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X52 Pro Flight Simulator Controller (PC)
X52 Pro Flight Simulator Controller (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great whilst it works, 23 May 2014
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For it's price range the X52pro is a very good stick in terms of feel and usability.
Whilst it is being replaced by the newer X55 Rhino, the single throttle & stick HOTAS X52pro still packs a great punch and if you are upgrading from a non throttle stick, should definitely be on your list of contenders if you can still find stock.

Plenty of buttons & hats
Reasonable stick accuracy with a light travel mechanism (stiffer as you reach extremities).
Twist stick for YAW
Sucker pads for sticking to desk

Not as accurate as more expensive sticks
Reliability issues
Plastic feel

When I first owned the stick it wa great, having come from the Saitek Fly5, the much smoother and less heavy stick movement made the world of difference in the Elite Dangerous Alpha build I was playing. All the HAT & Switch options meant that I could virtually ignore the keyboard and mouse.

Alas the dual stage trigger failed on me after 3 months and it started inheriting bad deadzones in the Lateral axis.

After contacting MadCatz (who asked me to deal with Amazon directly) I returned the stick and alas as there were no replacement units available, I received a full refund.

Loved the stick and probably would have been happy with a direct replacement, but quality issues are very much worth noting. I have since upgraded to the ThrustMaster Warthog.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD)
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Mac/PC CD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: 10.39

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay wins!, 29 July 2002
In a world where computer games are judged almost primarily on their looks, it is refreshing that Warcraft 3 is such a gem. Don't get me wrong, the graphics for Warcraft 3 are very nice indeed and the animations are also equally pleasurable; but this is no graphics fest and I am glad.
I have a Pentium 3 866 with a Geforce 2mx 32mb graphics card and I am running Windows 2000 and I have no problems jacking the graphics levels up to max.
The Gameplay is what makes this game so enjoyable. The 4 races (Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and Undead) are all quite different from each other in quite anumber of aspects, from how they gather resources to combat units and abilities. For instance, whilst 3 of the races hack down trees to gather lumber, the Night Elves accumulate wood without destroying the trees (though be it at a slower rate).
The Micromanagement has been kept to a minimum, gather Gold and Wood, build a force, go kill. But there are differences to most RTS games. The use of heroes is especially a good move as is adding 'creeps' (Neutral monsters) which defend gold mines and other neutral buildings and provide potential experience and magic items for your heroes.
An upkeep has also been itroduced so that a player with a large force of troops receives less gold from mining than the others to help stop the larger force from growing to the point where you will face wave upon wave of forces. This does however make players more aggressive in their playing nature, as you can no longer churn out masses of troops at a quick t'rate and in order to receive more money again, it is wise to harrass the enemy and lose a few troops in the process in order to reduce the upkeep.
The story is also a highlight to this game, but the real star is perhaps the Movie sequences which look almost equally impressive as the film Final Fantasy. The detail is just awsome.
In short this game is about fun, the humour element has been kept (keep clicking on your units to hear some humorous comments, just like in Warcraft 2). The online multiplayer system is very fair and allows you to be matched up with players of similar ability via levels of experienc, depending on your wins/losses ratio.
This game keeps you entertained and is not just eye candy, I whole heartedly reccomend it.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC CD)
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC CD)
Price: 4.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The force is strong with this one!, 22 April 2002
When being the 'N'th person to write a review, it is hard to say anything new. Never the less I shall strive to be at least informative.
Game play: This is definatly more of a single player game than multiplayer, I will go into MP a bit later on. Single player is nothing but fun. Be warned though that if you prefer to shoot your way through levels and sniper dumb enemies, then you might suffer here. Most maps are layed out so that the fighting is more intense and it is very easy to overrate your abilities and get blown to bits. The maps are usually large and sometimes require patience due to their size, I know a lot of players who prefer shorter maps and thus more scenery change.
Stormtroopers still have lousy aim by the way...
Graphics are reasonably impressive, but not groundbreaking, shadows tend to not work that well, e.g. being able to see the shadow of an opponent who is actually on a level above you.
System: A note to Windows 2000 users, I have a P3 866 and 192mb Ram (32mb graphics card) I still had to reduce screen resolution to 800x600 and put details down to high as opposed to very high, in order to run smoothly. I also recommend increasing your virtual memory. Only during very large battles did I experience slow down, in multiplayer with bots you may start getting a real problem.
The main reason this game stands out from the rest is simple, force powers + lightsaber. I soon found that I didn't use any other weapon (other than sniper rifle and repeater on occassion) other than the lightsaber, (mainly because without the saber defence of deflecting shots, you tend to get pasted by lots of people shooting at you when u use guns), and force powers such as grip and push, or pull...and you are so happy when u get force heal!
The Force powers are granted to you periodically, unlike Jedi Knight 1 which allowed you to choose between good or bad and relied on you earning points to put into powers. Here you get a mix of good and bad and have no choice as to when and how strong the powers come.
I do miss the movies from JK 1, here in JK2 you have cut scenes using the models, i guess this is just the trend now a days. (saves on actor costs!)
Multiplayer tends to be lightsaber orientated (thus close combat orientated) and soon becomes a click fest where the luckiest swing wins(though less campers I guess), thankfully you have the option in some multiplayer settings to duel with an opponent. this sets you and your oponent apart from the other players and allows you to fight until there is a winner without fear of 10 other players rushing you, the winner also regains full health afterwards, so that you don't have packs of hyenas waiting to finish off the victor of a duel. the multiplayer could also benefit from one or two more maps.
Personally it is more fun in single player mode as the force powers tend to not be as effective in multiplayer as against stormtroopers.
This is a game which keeps you playing the single player until your numb, but might lack longetivity due to an only slightly above average multiplayer set-up.
One note of praise: The music is fantatstic, nothing better than fighting AT-ST's and Stormtroopers galore to the sound of the Imperial March!!

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