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Battlestar Galactica - Season 4
Battlestar Galactica - Season 4
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Feb. 2016
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A good rework on the original

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)
World of Warcraft Cataclysm Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)
by Joe Branger
Edition: Paperback

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 15 Dec. 2010
Like all their products, this will offer hardly anything actually useful to a player and will rapidly become out of date as patches occur.

Go to one of the websites which contain far more useful information and are kept current, like wowwikki. Free and contains everything you need to know.... or Thottbot....or MMO Champion.

Years back I got the first one of the series for Classic, found it useless and thought 'They must learn from this so the BC version will be better' Alas no, it too was of little use. Want to get a long list of quest rewards? Its good for that, but not for explaining how to complete a quest thats proving tricky. Want to know what new talents or spells there are? Its good at that....although you could just real the tooltips. But want to know more about rotations, which stats are most useful, specs....well, they dont do that. For that just Google it. Basically Brady Games dont try and understand the game, but regurgitate stats which you can get hold of anyway.

Dont waste your money, just Google what you want to know.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Expansion Pack (PC/Mac DVD)
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Expansion Pack (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £1.75

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An actual review, not a comment on Amazon's delivery, 14 Dec. 2010
First of all, I'd just like to say to all those people doing 'reviews' and then rating the game based on Amazon's childish and short-sighted of you. This game currently has a 3star rating because of that, which is nothing to do with the game, and gives a false impression of the actual game. When looking for a new game many people look through games and go to read more about 4 or 5 star games as maybeof interest - an average 3 star game gets overlooked. They dont get to see its been downgraded due to nothing to do with the actual game itself. You all had the option of buying the digital download from Blizzard, so could have been playing the game (nearly) immediately (when the login servers cameback up), and knew Amazon had a poor track record on getting deliveries on time for you only have yourselves to blame. But now that time frame has passed, onto the actual review.

I have completed 3 zones, and would have to say they are comparable to the best other zones previously released. The storylines are good and coherent, liberally interspersed with cut scenes (with your toon in it) to progress the story. There are many new quest types introduced - its not all collect this, kill that...but ofc, theres still a fair chunk of it ! But overal I would say the experience was good by comparison to previous expansions. Levelling by some was fast, but then so it was before - it doesnt take less time to do than it did for BC or WLK imo, you just have more people nowadays pushing really hard to hit max level asap.

Are is back. As a healer, once I hit 85 and entered lvl 85 normal instances I can say that I'd never encountered healing as difficult as it was then (far harder than LK25 or ICC10hm). You REALLY have to watch mana because its really easy to go oom half way through a fight if you arent careful about things (unless you are a pally). And no jumping straight into heroics - for a start they would destroy any newly dinged 85, but Blizz knowing this and not wanting people to cry 'Nerf!' have ensured their heroics can be harder be requiring minimum gear levels that are reasonably high before you can enter them. Not excessive, but you will need to be doing some normal lvl 85 instances first to gear up first. And thats good....because firstly the normal instances are a challenge again, and once you can defeat them the heroics are a challenge.

Downside - pugs. You need a good group to succeed in instances now, and pugs will generally have a weak player in them > wipes > usual nerd rage > group disbands. All the raiders are now instancing in guild groups, so the pugs are 'an experience'. Use them to learn how to do things the hard way and coping when things go bad.

So far (and I've yet to raid) it has been a blast.

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Famous & Fun Pop
Famous & Fun Pop
by Carol Matz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A more fun selection of pieces, 22 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Famous & Fun Pop (Paperback)
My son (7yr) has been moved onto this book, #3 in the series, and have to say its a good thing ! He was finding the pieces he used to do very boring, and so not so interested in practicing. But these are much more fun to play, and he knows how the tunes should sound like.

So amazingly we're now hearing the sound of tunes coming from his room...even when hes not meant to be practicing !! Thats such a difference - he now wants to play them for fun as well as simply wanting to learn to play.

So I would recommend this series. It has the great idea of having later books have some of the same pieces, but a more complicated arrangement, so it builds on what they've learnt before - they know the piece, they know the basics....but then they add a bit more complexity to it. Great idea.

HP 802.11 b/g Wireless Printer Adapter (Q6274A)
HP 802.11 b/g Wireless Printer Adapter (Q6274A)

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore muppet reviews, 21 Sept. 2010
Why do people post reviews which downgrade products just because of their own stupidity.

Look at the product - its obviously a USB connection, and its obvious it has to go on the printer else how else is a non-wireless printer going to suddenly become wireless enabled? If you cant figure that out, then go do some research first rather than impacting a products review rating.

per HP blurb (not on amazon, hence me posting this) ***This easy to install printer adapter allows you to print wirelessly--from your wireless PC, notebook, PDA or other wireless device to your printer. Compatible with the Officejet H470***

So if you have that, get this. If not, find one compatible with your printer...but if your printer has no USB port, get a new printer before trying to go wireless.

World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
World of Warcraft Dungeon Companion, Volume III (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why on earth are you buying this?, 16 April 2010
Ok, here goes...this might be a brilliant book (I bought vol 1 & 2 but not vol3) I ask the question - WHY??

Why are you spending money on this? Real stuff, not gold!

WowWiki is your friend - it has ALL tactics on ALL heroics and raids on it, nicely laid out with links to videos. And its free.

Tankspot on YouTube (Project Marmot) gives a full explanation of all raid encounters whilst you can actually see what is happening in the fight - far better to see what is happening than read about it, as you'll see the positioning and know what to look out for. And its free.

How to gear for heroics....typically, these books get very outdated very fast. To gear for heroics does it say to farm ToC5 normal for your starter i200 epics, or give lists on where i200 blues are in several normal lvl 80 dungeons? I bet its the latter, and thats been obsolete since ToC5 came out in 3.2. Does it take into account the massive decrease in cost of what used to be top level crafted gear that you now just buy when hitting 80? That whilst levelling you should be doing AV on AV weekends which will get you honour, and so can buy decent PvP gear when hitting 80?

If you havent hit 80 yet, get in a social/levelling guild and talk to lvl 80s. If you are 80 and wanting to raid, watch YouTube.

Dont waste money - everything you need to know is free on the internet, and is current...whereas this printed book is fixed in time and becomes obsolete.
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Battle for Skull Pass Box Game - Warhammer
Battle for Skull Pass Box Game - Warhammer

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear positive comments, 26 Mar. 2010
So nice to hear other parents understanding the positive aspects of miniatures. There are few hobbies available at the same age which are quite as creative, and as well encouraged by the main company supplier.

The core activity is painting (seriously, more time will be spent doing this that actual gaming!)...good old painting. It may be dwarfs and goblins (and the rest) but its still learning how to paint. And boy (/girl) do they learn! With massive amounts of advise available to learn many varied painting techniques, colour theory (yes, seriously!) and shop staff so enthusiastic it shames all other stores (I have never encountered staff so positive, cheery, and wanting to help...I wish white good stores were even 1% as helpful). And these techniques are just as valid in more 'serious' painting.

Crafting. A figure is just the start, and from there you move onto using various bits and pieces to modify them into whatever the imagination can come up with for something unique. And of course, this is encouraged...and the finest examples being not so much figures but unique pieces of miniature sculpture. And then theres all the background scenery to be created, limited by imagination. (my son and I have just made a farmhouse out of a Frostie packet)

Then there is the game itself. First off, there are the rules and all the background information...of which theres a fair bit. That equals a lot of reading...young children wont consider it educational, but spending fair chunks of time reading some often difficult words helps improve reading. Sorry kids, studies have shown that children who play wargames and role-playing games have significantly better reading skills due to the sheer time you spend reading books because you enjoy it.

Then you need to learn rules, and how to implement them. This requires planning and tactics, learning how to plan ahead...useful skills in life.

For me, the best thing of all is that I get this time with my boys at the weekend, where we sit together in the afternoon (morning is for sport) and paint or craft something for a few hours, chatting away. This is quality time with your children, and money cant buy that.

Isnt that better than having your children in front of the TV on a console?

World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack (PC/Mac)
World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack (PC/Mac)
Offered by Go2Games
Price: £0.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many of the reviews are out of date, 13 Nov. 2009
Wandering through amazon I saw that WLK only has 3 stars.....3 stars ?! Why so low?

Then I see theres a lot of venting about about the poor Amazon delivery on release bringing the score down. GJ people - way to promote the GAME you obviously wanted so much. So the 1* ratings can basically be ignored.

And then theres a lot of out of date comments that date back to 3.0 with only release content. Well, we're on 3.2.2 now. Yes, initially there was only Naxx as the major raid content. But if you hadnt seen Naxx before it still had something to offer. And it has taken quite a while for the community to come to grips with achievements (in the way Blizz have them in mind).

The concept now is for everyone to have the opportunity to see content rather than an elite 5% of gamers. However, for the more determined raiders there are hardmodes, which are considerably more challenging, and acheivements show this difference. Think heroics too easy? Then lets see your GLory of the Hero achievement. Naxx to easy? Glory of the Raider please.

And ofc there is now the immense, and far more challenging Ulduar raid. With Icecrown Citadel soon to come.

I recall there was a post about 'stupid arena' with teams in Naxx gear owning it. Arena is currently a more challenging environment, separate from PvE whose gear will not help you at all there. You could walk into arena with top PvE gear and whilst it will get you so far, it wont help you against the PvP players in the gear designed for PvP. But theres many ways to get the PvP gear and start working up the arena ladders. Arena ladders seem to work for many many FPS style games, so why downrate WLK because it has something similar....although it also has larger battle groounds as well. Inc 2 new ones since release, one of which is another 40 man BG.

As ever, Blizz continue to deliver content, with the objective of allowing everyone to see it if they're willing to put some time and effort into it. But there are still challenges remaining for those who wish for that little bit more...just many refuse to see this.
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Rock Band 2 (Wii)
Rock Band 2 (Wii)

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is meant to work with GH:WT kit, 28 July 2009
This review is from: Rock Band 2 (Wii) (Video Game)
According to various game / gear matrix info out there on the web, GH:WT (and only official WT) guitar and drums is meant to work with RB2 (and not RB original - change of policy from Harmonix). That means for the proce of the game we GH peeps should be able to access the tracks exclusive to RB2 and their much larger DLC (downloadable content)...and to those not looked into this, RB releases about 3 times the amount of DLC each month compared to GH.

Read other reviews for playability...I dont have this YET. But wanted to ask the question if anyone has bought this on the Wii as well as RB, and simply done the registration thing and paid the $5 to unlock the RB tracks for RB2 without actually playing the original RB on its own ?

Because as far as I know, thats the only way for people already gone down the GH route to get hold of the tracks on RB without paying huge sums for additional instruments...and there are some good tracks on RB to expand my playlist, such as:

Faith No More - Epic
Radiohead - Creep
Sound Garden - Black Hole Sun
Muse - Hysteria
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Improve Your Opening Play (Everyman chess series)
Improve Your Opening Play (Everyman chess series)
by Chris Ward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a STARTER book - treat it as such !!, 4 Feb. 2008
People giving this a bad review have missed the point. This book is aimed at a player who is just moving from having no opening repertoire to recognising they need to develop one. This doesnt go into depth, but gives a basic oversight to various different openings and the basic objective of that opening.

From there the player can develop their own set of openings and do more detailed research on those particular lines using the various other books available, potentially using the Starting Out series.

For those saying this is superficial - you're probably after the Starting Out series, or the more in depth analysis of a particular line. You just got the wrong book - doesnt mean theres anything wrong with this one, it just didnt meet your needs.

And to suggest the Batsford book of Chess much insight is a beginner going to get out of 1000+ pages of notation!

Why only 4 stars? Having subsequently gone through all the openings in here using Fritz, Batsford et al it quite often didnt give the strongest line. If you're going to have a short basic opening to capture an opening, might as well use the most heavily used path. However, with this book, I wouldnt have gone near the more heavy notation books - you need understanding of concepts, not just number crunching.

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