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Shadowrun: Neat
Shadowrun: Neat
Price: £2.24

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great return for Shadowrun Fiction - MORE PLEASE!, 26 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Shadowrun: Neat (Kindle Edition)
A fantastic short story set in the world of the Shadowrun Roleplaying Game, Neat is a bargain at the asking price. Russ Zimmerman has managed to channel the spirit of one of the great original Shadowrun writers, Nigel Findley, into this noir-boiled P.I story with a twist. If you know the Shadowrun universe, I really can't recommend this highly enough - buy it right now! If you don't, it might still be worth a shot if you fancy a bit of magic and high-fantasy mixed in with your dystopian sci-fi detective story.

My only complaint was that the book was too short (though still a snip at the asking price) - I'd have happily gobbled up a much longer story. More please Catalyst Game Labs and more please Mr. Zimmerman!

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Perfection!, 24 April 2008
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I love light gun games, but after buying Link's Crossbow Training, I must confess I was a little disappointed with the official Wii Zapper shell. Luckily, this little beauty has come to my rescue. So, why is it so great?

First of all, this is a serious piece of kit: it's big enough to feel more like an arcade lightgun than your normal weedy home console gun, and with the Wii Remote plugged in, it has a satisfying and well balanced weight to it (once I'd picked it up, I didn't want to put it back down - it just feels very "right"). I'd probably even recommend against buying this for a kid, because I think smaller hands might struggle with the size.

Secondly, unlike most of the other cheap and nasty third-party gun shells doing the rounds, the Perfect Shot allows you to plug a nunchuk into the bottom, meaning that you can happily play games like Ghost Squad, Link's Crossbow Training and House of the Dead, which have control layouts based around the Wii Zapper.

Finally, the perfect shot outdoes the official Wii Zapper in just about every way possible: the trigger (which presses on the Wii Remote "B" button using a spring loaded mechanism) is tight and responsive, with none of the sponginess or missed shots that the Wii Zapper suffers from; the classic pistol grip means less of the achey arm syndrome caused by the "tommy gun" set up of the Wii Zapper and plugging a nunchuk into the bottom of the gun shell means you don't need to do any of the winding up and hiding cables that can make using the Wii Zapper quite annoying.

My only (very minor) gripe is that plugging your remote into the shell isn't quite the "slide-and-go" affair that the instructions would have you believe - parents, you might wanna help the little ones to avoid them breaking anything. That's not to say it's hard to install your remote, just a little more fiddly than I expected... I'm really nit-picking at this point.

All in all, I'd say this is a must-have for anyone who loves light-gun games, or who's looking for a second light-gun shell for two player fun. Seriously, this is one of the best purchases I've made for my Wii.
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Powers: The Definitive Collection Volume 1 HC: v. 1
Powers: The Definitive Collection Volume 1 HC: v. 1
by Michael Avon Oeming
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, shame about the editing, 31 Aug. 2006
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This hardcover collects the entire excellent first year of Brian Michael Bendis' Powers, complete with all the 'DVD extras' you'd expect from a Marvel hardcover (the big highlight being the hilarious Powers based kids colouring/activity book). The premise, essentially NYPD Blue with super-heroes, is great and the story arcs are full of black humour - a wonderful gritty look at what a world filled with super-human beings might really be like.

The artwork is also excellent. By dispensing with the usual 'photo-realism' of standard super-hero fare and replacing it with wonderful stylised characters against a noir backdrop of big, blocky skyscrapers and dank, dark alleys, Powers draws you into its world beautifully.

So, why only three stars? Well, the editing on this volume is abysmal! Don't get me wrong, I know that Bendis is famous for typos in his comics, but the number in this volume is unacceptable. Words are missing or misspelled so frequently that it ruins the flow of the dialogue, which would otherwise be a real treat (the snappy banter between characters is reminiscent of a Tarantino script), and at one point, one character starts referring to someone by a completely different name without any explanation! Also, some of the double page spreads are laid out in such a way as to make reading them literally impossible without tearing pages out. It's a shame and it spoils an otherwise wonderful book. I'd recommend that people stick to the paperbacks - they still have the odd typo, but nowhere near as often as this bizarrely.

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