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Joe Shaw "sellerjoe69" (Sheffield, UK)

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Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)
Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PS3: A slow start...massive potential., 28 Jan. 2007
Right, where to start. Its hard to listen to so many people and take them seriously saying 'this will revolutionise gaming' when they havent even seen the console in the flesh. Let me say i imported one of these before the whole ebay fiasco and let me just say again, it is fantastic. On an HDTV, with some 5.1 speakers it rocks. Not just rocks. Blows your mind!

But, on the level of output, with so much power under the hood who doubted this, lets be honest. What it comes down to now with xbox and ps is the whole experience. Firstly, the dashboard. It is well put together, but nowhere near to the standard of the 360 dash. Obviously, 360 has a years worth of updates under its belt, and was just as unpolished to start off with. However the PS3 dash looks difficult to build on, and has far more niggles that will annoy you to death than the 360 dash ever did.

I know youre all thinking 'fanboy alert', but this is not the case. As I have said, 360 is more polished due to the excess time they have had. But you have to take into account more than just the interface.

What I mean is, THE GAMES! Now, I love Resistance:FOM. Fight Night is awesome too. Ridge racer 7 is pretty good, along with Madden and Tiger Woods. Thats where it stops. The rest are mediocre filler titles and arent worthy of place on the launch title shelf. The games are nothing to shout about, and contribute to an increasingly disappointing-looking console.

The online experience is a complete rip off of xbox live. Thats a downer. However, xbox live is amazing. So not a complete downer. Ive not played PS3 online, but if the features are anything to go by it does look like a worthy competitor to xbl.

The hardware is great, specs look great and we should get a lengthy life out of it. The blu-ray, ps1,ps2,cd,dvd facilities are all there, making for a great, if again unpolished media experience. The controller is nice, as per, but steals heavily from the wii. Id rather have rumble feedback, thanks.

Overall it looks like a pretty boring launch lineup and an unpolished gaming experience. At the moment, go for X360. However, and this is a big however. The PS3 blatantly has a HUGE amount of potential. Which is why i am giving it 4 stars. I think it will turn out to be a massive success, again. The price sucks, but the power is tremendous, HD is amazing and if you can have both, do.

Finally, online facilities

Medieval II: Total War (PC DVD)
Medieval II: Total War (PC DVD)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars M2:TW? Sort of..., 31 Dec. 2006
Obviously, I have given this game 5 stars for fun. There is no denying that it is a solidly put together RTS game, with ace turn based strategy chunks. The game itself is technically sound, with very few serious glitches. Graphics are ace, especially when you have more than 2000 men on screen battling it out! Sound is very atmospheric, and kicks in in the most appropriate places. The game has an excellent lifespan too, with the campaign being a tad slow to start but once you are into it, is very fun and very challenging.

My only gripe with the game really, is that, like other reviewers, it feels terribly familiar. Not always a bad thing, but in some instances it could be mistaken for medieval: total war. Don't get me wrong, i loved that game, but there could have been more changes made to the game for the better. I was expecting something a bit more original, like the first game was. Overall however, the game remains a thoroughly enjoyable experience and will last a long time, and definitely keeps the series in the top 5 RTS games on PC at the moment.

Xbox 360 Live VGA AV Cable
Xbox 360 Live VGA AV Cable
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £9.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VGA Cable - Superior, for my TV at least., 31 Dec. 2006
Obviously, being an avid gamer, I needed perfect viewing pleasure, so after much trekking from one review site to the next, I purchased a Samsung 26'' LE26R74BDX TV. One of the factors drawing me to this was that i could play my 360 on it with the standard component cable without forking out for a vga cable. How wrong was I. Samsung's DNIe processing ruined my HD picture, adding artifacts and jaggies everywhere. Even with sharpness turned right down, this was a major problem. Not anymore. This cable solved my problems and gave me a much sharper picture, even allowing me to set a resolution nearer to the native resolution of my tv, so there would be less upscaling involved.

As with many other reviewers, I have noticed severe washing out of the colours, but as my TV has such a high contrast ratio, the blacks looked fine anyway, and with the colour saturation turned up a bit, looks perfect. Although I cannot vouch for this with other TVs, with mine it looks superb and I cannot fault the cable at all. Excellent!

Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)
Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as fantastic as microsoft would have you believe, 16 Jan. 2006
Another bold title. Don't get me wrong, i love the console and have pretty much lived on it since i obtained mine about a week after the launch date. Since i do not have this version, i own the premium, you may think that you should discard this review, however i think i make some valid points. The main point is the fact that whatever you are doing, xbox live or no, you need to save your games. This is not an available option for the core system alone out of the box. You need to spend an additional £23 plus postage if you purchase off Amazon. This brings the core to a saving of about £48 with a defecit of just under 20GB of storage space, a wireless controller (which, may I add are fantastic), an xbox live headset (good, but unnecessary especially if xbox live is not for you) and a composite HD/AV cable. Not to mention the fact that you are not able to even access free demo and trailer downloads through Microsoft's free xbox live silver and you are lacking the backwards compatibility feature that lets you play xbox games on your 360. All this coupled together brings the total price way above the cost of the premium edition, which is perhaps why the core version was not in as high demand as the premium. However, if you do not want these features it is a great introduction to next gen gaming with fantastic graphics and gameplay potential, but in my opinion, i find that the missing features are vital for the optimal enjoyment of microsoft's new xbox 360 console.

Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adaptor (Xbox 360)
Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adaptor (Xbox 360)

42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to wireless, 16 Jan. 2006
This is a nice item, and a must have if you have a wireless home network and want xbox live without miles of chunky grey cabling. It has a nice range, and works pretty much lag free even in between floors of houses, and I can even see my next door neighbour's wireless network. Very easy to set up, pop in your network details and away you go. I have known it not to work properly with a friend's router, from Belkin. However, another of my friends owns a belkin wireless router and it works perfectly. I use it with a BT voyager router and haven't looked back.
This is not a cheap piece of equipment by a long stretch, however i don't particularly find it overpriced, as wireless access points and wireless cards for pc are not much cheaper and are often much more of a hassle to set up. My verdict: It does what it is supposed to do without lag, and is easy to set up even for a complete beginner in wireless internet access. A top-hole item that i would highly recommend.
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Need for Speed Most Wanted (Xbox 360)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £13.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high point for the series, but still room for improvement, 14 Jan. 2006
Like many other reviewers, as well as my friends, I thought that this would be similar to nfsu and nfsu2. They both were initially great, as you enjoyed kicking ass in the races and unlocking new parts to mod your car with. However both, in similar ways, became tiresome towards the end, when the races became long and hard, and the new parts for your car were samey and tuning turned boring. However most wanted is different. The focus is more on the quality of the races, rather than modding. There is more of a storyline to this game, albeit a thin one, but it does add to the atmosphere. The graphics are fantastic, especially in HD, and the sounds are great with different types of engine noises for each car. The soundtrack is repetetive after a short while, however, and there are very limited comments that the police use during chases. The chases can get boring towards the end of the game, where ridiculously high levels of 'bounty'(renown gained from chases and milestone events such as speed cameras) are needed to advance
There is a challenge series to add to the longeivity of the game, but there is not much new in the series that you haven't done in the career mode. The xbox live features are pretty fun, but aren't excellent as even with a good internet connection, the opposition can appear jerky, and it does lag fairly frequently in comparison with the other major launch driving game, Project Gotham. If you want a fast, pretty street racer, Need For Speed is for you, but dont expect it to keep you entertained for long.

Life in Slow Motion
Life in Slow Motion
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.16

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Excellence, 10 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Life in Slow Motion (Audio CD)
Initially, I didn't expect much of this from what i had heard of it. I was a big fan of his previous album, and when this was announced I was expecting something great. However i heard a song off it and wasnt impressed. However, having recently purchased it, i have found it to be a great mellow album. It is calm and relaxing, great to put on in the car or in an evening. Some of the songs are a bit more abstract and unusual than the songs on White Ladder. These songs work well though, and I would highly recommend this album to any fan of soft rock and lo-fi music.

Bongo Controller for Donkey Konga (GameCube)
Bongo Controller for Donkey Konga (GameCube)

5.0 out of 5 stars Another quality nintendo product, 10 Jan. 2006
These are exactly what are needed for the Donkey Konga and DK: Jungle Beat games. They are sturdily built and will stand up to even the most gorilla-like heavy handedness. The thick rubber skins on top prove very comfortable and won't hurt your hands after Don't Stop Me Now on the hardest setting, but remain very responsive, The microphone for clapping is great, and is sensitive enough so that a mere tap on the side will do. Overall a great product and will give hours of multiplayer enjoyment. You even get one with Donkey Konga, which is excellent value for money.

Final Fantasy X: Platinum Edition (PS2)
Final Fantasy X: Platinum Edition (PS2)
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £8.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy X - AMAZING, 10 Jan. 2006
Right. I better justufy the title. I am not going to straight away. This game will not appeal to everybody, this is a fact. I am going to state now that this review will be biased as it has to be one of my favourite games ever. The game is driven by a powerful storyline, and although the scripting can be poor in places, it works very well. Visually, the game is stunning, especially for a ps2 game, and a very early ps2 game at that. The visuals are supported by a great, if a bit japanese, soundtrack. The game itself is a good 40 hour affair the first time through, with enough extras to push this into the hundreds. 40 hours was merely the basic story, without visiting everywhere. I played this game over a summer break, and I was gripped. It sucked me in and took me on a whirlwind of adventure. I was there, with the strong, bold characters as they went through times of hardships, and as they succeeded on their quest. It filled me with emotion and was a thoroughly compelling game. As the story unfolds and the characters develop, you realise what is going on, and the story takes an incredible twist. This twist is excellent and drives you to train hard and kick ass against the last boss.
Overall i think that this game is great for [obviously] rpg fanatics or even anyone who thinks that they could possibly like rpg games. I would recommend that everyone tries this out, it is the game that I bought a ps2 for and cannot compliment it enough. The only downside I can think of is that it will eat a huge amount of your time, but other than that, go for it and enjoy it.

Xbox 360 Wireless Gamepad White
Xbox 360 Wireless Gamepad White

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Xbox 360's Wireless Controller, 6 Jan. 2006
This controller suits my needs perfectly. I understand that some people have a gripe about it being smaller, however i have large hands and have had no trouble with this pad. It is noticably smaller and slimmer than the previous xbox's designs, including the 'S pad'. The buttons are better quality than before; they are more comfortable and move in and out easier, causing less finger dinting , even in long sessions of gaming. They are also set out in a better manner, the stupidly placed black and white buttons being replaced by the favourable 'bumpers'(essentially R1 and L1, digital buttons placed above the triggers). The batteries last for a reasonable amount of time, even when the headset is connected for long periods. There is no 'lag' or delay in between pressing buttons and the action being registered, as there was with third party wireless controlls for the original xbox. The only downfall is the price, especially seen as multiplayer wireless gaming is so good. It costs around £30 for a controller, which should reduce as time goes on, but for a full on 4 player sesh, this costs up to £120 if you replace the core edition's wired pad. Overall a neat piece of kit, if a little pricey. Works very well and looks and feels great. 'Nuff said.

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