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Scrabble 2009 (Nintendo DS)
Scrabble 2009 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Renaissance
Price: £7.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Does not support pass and play, 24 Jan. 2010
I intended to buy this for a flight to South Africa but found out when it arrived that it did not support local multiplayer. This was very disappointing as I love the iPod touch edition my mum has which does support this. No doubt it is a good game otherwise, I wouldn't know as I have already traded it in. Will have to take the good old fashion travel Scrabble instead i guess.


Sennheiser CX 500 - High Quality Noise Isolating Ear-Canal-Headphones With Volume Control - White
Sennheiser CX 500 - High Quality Noise Isolating Ear-Canal-Headphones With Volume Control - White

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality, pity about the cable, 5 Jan. 2009
I bought these to replace my CX300 as the the cable on that model had woren away and broke.

I was very happy to recieve these and was very happy with the improved sound quality and improved sound isolation.

However I wasn't happy with the cable, the point where the cable enters the volume control part came loose and the cable could be seen (I ended up wrapping up this in masking tape) this also is beginning to happen to the point where the headphones split to each ear.

Having had these for around 3 months now I find myself looking for a new pair of headphones for my iPod. I do like the Sennheiser CX series but I think i'll be leaving them due to the repeat of the cable problem.


Official Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver For Windows (Xbox 360)
Official Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver For Windows (Xbox 360)
Offered by SARRAR
Price: £13.89

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works like a charm!, 30 May 2007
The Xbox 360 Crossfire works perfectly and took 10 minutes to set up. It works with all Xbox 360 Wireless products like, Wireless Racing Wheel, Wireless Headset and obviously Wireless Controller.

It works semlessly with all Games for Windows Games like Tomb Raider and Halo 2. You don't need to set it up or anything!

I recommend you pick one up since its only £[..]


New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS)
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Complexia Inc.
Price: £18.79

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look but don't get your hopes up too high., 29 April 2007
16 years ago Nintendo released Super Mario Brothers and it was a fun simple game, 16 years later they release New Super Marios Brothers which doesn't change much. It took over a major graphically change and a few minor gameplay changes.

The story stay mainly the same, Bowser has kidnapped the Princess and it's up to you to get her back again. The levels in New Super Mario Brothers have many references to the previous game. There are 8 worlds with different geographical settings - e.g. Snow land, Cloud land - each with around 10 levels and 2 bosses. You could finish this game in under 5 hours. Nintendo have failed to put any good reply value in this game as you can play the game hundreds of times and you will still play it the very same each time. The closest thing they did was to collect 3 coins from each level, these coins can be spent on new path ways and background images. There are no unlockable mini-games or characters leaving the player very unrewarded. Don't get me wrong however I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with New Super Mario Brothers.

The colourful detailed graphics brought Super Mario Brothers to modern day gaming beautifully and could easily be on of the best looking DS game around at the moment. Though close up you can see that Mario uses only a few pixels and leave it very weird squarey look too it. It has very Mario styled music and sound effects and has the original 'end of level' sound effect if you complete a level with a certain amount of time left. The sound effects do not get too repetitive and i ended up not noticing them.

Once you have completed this game you will expect there to be more mini-games to be played etc. but almost all of the mini-games came straight from Super Mario 64 DS and was kinda lame when i found i'd played these already and my high scores were on the other game. You will most likely decide to trade in or sell this game once your finished with it because of the lack of end of game features. There is a very fun fast paced multi player, this is off line and for 2 players only. One of the mini-game features there are is that they can be played up to 4 player.

New Super Mario Brother has it's problems but when you get down to it, it's a fun adaptation of the original Super Mario Brothers and well worth a look but don't get your expectations up too high.
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Wii Play with Wii Remote Controller (Wii)
Wii Play with Wii Remote Controller (Wii)

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wii Play isn't a game you would buy by itself but as it came with a include controller it's definately worth looking at., 19 Feb. 2007
Wii play is very similar to Wii sport, it's more of a non-sport version of Wii Sport.

It can only do 2 player at the most and is compatible with Mii's. It comes with a Table Tennis Game, which was a little disappointing as in the single player it's just rallys however you can only rally up to 100. Also the control mechanism is a tricky to use and it's less like Wii Sports Tennis and more like Pong were you just move the bat in front of the ball and don't swing it.

Laser Hockey is insanely diffecult at start, it basically is a futuritic pong. You use your Wiimote to control the paddle, you will soon find yourself scoring more own goals than getting the ball over to the other side of the arena. You also find your Wiimote point away from your TV and your paddle gets stuck at the side as it cannot leave it's side of the arena. Although this said, Laser Hockey doesn't disappoint, this game will have the whole family laughing and smiling whenever you play it.

The fishing games doesn't take much to catch a fish and is nothing like fishing. Mainly all you have to do it dip you hook in the water which is a challenge by itself, and wait for a fish to hook on, and then raise the controller towards yourself and there you go you have caught a fish. This game is one you will play once or twice and never again.

Duck Hunt is probably one of the more fun games on Wii Play in which you play 5 levels of just shooting things on screen by pointing and pressing B to fire. This is a good multiplayer game which i don't really see my self playing on my own.

Find Mii is similar to the 'Wanted!' game on Super Mario 64 DS, in which you will be told what to look for, then point and press to select them, example of these are 'Find the Mii your using' and 'Find 2 look-a-likes'. This is a fun game which is very difficult.

Pose Mii gets your twisting the controller to fit your Mii into the bubble. It is a little disappoint, you find yourself not having any clue what to do first time you play it. In the later levels you have to change your shape with A and B as well as twist the Wiimote. Overall it turns out disappointing.

Billiards is disappoint too as if you are looking for a game of Pool or Snooker you that is not what your will find. Instead you get a game which tells you which ball to hit. You hit the ball by pointing at the cue ball and holding B pulling the Wiimote back and pushing forward. This works OK, the ball will spin depending on where you hit it, although it spins too much, and sometime when you hit the ball you hit it wrong and it goes no where.

Altogether Wii Play is not a Game to buy by it's self but since it come with a Wiimote, it is definately a need to buy.


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £16.78

73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic game which anyone should play, with a new take on controlling our hero., 19 Feb. 2007
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess carries on the successful Zelda series and once again Link is back to save the day. This is my first 3D Zelda I've play as i have missed out on Nintendo's past console and only got a few glimpses of Ocarina of Time. The game starts off in a small, quiet, peaceful village of Ordona which is a sly tutorial to how games like Zelda are played and how the new Wii Remote is used to control our hero. You start off with no weapons and no items, and you have to go and around and do certain tasks around the village to acquire different items which you will end up using throughout game. Once you get your first sword, the fun really begins. The three children who you teach how to use weaponry run after a monkey which has been terrorizing the village and soon get lost and it's up to you to find and save them. You will soon meet Midna a new addition from the Twilight Realm who helps you along on your quest. By pressing up on the d-pad you can get hints from Midna if you forget what to do. This comes in handy but it does seem a little like cheating in my eyes, but thats just me. Midna is in your shadow when Link is in Human form and rides on your back when in Wolf form. and turn into a Wolf when you enter the Twilight Realm.

The Wii Remote works well as a game remote, and i don't think i could go back to the normal remote. The controls feel natural and easy to use, to get your sword out you give the remote a quick shake and to attack shake the remote again or target with Z and press A to do a diving attack. The Remote really shows off when it comes to firing you bow, all you do is aim at the enemy on screen and press B simple yet very effective. The Nunchuck is used to shield bash and a swirl attack. This works well about 90% of the time but sometimes the Nunchuck doesn't pick up the movements and doesn't respond which is kind of lame. However that aside the controls work with ease and can be used by any age group.

Twilight Princess has a great story which keeps the player interested, and keeps the same formula as previous Zelda games, outside to dungeon, get new item, beat boss with new item, get outside again, go to next dungeon. But don't get me wrong this is still excellent, the formula not being change is a good thing, however the latest big change is Links wolf form. Links Wolf form controls the same as the Human form but Wolf Link has several advantages like, sense which allows him to use the wolf's sense to find objects and people, which normally wouldn't be seen by Human Link. Wolf Link also has a special attack which Midna helps him do, she creates a large circle by pressing and holding B for about 5 seconds around Wolf Link and release B to kill all the enemy's surrounding you. The wolf addition is a good add on to the Zelda series and varies the gameplay well enough to keep the player enjoying the experience. Twilight Princess looks great, although the Wii is not as powerful as say the Xbox 360 it still can create stunning visuals. The graphics are detail and have lots of different effects. You've got lot's of particle effects and weather effects that look fantastic, the rain is very dramatic. There are no camera angle glitches and no gameplay stopping glitches. The main thing which annoyed me the most was that his floppy green hat went through his sword and shield when they were on his back, but this doesn't affect the game, and I didn't notice it till near the end of the game but still bugs me. As you play you will notice some blurred textures, this is because the Wii cannot handle sharp HD textures. Hyrule is huge and will take you around 45 minutes to run from top to bottom. The really good thing I like was the short loading times, between large areas of the map, the longest loading time was around 3 or 4 seconds which is great and keeps the game flowing.

Another new addition was the use of the Wii Remotes built in speaker. Which overall was OK, it was great in some bits while awful in other situations. It added the real feeling of being there and definitely would be missed if it wasn't there. You would hear the string being pull back and the twang of the arrow whipping by your ear and a thud on the TV, amazing! Other sounds like the clawshot sounds got on my nerves because there the same sound each time and what annoying sound it was! The downside of the speaker was that sometimes it crackles or was very quiet, and sometimes never made any sound at all, which is kind of lame.

Twilight Princess really could have done with a full orchestra soundtrack instead of a low-fi cheap soundtrack. Though all the Zelda sounds were there, but this is still not what you would expect from a game from the 21st Century. The other miss was no voice acting, the closest thing they had to voice acting was sounds to represent voices, which weren't annoying. The text wasn't bad, in fact the text was very well written, and i enjoyed reading it. It was written like a well written book, and it's didn't ruin the game by being text.

The game itself takes around 35 to 45 Hours to complete this doesn't include all the side quests and things to collect. I have been playing for 60 hours now and am still playing. You will find yourself just riding around on Epona firing arrows at Moblins, exploring the land, findings chests, buying new things, collecting bugs, finding Poe's, and just having a good time all over again.

Overall i had an excellent experience playing Twilight Princess and you should really pick this up whoever you are.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess


Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)
Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Game I have ever played, period, 1 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM) (Video Game)
Greatest Game I have ever player, I would give 7/5 if i could!

Half-Life 2 let's you play as Gorden Freeman a scientist at Black Mesa which was destoryed in the last game when an experiment went wrong and all sorts of creatures were let lose from other dimesions.

Half-Life 2 gameplay is fantastic, it has a large array of weapons ranging from Pistols the Rocket Launcher, but the most interesting gun they use is the Gravity Gun, which pulls objects toward you and then you can fire them at enemys, although this sounds difficult to do, it's the simplest gun ever, it's point and click. The Gravity Gun is used all through the game (except the start were you don't have it) it is used for solving puzzles, as a deadly weapon, retreiving objects, and more. Without it Half-Life 2 would not be the same.

The Half-Life 2 graphic engine or 'Source' engine makes all the characters and scenery come to life. Each character has the same amount of muscles in there face as you or I have, which makes the emotions look extremely real. The new Physics engine adds the icing on the cake, objects from rocks to trucks obey laws of gravity, friction and buoyancy, without the Physics engine the Gravity Gun would not work. The excellent thing about Half-Life 2's graphics is that you don't need an amazing PC to play it, I used to play it with a Geforce 4 with my 5 year old PC, and it worked at Low/Medium settings and still looked great. Now i play it with a Geforce 6600 and it works fine, but i can't have AA & AF on.

Valve hired a group of people to do the voices of all the characters in the game, and it's sounds amazing, it's like that person is talking to you rather and just talking and facing you. They guns make good noises and when grenades explode next to you hear a high pitch hum has your hearing is attack. The sounds can be adjusted to up to 7.1 surround sound as well so the experience is even more enjoyable.

The Game itself took me around 35 Hours to complete, and i was playing it too death, for a hardcore gamer it would take around 30 hours and for a laid back player around 40-60 Hours. But I go and play back my favourite levels all over again, and now i have played it over 100 Hours.

All in all this game is a must have, if you have a PC, even if you don't like First person Shooters you must get this game!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Mouse, 16 Feb. 2006
This is a great mouse, the extra buttons really help, like in Battlefield 2 there are a tonne of keys you need to stretch for on the keyboard, but not anymore.
The sensitivity buttons are great for when friend come round and are not used to my really high sentsitivity, so with a touch of a buttom you can change the sensitivity.
Though the pattern on the mouse, looks a bit odd at first but after a while you get used to it.
Great Mouse, get it


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