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Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £16.99

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected., 23 May 2010
Let me just start by saying game is better than I first expected, simply because open world free-roam games are nothing new anymore, particularly from rockstar and personally I feel that the GTA series has really reached the end because there isn't really much scope left for another game. Rockstar possibly feel the same way, so they have been putting all their heart into their latest game - Red Dead Redemption.

We get to follow the life of John Marston, an ex-member of Bill Williamson's gang of outlaws. John is out to settle his differences with his ex partner in crime, Bill, to prevent bad things happening to his family. John discovers that Bill Williams has traveled to Mexican territory which is being fought over by the Mexicn army and insurgent rebels. John has many choices in this game, whether he sides with the outlaws, lawmen, rebels, or innocents is entirely up to you. The game has different paths for you to take so it isn't entirely a one direction storyline.

It is the same platform and layout that were used to all the way back from GTAIII only everything has changed for the better. We now have an epic open world western/horse riding/gun slinging game, which is such a refreshing change. If you are a fan of rockstar's previous games then you should really enjoy this even if you (like myself) aren't a big fan of westerns.

The controls are very similar to GTA and so is the camera so i needn't discuss them too deeply as you're already more than likely familiar with them. But they're the typical aim and shoot, tap A to sprint and tap then hold A to accelerate/maintain your horse speed, what you'd expect really.

The graphics are beautiful, rockstar have really hit the nail on the head with this game. The characters, clothing, environments, animals, buildings etc are all top notch, and some of the views in the game are simply stunning. When standing on a cliff edge looking into the sea whilst the sun sets is very picturesque. There are many nice little features like skinning animals, searching areas and completing small tasks to acquire scraps of clothing for new outfits. You can even herd and capture wild horses then break them in to become your own.

Online is great fun, however people constantly go round attempting to kill you for no reason when really it should be all about the teamwork. There are free for all and team matches (capture bag of gold, team death match, free for all etc) which is a real good laugh and the dead eye feature comes in real handy at close quarters. You can team up with your friends and make a posse, then clear gang hideouts to earn XP, level up and unlock the Bull to ride at level 50.

Overall this game is so well thought out and it's nice to say it hasn't been over hyped. I think most players of this game will enjoy it thoroughly and really get into the whole storyline and characters, who, by the way have excellent voice talent capturing their personalities perfectly. There is SO much to do that it will keep you entertained for months, and it is a title that you will want to keep in your collection for as long as possible.

Graphics 9/10 - not many games look better than this
Sound 10/10 - perfect atmosphere, gun fire effects and voice talent.
Controls 9/10 - almost spot on, though i would have changed just a couple of things.
Game play 10/10 - as good as it's gonna get when it comes to free roam games.
Life span 10/10 0 tonnes and tonnes to do, with the added online. Endless hours of entertainment.

Thanks for reading.
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Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz, 2X1G RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, SD, AP, BT-GBR) - Older Model
Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz, 2X1G RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, SD, AP, BT-GBR) - Older Model

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Mac Mini, 10 May 2010
when I first heard the name Mac Mini i thought it was a new sandwich from McDonald's, oh how wrong i was! OK so i didn't really think that, but what a brilliant piece of tech! The mac mini is very small and very powerful with great portability and economy. from pressing the on button to waiting for everything to load 100% it takes less than 30 seconds, which is much quicker than any windows machine I've ever used. It is almost completely silent, the fan is ultra quiet, the hard drive makes very little noise and the dvd drive is also silky smooth.

Now OK the price is a little ridiculous some might say, you don't get a mouse or a keyboard (but literally 99% of USB keyboards and mouses will work instantly) and you have to buy an adapter to make it work with HDMI or VGA but apart from that you do get what you pay for. The quality is spot on, and it works perfectly everytime. No problems, no bugs, no virus's... BINGO, it's a real winner.

Macs OS is so much more user friendly than other OS's I've used too, such as Ubuntu Linux, and windows 95 through to Windows 7. Everything looks prettier, it is smoother and faster and everything about it just feels so polished and reliable. It boasts ddr3 ram, a decent on board graphics card, and more than enough processor power for your day to day tasks. Adobe Photo shop runs brilliantly and it is a joy to use. 160GB hard drive may not be the biggest but portable hard drives are so cheap that this isn't even an issue anymore.

If you are getting fed up of buying anti virus's, firewalls, and doing more system restores than you'd ever imagined then it may be time to have a little play with a mac and see if it's for you. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, and windows is definitely better for gamers, but for everything else I feel the mac is much, much better.
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Subject Delta Figure - Bioshock 2 - Neca
Subject Delta Figure - Bioshock 2 - Neca

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subject Delta, 10 May 2010
Subject Delta, my new favourite Big Daddy, has been brought to life with this beautiful figurine with stunning detail and quality. He stands proud and tall, you can change his arm to either the drill or his standard arm and he is the perfect replica of delta from BioShock 2. He looks great, very sturdy and solid and a must have for BioShock 2 fans.


Option Paralysis
Option Paralysis
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..., 5 April 2010
This review is from: Option Paralysis (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of Dillinger for some years now, and they have matured and progressed so much over the years that its almost like listening to a different band at times, in fact it virtually is considering they have had got through more members than Hugh Hefner has playmates.

Option Paralysis has something for every Dillinger fan, it has the mentality of calculating infinity, the tightness of Miss machine, and the ballad/melodies from Ire works, and it has all been blended into this beast of an album.

The Album kicks in with Farewell, Mona Lisa, an exceptional track, definitely one of my favorites through out the album, and each song is completely different to the next which is one reason i Love this CD. Back in Dillinger's early days, even though they were an amazing band with such a unique sound a lot of their songs blended together into one mental noise. Yeah it was great, dont get me wrong, but it was too repetitive. Now they have formed into this mature, deep song writing band with riffs, shreds, blasts and slaps like you've never known. Some people may feel they have tried to be more mainstream, I personally disagree. I feel they have simply matured and moved into a very deep setting of song writing and passion for what they do. People not accepting that bands change really need to open their eyes and ears, bands never stay completely the same. Overall it reminds me most of Ire Works/Miss machine with the occasional calculating infinity past blast, only so much better and much more precisely constructed and mastered.

Dillinger fans, and people who are new to the band should absolutely buy this album because I personally feel it to be their best one yet. Although I must admit it seems a bit on the short side, just a couple more tracks would have really perfected it.

Excellent album, great sound, unique and different. I love it.


Option Paralysis
Option Paralysis
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.23

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very Impressed, 5 April 2010
This review is from: Option Paralysis (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of Dillinger for some years now, and they have matured and progressed so much over the years that its almost like listening to a different band at times, in fact it virtually is considering they have had got through more members than Hugh Hefner has playmates.

Option Paralysis has something for every Dillinger fan, it has the mentality of calculating infinity, the tightness of Miss machine, and the ballad/melodies from Ire works, and it has all been blended into this beast of an album.

The Album kicks in with Farewell, Mona Lisa, an exceptional track, definitely one of my favorites through out the album, and each song is completely different to the next which is one reason i Love this CD. Back in Dillinger's early days, even though they were an amazing band with such a unique sound a lot of their songs blended together into one mental noise. Yeah it was great, dont get me wrong, but it was too repetitive. Now they have formed into this mature, deep song writing band with riffs, shreds, blasts and slaps like you've never known. Some people may feel they have tried to be more mainstream, I personally disagree. I feel they have simply matured and moved into a very deep setting of song writing and passion for what they do. Overall it reminds me most of Ire Works, only so much better and much more precisely constructed and mastered.

Dillinger fans, and people who are new to the band should absolutely buy this album because I personally feel it to be their best one yet. Although I must admit it seems a bit on the short side, just a couple more tracks would have really perfected it.

Excellent album, great sound, unique and different. I love it.


Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpisingly Spectacular, 14 Mar. 2010
I played the first battlefield: bad company, and whilst I enjoyed it thoroughly I never really considered it as a ground breakingly good game and feel it was basically what you'd expect from a war FPS. A little while down the line and the sequel is out, WOAH! what a huge improvement!

From the story telling, to the visuals, to the witty banter and blowing stuff up, everything has been notched up and tweaked to such a fabulous quality and spectacularly good war experience. I found it to be a very gripping story and very addictive game which i was very suprised about because war FPS's aren't exactly 'original' anymore.

The graphics are so sharp and detailed, one of the nicest looking games ive played and with the options to adjust contrast and brightness levels in game you can quickly and easily get the perfect picture and get ready for some action.

The sounds in BFBC 2 are the best i've ever heard from a war game, the explosions, reverb in rooms and the gun fire sounds so much more 'in your face realistic' than anything i've experienced before. And the music composed for the game is also perfect, it has emition and mood and really adds to the game as a whole.

As far as the single player campaign go's i can honestly say ive never enjoyed a war game like this, nothing has even come close for me. The atmosphere, voice acting, sound effects, graphics, and storyline are just spot on. They have really hit the nail on the head with getting this game right and all fans of other war games should thoroughly enjoy the single player campaign.

I must admit i'm a little disappointed that there is no co-op mode, this game would have been perfect for it, and I personally didnt enjoy the online experience as much as I wanted to (however it is still extrememly good with added team deathmatch and hardcore modes) but some of the maps are huge and as a personal preference I like maps a bit smaller. I cant lower my rating of the game just for something like that though because it's just my individual preference.

Overall, top quality war game, excellent visuals, most things can be demolished which is a lovely touch, sounds are the best i've ever heard and the storyline and storytelling is excellent. FPS war fans should really enjoy!

Graphics: 9
Sounds: 10
Storyline: 8.5


BioShock 2 (Xbox 360)
BioShock 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £8.96

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sequel., 9 Feb. 2010
This review is from: BioShock 2 (Xbox 360) (CD-ROM)
I have been looking forward to this game since i first heard they were making it and I am not disappointed in any way. In fact.... I absolutely love it. I wont go into much detail about the story line because I dont want to spoil anything (but having just completed the game I can honestly say I enjoyerd it thoroughly and am looking forward to my second playthrough. There were nice little twists and some really epic moments, I was genuinely gutted when it was over) So I will focus more on the characters, gameplay, graphics and overall experience of playing.

Ten years have past since The fall of Andrew Ryan and we are back in Rapture, one of the most unique gaming environments you will ever experience. With it's dark and moody atmopshere and superb attention to detail it's hard not to appreciate just how much effort has gone into making this game. The graphics are really lovely, about the same as the first one only the characters and visual effects look better, the speckles of blood and water on your helmet look briliant. However, i must note the textures on some objects are not quite as crisp as they were in BioShock 1 making them look a little bland at times, but that's no reason to be put off. There is a nice little option to turn the helmet effect on or off to the gamers preference, the only difference is there are little edges in the corners of your screen which i found not to my liking so i simply turned it off so there are no obstructions what so ever.

The game plays and feels very similar to the first BioShock so veteran BioShock fans will feel right at home with the controls straight away, apart from the healing button that has changed from B to -> on the D pad which can be quite odd at first, but you soon get used to it.
A great feature in BioShock 2 is that you dont have to swap from your weapon hand to your plasmid hand, they're both right there on the screen which is so much better than before because you can dish out some real damage without having to slow the pace down.

The Single player starts out with a nice little cutscene letting us know what has roughly happened since the events of BioShock 1, and who you are and why you're here. You are Subject Delta, a prototype Big Daddy never to have been seen before, and I will just say how well he fits into the game and how much of an excellent character I feel he is. It is great fun and a nice refreshing change to play as a Big Daddy, it puts a whole new aspect of feel and play to the game particularly with rescuing little sisters. Rather than rescue or harvest, you now adopt her with the choice of either collecting some ADAM from corpses containing this much desired drug, or simply returning her to a sister vent, then you can harvest her or let her go. The ADAM collecting is quite fun and can have some pretty intense battles with swarming splicers trying their best to stop you and the Little Sister.

The weapons are brutally brilliant in BioShock 2 and can all be upgraded again at the weapon upgrade stations. The drill arm is so much fun to use, just drilling through the splicers torso never gets old! and if you run out of fuel you can simply whack them with a melee attack, and what is also nice is that you can melee with any of the weapons instead of just one (the wrench) from BioShock. I must say though I do miss the wrench simply for how fast it was, the melee attack on the weapons obviously is a touch slower, but does come in extremely handy when the splicers get too close for comfort (which does happen often when playing on hard mode)

The story is very in depth again, and all the characters and voice talents are top notch yet again, they really make this game what it is and BioShock 2 is another truly epic and gripping story which will make you keep wanting more and more! The game as a whole is much creepier than the first BioShock, and because Rapture is in such a dreadful state (much worse than before) it adds to it being even eerier. And the game comes with a whole new tension factor, the fights with the Big Sisters can be so intense at times it makes your heart start to race as you battle away with this acrobatic, plasmid abusing lunatic! These guys aren't too easy to beat when you're playing on hard mode, and I do recommend all players giving this difficulty a shot because it will make your game last longer and give you more of a challenge, and if it's too hard you can lower the difficulty at any time. Some other intense battles are when you first encounter a Brute Splicer. These guys look like 3 Arnies all morphed into one and they will do whatever it takes to defeat you. They're really dirty brawlers, throwing things at you and charging at you, they fight very similar to the bouncers from BioShock 1, only they're even faster and stronger!

We still have the Bouncer big daddy and the Rosie, and of course the alpha series (the test big daddys, which is what you are of course)and now there is a new Big Daddy called the Rumbler, but i wont give anything about him away, you will have to find out for yourself.

The multiplayer mode is great, very addictive, very VERY fun rather than frustrating and will prove to be a huge hit particularly with true BioShock fans. Particularly fun when you get to wear the big daddy suit, you can do some real damage when wearing it!

Anyway i'm rambling on now so to sum it up, this is an excellent sequel, possibly even better than the original game. It's not 100% perfect, but it's as good as it gets for me. I love it. And to all the people who are saying it is too similar to the first bioshock well... 90% of sequels are similar to their predecessors, they're not going to make a completely new and unique game all together, otherwise it wouldnt be a sequel it would be a brand new game. Bioshock 2 is an amazing sequel in my eyes and true Bioshock fans will love this.

Thanks for reading.
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BioShock 2 (PS3)
BioShock 2 (PS3)
Offered by Ent-Plus+
Price: £8.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional sequel!, 9 Feb. 2010
This review is from: BioShock 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
I have been looking forward to this game since i first heard they were making it and I am not disappointed in any way. In fact.... I absolutely love it. I wont go into much detail about the story line because I dont want to spoil anything (but having just completed the game I can honestly say I enjoyerd it thoroughly and am looking forward to my second playthrough. There were nice little twists and some really epic moments, I was genuinely gutted when it was over) So I will focus more on the characters, gameplay, graphics and overall experience of playing.

Ten years have past since The fall of Andrew Ryan and we are back in Rapture, one of the most unique gaming environments you will ever experience. With it's dark and moody atmopshere and superb attention to detail it's hard not to appreciate just how much effort has gone into making this game. The graphics are really lovely, about the same as the first one only the characters and visual effects look better, the speckles of blood and water on your helmet look briliant. However, i must note the textures on some objects are not quite as crisp as they were in BioShock 1 making them look a little bland at times, but that's no reason to be put off. There is a nice little option to turn the helmet effect on or off to the gamers preference, the only difference is there are little edges in the corners of your screen which i found not to my liking so i simply turned it off so there are no obstructions what so ever.

The game plays and feels very similar to the first BioShock so veteran BioShock fans will feel right at home with the controls straight away, apart from the healing button that has changed from B to -> on the D pad which can be quite odd at first, but you soon get used to it.
A great feature in BioShock 2 is that you dont have to swap from your weapon hand to your plasmid hand, they're both right there on the screen which is so much better than before because you can dish out some real damage without having to slow the pace down.

The Single player starts out with a nice little cutscene letting us know what has roughly happened since the events of BioShock 1, and who you are and why you're here. You are Subject Delta, a prototype Big Daddy never to have been seen before, and I will just say how well he fits into the game and how much of an excellent character I feel he is. It is great fun and a nice refreshing change to play as a Big Daddy, it puts a whole new aspect of feel and play to the game particularly with rescuing little sisters. Rather than rescue or harvest, you now adopt her with the choice of either collecting some ADAM from corpses containing this much desired drug, or simply returning her to a sister vent, then you can harvest her or let her go. The ADAM collecting is quite fun and can have some pretty intense battles with swarming splicers trying their best to stop you and the Little Sister.

The weapons are brutally brilliant in BioShock 2 and can all be upgraded again at the weapon upgrade stations. The drill arm is so much fun to use, just drilling through the splicers torso never gets old! and if you run out of fuel you can simply whack them with a melee attack, and what is also nice is that you can melee with any of the weapons instead of just one (the wrench) from BioShock. I must say though I do miss the wrench simply for how fast it was, the melee attack on the weapons obviously is a touch slower, but does come in extremely handy when the splicers get too close for comfort (which does happen often when playing on hard mode)

The story is very in depth again, and all the characters and voice talents are top notch yet again, they really make this game what it is and BioShock 2 is another truly epic and gripping story which will make you keep wanting more and more! The game as a whole is much creepier than the first BioShock, and because Rapture is in such a dreadful state (much worse than before) it adds to it being even eerier. And the game comes with a whole new tension factor, the fights with the Big Sisters can be so intense at times it makes your heart start to race as you battle away with this acrobatic, plasmid abusing lunatic! These guys aren't too easy to beat when you're playing on hard mode, and I do recommend all players giving this difficulty a shot because it will make your game last longer and give you more of a challenge, and if it's too hard you can lower the difficulty at any time. Some other intense battles are when you first encounter a Brute Splicer. These guys look like 3 Arnies all morphed into one and they will do whatever it takes to defeat you. They're really dirty brawlers, throwing things at you and charging at you, they fight very similar to the bouncers from BioShock 1, only they're even faster and stronger!

We still have the Bouncer big daddy and the Rosie, and of course the alpha series (the test big daddys, which is what you are of course)and now there is a new Big Daddy called the Rumbler, but i wont give anything about him away, you will have to find out for yourself.

The multiplayer mode is great, very addictive, very VERY fun rather than frustrating and will prove to be a huge hit particularly with true BioShock fans. Particularly fun when you get to wear the big daddy suit, you can do some real damage when wearing it!

Anyway i'm rambling on now so to sum it up, this is an excellent sequel, possibly even better than the original game. It's not 100% perfect, but it's as good as it gets for me. I love it. And to all the people who are saying it is too similar to the first bioshock well... 90% of sequels are similar to their predecessors, they're not going to make a completely new and unique game all together, otherwise it wouldnt be a sequel it would be a brand new game. Bioshock 2 is an amazing sequel in my eyes and true Bioshock fans will love this.

Thanks for reading.
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Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £15.98

3.0 out of 5 stars A great game but has it's flaws, 5 Jan. 2010
In terms of gameplay, fun and realistic looking characters this game is top notch, however if you're after something with an in depth, single player storyline then stay clear of this title.

Basically this is brutal, gory, mindless zombie slaying madness which is fun to kill an hour here and there, but if you do not have xbox live then it isn't worth owning. Playing alone on single player is not much fun at all and all the levels are open from the word go with not much to unlock. It has no real story line or sense of deirection and has no halfway through save points, just a level that you run through, kill everything in sight do a little task then find a safe room and wallah you're done. It is grat fun and really quite tense at times, giving a true feel of survival, and it is very well atmosphered but I just wish there was more to it than this, it is very repetative. There isn't really much to the game, and whilst it is fun wedging a chainsaw into a sprinting zombies forehead, the novelty soon wears off.

If they had made a complete single player campaign i would rate this 5 stars, but sadly i cant give 5 stars because it isn't the complete package, its more like an expansion for the original left 4 dead not brining anything new to the table. It's an amazing co-op game, 5 stars for that, but overall i can only give it 3 stars.

If you enjoy Nazi zombies on call of duty: world at war then you will probably love this, as it has a similar direction of play, only much faster and more aggresive and you have to strictly work together as a team or you will all die and fail miserably.

As a quick summary, if you're after a fun and frantic fast paced co-op game then this is perfect in many ways. However, if you're after a decent single player game then seriously, don't waste your money.


Bioshock Big Daddy Ultra Deluxe Figur
Bioshock Big Daddy Ultra Deluxe Figur

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Big Daddy., 26 Nov. 2009
The Big Daddy, such a memorable character, one that we all love to hate, and equally love to love.

Now you can own your very own Big Daddy from the BioShock 2 sneak preview collection.

The first thing you notice upon opening it is its size, it is actually much larger than expected, probably the size of a large hand, and it comes in a very well packaged non re-sealable plastic box, very nicely presented. Inside the Box you get the Big Daddy with huge drill arm, a gas cylinder and what looks like a pressure gauge which i presume all attatch to his back.

The painting detail on the Big Daddy and accessories is just phenomenal, and the attention to detail on every millimeter is just exactly what you'd imagine.

If you're a huge fan of BioShock then this is a great little model to own, looks great stood next to the TV and is a constant reminder of how good BioShock actually is.

Not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
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