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Colin House "October Kindler" (Hampshire, UK)

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Rayman Origins (PS Vita)
Rayman Origins (PS Vita)

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rayman is back., 22 Feb. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Since the Playstation Vita was announced as the Next Generation Portable in January of 2011, I had been clamoring to get one. I am a huge Uncharted fan and seeing videos of it being played on the system sold me on it. Fast forward to February of 2012 and I haven't bought Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita because I'm having too much fun with Rayman Origins.

I haven't touched the Rayman series since the original for the Playstation. I remember enjoying the game, but I just lost touch with it. I was worried going into this that I had made a mistake, but my worries were quickly put to rest after the first half an hour or so. I haven't played the console version, so I can't compare it to those. However, Rayman Origins made my jaw drop. It's gorgeous. Vibrant and colourful, the colours pop off the OLED Vita screen. Luckily, the gameplay is just as immersive as the aesthetics. A throwback to old school platforming games, that offers enough fun and challenges to keep anyone occupied. The touch screen is implemented nicely, but it never feels like a gimmick.

I've been playing the game since 11am this morning (It's now coming up on 5pm) and seem to have barely made a dent in it. If you're looking for a game to show you what your shiny new system can do. This is it.
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The Killing - Season 1 [DVD] [2011]
The Killing - Season 1 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Mirelle Enos
Offered by RECTRO_GEMS
Price: £22.00

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating stuff., 15 July 2011
I've never seen the original, so I'm basing my thoughts purely on the remake. I thought it was great. Intriguing story, interesting characters that develop throughout the course of the 13 episodes. Enough twists and turns to keep you watching and a good ending to boot. Definitely worth watching if you're a fan of any sort of police drama.

L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)
L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £12.27

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect The Expected., 20 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: L.A. Noire (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
If you're expecting to roam around the city, shooting down pedestrians and running people over; then L.A. Noire is not the game for you. You play as a police officer working his way through several divisions. You search a crime scene, interrogate witnesses, chase down suspects and do whatever you can to track down the culprit. The new facial recognition software really makes all the difference, the game is visually stunning. It comes on 3 disks for the X-Box 360 and the changes take place at natural breaks, so it shouldn't be much of a bother.

I think those expecting GTA in 1947 will be disappointed, but those looking for an entirely new gaming experience from Rockstar will be blown away by the sheer amount of work that has gone into it.

Blood on the Sand (The Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Series)
Blood on the Sand (The Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Series)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blood on the Sand, 17 Mar. 2011
I've read all the previous DI Horton offerings and this is certainly not one of Ms Rowson's best efforts. It's clumsy and confusing at times with a penchant for rambling and sometimes incoherent dialogue. The many muddled thoughts from the DI about both the case and his private life are annoying and just seem superfluous at times. Don't get me wrong, it's got a half decent plot that hangs together quite well and the ending is superb, but it just didn't grip me like her other books. The kindle formatting and editing was also not up to scratch.

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £0.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown in the Heather, 10 Feb. 2011
This is a hidden gem in the cheap Kindle downloads. A brilliant book which I read in a couple of sittings. Really conjures up evocative images of the time, with strong characterisation and a good plot line. Had me searching for the Braveheart DVD. Enough said!

The Hanging Shed (Douglas Brodie series Book 1)
The Hanging Shed (Douglas Brodie series Book 1)
Price: £1.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hanging Shed, 10 Feb. 2011
This was a great read for the price. Good pace and narrative but let down a little at the end. Mind you, if you suspend belief to get through the ending it all fits together rather well. Overall well worth a pound of anybody's 'hard earned'.

The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) (The Battle for the Solar System Series Book 0)
The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) (The Battle for the Solar System) (The Battle for the Solar System Series Book 0)
Price: £0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honour of the Knights - Kindle Edition, 22 Jan. 2011
A mixed bag really.

Good plot, dialogue, fine action sequences and enough suspense to be a very engaging novel. However, it was seriously let down by very poor editing and basic typos which proliferated throughout, making the overall experience frustrating. Despite the negatives the book really left me wanting to find out what happens next, so I will definitely be buying the sequel and hope that the editing has improved!!!!

House (Nintendo DS)
House (Nintendo DS)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £8.50

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Immensely Disappointing., 29 Dec. 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: House (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I picked up the game as a huge fan of House M.D and have ended up being immensely disappointed. The game is straight up, boring.

I thought I would have had an more lenient take on things considering how fond I am of the television show but even as a devoted fan, the game drags with it's pointless mini games and endless dialogue. House in theory should have been the perfect formula for an interesting game, differentials at the white board, choosing a diagnosis; being wrong and repeating however what we've got is mini game, mini game, text, text, mini game, text, mini game and so forth. It just isn't fun to play.

If you're absolutely enamoured with the show, then get this if you really must but if not; give it a miss.

House himself would be ashamed.

Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition (Wii)
Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition (Wii)

31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What were you expecting?, 24 Dec. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
The negative reviews in regard to this release are insane in my eyes. What exactly were you expecting?

It's clearly been marketed as a re-release of the SNES Mario All Stars bundle with an added booklet/CD in some nice packaging to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the greatest gaming series of all time. All the games are still hugely entertaining (Yes, even 2; which is mediocre by Mario terms but still miles ahead of other games) and have aged extremely well.

Buy this product if you're a die hard Mario fan, or for your children who have never experienced 2D Mario in all it's glory.

This product gives you exactly what it says it does and that is more than enough for me.
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Tomb Raider Underworld (Nintendo DS)
Tomb Raider Underworld (Nintendo DS)
Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: £23.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tomb Raider Underworld - Nintendo DS review., 18 Mar. 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
In my eyes, the fairest way to review this and any other multiplatform game appearing on the Nintendo DS is to not compare it to it's console equivalents. Take the game for what it is, on what platform you've decided to buy it for - therefore, I won't be saying anything along the lines of "The graphics don't match up to the Xbox version, nor does the gameplay" etc.

Tomb Raider Underworld is the third game from developers Crystal Dynamics, a team thought to have rebooted the dwindling Tomb Raider franchise back in 2006 with their release "Tomb Raider: Legend" - Underworld follows Lara Croft on her quest to find answers about her mothers presumed death, taking her to locations all around the world (and not just our own.)

The DS gameplay is everything you would expect from a 2D platforming game, the face buttons are used to control Lara's actions and the touch screen is intermittently incorporated into several mini games (such as solving various puzzles) - The controls work well and the touch screen incorporation is a welcomed feature, it does seem however that Lara doesn't react to button presses swiftly enough, there seems a slight delay (particularly when swinging from a poll and looking to jump off.) - It isn't a huge issue, but it is something that most gamers are going to notice when playing. One negative point in regards to the gameplay, is that it is extremely easy - puzzles are quick and simple & the platforming has almost no challenge at all.

The graphics are mediocre for a console that is capable of good looking 3D games, they aren't by any means "bad" - but it seems as though more of an effort could have gone into making the game look something special. The game is quite dark, too; so I'd recommend setting your DS to the highest brightness setting.

The story in Underworld is interesting enough to keep players hooked, and the addition of full CGI cut scenes (taken from the console versions of the game) are particularly impressive. Sound quality isn't amazing on the DS, but wearing headphones is sure to enhance the experience. If you haven't played Legend, you'll be able to grasp the story with ease but if you want to fully immerse yourself in what is going on - it's probably best to give it a play through; just so you know exactly what Laras emotional motivation is.

Overall, Tomb Raider Underworld for the Nintendo DS is an enjoyable game that is more than worth the purchase; but sometimes feels less than spectacular. The control scheme is easy to pick up and the graphics, whilst not amazing are good enough to portray the action. Any hardcore Tomb Raider fan with a particular love for handheld gaming should pick up the game, but those looking for a deep and challenging adventure are probably better off looking elsewhere.

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