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Sony PlayStation 3 12GB Super Slim Console with Skylanders Giants
Sony PlayStation 3 12GB Super Slim Console with Skylanders Giants
Price: £206.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Deal on a Superslim PS3, 14 Jan 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Bought this for £159 on the 7th of December, and i would say i got a good deal.. the only minor issue i have is the lack of a HDD caddy for upgrading - which cost me a further £7.99 but the console itself is great - can be stood up or laid flat - has the exact same features the previous slim model had (2 x USB 2.0 sockets, HDMI and AV sockets & Digital Optical output)Console generates a fair amount of heat for it's size so watch where you put it - give it plenty of space..


Roxio Game Capture HD Pro (PS4/PS3/Wii/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro (PS4/PS3/Wii/Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Price: £72.69

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Capture Solution ROXIO Game Capture HD PRO, 5 Dec 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Roxio Game Capture HD Pro Review

I have used this Roxio Product for little over a week now, and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it performs in comparison to other capture solutions I have used, namely the Hauppage HD-PVR and the earlier Roxio offering, the Roxio Gamecap.

Inside the box, you'll find the HD pro Card, a Disc with bundled Roxio Videowave Software and Drivers, and a USB Printer cable, for connecting to your laptop or PC. (You will also need a component cable if using the PS3, as HDMI is unsupported by the HD Pro, though for Xbox 360, you can use either)

Taking the capture card from the simple packaging, I immediately noticed how light and compact it is, almost the same as the previous card at 159g.

Installing the bundled software and registering the Capture Card took about 25 minutes, as Windows was required to uninstall the previous Roxio Components and Software before proceeding with the new software installation. Once installed, and with the cap card attached to our system, we were ready to get on with checking this cards performance.

It's small form factor is perfect for my own setup, where space is at a premium, my experiences with the HD PVR from Hauppage was anything but as simple as this, with me having to worry about superfluous heat from the PVR and the extra power connector and plug socket was a real pain.. so in that respect the Roxio HD Pro is already miles out in front!

Down to the nitty gritty then, The card generates a small amount of warmth while recording, which is expected, but it otherwise works away happily with no problem. The capture software allows you to adjust the quality of your recording using a simple slider, there is also a drop down menu for the input method (HDMI or Component) alongside other options such as brightness, contrast and the location where you can find your recorded videos. The options selection also lets you set or change hotkeys used for recording.. a handy feature if you don't want to have your capture screen up all the time while recording. (or if like me you use a single screen with multiple outputs)

The uppermost quality of the recordings you get (aside from the slider) is dependent on three factors,

1) the original input resolution, 480p, 720p and 1080i or 1080p,

2) Your PC or laptops processing ability (CPU)

3) and the amount of HDD space available on your hard disk, as the higher quality = more space needed

I'm using an Overclocked i5 Sandybridge CPU @ 3.5 ghz with 8gb of DDR3 memory running at 1600mhz, so I set the slider to maximum quality and left all other settings untouched..

The quality obtained was impressive, and definitely comparable to that of the HD PVR, with all recordings set to output to a M2TS format video file (Same as Arcsoft Showbiz for the HD PVR) which can be converted to AVI, MP4 or WMV by Videowave, though this does impact on the quality of the conversion.. other programs can be found for converting M2TS files for use with other video editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro or After Effects.

Editing using Roxio Videowave

After loading the captured M2TS file onto Roxio Videowave I was greeted by the familiar GUI style of the previous incarnation, glad to see they didn't change too much! The software even remembers your pre set and saved Text styles and configurations from the previous Videowave installation, which is most impressive! New features include a speed changer, somewhat similar to Twixtor, which can slow down a section of video to suit your needs! A nice touch.

The software is simple to use as ever, and offers a variety of transitions, text styles and colour correction options for use with your edits, as well as the option for adding voiceover tracks or music to your videos. Although some will find it lacks the finesse and attention to detail that Sony Vegas 11 has, I would still vaunt this software for what it is... Dependable, easy to use and far less expensive than Vegas is at over £300 per license!!

Conclusion

All in all, I'd say the ROXIO HD PRO has all the features to be a truly great capture solution for gamers, offering:

Brilliant HD videos, via Component or HDMI
Simple and Quick Editing Software,
Online Streaming Capabilities
Small Form Factor
USB 2.0 Power & Data (no external power needed)

Currently available for £94.99 from Amazon.co.uk, compared to £124.89 for the Hauppage HD PVR 2, £124.72 for the Elgato Game Capture HD, and £134.64 for the AverMedia Game Capture HD.

Thanks to Daniel at Corel for the opportunity to review this fine card.

Test video can be found on Youtube Channel Uberzeal - look for MP7 feeding time and you've been grizzed #23
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 8, 2013 8:32 PM GMT


Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Nuketown 2025 Edition (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Nuketown 2025 Edition (PS3)

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Ops back with a Smash, 20 Nov 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is probably the best Call of Duty game yet released - highly playable and with a raft of customizable options, three separate game modes and a massive arsenal of weaponry to master and use.

To be honest the first couple of games were kinda bad - i wasn't able to finish a single game on my first session because of server issues, but i have been able to play fluidly since, so hopefully your experience is based on a great network connection. The sniper rifles have been changed slightly to make them more difficult to use properly - smaller magazines and longer reloading times mean that every shot has to count - more like it actually would be.

From the very start you have access to all the guns, upgrades and maps through custom games, where you can add enemy "bots" to play against as you get used to the multiplayer maps, this is probably the best feature of the game, letting you experience the maps and gunplay elements first before throwing you into a pit of lions as soon as you go online against sweaty pre-pubescent prestigers... ahem!

It's a great game, and well worth adding to your collection.

I have posted gameplay videos of black ops 2 on my youtube channel - UberZeal so check them out if you have time!


The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: £17.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Far the Most Original DS RPG in Existence, 15 July 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
What can i say, This game is what RPG lovers and DS users have been waiting for, completely original, innovative, and utterly bad-ass to boot,

You have here everything that the masters at Square Enix and their Jupiter Counterparts have strived to provide in previous franchises, but in this case they have almost certainly raised the bar in EVERY ASPECT.. Stratagem, Action, Puzzles, all kicked together with a fresh street look taken straight off the sheets of a Manga comic book.. Absolutely Astonishing Gameplay, Wicked Dialogue, Great Difficulty / Learning Curve..

What else could you ask for?

Well, i'll say it right now, a Sequel, or a Wii version, this baby could be bigger than the Final Fantasy Series, and i don't say stuff like that lightly... This is Definitely the DS game of the year, if not the handheld game of the decade (Sorry Crisis Core)

Wicked, buy it now, if you like Dragon Quest:, Final Fantasy, Shining Force or any other long-distance RPG, then this is SCREAMING at you to be purchased.. don't lose out, get it while the souls still warm
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Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Nintendo DS)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Global Xpress
Price: £21.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revered Franchise Hits DS with EXCLUSIVE title, 28 April 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Revenant Wings, to put it bluntly, is a hell of a game,

Set in the usual style of FF games, you command a troupe of comrades through various dungeon style levels, collecting materials and ores for creating new weapons, and in a quirky DRAGON QUEST style twist, you also get to command a horde of Monsters, these include the FF legends of olde such as Ifrit, Shiva, Ultima etc..

i'm around 50% through it now, and although up until this point i have found the game quite easy, i'm a seasoned veteran at such games so i cannot say the same for the younger generation, to whom this may be an introduction into drawn out role-playing / strategy games.

I'd say this game is like a hybrid of FF:III and YS strategy, while not-infinitely challenging, it's still a hell of a lot of fun being a Sky Pirate!!


Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
Offered by Games_Collector
Price: £126.72

16 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Strategic Pleasure, 12 Feb 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
So... a New Fire Emblem Game graces another Nintendo Console, and it's about time too :-)

This isn't for people who like a quick blast of the wii, it's for the serious strategem fans like myself who like their games To have Depth, longevity and in the case of this series.. fiendish difficulty!

It's a sequel, that's granted, but in most cases, where RPGs go, that's no bad thing.. Many of the Gamecube Versions Characters are here in full Regalia, and i'm pleased to see the Graphic Style is very much top notch Japanese Influenced Fantasy.

Weapons, Allies, Enemies, Plotline, it's here in spades for those who want it, my only gripes would be that the New (to be released) DS versions of Fire Emblem aren't able to link up directly with the Wii Version (for whatever reason) and that there is a distinct lack of Wii Remote features for battling..

That aside, i'll bet my life that this game will deliver what Wii fans of the more mature variety have been screaming for.

Bravo Nintendo, Bravo Intelligent Systems, let the Battle for Tellius Commence!!!


OSG Monster Hunter (Bradygames Take Your Games Further)
OSG Monster Hunter (Bradygames Take Your Games Further)
by Dan Birlew
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.23

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential if your short on time..., 31 Jan 2006
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The ONLY reason i bought this book, aside from the fact the covers nice...
Is that i have no time to go through the game working out every little detail.. I'm not saying i wouldn't enjoy spending an entire day trying to locate something important. I just don't have the time anymore.. blame the GF, she just sits there moaning... So i decided if i was going to get anywhere, i'd have to cut a few corners.
Good detail inside, answers many of the FAQs we all have, and i even printed out a photo bookmark using the descriptive picture on this site!


Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £57.95

5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation is driving me insane, 31 Jan 2006
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I have pre-ordered this game, not that my girlfriend will thank me. And, although the other reviews are inspiring, it's the whole scenario... Finding the Biggest baddest brutes in existence and finding a way to topple them from their peaks of Greatness. I'm into challenges, and this game i have no doubt, will give me value for money. The only other title i care for at the moment would be Twilight Princess for the Gamecube. I'll be waiting a while for that, as it comes out here in MAY... Roll on February 17th is all i can say.
Keep your Need for Speed, Mercanaries and Killer7, they have the lifespan of a gnat. this is for REAL GAMERS


Fable: The Lost Chapters - the Official Strategy Guide
Fable: The Lost Chapters - the Official Strategy Guide
by C. Loe
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Necessary., 19 Jan 2006
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Fables a big game with a lot of distractions, this book let's you see the wood for the trees, reading from cover to cover will no doubt dilute your experience of the game, but for the locations of all the keys, weapons, chests and armor, you'll need it. unless of course you prefer running about like a decapitated peice of poultry. The choice, as they say, is yours...


Monster Hunter (PS2)
Monster Hunter (PS2)

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capcom does RPGs? Is this a joke????, 19 Jan 2006
This review is from: Monster Hunter (PS2) (Video Game)
No, it isn't Capcom have shrugged off their 90's image of just providing 2D side scrolling Beat-Em ups which we used to love and adore. Not any more, these guys are ratcheting up the pressure on Square-Enix, Sonic Team and Bethesda for the RPG must-buy factors.
Not played it much, but for what i have experienced, this game has a lot going for it, kill Creatures, and use their bones, hides and teeth to augment and repair your weapons and armor...
Exactly the kind of game i look for, where the most obvious answer isn't the one where you rush to the end in a blaze of ill-fated glory....
This is a thinking man's game, Storming into battle against the biggest monster there is may seem brave, but you'll end up spitting teeth and screaming for your mum if you ain't prepared for the onslaught.
This is a must have for anyone who wants to get the MAXIMUM out of their games, where your brain, not the controller decides how successful you are. Only Shadow of The Colossus which will be released soon will match it for life expectancy..
Buy it if you like a tough challenge, otherwise, go back to spyro and crash bandicoot, better making frisbees out of them...


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