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Typhoo Loose Leaf Tea 250 g (Pack of 12)
Typhoo Loose Leaf Tea 250 g (Pack of 12)
Price: £23.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and it offers a stronger cup of tea but lacks anything unique from their standard tea bag!, 31 Mar. 2015
If you've ever tried the standard Typhoo tea bags then this loose leaf version is essentially the same but stronger, the taste is identical. If you open up a Typhoo tea bag you will find the finest of shavings, almost in a dust like consistency. Well this loose leaf version is darker and the leaf parts are slightly larger BUT they do not look like leaves in the traditional sense. I suspect the reason why they look this way is two fold, firstly they have been ground up a lot more than you would normally expect loose tea to be like and secondly i suspect they have been freeze dried.

Verdict: Very good value for the 12 packs and they do taste stronger but i was hoping for a more unique taste rather than a stronger version of the standard Typhoo. I'm not knocking the quality of this tea but it certainly doesn't look like a traditional loose leaf tea should look and taste!!


Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One)
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One)
Price: £44.00

55 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battlefield Hardline - Aside from some high quality moments the game is average!!, 20 Mar. 2015
The following is my review having completed single player and playing around 6+ hours of multiplayer..

A bit of background info for you first, I am a HUGE Battlefield series fan having played the original Battlefield 1942 game on PC way back in the day and have played pretty much all of the Battlefield game since except Battlefield Heroes. I purchased Battlefield Hardline along with a few friends at a local gaming store on launch night.

Battlefield may mean different things to different people, as soon as I think of the word battlefield I immediately start to think of some sandy desert with tanks rolling across at high speed or choppers and jets dropping payload after payload onto the mass of troops below, equally I think of certain conflicts like WW2, Vietnam and Iraq.

Both Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 games were able to link themselves to that viewpoint and therefore made them successful, not least because they both felt realistic especially given the environments that they were set in! Many true Battlefield fans consider Bad Company 2, to be the best Battlefield game of the last several years and in terms of realism I would agree although Battlefield 3 was more user friendly and easier to get to grips with. Battlefield 4 was a sideways step in many peoples view, set in China it really didn't feel relevant to what Battlefield players have come to know and love. Now despite the launch of that game being a disaster with tonnes of bugs and glitches that made it borderline unplayable, the battlefield 4 of today (certainly on next gen consoles and PC) works extremely well and if you team up with friends you can have a blast playing it!

On the whole I have to say that story wise the game is a success, things make sense and you understand what is happening and why. You play as Cop Nick Mendoza in the fight against the criminal underworld. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the story is that unlike a traditional battlefield game where you just shoot everything up, in this it gives you the choice as to whether or not you want to arrest suspects rather than just killing them and this can be done by flashing your badge. Half the time they surrender and allow you to detain them and other times it turns into a shooting gallery. The Hardline story is split into 10 different episodes (missions), graphically the story mode in Hardline is stunningly beautiful, both the surroundings and the characters along with good voice acting. It's not all good news regarding the story, it's quite linear and the car chases feel very arcade like.

Battlefield Hardline takes a completely different direction Online to the rest of the Battlefield series, essentially it's a first person, cops and robbers shooter set on a variety of different maps with multiple game modes. One such mode is called "Heists" which is close quarters and the robbers have to break into the vault and steal the loot, the robbers win by getting all the loot to the chopper evac points before their respawn counter has gone, cops win when the tickets have gone and there is still money left in the game. There are other game modes such as "hotwire" which is basically conquest mode but the conquest point is a car and you have to drive around at high speed to hold it and survive, at the same time your team in the car must work to kill the enemy combatants that might be in another car chasing you or camping on rooftops with rockets. There is also a conquest mode similar to BF4 besides many more modes like blood money, crosshair, rescue and Team Deathmatch. My favourite ones are "Heist" and "Rescue" mode as they require your team to work together which is what Battlefield is all about, if you want to go and lonewolf it then buy Call of Duty.

So what's new from Battlefield 4, well you get the ability to take health and ammo from other players when you want rather than waiting for them to drop a crate, you can now buy the weapon of your choice rather than waiting till you reach a certain level and you get money from killing players, stealing loot or winning the game.

There are 4 different classes to choose from including Operator (assault), Mechanic (which is basically like the Engineer from BF4), An Enforcer (which takes over from Support) and Professional (basically scouts using snipers and trip mines). I like the fact that weapons are class specific so if you want a sniper then you have to go as a Professional; this naturally disadvantages snipers to go into close combat as they don't have medic packs or ammo so you have to think twice about which class you pick this time around. There are 9 multiplayer maps in the standard game but they're bound to add more in any future DLC.

Sadly while the game CAN BE FUN it lacks the gravitas and content of any of its predecessors and that fun factor goes completely out of the window if you are playing on your own with people you don't know. To take "heist" mode as an example, once one player has grabbed a bag of money from the vault (which has already been packaged up nicely into two bags for you ready to take) you require the rest of your team to defend you en-route to the chopper location which changes every so often. Instead of that everyone immediately starts to act like it's a team deathmatch and you're left to get there on your own.

Unlike its predecessors, Hardline has NOT been designed by DICE studios and instead EA gave the job to Visceral Games (DICE have been kept in the loop but their contribution is minor). Right off the bat the game has a different look and feel, some weapons online seem to have been given a plastic look, certainly more detail needs to be given to weapons in my view especially when you are looking at them most of the time on screen, not only that but some of the weapons have unrealistic muzzle climb even if you have a grip or bi-pod, other weapons are dramatically overpowered too. Shotguns for example will 1 hit kill if within 20ft regardless of where they hit you. Hit detection is also a problem, I've managed to kill players when I was aiming way off and other moments where bullets didn't do any damage even though the markers on screen were registering, they've also made sniping a lot easier than past Battlefield games and considering you can now use a grappling hook to scale some buildings the amount of snipers camping or roofs on certain maps is already rife and this is the first week after release.

A centric part to any Battlefield game of the last several years is destruction, so where is it?? Walls can't be destroyed (aside from a select few) and buildings can't be levelled, which gives the game a very anti-battlefield feel, indeed if their aim was to move towards Call of Duty then they've succeeded as the maps feel very arcade like, certainly the smaller ones. Sure you can open/close doors and pick up medkits off the walls but that's about it. Destruction only occurs in certain areas on certain maps in pre-scripted ways. Their major destruction engine called frostbite has been dropped although "levolution" which was something in BF4 has been brought forward. The difference being that in BF4 "levolution" could be the weather changing to that of a hurricane or a skyscraper falling in the centre of the map but in this the biggest "levolution" moment I've seen so far is a giant crane fall and destroy part of a building. Naturally vehicles can be destroyed along with anything that is wood but full scale destruction? Forget it!!

Some of the maps could also do with tweaking in certain respects, If you play Heist mode on the map "Bank Job" which is a small "call of duty" sized map for example, they have made it FAR TOO EASY for the robbers to gain entry to the vault. Not only do the robbers start closer to the vault entrance so you can already have c4 placed on the door long before the cops can get there but if you blow a hole in the back wall and ceiling of the vault then I would argue there are too many ways in/out. If Visceral Games wanted to create a real pressure cooker of a game mode then limiting the number of ways in/out would have instantly created a more interesting game instead it's far too easy for the robbers to burst in and steal the loot in my opinion. Not all the maps are like this but certainly I would argue they've made it too easy. The full Conquest mode is identical to BF4 but because this isn't battlefield 4 it doesn't feel relevant or as engaging especially as there are no tanks or jets.

Pros: Whichever game mode you pick it is faster paced than any Battlefield game of the past * Rescue mode feels refreshingly new as it forces your team whichever side you are on to work together, either to rescue the two hostages or kill the cops * I like the ability to buy weapons rather than them being locked until you reach a certain level or criteria * loading screens and waiting times between games have been shortened compared with past games * Network stability is pretty good so far * sick of Call of Duty and want to try something different then this is for you!!

Cons: Doesn't feel like a true Battlefield game indeed the shooting mechanic feels like Medal of Honor * Graphically while the campaign is impressive, online doesn't look as good as BF4 * some really out of place campaign missions * enemy AI in the campaign are stupid and all act the same * Hotwire is a love it or hate it mode * "Frostbite" destruction engine has gone and the environments are static * Not enough content to justify spending £45 (thankfully I used a voucher and saved £10) * Some weapons feel unrealistic in the damage they do and many have unplayable levels of muzzle climb/drift * Not the best map designs and some maps don't fit in with the general setting of the game such as the map "Dust Bowl" * Many of the modes require you to talk/work together with people on your team so playing on your own without friends you can talk to can become highly frustrating, especially if people in your lobby don't speak the same language * Players seem to run unrealistically fast and appear to have a permanent limp * Lots of spawn killing on smaller maps * Conquest mode is pointless, you might as well go and buy BF4 if that is what you want to play * Very repetitive compared to the unpredictable large scale warfare you can have in BF4 and the level of content available feels borderline stingy!

VERDICT: It offers a very different take on what we have all come to recognise about battlefield. BF4 was a disaster at launch and simply wasn't ready (although now it works like a dream) and although this one is ready at launch and works a treat it just feels like a slimmed down version with cops and robbers. It certainly doesn't feel like battlefield to me and many of the weapons and maps for that matter have an arcade look and feel to them.

Now although this has only just released, everyone plays it with a lonewolf mentality, VIRTUALLY NOBODY cares about the objective in hand or the player stood next to them, instead people want the money you get from killing players and if you win or lose the match nobody seems to care. The games biggest problem is its name, it is wrong in my view to call this Battlefield considering so much of it is not like Battlefield. Indeed I would say it's a blend of Call of Duty and "Payday", the first has been overdone and the second was very boring. If you truly want a Battlefield game then Battlefield 4 is the one to get, this feels like a cheap "cut down to size" knockoff, designed to attract Call of duty players.

Very much a mixed bag that will appeal to newcomers of people wanting a fresh approach but many traditional battlefield players won't be spending much time on this!! Honestly if you are to get this game I would wait for the price to drop as there isn't enough content to justify its £45 price tag even when you factor in the single player story mode but don't forget, nobody buys any Battlefield game for its single player mode. Everything is about the multiplayer and sadly in this, it's left wanting. It reminds me of another Titanfall in the sense that what you see on the surface is all you get!!

AVERAGE 70/100

Update: WOW, look at all those down votes, i've called the game exactly as i see it people, it's average and i'm sticking with 3 stars, which by Amazons own rating system means "average"!
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Sniper Elite 3 - Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
Sniper Elite 3 - Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
Price: £23.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition, The best version of Sniper Elite all at a very attractive price!, 13 Mar. 2015
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Sniper Elite 3 on Xbox 360 was an awesome game, on Xbox One it is even better with added graphical detail. With the Ultimate Edition you are getting added DLC included on the disk for the most complete version yet. To any fan this is a must buy and when you work out the cost of buying all the dlc included separately you realise this "ultimate edition" is very good value too!

We all remember how it was in Sniper Elite V2, you're there crouched behind a wall holding your breath looking down a sniper scope and deciding the fate of your chosen opponent, which was the nazi standing 200 yards down the road or looking out of a window. Often there would be more than one and part of the fun was deciding which to take down first and whether you could use background noise to silence your shot. Before firing you would also make a judgement of where you are going to shoot them i.e. in the head, chest or even testicles. You'd pull the trigger, BANG and we were treated to a slow motion x-ray kill cam in real time and could marvel at the destruction we had brought.

Sniper Elite 3 is very much the same as V2 in that regard with the whole x-ray kills being retained and integrated further into the game and trust me when I say you'll never get bored of watching it. Now to tell you what Sniper Elite 3 is and what it's about. This is a third-person based (so you view the character from an over the shoulder perspective) and is a tactically based shooter, stealth is absolutely key in this game so I wouldn't advise you run around guns blazing as you won't last very long, besides the close quarters mechanic just like the last game has been specifically designed to be a bit inaccurate so you only use it as a last resort. The game is based in North Africa during the 2nd world war and you play the part of Karl Fairburne (again) who is a German/American special Sniper. The aim is to take on the Germans yet again and bring as much destruction as possible.

There are three modes, you get the single player campaign, Full Co-Op mode and the online multiplayer. The campaign is a total blast, it's fun and more enjoyable than I was expecting and the maps are certainly more open compared to what they were in V2, Length wise the campaign lasts well over 9 hours, even longer depending on what difficulty you select, there are 4 difficulty settings and the difference between the easiest and the hardest are like the difference between chalk and cheese. On easy everything feels very arcade like with very little brain power required to progress, on the hardest difficulty (Authentic) you have to factor in wind, bullet drop and you lose the ability to mark enemy positions and indeed your own position on the map, if you die then you have to restart the level. Many of the weapons remain the same as the last game although there are a few new additions to give you a few more options of how to take enemies out. The famous "Welrod" pistol is fantastic for extremely short range but inaccurate as hell if you're more than 10ft away, so it's best to sneak up to an enemy and pop them off from behind or perform an silent execution. You can pick bodies up and move them into darkened rooms or just out of sight to help keep you hidden especially if there is a passing patrol.

Now the AI have the same intelligence as V2, there is a period where they may spot something but are not alerted to your presence and other occasions where I have been spotted while hidden behind a wall. This is an area that needs addressing as on a few occasions it has spoilt gameplay and forced me into restarting the mission. Of course if they detect movement and start to move in your direction you can throw a rock to distract them and hopefully send them a different way. As I said earlier, you can play this game in full co-op mode with a friend and I must say it totally transforms the game into an even more enjoyable shooter. You can position yourselves in different locations and use this as an advantage to pick off enemies at the same time, while maintaining field of vision of each other so you can help protect them if they get spotted. There are also Overwatch and survival modes which can be played with a friend, very much like V2. Multiplayer simply consists of massive maps taken from the campaign and slightly modified. It's tense and edge of the seat stuff!

Pros: This takes all the good things from Sniper Elite V2 and builds upon them * X-Ray kill cam is back * Stealthy from start to finish * You require tactical thought * Full Campaign Co-op * lots of different objectives during each mission and the maps are huge * Lots of things to collect * you pick up a lot of stuff including ammo off enemies * Graphics are a big leap forward compared to the 360 version and the audio sounds great * Great value at £26 and the replayability is huge as you can play on your own or with a friend and indeed go about each objective differently * You get to kill Nazis * "No Cross" mode (team deathmatch but the map is split into two with each time on a different side, close quarters combat is therefore stopped and leaves sniping as the only option) * Includes most additional dlc such as new multiplayer maps, added co-op missions and new online modes besides the saving Churchill missions.

Cons: The AI do lack intelligence at certain moments especially on lower difficulty settings * The story isn't as fun as V2 (personal opinion) * Just like past versions you can still be spotted through solid objects * I worry that player numbers online will start to drop just like they did in the Xbox 360 version (where it was hard to find an online lobby after the first few weeks)

VERDICT: If you liked Sniper Elite V2 then you will love this game, it builds on all the good things but brings a few new things in to keep it interesting, the bonus being that they haven't mucked with things too much (if it isn't broke then don't fix it). If you like Stealthy gameplay, sniping from start to finish and enjoy the thrill of the hunt then this is a game to get. Playing it in co-op with a friend simply takes the experience to the next level. A worthy successor to Sniper Elite V2 and old school fans will love it from start to finish. This Xbox One version of the game looks gorgeous as far as the graphics are concerned so don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I Hope you enjoy it as much as I am, happy hunting!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Zombie Army Trilogy (PS4)
Zombie Army Trilogy (PS4)
Price: £29.86

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot, Shoot, BOOOM, Splat!, 6 Mar. 2015
15 campaign missions of total carnage as you endlessly blast nazis zombies in the face using your sniper rifle or mow them down using a machine gun, whether you play on your own or with friends you will have a blast but playing with a team transforms the game into one of the most fun shoot-em-up games of the last year.

The roots of this game are evidently founded in sniper elite 3 and they've milked that link to the N'th degree. Playing in solo mode you are treated to the well know and coveted "X-Ray kill cam" where if you shoot an enemy in one of several places including the head, testicles or heart then you get a slow motion X-ray kill cam of that shot, the killcam only works when you use a sniper though and when playing in solo mode.

The game operates a 4 player drop in co-op system so you won't need to restart if a friend comes online and you both get trophies as you play along, sadly you loose the X-ray kills when a friend joins the game. Now while the graphics look good overall especially the later missions, it's only fair to say that some of the missions look their age, not forgetting that this trilogy has missions in it from the original PC game which is years old. There are different types of zombie too, including some that wield chainsaws and others which are heavily armoured. Some move quickly and others are slow and predictable, my one piece of advise is don't whatever you do get boxed into a corner, always have a contingency plan or way out because believe me the numbers of zombies onscreen can be very intimidating if you allow them to get close.

The later missions which are completely new are the best, with you having the ability to kill Hitler himself and I would argue the game becomes more immersive as you progress. There's lots to collect on your way through the game and ensure you pick up every pack of ammo you come across as ammo can become scarce.

There are a few negative points although nothing major as far as I can see, Close range combat is woefully pathetic just like it is in sniper elite 3, remember this game was designed for medium-long range combat, if they get too close to you then you've pretty much left it too late. Secondly, some of the checkpoints are in the wrong locations, rather than putting a checkpoint before a section it should be afterwards otherwise if you die the game forces you to replay the last 15 minutes over again. Lastly, the combat while being incredibly fun in co-op mode is highly repetitive, now while I love these type of sniping games and indeed the thought of shooting nazis is my idea of ultimate weekend fun, I wish they could have added a few different sections, maybe some stealth or puzzle sections rather than the constant shooting. The fact there is no multiplayer section doesn't impact on the game whatsoever and indeed you don't really miss it.

Verdict: a great shoot-em-up experience consisting of the two original PC games which have been remastered and added to the new missions to provide a 15 mission mouthwatering campaign. For sniper elite fans this is a must especially if you intend to play with a friend, best of all the price is spot on for what it is and because it doesn't take itself too seriously you'll have a blast along the way. RECOMMENDED!
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Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU
Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU
Price: £58.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 600W semi-modular power supply you can buy with good quality cables!, 25 Feb. 2015
As a computer technician and part-time system builder i purchase on average around 50 power supplies each year and the CX600m is my go to power supply. If i have to replace a power supply in an office computer or low/mid end gaming system then this is the one i usually recommend to people, naturally that also depends on what (if any) graphics card you use or plan on using.

With the TDP (watt usage) of many computer components coming down each and every year the need for 800W+ power supplies is reducing year on year and we have now reached a situation where you can run a high end gaming system off a 600W power supply (depending on the parts you use). This power supply offers a dedicated single +12V rail which will be compatible with most components. I also like that the cables are fully-sleeved which keeps everything looking neat and tidy and for those that worry will the cables reach in a full tower (E-ATX), the cables are extra long so they will fit even the largest of cases.

Being a Semi-Modular power supply means aside from the two motherboard connectors 1x 24pin and 1x8pin (which can be split in half if your board only requires a 4pin) all the other cables can be plugged in as and when you need them which makes installation ten times easier and also means you don't have spare cables around the back which in turn makes cable management a breeze especially in smaller mATX cases.

Verdict: Good quality Branded Power supply which comes with all the cables you could possible want, being a semi-modular design simply makes it easier to handle and install, Bought many of these over the years and if you are looking for a 600W unit then i honestly wouldn't bother looking at anything else especially when you consider Corsair include a 3 year warranty! Recommended!


Zalman STG1 Super Thermal Grease
Zalman STG1 Super Thermal Grease
Offered by AVIDES u.k.
Price: £9.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Zalman "Super Grease" thermal compound!, 21 Feb. 2015
There are many different methods for applying thermal material and no particular way is right or wrong, myself as a computer technician and system builder use the "pea" method which is to place a pea sized amount on the center of the processor and then allow the CPU cooler to spread the compound evenly across the surface. It's a tried and tested method which i will continue to use.

However, this particular product is used in a completely different way! Imagine a traditional thermal compound but in a grease consistency and that's what you have here and it comes with a nail polish like brush for applying across the CPU surface. You literally spread a very thin layer across the surface and your done, no worrying about did you put enough on or any air gaps!

It doesn't run nor does it cure which is essential for thermal compound to be effective especially over the long haul. Temperatures when using this are consistent with other compounds i've used including from Corsair and Cooler Master when using the same cooler and like i say it's very quick and easy to use, it may cost slightly more than buying a tube of MX-5 but is far easier to work with!

RECOMMENDED!


The Order: 1886 (PS4)
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £32.48

44 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Order 1886 - A solid game but the content is limited and there isn't much replay value!, 20 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Order: 1886 (PS4) (Video Game)
I've been anticipating this game ever since its announcement back in 2013 and I must say having now finished my first playthrough I'm glad I bought the game but i do question its Retail price given the amount of content, please read on...

Set in Victorian London during 1886, this game is everything you might expect of an olde worlde type game but with supernatural monsters to fight. Indeed the game almost portrays itself as a parallel world which could quite have easily happened. The game is a 3rd person shooter meaning you view the character you play (Galahad) from an over the shoulder perspective and has a modern mechanic of the way it goes about its business. The story in particular starts in a very good way leaving you with lots of questions which only get answered by playing the game and eventually finishing it off. You and the rest of the Knights from the "Order" must battle against the half-breeds which threaten the people of London.

Visually the game is solid and looks just as good as the trailers and demos we have seen over the past few months so don't worry they haven't downgraded it in the final game, even at high octane moments on screen there is no tearing or frame rate lag which is a good sign and I have to take my hat off to the developers for the work they have done visually at the same time they haven't over-saturated the game with colour, in part because they want to portray the game in an older look and feel! Audio wise the music is also very impressive as well as sound effects of the weapons and the noises they can make, even the little things like when you reload the noises that the guns make add to the sense of the games setting and date.

I love how the game seamlessly moved from cutscenes to combat, indeed a few times I thought it was still a cutscene and the game all of a sudden required me to press some buttons. Yes, sadly there are a few too many QTE (quick time events) where you have to press buttons in a specific order and a certain time but it doesn't take over the game nor does it destroy the gameplay, what it does do is make it slightly easier to survive certain moments and considering I was playing the game on hard I think it would be a good option if you could turn QTE off and allow the player to figure out the best way of defeating the enemy (just a thought). Speaking of difficulty, Hard does not feel hard, if you use lots of cover and try for headshots then most enemies go down pretty quickly without you taking any damage.

Pacing of the game is spot on with a good combination of talk, combat and chasing after monsters. Weapons wise there are many different ones but your main one is the M2 Falchion automatic rifle, it's powerful and has good stopping power with the ability to use its secondary weapon in desperate close quarters situations which is a non-lethal shotgun designed to knock enemies back. My favourite is the ARC gun although I wish you could use it more than your currently allowed. Despite the different weapons they all seem ever so slightly inaccurate when aiming using left trigger, whether they have been specifically designed to be that way but it can become slightly off putting when you are aiming directly at someones head 6 feet away and the bullet either misses or does virtually no damage! On the other hand if you blind fire behind cover then bullets do seem to do more damage which seems odd. There is another ability Called "blacksight" which slows time down and enables you to lock onto enemies in a quick fire event allowing you to take several of them out in one room, it works well and I like it although it does make it a bit too easy!

Now because there is no multiplayer or co-operative side to this game it does mean that the single player side has to be especially good. During my first playthrough it took around 8 hours but that is with me playing on Hard, exploring around and getting a few collectables along the way and having a good look at the scenery in various locations. I am well aware that some people claim to have finished this game in around 5 house, personally I seriously doubt that unless they have skipped over everything and didn't do any exploration of any kind, if that is someones goal then I don't understand why some people buy such games which are designed to be played in a certain way.

Pros: A solid story which is both fun and engaging and drip feeds you information which makes you want to finish it to find out what happened * Visually the game is stunning, not just in its setting but also the characters and realistic colour saturation * Love the weapons * I like how they have morphed the start and ending of cutscenes into gameplay * easy to fathom controls * lots of cover to hide behind and decent combat sections * Monsters can move fast and can be intimidating to begin with * Authentic voice acting * Lots of collectables to find and a few easter eggs for those that like to explore.

Cons: There is no multiplayer or co-op * Hard difficulty isn't hard * weapons can be more accurate if you fire blind rather than aiming which seems stupid * "blacksight" ability while being very useful does make gameplay far too easy * non destructible cover * Likens and Werewolfs attack in very repetitive ways * camera angles can be hard to work with when you're behind cover * you can only roll out of the path of an enemy when prompted to * can't throw grenades back * Only 7-10 hour storyline depending how you play * Can't skip cutscenes * Lame ending * expensive for what's on offer despite the game being a high quality production!

VERDICT: This game was NEVER portrayed as some massive 100 hour game which has several different modes, it was from the very outset sold as a 3rd person shooter set in 1886 London which had a specific story to tell and if you think of it in that regard then it is a success. At £45 I feel the game is short on content, certainly there isn't enough to keep you coming back beyond a few playthroughs at the most, When Machine games released "Wolfenstein" last year that game was cheaper than other games because it didn't have any multiplayer/coop side to it and I feel despite how good this game is, it is overpriced certainly when you start to look at its replayability. My recommendation is therefore to wait for the price to drop at which point it may become an option, until then save your money for something more involving!!

A Graphical masterpiece which is a true feast for you eyes but aside from that the combat can be repetitive and there are too many cutscenes and "QTE" events for my liking. As a guide pay no more than £30!!
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Dying Light
Dying Light
Price: £29.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dying Light (PC) Review!, 19 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Dying Light (Software Download)
You’re infected and must survive the journey to help those around you, slaying zombies as you progress in a giant city which is populated by the undead and bad humans … in essence it’s a giant sandbox game and you can decide how you make your way around and what buildings you use or fences to scale, remember you never know what’s on the other side as you progress through the story.

Yes, it’s another zombie/horror survival game which shows similarities to Dead Rising and Left for Dead (both great in different ways), certainly towards the beginning in the “tower” the game has an almost Condemned look about it. To anyone that has played Dead Island you will instantly take a likening to this game and best of all it can be played in co-op with 4 people.

The difference here is in how the game changes between both Day and Night, when it goes dark the calibre of the zombies after you and indeed how they react makes the game much more aggressive, indeed at night everything is about stealth because if you get detected then your pretty much screwed unless you can get to a safe house without stopping. Unfortunately, while the game is incredibly fun (especially when playing in co-op), the story is completely dull (aside from the opening 5-10 minutes) with most of the characters totally lacking any kind of personality to the point where you just don’t care about what happens to them. It’s the usual go here and save this woman and defeat this bad guy and in between all that the aim is to just survive using your surroundings and weapons like pipes to fend off zombies.

You get different skills which you can unlock as you progress to a higher level such as “Power Attack” which gives a massive boost to the damage of whatever weapon you are using but this does drain your stamina so be careful as you will need stamina to run away, the game lets you decide what to use and where to use it…my one piece of advise is not to think short term, instead think of what you might come across in 2 minutes time and not just what is on your screen at that given moment. I love the ability to climb virtually everything and jump from rooftops to rooftops without stopping, be aware that some zombies can do the same.

Bandits and zombies can be a grind to defeat to begin with but the gratification you have once you kill them is highly rewarding especially as the close quarters mechanic can be frustrating as you endlessly hack a zombie to death and watch it get back up, my tip is to use your surrounding where possible especially if there are any traps that you can use. When guns enter the mix the real fun begins, it instantly turns the tables in your favour and grenades can clear a whole crowd of zombies out no question asked. Be warned that guns can malfunction and break so you have to salvage scrap as you go in order to fix the gun but this can only be done so many times before the gun itself becomes junk. Now because ammo can become scarce I recommend you try and shoot zombies in the head to minimise you bullet usage or try to use melee weapons as much as possible and save guns for “boss zombies” and alike. I equally like the fact that you can combine certain weapons to add electric shock to any hit you do or simply make your melee weapons more dangerous and the fact you can find so many different weapons out and about defies the point of buying weapons with the money you have looted from any corpses, indeed using weapons you find is more rewarding.

But to find those weapons you have to explore and oh my this is a game that HUGELY rewards exploration, trust me and go as far as the map will allow, scale the tallest building and the chances are you will find either a collectable or weapon of some kind. Graphically the games environment looks good with what I would describe as good quality shading along with decent colour saturation. Anti-aliasing could do with more work but given the size of the game I won’t be too critical, if anything because you’re moving around quite quickly you only notice it as and when you stop and look at something specific, blood spatter is pretty good whether you use a gun or pipe in melee attack. There are different classes of zombies and they all look, move and respond differently and indeed do different levels of damage, the baby zombie which really does look like a baby is very disturbing and in my view resembles the witch from Left4Dead so best leave them along as it can attract other zombies to you.

There is a mode called “be the zombie” which is enabled if your game is a “public game” and happens during the night cycle (you can have your game set as private so you this won’t happen). If left switched to “public” then other players can enter your game at night as a zombie and it is your task to hunt down and destroy nests, you are given a few lives in which to do this and the player as the zombie has to track you down and kill you. As the zombie you permanently know where the human player is and can cover huge distances very quickly across rooftops and pounce on the human player very easily. To defend against this the human player is given a UV lamp which sucks all the power and health from the zombie if pointed directly at them. So it’s basically a 1 on 1 - PvP matchup which has been integrated into your main game and the extra bonus points it offers are very rewarding. Some people have said they are having problems with this mode with disconnects occurring, of the several times I’ve tried this on either side it has disconnected me twice so I guess a little server works needs to happen to fix this bug but given the game has only just launched i won’t be too critical.

Pros: Hack, Slash and shoot survival gameplay and is a cross between Left4Dead/ Dead Island * Setting of the game is very easy on the eye and you can move around freely * I love the combination of day and night cycles as it feels like two different games * controls are easy to fathom * graphics and audio are solid with very few bugs and glitches * 4 player co-op * weapon variety is decent and lots of weapon pickups * Loads of different skills available * Co-op challenges (which pop up as you play) can be fun and offer something different to simply following the story * I like how you blend items together using blueprints to create items like medkit * Lots of side quests

Cons: I don’t like the backtracking and the pointless water sections towards the end which add/do nothing, not the mention the most pathetic and easy to kill final boss EVER (which isn’t even a zombie) * Playing on your own is hugely boring * Can be confusing as to where you are supposed to go * Characters are very forgettable meaning you don’t care what happens to ANY of them * They need to expand the multiplayer area beyond “be the zombie” mode

VERDICT: It’s a good solid zombie survival game but with a different slant on things what with the day/night cycles but aside from that the game doesn’t offer much which can’t be had in a variety of other games such as Dead Island/Dead Rising or even Left4Dead. When I first started to play this game I did around two hours on my own and it was dull and slow going. When a friend of mine joined me and we started again the game was instantly better on virtually every level. The fun factor went up and you cared about each others survival unlike that of the AI characters. Graphically the game looks solid but it is far from “next generational” … certainly on a par with other games of this type. Is it a game I can recommend? If you like zombie games and have a friend to play along with then sure it’s a game to add to the list but it’s certainly not worth more that £30 especially with the lame ending and poor story in my opinion!

Worth a buy but don’t pay over the odds, if you take a step back and look at the game overall, it's very mediocre despite some great moments!


Intel Pentium G3258 CPU (Dual Core 3.20GHz, Socket H3 LGA-1150)
Intel Pentium G3258 CPU (Dual Core 3.20GHz, Socket H3 LGA-1150)
Price: £52.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking to build a budget gaming system or home workstation, look no further!, 15 Feb. 2015
By far and away the best Duel Core CPU currently on the market. It comes unlocked so can be easily overclocked (I've managed to get 4.2GHz by adjusting the multiplier and it seems very stable). Depending on the rest of your components you may need to increase the voltage slightly but not by much, naturally ensure you pick a "LGA-1150" socketed motherboard which has been designed for overclocking, i personally recommend one with a Z97 chipset.

This processor is ideal if you plan on building a gaming system but are on a budget and want to get maximum value for money. Intel made this processor for that very reason knowing that it would be perfect for enthusiasts that want to overclock and the performance to price ratio is very impressive, Partnered with a GTX750ti you get decent framerates (30+) in most games on medium settings which on a 22" monitor can look pretty impressive!

Verdict: While you can use it at stock speeds this processor wasn't designed for that, it was made for the gaming community to experiment with but if you do plan on overclocking it then i STRONGLY recommend you buy a third party cooler such as the "Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo" as the included Intel cooler was only designed for stock speeds and when you overclock it, it can become overly noisy.

This 20th anniversary range of CPUs are aimed at those people on a budget yet still want decent performance. Here you have an unlocked processor which has been given a lower price point and fair crack to Intel for offering it in this way, don't be mislead or fooled there is no hyper-threading or turbo boost technology, this is simply an unlocked duel core CPU.

If you are a gamer or even a business owner and are looking for a decent duel core CPU then this is about as good as you are likely to find on the Intel side, certainly in this particular price bracket!


Smith's 10 second Knife & Scissor Sharpener
Smith's 10 second Knife & Scissor Sharpener
Offered by General Stores Online
Price: £8.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, lasts a long time, as well as being quick and easy to use!!, 14 Feb. 2015
Recommended to me by a local restaurant chef. Very quick and easy to use and can sharpen both knifes and scissors. The 10 second claim is true if the blade you are trying to sharpen isn't too bad but if a blade is virtually blunt then a minute or two is more realistic, the blade feels substantial and high quality and can be reversed once its effectiveness starts to drop off, although we've had it for several months now and it's still as good as the day we got it. While it's made from plastic the grip feels sturdy and i like the guard loop which covers your hand.

Overall very impressed considering the price and far better than any other sharpener i've tried over the years! RECOMMENDED


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