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Playstation 4 Console With FIFA 15
Playstation 4 Console With FIFA 15
Price: £349.85

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS4 with Fifa 15, a stunning console and great footy game!, 28 Sep 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As a gamer and a footy fan this is a great combination!

The PS4 is a very well priced and well designed piece of hardware, this particular one comes bundled with "Fifa 15" which is probably the most anticipated sports game of the year and they're including the game at no extra cost (£350 when we purchased it). This is our second Ps4 as my girlfriend likes to play games at the same time as myself.

Firstly about the console, it looks and feels quality and has a good weighty feel to it for something so small. Size wise I would say it's on a par with the PS3 slim. The two tone look really suits it with the blue light in between as an indicator as to the status of the console. Port wise at the back you have Power, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio, HDMI out and an AUX proprietary port for the PlayStation Camera. At the front is the slot loading bluray drive on/off and eject buttons (which are touch sensitive) and 2x USB 3.0 ports which are ideal for charging your controller from and if you so wish a 3rd party headset. At this point i will note that Sony have made the PS4 so that you can upgrade the hard drive without voiding warranty... the specs if you want to know are that it be greater than 160GB and no thicker than 9.5mm. Although it doesn't mention the spin speed the one that comes in the console runs at 5400RPM to reduce heat so i would advise you stick to that for good measure.

The controller is a vast improvement compared to the Duelshock 3 (PS3 controller), it now actually feels like a proper controller and the textured back of it feels very nice to hold. The trigger buttons now feel like proper triggers and have been positioned in such a way so your fingers rest on them perfectly. L1 and R1 buttons have been redesigned too and feel better. The thumb-sticks are perhaps the biggest improvement along with the trigger buttons and i can confirm that your fingers won't be slipping off due to the shape. Compared to the Xbox One controller i have to say i prefer the thumb-sticks on the duelshock 4 as they seem slightly bigger and hence you can rest a larger part of your thumbs on them, that is a personal preference however! There is a built-in mini speaker as well as a touch pad which game developers can use however they see fit, in a game by game basis. Select and Start buttons have been replaces with "share" and "options" buttons. The share button allows you to either capture past game-play footage (up to 15 minutes, a screenshot or even live stream footage to either twitch or ustream). The Options button kind of doubles as a start button. There is the inclusion of an in ear mono headset which simply plugs into the controller and i have to say it does feel cheap and basic but at least everyone will be catered for and won't have an excuse about not being able to talk to other players. If anything it will tide you over till you get something better after a few days/weeks and indeed would be good as backup so you can't really complain (at least they included one in the box). If you do want a proper headset then I fully recommend the "Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0", it's good value and sound quality is awesome! You also get a HDMI cable and mini usb to usb 3.0 cable to charge the controller in the box. The battery is built in so no need for disposable batteries! (smiley face) although it is worth noting that if you want to play and charge the controller at the same time you WILL need to buy a longer cable. Either that or buy a second controller.

Setup is very quick and easy and i was up and running within 5-10 minutes from when I first plugged it in. Given my girlfriend was creating a new account rather than redeeming an old one the process was slightly different and took slightly longer than when i redeemed my account. Please note that there is a mandatory update when you first connect to the internet which did take a while but after that i was already at the dynamic menu and oh what an improvement it truly is compared to PS3! The menu system is easy to navigate, intuitive and fast to operate. Everything is where you yourself would think it is and there are no loading screens between menus. You can tell that Sony really wanted to push the social side of this console as everything from friends latest trophies, notifications, news and video uploads are available right from the off. Everything is also laid out in order of what you were doing last with the very last thing being the nearest to where you start. Above all this there is a kind of "cross media bar" where all the system info and settings can be found, again all very easy to get to and it's fast so those days of waiting around with the ps3 are long gone. Similarly the PlayStation store has been redesigned so it's even easier to navigate and also fast to operate, (ps3 owners will know how painfully slow accessing the store was on ps3, well that's a thing of the past).

To play online you will require PlayStation plus membership but because of all the included stuff that it brings you will never complain about what it offers. Everything from free games each month, updates that happen in the background, cloud saves and discounted games and DLCs are offered to PS+ members and i would argue you actually get your money back over the course of the year. For example later this year (2014) there will be a special PS+ edition of "Driveclub" and it will be free to all PS+ members, well that's a £40 game right there that they are including, and you get to keep the game once that month has gone! Indeed you can keep playing those games for as long as you want, so long as you remain a PS+ subscriber.

As i said earlier updates happen in the background while you are gaming and also when the system is in sleep mode, the controller can also be charged through the console while it sleeps too. Now there are mandatory game installations just like the ps3 but this time around they are much larger although i do need to point out that installation is extremely quick, within a few minutes per game as opposed to the 30 minutes+ (on average) it takes on Xbox One. As for noise wise, the console runs very quiet most of the time although the main fan can become quite loud at certain points particularly when a game loads or when the console has been running for a good few hours. As for games, there are a whole host of games I have tried over the past few months including Call of Duty, Watchdogs, Killzone, Wolfenstein, Diablo and Sniper Elite. All were fantastic in their own right and would recommend you check each of those games out.

I've played a good few hours of Fifa so far and it's really fun, even my girlfriend has taken to liking it, while i can't comment as to how the game is over the long haul as yet i think anyone that likes football games will enjoy this and the controls are easy to fathom.

PROS: The Console looks beautiful and the User Interface is clean and crisp to look at * Controller is VASTLY improved * At long last we have cross game party chat * Background updates * quick install times * games i have played so far are fantastic including the free games they offer * you can get back to the main menu at any point mid game and it holds the game in suspension rather than quitting so you can instantly rejoin (double pressing the PS button takes you straight back to the game) * recharge controller while the console sleeps * for what you get i would argue the console is very good value * includes a disk based copy of FIfa 15 in the box at no extra cost!

CONS: Party chat isn't as clear and crisp as it is on Xbox One (I can say that as I also own an Xbox One) * included headset feels cheap to look at and use * PlayStation network needs to be made more stable especially as we are now mandated to pay for it if we want to play online * Sony need to reduce the amount of "maintenance" sessions it does and shorten their length or at the very least do them during the early hours of the morning rather than prime time during the day or evening.

VERDICT: We have both of the next generation consoles and have to say that we're very impressed with both of them although the speed and ease of use of the PS4 along with it's potential gaming ability really is impressive. The controller is a big plus this time around and feels like they actually listened to what gamers want. Will the inclusion of a touch-pad and speaker set the world alight? Probably not but it does open up possibilities for developers to get creative. I'm glad Sony didn't go down the Voice control path that Microsoft did, using a controller will always be faster and more reliable and i'm glad they put extra effort into the basics of the system rather than getting cocky, voice control technology simply isn't at a good enough standard to become mainstream... maybe in a few years!

They've priced this bundle right on the money and you feel like you're getting a quality package and from one gamer to another i can fully recommend this to you. I hope you enjoy many happy years of gaming with this, it's a great time to be a gamer.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CONSOLE!


Wilson Profile VF Steel Mens - Right Hand
Wilson Profile VF Steel Mens - Right Hand
Offered by SuperJacksGolfShop
Price: £185.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WIlson Profile VF Complete set Review!, 28 Sep 2014
For the money this is probably one of the best value complete packages around while at the same time everything has been made to a very high standard. Included in this package set is the stand carry bag which is sturdy yet lightweight (Do not assume being lightweight means something is poor quality, carry stand bags are designed to be as light as possible!).

Club wise you get a 10.5 degree 460cc Driver, matching 3 wood, matching Hybrid which is the equivalent of a 4 iron (A number 4 Hybrid is easier to hit than a traditional 4 iron). You then get 5-9 irons and a Pitching wedge and Sand Wedge. They also include a quality putter with line up lines on the top to give you some help.

Now just like all other Wilson golf clubs these feel well made and have a very solid feel off the face, these are cavity back irons which are designed with forgiveness in mind and believe me they are very easy to launch the ball into the air. The steel shafts in the irons feel sturdy and the graphite shafts in the Hybrid, 3-Wood and Driver seem well balanced and not too heavy. The bag itself has many different pockets to put stuff including balls, tees and indeed shoes or a rain mac.

Verdict: This is a fantastic value set of clubs and the quality is as good as anything you will be able to put your hands on by any other brand. For those that are beginners in golf or indeed on a budget then look no further as these will serve you well for many years just like myself. RECOMMENDED

P.S. Just a piece of advise for those that are new to golf and are just starting off, always keep a small first aid kit in the bag with plasters, anti-histamine tablets, mosquito repellent and other such things as believe me you never know what you may encounter, the amount of times i've had blisters, been stung, bitten or cut by a thorn hedge is quite unbelievable over the years. As for this set of clubs, for the money they are great!


Destiny (PS3)
Destiny (PS3)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £41.67

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Destiny, Repetition at it's core!, 26 Sep 2014
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Destiny (PS3) (Video Game)
"One of the biggest and most ambitious games ever created" i remember reading when Destiny was announced over a year ago, what went wrong?

Destiny is one of the most expensive games ever made along with being the most highly anticipated, sadly the game does not meet the hype that Bungie and Activision have pushed, before i talk about the bad areas i want to talk about what the game is about.

Essentially Destiny is an online only first person shooter that has 3rd person perspectives along with an MMO style of play. You play the part of a "Guardian" to which you can customise and select one of three different classes, sexes and so on. Essentially a giant sphere called the traveller came to earth and nearly gave its life to fend off the "darkness" which tried to consume earth. It's saving grace was to give a small amount of power to guardians (you and fellow players) in order to fend off the darkness which has returned but to also travel to different planets to do the same there.

The first thing to say is that in typical Bungie style, the graphics and scenery to this game are truly stunning, in many ways it does remind me of playing halo, probably because of the space connection and the fact that several of the vehicles and weapons do have a halo-esk look and feel about them, some may disagree with me on that but it is my personal opinion. Everything starts back at a place called the tower, which is where players gather to trade, upgrade and indeed interact with others and is the sole 3rd person perspective area of the game, from here you can then go to your ship (you get one early on which looks pretty basic but it does nothing more or less than any other ship in the game as ships are purely a vanity item. You only really see them during loading screens).

From you're ship you can travel to the crucible which is the PvP area of the game and encompasses traditional game modes such as team death match, domination plus many more. This area will please traditionalist that prefer quick paced game modes that last 10-15 minutes. The maps and their layouts are great and there's lots of variety between the maps, sadly special abilities are already overused, if in doubt everyone uses a special ability and indeed some people have already maxed out their character which completely spoils it for those just starting out and there doesn't seem to be any levelling out of teams.

From your spaceship you can also travel to various planets like Earth, the moon and indeed Venus. Here comes the bad news unfortunately, I seem to remember being told when Destiny was revealed over 12 months ago that the game was going to be a "10 year game ", with lots of different content that will keep you busy for months and years to come. All I will say to anyone reading this is you need to drastically cut back your expectation of this game and rather than saying its a 10 year game they should have said it's a game that will be supported for 10 years which is a big difference!

I've completed all the missions on all the planets and I do like to explore along the way, it's probably taken me around 13 hours or there about to complete. It gets worse, the missions are SO repetitive I couldn't believe it. Literally each mission is effectively the same, go here and kill these enemies or go there and wipe those out and you occasionally get a proper boss to fight. Huge spans of the maps during the missions are unpopulated both by friendly players and enemy AI and the basic level AI are completely stupid, not just that but the amount of ammo you will use on basic enemies such as vandals is ridiculous at times and like others have said, you would think that as you get stronger those basic enemies would be easier to take down, nope they're exactly the same and it's as if levelling doesn't matter, even using stronger weapons that deal more damage feel restricted and at certain times inaccurate. There is a hover craft called a sparrow which you use for fast transport across the map to get to where you need to go which I think is part of the reason the developers left these areas so empty and therefore pointless.

The MMO part of the game is that you can collect loot, weapons and armour and upgrade your character, there is no massive get together of players where you can work together, indeed if you want to work with others doing some mission or "strikes" then 6 is the maximum number of players, hardly breaking the bank in terms of massive player numbers is it? The plus sides are the proper bosses really are a grind and take ages to kill, the trouble is although they are stronger and do show higher intelligence they're boring to fight. You can get random events on the map too which might be defend a location against a few enemy waves and get a bonus, these do help to spice otherwise boring areas up but they need to happen more often in my opinion.

Pros: It looks pretty good on PS3 * I like the idea behind the different planets and the POTENTIAL scale of the game * higher level bosses and "strike missions" are a true grind * you have a traditional PvP area to keep people happy * I love the variety in weapons and vehicles * servers are stable

Cons: the reason there is a traditional PvP area is to cover up the fact that the campaign/ story is lacking content and indeed I would argue the story itself needs more dialogue so people know what's happening * hugely repetitive and virtually no innovation between missions * spaceships are pointless as they are only seen during loading screens and do/add nothing * 6 players is not my idea of an MMO and I think it was wrong of Bungie to claim it was going to be * You can't trade items between friends meaning if you pick up a titan weapon and you're a warlock, you can't gift it to a friend * Strike bosses which can take hours to kill drop next to no loot and what they do drop is usually junk, if you've been fighting a boss for hours on end you kind of expect decent loot when they finally drop. Sadly it's 100% pot luck as to what you get at the end * Legendary Engrams (engrams are essentially unidentified items for want of a better description) don't always translate into Legendary items once you take them to Cryptarch to decode them * PvP is already filled with overly aggressive people that are already max level * special abilities and shotguns are overused * You can't talk or communicate with other players in the "Tower", only wave at them or dance your character * cut your expectations of the games size and depth by half and that's where the game currently is * I'm already bored due to the repetition.

Verdict: Don't get me wrong, graphically the game is quite impressive for a PS3 game and I applaud the idea behind the game but where is the longevity in the standard game? I'm sure there are some reading this that will say what about exploring all the areas and redoing some of the missions? Theres only so much exploration you can do before you get bored and playing the same missions over and over isn't my idea of fun especially when most of them are essentially the same. I'm at level 20 now and to be honest I keep waiting to see something new but it never happens, in fact if it wasn't for the crucible area (PvP) this game really would be a drag. I understand that Bungie plan on extending the game via downloadable DLC every few months, the trouble is I've paid good money for this game as part of a console bundle and to be honest I was expecting more than what is currently on offer, not just more missions but also better variety is needed and fast! There is nothing on offer in this game that we haven't seen or played before and ive heard several people liken it to Borderlands, Borderlands has 10x the amount of content and fun that this game has and i would recommend that game over this each and every time. The trouble is what is Destiny trying to be? I certainly don't know and I'm not sure Bungie can tell us either. I can only hope they make the future DLC free as I don't want to pay any more money for a few more mission of the same old stuff.

In a nutshell, the game is woefully lacking in the variety of the content. To be honest I think it's boring and hugely repetitive and as a keen gamer I feel disappointed by this game, Destiny just isn't the game we were all lead to believe it would be, so based on everything so far it gets 3 STARS. It certainly doesn't deserve any higher than that 60/100


Martini Asti 750ml
Martini Asti 750ml
Offered by ndlwholesale
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling wine from Italy, Sweet to taste and pleasant for all occasions!, 25 Sep 2014
This review is from: Martini Asti 750ml
Very pleasant sparkling white wine which is sweet as opposed to traditional sparkling white wines which are dry. This is in part thanks to the Muscato grape from Italy and the different way they go about producing it. Serve straight from the fridge either before, during or after dinner and is always a crowd pleaser especially popping the cork. If you don't like dry sparkling wines such as champaign then give this a try. It's not overly strong alcohol wise but going off how it tastes you wouldn't think it was 7.5% as it tastes stronger!

Verdict: A fantastic Sparkling white wine which is good value and tastes great. Worth trying and i'm sure many will be surprised by how nice it is although champaign fans may find it too sweet! Perfect for a nice dinner, party or just when you want something different.


Xbox One Console with Kinect and Forza 5
Xbox One Console with Kinect and Forza 5
Price: £399.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox One with Kinect Bundled with Forza 5 Review!, 23 Sep 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I'm going to talk in depth about what you get in this bundle and about the console, if you want a simple and quick opinion then skip down to the PROS/CONS and then the VERDICT towards the bottom!

This is a very well priced bundle. The new RRP for the Xbox One without kinect is £330 (as of Sep 2014). Yet here you are getting the a boxed copy of Forza 5 and the Kinect Sensor all for £55 extra. Naturally you will have to justify whether or not you need the Kinect sensor or not although i would suggest that it's worth it especially for the price this bundle is set at, at the very least you can put it away in a cupboard knowing that you have one should you want to use voice functionality, Skype or indeed for a game further down the road.

So what do you get in the box:

The Console
Kinect Sensor
1x wireless controller(batteries included)
4k rated HDMI cable
Power supply (external power brick)
Chat Headset
You also get a boxed copy of Forza 5.

There are various ports on the console, on the back you get: Power, Gigabit Ethernet, 2xUSB 3.0, HDMI in (for connecting a sky box), HDMI out (to the TV), Optical Audio, Kinect Port and a Kensington Security lock. On the left hand side of the console you get another USB 3.0 port and a binding button for syncing a controller to the console although if you have Kinect plugged in that will happen automatically as it detects any controllers turned on in the room. On the front things have been kept as simple as possible with a slot loading bluray drive, a touch capacitive eject button and the Xbox logo which illuminates also doubles as an on/off button. It is only fair to say that the console does take up a larger space than i would like, especially when you factor in the the kinect sensor and external power brick although considering it's all going to be sat under your TV and hardly ever going to be moved i doubt anyone will complain. Many have likened it to a betamax player from the 1980s and it certainly has that kind of a look but believe me when i say it does grow on you and all the industrial looking vents do give it a certain retro style while providing excellent cooling. The two tone look suits this console with half being high gloss black and the other being matt black. Before i start talking about the software, games and day to day usability of this system i will simply say that everything out of the box has a quality look and feel, even the cables they have used feel substantial.

So when you first power the system on it will make some noise and it may take a few minutes to boot up on the TV, this is completely normal and one of the first screens you will see is "it's time to update". Please ensure you have Internet access at this point and the console will walk you through the steps to get connected and begin the initial update. Once its updated it will reboot but this time it will ask you to either create a new Xbox Live account or redeem an existing one (which takes 30 seconds at the most), after this you will be greeted with a video that will showcase everything the console can do in quick succession. After this you will be left at the "home screen" from where everything can be accessed. At this stage i will just let you know that i will talk about Kinect in depth later on in a separate paragraph.

So the "Home" Screen has many options and quick access buttons very much like the Xbox 360 had although you can quite clearly tell the influence Windows 8 has had upon the system. While Windows 8 may not work perfectly on PC (as we all know), on this system it works quite well indeed and has been improved upon over the last couple of weeks/months since the consoles initial launch! There is a lot displayed on this screen but it also has all the information you may want at any given time. Notifications of friends latest achievements or game footage appear in the top left and the current time and controller battery level in the bottom right. At the main screen you have access to everything and you can select certain apps and games to be "pinned" to the home screen for quick and easy access if you don't want to use Kinects voice commands that is. It's all very fast and easier to navigate than it was on launch day thanks to many features and short-cuts being added. The Hard drive in the Xbox One is 500GB and isn't removable but don't worry as it should be more than enough for most people. If you do fill it up then you can use an external HDD to expand the space (something Microsoft have only just allowed). When in operation the console is virtually silent, even when the system has been on for a few hours and I've been gaming non stop it's still hard to notice any noise, in fact the only noise i ever detect is from the disk drive when a movie or game is spinning up for the first time, beyond that it's as quiet as a standard blu-ray player. I do have to be critical at this point and say that All games are required to be installed on the HDD to function, the problem being that it often takes 40+ minutes to install a game and if there are any updates for that particular game then they happen after the game has installed. It took over an hour from when i started to install Call of Duty: Ghosts before i was able to play it. Simply put this is one area Microsoft need to speed the system up.

All saves from the games you play are automatically uploaded to the servers so if you un-install a game or something corrupts and you need to reinstall it then all your progress will be safe. Console updates happen in the background too, so you can be playing while it updates or even when the system is in Insta-On mode. There are two power settings, fully off "eco mode" or the other "insta-on" where you can press the button on the controller or machine (or say Xbox On if you have Kinect plugged in) and the system will be up and running at the Home screen within 15 seconds. Be aware though that GAME updates do not happen automatically and often you will start to play a game and be told it needs to update, this is another area Microsoft need to address and allow game updates to start automatically especially if i was playing the game recently. In a nutshell the User interface and general Operating system is a joy to use and there are many different apps that you can have including Youtube and Twitch, in case you want to stream live footage directly online. There is an app called "snap mode" which splits the screen 70/30 and allows you to run programs at the same time as gaming, using this you can record game footage, keep up to date with what friends are doing, listen to music via YouTube and a variety of other things (I'll talk about this more when i mention Kinect). There is a studio called "upload studio" where you can edit and crop footage or take screenshots out of video and then upload to Microsoft's Onedrive and from there you can share it to wherever you want like YouTube or Facebook. I'm not going to lie, the system could do with being streamlined and i would like it if Microsoft enabling you to stack videos for uploading or allow it to happen when the console is in sleep mode, sadly as it stands you can only upload one clip at a time and because BT restrict upload speeds on standard broadband to 0.75mb in the UK a simple 20 second clip can take 5 minutes to upload and it says you can't close the app or the upload will stop. Definitely an area that needs addressing!

The Controller is for the most part a big improvement over the Xbox 360, the second you hold it in your hands you realize that it has been ergonomically shaped especially around the back to fit more securely into the palms of your hand. All the screw holes have been removed and joining lines are now away from where your fingers sit meaning it's more comfortable to hold over long periods. The battery compartment has now been made into the controller rather than sticking out like it did on the Xbox 360 one, again this means a better user experience. Now the controller uses 2xAA batteries or you can buy a play and recharge kit that fits into the battery compartment. To be honest either works well although because the controller now uses "wifi direct" it is actually more efficient than the PlayStation 4's controller is, as the latest Wifi Direct technology uses very little power. A brand new pair of Duracell plus batteries (that the controller comes with) should last 30+ hours and that's twice what the Xbox 360 controller lasted, don't forget battery packs may well sound good and be convenient but they don't last as long and on average only last around a year before they lose their charge completely. The triggers have been improved in two ways, firstly they have been shaped to match the position of your finger, making it easier to aim and shoot. Secondly, there are rumble motors in the triggers to provide feedback.. which work great in Forza 5 (only game at present that uses them), although i do think it will be better suited to shooting games, we shall see! The D-Pad (directional pad) has been dramatically improved compared to its predecessor with it now looking and feeling like it should with the buttons feeling crisp to use and a shorter distance to travel. Back and Start buttons have been replaced with view and menu buttons respectively (essentially they do the same thing as before). A/B/X/Y buttons are now slightly closer together which means your fingers don't have to move as far.

I do have to say I'm not the biggest fan of the bumper buttons (above the triggers) as they wrap around the side of the controller slightly yet can only be pressed in at the back above the triggers (so why wrap them around the side?). I also have to say that although I'm getting use to the thumb-sticks i do think they are on the smaller side and the material may look nice and provide good grip but they are becoming a pain to keep clean thanks to the micro grooves around the perimeter! If you're an Xbox 360 owner this controller may feel slightly alien to you at first but give it time and it'll grow on you. The only things left to say regarding the controller are that there is a Micro USB port in the top in case you use a battery pack so you can charge it but also by using a cable it instantly turns the controller into a wired pad (unlike the wireless 360 controller which still used wireless even when it was plugged in). The Xbox logo doubles as a console and controller on/off button although if you tap it while playing a game, it takes you directly back to the home screen regardless of what you are doing and where you are! At the bottom of the controller is a port where you plug the included chat headset into. The headset does a good job and voice chat sounds clear and has MUTE and volume up/down buttons, it's nothing special but is more than good enough for 95% of players that want a headset to chat to other people.

So onto Kinect. As of June 2014 the Kinect sensor is no longer included with every Xbox One console, it's now an optional extra. I would argue that this bundle is such a good price (work out the cost of each part and you're saving at least £85 based on the cost of buying the game and Kinect separately.

Firstly, what do you gain from using Kinect. Well you can use it for voice commands to go to a certain app or load a certain game or perform a task. Walking into the room while the console is in Insta-On mode (sleep mode) and say "XBOX,...ON" will instantly turn the whole system on. If you want to record the past 5 minutes of game footage on the fly after seeing something special or doing something awesome, simply say "XBOX,...RECORD THAT". The list goes on of the commands that you can ask it to do and if you're unsure of the options then items on screen highlighted in green can be spoken as a command. The camera works brilliantly for Skype, so you can now enjoy those conversations from the comfort of your sofa in HD quality and the microphone is pretty impressive too at cancelling out TV or background noise. The biggest problem with Kinect is getting it to respond. 90% of the time i don't have a problem and it works, the key is to pause after saying the word "XBOX". After you've waited a second or two then say the command clearly, you don't need to shout but you do need to speak clearly and remember the key is not to speak too fast. One command that i have found 100% effective is the "XBOX,...RECORD THAT" command which records the last 5 minutes of in-game footage (it use to be 30 seconds but they recently changed it). The other thing to remember is that while the console works perfectly fine without Kinect plugged in, the system is no faster without it and certain things such as snap mode and navigating quickly are 10x easier when using Kinect. Recording on the fly for example is not possible without Kinect and many functions such as Skype can't work without it naturally. On balance because of the extra features it brings and the fact it does make navigating around a whole lot easier (when it works) i would say on balance the Kinect sensor is worth having, i'm sure an update is not far off which will enable many of the features to be used without Kinect but until they do I would advise you buy an Xbox One with the Kinect. At this point i want to dispel a myth, Despite what some people are saying, disconnecting the Kinect sensor does not speed up the system, Microsoft themselves have said this. Even when they unlock more of the system power reserved for Kinect later down the road Microsoft have also said that whether or not you have Kinect plugged in will make no difference, on that basis you might as well have it plugged in and use the features on offer!

So down to the game included... Forza 5, to date it is probably the best racing simulator around and graphically it looks stunning, i've only played it for a few hours so far but must say if you are a racing fan like me then look no further, the cars look stunning and drive just as well and racing against other people is great fun! There's lots of tracks and different races to take part in along the way.

Time for a round up

PROS: The console has come a long way since launch and the User Interface is very fast * Everything feels well made * Console runs very quiet * Built In Blu-ray player * Controller is an overall improvement compared with the xbox 360 one * Games look beautiful * Kinect is well integrated and for the most part works well and makes navigation easier * Background updates to the system * Insta-On setting allows fast access to the system and allows controllers to be charged through the USB ports if you're using a recharge kit * Xbox Live is as good as ever with 2 free games coming each month * Party chat is clearer and voices seem sharper than they did on Xbox 360 * "Snap mode" so you can have two programs running on screen at once e.g. a game and YouTube * Can connect you're Sky TV box and use Kinect to navigate it * Bundle price makes this excellent value * Includes Forza 5 so what's not to like.

CONS: They need to allow game updates to automatically download and install in the background as the amount of times i've come online and can't play because of an update in starting to annoy me, if they can do it with system updates why not games? * Upload studio needs to be simplified and allow uploading in the background and stop the duplication of uploaded clips * loading other players profiles seems to take forever * takes way too long to install games on the hard drive * Without Kinect, navigation can be awkward as not everything is easy to locate * Thumb-sticks on the controller are smaller than you expect them to be but you do get use to them * unless you are a racing fan then you may find Forza boring

VERDICT: The Xbox One has got better and better ever since it's initial launch back in November 2013, For £384.99 this bundle offers great value as it includes Kinect and Forza 5. It's a great time to be a gamer and if you're new to gaming and want the next generation experience then this may be the way to go, it's certainly a great upgrade if you have an Xbox 360 at the moment and the games coming over the next few months look very impressive. An excellent package and contains virtually everything you need to get started!

RECOMMENDED!


Stowamatic i-Trac Steel Pull Trolley
Stowamatic i-Trac Steel Pull Trolley
Offered by The Sports HQ
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good value alternative to carrying a bag around the course., 22 Sep 2014
Extremely well made given the price and saves my carrying my bag around on my back. It's very lightweight and can be folded very easily to a size that will fit into the boot of a car along with a set of clubs. Near the handle there are two golf ball holders and a plastic cover for where you can place your scorecard to keep dry when its raining.

Years ago when i was in my late teens and early twenties, i used a carry stand bag and i swear blind that that was the start of my back problems, since using this trolly i don't have any back issues during or after a round and would advice any golfer that this is the way to go.

For the price this is very much RECOMMENDED!!


Destiny (PS4)
Destiny (PS4)
Price: £43.38

114 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Destiny, the biggest let down of the year so far!, 10 Sep 2014
This review is from: Destiny (PS4) (Video Game)
Destiny is one of the most expensive games ever made along with being the most highly anticipated, sadly the game does not meet the hype that Bungie and Activision have pushed, before i talk about the bad areas i want to talk about what the game is about.

Essentially Destiny is an online only first person shooter that has 3rd person perspectives along with an MMO style of play. You play the part of a "Guardian" to which you can customise and select one of three different classes, sexes and so on. Essentially a giant sphere called the traveller came to earth and nearly gave its life to fend off the "darkness" which tried to consume earth. It's saving grace was to give a small amount of power to guardians (you and fellow players) in order to fend off the darkness which has returned but to also travel to different planets to do the same there.

The first thing to say is that in typical Bungie style, the graphics and scenery to this game are truly stunning, in many ways it does remind me of playing halo, probably because of the space connection and the fact that several of the vehicles and weapons do have a halo-esk look and feel about them, some may disagree with me on that but it is my personal opinion. Everything starts back at a place called the tower, which is where players gather to trade, upgrade and indeed interact with others and is the sole 3rd person perspective area of the game, from here you can then go to your ship (you get one early on which looks pretty basic but it does nothing more or less than any other ship in the game as ships are purely a vanity item. You only really see them during loading screens).

From you're ship you can travel to the crucible which is the PvP area of the game and encompasses traditional game modes such as team death match, domination plus many more. This area will please traditionalist that prefer quick paced game modes that last 10-15 minutes. The maps and their layouts are great and there's lots of variety between the maps, sadly special abilities are already overused, if in doubt everyone uses a special ability and indeed some people have already maxed out their character which completely spoils it for those just starting out and there doesn't seem to be any levelling out of teams.

From your spaceship you can also travel to various planets like Earth, the moon and indeed Venus. Here comes the bad news unfortunately, I seem to remember being told when Destiny was revealed over 12 months ago that the game was going to be a "10 year game ", with lots of different content that will keep you busy for months and years to come. All I will say to anyone reading this is you need to drastically cut back your expectation of this game and rather than saying its a 10 year game they should have said it's a game that will be supported for 10 years which is a big difference!

I've already completed both the earth and moon missions in less that two days since launch and I've played for perhaps around 9-10 hours so far and I do like to explore along the way. It gets worse, the missions are SO repetitive I couldn't believe it. Literally each mission is effectively the same, go here and kill these enemies or go there and wipe those out and you occasionally get a proper boss to fight. Huge spans of the maps during the missions are unpopulated both by friendly players and enemy AI and the basic level AI are completely stupid, not just that but the amount of ammo you will use on basic enemies such as vandals is ridiculous at times and like others have said, you would think that as you get stronger those basic enemies would be easier to take down, nope they're exactly the same and it's as if levelling doesn't matter, even using stronger weapons that deal more damage feel restricted and at certain times inaccurate. There is a hover craft called a sparrow which you use for fast transport across the map to get to where you need to go which I think is part of the reason the developers left these areas so empty and therefore pointless.

The MMO part of the game is that you can collect loot, weapons and armour and upgrade your character, there is no massive get together of players where you can work together, indeed if you want to work with others doing some mission or "strikes" then 6 is the maximum number of players, hardly breaking the bank in terms of massive player numbers is it? The plus sides are the proper bosses really are a grind and take ages to kill, the trouble is although they are stronger and do show higher intelligence they're boring to fight. You can get random events on the map too which might be defend a location against a few enemy waves and get a bonus, these do help to spice otherwise boring areas up but they need to happen more often in my opinion.

Pros: Graphically it's a masterpiece * I like the idea behind the different planets and the POTENTIAL scale of the game * higher level bosses and "strike missions" are a true grind * you have a traditional PvP area to keep people happy * I love the variety in weapons and vehicles * servers are stable

Cons: the reason there is a traditional PvP area is to cover up the fact that the campaign/ story is lacking content and indeed I would argue the story itself needs more dialogue so people know what's happening * hugely repetitive and virtually no innovation between missions * spaceships are pointless as they are only seen during loading screens and do/add nothing * 6 players is not my idea of an MMO and I think it was wrong of Bungie to claim it was going to be * You can't trade items between friends meaning if you pick up a titan weapon and you're a warlock, you can't gift it to a friend * Strike bosses which can take hours to kill drop next to no loot and what they do drop is usually junk, if you've been fighting a boss for hours on end you kind of expect decent loot when they finally drop. Sadly it's 100% pot luck as to what you get at the end * Legendary Engrams (engrams are essentially unidentified items for want of a better description) don't always translate into Legendary items once you take them to Cryptarch to decode them * PvP is already filled with overly aggressive people that are already max level * special abilities and shotguns are overused * You can't talk or communicate with other players in the "Tower", only wave at them or dance your character * cut your expectations of the games size and depth by half and that's where the game currently is * I'm already starting to get bored due to the repetition.

Verdict: Don't get me wrong, graphically the game is stunning and I applaud the idea behind the game but where is the longevity in the standard game? By this time next week ill have finished the mission on all the planets currently available and yes im sure there are some reading this that will say what about exploring all the areas and redoing some of the missions? Theres only so much exploration you can do before you get bored and playing the same missions over and over isn't my idea of fun especially when most of them are essentially the same. I'm at level 16 and to be honest I keep waiting to see something new but it never happens, in fact if it wasn't for the crucible area (PvP) this game really would be a drag. I understand that Bungie plan on extending the game via downloadable DLC every few months, the trouble is I've paid good money for this game as part of a console bundle and to be honest I was expecting more than what is currently on offer, not just more missions but also better variety is needed and fast! There is nothing on offer in this game that we haven't seen or played before and ive heard several people liken it to Borderlands, Borderlands has 10x the amount of content and fun that this game has and i would recommend that game over this each and every time. The trouble is what is Destiny trying to be? I certainly don't know and I'm not sure Bungie can tell us either. I can only hope they make the future DLC free as I don't want to pay any more money for a few more mission of the same old stuff.

In a nutshell, graphically it looks impressive and the audio matches that but the game is woefully lacking in the variety of the content. To be honest I think it's boring and as a keen gamer I feel disappointed by this game, Destiny just isn't the game we were all lead to believe it would be, so based on everything so far it gets 3 STARS. It certainly doesn't deserve any higher than that!

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UPDATE 18th September 2014: I've long since completed the story missions (if they can be called that), all very repetitive and dull to be quite frank and there is nothing that we haven't seen before in other games. Since finishing those i've been spending a lot of time in the multiplayer with some friends and oh dear!! Now that people are levelling up their classes and sub classes things really have taken a turn for the worse. Matches are hugely unbalanced and literally the game has been reduced to a "noobfest" either everyone grenades you, shotguns you or specials you. The very large maps really are boring and turn into a "sniperfest" and are made worse by uber high ranked players hogging vehicles like the "Interceptor" which is a one hit kill tank and given only really sad players use them it's a fore gone conclusion that your dead before you can react, when you throw cloaking into the mix and some players teleporting behind you, i'm sure you can get a sense of how the game is. Worse than all of this however, the PvP area is just boring and generic. I'm sticking with 3 STARS but don't be surprised if i knock a further star off if the Raids (which are coming shortly) don't make a distinct improvement to the game!

UPDATE 26th September 2014: Been playing my first raid "Vault Of Glass Clear" with a few friends and the boss "Atheon, Time's Conflux" is so ridiculously hard, nothing but a giant bullet sponge designed to drain you of ammo and take hours to complete, in between shooting him you have to kill lower level mobs through various portals. Again it's all too repetitive and similar to strikes albeit on a grander scale. The reward at the end seemed stingy, i received a purple "glass minuet" (which is a new loading screen ship which does nothing) and "chatterwhite" which changes the colour of armour. All that grinding for a change in colour to armour and a new loading screen!! Where's the decent weapons or legendary armour?? You can't even trade the loot dropped with players that helped you complete the raid!! On a plus side the vault of glass clear looks stunningly beautiful, be sure to get an in-game picture when you're there!!
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Glen Moray Classic Single Malt Whisky
Glen Moray Classic Single Malt Whisky
Offered by Shop4whisky
Price: £20.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glen Moray classic!, 9 Sep 2014
fresh and zesty with hints of vanilla on the palate and floral notes on the nose, there is no age statement but given the pale colour I'm guessing its under 10 years of age and has most certainly been matured in ex bourbon casks (fresh bourbon at that). For the price I would say this is a very good value malt, it may not be over complex but its very pleasant and offers a decent whisky experience. The whisky is 40% alcohol by volume and has a quality cork stopper. Worth noting that the box mine came in was square and not round!

Certainly one to try if you like bourbon matured whisky, don't expect the earth but if you add a few drops of water then for the money you'll find this hard to beat!


Sony PlayStation 4 Console with Destiny
Sony PlayStation 4 Console with Destiny
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £434.95

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS4 bundled with Destiny, 9 Sep 2014
The PS4 is a very well priced and well designed piece of hardware, this particular one comes bundled with "Destiny" which is the most anticipated game of the year so far and they're including the game at no extra cost (£350 when we purchased it). We decided to get another PS4 with the destiny bundle as my girlfriend wanted to start gaming on a more regular basis and Destiny seemed the perfect time for her to jump in and join me on the journey.

Firstly about the console, it looks and feels quality and has a good weighty feel to it for something so small. Size wise I would say it's on a par with the PS3 slim. The two tone look really suits it with the blue light in between as an indicator as to the status of the console. Port wise at the back you have Power, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio, HDMI out and an AUX proprietary port for the PlayStation Camera. At the front is the slot loading bluray drive on/off and eject buttons (which are touch sensitive) and 2x USB 3.0 ports which are ideal for charging your controller from and if you so wish a 3rd party headset. At this point i will note that Sony have made the PS4 so that you can upgrade the hard drive without voiding warranty... the specs if you want to know are that it be greater than 160GB and no thicker than 9.5mm. Although it doesn't mention the spin speed the one that comes in the console runs at 5400RPM to reduce heat so i would advise you stick to that for good measure.

The controller is a vast improvement compared to the Duelshock 3 (PS3 controller), it now actually feels like a proper controller and the textured back of it feels very nice to hold. The trigger buttons now feel like proper triggers and have been positioned in such a way so your fingers rest on them perfectly. L1 and R1 buttons have been redesigned too and feel better. The thumb-sticks are perhaps the biggest improvement along with the trigger buttons and i can confirm that your fingers won't be slipping off due to the shape. Compared to the Xbox One controller i have to say i prefer the thumb-sticks on the duelshock 4 as they seem slightly bigger and hence you can rest a larger part of your thumbs on them, that is a personal preference however! There is a built-in mini speaker as well as a touch pad which game developers can use however they see fit, in a game by game basis. Select and Start buttons have been replaces with "share" and "options" buttons. The share button allows you to either capture past game-play footage (up to 15 minutes, a screenshot or even live stream footage to either twitch or ustream). The Options button kind of doubles as a start button. There is the inclusion of an in ear mono headset which simply plugs into the controller and i have to say it does feel cheap and basic but at least everyone will be catered for and won't have an excuse about not being able to talk to other players. If anything it will tide you over till you get something better after a few days/weeks and indeed would be good as backup so you can't really complain (at least they included one in the box). If you do want a proper headset then I fully recommend the "Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0", it's good value and sound quality is awesome! You also get a HDMI cable and mini usb to usb 3.0 cable to charge the controller in the box. The battery is built in so no need for disposable batteries! (smiley face) although it is worth noting that if you want to play and charge the controller at the same time you WILL need to buy a longer cable. Either that or buy a second controller.

Setup is very quick and easy and i was up and running within 5-10 minutes from when I first plugged it in. Given my girlfriend was creating a new account rather than redeeming an old one the process was slightly different and took slightly longer than when i redeemed my account. Please note that there is a mandatory update when you first connect to the internet which did take a while but after that i was already at the dynamic menu and oh what an improvement it truly is compared to PS3! The menu system is easy to navigate, intuitive and fast to operate. Everything is where you yourself would think it is and there are no loading screens between menus. You can tell that Sony really wanted to push the social side of this console as everything from friends latest trophies, notifications, news and video uploads are available right from the off. Everything is also laid out in order of what you were doing last with the very last thing being the nearest to where you start. Above all this there is a kind of "cross media bar" where all the system info and settings can be found, again all very easy to get to and it's fast so those days of waiting around with the ps3 are long gone. Similarly the PlayStation store has been redesigned so it's even easier to navigate and also fast to operate, (ps3 owners will know how painfully slow accessing the store was on ps3, well that's a thing of the past).

To play online you will require PlayStation plus membership but because of all the included stuff that it brings you will never complain about what it offers. Everything from free games each month, updates that happen in the background, cloud saves and discounted games and DLCs are offered to PS+ members and i would argue you actually get your money back over the course of the year. For example later this year (2014) there will be a special PS+ edition of "Driveclub" and it will be free to all PS+ members, well that's a £40 game right there that they are including, and you get to keep the game once that month has gone! Indeed you can keep playing those games for as long as you want, so long as you remain a PS+ subscriber.

As i said earlier updates happen in the background while you are gaming and also when the system is in sleep mode, the controller can also be charged through the console while it sleeps too. Now there are mandatory game installations just like the ps3 but this time around they are much larger although i do need to point out that installation is extremely quick, within a few minutes per game as opposed to the 30 minutes+ (on average) it takes on Xbox One. As for noise wise, the console runs very quiet most of the time although the main fan can become quite loud at certain points particularly when a game loads or when the console has been running for a good few hours. As for games, there are a whole host of games I have tried over the past few months including Call of Duty, Watchdogs, Killzone, Wolfenstein and Sniper Elite. All were fantastic in their own right and would recommend you check each of those games out.

As I write this review my girlfriend is currently playing the first few hours of Destiny and she's loving it so far, I plan on writing a more in depth Destiny review when I've have time to play it, at the moment all I can say is based on what I have seen so far it looks very impressive and runs smoothly and would be a great place to start gaming on the PS4.

I'll just give you a very brief take on what Destiny is about. Essentially you play the part of a "Guardian" and must defend The universe from the "darkness", travelling to various planets and locations to defeat enemy forces, its a cross between first person and third person perspective and has an MMO style of gameplay. There is a campaign storyline and also a crucible section which encompasses traditional player vs player game modes like domination. Be aware that Destiny is solely based online so you will require Playstation Plus to play the game!

PROS: The Console looks beautiful and the User Interface is clean and crisp to look at * Controller is VASTLY improved * At long last we have cross game party chat * Background updates * quick install times * games i have played so far are fantastic including the free games they offer * you can get back to the main menu at any point mid game and it holds the game in suspension rather than quitting so you can instantly rejoin (double pressing the PS button takes you straight back to the game) * recharge controller while the console sleeps * for what you get i would argue the console is very good value * includes a disk based copy of Destiny in the box at no extra cost!

CONS: Party chat isn't as clear and crisp as it is on Xbox One (I can say that as I also own an Xbox One) * included headset feels cheap to look at and use * PlayStation network needs to be made more stable especially as we are now mandated to pay for it if we want to play online * Sony need to reduce the amount of "maintenance" sessions it does and shorten their length or at the very least do them during the early hours of the morning rather than prime time during the day or evening.

VERDICT: We have both of the next generation consoles and have to say that we're very impressed with both of them although the speed and ease of use of the PS4 along with it's potential gaming ability really is impressive. The controller is a big plus this time around and feels like they actually listened to what gamers want. Will the inclusion of a touch-pad and speaker set the world alight? Probably not but it does open up possibilities for developers to get creative. I'm glad Sony didn't go down the Voice control path that Microsoft did, using a controller will always be faster and more reliable and i'm glad they put extra effort into the basics of the system rather than getting cocky, voice control technology simply isn't at a good enough standard to become mainstream... maybe in a few years!

They've priced this Limited Edition bundle right on the money and you feel like you're getting a quality package and from one gamer to another i can fully recommend this to you. I hope you enjoy many happy years of gaming with this, it's a great time to be a gamer.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CONSOLE!
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Game Golf Digital Tracking System - Red
Game Golf Digital Tracking System - Red
Price: £157.21

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Golf Digital Tracker...perfect for a game improver or indeed professional standards!, 5 Sep 2014
This is a great device and while not essential to play i would say that anyone that does play a lot of golf should at the very least be investigating this kind of system.

Essentially you have a small gps device clipped to your belt or pocket and you get 18 red caps which push onto the end of the grips of each of your clubs (naturally you can only use 14 clubs on the course), Each cap is marked to so you know which cap goes onto which club, this saves you having to identify which club you used later on when you connect the device up to a computer. In essence before you play each shot you touch the end of the golf club where the red cap is to the red part of the device on your belt, it instantly makes a beeping noise and records your position on the course and which club you are using, when you move to where your ball is and select another club it does the same.

Simply when you get home connect the device to a computer where it will instantly download the data into the "Game Golf" program online. From here you get a birds eye view of the course you have played and each shot you have made with it clearly stating which club you used. You get to see all kinds of information such as distances, average putts and indeed your score besides much more, there is also an app for your phone which particularly comes in handy when you're out and about and maybe want to check a previous round you had at the same course.

Pros: Simple and easy to use * well made piece of kit * the software is pretty easy to understand and there is lots of information about your round * I like the fact it records which club i used and where exactly on the course meaning i don't have to remember when i get home

Cons: Check on Game Golfs website that your golf course is listed as it only works with supported courses * The whole system depends on you remembering to tag the end of your club just before or after you take your shot otherwise it screws the whole thing up, for example.. you can end up having it register your drive as 400 yards if you forgot to tag your iron shot to the green (this can be edited through the software but it's aggravation best avoided).

Verdict: If you play a lot of golf on a variety of different courses both at home or abroad then this is something you should be looking at. It certainly helps you track your accuracy and what distances you are hitting and indeed over time helps you find your "real world" distance out on the course and not at a driving range where they use specific balls. It's certainly helped me when it comes down to picking what club to use especially when i play the same course again. Simple to understand and the device is well made, if you can justify the price and want to start keeping track of your game then look no further, it's also worth checking Game Golfs website for the price as buying direct can sometimes be cheaper!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


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