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The Witcher 2 - Premium Edition (PC DVD)
The Witcher 2 - Premium Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by games-n-console-land
Price: 12.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this game..., 8 Jun 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Just finished the game there. It is definately the best RPG I have ever played! However there are some faults! The tutorial is very hard as you have few abilities in the start of the game and you have no idea how to approach combat even with the infuriating tutorial messages that pop up for like 2 seconds...

However this is easily remedied with a look in the manual or a bit of googling! Some other things like mutagens and creature information are completely unexplained! The combat is slightly clunky but still good! But the good points of this easily overshadow the bad, the graphics are gorgeous particularly in the tutorial section! However I was only able to play it on medium, you really need a new graphics card to put it up high, whereas I only have a 8800gt!

The story I thought was excellent due to absolutely flawless voice acting and excellent characters. This is the first game where I really actually cared about the characters and I mean a lot! The choices you can make affect game in a massive way and I was shocked at the choices presented to you, forget about the tiny choices bioware and the like present to you, these are on a whole other game changing level. The game had a few dull moments, especially in chapter two but when it was good, it was sooooo good! The ending was a let down to many as the final results of your choices are not revealed fully, I however am still happily dazed after the suprising choice you got to make at the end and Im confident all questions will be answered in the Witcher 3.

This is by far one of the best games I've ever played and I have played a whole lot of games.

Just go out and buy it, it is worth every penny.

The Fires Of Heaven: Book 5 of the Wheel of Time: 5/12
The Fires Of Heaven: Book 5 of the Wheel of Time: 5/12
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too many boring chapters, 30 Dec 2009
I really enjoyed the first four books of this series but now that I've gotten to the fifth they seem to be flagging. The only exciting chapters are the ones detailing the adventures of Rand and Mat. Nynaeves, Elaynes and Egwenes chapters are terribly boring and mostly involve them commenting on "stupid" or "stubborn" men or complaining about "revealing bodices" or some such claptrap. This kind of stuff was peppered throughout the first four books and I thought they'd be through with this stuff by now but instead Jordan ups the anty and every second sentence involving the girls merely involves them complaining about men, they're clothes, or eachother. The constant moaning of the female characters does not make for exciting reading and the parts that take place in tel'ahnriod(if thats how you spell it) are probably the most boring yet. The relationships the female characters have with their male counterparts are quite ridiculous too, Nynaeve and Elayne who've been travelling with Thom and Juilin in the book for months somehow manage not to become friends with them and instead still view them as "stupid men".

The simple fact is that without any chapters dedicated to Perrin whos adventures were by far the most exciting in the previous book make this one seem incredibly boring and slow paced thanks to the terrible moaning of other characters. I've found myself skimming through paragraphs looking for something interesting for the first time in the series.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but not everyones cup of tea, 30 Dec 2009
An excellent book and the start of my favorite all time series.

Martins use of differnt viewpoints in each chapter is a bit disorientating at first but after a while you get the hang of it. The characters he creates are excellent, you really hate the evil ones and really get to love some of the others. But you should be warned that he has no problem killing them off when he wants to. Its not for kids either theres lots of sex and violence, theres no Rober Jordan complaining about "bodices being too revealing" here lol.

I've noticed from the 1 and 2 star reviews some of the problems people have with the book and to be honest they are ridiculous. For one thing a lot of people are complaining how Martin has been compared to Tolkien by some reviewers. As a result of this they thought that somehow his books were going to be identical to the Lord of the Rings, of course they couldn't be more different but instead of blaming their misconceptions on the critics who made the claim or on themselves for not reading a full review of the book they instead blame Martin lol. Anyone going to by this book should realise Martin is not JRR Tolkien and his writing style and the world he has created are completely different, you wont find much elves or orcs or magic in the seven kingdoms(although as the series progresses the fantasty element does begin to grow).

People also seem to have a problem with his characters, saying they couldn't connect with them or that they didnt like any of them, this is because Martins characters are not the black and white characters of Tolkien or Jordan, there are shades of grey here. I however can't understand how someone can't like the character of Tyrion or Ned or fail to hate cersei etc. Also someone actually claimed that the characters were sexist, I don't know how they managed to arrive at this conclusion but maybe they expected lots of Jordanesque "foolish man" talk or some such (which along with talk of bodices being too revealing seems to be half his books lol even though I still enjoy them). The world he has created is an imitation of the medieval period where women were second class citizens but there is no lack of strong female characters and as the series progresses they play more and more of a prominent role.

In conclusion read this book if you want something refreshing, exciting and with lots of twists, but you should realise that this is not an imitation of other fantasy works, Martin takes the fantasy genre in a new direction so if your looking for the same old quest based good versus evil storyline you will be dissapointed.

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