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Prototype (PC DVD)
Prototype (PC DVD)
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanton mayhem for fun and profit, 11 July 2012
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This review is from: Prototype (PC DVD) (Computer Game)
Possibly one of the better games I've had the pleasure to review. This is really a must have for your collection.
When I looked at the back cover I let out a groan. I do not do well on 'parkour' style games. But the mechanics are well thought out. Learning how to scale buildings is easy to pick up and you'll be 'flygliding' around the city in very little time. Combat can seem a little difficult with targeting being slghtly random and picking out a target in a mass of enemies is hard work (not helped by tanks that seem to follow you and pick out your target before you do...) but I've got a good deal into this game and what I see, I like!
It's now in the bargain bins, so if you don't own it yet... what are you playing???;)


Alpha Prime (PC)
Alpha Prime (PC)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £2.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Average, 11 July 2012
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This review is from: Alpha Prime (PC) (Video Game)
Had I seen this game ten years ago, it would have been good. You can handle and grab lots of different items in the world and the mechanics, while a little clunky, get the job done. It's a simple shooter.
It's got System Shock's start... without the back story.
When I was playing I kept thinking of Serious Sam or Chrome, with a little more lighting and shadow, and therein lies the problem. All these titles are old.
For Two pounds I'm not surprised by what I got.
It's not terrible... but it's not good.


Darksiders (PC DVD)
Darksiders (PC DVD)
Price: £4.87

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsure, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: Darksiders (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
This game requires steam.
It, so far, has not been able to run. Steam are looking into it.
Update; Steam directed me to a third party, (THQ) who have ZERO help files for this game. What a waste of time and money...
I'll review it if I ever get to play it.


Dark Void (PC DVD)
Dark Void (PC DVD)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £2.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy flight controls, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: Dark Void (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
This game seems to have a personality disorder. It does not know what sort of game it is... one minute it's trying to be a FPS, next it's a flight sim and this is where the problems come in. While all of it's ambiguated parts are done quite well, none are done very well. The controls for any kind of shooting show an inability to be able to target even when in manual aim. You can aim a rifle down the enemys nose at point blank range and still miss.
You can run out of ammo at the most inopportune moments and be left searching for ammo boxes... I had three boss bots to fight and no ammo in my guns.
The flight controls seem to show a knack of flying you into the nearest wall... I took off and flew into two walls and landed, dead, 5 feet from where I launched. Three times.
The flight guns can't hit the biggest targets... while trying to kill those three bosses in flight mode, every shot missed.
What kind of game throws you into a button mash mini game in the middle of flight combat? Dark Void.
Throw in a radar that makes the most obvious 'find the target' hunt impossible? Dark Void.

There is a really good game hiding under all this... mess, so if you're a game maker, give this game a look. It's a mine of unused ideas!
If you think you can handle the unresponsive controls and lack of auto aim or the ability to lock onto a target... it is fun, in places. Otherwise avoid it.


Dead Rising 2: Off The Record (PC DVD)
Dead Rising 2: Off The Record (PC DVD)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £7.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half in, half dead., 17 April 2012
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For a long time I was not sure about this game. When Dead Rising 2 was released on the PC I kind of put it off, having seen too many bad ports. When OTR slipped to an easily affordable price I decided to go for it.
My initial reaction was not good. The single player part consists of 'beat the clock' missions where if you fail or don't make it to a certian place in time the game is pretty much over. This is NOT the way to sell a story, by making me constantly watch the clock while rescuing people and making weapons. It's just aggravating! I thought it would of been pretty much over by this point as I'm not big on MMO in games but I decided to give the 'sandbox' mode a whirl... now, well I'm hooked! No clock, no time limits, sadly no people to rescue, but at least half the game redeems itself. You will not get the 'access all areas' if you do not finish the entire SP game, but other people can join who can give you access to some of the cooler areas and stuff in the game. Good fun as Co Op play!
Worth it for £7 and will keep you busy for more than a couple of days.
Requires 'Games For Windows Live'.


Syndicate (PC DVD)
Syndicate (PC DVD)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £4.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Restructure, 7 April 2012
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This review is from: Syndicate (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I should point out that this is not anything like the original game, there is no squad based, top down team managment, you can't research weapons in the single player game and you won't be conquering teritories to fund research. So forget the other games happened, but sit back and buckle up for an in-depth well rendered but short game. The levels are, in some cases over far too quickly, but full of eye candy. Five to ten minutes will easily be the playthrough for most levels, with a 'hold' type mission seeing you fending off multiple enemies in a single room never spanning more than thirty minutes. It's got it's highlights, but at times you'll be left wondering where the rest of the level is... possibly on the cutting room floor. You'll find even for experienced gamers, two days will be maximum game time. It'll be intense at times, but not incredibly replayable.
This deserves extra gameplay made, to interact with the original and introduce all the areas you wanted to explore.
Wait until it hits the bargain bins then snap it up for an enjoyable weekend.
Requires Origin.


The Sims 3 Showtime - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
The Sims 3 Showtime - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by Go2Games
Price: £19.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive upgrade, 18 Mar. 2012
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This is yet more of the same from the Sims team. There is some interesting stuff here with shows able to be attended and audience participation, some good and interesting new graphics with people performing magic and stage shows, but very quickly the apathy sets in. The game needs a long lasting leg up... the only thing on offer is a quick fix. Very quickly the new material becomes hum drum. A Karaoke machine could have been designed as a television, stereo parts and microphone as interactive elements in their own right that, when combined, give you an experience. Instead you get a single item, one hit animation that repeats over and over. Once again the quality in this expansion is sadly lacking in ideas. EA have proved before that they can think outside the box, they just need to start to do it again.
If you're a fan it's probably a buy. If not, don't bother.


Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD)
Offered by IDSS
Price: £5.20

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The finale, 18 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Mass Effect 3 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
This was a very good installment in the Mass Effect universe, but like all of it's genre, it almost certainly has some problems. ME has come a long way since it's first installment and the trip has been a worthwhile ride. It's not often you get a game of such high calibre that it rivals even the movies but I feel this game does. The cinematic scope of the battles, both in the sky and on the ground keep you wanting to be looking at the scenery while usually the action says 'no'. More than once I died because something had caught my eye.
Close up reapers are impressive and there is a good variety of bad guys to take down but you will find that as soon as you hit the weapon loadout that suits you there is very little point to changing your weapons. The gun battles are a variety of 'hold fast' and 'displace' that will keep you on your toes, and some enemies are lethal at close range so retreat (not a word I thought was in Commander Sheppards book) will be necessary.

The storyline looses some cohesion about 50% of the way through with some very patchy missions and loss of game perspective but the main storyline missions just about support to just patch along. The end is a killer for some (lots of complaints) but I think it suits the storyline quite well with the same Deus Ex[e] type illusion of choice. But it looks rushed at very little cost, EA needs to find sponsorship deals for this kind of epic game.
For those of you angry about the ending, my version of the interactions showed a flawed Sheppard with real doubts about what she is (Cerberus files), how only she can help the geth (cyberspace mission), the betrayal (cerberus employees) and destroying the reapers will destroy all synthetics... hint, hint...;)

EDIT; This title has new free downloadable content that changes the original ending in a number of ways. It's nice to know that EA can listen to it's core fans and respond in a way to make them happy. If you see this title in a bargain bin, snap it up!;)

Will fill just over a weekend. You will be late for work... and you will either love it, live with it or hate it. The illusion of choice.
Requires Origin.


Legendary (PC CD)
Legendary (PC CD)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horriffic!, 12 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: Legendary (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Bleugh! Horribly 2000nd graphics. Square and chunky. I got what I paid for it, a pounds worth of entertainment.
It does not live up to it's name. Avoid like the plauge.


The Sims 3: Pets Expansion Pack (PC/Mac DVD)
The Sims 3: Pets Expansion Pack (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by Musicland Ltd
Price: £26.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sims develop pets, 12 Mar. 2012
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This is probably the best expansion that the sims have had in quite a while. Dogs and cats are pretty generic, the dogs get a little more useful with the ability to find treasure and the cats can hunt but the horses have stolen the show.
With the ability to train your horse to race and/or show jump you have a variety of ways to make new income and a whole host of different things to build onto your sims lot.
Training for racing is quite lucrative and needs a medium lot but show jumping is going to need some of the bigger lots available and will take a lot of space. Unicorns are interesting and, for once your going to have to work to see the new content rather than having it spoon fed to you whether it interests you or not (Nightlifes celebrities and vampires spring to mind). There is some new and interesting content to keep your house fun and enough play to even keep the most bored simmer occupied for a weekend.
Wait 'till the price drops then snap it up...
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