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Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Offered by bid2win-ltd
Price: £19.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good fun and not to be taken seriously, 24 Jan. 2015
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Seriously, well that's not a word to use in relation to Sunset Overdrive.

I will try not to spoil anything

First off, the story, it takes the mick out of video games, gamers and itself throughout, but not in a nasty or an offensive way and it will bring a smile to your face. It also takes the mick out of various social stereotypes in a way which is very amusing, but may be a little harsh.
This an early spoiler, but for instance the tutorial mission, the protagonist asks a grizzled veteran with a gun why he's just standing there telling her to hit enemies with a crowbar instead of actually helping (remind you of any games at all... ever?)

The enemies are a very wide group and very lethal, getting caught on the ground or standing means death in this game, so the new traversal system is something you need to get to grips with and quickly. It is a little difficult to start, but you can get the hang of it without too many problems farily quickly and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun too.

Thirdly, your arsenal. It is simply bonkers, the first gun you get is an incendiary shotgun with a couple of spherical loading cartridges just next to the trigger and called the "Flaming Compensator", I will leave what that represents to your imagination, or for you to play the game. Most of the weapons are even more insane and feel like they belong in Worms, my favourite being a launcher that fires teddy bear time bombs stuffed with TNT. Most of the weapons are insane and work with the general crazy theme of the game.

Graphically the map is very bright and full of some odd images, but it is diverse between each area and it always feels fresh, the map is a similar size to the city in the Batman Arkam City and Arkham Origins games, maybe a little larger (if that helps).

The only drawback is that I just don't care about the characters, they are very 2 dimensional and the story has few memorable missions, most of them blur into "kill zombies in as many crazy ways as you can", but in each mission there are moments that will make you laugh. Also most of the missions are pretty short.

On the whole the game is well worth buying for any less than £30, and if you love video games, you will love this, even if you see yourself in the humourous but derrogatory comments.

It is a lot of fun.

The Crew (Xbox One)
The Crew (Xbox One)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £19.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good game, but it's arcady, and at times infuriating, 24 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Crew (Xbox One) (Video Game)
It is an arcady racer with a huge map and a fair bit of car customisation.

I will compare The Crew with Forza Horizon 2, if you want, I have a review of that too, and Horizon 2 is better.

Graphically, The Crew is good, and the cars and environments are nice and diverse, but I can't praise the graphics as being as good as Horizon.
The driving mechanics are very arcady and feel similar to Test Drive Unlimited 2, they aren't as bad as some reviews say, certainly not as bad as "Watchdogs" driving, but from a next gen game based around driving, you want a good driving mechanic and this is only "not bad".

The map in this game is simply phenominally huge, I have played well in excess of 15 hours now, and I can honestly say I haven't explored half of the roads of one of the regions. The exploration is fun, but there is simply too much, yes you get to drive different terrains and the cars respond slightly differently on different terrains, but it just doesn't feel true enough at times, and although the vistas and landscapes are beautiful driving to them mars the game a little for me. The Map is easily 6 times the size of Horizon's but it doesn't allow you to drive relatively quickly from one environment to another, if you start in a city it will take you ten minutes just to leave that city, that being said the cities are immersive and representative of some of the biggest american cities, and you feel small in them, which is good from that perspective. For the reason that it takes too long to get anywhere in the Crew, Horizon is better in my opinion.

One other thing that bugs me is The Crew tries to force you to enter into a crew and play as a team, as such there are certain missions that you just can't do by yourself, mainly the Raid and Escape type missions, as they require you to work as a team either to smash or split up opponents and enable you to each escape, so you can't really play it alone.
That and the AI is both stupid and belligerent, it has an impossible catch up ability and in Escape type missions police or gang enemies will spawn randomly right in front of you just as you think you are safe. It is infuriating at times.

The Crew does have a more diverse range of missions and it feels very mission oriented based on a story line that encourages you to play missions rather than just racing or time trials, and it is enough to engage you as a part of a team, but it isn't a social as Forza and on the whole it simply isn't as fun.

On the whole it is a good game and it is fun to play, but since I picked up Horizon 2, The Crew has not been played on my Xbox, it's easily worth the £25 I paid for it, but I would not buy it for full price.

Dragon Age Inquisition (Xbox 360)
Dragon Age Inquisition (Xbox 360)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £27.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, but get it on next gen, 24 Jan. 2015
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This game is magnificent, but on the Xbox 360 or PS3 it struggles.
Graphically, it is good, but there are issues as the Xbox 360 and PS3 can't quite hack it, so you get some odd textures on characters faces and some frame rate drops or late loading textures.
I don't want to ruin the story, but it is very well crafted and you feel for all of the characters (as with all bioware games) and it takes a long time to complete, so you build up relationships with your "Inner Circlee". There is a lot of darkness in the game, but the few light moments are well felt and much appreciated.
My main issue... loading times, each time you travel to a different area, each time you enter a cut scene or boss battle, each time a major event happens you immediately get a loading screen forr 15 seconds, then everything goes black for at least another 15, sometimes up to a whole minute, and for me, it is serious enough to knock 2 stars off the game on the Xbox 360 or PS3.

I stand by that whilst you are actually playing the game, the combat, the drama, the music and the story are all absolutely top notch, but you spend a quarter of your time in loading screens or with half rendered graphics.

Definitely, definitely get Dragon Age Inquisition, but for the love of god, get it on an Xbox One, PS4 or Computer.

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One)
Offered by Shopplay
Price: £28.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge, beautiful and absorbing, 24 Jan. 2015
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This game is excellent, the graphics are stunning, the driving is excellent and every car feels different.
Note: I will fold in some comparative analysis of Forza Horizon 2 and the Crew.

I have loved the Forza games since Forza Motorsport 2, when it first came to the Xbox 360 and this is no exception.

The driving mechanics are great, a little bit less realistic than Forza 5, which is heavily track based, but this is an open world game where the emphasis is about going out and having fun on the roads of Eastern France and North West Italy. The landscapes are beautifully rendered and everything runs so smoothly, it is a real sight to see. It is so much more responsive and believable than The Crew.

The in-car view is excellent, and the only way I drive, the mirrors all work, but I have one small niggle, turning the right thumbstick to look around doesn't move your drivers head around to look at the mirrors or out of the back window, but it throws the camera outside of the car, which ruins the continutiy a bit for me.

I love the new Drivatar system, the game learns how you race in certain cars and which race types and translates that style into your Drivatar, so when you are racing, without your friends, you have a representation of their driving style to drive against which works pretty well, likewise they have a representation of you. A friend of mine has commented on my unconventional style of overtaking through wider haripin turns and how my Drivatar does the same thing, and I have been barged as aggressively offroad by his Drivatar as by him.
That isn't to say you can't drive with real people, you can and it is a lot of fun too. (You do have to go through about 45 minutes of tutorials first though).

For continuing fans of the series, the game provides you with a free car for each previous Forza title you have played, these include the Dodge Viper SRT-10, Mercedes CLK and the Austin Mini, which is a nice touch.

Onto the driving, this game has a good mix of road surfaces, and conditions, I think it's the first Forza with rain, and the road surfaces genuinely change pretty accurately, offroading on a dirt track becomes slower and your car can get stuck if you're too slow or not careful for instance and if you take a corner in a supercar far too fast and drive over a puddle, you loose all control of the car. The game really teaches you to be careful.
As with previous Forza games there is also a large array of options for driving assists (or hinderences) and you are rewarded for not using them with additional money and experience at the end of each race. These assists include a proposed racing line, traction control, automatic/manual/manual (with clutch) gearbox a stablity management system, anti-lock brakes and a variety of other tweaks, most of which get in the way anyway (I advise using only the ABS) but this makes it easier or harder to play as you like and it is a good way to make the game accessible to all.

So far I have raised a lot of good points and I think there are a couple of flaws:

Firstly, there is only a generic mix of recent Hip-hop, Dubstep, R&B and Electro on the tracklist, which I personally am not overly fond of, that being said I can drive with the in game radio off and just listen to the roar of my car's engine more than happily or put the real radio on, either works. Comparing this with the Crew, The Crew does (in my opinion) have a more diverse and better range of music, but that is a minor niggle at Forza, as the driving and the love of cars remains at the core of Forza.

Secondly, like the first Horizon, the map is big, but it's not huge, there's plenty of space for diversity or racing styles too, but you can travel it all quickly. When compared to 'The Crew', which is at the moment Horizon 2's only direct competition Horizon feels tiny, but that isn't such a bad thing, as The Crew is just too big.

Third, the pop-in tutorial announcers, they pop up every single time something new happens, and there is no way to skip or read their innane chatter instead. On a couple of occasions they have talked about something I didn't know, and there was no way to get the tutorial to re-play, but for the most part they just get in the way and you are forced to listen to either a man or woman talk at you about the most obvious things in the game whilst forcibly paused.

Although I have those three gripes, the game is so much fun to play and I still can't give it less than 5*s, I wholeheartedly recommend buying it.

The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight
The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight
by Dave Myers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The book is well written with some really nice recipes, I can't fault it, 16 Dec. 2014
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Bought it as a gift for Dad.
He wanted to lose weight without too much pressure.
The book is well written with some really nice recipes, I can't fault it.

Halo: Reach Limited Collectors Edition (Xbox 360)
Halo: Reach Limited Collectors Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Still great!, 6 Nov. 2014
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I can't believe I haven't reviewed this earlier.

I pre-ordered this game when it first came out and I am still playing it with friends frequently (Nov 2014).

The story is great and it's nice not to be S.117. The Multiplayer is also brilliant.

Destiny (Xbox 360)
Destiny (Xbox 360)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £24.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Base Game but don't get DLC, 6 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Destiny (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The game itself is excellent, the graphics are fantastic, the co-op element is done so well, but I have issues with the announced DLC.

The issues are that Destiny have promised so much and delivered a lot of it, there is an enjoyable and immersive set of worlds, the story though is just about enough to allow you to get to the next wave of shooting baddies.

The DLC that has been proposed is also a complete con, for maybe an hour and a half's worth of play, without even adding a new planet, they will charge you an additional £13 and all of the exclusive bonuses are on the PS4.

I love the base game, but it is a turn off.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition (Xbox 360)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Enhanced Edition (Xbox 360)

5.0 out of 5 stars A tough but rewarding game if you've got the patience., 6 Nov. 2014
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A rich and engrossing story with excellent characters and a lot of dry sarcastic wit.
CD Projekt Red haven't tried to pander to a mass audience, it's a tough game with a good story which does explore adult themes but I would not approve of playing it in the proximity of children.
It's an RPG that makes you think, the combat takes a while to get used to but it is so rewarding.

Mercury 350.103 TMR-1 Timer Switch
Mercury 350.103 TMR-1 Timer Switch
Price: £6.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you expect, 6 Nov. 2014
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I brought this to make the price of another item up to a tenner.
It's exactly what you would expect & cheap, so can't fault it.

Offered by Lettuce Eat
Price: £10.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Not "Silent" but worth the money, 6 Nov. 2014
It's not dead silent but it's quiet enough & heats a 30 square metre room easily in 5 minutes and the price is low.
I can't complain.

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