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Sony MDRZX300R.AE Outdoor Headband Headphones - Red
Sony MDRZX300R.AE Outdoor Headband Headphones - Red

4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound for those on a tight budget, 17 Dec. 2013
To say that these are only around £13 - £15 the sound quality of these is fantastic. They really do sound brilliant with plenty of bass but not to a point where everything is just drowned out. The sound gets top marks. They also look pretty cool too.

Unfortunately, the cheap price comes with a couple of negative points. They do look good but they feel quite cheap with a slightly creaky feel to the plastic casing and pivoting sections. Also, if you want noise cancelling then you will need to move up to the ZX600s instead. I wouldn't want to use these whilst on a noisy bus or train because I would feel the need to turn the volume up, which would mean annoying other passengers with that irritating tinny noise you hear from other peoples headphones.

For the price these headphones are great. If you're on a tight budget the ZX300s are great, but if possible you should try and stretch slightly to the ZX600.

Sony Fashion Over-Ear Headphones for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black
Sony Fashion Over-Ear Headphones for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black
Offered by Picsio
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphones at a fantastic price., 17 Dec. 2013
I recently broke a set of Sony ZX300 headphones. This was extremely annoying but I was so impressed with them that I was going to get another set. Instead though I thought I would try a step up from them to see what difference it made. I'm glad I did too because these ZX600 headphones are great.

The sound quality is fantastic surpassing even the ZX300. They also have the extra bonus of blocking out external noise and not having the slightly creaky feel of the plastic ZX300s, (those were the only two problems I had with the ZX300s).

The noise cancelling works well both ways. I can't hear much of the outside world and the outside world can't hear whatever I'm listening to. I hate listening to the annoying tinny beat of someone else's headphones and so don't want to inflict it on anyone else myself.

They are also extremely comfortable. As I said, the ZX300s are a bit creaky and felt quite cheap whereas the ZX600s feel far superior, much more comfortable, and don't creak.

For around £30 I think these headphones are brilliant. If you're on a tight budget the ZX300s are great, but if possible you should try and stretch slightly to these ones instead. If you're not on a tight budget then why waste an extortionate amount of money on a set of headphones with a trendy name, (Dr Dre Beats), that don't actually sound that much different.

Bravely Default (3DS)
Bravely Default (3DS)
Price: £31.99

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rpg for ages, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Bravely Default (3DS) (Video Game)
Despite having a pretty stupid title this game is quite possibly one on the best role playing games (rpg) I have played in a long time. Unfortunately, I imagine that the bizarre title may actually put some people off buying it because it just sounds too odd. Anyone that has read any reviews or heard anything about this game will know that it has been getting a lot of positive things said about it. All these comments are justified too.

This game follows a familiar format in that your little group of people travels around the world in an attempt to prevent some sort of cataclysmic disaster. Along the way you meet numerous characters, both good and evil, and have to carry out tasks to advance the story. The story in this game is a good one which I won't spoil for you here. All I will say is that it is worth reading / listening to the dialogue in the little scenes as it is well written, well voice acted, and is interesting, useful, sad, funny... just read it instead of skipping it okay.

Also following a familiar route is the random battle format and experience / skill building system. However, the tried and tested turn based battle system does have a twist that can dramatically affect how things turn out. You can save up your moves whilst defending from the enemy to use all in one go. So you could save up the moves of your healing character whilst the others are in good health in case they have to heal multiple characters at once, or you could save up and hit a foe multiple times when it keeps healing itself regularly. Alternatively, you can gamble and use future turns to get multiple hits / heals. Doing this means that you can't do anything until those future turns have been counted down which can leave you vulnerable. The balance of risk against reward when saving up moves or using them early can be a fine one but it is a system that works incredibly well and adds something fresh to the rpg genre.

Levelling up characters is pretty addictive due to the job system. There a loads of job classes to unlock and each one has its own pros and cons. There are skills that automatically take effect for each class and others that are used in battle and the as you gain experience from battles the level of your character and the level of the job class increases. You can change classes at any time outside of battle but you get better and better abilities at higher job class levels. So, do you go for a balanced character with loads of job abilities that they can switch between or do you concentrate on having fewer, more powerful abilities? Decisions, decisions! It never really gets to the point where there is so much to choose from that things just get confusing and frustrating though.

One aspect that could be slightly frustrating for some players is the side game where you rebuild a village. By getting streetpass hits from anyone else with this game you gain extra villagers to rebuild the village quicker. This means that anyone who rarely gets streetpass hits will not reap the benefits from higher levels shops / armouries etc... that can be a big help in the main game. This is only a minor thing though and shouldn't spoil things too much.

Overall, this game is fantastic! It plays well, is challenging, interesting, funny, exciting, gorgeous to look at, awesome to listen to, lengthy, and just brilliant in general. The best rpg for a long time.

Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Man
Price: £2.92

3.0 out of 5 stars OK... but predictable, cliched, and a little cheesey., 2 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Gingerbread Man (Kindle Edition)
My wife downloaded this to my kindle instead of her own by mistake. I gave it a go though after seeing the reviews. I'm not sure whether I should have bothered really.

Kids getting kidnapped and killed / Cop with psychological problems / Small town where nothing bad ever happens / Woman with psychological problems / bizarre coincidences relating to said woman / blossoming relationship between psych problem man and psych problem woman / possible suspect that is too guilty looking to be guilty / twists that are so naff that you can see what's going to happen way in advance / mad rush before the next kid dies / sharp intake of breath (unless you predicted who it was ages before) as the killer is revealed... and so on... it's just sooooo predictable.

It's not a particularly "bad" book, it's actually fairly enjoyable in a cheesey way. I found myself imagining it being played out as a straight to TV movie with bad acting and poor production values. There was no tension, no suspense, no surprise at cleverly placed twists. It was too predictable for any of that to be given a chance.

It's OK, but extremely forgettable.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Level99Games
Price: £16.25

5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic., 28 Nov. 2013
The Zelda games have always been great. I've played them since Links Awakening was released on the GameBoy in the early nineties and loved them all. Ocarina of Time on the 3DS was a masterpiece so this new adventure has some large shoes to fill.

Firstly, A Link Between Worlds (ALBW) reverts back to the old "view from above" style instead of a rotating fully 3 dimensional world. Some may scoff at this as a step backwards but I think that what matters is whether the game plays well. Fancy 3D graphics do not make a game great. However, even with the top down view ALBW still looks gorgeous. There is still a certain old school look about it but it has been given an update with smooth, clear graphics and plenty of detail and colour. The 3D can be used to make it look a little more solid instead of flat but it is not needed. In fact, I think the developers even modified the game slightly so that certain parts of the game would still work well when played on the recently released 2DS which doesn't have the 3D ability. Personally I think it looks fantastic whether you have the 3D on or not.

The sound is great and is up-to-date with the music being just as brilliant as ever. There's not much more to say other than it's a great game to listen to as well as play.

Now the most important bit... the gameplay. No need to worry at all in this department as it plays beautifully. The controls work incredibly well. I never found myself struggling to get past a certain area due to awkward, fiddly controls. The thumb stick moves link around, the d-pad moves the view to see things that are slightly off screen, the ABXY buttons use items and weapons, the shoulder buttons use shield and dash abilities, and the touch screen is used to select which items to use and view the map and equipment details.
The adventure itself is fun to work through and Links ability to go flat on walls like a painting certainly works. I was worried that it would be a lame idea but it adds a new dimension to puzzles, (literally). The puzzles are mainly the same sort that have proved to be successful through the Zelda series... hit switch to activate platform, find hidden key to open locked door, raise and lower water levels etc... any Zelda fan knows the drill. I found that the puzzles ranged from pretty obvious to slightly frustrating, but were never brain bendingly difficult. There needs to be a certain challenge, but not to the point where you just get annoyed and never play it again.
There are also a few mini games and challenges to find along the way as to be expected from a Zelda game. These are fun and add something a little different to do when you're stuck or between dungeons.

I will say that ALBW doesn't feel anywhere near as BIG as the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo 3DS) or Twilight Princess but I think that is purely down to the reverting back to the top down view. You don't get the epic scale feeling as you do in a huge 3D cavern. However, that doesn't mean that this is not a great game. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is one of my favourite Zelda games. Those who NEED fancy graphics to enjoy a game may not agree with me, but looks aren't everything.

Zombie Fallout 7 For The Fallen
Zombie Fallout 7 For The Fallen
Price: £3.74

5.0 out of 5 stars New twists and turns. Bring on book 8,, 13 Nov. 2013
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It was a sad moment when I finished Zombie Fallout 6 and thought that was the end of the series. Fortunately, Mr Tufo decided to continue it by writing part 7 and it's a brilliant continuation of the series.
With the death of Eliza the zombies are no longer under her control so things start to change slightly. Zombie behaviour begins to alter in a worrying way which means that Mike Talbot and his group need to work differently too.

The main characters return and continue with their usual comical banter which should make fans of the series laugh just as much as previously. However, there is also a degree of sadness too and because fans have grown to love the central figures they feel more real and therefore the sadness feels real. It's not a case of just another person suffering in a horror story and then moving on to the next victim.

Other characters make a return in plots running alongside and merging into that of Mikes. These other side stories are really well written into the main story. The story of Trip is great with plenty of laughs alongside the tension of the apocalypse. You can't help but love him and carry on turning the e-pages desperately hoping that he comes out of each scrape in one brain addled piece... somehow. Doc and Porkchop also make a return. Probably the most hated human in the series, Mrs Deneaux, is also included and her story starts to get very interesting indeed. It seems she has quite a back story to learn about. The way these stories pan out adds whole new possibilities for future additions to the series which could go on and on for ages... which is great.

Mr Tufo also does his usual trick of linking all his books together. There is reference to his book about Dr Hugh Mann in Fallout 3.5 and even the excellent non-zombie themed Callis Rose. There is also possibly a tiny link to the Book of Riley stories. I'm not certain but it seemed like a clue as to what happens to Riley and her crew. It was a just a comment aimed towards Justin. I imagine that Mr Tufo won't want to give too much away though as it would spoil future Riley books.

Yet another great book by Mark Tufo. He just seems to get better and better as he writes more and more. Bring on book 8.

Lego Friends 41019 Turtle's Little Oasis
Lego Friends 41019 Turtle's Little Oasis
Offered by Game-Front
Price: £6.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Fab little pocket money Lego set, 8 Nov. 2013
Lego Friends is fantastic. It's perfect for girls and these small sets are just right for pocket money size toys, little extra treats for the kids or christmas stocking fillers.
And as always it's well made and will last years, (assuming it doesn't go up the vacuum cleaner!).

NERF Rebelle Guardian Crossbow
NERF Rebelle Guardian Crossbow
Offered by Surplus Trade Supplies
Price: £15.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great toy for girls.... Not so much fun for Dad as the target!, 8 Nov. 2013
Having bought the Nerf Rebelle Bow and loved it my daughter wanted the crossbow too. I'm sure it was so that she could shoot me six times faster. Oh well, I suppose that's what Dads are for.

It's really well made and should stand up to being bashed about a bit. It's also easy to use and apparently looks "dead cool" and "well awesome".

I think these Girly Nerf toys are a fantastic idea, especially with the whole Hunger Games phenomenom. My mini Katniss Everdeen loves them and I'm sure I'll not be too psychologically damaged by repeatedly getting shot by little sponge darts.
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Lycan Fallout:  Rise Of The Werewolf
Lycan Fallout: Rise Of The Werewolf
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new horror series with old favourites., 23 Oct. 2013
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Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout series was fantastic. I'm yet to read book 7 at this time but definitely will get it. So where could Mark go next. He's done zombies, aliens, a mind controlling teenage girl, and even talking dogs, cat and baby.

Werewolves would seem to be the next step and this new series picks up on the story of Mike Talbot a loooong time after the events of Zombie Fallout 6. It appears that the zombie problem has died down and mankind has started to build itself up again. There are towns scattered around fighting for survival with Mother Nature, a step back in technological know-how, and each other. Along with the hardships of this new world comes a new threat in the form of Lycans and their slave werewolves. Needless to say there will be lots of bloodshed.

Mike is just as he was previously. He's still a shoot first ask questions later, type of guy and needs holding back a bit by old favourites Azile and Tommy, as well as by a few other new characters. There is also a link to BT even though he is long since dead. The chatter between characters is just as funny as ever and the new story line seems as though it is going to be just as strong as the zombie themed one. Those are the two things that made the zombie series so engrossing and so I look forward to reading more of this follow-on series.

NERF Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Assortment
NERF Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Assortment
Offered by Shop Toys
Price: £4.69

44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity for girls to get in on the Nerf action., 15 Oct. 2013
My daughter has a couple of Nerf guns already as a result of playing with them at friends houses. They're predominantly aimed at boys though. The fact that there is now a range of "girly" Nerf toys put a massive smile on her face. The bow is the one that she opted for after saving her pocket money and she loves it. So far she has practised her aim on helium balloons from a party, stuffed toys placed around the house (she was tranquilising them to take them to the vets), the Nerf target board, and me.
I have to admit to having a go with it myself as well and it works well, so long as you pull the string back enough. If not, the dart just falls to the floor a few feet away from you and makes everyone else laugh. As with most Nerf toys is is well made and should stand up to a bit of a bash every now and then. It looks great too with the twirly girly patterns and nice colours.
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