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SODIAL(R) White Letters Arabic English Keyboard Sticker Decal Black for Laptop PC
SODIAL(R) White Letters Arabic English Keyboard Sticker Decal Black for Laptop PC
Offered by Sonline-HK
Price: £0.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars they were fine but then they started come off because of use, 19 Jun. 2016
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In the beginning, they were fine but then they started come off because of use. Not good for normal daily use and the only attractive factor is that they are very cheap.


Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4)
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £31.37

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overall enjoyable and good atelier game with a step back in terms of story, 19 Jun. 2016
I bought this game off Playstation Network, so how does the 17th instalment of this long-running Japanese role playing series fare on the PS4 for the first time?

Story: To be frank, the atelier games are not famous for excellent stories, but rather for their alchemy, materials gathering and lovely characters. An exception to this for me is Ayesha and Shallie, whose stories were better than rest in my opinion. The story in this game is good but nothing too special or groundbreaking. It's just shorter than I expected and desired coming back from Shallie, which had an abundance of chapters and can be replayed from two characters' perspectives.

Characters: This aspect is one of the strengths of this instalment. I found myself caring and interested in all their backstories and motives except for Monika, who seemed very bland to me. Once again, Gust succeeds in creating adorable, likeable characters you care about.

Graphics: This is also another strength of this game. The characters' models, colours and environments have never looked so beautiful before although the ps3 games utilised a pretty art style despite the limitations of that decade-old console.

Alchemy: I really like the alchemy system here; you need to fit set pieces of different shapes, sizes and colours, which symbolises elements in a box to achieve certain desired effects while paying attention to what traits can be transferred and combined to make stronger traits. So, in my experience, it is one of the best alchemy systems in an atelier game. But despite not sounding too difficult in theory, it is not easy to master, particularly since there are different types of cauldrons you can use with different strengths and weaknesses this time around.

Game play mechanics: You learn alchemic recipes not by purchasing alchemic books but by unlocking them in your alchemy book via meeting certain requirements. This is an interesting approach but the problem is that some conditions are not clear, which can be frustrating.

Battles: Although the battles are still turn-based, there are new changes to them. For example, there are two modes for all characters: defensive and offensive and each one suits different battles and you can employ different styles within the same battle turn. There is also a gauge for assist attacks and defence and special attacks which are performed automatically by characters and not via real time presses this time. Honestly, I felt like activating the special attacks, which used to have their own music if they dealt the final blow to an enemy, was a step back as in my experience it was less accessible to achieve and less fulfilling as a result.

Music: The music was alright, but the good thing about the atelier games is that you can set music themes and songs from previous games and there is no shortage on this front.

Voice acting: The English voice acting is scarce, but all the lines are voiced in the Japanese dub, which is very good and likeable.

This game has also different difficulty settings which can be changed anytime but it does not have a new game plus mode which sucks. However, the game can continue forever and it has a plethora of post-game stuff to do such as killing super bosses, collecting rare items from rumours and unlocking and synthesising all recipes.

If you have any questions about the game please feel free to ask and I will probably update this review if the need arises.
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ATELIER AYESHA THE ALCHEMIST OF DUSK
ATELIER AYESHA THE ALCHEMIST OF DUSK
Offered by DVDCineShop
Price: £51.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game to get into this series!, 27 Nov. 2015
This is probably my favourite Atelier game due to its touching darker-than-usual story, well-designed likeable characters such as Keith, Ayesha and her sister and fantastic music.

I normally excuse the lack of an engaging story in Atelier games due to its addictive and fulfilling gameplay mechanics, irresistable music, likeable characters and humorous dialouge. However, in this particular installment, I felt that the story did not take backseat as usual and it really grabbed me and surprised me. It made me feel that there is one worthwhile goal I need to achieve throughout the game!

The music of the final boss is really one of my favourites in a video game (Think Sephiroth from final fantasy 7 but with a less dark story).

Other than that, this game is the first in the Dusk trilogy together with Escha and Logy and Atelier Shallie and it keeps the successful formula of material gathering, alchemy and weapon crafting which seems satisfying when challenging and defeating uber bosses.

The time-management aspect seems more lax than the previous installments.

Unleashing special skills, which have their own lengthier animations and music if they were the final blow, requires certain requirements feels very satisfying as ever.

Another welcome innovation is the introduction of 3D dialogue scenes rather than 2D portraits for many parts of the game.

All in all, this is the best entry level game in the Atelier series for newcomers!
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Fairly Fencer F - Sony PlayStation 3
Fairly Fencer F - Sony PlayStation 3

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Idea Factory rpg but be aware of other probably better alternatives to the ps3 version, 27 Nov. 2015
This game is very similar to the Neptunia games as it is from the same developer Idea Factory in terms of the battle system, humour and visual novel-like dialouges.

I found it a little more serious and more polished than Idea Factory's other games.

The music are really amazing and the dungeons are more varied although they are still repetitive and mundane.

What I liked the most about this game are the humorous character interactions, voice acting music and battle system and mechanics. The character growth system is a bit deep and fulfillig but the battles are normally on the easy side with no difficulty setting. However, you can make enemies deal more damage via a cool system whereby you stab swords on the worldmap to increase damage given or received and other hurdles in return for extra battle experience, money etc.

The story is a bit different in relation to the hero's motivation for example but eventually it becomes more clishe.

This game is no longer a ps3 exclusive as it is available on Steam for a lower price when on sale. It also has an enhanced edition in Japan which came out very recently and which has extra routes story bits and an extra character and six-party members battles.

So, if you want a physical release and don't mind the lack of anti aliasing and better graphics and want to play this game now; the ps3 one is not a bad option; if you want a cheap more beautifl version and don't mind digital only, you can buy it from Steam. Otherwise, you can wait for a localisation announcement for the enhanced version in the West and get the ps4 most likely physical version.


AR Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
AR Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 3 games on ps3, 27 Nov. 2015
I bought this game from shopto.net so don't worry because I will not appear as a verified purchaser.

I had high expectations for this game and it exceeded them. In fact, I would consider this game in my top 3 games on the ps3 system. I will not spoil the story for you but I will list why I like the game.

Great visuals: the animation and art of the characters are well-done and gorgeous and better than many other JRPGs in this genre.

Battle system: it's turn-based and requires some tactics particularly if you want to challenge yourself at higher difficulty settings. I found the premise and mechanics easy to understand but tricky to master as you need to figure out the minute details of it like harmonics and burst.

Characters: They are lovable and unique and I found myself identifying and caring about them particularly the heroines.

Good music: There are many good songs in this game and actually singing is a very important element in this game story-wise.

I played this game when I had other good games such as fairy fencer and tales of xillia but this one was the best and this is coming from somebody who didn't like very much the previously released instalment in this series on ps3.

The game has dual audio so if you do not like a particular character voice you can change the language.

However, the game has lots of reading particularly when synthesising equipment and weapons which could be a minus for some people. Also, there is lot of nudity in this game if you are sensitive to this issue.

Finally, if you are a fan of anime and Japanese RPGs, I strongly recommend this game.
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Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3)
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3)
Offered by Focus Enterprise
Price: £21.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A visual novel with horrendous gameplay masquarading as a Jrpg!, 27 Nov. 2015
This game was advertised as an Rpg; however, it is basically a visual novel with a very disppointing, lazy and hit-or-miss battle system in which you have to predict where the enemy moves in order for your attack to connect.I don't have a problem with visual novels as many Jrpgs I played such as Neptunia or Ar nosurge have such an element but I think it was a case of false advertising to reach more demographic.

The art style is beatiful and dialogue options have the innovation or gimmick of combining different sensory inputs to trigger different reactions from other characters.

However, there is a shameful lack of voice acting, which is only in Japanese, probably due to a lack of budget.

I have played many mediocre games from start to finish but the tutorial alone in this game gave me a headache.

That said, if you love visual novels, don't mind lack of voice acting and don't mind lazy, flawed gameplay and false advertising, you will probably like this game.


Suikoden 3 / Game
Suikoden 3 / Game

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic ps2 jrpg!, 23 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Suikoden 3 / Game (Video Game)
Unlike most people who prefer Suikoden 2, this is my favourite Suikoden game.

Graphics: It marked a shift in platform and graphics from ps1 to ps2 and from 2D to 3D. However, this game came kind of early in ps2 life so, it doesn't look as polished as the other ps2 ones. However, the graphics are still good and are cel-shaded.

Story: The story is the best part in the game as it is both emotional and it gives you the choice to choose your own path and hero. At the beginning of each chapter, you usually get to choose which character's perspective to play as. There are so many characters, each with a distinctive personality and story.

The gameplay: As uaual in a Suikoden game, it is a Japanese role playing game where you get caught in a political confict and you try to collect as many allies as you can (108 Pokemon anyone) and where you build or improve a base or headquarters with the help of your allies to emerge victorious in that confict. There are two types of battles normal ones over a field like most rpgs and strategy ones and both are turn-based. The normal battles may seem cluncky but upgrading characters' runes (magic), equipment and skills feels very rewarding.

Music: It's enjoyable and memorable; I was not keen on the normal battles theme though.

All in all, a classic Jrpg and a top-notch Suikoden game.


Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita)
Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by Galactico
Price: £18.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, 23 Nov. 2015
I would classify this game in my top 3 of all time; it is difficult for me to give an order as it is very difficult to quantify emotional experiences. This game alone justifies the purchase of a playstation Vita or if you want to play it on the big screen a pstv, which is normally much cheaper. Here are my reasons:
Graphics: while maybe not the best on the platform as this game was originally a ps2 game, they are very colourful and charming. Bosses look very detailed though.
Music: some of the best I've listened to in a video game; the songs are so catchy and enjoyable that they made a dancing game for them.
Gameplay: extremely addictive despite the length of game 80 plus hours if you do not want to do another playthrough, which is completely worth if if you want to get everything in the game. The combat is turn-based but makes a full use of the stregths and weaknesses of characters and enemies, more than final fantasy x in my opinion and it has a cool all-team attack, which can be triggered if you hit all enemies' weaknesses if there are more than one. Creating persona is also a very strategic, rewarding and lengthy experience as different persona's have have different skills, stats, strengths and weaknesses.
Story: very emotional and engaging particualarly in the final parts of the game where you have to make intelligent and difficult decisions to solve a mysterious crime.
The game is cheap now, under 17 pounds at the time of writing this review and it is a very good investment for your money if you have enough time to dedicate to it.
Final verdict: I cannot recommend this game enough if you are not overly allergic to some Japanese references and culture and if you don't mind a slow start at the beginning.


Persona 4 Golden:
Persona 4 Golden:
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, 23 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Persona 4 Golden: (Video Game)
I would classify this game in my top 3 of all time; it is difficult for me to give an order as it is very difficult to quantify emotional experiences. This game alone justifies the purchase of a playstation Vita or if you want to play it on the big screen a pstv, which is normally much cheaper. Here are my reasons:
Graphics: while maybe not the best on the platform as this game was originally a ps2 game, they are very colourful and charming. Bosses look very detailed though.
Music: some of the best I've listened to in a video game; the songs are so catchy and enjoyable that they made a dancing game for them.
Gameplay: extremely addictive despite the length of game 80 plus hours if you do not want to do another playthrough, which is completely worth if if you want to get everything in the game. The combat is turn-based but makes a full use of the stregths and weaknesses of characters and enemies, more than final fantasy x in my opinion and it has a cool all-team attack, which can be triggered if you hit all enemies' weaknesses if there are more than one. Creating persona is also a very strategic, rewarding and lengthy experience as different persona's have have different skills, stats, strengths and weaknesses.
Story: very emotional and engaging particualarly in the final parts of the game where you have to make intelligent and difficult decisions to solve a mysterious crime.
The game is cheap now, under 17 pounds at the time of writing this review and it is a very good investment for your money if you have enough time to dedicate to it.
Final verdict: I cannot recommend this game enough if you are not overly allergic to some Japanese references and culture and if you don't mind a slow start at the beginning.


Final Fantasy XIII - Platinum (PS3)
Final Fantasy XIII - Platinum (PS3)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £15.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not completely!, 23 Nov. 2015
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Graphically one of the best in its time and it still holds up to this day but in terms of story a complete confusing, linear mess with unlikable characters which you cannot identify with. The saving grace for this game is the beautiful music and engaging gameply in which you have to change the roles of your characters on the fly to adapt to new enemies weaknesses and styles. You can appreciate and understand the story more if you read extremely lengthy terms explanation, logs, entries, which is not a good desgin feature. If you want to play a recent final fantasy game, I would recommend xiii-2 as it has better gameplay, a non-linear story and more likeable characters.
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