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Bodymax Tri-Fold Exercise Mat
Bodymax Tri-Fold Exercise Mat
Offered by Powerhouse Fitness
Price: £17.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely made. Not that padded, 2 Mar. 2013
Item was received quickly to begin with. The mat is well put together. The material seems thick and I can well imagine it being resilient to cuts and scrapes. When folded it has two carry handles to make storing it and moving nice and easy. Length wise, I'm 6ft 2in and I would say this mat is perfect. The only question mark is against the padding. I've used the mat a handful of times and I would say that I can feel the floor certainly through the middle part of the mat which takes most of the weight. After using it does seem bounce back to its original form. Can't say whether it will stand the test of time but then again it is quite reasonably priced. Solid 3.5 stars.


Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Offered by VGP_VideoGamesPlus
Price: £19.95

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mass effect = mass entertainment, 3 Dec. 2007
Good

* story. engaging from start to finish with thoroughly convincing characters. absolutely superb.
* real tangible ramifications with decisions made mean multiple endings and outcomes. a breath of fresh air.
* impressive scope and freedom.
* good balance between combat and story.
* excellent replay value and longevity. First run through took me 24hrs.

Bad
* occasional glitches. my character got stuck in the environment several times meaning i had to reload and it also froze once.
* loads and redraw are a constant reminder that this is just a game.
* you cant go back and explore the universe/ complete side quests post completion a'la GTA so you better see all there is to see pre Ilos mission. shame.
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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Xbox 360)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Xbox 360)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £7.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really rather fun, 21 Jan. 2007
Im about 8 out of 12 levels in now and I must say that this is rather good but not fantastic

story 6/10
So we're terrafoming a new planet to sustain human life- some indegineous creatures (akrid) arnt very happy about it and have proceeded to murder your dad. revenge is in the air... Thats right this is Starship Troopers with snowstorms. The lacklustre story unfolds with a cutscene at the end (and sometimes middle) of each level and in all fairness theyre complete drivle- Amnesia- government conspiracy- there's nothing new here. dont expect to be drawn in by the strory and i would be surprised if you grew any affinity to the chracters.

gameplay 7/10
the game is played from a third person perspective and I must say that its a very well thought out control system which follows the easy to learn/ difficult to master theme. You wont be pressing the wrong buttons at crucial moments and bemoaning your clumsy thumbs.
Its worth baring in mind that this is an arcade style shooter so fans of tactical espionage may be dissappointed- you will have your right index finger glued down on the trigger for large periods and at times you will feel that success is down to luck rather than skill.

Success through levels is often dependent upon your utilisation of VS Suits. These are large mechanoid type walkers with which you can strap large weapons - gattling guns, rocket launchers, laser weapons, shotguns etc. There's nice variation here- some are quick and nimble some slow and powerful and you'll need to think about which weapons to strap to it to best suit the situation. It is very good fun throughout and you'll never feel bored. Challenging without being frustrating.

On the negative side it is extremely linear. There are no alternative routes through levels to aid replay value. Its such an old fashioned style game as well. level based with a boss at the end. I found it frustrating that there are no in-level save points. Each level can take up to an hour to play through, which is about right but i found that i often got stuck on the boss battle at the end but was unable to end my game without having to play through the level again - very frustrating! Also you can quite easily run past most of your enemies and are not forced to fight so you might find yourself asking 'why bother'

graphics 9.5/10
The only reason I dont give it 10 is because its not as good as Gears of War, which is still easily the best. Absolutely superb explosions and snow effects. There's a great variety of environments and scenery, textures and colours and some of the akrid are mamoth and awe inspiring. Truly superb in every sense. Its just a shame that this isnt more of a sandbox type of game so that you could explore more. A slight niggle is that your ever diminishing thermal life bar often means that you cant hang around to admire the view.

sound 9/10
Cant fault the sound either really. The screams and roars of the akrid are perfect and apporiate to the particular cretures size and type. voice acting is more than adequate (even if the hero is a bit to pretty for my liking) missiles fly past your ears and bullets reverberate on your surroundings. theres good echo in indoor environments and it all has a good feel of authenticity.

overall 7.5/10
Ive never been a big fan of arcade shooters. They seem to me a relic of 90's 8-bit consoles but there was enough here to persuade me otherwise.
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Xbox 360)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Xbox 360)
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can it beat Gears of War?? Not quite, 31 Dec. 2006
Story. 7.5/10

There seems to be a real dirth of original storylines out there and this does nothing to improve my opinion. once agian terrorists are causing trouble and its up to you to sort em out. this time theyve taken over a large proportion of, you guessed it, Vegas! Also the chracters are made up of operatives from across the globe so at least it isnt totally 'America saves the world'. Overall the story seems a little far fetched but you really shouldnt let this dissuade you from buying the game. Its the gameplay that'll keep you coming back for more.

Gameplay. 9.5

Essentially this is a first person shooter but the action neccessitates you looking for cover wherever possible. hold the left shoulder button and you flatten against the nearest object or wall. This is THE essential component in staying alive since you need to do this in order to allow your health to recover Halo esque style. If you go out in the open in the middle of a gunfight you're gonna get dead real quick. get shot and your vision blurs and then blackens before you die. This is a nice touch and works really well and you get to know just how much you can take before you're dead as a dodo. The game lends itself to tactical shooting and planning and you'll find that you die a lot. trial and error is often the best bet. its pretty realistic throughout, even on the normal difficulty setting- take a shot from close range and you'll most likely be killed outright.

There's also a good array of weapons as you'd expect and customisation options work well. Enemy and eammate AI are to a good standard. They'll flank, go for cover, retreat, rush you, blindfire and cover each other while the other reloads. Team commands work well and your fellows respond quickly effectively. Ultimatly the gameplay is very addictive and far easier to get to grips with than i had expected. my only gripe are some interactivity issues. there are still some low walls and barricades that you just cant jump over which slightly spoils the authenticity.

Graphics. 9/10

Pehaps playing Gears of War before this was a mistake. Gears really spoils you graphically and Rainbow in truth doesnt come close in my opinion. I expected to be gobsmacked because i now know whet the 360 is capable of. presumably the Rainbow production team just didnt allocate the same amount of time to this field as the Gears team. im not sure. however this is a very nice looking game all the same. smoke looks realistic and windows shatter and shoot out nicely. the blurred vision works wonderfully and the effect of a fashbang grenade was very impressive.

on the bad side. sure the textures are occasionally poor in places but my main gripe is that the whole game suffers from a slight washed out look. it has the feel of a watercolour rather than being the oil painting that it should have been. theres not enough definition in the colours and more contrast should have been used. I bought the advanced AV cable to improve this but ive noticed no difference at all so i wouldnt go down that road if i were you. another concern are the environments. There are 3 main sections to the game. Mexico, Vegas and finally The Nevada Dam. The Vegas section is by far the longest section and this is where it suffers. Many of the foyers halls, rooms etc start looking the same and personally i began craving a bit of a change. just gimmie a bit of sunlight and open air every once in a while!! still the game isnt called Rainbow 6 Vegas for nothing so i shouldnt complain really.

Sound. 9/10

What can i say its very good.

Overall. 9/10

This is an extremely enjoyable game. the gameplay is extremely additive and its more than attractive enough to keep you playing into the night plus its also great value as its quite a bit longer than Gears of War and should keep you occupied for 12+ hrs. very worthwhile buying.


Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £8.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wowie next gen's arrived, 31 Dec. 2006
what a truly wonderful game this is. you'll notice right from the start that this is something special. Its a real must-have game for any 360 owner who isnt uppish enough to be offended by a spot of violence, gore and occasional bad language.

Story. 8/10

In fairness Gears hasnt got a particularly original story line. its the classic aliens-want-to-take-over-the-world-and-its-up-to-you-to-stop-them motif, but who gets tired of saving mankind anyway?! there's some reasonable chracter development however and you will begin to care about 'your' lads before long.

gameplay. 9.5/10

this is where Gears comes into its own. Action involves taking cover behind...well virtually anything really, rocks, cars, walls, pillars, fences anything goes and then popping up and shooting ten bells of s**t out of the bad guys. the cover system really is extremely effective and becomes intuitive very quickly. There's a reasonable array of weaponary but they haven't gone overboard and you'll love chainsawing foes to death as your character roars with battle lust. As in Halo you'll find yourself in the main up against just 3 or 4 varieties of enemy with the occasional boss type battle thrown in for good measure and the AI is reasonably astute. They'll flank, cover, grenade and generally make a nuisance of themselves and they're actions largely depend on what you do so this insures that levels never play the same again twice. Likewise team-mate AI is very reasonable. they usually wont dash out into the open and they do more than provide cannon fodder for the enemy Also the game borrows from Halo once again with the health system. once you get shot up a bit a red reticule type thing appears centre screen, which deminishes when you take cover. a fewseconds later you'll be good to go

Graphics. 10/10

Simply breathtaking in every sense. im filled with a genuine sense of awe. texture, lighting and visuals are stunningly good. for once the in game graphics are as good as the cutscenes. some of the environments are just incredible, particularly the cave and train sequences. rain, ightning and water effects are wonderful and you'll genuinly want to spend time just looking round to take it all in. theres often a lot going on on screen at once but my system suffered no slow down. you'll have gun battles, helicoters flying overhead destroying buildings, bombs going off etc etc etc. the cutscenes are short simple affairs but blend seemlessly and (ip sinking is the best ive seen in any game) and theres a nice blend of humour and information to experience befor the next battle starts. war ravaged earth never looked so good!

Sound. 9/10

You'll benefit from surround sound but everything fits well. guns and grenades resonate nicely and character dialogue is witty and extremely well voiced and it never feels cheesy. you'll feel immersed.

overall. 10/10

This is definatly not a tactical shooter, like say Splinter Cell. Its meant to be a rolicking, in-your-face shoot em up and theres nothing wrong with that. the best looking game that money can buy and its just great fun throughout. theres a lovely variety of locations and although its quite linear no two streets look quite the same. just buy it darn it!


Sennheiser Mx 500 White Headphones
Sennheiser Mx 500 White Headphones

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed, 5 Feb. 2006
Bought these as a replacement for my Zen Micro. On the bright side they are very small and compact and are comfortable in the ear even after long periods of use. However i would suggest that there isn't much else to recommend here.
The sound while clear and crisp is so devoid of bass that every song is given a more accoustic sound. Perhaps this is more noticeable to me because i play a lot of rock music on my mp3 player where bass guitar is an essential ingredient in a track. Cranking the volumne up doesn't compensate it enough. Also the volume control is a complete gimmick. The difference between max and min volume using this is neglagable. Further more the cord is too short and no extension lead is provided so unless your as small as a hobbit i would say that it isnt going to be long enough for you.
I really wanted to like these as i know Sennheiser have an excellent reputation however if like me you have forked out a lot of cash on an expensive mp3 player then you really should do it justice by buying a top notch set of earphones. Spend £30-35 on a pair of sonys. Cant go wrong.


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