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Ride (PS4)
Ride (PS4)
Offered by SupaStock
Price: £28.79

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant, old fashioned surprise., 28 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Ride (PS4) (Video Game)
It's a funny game, Ride. In so many ways, very old fashioned and out of touch with modern car racers like Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2...but that's not a bad thing! Let's get the negatives out of the way first.

Graphically, this not really any better than a good PS3 game. Trackside objects repeat too often, the rocks and road have that shiny waxy surface so beloved of last gen developers, trees lack foliage and the lighting is only adequate. Character models may be customisable, but they lack facial animation and the skin and hair has the same plastic surfacing as early last gen games. The previously mentioned games blow it out of the water, visually. But Milestone is a tiny company, in comparison, and where they've expended all their efforts is in the bikes. The attention to detail on them is as good as anything Polyphony and Evolution have put together to date, and you could argue that bikes require more intricate detail than cars, so all credit to the devs for the effort.

Aurally, things are merely good, not great. Bikes do sound like their real life counterparts, but the sound has a bit of clipping in the samples and there's not much post processing dynamic range to them. They sound real, but not exciting.

The structure of the game is also very dry. Choose a class. Choose a championship. Choose a race. Earn more money. Customise your bike. Rinse and repeat. Save up enough to buy a new class of bike. Start again. It's very old fashioned and doesn't really inspire you to carry on. There are some concessions to variety. Not every event is a race. There are also time trials and track days (get ahead of another rider in a certain amount of track distance and be rewarded for how long you're ahead for) but the basic formula is still not very imaginative. It's no different from decades of other racers.

So why does it get five stars? Because, if you're in the right frame of mind, it's glorious to ride on track. If you overlook the slightly dumb AI and don't treat it as a racing game, but as you against the track, it fully rewards you. Milestone's physics engine has come on leaps and bounds lately, and this is the fruition. Even on basic physics, the feel of weight movement, of tyres against tarmac and the pleasure of getting your braking, lean and exit throttle just right, especially in a succession of tight bends, is just right. It can be a sim if you want it to be and that is even more rewarding because the difficulty ramps up considerably. It's been a long time since virtual bikes have felt this right. Probably not since Climax's Moto GP games on the original Xbox, and that's why it gets 5 stars. Modern racers have become far too forgiving on console. Dumbed down, barrier riding approximations to cars and bikes that reward clumsiness and hold back people prepared to put in an effort. Hopefully, Project CARS will change that for the better but, in the meantime, Ride, while destined to be a minority title from a tiny developer, is the closest I've come to the good old days of being rewarded for actually putting in some effort. Even in the first few races, rather than blitzing every race in 1st place, nearly lapping the AI, as Driveclub seemed to be focused on, making you feel like a driving god until you realise that it's an empty feeling, you'll be shouting for joy just to come in 5th place, well out of the rankings, because that's as good as you'll get at the beginning, and it doesn't feel like punishment. It just makes you want to get better.

Put in some effort and you'll love this game but do be warned, you do need to put in that effort. Expect a modern day, dumbed down, everyone's-a-winner, modern racer and you'll be disappointed. Ride is old school, and all the better for it.
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R.BAWA. Pack Containing 5 Parts. Black Leather Wallet Case FOR SONY XPERIA T + 2 Screen Protectors + 2 Stylus Pens
R.BAWA. Pack Containing 5 Parts. Black Leather Wallet Case FOR SONY XPERIA T + 2 Screen Protectors + 2 Stylus Pens

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value case for my son's Xperia T, 23 Mar. 2015
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Very good value case for my son's Xperia T. The only issue is he's managed to crack the plastic liner holding the phone in, but that's because he keeps taking it in and out of the case! Otherwise, highly recommended.


Toto XIV (Bonus DVD)
Toto XIV (Bonus DVD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best release since Kingdom Of Desire, 23 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Toto XIV (Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
What can I say that hasn't been said before. Their best release since Kingdom Of Desire, which was 23 years ago! Absolutely love it. If you're a fan of melodic rock in any way, shape or form, buy it now!


Battlefield Hardline (PS4)
Battlefield Hardline (PS4)
Price: £39.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to being fun again!, 23 Mar. 2015
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Thoroughly enjoying this on multiplayer. The most enjoyable and irreverent Battlefield since Bad Company 2, and far more fun than the po faced BF3 and 4. Single player is an improvement on those two as well, though plays out more like Bad Boys or Miami Vice than a hard hitting crime drama.Lot's of the usual terrible AI in single player but, let's face it, who buys these for the story modes? Get online and have some hilarious fun!


Industry Empire (PC DVD)
Industry Empire (PC DVD)
Offered by DVDGAMING DIRECT
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but needs more personality, 17 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Industry Empire (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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A sim game but one that entirely focuses on industry, resources and production. Graphically OK, and plenty of complexity but I found myself getting too overwhelmed with all the options and there's just something lacking in the game in terms of personality. Hard to put a finger on, but I didn't feel the compulsion to keep on playing up through the various levels of each site and all too frequent crashes made me lose interest in the end. Admittedly, I'm not a huge sim fan and, if you are, you'll probably get a decent amount of enjoyment here for a modest outlay.


City Simulator Collection (PC DVD Rom)
City Simulator Collection (PC DVD Rom)
Offered by into Sales
Price: £11.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely involving!, 17 Feb. 2015
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A strangely involving group of games! They won't win any awards for graphics, physics or gameplay but there's something oddly soothing about doing relatively menial tasks, with the exception of City Builder, a comprehensive Sim City competitor, and Police Simulator which, while not a great stand alone game, plays like an older GTA game but from the opposite side. I have to admit to not really bothering with Traffic Manager bar seeing how much carnage I could cause, but this is a decent value package despite the simplicity of the individual games. That they can run on a relatively low spec PC is also a big bonus.


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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to set up and reliable modem, 6 Nov. 2014
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So far, a really stable, easy to set up and reliable modem. Having been through two Netgear and one Asus modem in the past 5 years that always started to lose wi-fi functionality, I'm more hopeful of the Linksys lasting. Only criticism is the more amateurish styling compared to the previous modems which looked less obvious and more maturely styled. This looks too much like a 90s game cinsole!


NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - Black
NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - Black
Price: £51.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sturdy, well built, 11 Aug. 2014
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A superb little gadget! Very sturdy, well built, easy to use once you read the instructions, and a huge range of different coffees and teas to try. I've already bought 4 different types to try and, after setting the machine up, went through three cups in one evening! Great tasting, overall, and not bad value for the packs. One word of warning, make sure you have a 1 litre beaker to do the setup. There isn't one provided and the usual household measuring jugs are just too wide! Could also do with a rethink on the way the water container reattaches as you often end up with spillage. However, still the best coffee machine I've owned bar none. Recommended.


Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Special Edition (Digital Download Card)
Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Special Edition (Digital Download Card)
Offered by DVDGAMING DIRECT
Price: £15.81

4.0 out of 5 stars it can really suck you in, 11 Aug. 2014
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I ordered this off Vine purely out of curiosity, not really expecting much, but it's surprisingly, curiously, entertaining! A budget price and a large amount of content overcomes the occasional rudimentary graphics. The cabs are really well modelled but the landscapes are fairly simplistic. You have to be in the right mood for it but, when you are, it can really suck you in! If you're the type that occasionally obeys the traffic rules in GTA, you'll get a similarly odd kick out of this!


Love In The Age Of War
Love In The Age Of War
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.61

5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy! The hats are back and as infuriatingly catchy ..., 11 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Love In The Age Of War (Audio CD)
What a joy! The hats are back and as infuriatingly catchy as ever. It's like the last 3 decades didn't happen, in a very good way. Love it!


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