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East India Company (PC DVD)
East India Company (PC DVD)
Price: £3.45

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly done & boring game, 4 April 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I've played about everything from Pirates over Patrician to Port Royale, and EIC (which was released AFTER those) is by far the worst I ever enountered. You could literally take all the worst aspects and game-mechanics of those I listed and put them together, you'd still get a game which is miles better than EIC.

The GUI is awful, the gameflow is awful, the worldmap is awful, the options you have are microscopic.
Even 'Trade' itself is a joke, because you just can't not make profits. The only way to drive your company bankrupt is by buying goods and throwing them overboard. Oh and there's the handy option of setting up autotrade-routes, which basically does all the work for you (i mean my cellphone can select the one of 4 goods with the biggest profit margin, buy that, and sell it at the homeport).

As an example: You buy a ship with a cargo hold of 40 tons for about ~30000. Then you send that ship to india and buy 40 tons of goods there (tea, silk or spices). One of those tons nets you around 1000 profit. The ship takes about 8 months for that journey. You see where i'm getting to? A ship pays itself in UNDER a year gametime, and theres nothing going to happen that reduces your profit margin so much you wouldnt have made (a lot) profit.

I would have given this game 0 stars if that was possible.

Valentine [DVD] [2001]
Valentine [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Denise Richards
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Valentine [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This film is absolutely nothing new, just another valentine flick with pretty girls getting killed. The story is boring, the kills are boring, the cast is boring, the dialogues are utterly pretentious.
After the first 5 minutes you know how the film ends. I really didn't enjoy it at all.

No recommendation

Borderlands (PS3)
Borderlands (PS3)
Price: £9.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RPG-Shooter? Sold!, 27 Oct. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Borderlands (PS3) (Video Game)
Borderlands if foremost a First-Person Shooter, and second a role-playing game. While you investigate the world doing quests and killing various enemies, you gain experience points. Upon reaching a new level, your maximum health increases and you get to put skill points into you character's skill tree. You get to choose one of four classes, which are all no standard archetypes from other roleplaying games and quite unique:

The Hunter - is a sniper-type rogue who can improve his skill with pistols and sniper-rifles via his skill tree. His special is a bird calles "Bloodwing" which you can send out to do damage upon enemies.
The Soldier - jack-of-the-trade with all guns, specializes in Combat Rifles and Shotguns. His special skill is putting up an automatic turret with some kind of bullet shield for protection
The Siren - Female Character who specializes in machine pistols and other smallarms. Her special skill is the "phase walk" where she walks into another dimension, and un-seen from the enemies can stalk around for sneak-attacks with elemental damage.
The Berserker - huge guy with massive health who like wielding rocket launchers. His special skill makes him invulnerable and punch enemies for huge amounts of damage in close combat.

The quests are typical. Kill twenty of that, get ten of that items, run there, talk to that dude, come back and so on. I wasn't overly impressed by the quest design. The bosses are quite challenging so far and need different tactics to be taken down. Each area of the game has its own "Monster" type which you encounter a LOT. A little more variety wouldn't have hurt but its at least consistent and the enemies fit in nice. Several items in the game and some dialogs are quite funny and made me at least grin for a while. (Gameplay 4 of 5)

Travelling: To get from one zone to another you have to activate portals, loading times could be faster but are ok. Later in the game you get to drive vehicles (with somewhat awkward handling) to improve travel times. Even later on you can teleport around from various stations to another.

The graphics are decent and something new setting the game apart from the market. It's quite gory at times allowing you to shoot bodyparts of and make heads (or complete mobs) explode. (Graphics 4 of 5)

Others here state that the Voices are outstanding, well i can't agree with that since there's almost no voice in this game at all. The NPC's always say the same sentence when 'clicked' and when given a quest you mostly have to read through a text instead of having any interaction with the other characters. (Sound 3 of 5)

Loot: Throughout the game you will collect tons of different weapons, all with diablo-esque modifiers like +5% damage, -10% reload time, +12 magazine size, -30% recoil etc etc. There are myriads of different combinations a given gun can have, which keeps you hunting for the "ultimate" one nonstop. You also get to upgrade your class skill via 'Artifacts' (like giving your Bloodwing Attacks elemental damage), you can use different grenade mods for different effects (like bounding nades, contact grenades, fire/shock/corroding grenades etc), you can upgrade your backback to have more inventory space and/or carry more ammunition and last but not least there are dozens of different 'class mods' to improve various skills of your class. (Lootveriety 4.5 of 5)

All in all i like the game so far. It's a solid experience and makes a polished impression.

Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sean Pertwee
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.39

5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I was not impressed, 27 Oct. 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This movie is quite bad and didn't scare me a bit. I also didn't laugh once. I also wasn't shocked of any of the so-called "gore" in this flick. It drags along with things you've seen a dozen times in other movies. The end is quite disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

Tropic Thunder (3-Disc Directors Cut) [DVD]
Tropic Thunder (3-Disc Directors Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £20.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didnt meet expectations, 15 Jun. 2009
Maybe i set my expectations too high, but this movie was a letdown. The idea of the movie is quite good, taking a so far not exhausted genre to comedy and trying to make the most of given material (like Platoon, Apocalpyse Now, Full Metal Jacket). Many other regisseurs did quite well in taking that course: Spaceballs, Life of Brian and Men in Tights to name a few.
Don't get me wrong, i surely had some laughs, but in many scenes its too absurd to be funny. Although i think the movie takes the serious (and i mean serious) marterial of war too lightly. On one side it IS funny when Ben Stiller thinks the exploded body of the regisseur isnt real and wiggles around his disembodied head, but i also had a bad feeling in the guts at the same time that landmines aren't supposed to be funny somehow.
Maybe i just got too old for movies like that.

To conclude: The idea of making a comedy out of those really outstanding Vietnam movies wasn't that good in the end. Its easier to make a comedy out of warmovies that took themselves too serious - like Top Gun or Rambo - but then Hot Shots already did that :)
Tropic Thunder didnt keep me laughing or even smiling, sad but maybe for the better.

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