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USB Gamepad / Joypad for PC XP/Vista/Windows 7 - Dual Shock Vibration Feedback
USB Gamepad / Joypad for PC XP/Vista/Windows 7 - Dual Shock Vibration Feedback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plays just like an official PlayStation pad, 24 May 2010
Though I don't often play console-type games on my PC, there are a couple of games I've recently started to play which really require a joypad. I found this one which seemed to have some decent reviews for the price, and decided to order it. It arrived really quickly and well-packaged, and fully met and even exceeded my expectations.

It feels just like a regular PS2 joypad to hold and play. It has a good weight, which often is not the case with these 'cheap' pads, and all the buttons are in the right place and feel the same, though they are labelled a little differently, and the analog sticks are really smooth.

It worked immediately without having to do any driver installation on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04.

There are two problems I've had with the pad. One is that I haven't been able to get the vibration to work. The second is that when setting it up some of the buttons seem to be swapped around. However, these two problems could well be bugs/limitations in the software I am using (a PlayStation emulator), so I can't really knock the pad for this.

So all-in-all, well worth the money and I am very pleased with it.
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Doctor Who: The Graves of Mordane: The Darksmith Legacy: Book Two: The Graves of Mordane Bk 2
Doctor Who: The Graves of Mordane: The Darksmith Legacy: Book Two: The Graves of Mordane Bk 2
by Colin Brake
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but worthwhile, 1 May 2009
While this book doesn't hold your attention for very long - a few hours is the most an adult reader would need to read cover to cover - it's still entertaining with a lot of story packed in. The story itself covers 110 pages in fairly large type, with some Activity and 'TARDIS data bank' pages interspersed.

The puzzles are very childish and take only a few seconds to figure out - but it's still satisfying when the Doctor announces his answer and it corresponds with your own!

The TARDIS data bank pages again are aimed at children so don't go into any depth about the subjects they cover (the planet Mordane and Places of Burial are the two double page TDB's in this installment) but are interesting nontheless.

The kids'll definitely love it - especially with the added online content - but it's certainly not a waste of money for the older fans and nicely fills a rainy day.


Collins Spanish Dictionary (Collins Complete and Unabridged): Complete & Unabridged
Collins Spanish Dictionary (Collins Complete and Unabridged): Complete & Unabridged
by NA
Edition: Hardcover

120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy any other!, 19 Feb 2006
If you wan a Spanish dictionary don't look any further. Seriously, don't. This is a fantastic dictionary.
Each word is given with its full meanings, and put into context for easier understanding. Some words which have lots of uses have huge sections with plenty of examples so you don't get confused. Some commonly mixed up words, like 'por' and 'para' have an explanation of when each should be used.
Loads of usage examples, very accurate, and almost every word you could think of. I've said it once, but I'll say it again - don't buy any other Spanish dictionary. It's the best.


Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)
Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best management sim ever!, 19 Feb 2006
I haven't played a football management game for a while, and I wasn't sure what to expect. The ones I had played in the past were either impossibly difficult or embarrasingly easy. This was neither.
It's easy to get into - everything really explains itself, and there's an excellent printed manual and in-game help section if you're not sure.
To the football. You can't just buy all the best players and expect to win every match. It takes time, patience, and a lot of tinkering to get your team right. Lots of tactics for the team and each player, and loads of stats for the players.
An amazing number of leagues - though you won't want to choose them all unless you're prepared to wait (or you have a 10GHz processor!). I'm playing as Hull City at the minute, and I'm stuck in a relegation fight. There are some upsets and freakish results - but they don't appear often. It's very realistic.
Both the assistant and the scouts have a part to play unlike in some other games.
One thing that isn't so good is the training - what you can get your players to do is not very in-depth, but you can review individual players' training in minute detail.
That's the only bad thing about an otherwise excellent game.


Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition 2006 Calendar (Gollancz S.F.)
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition 2006 Calendar (Gollancz S.F.)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Calendar

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!, 19 Feb 2006
This wasn't what I expected - it's better! A huge calendar with some top-quality illustrations which portray some favourite Discworld scenes really well. There's a short bio of each illustrator, too, which is a nice addition. Probably not one for the non-Discworld fan, though.


The European Book of Football 2005/2006: A Comprehensive Guide to the Continental Game
The European Book of Football 2005/2006: A Comprehensive Guide to the Continental Game
by Mike Hammond
Edition: Paperback
Price: 21.87

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality!, 19 Feb 2006
When it says 'Comprehensive' in the title, it really does mean it! The book starts with a lengthy, but interesting, round-by-round review of both the Champions League and UEFA Cup, with full results and goalscorers (qualifying rounds too).
The largest section of the book concentrates individually on each UEFA nation - all 52 of them. An in-depth review of the domestic league and national team complements the statistics and puts them into context. These stats include:
* line-ups and goalscorers for each international game and european club match
* league table (with both home, away and total records),
* club-by-club results
* player stats for each club (only goalscorers for a few of the smaller nations)
* second level final tables
* some photos (though these are black and white and sparse)
The middle section features 72 glossy, colour pages, including a map of Europe showing the location of each UEFA country, individual country maps showing where each top-division club is, international kits, flag, and badge, and top-division club badges (only 4 or 5 are omitted).
Then there's a few pages reviewing the winners and losers - who's qualified for European competition, who's been relegated, and who's been promoted in each league.
The next section is 'The Directory', which gives contact details for each national FA and club.
And finally the 100 best players of last season - a review, comprehensive stats and a small photo for each of them.
A must for any football fan! A terrific read!


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