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The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
by William Audureau
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, 13 Jan. 2013
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The first thing that grabs you about the book is the size. It isn't particularly large from looking at cover, but it sure is thick!
The second thing that grabs you is the design. It screams quality from cover to cover. It is extensively researched and well written, and every single Sonic game is represented; even the obscure and cancelled ones.
The book begins with a brief history of Sega and continues all the way through up to the present. Every page has high quality artwork (some of which I'd never seen before. Quite an achievement given how reproduced Sonic art has become)
It features exclusive interviews with the game's creators and no stone is left unturned to get the bottom of the story behind Sonic's creation and every subsequent game, from the sublime to the (admitted) less than stellar (Sonic '06).
Much has been said about the hedgehogs history of late. His creation has seen a lot of attention recently due to the recent 20th anniversary (for example, Gamesmaster recently published a wonderful special anniversary issue) but depsite all of this, this book still justifies the rather high price tag by being so extensive and so finely made.

Great purchase for Sonic and video game history fans

Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (Color Edition)
Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (Color Edition)
by Kurt Kalata
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive, 13 Jan. 2013
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Usually, when I read a book that is written about such a niche topic, it can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes because the information is out of date, missing details or just plain wrong.
None of that is true for this title. It is a wonderful little book.
It goes into exquisite detail for every series featured (the Afterburner series alone is 14 pages long) covering every sequal, spin off and port. There's even a page that compares the screen shots across all the ports for many games.
There are many games in this book that I didn't even know existed, and the detail that it goes into for old favourites makes it an invaluable purchase.
It is printed in an identical format to trade paperback graphic novels, so the paper quality and colour reproduction is perfectly acceptable and bright. Would've been nice in a juicy coffee table hardback, but that would've bumped up the price significantly.
Between the English version of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog finally becoming available and this book, it really is a great time to be a fan of Sega.

Highly recommended.

Bullyland Pascal Figure
Bullyland Pascal Figure
Price: £4.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, tiny..., 8 Mar. 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Bullyland Pascal Figure (Toy)
The sculpt on this figure is absolutely supurb. However the picture fails to convey a sense of scale, it is only 4-5cms long. With P&P, it came to £8. Very hard to recommend at this price, but would've been nice for 1 or 2 pounds.

Guitar Hero 5 - Game Only (Wii)
Guitar Hero 5 - Game Only (Wii)
Offered by games.empire
Price: £12.25

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wii version superior?, 13 Sept. 2009
Yes as hard as might seem to believe, the Wii version of a multi-format release it actually BETTER than the XBOX360 and PS3 versions. I won't talk much about the actual game here, there are plenty of reviews already talking about that, there are a few new features that really add to the package. But the best new feature is actually a Wii exclusive, and it's fantastic. To play, you need 2 guitars and 2 Nintendo DS consoles. Here, you play a competitive team game with each team comprised of a guitarist and a "roadie", controlled using the DS. The Roadie can run over the other side of the stage to the competing guitar player and really start to mess things up for them. They can break the amps, mess with the sound board or, the most feared option, reverse the players strings. It's then up to that players own roadie to try and fix all these problems, that is, if they're not already messing up the competition. It might sound complex but it isn't. It brings about hysteria and shouting at each other.
"Quick! Fix my strings , fix my strings!"
"OK, OK! In a sec, I'm just sabotaging their amps!"
"On no! Now I'm on fire too! Hurry up!"
All of which is utterly hilarious.

This Wii release may not have the slick graphics of the higher spec versions, but it does have "Roadie Battle" mode, and thanks to some ingenuity at Vicarious Visions (the developer), it has ALL the online functionality of it's next gen cousins. (it's worth mentioning the online modes as they do away with any additional friend codes, and you can join any game online with the press of a button)

If only all Wii conversions were as complete as this.
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The Band Name Book
The Band Name Book
by Noel Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for anyone with an interest in rock music or pop culture, 4 Nov. 2008
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This is a book that does exactly what it says on the cover, it gives you hundreds of band names and gives you information on how they git their names. Within, I found bands I've been into for years and still had no idea how their names came about. Now I know! It also contains hundreds of other bands that you've most likely never heard of, but thanks to their original names, you won't forget their stories. A particular favourite of mine is the story behind the naming of the band "The F**k F**ks"
Well laid out and filled with band artwork.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcade thrills at home, 30 April 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I've wanted this item after seeing it featured on IGN many months ago, and have looked everywhere since, then it turned up here on Amazon!
It is a seriously sturdy piece of kit, perfect for anyone looking to replicate the light gun arcade games in their home.
What this gun offers over just using the remote alone is twofold;
firstly, the shape. It's a gun. The trigger is where it should be and feels very robust, with a spring mechanism to reduce failed shots.
secondly, it has a target sight behind the "barrel". What this means is that it can be calibrated on certain games to act just like a light gun, meaning you have to aim the gun rather than just move a cursor around on the screen until it goes where you need it to. On games like "House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return" you can calibrate the aim, and then turn off the on-screen cursor, so the only way to shoot is to aim down the barrel old school style, and it works perfectly.
The best peripheral on the market for on-rails shooters.

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