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GTA Complete Package  [PC Code - Steam]
GTA Complete Package [PC Code - Steam]
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great games for their time, but absolutely useless on current machines, 29 April 2016
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These were great games for their time, but absolutely useless on current machines.

Of the seven games that make up this bundle (Grand Theft Auto, II, III, Vice City, San Andreas, IV and Episodes From Liberty City) three of them flat out won't work. Grand Theft Auto one has a half screen graphics glitch which is the same on Windows 7 as it is on Windows 10, Grand Theft Auto IV and Stories From Liberty City are both afflicted by the need to connect to outdated software (Games For Windows Live) as well as a hit or miss chance of connecting to Rockstar Social Club which I have still yet to get working. In reality you're paying for 4 games, GTA II, II, VC and SA which suddenly makes the price (£35 at the time of this review) work out as nearly £9 each for games that are at least 12-14 years old.

Payday 2 Crimewave Edition (PS4)
Payday 2 Crimewave Edition (PS4)
Price: £20.69

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 6 July 2015
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I first played Payday: The Heist on Playstation 3 and it was on the basis of that game, and the fun I had had playing it despite some of the problems it had. I subsequently bought Payday 2 when it was originally released for the Playstation 3 and again it was fun, at times, but again there were a lot of problems with it.

And so now we have the brand new 'Crimewave' Edition of Payday 2 for the Playstation 4. The graphics have been updated, SOME of the downloadable content that is available for the PC has been included and little bits and pieces seems to have been ' improved'.

The game itself can be fun, CAN being the word here as it all depends on the difficulty of the job, the people you play with, their skills and levels, there is enough of a variety in the type of heist you can do, the various difficulty levels and the slight differences each time you play them with the placement of certain things being randomized, in addition there are plenty of mods for your weapons and masks which you collect from the card game at the end of each successful heist to keep you interested.

It is however the problems with the game which have made this a 3/5 star review, for as much fun as I have had playing Payday 2 there are so many things wrong with it that it can not just spoil your enjoyment of the game but completely put you off playing some times. I do not know how the other console version fairs but some of the problems with the PS4 include:

* Slight lag as you enter the basement at your safehouse
* A horrible menu screen to choose between jobs
* Timing out of jobs when you attempt to join them
* Game crashing throwing you onto the PS4's error reporting menu
* Poor port as majority of errors identical to those experienced on PS3 version or simply terrible coding
* Still no sign of update to safe house despite it being mentioned by Bain when you first enter it
* Game forces you to grind levels to progress, 'Infamy' means losing $200m offshore funds, spending money, all skills and money spent buying them
* No in-game microphone function to communicate with other players
* Poor community, people very quick to kick from game for no reason, players doing their own thing, not knowing how to play the game
* Single player tacked on, 1-less heister (3 instead of 4), AI heist members are useless and for the most part do not follow orders, can not carry bags, or assist with heist.
* Not all content currently available on PC is available on console version ('The Hoxton Breakout' but no 'Hoxton Revenge') with no indication there are plans for it to be released
* Developer/publisher seemingly uninterested in complaints

**edit** November 2015

I have downgraded this review to a one star review due to recent events which have seen the developer now add micro-transactions to the PC version of the game after promising this would never happen and the continued ignorant attitude show by Overkill towards console gamers on both the PS4 and X-Box One platforms that has seen very little activity if any in regards to updates and patches to fix ongoing problems (in fact the X-Box players are still having problems connecting to crime month nearly five months after release) as well as the two-tier system they have which continues to deprive console gamers of a large chunk of content that is available for the PC version of this game.

Battlefield Hardline (PS4)
Battlefield Hardline (PS4)
Price: £12.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battlefield Hardline, 18 May 2015
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I thought it Battlefield Hardline a really good game, but in my opinion it could and should have been much better than it was, for a first in the franchise (this is EA after all) it works well as an introduction but feels more like a missed opportunity than something that has a clear idea of which way it wants to go. The police side of the game mechanics was a great new addition and will no doubt open the floodgates for a slew of similar games where rather then being a law breaker you play as a cop, but at times it felt like it was struggling to hold itself back from being the all-out shooter you associate with the Battlefield name (maybe had this been released without the Battlefield name it could have gotten away from being so reliant on the shooting heavy part of the games and moved further towards stealth and police procedure.

Overall I can't really say I hated this game, but then I can't say I really liked it either, and while not touching on the multi-player in this review (I barely played it as I never liked it), I would give the single player portion of the game a 3/5 stars

Payday 2 (PS3)
Payday 2 (PS3)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £20.41

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Payday: The Heist, 17 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Payday 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Originally posted: 17th August
Edited: 23rd August

I really liked Payday: The Heist, it has become one of my favourite games, the online co-op is so much fun, but best of all for players like me is that the single player allowed me to play (with three AI payers) the same heists to practice ans get used to the different jobs so that I could join players online and be better team member. When I heard about Payday 2 of course I was naturally quite excited and put it on pre-order closer to release so I didn't miss out.

But then I started hearing things about the game, along with all the hype about the game and the new additions and improvements to a few different things I also heard how, despite this having a single player mode, it was ultimately being sold as an on-line co-op game, fair enough that is understandable as the most fun you can have is as I have found out only last night a five hour marathon with a few good team mates, to steam through some of the multi-day jobs, and the more difficult heists. All that is fine except that the single player seems to have been an after thought.

Sometimes none of your friends are online, or you may not be able to get online or simply have an idea about a job and want to test it out before taking it to your party to put into action, and that is what single player did so well in the first game, sure the game is multi-player orientated but the single player is just as important for giving people the opportunity to get better, to practice and learn the game. Unfortunately in Payday 2 though none of this is true. Single player has been made ridiculously difficult, with the removal of one AI team member, a upgrades and weapons system which means you are pretty much forced into multilayer, a seemingly increase in the difficulty of the single player game (in the previous title the game seemed to adapt to take into account how many players were taking part a little).

Overall I am conflicted, on the one hand I like the multi player aspect of the game and have enjoyed playing it when contacts and friends have been online, but on the flip side of the coin I'm really disliking how the difficulty seems set to purposely disadvantage the weaker player and the single player now appears to be nothing more than an afterthought, in addition I have experienced numerous problems with the game (bugs, glitches, lag) forcing me to restart my console and I have twice lost my progress, the last time losing 19 levels, 9 million in offshore funds and 1/4 million spendable cash as well as all my masks/customisations, weapons/upgrades and skills which is difficult to take after working so hard to earn it all.

I'd recommend this game ONLY to the more experienced player at who it is seemingly aimed at, as I do firmly believe it disadvantages the casual and less skilled gamer, really fun if you can get a team together, but a struggle alone or with less than 3 players most of the time.


It's now six days after my original review of Payday 2 and unfortunately my initial enthusiasm has been dampened considerably having had numerous problems with the game which include those listed below, and so as the game currently stands un-patched it is a 2/5 stars:

* - Game freezing at numerous times before, during and after a heist
* - Save game corruption, game will freeze when saving forcing a manual restart of the console, when this happens it corrupts the save data file meaning when you restart the game any progress and purchases you have made is lost.
* - Numerous graphic glitches
* - Match making will not connect to games showing lobby's as full as soon as you connect to them
* - No way to change difficulty level so you are stuck with the difficulty level randomly generated as certain heists appear on the map
* - AI Characters stay still, wander off, and ignore prompts to come to the location you are at meaning stealth runs are virtually impossible at times unless you can guarantee playing with three other human players.
* - Inviting/invited to games as started not to work properly meaning contacts are either unable to connect or time-out
* - Invites to game that do actually work are slow to connect and frequently time out not long after

Metro Last Light (PS3)
Metro Last Light (PS3)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: £11.37

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter The Metro, 21 May 2013
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(Review I posted a few days ago on my blog)

If there's one thing I really like it is a good scare, whether it is a horror film or really good survival horror game. Metro isn't a survival horror as such, but it sure as heck throws up it's fair share of frights and moments where you'll be glad that the lights are on (or if you're really sadistic you're probably going to be sat in the dark playing this).

Metro: Last Light continues the story from Metro 2033 as far as I am aware (having not played the previous title) and both are based on a very popular novel by the Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. You play as Artyom the main character of the first Metro game as he once again deals with the dangers both human and otherwise in a post apocalyptic Moscow.

With the next generation consoles due out just in time for the Christmas Holidays later this year when you look at Metro you see the limitations of the current PS3 system, but also what can be achieved if you get the absolute best out of it which this game manages to do making you wonder why it has taken till the end of the consoles life cycle for developers to finally get the best out of the PS3. In the darkness of the tunnels it is claustrophobic, with the light from your torch or lighter acting as a subtle beacon to see your way forward rather than an overwhelming arc of light to allow you a wider field of view and it is this that not only sets this apart from other games but also makes it so atmospheric and adds to the games story.

The combat allows you to use firearms to dispatch human and non-human enemies but also makes great use of light sources to clear paths and to ward of certain enemies that may have an aversion to light/fire which for certain parts of the game is the best way to advance. You are allowed to carry three firearms and up to four throwing weapons which you need to make good use of, sometimes you will be in a situation where rather than reloading it is better to simply quickly switch weapons and reload when the danger has passed or at least till you can find a break in the action to reload safely.

I've only made it as far as Venice but overall have really enjoyed the game so far. If there is one small complaint it is that it is a tad too linear. You can explore some areas a little but you are basically going from one mission to the next till you reach the Red Line and then from their till you reach Venice another minor complaint is that it would be nice to have more interaction with other people you meet along the way and to maybe be able to do mini quests away from the main quest but as I say these are minor things and do not actually detract from what is a really well put together game that for those that were fans of the first game is a nice continuation to the series, and for those of us new to Metro works well as a good introduction to the world of the Metro and post apocalyptic Moscow.

The Walking Dead (PS3)
The Walking Dead (PS3)
Offered by Soprano Entertainment
Price: £44.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead, 13 May 2013
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I've played a couple of games from Tell Tale before, and so already had experience of the type of games they produce, but also the fun that you could have playing these games which while admittedly not being all that challenging do offer up a good story and well written characters.

And that is exactly what you get with The Walking Dead, based on the books of the same name and set in the same world as the events of that particular story this game introduces a variety of knew character in a quick paced narrative that allows to to feel like you are getting to know who they are and what makes them tick, while sometimes not telling you the whole story (and in the case of lee the protagonist and player controlled character is is up to you the player to decide who to trust and who you will tell about your past, and what exactly you say.

The voice acting is really good, and has a great script to work from which makes you care about the characters and wanting to help them through the next problem they face while always reminding you that given the nature of the world your characters inhabit not everyone is guaranteed a happy ending.

The product itself is nothing special just all five episodes from this season on one disc along with a manual but despite that for the price you pay (£26 at the time of purchase) it was well worth the money to have the physical copy to go back and replay when I wish too. And that is something this game has, despite the lack of ad-ons and multi-player it does allow you the opportunity to go back and play it amending how you treat people and how honest you are to affect the story and how others view Lee which certainly makes this worth purchasing.

Dark Corners: Twelve Tales of Terror
Dark Corners: Twelve Tales of Terror
by Michael Bray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.26

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Corners, 2 Oct. 2012
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I'm not very good at writing reviews and tend not to write so many, but I just had to write something about "Dark Corners: 12 Tales Of Terror" by Michael Bray as it was honestly one of the few books I have read recently that I have read from cover to cover and been entertained by the whole way through.

I must be honest and say it's unusual to find a collection like this from a relatively new author that are so well written, and while most may choice to "phone in" the later stories or maybe have a couple of weaker stories in the middle there is no filler in this collection with each story keeping you gripped right the way through to it's conclusion.

L.A. Noire (PS3)
L.A. Noire (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £13.04

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Noire, 26 May 2011
This review is from: L.A. Noire (PS3) (Video Game)
To say L.A. Noire is a contender for Game Of The Year for 2011 may be presumptuous given we still have just on half the year left, but it certainly makes a great case for being one of the top contenders for that prestigious accolade.

Set in the jazz-era Los Angeles of the 1940's, you play as Cole Phelps, a war hero (the details of which are gradually revealed during flash-back cut scenes), working your way through the ranks of the L.A. PD from uniform beat-cop through the different departments, working cases that will need all of Phelps detective skills.

Without giving too much else away regarding the story, all I can say having completed it is that I found it to be a really well written story which you would come to expect from Rockstar games (although the game was actually made by Australian company Team Bondi with Rockstar taking on a more advisory role and assisting in parts), I also have to say that the voice acting is really good too, there is a extensive cast with so many different characters in the game each adding their own distinctive voices to a very good soundtrack that encapsulates the cool jazz sound of the era, in fact if you do finish the game I encourage you to listen to the song playing through the titles. I am no expert on this genre of music so do not know if there is any period music and songs used, if not though you'd be hard pushed to tell such is the strength of the soundtrack.

The controls are very easy to pick up and isn't too challenging to learn so should not deter novice players from buying up this game. The game play is a nice mix of gunfights, chases on foot and in car, driving, and use of your detective skills to find clues, interrogate prisoners, and most importantly, and using the special facial capture features that have made this game something many were rightly looking forward to seeing. Using this you have to listen to the response of the suspect your questioning and decide if they are telling the truth, lying, or you doubt it (a in the middle preference that is not out-right calling them a liar). This can sometimes be difficult but once you get used to it is fun and brings a whole new level to the game.

Overall I found this to be a must-have game, and although it lack on-line multi-player there is extras to seek out around the city and enough rewards to make it re-playable, plus the fun-factor of the game has made me for one want to replay this as I am sure other will.

Seasons Of My Soul
Seasons Of My Soul
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Price: £2.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons Of My Soul - Rumer, 25 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Seasons Of My Soul (Audio CD)
This is not normally the type of music I would listen to, actually it is the last CD I would ever expect to be listening to.

I really love this album, it's not very often, actually fairly rare, to find a album you do not want to skip over a track or two at least but I do find myself listening to this from beginning to end, it is that type of album where ever some of Rumer's weaker songs are still really good, and while many will rightfully say she sounds similar to the late Karen Carpenter I do think that, while it is a worthy comparison to make, she has a her own distinctive sound which is, rightfully, getting the plaudits she so richly deserves, especially as the writer of some if not most tracks on this cd.

The Stuff [DVD]
The Stuff [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Moriarty
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £5.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough, 6 Mar. 2011
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Where to begin.

The Stuff is, a mix of sci-fi and horror that does hark back very much the the b-movies of a previous era. Even though sometimes the script and the acting may seem below par, that really is the charm of this film, it never takes itself too seriously and neither does it claim to be anything more than a low budget flick that does reach the parts other deserts just can not reach.

I will not ruin the plot by disclosing any more than you have probably already read, other than to say that this really is one of the those movies that doesn't fit one particular pigeon hole, and for all it's flaws as you have no doubt read in other reviews, is still very much a film that you will enjoy despite or maybe because of, it's naffness.

You just won't be able to get enough... of THE STUFF

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