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Crysis - Maximum Edition (PC DVD)
Crysis - Maximum Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by Gamexpress
Price: 7.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun Great Value, 6 Sep 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This pack consists of Crysis and Crysis Warhead, which take place in the year 2020 on the fictional Lingshan Islands, just off the Philippines. You play as a member of a group of military protagonists who use "nanosuits" to defeat their foes. These special suits are technologically advanced sets of armor that allow players to gain enhanced physical strength, speed, defense, and cloaking abilities. I really enjoyed using these advanced exoskeletons developed by the military. It sure is fun jumping onto roofs, running at great speeds and becoming impervious to bullets.

The protagonists (that's you) face off against hostile North Korean soldiers, heavily-armed mercenaries, and a race of technologically advanced aliens known as the Ceph, who arrived on Earth many years ago for unclear reasons, and have recently become a force to be reckoned with.

In Single-Player, you must use various weapons like handguns, sub-machine guns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles (all of which can be modified with scopes and attachments in real time action), as well as explosives and the nanosuit's supernatural abilities to fight both the North Korean military and the alien foes that reside on the Island.

Multiplayer gameplay modes introduce fictional weapons based on the "ice" technology introduced by the alien antagonists.

Such fun!

HTC One 32GB UK SIM Free Smartphone - Silver
HTC One 32GB UK SIM Free Smartphone - Silver
Price: 399.95

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb phone!!, 5 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This phone is absolutely BRILLIANT! It's Sense 5 (Android "skinned") software is definitely a step in the right direction for HTC. Why? Simply put it is quick, reliable and beautiful. Zoe for example is a great camera feature that captures a short 3 second video and then allows the user to scroll through it one slide at a time so that he/she can choose the best shots to save to the gallery.

Speaking of the camera, it takes lightning quick photos (in burst mode if you wish) and allows users to record video and capture pics at the same time. Sure the 4 ULTRA Pixel camera is only "4" pixels, but it is prefect for taking shots in low light conditions thanks to its larger ULTRA design. This allows the camera's cells to receive more light - useful for indoor and/or dark situations. Photos look great, even in really dark conditions, but has limited zoom-ability should you wish to take a closer look.

The HTC One looks stunning: Its build quality is excellent (*hint* *hint* Samsung), and feels great in the hand thanks to its sturdy aluminium (metal) body. I bought the white/silver model and I am very pleased with my purchase.

As for the rest of this phone, its striking features:

- The screen is a 1080p, 469 pixels per inch, 4.7inch sized, Gorilla Glass 2 protected beauty that's absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, this display fires off razor-sharp images and videos with a lot of detail
- The volume keys are silver in colour and look real pretty...they are even cool to the touch much like the sleek aluminium body housing the device
- Now the Home / Power button might be a bit awkward for some folks (at first) because it is located at the top left hand-side of the phone, but you get used to it in no time (as I did)
- Finally, HTC really lifted the bar when it comes to the smartphone sound system thanks to the One's dual front-facing speakers. These monsters are incredibly good at creating the quality stereo sound that all audiophiles deserve.

Right, a word or two on software: I must point out that the keyboard is a dream to use and looks incredibly good. Swipe in very much encouraged, even if you haven't tried it before. Trust me, it works wonderfully here.
Blink Feed is a novel "Flipboard" feature that's ALWAYS present on your phone's "desktop" and although some find it intrusive I actually enjoy using it. Why? Because it works really well in updating quickly and displays articles in neat tiles that actually look rather good. Man this phone's great!

Anything wrong or annoying with the HTC One you ask? Well, I wish it had the option for expandable storage via a Micro SD Card, but the 32GB of on board storage does go a long way. Also, the phone can get a bit hot if used intensely whilst plugged in to charge but so will nearly ALL powerhouse phones under the same conditions. Also, some people think it's a shame you can't remove the battery should you wish to swap it or replace it in the future. I have NEVER needed to replace a battery in any of my phone's before and I've had many phones (as you can see from the list below) so this is no hurt for me - the 2300 mAh battery gets me through a day and that's what I've come to expect from smartphones today. You can make the phone last longer by switching off Wifi and/or Mobile Data if you so wish. Finally, Android 4.2.2 is on board here but still no 4.3 update (nor 4.4) as of 06 September 2013, but this should be sorted in no time I'm sure.

So to wrap up. I've owned a number of phones over the years:

- iPhone (1st Generation)
- Galaxy S(1)
- Galaxy S2
- Galaxy S3
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy Nexus
- Nexus S
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XE

...and the HTC One is hands down THE BEST phone that I have EVER owned. Period.

I would (and DO) recommend this phone to anybody wishing to purchase / update / upgrade to a new smartphone. Heck, I recommend those who own the HTC One X upgrade to this phone if possible: I used the One X for a time and some of my buddies who own it are a bit disappointed with it. Well, you WON'T be disappointed with this One - it is the One to rule them all.

Great job HTC.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 16GB Sim Free Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 16GB Sim Free Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)

3.0 out of 5 stars This phone works well...most times..., 18 Aug 2013
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This is an average phone with a below average 5MP camera, an average 1750 mAh battery that might get you through a day if you are a moderate user (someone who checks emails every 1hr, texts & rings people now and then, watches a YouTube clip every so often, and plays a game or two a day, etc), it has a PENTILE display that WILL suffer from screen burn-in, and a very useful LED notification that informs you of any erm...notifications. The problem that I had with this device is (much like many other devices out there) it starts to struggle when it gets hot. The hotter it gets, the SLOWER it gets, even to the point where it almost becomes annoyingly unresponsive.

I'd recommend the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 4s over this device.

...a note on SOFTWARE:

I bought this phone expecting it to be a TRUE Nexus phone, but it was NOT!! I had to unlock the Bootloader and flash the ORIGINAL Google software so as to replace the 'not-so-original' Samsung "Nexus" software. The Galaxy Nexus that I bought was NOT a Takju/Maguro variant (smartphones sold in the USA and directly supported by Google), neither was it an international version (Yakju/Maguro). It was a Samsung supported device.

If you bought one of these then fear not. You can download the ORIGINAL Google supported software (Yakju/Maguro) directly from Google if you wish to receive the LATEST updates from them.

Battlefield 2 (PC DVD)
Battlefield 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: 7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!!, 25 April 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
What's the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Battlefield 2?

The good:
- nice sounds
- good offline playable mode (aka: BOTS)
- there are many weapons at your disposal
- many vehicles, planes, boats and helicopters are also at your disposal
- fun gameplay
- this is a big game with a lot to learn

The bad:
- lack of "realistic" debris, wreckage and/or rubble thought all maps (but this ain't too bad)
- no single player camapaign, unlike Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3

The ugly:
- dated graphics

This is a fun game that should keep you entertained for hours on end. Sure the graphics are out of date now, and the lack of debris makes the game seem a little simple, but don't let that stop you from getting this game!! Many folks will easily forget all the bad and ugly stuff when trying to hunt down the enemy, or save their own b-hinds (or their teammates' b-hinds!!). This is a great game for online play...

Medal of Honor (PC DVD)
Medal of Honor (PC DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: 4.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but restrictive, 23 April 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Medal of Honor (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Medal of Honor (MoH) is a 1st person shooter that scores 5 stars for its good graphics, great sounds, and interesting story line. However, it scores 3 stars OVERALL due to it's restrictive gameplay - whether you're playing as a character on foot or in a car, you always find yourself moving around EXACTLY where the game developers want you to move because they have successfully restricted gameplay by 'funneling' all the action into narrow areas/locations with the aid of invisible walls, vegetation, and/or obscure buildings.

Don't get me wrong MoH is a very fun and it might remind you of an older game called 'Delta Force: Black Hawk Down,' which scored a dismal 5.6 out of 10 for a popular gaming magazine in 2003, it's just that Medal of Honor is ruined by this restrictive development. Multi-player is enjoyable, but again it lacks the sheer number of weapons, machinery and maps found in other popular titles like COD & Battlefield.

So to sum up:

The Good points about this game:
- great storyline in single player campaign
- great overall sounds (character voices, guns, bombs, etc are all top quality)
- good graphics
- great feel of teamwork throughout the single player campaign

The Bad points about this game:
- SHORT single player campaign (about 6 hours MAX)

The Ugly points about this:
- VERY restrictive gameplay. Invisible walls are everywhere and you often find yourself running down tunnels, valleys or streets that have no access to any other location other than where the game developers FORCE you to go!

Supergets Samsung Galaxy S2 Si9100 Premium Quality and Stylish Case Cover, Screen Protector and Polishing Cloth
Supergets Samsung Galaxy S2 Si9100 Premium Quality and Stylish Case Cover, Screen Protector and Polishing Cloth

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, just what I needed, 12 Sep 2011
This is a GREAT case. It fits the Galaxy S2 PERFECTLY!! Its tight around the edges, and is slightly flexible so as to give the phone good protection. I didnt want a solid cover, nor a flimsy flexible thing that would easily fall off every time I put the phone in my pocket, so when I found this strong/semi-flexibe case - an "inbetweener" - I knew I had found what I'd been looking for!!

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB Sim Free Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB Sim Free Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fast phone. Really fast!!, 12 Sep 2011
Specs of the Galaxy s2:

- Operating system is Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean"; originally Android 2.3 "Gingerbread"; Android 4.0.3/4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
- CPU is a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
- GPU for graphics include the ARM Mali-400
- Qualcomm Adreno 220
- 1 GB RAM
- Storage 16 GB or 32 GB flash memory models
- Removable storage microSD (up to 64 GB SDXC)[2]
- Battery size is 1,650 /1,800mAh Li-ion
- User replaceable
- Data inputs include Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, headset controls, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, 3-axis Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, aGPS[3]
- Display is 4.3 in (110 mm) AMOLED with 480800 pixels (218 ppi) and RGB-Matrix
- Rear camera is a 8Mp Back-illuminated sensor with auto focus, 1080p 30 fps Full HD video recording, LED flash
- Front camera 2Mp

This is a great phone for the spec junkie!!

I would choose this phone over the iPhone4 and HTC Sensation - it's two greatest competitors and here's why:

- Better battery (HTC is a nightmare when it comes to battery life! and the iPhone is not much better)
- Better rear and front camera's (S2 = 8MP, HTC = 8MP but low quality, iPhone4 = 5MP)
- Better overall speed (S2 = 1GB RAM, HTC = 768Mb, iPhone = 512Mb)
- Great storage of 16GB, PLUS it allows for a 32GB SD card expansion
- better screen quality (the iPhone has a better resolution 330ppi, but it is a smaller size 3.5inch than the S2's 4.3 inch screen)
- better download speeds (20Mbps vs. 14Mbps for HTC & 7Mbps for iPhone)
- better speaker sound
- and Finally, better internet Browser. This is one of the best features of the Galaxy S2 and it's worth noting here. It is lightning fast and VERY user friendly. Zooming in and out of websites is a dream on this device.

Sniper: Art Of Victory (PC CD)
Sniper: Art Of Victory (PC CD)
Price: 0.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Game, 21 Jun 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is shockingly bad - the gameplay is bad, the AI are terrible, the music is bad, and the story line is uninteresting. This game only gets 1 star for nice rifle sounds.

Crysis 2 (PC DVD)
Crysis 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by thesaverdeals
Price: 5.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, 21 Jun 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crysis 2 (PC DVD) (Video Game)
This is a great game, although quite different from the original Crysis games. How different? A number of reasons:

(1) The nano suit is "toned down" (what, no more Maximum Strength, or Max Speed??!! This would seem disastrous, however, you can exert burt runs, jumps and melee hits that consume suit energy).
(2) There is a novel nano vision to spot enemy AI in darkness.
(3) The game is also different in that your character does not speak (NO BAD thing here!!!).
(4) The game's location is not in Asia or somewhere in Korea, but the USA (New York).

Overall, the suit is "different," but your character is made to feel more like a "soldier" in this game, unlike the "adventurer" feeling in other versions.

Game overview...


The game has great sound effects - the guns, explosions and player movements are good quality. Errm...except the human AI...boy are they stupid!!


Great, but not as good as Crysis(1) and/or Warhead.


Like me, you may enjoy running around a wrecked New York City more than the wilderness fields of some island - I got bored of that repetitiveness. However, you may be a little disappointed with this games lack of freedom, especially if you have played Crysis(1) and Warhead. This is the BEST Crysis location for me to date.

The A.I.:

This is the BIG letdown in the game - human AI are normal sometimes, stupid most times, and very stupid at other times!! They often get stuck behind walls and/or other objects, and if they spot you, and you happen to clock to hide, they almost immediately tell each other the "coast is clear." I even found a few AI spawn right in front of me. Sometimes they freeze when hunting you down, making them easy to kill. These guys offer little challenges, but you can be killed by the sheer number of them. The alien AI are way better. Personally I prefer the alien AI to the those of previous Crysis games anyway, even though these guys can also get stuck behind/between objects.

The Story Line:

This is the best story line in Crysis so far I guess...too long to write the story line here, but I will say that I like it.


This game is fun to play, and easy to learn - the suit has been simplified but this may annoy hardcore Crysis fans. The game world is pretty cool (there are rats and birds, and I have shot a pigeon or two, however I did spot a rat running around under water once).

Game Success:

- Great sounds, graphics and gameplay
- Its fun
- Great guns and other weaponry
- Cool story line
- Useful statistics of your gaming style
- Awesome aliens
- Great location (NY)

Game Glitches:

- Ammo and weapons floating in mid-air
- Human AI getting stuck, and dying in strange ways, sometimes even committing suicide
- AI able to shoot through solid objects at times
- Character hand and weapon glitches in two levels
- Stupid AI comments, and behaviour (even in death human AI will rigormortis in strange positions)
- No Direct 11 support yet

To end, I must say that I love this game!

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!!, 30 Mar 2011
This book is very enlightening, and fun to read. Maxwell uses his personal experiences, and the experiences of others to make his points very clear. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to develop their leadership skills.

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