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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
Offered by The GameMonkey
Price: £14.97

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good game, poor console port, 16 Nov 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Warning to those who want to buy this game, it is a console port and not a very good one at that.

It works better on an older rig than a new one due to the aged game engine. I have a quad core gaming laptop and can play pretty much any game on High setting but my laptop struggles with Skyrim, making the game very frustrating to play.

Good game but very poor performance.
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Metro 2033
Metro 2033
by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.06

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly Recommended, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Paperback)
Great post-apocalyptic novel, a great sense of dark atmosphere and place. The book is set in the near future where the remnants of Moscow have been forced to live in the metro system of Moscow because of the atomic disaster above. It follows the story of Artoym, a young man who is sent on a mission to warn Polis (the biggest collection of stations and a major government power in the Metro) about a new threat to the metro.

To begin the plot is great, the gradual completion of the mission is well-realized and there is a handy map of the Metro on the front page of the novel. Glukhovsky succeeds in creating a tense atmosphere and good characterization of Artoym and succeeds in creating a fresh, realistic post-apocalyptic world with a eastern sense. The environments are very well described and offer the reader a strong visualization of atmosphere. The action is varied, from obvious physical threats to the paranormal; Glukhovsky includes enough action to capture the reader, as Artyom is involved in many encounters with many interesting characters.

The novel includes a number of political themes and has a strong message to the future of mankind, includes strong reference to the history of Russia and of the impact of Second World War on the world that Metro 2033 is set in.

My only problem with the novel is that you can get a bit confused with location and characters because of the Russian setting. Obviously there isn't much you can do about that, but take into account that the book was originally written in Russian and translated into English.

But that isn't really a problem as it's a great book for anybody who is interested in post-apocalyptic books, and I personally thought it was a fantastic read. It also goes great with the new video game set in Glukhovsky's universe.

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