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Logitech F310 Gamepad - Blue
Logitech F310 Gamepad - Blue
Price: £24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid PS style pad, 1 Aug. 2014
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I bought this pad because I wanted to play games like platformers and third person action games on my PC, but being only 5'1" tall and a lifelong Playstation player, I find the Xbox pad uncomfortably large for my hands and unfamiliar in layout.

The layout is exactly the same as a PS controller, with PS3 style triggers rather than PS1/2 bumpers. It is a little bigger than the PS controller, which wasn't ideal for me personally, but I'm aware that I have particularly small hands for an adult. It's still perfectly usable and smaller than an Xbox pad. It plugs in and works with games immediately like and Xbox pad and the buttons are recognised as Xbox buttons, which makes it quick and easy to set up. The wire is really long; I'd estimate a couple of meters, which is fantastic if your spare usb is around the back of your tower. It's wired, so while you don't have the convenience of wireless, you also never need to worry about setup or batteries.

As you'd expect from a 3rd party pad at this price, it does feel a little cheaper than an Xbox or PS pad. The buttons make audible clacky noises and the analogue and d-pad aren't so silky-smooth and the triggers are a tad stiff. While it is a little cheap feeling, it's perfectly up to task, working fine with the precision jumping and movement for Shovel Knight and feeling natural in that role straight out of the box.

If you're debating whether to get this or an Xbox pad and you're comfortable using an Xbox pad, I'd advise the Xbox pad. If, however, you have smaller hands, and/or you really want something with a PS layout that your PC will happily recognise an an Xbox controller, or if you want something with the layout of a PS pad but a touch larger, this is an excellent value pad.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Price!, 17 July 2014
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I'd wanted a pair of these classic shoes for ages, so I dived straight on this deal! They're a 4.5 and I'm a standard 4, but for under £15, I was willing to take the small gamble. There's a little extra toe room from the half size over my regular one, but they're wearable and comfortable anyway, so if you are a 4.5, they'll probably be a precise fit.
They were comfortable right out of the box, though a bit of a faff to put on and take off due to the high laces. They're still comfortable now and are wearing great after a few weeks.
The vibrant red suede looks *fantastic*; really striking and eyecatching!
I'm definitely enjoying my pair and would recommend them!


Virtue's Last Reward (PlayStation Vita)
Virtue's Last Reward (PlayStation Vita)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £18.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling Puzzle VN welcome on the Vita, 20 Jan. 2014
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Virtue's Last Reward had me absolutely gripped from start to finish. It was well written with great localisation, memorable characters and shocking plot twists aplenty! There are loads of puzzles and they're pretty tricky too, and the interface works really well with the Vita's touch screen. It was nice to hear the original Japanese voice acting, though I was pretty surprised there was no English voice option since the American release apparently had a dub.

The graphics are a bit below the Vita's capabilities, having been made for DS release too, and annoyingly the plot continues on from 999, a game not even available on the Vita, but this is still an excellent game I thoroughly enjoyed that had me engrossed for days! A good title if you're looking for something to play on your Vita with a bit of depth and dramatic oomph and some nice brainteasers.


Sony Fashion DJ Style Headphones - White
Sony Fashion DJ Style Headphones - White
Offered by Premier Life Store
Price: £22.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value phones, 3 Oct. 2013
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Lightweight, comfortable, pleasant looking and with very good sound quality for the price, these are a great pair of headphones for anybody who wants something decent on a tight budget.
While they may lack the solid feeling and flashiness of some pricier 'street' or fashion brands, and the incredible audio quality of more expensive headphones aimed at audiophiles, for the price, it's pretty hard to fault them. The sound quality is about as good as lower-mid Wesc or Skullcandy phones (Oboes or Lowriders, for example), really sparkling on crisp midtones and treble if not incredibly punchy on the bass (a little equalisation can help with that). They're very easy to wear due to the lightweight build, and come with a huge cord, good for plugging into computers, if a little inconvenient for mp3 players. The rotating cups mean that they can be stored flat, which is always handy for travel.
Overall, considering I paid less than £20 for them as a stopgap pair to replace some dying Wesc Oboes until I can afford something nicer, I am really quite impressed.


FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 3IN1 TP VOL 02 (C: 1-0-1) (Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition))
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 3IN1 TP VOL 02 (C: 1-0-1) (Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1 Edition))
by Hiromu Arakawa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Value, 28 Nov. 2011
These three-in-one books are a great idea for long running manga like Fullmetal Alchemist. Great value for money, plus they take up less space and are more travel friendly! It's brilliant for a long train journey, since three volumes of this excellent series will keep you enthralled for well over an hour. As per usual from Viz, the translation is clear and all of the extras, like Arakawa's amusing Omake comics, are left in.

As for the series itself, it's one of my all time favourites. The art is powerful and dynamic with a great sense of depth and iconic, memorable characters and the plot is tightly woven and well-paced. I'd recommend it for teens and up due to fighting, blood and dark themes. It's a great series that should please any manga fan.


Sapphire 11166-01-20R HD 5450 512MB DDR3 PCIE HDMI Graphics Card
Sapphire 11166-01-20R HD 5450 512MB DDR3 PCIE HDMI Graphics Card
Offered by Kikatek
Price: £26.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable, good performance, but with an odd quirk, 10 Jan. 2011
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I bought this card to replace an nVidia Geforce 8 series one which, despite being less than a year old, had started glitching and overheating (and I bought that one because the previous nVidia Geforce 7 the computer came with broke after just a few years use!). The card was affordable, was easy to install, and produced smooth, glitch-free results.
...But as I said in the title, it does have an odd quirk. Specifically on machines with an inbuilt soundblaster card. Since this is an HD card, it will automatically take control of your sound output, and then cause the soundblaster (which tends to be set to 'auto' priority by default) to vanish from your list of audio choices. To get around this, the usual solution is to reboot your computer, open the BIOS and set your soundblaster card to 'enabled' instead of 'auto'. This should make the onboard sound trump the graphics card and you can enjoy sound and graphics together!
Apart from this minor irritation when setting up, I'm very happy with the card. It's not high-end, but will still perform nicely on games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Halflife 2 and Oblivion on mid-high settings.
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Lost At Sea
Lost At Sea
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Introspective and Sincere, 3 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Lost At Sea (Paperback)
I got 'Lost at Sea' as an already avid 'Scott Pilgrim' reader and having caught glimpses of O'Malley's earlier work on his website. Don't approach the book expecting it to be more 'Scott Pilgrim' style frenetic hijinks; it's a lot more introspective, but it's very sweet in its own way. While the art and story are both less polished than the later work, lacking the slicker, more dynamic feel and the tighter plotting and snappy dialogue developed in Pilgrim there's a sincerity in that roughness that strikes a very human chord. It's a book about being eighteen, trying to find yourself, searching, being a little crazy and making friends.
While it's got a few rough edges, such as how sometimes the characters are a bit hard to distinguish and it's a bit prone to lapsing into navel-gazing, it's more than charming enough to make an enjoyable and engrossing read, and really captures the feeling of being a certain age.
If you enjoy exploring the potential of Graphic Novels, enjoy quirky and thoughtful stories or just want to have a peek at what O'Malley was doing before Pilgrim, it's well worth a look.
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Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet
Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet
by Emma Vieceli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh brave new world that hath such manga in it!, 23 April 2007
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This is an excellent thing to own for any manga fan who wants to see just what great stuff can be done with this often underestimated medium, any Shakespeare fan wanting to see an interesting interpretation of the text or any student of Shakespeare looking for a highly enjoyable condensed version of the play.

The dialogue has been condensed a little, mostly very effectively, so that the text doesn't overwhelm the visuals, but keeping everything important, and the best lines, in place. What's special here though, are Vieceli's visuals. This is her best work yet, her sketchy, minimalist manga style has matured and come into it's own here, giving a dynamic, yet dreamy feel to the story. Every bit of emotional conflict seems to be caught in Hamlet's highly expressive eyes. More impressively, the dark humour and the subtexts of the play remain intact too, making it more than just 'Shakspeare for Kids'.

Definitely a triumph for the British manga scene.


Runaways Volume 2 HC (Oversized)
Runaways Volume 2 HC (Oversized)
by Brian K Vaughan
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still running strong!, 1 Jan. 2007
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Runaways is probably my favourite Marvel comic. It has distinctive artwork, a tight cast of characters and extremely sharp dialogue. The combination of Vaughan's fresh take on the superhero genre and his cheeky sense of humour combined with the subtle, delicate artwork of Alphona and the interlude of vibrant manga artwork of Miyazawa make it a real pleasure to read.

Though many people agree that the second volume lacks the direct, coherent narrative that volume one had, volume two is still extremely enjoyable. The gang get a new team member and have a number of encounters with familiar faces from the Marvel universe, from big-name stars like Wolverine, down to relative unknowns, like Turbo from the 'New Warriors'. Where it lacks the tight story of the first volume, the second makes up in character depth and interaction, as well as showing where the Runaways stand in relation to the rest of the Marvel universe. Despite this though, it can still be read with little or no prior knowledge of Marvel comics, and can even be read without volume one, though people who read volume one will enjoy it more.

In extras, this volume has the 'Free Comic Book Day' Runaways/Astonishing X-men crossover short, a section of BKV's original script for the comic, and some absolutely beautiful pieces from Alphona's sketchbook. The other advantage of this compilation over the little manga-sized digests is simply that the artwork looks great in the bigger size and on the high quality glossy paper!


Shutterbox: First School Quarter, Thomas and the Banshees v. 2
Shutterbox: First School Quarter, Thomas and the Banshees v. 2
by Tavisha
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Best American Manga I've ever read, 27 Oct. 2006
Shutterbox is so good, I took it to Japan with me when I went out to study there. It's a comic that I can't help getting drawn back to over and over again.
First off, the artwork. Rather than simply being a poor copy of the style of some other manga artist, using the same old overused screentones, it's drawn in a scratchy, detailed style and uses imaginative page compositions and CG effects. The simplicity of the characters' faces belies just how expressive they can be, and the lacy gothic clothing and intricately detailed architecture is just beautiful. Intead of being pretentious and writing the book from right to left, and putting the sound effects in Japanese katakana letters, Tavicat sensibly keeps everything in English and reading left to right, meaning that even if you're a total manga-newbie you won't be left in the dark about reading it.
Second point is the plot. It's wonderful. Dark, atmospheric, intricate, yet filled with unexpected humour and funny little asides. If you're a Literature freak, like me, you'll really enjoy some of the references it makes. Since the dialogue was written in English, not translated from Japanese, it reads smoothly, and the prose has a poetic quality that you don't often see in comics. [...]


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