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Karrimor Men's Traveller Supa Black Walking Shoe K407BLK157 10 UK
Karrimor Men's Traveller Supa Black Walking Shoe K407BLK157 10 UK

2.0 out of 5 stars Short lifespan., 5 Mar. 2015
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Disappointed. Much lower build quality than I would expect from the brand. Had better luck with no-brand £10 shoes.

TeckNet® 90W Slim Automatic Voltage Selection Universal Laptop Charger/ AC Adapter / Power Supply With 5V 1A USB Port For TOSHIBA, IBM,COMPAQ,HP,LG,DELL,SAMSUNG,SONY,ACER
TeckNet® 90W Slim Automatic Voltage Selection Universal Laptop Charger/ AC Adapter / Power Supply With 5V 1A USB Port For TOSHIBA, IBM,COMPAQ,HP,LG,DELL,SAMSUNG,SONY,ACER
Offered by Hippidion.Store
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job remarkably well., 5 Mar. 2015
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Not had it for too long yet, and will update the review if it explodes, but I've been pleasantly surprised by this charger so far. Was not expecting something this good for the price, especially with such a small profile.

MTG Commander Deck Green 2014 - "Guided By Nature"
MTG Commander Deck Green 2014 - "Guided By Nature"
Offered by docsmagic
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope you like elves., 5 Mar. 2015
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Brilliant intro to the format and just stupidly fun to play. Glad I took the chance - EDH has quickly become my favourite format.

Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS - New Nintendo 3DS - Black
Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS - New Nintendo 3DS - Black
Price: £135.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best iteration of the system by a mile., 5 Mar. 2015
Having owned the original 3DS and the XL before it, this is by far my favourite of the bunch. I won't go into the main features as you can read about them in any review, but what really stuck me is how solid it feels compared to the original / XL.

This combined with screens that are just the right size for me (always felt that the pixel density on the XL left something to be desired) creates a product that I'm very happy to upgrade to.

Pokémon X (Nintendo 3DS)
Pokémon X (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £32.99

51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transition to 3d. *EDIT* Patched, problematic bug fixed., 12 Oct. 2013
I've played for about 25 hours so far and feel like now's a pretty good time to leave my review.

Pokémon X is one of the first games in the 6th generation of the series, adding around 70 new Pokémon as well as some mega-evolutions to old favourites. The presentation, first off, is stunning. As someone who has played the previous games extensively the shift to 3d models over sprites is a welcome change, the models and animations all look excellent and the music is better than ever with the higher capacity of the 3ds cartridge. The 3d effect is unavailable in the overworld, an odd choice that I don't understand but that's what it is. In battle however, it adds some nice depth as you'd expect from the 3ds but is nothing special. You're not missing out playing it on the 2ds. I have even noticed some minor frame rate drops when using 3d in larger battles but it was still playable. So all in all, the 3d effect is not a selling point of the game (as you probably would expect) but this does not detract from the presentation at all.

Gameplay wise, I'm comfortable in saying gamefreak did very well. From large changes like the addition of a new type (Fairy) which balances the game and will significantly change the teams in player-vs-player, to small changes like setting hidden power to a constant 60 base power making it far more useful in the main game and (hopefully) less common in competitive battles. All the changes seem very well thought out from a balance and fun perspective and allow for a very wide variety of pokémon to use through the main story. The new pokémon themselves are, in my opinion, some of the best designs in the series. I've found almost no designs I disliked and the smaller number of new Pokémon seems to have allowed for more interesting additions. My only issue with the main game is that it's slightly too easy, but this is coming from someone used to playing black2 on challenge mode and with a lot of experience, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Pokémon-Amie is a nice touch, with some surprisingly fun minigames but doesn't seem to affect very much. A far more interesting minigame addition is super training. Super training is a minigame where you have to dodge balls being shot towards you and shoot balls into the opposing goals. It can be quite fun and has the effect of raising your Pokémon's stats slightly (for those in the know, it's EV training). It gives you a clear indication of how much the stats can be improved and is a very nice addition making the competitive metagame a lot more accessible for new players. Probably wont be used by those already EV training as it seems slower, but time will tell.

Then we get to the elephant in the room, Mega-Evolution. Some old favourites (maybe a couple of dozen Pokémon? not sure how many yet) have gained new forms in mega evolution. Unlike the normal evolutions, these are temporary transformations that you can choose to activate in battle and end once the battle is over. They confer new forms, new abilities, better stats- generally improvements in all areas as far as I can tell. The downside being you can only have one mega evolution per team and they have to hold the appropriate item to mega-evolve, removing their capacity to hold other items. I have to say, I was not a big fan of the concept when it was first revealed but have found they fit the game very well. There's not much else to say on the matter except that Mega Blastoise is the best thing ever.

There is currently no way to transfer Pokémon to this game from the previous generations. This may well be a deal breaker for some, but there is going to be a new 3ds app released in December that will allow you to store 3000 Pokémon online and transfer Pokémon from the recent DS games to the new generation. It will be a paid service with a free trial allowing you time to transfer from old games without paying, I will update this review when it is released with more information.

So all in all, Pokémon X is an excellent step forward in the series, good for new fans and old ones alike. It is already my favourite 3ds game and I will be playing it for months to come.

Gotta catch 'em all, y'know?

EDIT: As of 25/10/2013 The 1.1 Patch has been released on the eShop. It fixes the save hang glitch that broke many players game saves. If you get stuck saving in Lumiose city, make sure to grab the patch!
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The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
Offered by VGP_VideoGamesPlus
Price: £21.15

5.0 out of 5 stars This review ends with you being told it's a good game., 1 July 2013
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What to say about The World Ends With You...

I first played this gem shortly after it came out but it really didn't click with me. The visual style and dialogue heavy narrative certainly aren't for everyone and I was instantly turned off by the tutorial of the battle system.

I returned to the game a bit later when a friend raved about it, and was immediately hooked.

It certainly isn't a typical JRPG and the unique aspects are obvious from the first minute. The game is very focused on telling you a story and aside from the intro (you wake up with total amnesia and are forced to complete in a 'game' or be erased from existence) is best experienced unspoiled as the twists and turns of the narrative are what will keep you hooked in the earlier stages of the game. This story is mostly told through well written if a bit cheesy dialogue of which there is a lot. The characters may get on your nerves to start with but you will truly sympathize with them as you learn more of their backstories.

The combat is where the main disagreement happens. Many find it too eclectic unpredictable and unresponsive. I've had no such issues personally but a brief description is probably a good idea. You simultaneously control two characters on the top and bottom screens. Bottom screen is the more complex of the two with up to six (or three at the start) moves you have selected being available and activated by touch screen commands. You also move with the touch screen and can dash around the 3d environment (all represented with beautiful 2d art of course). The moves range from trails of fire that you drag around the screen to pinpoint melee attacks to ones that involve shouting at the ds microphone (not one I used to be honest). With some limitations on what you can choose to stop some of the more overpowered builds. All the moves have their own usage limits that invoke cooldowns so you can't just spam one attack, it encourages picking sets that compliment one another while fitting your playstyle. That said, I find most people use the standard slash attack no matter what.

The top screen character is controlled by the Dpad or the ABXY buttons (lefties rejoice, this game is pretty much symmetrical) and sees you attacking left or right to build combos in certain ways that allow you to use you super-moves. You also have to dodge / block enemy attacks and certain enemies must be damaged on a certain screen. This is very difficult for a lot of new players to get their heads around but there is an option to have the AI take over the top screen which produces generally good results (enough to complete the main story on normal probably). If you can get the dual-focus down the combat can be excellent fun but it certainly isn't for everyone.

The more RPG-ish elements of the game are intact, but with twists to the formula. Your stats consist of attack defense and bravery. The first two being fairly self-explanatory while the third is the stat that dictates which clothes your character can wear. It often reflects the personality of the character (before you start leveling it up at least) and is a touch I really like. You can increase your stats with food which is digested as you battle, so you can effectively choose which of your stats to focus on increasing. You can further augment said stats with clothing and accessories, which often have interesting effects that slightly alter gameplay.

I feel like I've rambled enough and I doubt anyone is actually going to read the whole review as-is let alone if I add more. So final verdict:

TWEWY is not for everyone, it's a very unique game and in my opinion by far the best thing Squeenix put out in a long long time. If it clicks with you it can be an extremely engaging and satisfying journey with a fair amount of replay value at the end, but you may have to give it more time than most games to really get into the swing of things.

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Nintendo 3DS)
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £14.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version of the king of fighting games., 29 Jun. 2013
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What is there to say? I've never been a street fighter fan to be honest, some dabbling in tekken and a lot of high level melee being my fighter experiences previously.

That said, SF has an excellent combat system. I found it easy to pick up with a little fighting experience but newcomers are assisted in this version by having the ability to place any move on the touchscreen for easy activation and turn on features like auto-block. Veterans may see this as cheap but it's a great way to get more people interested in a series that has always been a bit unforgiving to newcomers.

The meat of the combat is very solid, with an extremely high skill ceiling and a large variety of characters with wildly differing fighting styles. There are always going to be easy and hard characters to learn, but I suggest trying all of them out in practice mode and getting a feel for the movement before investing much time learning a specific moveset Ryu and Ken are generally the best characters to start with (and they are great fun too).

The content on the cart is pretty much what I'd expect from a 1v1 fighter, standard arcade mode, lots of options, practice, versus and a challenge mode which helps you learn how to start building combos. As well as the single player offerings it has local and online play, pretty much as you'd expect, with a somewhat surprising addition of download play. This allows you to play with a friend who doesn't own the game. They don't get the character roster to choose from (Ryu is pretty much the perfect demo character though) and it's a great way to introduce new people into the game.

It's a fully featured fighter, then. What about 3ds features? Adding moves to the touchscreen for easy activation changes gameplay a bit but I soon found myself using the dpad exclusively for specials aside from the odd EX move. The presentation is excellent, pretty nicely shows off what the 3ds is about (makes sense as it was one of the first games for the system).

If you have any interest in this sort of game, SSF4 is about as good as it gets. Reasonably welcoming to newcomers and veterans alike, at this price (around £8 at time of purchase) it's hard to go wrong.

It doesn't get a perfect 5 because it still (like pretty much all 1v1 fighters) feels feature-lacking to me. Especially for a version that requires some investment from the 2nd player in versus. This might be a problem at £30, but at this low price you can't really go wrong.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £29.95

112 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best entry in the series yet., 14 Jun. 2013
New Leaf is an excellent followup to the frankly less than impressive Let's go to the city / City folk. First thing you notice on starting up the game: the music. It's the sort of music that just puts a smile on your face, nice melodies appropriate to the time of day really help you chill out which is what most people play Animal Crossing for, so definitely a plus.

The game starts very naturally, conspicuously absent is the frustrating and limiting tutorial of previous games which is a welcome change. You arrive at a new town as per usual, but this time there's a twist. Somehow, you have accidentally become the mayor of the town! You then proceed to go about your daily life as is the meat of the series; fishing, catching bugs, collecting fossils, being conned into buying forged artwork (the usual). Or you can spend your time making as much money as humanly possible to pay for the insane amount of town and home upgrades available, and buy furniture wallpaper and flooring to fill said home.

Somewhat changed from earlier games, and clearly borrowed from the Wii version is main street. Here you have many shops and services such as the Able sisters clothes, Nooks real estate and the Museum. Many more become available as you play and doing certain things upgrades the shops. Getting everything maxed will take months of daily play but it doesn't matter- you're not really bothered about that as you stroll down the beach collecting interesting shells.

Many many quality of life improvements are to be found which seem small but add up to a wonderful playing experience. Then there's the island which will probably take a standard player a week or so to unlock. It's host to minigames to play with your friends (these can be fun, but will not sustain a lot of repeated plays) as well as interesting bugs, fish, and trees. There's also the ability to go swimming and dive which is new to the series. I quite like the island but it seems a bit too easy to make money there if you strip it down to certain trees and farm the most expensive bugs. Then again, there's so much to buy the money you can make is swallowed fast.

I haven't played the multiplayer yet except to test that it works, you cannot play online with people unless you are both on each others friend list, so no worries about children running into people they probably shouldn't if that concerns you. Unlike the game itself, there are no regional restrictions on multiplayer. So playing with people anywhere in the world is possible. Visiting the town of a friend can be great fun, stealing their native fruit and generally being a nuisance with the full knowledge that they'll be doing the same to you soon enough.

All in all New Leaf is an excellent Animal Crossing game and one of the most relaxing things you can do with a 3ds. It's visually charming and significantly smoother than previous entries while going back to the portable system that really fits it's style. I will be playing this game for many months to come.
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Pokemon Black 2 (Nintendo DS)
Pokemon Black 2 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great as ever, 19 April 2013
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Black and White 2 are the best Pokemon games on the DS. As so many older 'mon are availible in the main story it's not alienating in the way the previous ones were, the trainers you battle have more interesting and challenging teams than ever. There's triple battles where you least expect them and a ton of post-game content if you still want more after that 25+ hour main story.

And then there's competitive battling. Which is probably more interesting than it's ever been with the shift away from speed tiers towards survivability. If you enjoyed the main game and want more battles give it a look. Be warned though, it's one of the deepest rabbit holes in gaming and there's the very real chance you'll sink hundreds of hours or more into perfecting your perfect team and taking it online. The thrill of predicting an opponent turns ahead and executing a perfect counter strategy is unmatched in multiplayer gaming for me.

Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo 3DS)
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £32.87

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars System seller., 19 April 2013
To preface this, FE:A is one of the few non-port 3ds games that are worth getting. I know a lot of people are still undecided on the 3ds, but this game is exactly why you should have one.

OK, Fire Emblem is an (extremely) long running series, where battles take place in a turn based grid (very similar to advance wars) with terrain advantages and different units. This is where the comparisons end.

Fire Emblem as a series is generally well regarded, with some excellent games and some... not so great ones. Awakening is hands down the best of the bunch in my opinion. The old formula returns with just enough in the way of new mechanics to keep it fresh and scare me (A long time fan) on the higher difficulties. The combat is better than ever with the new support mechanics replacing the old rescue. Your units are different classes, each focusing on different weapons, spells, whatever. They are unique in the way they move across the battlefield and engage foes, archers cannot tackle foes up-close, Pegasi can fly- that sort of thing. You move your units around the grid exploiting advantages of the rock-paper-scissors weapon triangle and terrain or support advantages to kill the opposing force. It seems simple as anything at first but when you get further in the complexities are the difference between life and death- If like me you play on classic, the death of any character is permanent. That's it. Gone. You've been leveling him for 20 hours and got killed by a crit? Doesn't matter. I would still recommend new players to try classic though, it gives a sense of urgency and worry you just don't get if you can lose half your force each fight only for them to come right back. Gameplay is a solid experience and will give you a serious mental workout at times. Oh, and Lunatic mode is as bad as it sounds. It's properly hard.

Aesthetically, I was unsure about the translation to the 3ds screen, but it looks gorgeous. The character models look a little off in my opinion when you're just standing around in the barracks talking, but in battle they look excellent and have a great range of combat animations- something the older games were sorely lacking. Having 3d on makes a lot of the levels look amazing, especially when fighting enemies on a hill. It gave a sense of depth I really liked and it made maps slightly easier to understand. The character illustrations are excellent as always, with detail and personality to spare. Speaking of the characters, they're frequently stereotypical game characters but still charming and funny with their snappy dialogue and snippets of very good English (or Japanese if you so wish) voice acting. Improvements to the support system and the addition of a marriage and generations system has made the characters even more fun, with the ability to have as many 'A' ranked supports as you can get allowing you to hear hundreds of extra, often funny conversations between characters. Story is grand in scale, if a bit predictable at times, but it does have you legitimately care about some of the characters.

This all leads into an immense game I feel like I could play for hundreds of hours, plenty of missions in the story and a load of side missions as well as random (optional!) battles. DLC maps are on the way too, the game has been out for a year in Japan so expect them to come thick and fast if it sells well (which it will, there were widespread stock shortages when it came out in the U.S earlier in the year).

I'm sure I've missed some important things, but get this game if you are even remotely interested in turn based tactical fights, even if you aren't there's a free demo on the 3ds E-Shop to whet your appetite. 5 stars any day of the week.

*note* This was written prior to official release, and as such I did not have access to the free DLC map which can be exploited and make the game markedly less challenging. I would strongly recommend playing to the final mission before accessing any of the spotpass or DLC content for the best experience.
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