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Star Wars X-Wing: Tie Fighter Expansion Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: Tie Fighter Expansion Pack
Offered by a1 Toys
Price: £11.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, 10 Jan 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
The eponymous TIE/LN Tie Fighter, developed by Seinar Fleet systems to be cheap, mass producable (corran Horn is quoted as saying "a commodity which, after hydrogen and stupidity, was the most plentiful in the galaxy")

Lacking shields it makes up for it with speed and numbers. Rebel pilots will nearly always find themselves outnumbered when facing TIE's

The paint job on the model is quite nice and all in it is good quality. be careful of the wings as the resin used in casting that thinly can be brittle.


Star Wars X-Wing Y-Wing Expansion
Star Wars X-Wing Y-Wing Expansion
Price: £12.05

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, 10 Jan 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
The y-wing was the staple of the rebellion (being left over from the clone wars) until the x-wing came along, even then it still clung on to front line duty (until being superceded by the B-wing)a venerable fighter/bomber.

The added rules for Ion cannons make for interesting gameplay, especially when playing on a field with obstacles (i have caused several ties to crash into asteroids)although in a high points game being able to carry two torpedo cards might come across a little overpowered.

The model quality itself is nice enough, be careful with the engine spars as the resin can be brittle when cast so thin.

All in a good supplement to any rebel fleet.


Spinward Marches (The Third Imperium)
Spinward Marches (The Third Imperium)
by Martin J Dougherty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fluff!, 9 May 2012
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This is a very good fluff peice and campaign aid to hand to your players who are having trouble visualising the traveller universe. One of my players straight away said 'this is a rip-off of warhammer' then i cracked open my classic traveller books and showed him the print dates. :P


Star Wars: Blood of the Empire v. 1: The Old Republic (Star Wars the Old Republic 1)
Star Wars: Blood of the Empire v. 1: The Old Republic (Star Wars the Old Republic 1)
by Alexander Freed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking, 3 Feb 2012
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I Originally bought this thinking it was a novel (due to the paperback tag) in the same grouping as fatal alliance, revan and deceived.

While this is a pretty good short story in graphic form there is very little character work and at no time was i left wondering what the outcome would be. A little too predictable.


Brink (Xbox 360)
Brink (Xbox 360)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £2.93

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt Live up to the hype, 24 May 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brink (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I first caught a glimpse of this game in one of the many promo shots released to generate hype. Apart from the extremely ugly CGI characters the concept intrigued me. So as I do with many games I kept an eye on its development and as more material was released my hopes were raised to the point I decided to buy the game.
Big disappointment.

Playability
At its core the game is a simple run and gun first person shooter, with a few tactical alternatives thrown into each level (far too few for them to really make a difference or open up the levels)
The SMART system really doesn't work as well as it should, the developers led us to believe it would be akin to an fps version of assassins creed. The light body build which you need to climb most of the terrain dies quicker than it can climb and the medium build can't carry heavy weapons, from what I have seen most people play as heavy class as it really carries the most benefits. The weapons offer very little in variety and the attachments don't change it up enough to make you want to be a sniper or a grenadier rather than running and gunning.

Sound
The voice acting is abysmal probably one of the worst features of the game constantly hearing "the enemy is taking our command post" or "we are taking the enemies command post" every 3 seconds gets extremely irritating.

Netcode
Lag is a major issue, i know Bethesda aren't famed for making multiplayer games, but when making a game that's multiplayer centric you could at least get your net code in order. This is probably the thing that's going to cause a lot of trade ins as the replayability is severely diminished by the poor multiplayer experience.

Graphics
Sub-par considering some of the recent releases to the genre (COD series, Battlefield) the levels alternate palettes from industrial brown to blooming silver, as if mirrors edge and fallout 3 had an illegitimate child. The CGI characters are incredibly ugly and character customisation follows suit, also... no females?

Story
...or lack thereof, 8 maps of 5-20 minutes of gameplay each depending on your level of skill, which can be played from either perspective. The most interesting part of the story you are forced to level your character up through repetition of the 8 maps and does this give you cinematics and dramatic storytelling we are used to? Nope. You get a series of audio clips with accompanying text. And no context.

Normally I don't trade-in games, I bought this game on Wednesday 18th April, fully completed it and got most of the achievements by the Friday and spent all weekend playing anything but Brink, so it looks like brink will be my first.


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