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Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £18.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old rubbish!!, 14 Nov 2013
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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Same old stuff churned out again...the campaign was not bad but way too short and was finished in a couple of hours. But the multiplayer is what everyone wants and it is pretty poor. The game cleary wasn't made for the 360 as you move around like you are in porridge and once again snipers can run around as if they have a shot gun killing everything in sight. Also everything has been hacked already and fast scoping is alive and well.

The ranking up system is different but takes too long as you now need to earn squad points which seems to take forever. The guns are once again out of proportion with someone with a sub gun shooting lumps out of a target who keeps on running and kills you with 1 shot from a pistol or a shotgun that kills you from half a map away which is ridiculous. The killstreaks seem a waste of time and offer little in the way of reward for your efforts.

The maps themselves although interesting are huge and you can realistically run around for two minutes and not see another person, while the usual camping sniper shoots you from the other end of the map and you have no idea where the shot came from. Then you are re spawned right in the middle of nowhere usually in front of the opposing team...dead meat. Only had mine a week and will trade in and try battlefield 4


Bloodfire Quest: Book 2 of The Dark Legacy of Shannara
Bloodfire Quest: Book 2 of The Dark Legacy of Shannara
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much of the same, 29 Mar 2013
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I have been a life long fan of Terry Brooks since reading the Sword of Shannara nearly 25 years ago and his early works were fantastic, full of adventure, epic battles, solid character development and you felt fully engaged with the storytelling. However there has been a definate decline in his most recent works which have been a tad bland. Having read volumes 1/2 of the Dark Legacy series I have not changed my overall opinion of the stagnant nature of the stories.

Don't get me wrong they are a good enough read if they were a stand alone trilogy but up against his previous works they are a pale imitation. There is a lot or re telling old stories...the Ellcrys failing and the threat from within the forbidding...the dilemma to the chosen on the Bloodfire quest etc. There is nothing new or unique and the characters are not really fleshed out so when something happens to them you don't really care. The prose is a bit choppy and the settings seem to jump about ie there is a section when they are in mortal danger then next they are waking up in their beds in Aborlorn?!

It has the elements of earlier works..Ohmsfords(check), a Leah(check), a druid(check), Elves(check) but the characters and their interaction are paper thin and what was a rich and expansive world has now been watered down to shuttle trips on their airships between Paranor and Aborlorn..

Also in previous incarnations the Druids appeared to be a formidable force but in this series they seem a bit impotent and get knocked off with great ease and go out with a bit of a whimper unlike the great battling death of Allanon...

Like other reviewers it is maybe time to take a step away from the Shannara world or if there was to be a re visit then the storytelling needs to go in a different direction to re capture some of the old magic...no pun intended.
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