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Planet Waves Shine Guitar Spray
Planet Waves Shine Guitar Spray
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 25 July 2014
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Planet waves is a dependable supplier. They are not the cheapest, but they are nowhere near as expensive as some. I bought this togeather with their untreated polish cloth. Recommended.

Levy's DM1PDDBR 2.5-inch Leather Guitar Straps  Dark Brown
Levy's DM1PDDBR 2.5-inch Leather Guitar Straps Dark Brown
Price: 26.33

3.0 out of 5 stars Too short by half., 25 July 2014
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Leather is nice quality, but feels uncomfortably thick and clunky at the shoulder end where it intrudes at the base of the neck. Perhaps it is just a question of wearing the strap in. Time will tell. Also, the length will be a problem for many guitarists 6 foot and over. It's simply not long enough, and for a strap that will typically be selected for use with a heavy guitar, that is a problem. Pity.

06/06/14 - I'm happy to say I've found a home for the strap. It may have been woefully, woefully short for my Fender telecaster, but it works well with my Epiphone E-339 which naturally sits higher. Because the guitar is a lot lighter, the strap no longer pulls into the neck and the guitar stays put.

The strap would also work for shorter guitarists with similar rear facing strap buttoned guitars such as the SG and Flying V, which have the tendency to neck dive.

Dishonored (PS3)
Dishonored (PS3)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: 10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Kirkwall, a city like every other., 7 Jan 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dishonored (PS3) (Video Game)
Dishonored is a game that immediately underwhelms. The graphics are very, very dated, the gameworld is unengaging and the plot is certainly nothing new. But if you stick with it, you'll find a game worth playing.

Where Dishonored succeeds is when you don't follow the default kill 'em all path, which does feel decidedly inferior to playing as Etzio Alditore. Rather than simply off the assassination targets in the game, you have the opportunity of removing them while leaving them alive. Sounds lame, but this typically involves a fate worse than death.

You are (sort of) rewarded by keeping the body count down by having less rats and zomb.. sorry, weepers walking the streets. Unfortunately, there does seem very little point in spending thousands upgrading your pistol or gathering grenades, spike traps and incendary bolts if you're not going to use them.

Thankfully, there is plenty of scope to buy and upgrade powers in support of your non-killing ways. Using possession as a means to surmount obstacles is a great touch. Combined with a few other maxed out powers, you can realistically go after the trophies where you remain unseen by everyone.

The game world of Generica (OK, I made that up) could stand a whole more fleshing out. Compared to the bustling cities of GTA4 or Assassin's creed 2, Dunwall is positively deserted. The game cries out for setpieces that never happen. I was looking forward, for example, to a level on a whaling ship where you might get the option to free a captured whale or sabotage a vessel - or feed an assassination target to an enraged humpback.

Maybe next time, Arkane?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Hugo Weaving
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 12.06

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the anticipation, 2 Jan 2013
Having seen the LOTR movies, I came into the cinema hoping that Peter Jackson would keep some of the excellent changes he made to the trilogy while avoiding some of the awful, awful changes he also made. By and large, he has succeeded.

I was well aware in advance of the criticism concerning the running length. This is largely unfounded. I enjoyed the time taken at bag end to build the Dwarves characters. Without doing this, the viewer would soon cease to care who's who, apart from Thorin. And that would have been a shame.

The film lives or dies on the main character, and I'm happy to confirm that Martin Freeman was the perfect choice for young Bilbo. The original reluctant hero, he finally gives in to his Tookish side in order to go on an adventure.

Not being a fan of "Useless Frodo", I get the feeling that Freeman's Bilbo is not going to be in any hurry to give away the one ring to the enemy or collapse spontaneously in slow-mo when spotlit. The elves this time around do a little less mincing, though women's hair is still de rigueur for the males.

There are many guest spots for returning actors. Ian McKellan injects Gandalf with a little extra humour, Christopher Lee manages to exude screen presence in his 90's and even Hugo Weaving's Elrond is a little less dour and more generous this time around. Cate Blanchett continues to look stunning but continues to be less Galadriel and more judgemental new age hippy.

At least there's no blast off scene this time around. Or pouty teenage shield-surfing Legolas, both of which are huge pluses. Picking up the bow this time around is Kili. Here's a good example of Jackson taking a big risk which for me pays off hugely.

Not only does Kili (and several others including Thorin) not look like sterotypical Dwarves, here we have a Dwarf using a bow. And it works. You don't get the feeling that you're looking at latex mask #3 obscured by a huge beard. There are some of those in the company, and they are the ones that most fade into the background.

If you do like your Dwarves sterotypical, the best of that lot is Dwalin. Scottish accent? Check. Bald, tattooed head? Check. Axes? Check. Gruffness? Check and grrr. Jackson's managed to please both camps here, not an easy task.

Major changes to the book? The character of Azog has been expanded hugely. For a start, he's not long dead. But there is a clear need for an immediate antagonist and this one suits nicely. In Goblin town is where there were two silly sequences I found jarring. Both involved the party in long falls that were utterly, utterly unrealistic.

In stark contrast to this is the battle of Dimrill Dale where the lonely mountain dwarves are in an epic battle to the death with an orc-horde. One that leaves few survivors, accounting for why this small band is so faithful to each other. This short sequence is the single most powerful one I've ever seen for Tolkien's middle earth. It even managed to eclipse the start of fellowship or the final battle outside the Black Gate. Simply superb.

Acting is of a high standard all around. The best supporting actor is Richard Armitage as Thorin. I saw this in 2D, which I believe suits all the CGIness far more than something that might end up seeming rather fake.

In summary, well worth watching. I will be buying a copy on Blu-ray when it emerges.
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Ted: Extended Edition [DVD]
Ted: Extended Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Venture Online
Price: 3.69

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shut up, Meg!, 3 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Ted: Extended Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Ted is a one joke movie. That joke is having a best buddy who is crass, self-centered and drags you down. Getting you into trouble, smoking dope and sabotaging your relationship with your girlfriend.

Nothing too original about this setup, except the buddy in question is a teddy bear.

And that's as good as it gets. The acting throughout the whole movie is fairly sub-par. It's a comedy film. I don't expect much, but bringing a new depth to the word Irony is Sam J Jones who turns in the best performance by far. Mark Wahlberg can't do comedy, even as the straight man to MacFarlane's increasingly tedious bear. Having seen her do far better work in "Black Swan", Mila Kunis is simply boring here.

Not her fault that I couldn't help thinking "Shut up, Meg" whenever she spoke. But as a screen couple, they suck.

There's the expected plot twists. Ted learns to be a good guy. The deranged fan who kidnaps him. The break-up of the relationship between the boring couple, only to get back togeather. All capped with the person-who-has-reason-to-hate-Ted-the-most-saving him.

Ah, well.

If you find the idea of a prostitude defecating on a floor hilarious, you will love this film.
It's a lot cheaper to watch Family Guy or American Dad. It only lasts half an hour and has much the same content, including Patrick Stuart.

On the bright side, Ted is funnier than your average Adam Sandler movie (but then so is stabbing yourself with scissors or punching yourself in the crotch), and it is a whole lot better than watching Transformers, a franchice to which Mr Wahlberg is currently transitioning.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Nuketown 2025 Edition (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Nuketown 2025 Edition (PS3)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: 22.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland ops, 19 Nov 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Black ops II is what happens when a franchise becomes so stale, it has nothing new to offer. It wouldn't be quite so bad if the latest iteration of COD was at least as good as the one that went before it, but it isn't.

COD has become three games in one. There's the single player campaign, the multiplayer and Zombies. Let's have a look at how each of these is treated in Black ops II.

Single player campaign - This was the best element of its predecessor, with a good script and some excellent voice work. There were also two vehicle elements, a rather lacklustre jeep segment and an enjoyable helicopter romp.

In Black Ops II, much is made of the near-future setting, but it all looks horribly fake. The silly VTOL aircraft look like airfix kits that have yet to be painted. The two gliding sequences are supposed to be exhilarating, but are boring. That was bad enough, but the vehicle sections are quite simply tedious.

The script has you ping-ponging between the father (Alex Mason from Black ops) and his Son. The thread tying both together is the James Bond Supervillain, Raul Menendez. The scriptwriters try to make Menendez almost sympathetic in his revenge / strike at the haves on behalf of the have-nots, but it's all extremely unconvincing. One moment, he's training child soldiers in Angola, knee-capping your friends with a shotgun (that would in reality have blown legs clean off) or orchestrating the slaughter of a room full of civilians as he sneers manically, the next he's giving a speech about the poor rising up.

Voice acting is sub-par, with one clear standout being the excellent work by James C. Burns as Frank Woods.

The graphics are generally as good as you would expect, with clear fails with the future tech (walking tanks, mobile fire hydrants, flying fans and shiny, shiny warships.) Some of the new weapons are quite satisfying to use, but the wrist grenade launcher is laugh-out-loud ridiculous.

Black ops II tries to introduce a new game mode (Strike force missions) that's similar(ish) to the excellent XCOM. It is fun - for about five minutes. A concept poorly executed, and one soon skipped.

Multiplayer - no real surprises here. You still have a very uneven playing experience which can be immensely frustrating. The only real improvement is the "tens" aspect of being able to have ten allocations to each class in terms of weapons, attachments and perks.

Zombies - possibly the worst aspect of all game modes. Zombies reached its zenith in Black ops with call of the dead. Everything in this latest release is worse. Worse characterisations, worse level design, worse gameplay. Just worse.

In summary, Black Ops II shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that Treyarch may have run out of ideas, or may just have become complacent. Either way, this is an inferior product that they will continue to charge full whack for until people refuse to buy it.

Gamers may not be the poor masses, but it is time they rose up and demanded better

Dragon Age 2 (PS3)
Dragon Age 2 (PS3)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: 13.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying as a bargain only, 14 Nov 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Dragon Age 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Dragon age: Origins was a good game that was overly praised. Where it suffered the most was in its dated graphics and MMORPG design of having Rogues as primary damage dealers and Warriors as tanks.

Dragon age 2 goes some way towards improving the situation. The graphics for the characters and equipment have been updated, but the world around them remains as dreary as ever. Rogues remain overpowered from a damage perspective, but warriors have greater crowd control abilities to them which helps balance things out a little. Mages now have several defence capabilities that help to make them fun to play as characters.

Your companions are a predictable lot, from the sexpot pirate girl to the sarcastic Dwarf rogue. It is very hard to be suprised by, or even care what happens to them.

One undoubted improvement is the ability, through a free download, to redefine your character's facial appearance during play. As has always been the case since Oblivion, many a character who looked perfect on the creation screen ends up looking like quasimodo once the action commences.

The storyline is largely inferior to Origins, though at times it does rival it. The game as a whole feels unfinished. There's much corridor design and inexcusably, much reuse of the same dungeons. Kirkwall as a city is bland, bland, bland.

The length of the game is another area that is to be commended. As a time when some game studios think they can get away with a ten hour campaign, Dragon age 2 triples it.

I would have felt rather hard done by, had I paid anywhere near full price for this game. As a bargain buy for 10 or under, it is satisfying filler until something better comes along.

I sincerely hope that Bioware finally pull their finger out with the dragon age series and present us with a Dragon age III that looks great, plays well and is actually finished this time.

Then give us BG3 !

Bulletstorm (PS3)
Bulletstorm (PS3)
Offered by findprice
Price: 11.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Planetside murdering mayhem!, 8 Nov 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bulletstorm (PS3) (Video Game)
Bulletstorm is great fun, and a criminally underrated game. The protagonist is a howlingly funny mercenary with a grudge against the General that betrayed him and his squad. Think Mal from Serenity, if Mal was drunk most of the time.

Finally given a chance to bring General Serrano down, he ends up marrooning himself and one of his buddies on the surface of a world that's gone completely nuts. Stygia is half-jungle and half-once gleaming resort, full of cannibals, mutants and less than sympathetic wildlife.

The real star of the game is the myriad rewards for murdering your opponents. You want to shoot an enemy with the secondary rocket attachment, launching him across the map to be electrocuted by contact with a swarm of flies? No problem. Want to kill a mini-boss by giving him a bouncing bomb enema? You can here.

The leash is a great weapon, particularly when you realise those spikes on the ceiling and your ability to throw a group of enemies upwards go togeather very well. It is these rewards and the fact that you need to concentrate your upgrades into just a few of the wide variety of weapons that rewards repeat play-throughs.

Game mechanics aside, Stygia looks great. There is no lag, even when things get busy. A good deal of thought has gone into level design, with eerie abandoned main streets to marinas to great big honking wheels the size of skyscrapers which.... well, you'll just have to play the game.

Characterisation is far better than many other games. Grayson is a much deeper character than you'll find in the humdrum Deus Ex: Human revolution. His co stars are almost as equally well thought out. Serrano may be a complete git, but his completely over the top swear-a-log will have you grinning like a schoolboy.

In summary, this game is an absolute steal for under 10. Thanks to hysterical pandering on the excrable Fox news, Bulletstorm arguably did nowhere as well as it should have done. The people can fly team deserve praise for creating a game that shouldn't work, but does.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Sony PS3)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Sony PS3)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 5.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Feels horribly dated. A step backwards in gaming., 7 Nov 2012
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I am a sci-fi fan with fond memories of "Blade Runner" on the PC. I was hoping for something equally immersive, particularly given the Deus Ex pedigree of play-as-you-want.

Sadly, things have fallen foul here. The graphics look really dated. That could be forgiven if the plot was gripping. It isn't. It could be overlooked if the protagonist was interesting, but he is so bland, so incredibly forgettable that I took the same lack of interest in his endevors as he seemed to.

One of Human Revolution's most unforgivable sins are the people you "encounter" in your travels. If they are not enemies, they are planted with the sort of solidity that the small poplar trees were in GTA4. Run into one, and BA-doing!!!

I lost count of the number of times this irritated me.

So what about the flexibility to play as you want to? Well, it is here. Sort of. You can learn to hack and build that skill tree, but the act of hacking quickly grows mind-numbingly tedious.

You can build your takedown ability, but the resultant QT sequence becomes as annoyingly repetitive.
You can build the ability to jump high or fall down deep passages to reach areas that frankly don't add much.
You can become strong enough to lift large objects out of the way, or throw them.

In essence, it all feels remarkably superficial. Add to that some dreary boss-fight sequences, and it feels all to similar to games you were playing well over 10 years ago.

Being stubborn in nature, I persevered until I really, really could not stomach any more. I estimate I am perhaps 75-80% through the game. And that's it for me.

Some people like tedium. I find the grind in Demon's souls, soul-destroying (boom boom) for example. But some people love it. In the same way, some will still love this game, but many will hate it.

I don't hate the game. It is so bland and dull, that I nothing this game.

The Complete Matrix Trilogy [Blu-ray] [1999] [Region Free]
The Complete Matrix Trilogy [Blu-ray] [1999] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Price: 9.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First film a classic. Successors just awful., 1 Nov 2012
No matter how dire the acting became in the sequels. No matter how cheesy and one dimensional the dialog became. No matter how many times you get tired of seeing Keanu in ray bans, the clarity of the picture on blu-ray deserves a star by itself. In fact, it this was a review of just The Matrix on blu-ray, it would be a four star review. Unfortunately, it also contains reloaded and revolutions.

The Matrix is a great film, even if it borrows heavily from a certain Manga. Keanu's lack of acting skills doesn't matter here. His dedication to the fight scenes cannot be questioned. The score is great, the action fluid. Nothing really lags throughout. The subway scene is one of the best action scened filmed, ever.

The Matrix reloaded is, by and large a silly film. We do get a great freeway scene. Unfortunately, we also get a lot of vacuous dialogs and ridiculous characters. Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian is gut-wrenchingly bad. The twins are a CGI exercise and the much hyped "Burly brawl" looked like a cheap computer game.

The Warchowski brothers could have wrapped this up in two films easily. Instead, we get loads of padding and an unsatifying "ending" that may as well have been a slot with "Insert 12 here to continue."

I hoped against hope that Matrix revolutions would be a return to form. Instead, it is the worst of the three films. This awful, awful film marked a drop of 33% in box office as bookings nose-dived after a week. The set pieces revolve around a machine invasion of Zion that actually manages to be boring.

The ending could have been written not by a roomful of chimps, but just one. It is so utterly predictable that it leaves you numb. One reviewer mentioned he left the cinema feeling like he'd just been mugged.

Now you can experience that same feeling from the comfort of your armchair.

You can pickup the trilogy from Amazon for 10, or just The Matrix for 7. I wish I'd saved the 3.

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