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Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 9.66

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best tribute albums ever, 5 April 2014
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Ronnie James Dio passed away back in 2010 and ever since his impact has been felt across the heavy metal world and his music continues to inspire thousands all over the world and here, on this album some of those very people who were inspired by Dio pay tribute to the main man himself. This album is a collection of Dio's hits performed by some of the biggest names in Metal today. Metallica, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Scorpions, Slipknot, Tenacious D, Anthrax, Slipknot, Saxon, Steel Panther and more are all represented here.

The standout tracks for me personally are Metallica's Ronnie Rising (A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer AND Kill the King mixed into a 9 minute long epic) which is hands down Metallica's best studio recording in years, Tenacious D's The Last in Line which features real vocal power from Jack Black and an oddly fitting recorder solo, Scorpions' Temple of the King which is easily the most emotional track on the album featuring the best guitar work and finally Halestorm who deliver a pure balls to the wall rocking rendition of Straight Through The Heart. The fact that this album closes out with Dio's own recording of "This is Your Life" makes quite an emotional impact and is certainly the perfect closer for this CD.

However, there are some tracks that don't quite work as well. Motorhead's Startstruck feels quite limp in comparison to the other offerings and similarly Rob Halford's Man on the Silver Mountain, whilst a solid cover, lacks the power you'd expect from the Priest frontman who produced Painkiller and Halford and thus feels like a bit of a letdown. That said, having Dio himself close out the track was a classy move.

All in all, this is an extraodinarily good album with many different takes on some of Dio, Rainbow's and Black Sabbath's best tracks. I am a little disappointed that there's no Heaven and Hell on this album but that just goes to show how great Dio's material really is.Anybody who was a fan of Dio should instantly pick this up, not only is it great music, but it's for a great cause with 100% of the profits going to the Stand Up and Shout charity for Cancer Research. Fans of Dio and metal in general won't regret it.

Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4)
Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4)
Price: 349.00

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic console, 2 Dec 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) (Console)
The new Sony PS4 has officially hit our shores and now the new generation of console gaming is under way.

Unlike Microsoft's all-in-one entertainment machine approach for the Xbox One, Sony has very much put emphasis on games for the PS4. Everything from AAA titles to indie games have been well catered to with the latest Playstation. That's not to say PS4 is solely for games; BBC IPlayer, 4oD, Netflix, LoveFilm, ITV Player, IGN and services such as MusicUnlimited are all built in to offer more as well as DVD and BluRay playability and mp3 playback to come in a later update.

Sony has kept the menu layout of the PS4 ridiculously simple this time around - the menu is little more than a row of installed games and applications with network features in a toolbar above - and while this is extremely easy to navigate it can feel a little bland after a bit of time (given I already feel this way after the first weekend I hope they update it to add customization later). Voice control is a very cool new addition and works surprisingly well. Simply saying Playstation brings up a list of command words such as home screen, log in or turn off. You can also open games this way and while occasionaly non responsive it worked genuinely much better than I expected.

As for the social side of things, PSN ID's and achievements from the PS3 all carry over; the PSN ID's on the PS4 can now be integrated with Facebook or Twitter and this allows you to share posts about achievements and you can instantly share pics and videos of gameplay from within your game with the new share button featured on the Dualshock 4. The share button is one of the key differences between the PS3 and PS4 allowing players to share videos and pictures with their friends or even stream gameplay via Twitch the social potential of this is huge. One downside to PS4 is now you have to buy PS+ to play online. While this wasnt a problem for me as I already had it long before and find it to be worth every penny I can see this being an issue for some.

The Dualshock 4 is a huuuge improvement over the Dualshock 3. It is somewhat chunkier to comfortably fit in most player's hands and it also features grip making it much more comfortable than the DS3. The analog sticks are now inclined which feels like an improvement in terms of movement especially in racing games and the triggers have also been improved upon which is most noticeable in Killzone Shadow Fall. The light bar is a great feature too as in Killzone it represents your health bar; get shot once, it turns yellow, get shot again red; low health. flashing red and then you die. Meanwhile in other games such as Sound Shapes it is used to further enhance the experience by pulsing to a rhythymn or emitting colours that surround your player. Where as in Resogun, the DS4 emits sounds that further makes it feel like you are in the game and this was a great new feature. The touch pad is very cool, however, outside of the playroom I haven't had a chance to use it much.

Then there's the library of games available. While the PS4 doesn't exactly have a great deal of games at launch it certainly has a good variety. FPS fans will have plenty to like with Killzone, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty all available, sports fans have FIFA and NBA, racing fans get NFS, fans of retro games have Resogun (possibly the PS4's strongest title at the time of writing) and Sound Shapes, action fans have Assassins Creed, War Thunder, War Frame and DC Universe Online, puzzle fans have Contrast and then fans of platformers have Knack and Lego Marvel which would both be highly suitable for younger gamers too. Add to this Infamous Second Son, Driveclub, a confirmed Uncharted title, Minecraft, Watch Dogs, Destiny and Metal Gear Solid V, not to mention countless others in the years ahead, PS4 seems set to have a very, very strong catalogue of games.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 21.03

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement on ACIII, but not the series' high, 3 Nov 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
When Assassins Creed IV Black Flag was first announced I had next to no interest. For me, ACIII was the single most disappointing video game of 2012 with an overly long intro, a dull protaganist and plot and glitchy gameplay mechanics. Does Black Flag improve on these features? Mostly it does. The overly long intro has fortunately been ditched as you're plunged right into the shoes of Edward Kenway as he becomes an assassin. Similarly, stealth mechanics feel overall improved since ACIII too which is relieving as that was my biggest gripe with that game.

ACIV is based off of the naval combat that was featured in ACIII and they certainly improved on that immensely and sailing around the open world feels fun and exciting. That being said, naval combat quickly becomes dull and repetitive and I personally found myself bored of these segments (which of course take up a huge part of the game) very quickly. On the other hand, ground combat is still relatively fun though I do feel it can be improved, for exanple, playing this game after Batman Arkham Origins the combat isn't quite as fluid and as usual, rather quickly detoriates into button mashing square with the occasional triangle to counter and x to break the defense of certain soldiers.

The open world however is great and is certainly a big map with loads to explore, side quests to complete and collectibles to find. The world vaguely reminds me of Ubisoft's other AAA title of 2012 Far Cry 3 - both allow you to hunt animals to carve and create weaponry and costumes, and both have enough content to keep you having fun for a while. The graphics and scope of ACIV are certainly very impressive for this generation of consoles with few loading times outside of the initial loading screen and fast travel.

However, the plot is ultimately a let down and I just can't find myself interested in Edward Kenway or his story, which is a problem I also had with ACIII. Its somewhat disappointing as I found Ezio's saga to have some of the more interesting video game plots of this generation but the Kenway family are bland and uninspired with little hint of personality. Admittedly, Edward is much better than his grandson but I don't think he compares with either Altair of the original Assassins Creed or Ezio and I can't entirely remember too many of the plot points of this game in a year where best selling games such as The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite have had amazing stories.

The online is still just as fun as ever and the map design, in my opinion, is some of the best yet. Players of the previous Assassins Creed Games will also be given costumes of all the Assassins theyve played as when they load up the game. On top of this, you'll receive a code that will allow you to upgrade to the PS4 version of ACIV for 10 when that console is released, so essentially saving those who are going next gen 40.

Overall, ACIV is a fun game but contains repetitive and dull combat and an incredibly uninteresting story. That said gamers who like to explore will find enough to do to keep them busy for a while, and those who like to play the multiplayer side of things will find a very fun, intense experience. Fans of the series should definitely pick this up.

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