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Mr. G. P. Schofield "fortysixter" (UK, South London)

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Syndicate (PC DVD)
Syndicate (PC DVD)
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: £4.15

3.0 out of 5 stars PC version Review--It's just..."ok", 12 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Syndicate (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
PC version Review--It's just..."ok" ( end of short review ).

( Longer review )
The boss fights , as you would expect, get incrementally hard, to the point of frustration. One fight has you fighting another agent, you have no guns. He is jumping between platforms above you and shooting rockets at you, which you have to hack remotely , a skill you have, and send them back at him. I got bored after the 7th attempt ( this was on normal setting by the way ). So I god moded the game " press CTRL + ALT + ` " then type " cmd(godmode)" The ` symbol is the button just above tab key. Even with that on, it was still rather a slow fight.

Between the boss fights it is quite an interesting game if you like the sci-fi shooter genre. Certainly worth £5-£10 of you money , regardless of format.

A tendency to over use the bloom lighting effect sometimes takes the detail out of the screen.
Much of the games architecture is nicely done, and the level design quite good too.

It is lacking that something special that two of Starbreeze's titles( the games maker ) had, and those great games were the first darkness game and the Chronicles of Riddick game. Both amazing. I suspect the original devs to those titles have left and we have different people making the game.
It Shows.

Easy solution to making this game fun?
Godmode through the pointless bosses, and play the huge levels in between the bosses that are actually good.

This is not the Syndicate type of game you may have played in the 90's. This is a straight forward very violent shooter. I think the Syndicate setting lends itself far more to the role playing game genre than it does the shooter genre.

I suspect this is another executive decision made at board room level. I can imagine the conversation now:-

Suit 1 "Lets remake Syndicate"
Suit 2 "Ok, lets make it a role player with lots of depth and story, with 20-30 hours of gameplay"
Suit 1 " Nah, roleplayers don't sell in the west....gamers aren't clever enough....lets make it a generic shooter , the kids will love it "

[ 6 months after game release. ]

Suit 1 " Well Syndicate was a bust, reviewed poorly and sold poorly, what's the next franchise we can destroy ?"

HP 301XL - 2-pack Black Original Ink Cartridges (D8J45AE)
HP 301XL - 2-pack Black Original Ink Cartridges (D8J45AE)
Price: £32.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better value as a twin pack, but still pricey., 10 Feb. 2015
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The double pack better value than the single 301Xl colour pack . I still award these carts 5 stars for print quality.

I gave the single 301XL 3 stars due to its high price, I'll give the double pack 4 stars as they value is somewhat better.

Still outrageously priced however.

A single 301 XL cart gives around 15-20 full colour full page prints on glossy photo paper. Amazing quality prints.

Far too expensive of course, but when you buy an inkjet printer you know you're letting yourself in for expense.

DO NOT USE CLONE CARTS, they kill the printer ! ( I know from experience having 2 fail on me in the last 10 years due to clone inks ).

HP 301XL High Yield Colour Ink Cartridge
HP 301XL High Yield Colour Ink Cartridge
Price: £16.54

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great quality full colour prints, but its expensive., 10 Feb. 2015
The print quality from these carts is excellent. Really excellent. 5 stars for quality.

The 3 stars is for the cost ( even though Amazon do the best price ) and low full colour, full page print yield of a 301 XL colour cartridge ( 15-20 pages ).

There's more info below, but a few things to consider:-

:- Only buy original ink carts, clone ones / refurbished carts will eventually cause issues or kill your printer.

:-When not using a printer regularly, print one page out per week that uses all the colours . Just a line of text in each colour will suffice to keep the print head clean, and it takes a miniscule amount of ink to do that.

The XL size should be the standard size at least, in my opinion. The "3 stars" is for the fact that when it comes to full colour page printing you are looking at between 15-20 full colour page prints before they run out, plus the cost. This is the best price you can get a 301 XL cartridge for. I think it's expensive.

I'm a retro games collector and have to replace the covers to video games, so I print out my own from " the cover". Game case covers ( Snes, Megadrive etc ) are often very bright and vibrant, hence the ink runs out when I'm doing a printing run of a few covers, and it runs out fast.

Being a combined cartridge you just know that only one colour will run out and the rest still have a bit of mileage. However, they DO appear to be ALLOWED to run out. That is, to totally use all the ink up in one of the mini-ink compartments, which other printers or older printers don't always do.
So when it runs out, you know it's the truth.

When you buy an Inkjet you are probably getting it well below what it cost the company to make it, and if you've ever taken one apart you'll see it's a complex machine. The companies who make them claw their money back via the ink. If you upscale the ink quantity to 1 litre of any colour, then the relative cost goes to about £180-£200 per litre. Fortunately we only buy a miniscule amount of that, so whilst still expensive, it's at least affordable in cartridge form !!

So the ink quality and print quality is excellent, BUT the number of full colour pages you get is 15-20 per cartridge. Printing is expensive and frankly, a rip off. But if you want prints, you have to pay the price.

One last word....avoid all clone cartridge or ink systems. They inevitably don't work or fail and scrap the printer. I've killed 2 printers using clone inks in the last 10 years. The colours eventually fade , the quality is never quite the same...etc etc. My most recent printer death was just last week with an old Epson DX4050. I'd used clone carts for a year and got around 250 prints out of it, plus around 50 poor quality ones that I scrapped. Fortunately, I recognised the issues with it and bought an HP Envy 4504 just before Christmas, and this prints brilliantly .
I'll only use manufacturer inks in that printer.

AVOID CLONE INK CARTRIDGES AND SYSTEMS. Stick with manufacturer originals.

Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide
Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide
by Future Press
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Fine guide, 17 Sept. 2014
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Excellent guide for an excellent game, unfortunately made a tad redundant by the release of DLC for this game, which, just a few months prior to release, they stated they would NEVER do.

Either way, a great guide for the main game, extremely well made, nice and glossy, great maps and art.

Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 - Jet Black (PS4)
Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 - Jet Black (PS4)
Offered by GOLDEALS
Price: £37.80

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely design, a bit creaky, but its the only option PS4 players have., 17 Sept. 2014
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Great controller, but not as sturdy as the Xbox 1 controller.
Its all a little bit creaky, and the fact the entire central pad is slightly loose adds to this. NOTE:- it's loose by design.
The other issue worth noting on these controllers is the weak R2 and L2 buttons.
The controller that came with my launch PS4 broke internally after a few months. I blame C.O.D.Ghosts Multi-player.
Fortunately the guys at GAME ( where I bought the console), just opened up a new boxed controller and gave me the new one under warranty.
Also note you can now use this controller on PS3.
But, seeing as how the XB1 controller doesn't work on Playstation formats...this is all you have.
So buy a couple for spares.

Nintendo Men's Zelda Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Black, X-Large
Nintendo Men's Zelda Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Black, X-Large
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely design, 17 Sept. 2014
I purchased the Xl size, which is normally a little baggy for me.
It fits very snug, like a large instead.
I would suggets buying a size UP from what you normally buy, as they come up small.
This is the same for the official T shirts purchased from the official Nintendo store as well.

Official Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Special Edition (Xbox One)
Official Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Special Edition (Xbox One)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, 17 Sept. 2014
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Excellent quality controller, just the same as the regular high quality XB1 controller but with a wonderfully gaudy paint job. Great detaills in the paint job. Consider it if you want a unique controller as it will sell out eventually.

Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
Offered by freshegg
Price: £14.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. It's official Sony kit, so it's the best., 17 Sept. 2014
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Excellent product. I brought this when I first got the black PS4 on its initial release . It makes the console very sturdy when standing on edge, and, of most importance, allows the two larger sides of the console to be open to the air, thus helping heat dissapation.

The are two rubber plugs that fit into the recess on the console edge, under each one ( on the reverse of the stand ) is a small dial you turn for a 1/4 of a turn to make them wider and thus grip inside the console recesses. Very simple, very effective, very safe.

I managed to find a white one for the white Destiny PS4 I purchased this week at my local GAME, its exactly the same , but white to match the new PS4. Either way, it's a great stand.

Guardians of the Galaxy [Blu-ray]
Guardians of the Galaxy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £14.00

34 of 371 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment, 23 Aug. 2014
Myself & my buddy just came back from watching this at our local VUE cinema. We were both genuinely looking forwards to it, having loved most of the Marvel films to date (except maybe The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Thor 2 ).

Where to start ? The lead actor who plays Starlord (Chris Pratt)....I was waiting for some personality, something rogue like to admire about him...however, nothing emerged. The irony is, Bradley Cooper who VOICED Rocket Racoon, I believe would have pulled this character off without issue. But NO...they make him be a voice to an animated and un-likeable space racoon.

Groot was just a 3 word wonder. Why hire Vin Diesel to say three words ? Just silly.

Drax played by Dave Bautista had the acting ability of your average 80's style wrestler. His lines were poorly written, and delivered.

The only actor that appeared to bring any quality was Zoe Saldana playing Gamora. But even she struggled with an inept script. Karen Gillan at least looked good despite all the make up and no hair.

The story can be summed up by saying "group of misfits chases after a magic stone to stop the bad guy getting it for another bad guy" and the movie then focuses on who has the stone, loses the stone, etc.

Perhaps with a better script and some decent acting, this could have worked but it didn't have either. IMO it was slow, dull and unfunny.

That said the 10 year olds in the cinema laughed and found it thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately that seemed to be who the film was aimed at. Very sad that this is the next big Marvel franchise especially compared to the likes of Captain America-Winter Soldier, Iron Man or the first Thor film. These IMO were excellent, Guardians was just poor.
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Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Headset (PS4)
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Headset (PS4)
Offered by Webbasket
Price: £100.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly universal headset ( for audio, not tested Xbox one for mic ), 6 July 2014
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Truly universal headset ( for audio, not tested Xbox one for mic ).

Recently purchased the PX4 wireless headset from Amazon.
The build quality SEEMS strong, and they have a pleasant "heft" to them...they feel heavy.
The sound is excellent, but not as loud as I'd like...but loud enough regardless. This headset will be strictly used for gaming.
I have set them up and played games with them with MIC & AUDIO on :- Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360.
I have set them up and played games with them on XBOX one with AUDIO only. I don't have the Xbox one controller MIC adapter yet so can't test the MIC on Xbox one ! I'll get it soon enough though.

SO, as far as AUDIO goes, they work wirelessly with PS3, PS4, XB360 & Xbox one. They sound clear, and there are some nice little mixer option built into the headset and the wireless broadcast unit.

I highly recommend this headset, but do keep in mind that if you have more than one games console, you have to unplug the wireless broadcast unit and swap it between consoles as you need them. could do what I did and buy some broken PX4 headsets from Ebay that still had the wireless broadcast unit with them, and set up separate wireless broadcast units for all four consoles. PLUS...then you have spare MIC booms, headphone cups, head straps and cables.

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