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Thief (PS3)
Thief (PS3)
Offered by SegaSykes
Price: 19.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Feels somewhat genuine, 21 April 2014
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After having played the previous three Thief games on PC, I have to say, this version feels somewhat genuine to the franchise. When you're playing, it does feel strangely consistent with how the originals were (only the graphics have improved dramatically).

Some aspects of the game are quite enjoyable, I will admit. The challenge of sneaking around in shadows and hiding in dark alleys, crawling through sewers and trying to keep out of sight while speedily working to unlock safes and grab loot before you're caught is still there. Combat is just as awkward as it always was (which is intentional, as Thief isn't meant to be a 'fighter' game, it's meant to be a stealth game). It feels just as it always did with the original franchise, with your score reflecting how stealthy you can pull off a heist or get through the entire level without being caught/spotted.

However, a lot of the original lore is missing from this "reimagining" of Thief (such as the factions), and a lot of the Steam-punk element is also gone so a lot of what made the world of Thief so interesting is now gone mainly. The characters have also been degraded to be less interesting and substantially there is far less dark humour than there was in the older games (you'll probably miss the way the guards used to talk to each other, or the random things you'd hear wandering NPCs say to each other and themselves). You can also feel how "Americanized" the game has been made (there were more British accents and undertones in the previous games), and it feels wrong somehow, it doesn't quite fit with the British-Victorian looking world they've created.

Navigation and the game world created here is the trickiest I've played in some time. Sometimes as you're moving from place to place in the levels, you feel like you're playing a dark Victorian-era Assassin's Creed. You spend more times on ledges, rooftops and climbing through windows than you do finding secret passages or tunnels and getting to where you need to be. Only, unlike Assassin's Creed, you don't have the same "freedom" as an open world usually provides, and there's so many dead ends and one-way areas you get so lost. There are normally tricky systems to get to the streets you need to get to; it isn't a case of walking around a corner and along a pavement but rather getting to a certain street is about having to cut through a building by a window and out another window, then through yet another house or sewer, it's confusing and not very cleverly done if you have a memory like a sieve and can't remember what path you took when all the streets start to look the same (especially if you've put the torches out, lol).

The mapping system in this game is by far the worst I've encountered. Each time you hit a different floor in the game, it changes the map to accommodate you which makes moving around to get from point A to point B incredibly tricky (imagine you've climbed onto a ledge outside, the map changes even though you can only go from one end of the ledge to the other...very unnecessary at times). It doesn't show where there's a good passage to get to one street from the next, and you spend time going in circles, climbing rooftops to get to one street only to find you're going to have to backtrack and go through two or three houses just to actually get where you need to be. Even if you can get to the roof on some places, there are only certain ways you can get down and if they aren't available, you're stuck backtracking.

The storyline wasn't that compelling and I felt it was completely unnecessary. A game like Thief doesn't NEED a storyline, all it needs are well written heist scenarios, some 'evidence' to find (such as letters that contain safe combinations, or secrets to be found') and some clever puzzles in awkward places to get to without being caught. Think of games like the Hitman series, where there isn't so much a storyline so much as just a mission where you're told where to go, who to kill, and given a number of different alternative methods of doing it. This is what this game needed to be (without the killing, obviously).

If it weren't for the awkward mapping system, I would probably play it again to get all the trophies but I'm not into self-torture. It got so confusing that I was spending more time wandering around aimlessly like a forgotten orphan in a Dickens Novel trying to happen upon where I needed to be rather than actually playing the missions and getting the loot. It was frustrating. The deeper you get into the game, the more complicated the mapping gets and so it gets more annoying and trickier to navigate. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the game and that's why it gets a three instead of a four.

Angel (The Angel Trilogy, Book 1)
Angel (The Angel Trilogy, Book 1)
by L.A. Weatherly
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Panders to readers, doesn't grip, 20 April 2014
The book starts off as being fairly readable and the premise of angels being this parasitic demon alien type race bent on world domination is one I hadn't seen before.

However the characters are SO bloody stereotypical and boring that it hurt the book immensely to where it gets harder to read. Everything about Willow Fields is as stereotypically Mary-Jane as it comes. She's perfect, she's slim, she's beautiful, and by god, she even fixes cars AND she's psychic to boot.

Then there's Alex, his backstory might have been interesting if it hadn't been the usual family revenge aspect that everyone goes for in these stories. He, like Willow, is written to be utterly perfect, gorgeous, intelligent, muscular and all action.

And the romance story isn't even one that you don't see coming. Willow, being half-angel is of course in danger, and has so many things that should be worrying her but for chapters upon chapters all she cares about is how much she loves Alex even though she has a family and friend in Pawntucket she doesn't even know are safe or not. Five days have barely passed and these two are professing their love and enjoying being together when Angels are killing people and taking over the world? What kind of AK (Angel Killer) with a vendetta would get so quickly distracted for a pretty girl? I know this is fiction but that made it all more unbelievable.

It simply just became a run of the mill Mary-Jane romance novel that loses its touch so very quickly. It could have been more but the author pandered to pre-teen girls who want to see the ugly pretty unperfect weird but actually perfect girl they all want to be who gets the unbelievable guy who no one else can miraculously snag.

Very disappointing, and won't be looking for the sequels.

Hello Kitty Tween Inflatable Chill Chair
Hello Kitty Tween Inflatable Chill Chair
Offered by great-kidsbedrooms
Price: 33.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 20 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice little chair, looks nice up close and I was assured it's very comfy. Have noticed the air is slowly leaking out of it a wee but but that's something that tends to happen with most inflatable objects that are put under pressure. Would be good for taking on holiday camping so your kid has somewhere to chill out in the evening, and it can be deflated and thrown in a bag or the car.

Doesn't look like a cheap inflatable chair which is a bonus!

AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, 20 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A very compact and easy to use machine. Came with only a few laminate sheets to test the product but does what it says on the box. Took a while to heat up before use and it does smell a little on the first run but that's normal according to the instructions. The thing itself doesn't take up all that much room so would be good for a home office where space can be a factor.

10 Sets 10x20mm Tibetan Silver Plated Alloy Heart Toggles Clasps - A6412
10 Sets 10x20mm Tibetan Silver Plated Alloy Heart Toggles Clasps - A6412
Offered by k2-accessories
Price: 0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly tricky but good quality, 13 April 2014
Nice quality however the slot to fit the t-bar into can be a bit awkward even with a long thin chain on the T side. It can make it extremely tricky to get the bracelets/necklaces you make on and off. This is the only reason I give it a three. But good for the price.

Offered by eformartUK
Price: 5.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend, 5 April 2014
Absolutely fantastic quality. Spent nearly double for a crap one from a discount store and it didn't have as half as much quality as this. Has three different tilt positions, accommodates a swivel (you can switch to portrait or landscape), came with a nice quality stylus and a screen protector. The lining is lovely and soft, nice quality to protect the iPad and quite firmly padded.

Can't fault this enough, highly recommend investing in this.

Nelsons Bach Rescue Remedy Dropper 20ml
Nelsons Bach Rescue Remedy Dropper 20ml
Price: 6.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In two minds, 5 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Got this for my nervous cat who has a tendency to run from us ( was told this version is no different from the pet rescue but the price is nearly double).

The cat seems somewhat calmer at night ( he used to be quite hyper but settles easier) but isn't too sedated (although I wish he was occasionally so I can get his nails trimmed lol).

It's hard to know if I would recommend or not until I can tell if it actually does work or not.

BusyBead Pack of 10 x Tibetan Style Toggle Clasps Jewellery Findings - Style No. 12
BusyBead Pack of 10 x Tibetan Style Toggle Clasps Jewellery Findings - Style No. 12
Offered by Busy Bead
Price: 2.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 5 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Good quality, fast delivery and a good price. Would order in a different style as was so impressed with quality. Highly recommend. :)

The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC)
Offered by SupaStock
Price: 30.37

16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A clear cash cow, 5 April 2014
I played this game for several betas and then as a customer I have to say this is by far the worst game Bethesda have released. While the graphics are beautiful and the voice acting is great the gameplay itself is very basic and not at all as immersive as previous titles. In fact once you get to a certain point the game get incredibly boring as it more or less repetitively killing the same things over and over with very little puzzle or interaction required with other players. This could have been a solo game, the online capability should have been optional, not necessary.

The online play is a gimmick and this game is not even a quarter as immersive nor exciting as titles like Oblivion or Skyrim. I suspect the subscription fee will go down in price eventually.

Like others I do not believe in paying a subscription fee AND having to pay for items. It should be one or the other, not both. Game is a clear cash cow and the milk is already well sour and out of date.

Avoid until prices drop.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover
Price: 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little gadget, 3 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Has a really good powerful motor in it, and comes with batteries already included. Blister pack was a bit of a pain to get open, but never mind.

I did feel although this obviously does the job on hard skin on your feet, that it is still going to take an excessive amount of time if you have particularly thick hard skin on the soles of your feet. It seemed to take a while for me to get just a little hard skin from my feet (and I had filed them recently already) which was a little discouraging. That being said, this unit takes a lot of the excessive moment of doing it with the manual file away, and this doesn't hurt at all either.

Price is a little steep but you get what you pay for and seeing as the motor is quite powerful AND the batteries are included, I'd consider it worth it.

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