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Dark Souls III (Xbox One)
Dark Souls III (Xbox One)
Price: £24.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly designed re-hash, 12 July 2016
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By now most video game players will be in some way familiar with the Dark Souls franchise, this being the third iteration and Dark souls itself being a descendant of the earlier Demon's Souls games.

The premise of each game in the series is identical - try and survive in a world that is doing its best to finish you off at every opportunity with little or no idea of what your objective is or how to go about it. The characters you come across in the game generally spiel off some meaningless drivel that only serves to confuse you further. There is only one level of difficulty - extreme, and the best way to describe most people's playing experience is fustrating, confusing and ultimately more effort than it's worth.

I would recommend that a potential purchaser view on-line videos of the Kings Field games, these were the original predecessors of the "Souls" games back when no-one in the West gave a hoot about them. In terms of the game structure very little has actually changed.

Why the low score? Well there is now an incredible amount of gaming snobbery around these titles, reviewers boast concerning how many times they have finished the game(s) and how they handicapped themselves by only fighting with one arm behind their back through the whole tortuous experience (yes really). If you dare to complain that the game is unfair or too severe then you will suffer the unending wrath of the "souls community" (whatever that is) who will persecute you for being too light weight or not understanding the principals behind the game.

The reality is (all) the souls games are poorly compiled reiterations of the original Kings Field games (which received mediocre reviews at best). The designers maintain you make your own story as you go and it's up to you to draw your own conclusions, the truth is they don't seem capable of putting together a cohesive compelling game. It's laughable that there are now people on the internet who have given up their day jobs in order to be "professional" guides to these games, do you want to play a game where you have to watch an hour long video explaining what you are doing? No me neither.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

277 of 302 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but far from perfect, 5 Jan. 2014
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I bought the HDX 8.9 64GB being under the impression it would be a step up from the previous generation Kindle Fire HD, and in some respects it is, in other ways however it fails to impress.

Firstly the pros:
-The screen is superb. Probably the best available at the moment on a device this size.
-The speakers are also top of their class. The sound they produce is beyond anything you would expect.
-I really like the new design, and it is so light to hold. It looks like a quality product.
-It comes with a charger! The last generation didn't.

Now for the cons:
-Whilst the hardware has significantly improved, Amazon's software has not. Now dubbed Fire OS, it seems to be far more bug prone and unreliable than before. 50 per cent of the time the various Amazon stores refuse to load, often requiring a shutdown. Considering the power of the tablet there is also a significant amount of lag and stuttering even when just scrolling through the ever present carousel.
-I knew how Amazon handled films on the device, via their LoveFilm service, but having now experienced BlinkBox and GooglePlay's offering, and seen how they allow you to download films or TV episodes individually. LoveFilm seems antiquated in insisting on a subscription service. Why can't I purchase or rent films and pay as I go?
-Each section of content has it own store, books, music etc. On the HDX these stores don't seem to be formatted correctly, the book and magazine store look frankly awful, with content arranged bizarrely and mis-aligned, this is just sloppy coding on Amazon's part. Not a big issue but still not what you would expect.
-Amazon's magazine and newspaper offering is lazy. Each publication is offered as it's own app. There is no conformity across each app. They are designed to offer one free issue and then you need to take a subscription to continue with the next issue. Why can't I buy issues as and when I feel like it? Again GooglePlay offers this service. Looking at the store not one of the publications I have looked at has been given more than a 3 star review, mainly due to people being charged and then not getting what they have paid for!

Having owned the device since its UK release date I find it hard to recommend. The 8.9 HDX is no longer selling at a budget price, yet for a far cheaper outlay I could get more functionality from a stock Android tablet. Why sell the device with such large storage capacity when there is no facility to download films or even access some of the larger (and better) Android games, which Amazon seem to have no plan to port across anytime soon (PVZ2?).

In short good hardware but why bother if nothing you offer makes use of the extra power? £420 to read books and access the internet? All these issues could be sorted via software updates, something tells me they won't be though.
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Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzle game and very atmospheric, 9 Dec. 2013
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Fantastic puzzle game with an engaging story. The game mechanics are a cross between Patience and chess, played out across a generic fantasy world. Even has the epic music from the Might and Magic heroes games on PC. Definitely has that one more go vibe.

Halloween funtastic!
Halloween funtastic!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO not buy, 7 Dec. 2013
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This app is NOT the official EA Dragon Age game despite stealing the EA branding, logo and even in-game pictures. Instead this is a dismal puzzle game based loosely on Dragon Age. Buy at your peril. Very poor of Amazon to let this appear on their store.

Order & Chaos Online
Order & Chaos Online
Price: £0.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 11 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Order & Chaos Online (App)
Probably as close to World of Warcraft as you are likely to get on a mobile platform at the moment. But it's far from perfect, whilst the graphics are good enough and the format will be familiar to anyone who's played any other MMO, it's just too fiddly to interact with the world and other players fluidly. The Kindle version seems to have more bugs and connection problems for some reason than the IOS or Android releases.
In summary, good but expect to have to put in work and accept some frustrating interface problems to get the best from the game.

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