mistake, Resident Evil 0 HD is designed to fit in with modern-era gaming.

The all new high-resolution textures featured in the game were composed from scratch, giving the game’s settings and character models a completely revitalized look. The 5.1 surround sound audio support is a huge uptick in quality, and you can even choose to play the game in the classic 4:3 screen ratio or opt for the sleeker 16:9 widescreen.

Taken as a whole, I was astonished at how significantly Capcom had gone to completely renew this title. And with the control schemes perfectly translated to either keyboard or gamepad (latter is recommended), I could really get the sense that Capcom fully intends PC players to fall right in love with redone Resident Evil titles. And given the immense quality I found in Resident Evil 0 HD, I’m positive that is exactly what will happen.

Resident Evil 0 takes place as a prequel to the events of the original Resident Evil game, set in 1998 in the outskirts of Raccoon City, before the eventful virus outbreak. Players can operate two characters simultaneously; Rebecca Chambers, the competent operative and medic for the S.T.A.R.S. bravo team, and Billy Coen, a former Marine-turned convict.

Personally, I already had fond memories of staying up late watching my older cousins play the game into the early morning hours. Almost fifteen years later, there was a distinct nostalgia mixed with wonder as I both remembered and admired my way through this gleaming facelift of this competent remaster. Of course, for gamers who may have never played through a Resident Evil game, there’s no guarantee that the gameplay will inherently translate to a new audience’s sensibilities.

Admittedly, with all the cosmetic goodness relevant to Resident Evil 0 HD, the gameplay remains fairly untouched, carrying the same clumsiness and faults that may have turned off some people back in 2002, as well. Level designs are somewhat uneven, perhaps even frustrating, especially given that final endgame moments may have players searching multiple floors for specific items. Generally though, the game does these things to encourage exploration, to mask its retro-rooted linearity with solid layers of genuine confusion and terror.

For anyone who doesn’t understand what Resident Evil is all about, Resident Evil 0 HD is the ideal ice breaker. The whole fun of the classic games was the growing, unnerving sense of anticipation, that searing pain of dread spreading through your abdomen as you rounded the next corner, unable to foresee the terrors that would lay ahead. Resident Evil 0 HD is a true horror experience, something that, regrettably, is somewhat absent from modern titles that may misleadingly carry that genre in their description.

I never felt scared at any moment while playing Resident Evil Revelations 2, and I shudder to think how Umbrella Corps, Capcom’s head-scratch-worthy Call of Duty-esque multiplayer spin-off, will have any discernible connection to the franchise’s survival horror legacy. So in a sense, Resident Evil 0 HD, essentially an old game with tons of A-Grade cosmetic surgery, is far more relevant to the franchise than anything on or heading to the shelves anytime soon.

While that may not be the best case for this aging franchise, it is something hopeful. Perhaps a new game, carrying the same charms and teeth-clinching moments as 0 HD, is not as much of a pipe dream as we may assume. But for long-time fans, re-runs do look like the best option, unfortunately.


8 Amazing Things To Do On A Budget While In Tokyo

If you’re fond of traveling, but restricted by a tight budget, then you might not think of Tokyo as a viable tourist destination. Indeed, Tokyo is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, and all of the development in the city translates into costlier accommodations. However, there’s a lot to do in Tokyo that gives you an amazing experience for little cost if you know where to go. This is where planning your trip beforehand by utilizing this list and calculating your expenditures comes into play.
1. Observing A Sumo Match At Ryogoku

Sumo wrestling is one the most well-known examples of wrestling. What better place is there to witness Sumo wrestling than in Japan? Tokyo offers its visitors a chance to witness this traditional Japanese wrestling in the Ryogoku district. Arrive there in January, May, or September, and you might be able to witness 15-day sumo wrestling tournaments. And of course, you might get lucky and see some actual sumo wrestlers once you are exploring the town of Ryogoku.
2. Marvel At The Beauty Of Hibiya Park

The Hibiya Park is a 16-hectare, western-style park located in the Ginza Area. It’s adjacent to the Imperial Palace and the East garden, and the Hibiya Park is surrounded by looming skyscrapers, an embodiment of the hustling urbane life that the park seeks to provide shelter from.
As the Hibiya Park covers a large area, it’s natural to lose track of time while strolling through the park and admiring the beautiful scenary.
The park hosts everything from tennis courts to over a dozen restaurants. Hibiya Park gets the most attention in the spring when the sakura trees show their dazzling colors.
Even in the other seasons, however, Hibiya Park is nothing short of stunning and offers great value for your time while bringing zero burden to your wallet.
3. Explore The Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium

This is a modern indoor aquarium near the Shinagawa stadium, housing over 350 marine species. This is the place to go if you’re interested in aquatic life. The Aqua stadium also houses the giant Alfred Manta, the only one of its kind on public display in eastern Japan. All in all, this is a terrific place to visit for both marine life lovers and children.
4. Embark On A Cruise On The Sumaida River

Tokyo is a large city, but luckily there’s an alternative form of transport in the city that is just as valuable to experience as any local sight. The Sumaida River snakes across Tokyo covering a distance of 16 miles in 7 districts. It’s a brilliant way to experience Tokyo from a unique perspective and luckily, this perspective comes at a relatively inexpensive cost. There are multiple routes you can travel from, each exposing you to multiple landmarks like the twelve historically significant bridges on the river that you will sail under.
5. Get A Sky High View Of Tokyo

If you want to see Tokyo from a different angle, the Tokyo tower should be on the top of your list for places to visit. Built in 1958 and inspired by the Eiffel tower, it’s the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. At night, it lights up and shines offering a magnificent view of a city washed in golden hues. The observatory decks have different prices, and the main observation deck is 150 meters high. Aside from amazing views, the Tokyo tower also offers visitors an aquarium, souvenir shop, and various restaurants to explore.
6. Visit The Imperial Palace And Steel Gardens

The Japanese emperor and the imperial family live here. Despite being located in the heart of a bustling metropolis, the palace offers a peaceful tranquility coupled with beautiful scenery that surrounds the palace. This city attraction does not often have many tourists, making it a great venue to visit for relaxation.
7. See The Meiji Jingu Shrine

One of Japan’s best shrines, the Meiji Jingu Shrine was built in 1920 in honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The serenity of the shrine is in stark contrast to the city life outside its walls. The path to the shrine is a walk through the grand Yoyogi forest which has a population of over 100,000 trees. The long walk is calming. Once you get there, enjoy the beauty and elegance of this shrine.
8. Shopping At The Nakamise-Dori Shopping Arcade

The Nakamise-dori shopping arcade goes back to the 18th century and is now a traditional shopping area filled with souvenirs, keepsakes, and snacks for a hard day’s shopping trip. While it may have a reputation for being overpriced, you can definitely test out your bargaining skills here!