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OTHELLO
OTHELLO

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and dependable, 9 Feb. 2015
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A good solid set with easy access storage for the game pieces, some of which are slightly badly molded. All in all well worth the price.


Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
Offered by 24/7 DIRECT
Price: £20.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice teaser, but lacking depth, 9 Feb. 2015
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A good starting place for people wanting to try roleplaying games for the first time, but severely lacking as part of an ongoing adventuring toolset. I'd recommend this pack for people wanting to test their feet before plunging into the Star Wars roleplaying universe, for experienced gamers the kit is only really useful for the set of custom dice you get with it.


Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG Beginner Game
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG Beginner Game
Offered by Euro Games
Price: £23.13

4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting place for people wanting to try roleplaying games ..., 9 Feb. 2015
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A good starting place for people wanting to try roleplaying games for the first time, but severely lacking as part of an ongoing adventuring toolset. I'd recommend this pack for people wanting to test their feet before plunging into the Star Wars roleplaying universe, for experienced gamers the kit is only really useful for the set of custom dice you get with it.


Settlers 7 (PC DVD)
Settlers 7 (PC DVD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £3.99

1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could recommend the gameplay, but I never got as far as experiencing it, 9 Feb. 2015
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After having to install supplementary software (such as Uplay) and bearing through countless updates I found that the game simply wouldn't run on my computer. No real help was available as it simply crashes as soon as you try to run it, after sitting through the Uplay adverts trying to sell you other Ubisoft games of course.


Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Skull Edition (Xbox 360)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Skull Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Pirate's Life For Me, 9 Nov. 2014
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For a game which is supposed to be about assassins, this game spends an awful amount of time at sea. In fact the majority of your time will most likely be spent behind the mast, racing down ship laden with cargo or taking on pirate hunters sent to hunt you down.

Don't get me wrong, the ship navigation and combat in this game is wonderfully paced, with angles of fire needing to be found to cause as much damage to your targets as possible while at the same time avoiding incoming fire returned by your enemies. THe only thing is, this game seems far more to be a piracy simulator than one for an assassin.

Even the brief plot set in contemporary times seems to lack something as the unnamed protagonist works within Abstergo to discover the secret behind the games development company. Without a strong protagonist to root for, I found myself caring little for the wanderings and hackings of the 'real world' compared to the fun and plunder of the pirate's life.

Overall this is a wonderful naval adventure, but I can't help but feel the title 'Assassin's Creed' doesn't really fit, and that this game may have been more appropriately launched as a solo title rather than being tagged onto the rest of the series.


Batman: Arkham Origins Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)
Batman: Arkham Origins Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)

4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Arkham City, 9 Nov. 2014
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If you enjoyed Arkham City, then you'll also like Arkham Origins. Maybe not quite as much, as a lot of the action seems to be retreading over the same material as we've seen before, only with a slightly larger canvass and a few different opponents.

The main improvement over the previous game is the boss fights against each of the assassins sent for Batman's head. Each one tests specific skills and abilities, forcing you to learn exactly what your character is capable of. When they said your enemies make you what you are, you can really see what they meant.

Overall though most of the action seems to simply repeat the same actions as seen before, with hunting for Riddler clues, finding side missions via the radio and eavesdropping on the locals, and even the side investigations, which don't really inspire much original thought. The crime scene investigations are a nice feature, but seem a little limited in their operation, with most clues highlighted for you as soon as you activate the system, leading to little actual work needed to solve the puzzles.

All in all Arkham Origins is a nice wander through familiar territory, skillfully using the same tools as the previous games, but lacks anything new or innovative enough to rise it about its predecessor.


XCOM Enemy Within (Xbox 360)
XCOM Enemy Within (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £7.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Time to break out the heavy guns!, 9 Nov. 2014
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While at first there seems to be very little different about this upgrade to the original game, what is there adds a lot to the already enjoyable game.

The extra elements of human forces to be tracked down with and dealt with are an amusing distraction, but at the end of the day are too easily overcome to pose a serious threat to your main operation. In a way it's a shame that they weren't toughened up so as to act as a recurring menace throughout the campaign, but as they are the opponents provide some useful intel to help with your R&D efforts.

The new exo-suits make a very valuable addition, especially since they can provide upgrades to those members of your force not gifted with psychic powers. In the previous version I usually fired these people in order to make room on my roster for the psychics, but now skilled combatants can be upgraded with heavier weapons, support equipment and mobility options which enable them to act as a linchpin for your forces, covering the softer psychics as they move into position and covering them as they break out their mental bag of tricks.

The alien DNA augmentations also make for powerful tools in the field, each with its own useful features and bonuses in order to strengthen your team and turn them into highly adaptive and creative tools.


Lovely Bronze Night Owl Pendant Necklace Chain Quartz Clock Pocket Watch Gift
Lovely Bronze Night Owl Pendant Necklace Chain Quartz Clock Pocket Watch Gift
Offered by highqualityforyou
Price: £3.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Hardwearing and pretty, 9 Nov. 2014
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A wonderful little timepiece with smoothly opening hinged doors protecting the clock face and overall robust construction which will ensure the mechanism is kept safe.

My only concern is access to the watch battery, as the rear panel is very snugly fitted and doesn't appear to be easily removable, but hopefully that won't become a problem for some time yet.


Marvel's Avengers: Battle For Earth
Marvel's Avengers: Battle For Earth
Offered by Monsterbuy
Price: £19.50

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3.0 out of 5 stars Simply innovative, 6 April 2013
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While the touch screen controls for a fighting game are an interesting and innovative idea, the range of attacks is incredibly limited for the various characters.

Each has only three 'special' attacks, a ranged attack and a 'kick' melee attack. The basic pattern of the game works similarly to Rock-Paper-Scissors with combatants having to spot the wind of of their opponent's powers in order to use the appropriate counter to maximise damage to their target while avoid taking any yourself. While this is challenging at first, it soon makes battles far easier than other fighting games, letting you easily roll over lower difficulty battles without breaking a sweat.


Transformers Prime (Nintendo Wii U)
Transformers Prime (Nintendo Wii U)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 6 April 2013
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Nice game, but the single-player storyline mode seems little too short. Just as you're getting a handle of the characters involved everything's over and finished.

Having said that the replay value on this short game is still there, with unlockable characters and gallery items for achieving certain targets and objectives in missions, and the 'boss fight' battles give enough of a challenge to keep a gamer coming back for more.


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