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Paint Markers, Oil Base, Extra Fine, 12/PK, White
Paint Markers, Oil Base, Extra Fine, 12/PK, White

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all..., 9 Oct 2012
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Bought this as it seems to be like the one Comic Pro artists use to add white highlights to markers.
Followed instructions on pen and it worked the first time, quite well, although the oil-based white ink was not as opaque as i was expecting.
Have tried to get it to work since that first time with no joy. No ink will come out of the tip and when you depress the tip to allow ink to flow, it just rolls a big blob of white down the tip, still no ink coming out of the tip. Have pulled tip out and cleaned it - still no joy, just big fat blobs of oil-based paint instead.
Waste of money, considering this got sent from the states...

Avoid!!!


Y: The Last Man: Whys and Wherefores: 10
Y: The Last Man: Whys and Wherefores: 10
by Brian K. Vaughan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking..., 1 Nov 2010
What an excellent series, easily one of my favourite comics, ever! And as a final issue, this works well to get a lot of the loose ends tied up and give you an actual conclusion. Unfortunately, not one everyone will be happy with.
I have to give it 4 not 5 stars because i really feel cheated and angry by the resolution of Yorick/355's storyline. I feel as though the writer, Mr Vaughan, boxed himself into a corner and was not sure how to resolve their relationship. This even seems to be hinted at by the writer himself!!! As he refers to the 80's TV show 'Moonlighting' and its failure to deliver after initially giving the audience what it wanted. This appears to be a case of the writer 'excusing' himself before writing the ending...
This might seem cryptic as i do not want to spoil it for those of you still to read it. The artwork as usual is excellent, expressive without being showy or overblown. Read it, see for yourself and ask yourself whether that ending is a cop-out or a genuine convincing resolution...


Drakensang: The Dark Eye (PC DVD)
Drakensang: The Dark Eye (PC DVD)
Offered by momox co uk
Price: 5.84

3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good... does not work!!, 5 Aug 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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After reading all the reviews and looking at the screenshots, this looked like some good RPG fun. But alas, no.
Installed the game, looked for any patches that might be needed and found none for this English version. Tried to play it and got treated to a good atmospheric introduction and a menu screen and then...
CRASH! TEXTURE PROBLEMS! RUNTIME ERRORS!
Oh dear! tried running in safe mode - no joy. Tried setting all the graphics options to lowest res. - no joy. Same error messages. Tried installing on other PC and even worse, cannot access menu screen.
I cannot review the game as i have not been able to play it but i can say that it did not work. And as mentioned by someone else, technical support is very scarce, to even say non-existent.
Avoid!


The Element of Freedom
The Element of Freedom
Price: 3.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much 80's soul, not enough 70's soul..., 25 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Element of Freedom (Audio CD)
I am confused by some of the reviews here, people saying what a masterpiece this is and dissing As I Am as a weak album!?! That was the first of her albums i got and i loved it, especially the real old school soul flavour of most of the tracks. This new album is quite a dissapointment for me after that one. Why? Most of the tracks just pass by lazily and have nothing of interest or make you want to listen to them again. I've listened to it many times now, so its not a case of "letting them grow on you" but more the fact that many of the tracks are unmemorable.
It starts off well, with Love is Blind which is great. She does sing it differently but it doesn't sound at all like Rhianna to me! Then after Doesn't Mean Anything, most of the album goes downhill and is just so BLAND. Apart from Unthinkable and a couple of others it sounds like she has lost interest. The reggae sounding one is just embarassing and Distance and Time is plain boring. Personally, i like the beyonce duet as at least it has some LIFE to it.
One of the most worrying things about it all is how many synth-80's type sound effects and percussion she uses on the songs. For me, they just made most of the record sound like bad 80's soul. I hope she gets it all sorted out for the next album...


Cursed Mountain (Wii)
Cursed Mountain (Wii)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wii needs more games like this..., 6 Sep 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Cursed Mountain (Wii) (Video Game)
Ive only played this twice so far but am enjoying it immensely. Its the kind of game that wears its heart-on-its-sleeve as far as its influences are concerned. The basic camera and slightly linear pathway is straight out of RE4, the ghostly apparitions are very Project Zero: Crimson Butterfly and the foggy mood and eerie sound effects are Silent Hill-esque, the setting could be Tomb Raider.
This is no bad thing as the game puts you right into a deserted village and creeps you out straight away!! The learning curve and controls are clear and simple with the only slight problem being a change in movement when the camera changes sometimes. This is not as irritating as the camera in Resident Evil:Outbreak for those of you who have played that shambles!!
The setting is very different and atmospheric, climbing a mountain and investigating ramshackle villages on the way. As someone else mentioned, the buddhist angle of the games story is different and you feel it is rooted in real philosophy, not some crazy virus or something. The added bonus to this approach is the fact that you can dispatch ghosts with a prayer/exorcism move by flipping a couple of gestures with the Wii remote. This works very well and is a welcome change to the silver bullet/rocket launcher approach of some games. It also heals you a small amount so there is added incentive to exorcise the ghost, not just kill them.
The game is also full of nice little touches that immerse you in the experience. Instead of health potions you must light purifying incense sticks at shrines and you learn more of the story by picking up notes and diary entries as you go. These extra bits of wisdom help to increase your health meter over time. You can 'see' into the underworld with your third-eye vision (clearly influenced by Zelda TP and Forbidden Siren but thankfully, to good effect) to see ghosts and cursed objects more clearly.
The producers of this game should be applauded for taking a basic survival horror game and making it more than the sum of its parts in a very enjoyable (if scary) way!
Now, if this lot could get together with Crystal Dynamics and work together on the next Tomb Raider we could have a classic on our hands...


Aid and Other Dirty Business: How Good Intentions Have Failed the World's Poor
Aid and Other Dirty Business: How Good Intentions Have Failed the World's Poor
by Giles Bolton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.17

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real eye-opener..., 19 Aug 2009
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This book should be essential reading for anyone who wonders why Africa still needs loads of Aid, even after Bob Geldof and all the charity appeals there have ever been. Basically it comes down to our governments and their greedy, defensive ways and this book lays it out in easily understandable ways for you, the reader. The best thing is when he gets through to the end of the book he tells you what you can do to exercise your rights to try to influence your governement to do more for them. The standout sections for me were the ones on agricultural subsidies that i knew nothing about. It turns out that the UK governement subsidises farmers to grow stuff that doesnt suit our climate and then charges you and i more at the checkout to cover these subsidies!! That the US cotton industry gets subsidised for more than the cotton crop is actually WORTH make sobering reading for anyone.
These are just the tip of the iceberg though, as there are so many jaw-dropping facts and stories in this book you really should read it.


EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii)
EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii)
Offered by JosephGaming
Price: 14.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but play WITHOUT the MotionPlus..., 1 Aug 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I reviewed this back when it came out and loved playing it, enjoying the extra depth beyond Wii Sports tennis that it provided. At the time, i explained that i had not even used the MotionPlus but now i have...
Oh dear, what was a fun experience with just the Wii remote becomes very frustrating with the MotionPlus! The idea is to give you more control and more variety with your shots and i found half this statement to be true.

Positives: You DO get more variety in your shots and the character animations seemed more varied. Topspins really can whip across court without being 'out' as they seem to be when playing without MotionPlus. You can hit tighter angles than with the regular Wii remote.

Negatives: A lot of the control you had before goes out the window. Waiting to receive serve, i held the remote/MotionPlus to the right and the figure onscreen held the racket out to the backhand!?!?! (no, i have not got the right/left handed settings mixed up!) The figures animation frequently becomes jerky and unrealistic compared to how it looked before. I would move to hit a shot backhand and it would not swing at all or would hit it at a very strange angle, almost contorting the figure in order to hit it forehand instead!?!? With the regular remote, the longer you wait to hit the ball dictates the angle of your shot but not with the MotionPlus! Hit it early and you might play a straight shot in front of you and waiting longer might produce exactly the same shot!

In short, i enjoyed the game far more WITHOUT the MotionPlus and would advise buyers to just get the regular game. I know its the first release with MotionPlus and there will be teething problems but game developers for the Wii need to do a bit more careful with future releases to take advantage of this hardware without frustrating gamers.


EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) with Wii MotionPlus Accessory
EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) with Wii MotionPlus Accessory

5.0 out of 5 stars Great and i havent even used the motion plus yet!!!, 22 Jun 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this primarily as a good tennis game and for the motion plus as an afterthought. I was bored with Wii Sports tennis even though it was great fun and i wanted a deeper game with more shot control. This is what you get from EA GST!
I read the reviews of the motionplus and how its tough to get to grips with at first, so because i just wanted to play, i didnt bother with it. Its now a week on and i havent even plugged the motionplus in! Okay, i know this might be missing the point but i am loving the game by itself! The cartoony characters look great next to the (boring) other next-gen console type "realism" and now i can drop shot and lob when i want to. I can play flatshots, topspin and slice by swinging the remote like a real racket, which is an awesome feeling by the way!! Winning a set against Nadal or Federer is a great feeling and you can play as any of these players too.
I created my own player and have been taking him through the grand slam tournaments which are tough to begin with, but if you stick with it you get better and you get stars skills if you beat them in a match, (djokovich forehand and sharapova backhand is a wicked combo...). Not only that but you can use your 'made' character in the normal game mode too. Multiplayer games are fun as you would expect frrom EA but beware, doubles is fast and furious and its easy to mistime and overhit!
In short, its a great fun step up from the basic Wii Sports, with way more more choice and control (and more challenge) and ive still got the motionplus to look forward to. Excellent and money well-spent!!


Obscure II 2 Game Wii
Obscure II 2 Game Wii
Offered by Warby 4 Games & Gifts
Price: 18.95

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful...! Avoid, avoid, avoid!, 31 Jan 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Obscure II 2 Game Wii (Video Game)
Oh dear, i got this game being a big fan of Resident Evil/Silent hill type games and was attracted by the fact that you could play it co-operatively with 2 players. The Wii has plenty of multiplayer games that are like 'party' back-from-the-pub games and very few like this, for a more mature involved audience.
But after playing for a few hours i find very little to recommend it. Some of the graphics are good and the music is atmospheric but the gameplay is really frustrating (as in throw your remote at the screen frustrating).
The camera view changes with jarring frequency or moves about with a life of its own and when you use the remote to control it you get the responsiveness of a FPS which doesnt work with a 3rd person game such as this. Could they fix the camera behind the character? No, of course they couldn't!
In 2 player mode the other player can 'wander off' the screen and not know where they are or how to get back onto the screen that is fixed with player 1. You find yourself fighting a monster and player 2 has run off the screen and don't know where they are, can't help you and are quite possibly getting killed offscreen with no way to defend themselves!! Rubbish!! I have played 2 player games before where the camera zooms out to accomodate both players and then zooms in when they are close to each other - no such luck here!
Then when playing 2 player and trying to go off exploring i got stuck in the basic landscape twice with no way to move away from the spot i was in. One time my partner had to hit me with a bat to knock me free so that i could move again, the other time she couldn't even knock me free so we had to reset the game! Neither of us felt like playing it anymore after that. Do they not play-test games anymore?
It was not FUN (hence the 1 star) and was just FRUSTRATING. This is getting traded the first chance i get.
If you want a good survival horror game for the Wii then it has to be Resident Evil 4, still. Its just a shame that after 3 years since release, the Wii has so few games that are multiplayer for an older audience and so many 'Carnival' and 'Beach Sports' games instead.
Save your money - do not buy this lazy piece of rubbish.
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Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
Price: 3.90

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chinese 'Thriller' anyone?, 28 Nov 2008
This review is from: Chinese Democracy (Audio CD)
Okay, leave the hype aside, what is it really like?
Simply, its very 'bitty' and overproduced. Each song changes rhthym and melody so many times over the course of 5 minutes it often sounds like its 4 or 5 songs that have been spliced together at random. This was a major problem for me, as each time i was getting into the song it changed and suddenly sounded totally different and all momentum was lost.
I think there is a random guitar solo on EVERY song, sometimes 2 or 3 on each song. Thats great if you are stuck in the 1980's maybe, but this is 2008 isn't it? A song twists in loads of directions and then someone has just thought, 'i'll slap a solo in there!'. These musicians are good, (maybe) but they are not Slash and this IS an important point.
There are so many different musicians used to make up each song, they must have laid down tracks and parts and then left Axl or someone to put them all together over 15 years. Now, im not being funny but im sure thats how Michael Jackson puts his albums together isn't it? Is Axl Rose the new Michael Jackson? He does grab himself and shout 'wooo!' a lot, have you noticed?
Its odd and strange and old and cliched and everyone who hates bands like Scouting for Girls was hoping that G N' R would come along and stomp them with this release, bringing anger and joy back to the masses. But alas, no, there are some genuine moments of greatness here that are swamped by a mess of ideas and other tat, a bit like junk mail.
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