Well, believe it or not, we’re nearing the end of the Pride 2020 mini-event. Just as quickly as it arrived, it’s almost time for it to leave. Such is the life of TSTO mini-events. Now that we’re rapidly approaching the end it’s officially time to share some thoughts on this mini-event.
As I did with Simpsons Wrestling, I’m comparing this mini-event to other mini-events. It’s the only fair way to assess each event, to compare it with other like events. So, comparing Pride 2020 to other mini-events, and reviewing it in the same light…
Not a terrible mini-event. It wasn’t spectacular by any means, but it also wasn’t awful. Just kind of middle of the road.
Really not a fan that the prize track contained no new characters, only costumes, but liked that none of the content was returning.
Now let’s get into the Good, Bad, and Ugly…
-Animations for Pride Homer and Glamazon Marge were really good and funny. Nice surprise for free costumes, and appreciated.
-Prize track contained no returning content. 5 new items to add to Springfield
-Addition of jobs/tasks at the prize track building and decorations. It should be a given that buildings in Springfield all have at least 1 character task assigned to them (Sadly it’s not always the case), but it was a pleasant surprise to see not only Curl Up and Dye have a task, but the Pride Car and Restrooms as well. Always a fun surprise when decorations are assigned character tasks. (Unaware of these tasks? You can see them on the rundown here)
-The dialogue was great, what else is new? Lol
-Two costumes on the prize track…and costumes for Marge and Homer no less. I wouldn’t have been as annoyed if it were 1 costume and 1 character, but two costumes just feels uninspired.
-Pride Mystery Box. EA actually raise the price on this box 10 donuts from the last time it was around (2018 it was 50 donuts a try). So not only was that kind of annoying, but more than 50% of the items in the Pride Box could be found in the Yearbook Box for 30 donuts. EA really has to find a way to make the boxes unique for events more appealing.
Although, I do give them credit for adding a few new items to this box, compared to 2018…which is why this is a bad and not an ugly for me.
-Mysterious Waylon. 150 donuts for a costume combo is utterly ridiculous. AND the costume didn’t even give good animations for Waylon…they were minor and basically the same thing over again for both visual tasks.
Overall I give this event a C. Decent, but not great. While new items on the prize track, jobs assigned to decorations and buildings, and the dialogue helped buoy this event, as Waylon, the Costumes, and the Mystery Box really tried to sink it. I think C is more than fair for this mini-event. Onto the next one!
As an aside…
Still trying to get things back to normal here in NJ. My husband did return to work a couple of weeks ago (although, if baseball (players and owners) doesn’t get out of it’s own way that may change soon)…which just means I’m home with the two kiddos, while trying to still work a full day, run this site, and not lose my mind. Always fun! Here’s hoping daycares can open up soon so I can return to work and a sane mind!
Also, we finished our basement remodel! My husband and I (with some help from our dads), took our basement from partially finished to fully functional playroom in about 4 total weeks! Kids love it and we love finally having a place fo the LEGOs to go…besides under our bare feet!
Here are some before and after shots…
Like I said, we did all of the work ourselves (aside from some help from our dads) Also, we had most of the items already (like the couch and rug are our old ones that we just hung onto knowing we’d eventually finish the basement, same with the decorations and TV stand), so aside from buying a new TV and some of the building materials, we were able to do everything on a super tight (ie cheap) budget! The whole thing cost us well under $1,000 (still working up the total…ie trying to find all the receipts), but not a bad quarantine project! Kept us busy and finally crossed “finish basement” off our to-do list (which had been on it since we moved in).
Next on the list…repaint the deck. Because it’s a mess! I really need to go back to work…
I hope you’re all getting back to normal, and/or staying busy!
Thoughts? Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!