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Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (PS3)
Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £13.78

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A casual gamers opinion, 7 Dec. 2009
I should just start by saying that I'm only a casual gamer and have only recently bought a PS3 after owning a PS2 which has largely been gathering dust for the last year, so rather than completely dissing the game I'm just trying to write a review for someone in a similar position.

The problem is it's not a game for casual gamers like myself I played it for a good 3-4 hours and didn't really feel I'd dented it, crucially as well however I just didn't find it entertaining and didn't feel any compulsion to spend any more time on it. Having just bought a PS3 the other games I've played on that platform are Little Big Planet and CoD Modern Warfare 2 both of which completely blew me away. I (naively) thought Fallout 3 would be like a CoD but with more level ups. However it's not, it's an RPG through and through with lots of conversations to be had and lots of items to pick up and abilities and skills to upgrade. So if you're not into RPGs beyond a basic Level Up type mechanism then avoid.

Graphically it didn't really do it for me either, they're good but whereas something like Modern Warfare 2 made me think wow I'm so glad I bought a PS3 (and I must buy a HDTV when I've saved the money) something about the graphics for Fallout 3 just felt like games I'd played in the past albeit slightly better. The scenery is pretty well done but the characters are a bit few and far between and not very well animated (at least compared to something like COD MW2).

So I'm sure it's a huge game and if you're into RPGs you'll love it but if you're not prepared to stick the hours in avoid. Which is probably a bit mean, marking an RPG down for being too RPGy but there you go.
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Zoom H4 Compact SD Recorder with Free 4GB Card and Tripod
Zoom H4 Compact SD Recorder with Free 4GB Card and Tripod

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good, but ..., 13 July 2009
Have had this product for about 6 months now. First the good:

Records audio excellenty through the built in mics, easy to adjust setting using the High, Medium Low sensitivity setting to suit recording acoustically in your bedroom to full band in cramped rehersal room. Quality is excellent and it's easy to record just press the big red button twice and you're away

Can act as a 4 track recorder, Further more you can take tracks you have recorded in the song mode and use them as a starting track(s) for your 4 track composition. This is a useful tool if you get an idea quickly bung it down and then want to later try adding to it e.g. maybe some bass or a backing vocal etc.

Variety of inout sources allowed from in-built mics to electric guitar input to condenser mics (unit will supply phatom power).

Works as a USB storage device for your PC really well just plug the USB cable in open up the H4 folder and copy and paste files where you want. Will record directly to Mp3 so it's a really quick way to get ideas/recordings of songs up onto My Space etc.

Now the bad:

It's fiddly. It's not that bad in general but to give an example. The unit comes with in-built effects and if you want you can edit the presets or make your own up. The trouble is you probably won't bother doing this as it's just all a bit time consuming due to the nature of the controls.

You'll also occasionally find yourself pressing the wrong button and exiting a scren un-intentionally. It's not anything you can't live with but it will maybe put you off using some features.

Audio Interface for PC recording. This is the main fault with this unit. Tried to get this to work properly for ages and just couldn't get a decent recording. There was always a big latency (delay) creeping in. Even when I used direct monitoring found that the supplied Cubase Le4 s/w was recording it not in time to the tempo of the song i.e. off beat. I really persevered with this updating drivers etc. Eventually after several months took the decision to buy a POD Studio UX2 interface (other interfaces are available) and lo and behold worked perfectly first time.

So if you're choosing this unit over another unit based on the audio interface capabilities, well, I wouldn't.


Head First Design Patterns
Head First Design Patterns
by Eric Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.32

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an easy read, 15 Aug. 2006
This is an excellent book. I have read other books on design patterns including Design Patterns Explained by Shalloway Trott and whilst it was a good book it was rather a dry read.

By contrast the Head First book although looking a bit like a Design Patterns for Dummies type book by the cover does indeed cover the same material but in a way which is definetely easy to read and hopefully better to remember.

Where the book excels is in it's examples which clearly show you where you may wish to apply a paticular pattern which is really the key to the whole field. There may be more exhaustive books on the market but this one explains the key patterns and more importantly the principles behind them well.

I'm a C# programmer and the fact it's a Java book doesn't really make a difference. The code samples are almost exactly the same as they would be in C#. On a few occasions it does make reference to paticular Java classes to show examples of patterns in use (e.g. Iterator) but it's easy enough to relate these to their .NET equivalent and even if you can't it doesn't really matter.

All in all the most enjoyable computer book I have ever read and thoroughly recommended if you want to start learning about Design patterns and their use.
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Who Stole The Weekend
Who Stole The Weekend
Offered by Sound and Vision
Price: £1.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Strongest ep yet for Kieran and co, 6 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Who Stole The Weekend (Audio CD)
Who stole the weekend is the 3rd ep from Devon's Buffseeds and definitely the strongest all round package yet. The title track is a shimmering piece of perfect pop, 2nd track Strawberry slightly slower paced, more emotive song. Finally 3rd track Around The Corner rounds off the ep with an upbeat rockier sound but still offset by Kieran's fine wordsmith and high melodic voice. "Hey you, don't wear your graveclothes" indeed.

I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll
I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.70

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing follow up album, 2 Jan. 2003
Bought this album in the US this summer on the strength of the debut album Comatised. Got to say it's not as good, whereas comatised had a slightly raw edge to the songs this album feels far more polished, over produced and 'pop perfect'. If you're going to buy one album by Leona then definitely go for Comatised rather than this.

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