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Legend of Zelda Box Set
Legend of Zelda Box Set
by Stephen Stratton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 119.99

26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely but incompete set, 26 Nov 2013
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When it arrived, it came in a big box which was inside a massive box. Personally i think it was too much packaging but it arrived safe and sound and on release day aswell so top marks for that!
After wrestling with the plastic wrap, i found that he box for the guides was lovely and sterdy. It opens at the top and it's held down by magnets. Once open, the bookmark, which is beautiful, is in a plastic pouch on the inside of the lid, which is nice. On top of the guides, there is an envelope which contains a message from Eiji Anouma himself. It is in Japanese but there is an english translation below. It's a nice certificate which also shows what number the boxset is out of 50,000. It has a replica signature from the man himself in gold whch is a nice touch, however, i wish the english translation was in a larger font as it's quite small. There's a hint about a link between worlds in there too!
There are six guides and all look lovely. There is also a piece of material which goes under the books and allows the books to be pulled up to get them out of the box easier. The pages of the guides were stuck together but i put that down to the way they are packed in the box. The pages have a lovely gold edge to them and the books look like they will last. One of the best things is that the Skyward Sword guide is now much bigger and from my brief look, has been revised and vastly improved with better pictures. This will be great since i'm still playing the game and greatly appreciate the updated information included. I have to say i never expected the twilight guide to be so thick! I'm unsure if the others have been updated but they all look great.
Now to the very big downside- NONE of the extras have been included. This includes parchment and cloth maps. Whoever decided that is daft. The point of a collectors edition is to have extras like that yet these are missing. I was lucky and grabbed this set when amazon had it for 67.41 so had i paid the full amount, i would have been seriously disappointed. You will also notice a link between worlds is not included. In a way i'm very glad since the lithiograph would have been missing too. It is a very big oversight so be aware when ordering this set!
Is it worth 119.99? On the one hand these guides are 20 rrp each and some are hard to come by, so it makes sense, but, as lovely as it is, it's hard to recommend personally. I was very lucky to snag it at that price and should it come to 67 again i'd say go for it. Had i paid full price i would have been half tempted to get a refund as these books are incomplete. As it stands, there's not much difference between the paper guides and the hard backs, so if they are cheaper, go for those. At least those have everything included!
EDIT: Upon further inspection, i can also see that the free eguides are missing. I have no choice but to reduce to three stars. This still is a lovely set but with so much missing, unless you are a diehard Zelda fan, i'd avoid unless on sale. To release a boxset with so much missing is criminal and unfair. So glad now i paid half price otherwise i'd ask for a full refund!
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Word Search Little Books
Word Search Little Books
Price: 0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 13 Aug 2013
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Does exactly what it says. Earn keys by completing wordsearches. Lots to choose from and perfect to pass the time.


Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL - Limited Edition with Animal Crossing (Nintendo 3DS)
Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS XL - Limited Edition with Animal Crossing (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Tooboon
Price: 303.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An XL-ent upgrade, 7 Aug 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having had two 3ds models go faulty on me, I decided to add on and upgrade to an XL. Being an Animal Crossing fan, I choose the New Leaf XL. I already had the game so I downloaded the save data transfer tool from the eshop, then it copied my save data from the cartridge (after doing a system transfer which needs an internet connection and re-downloading the game from my newly merged eshop) and transferred it to the sd card. I then traded in my physical copy for credit, so now I carry the game with me without the fear of losing the cartridge itself.
I won't go into what New Leaf is about, however, I will say that as a jump from Wild World, there's masses of new features and things to do. While the goal still remains the same (build your town up, catch all the bugs, fish etc), being mayor definitely adds to the game. While the ordinances are limiting, you can at least customise your town from the list of Public Works Projects. However, this is not a game that is meant to be rushed- it takes weeks to unlock all the shops and months before your bug/fish collection is complete. Need some games to play? After a few days, you can visit the island where's it's always summer. Not only can you get exclusive items, but you can catch valuable bugs and fish which can be traded for bells and help you build the town of your dreams. Also new are the dream suit (which again needs to be unlocked) where you can visit other towns should you have an internet connection, the Happy Home Showcase where you can see other people's homes via streetpass and spotpass and buy items you may need and club LOL (needs to be unlocked), where you learn emotions from Shrunk, see DJ KK Slider and party the night away.
If you're after an action packed game, step away. For anyone else wanting a relaxing experience, give this a try.
For the XL itself, this is what I have found:

Pros:
*Bigger screens means games are more immersive
*ds games look better on original mode and can still see it (press start and select)
*Lovely design
*Comes with a 4gb memory card
*Stylus at the side not at the back
*Seems to pickup streetpasses easier than my 3ds model did
*Proper home, start and select buttons
*Top screen doesn't get marked
*Matt finish means no fingerprints
*Doesn't feel too heavy
*Battery last much longer than 3ds did

Cons:
*Personally find the volume quieter than a 3ds
*Sweetspot not as big
*3d can be slightly overwhelming
Plastic stylus (I preferred the metal one)
*NO CHARGER INCLUDED (I borrow my sisters but an annoyance)
*Have to have the internet to do a system transfer
*No way of backing up New Leaf data (other games have this feature)
*If the internet is interrupted during a system transfer, it starts from the beginning
*Had to get used to holding it differently to 3ds model (not great for kids)
*Slightly slower starting up
*Graphics are a little stretched but it's nothing to get worked up about.

Despite the cons, I'm glad I went for the XL version. To me, it seems far more sturdy than both my previous 3ds models ever did. Due to this being a limited edition model, the price has skyrocketed, just like the Pikachu version (which I wanted but couldn't afford at the time), as quantity has gone down. My advice would be to try high street stores should amazon run out. If you have a 3ds model and can afford the upgrade, go for it. I'm replaying older 3ds titles and am enjoying super Mario 3d land MUCH more than I did the first time round. Don't hang around though- these models will be gone before you know it!


Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Price: 0.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not fun for me, 23 July 2013
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I own an S2 with the latest update. At first i thought it was rather cute, however, the only real way to progress is to buy extra tokens which cost real money. Clearly this game is aimed at children (although it's good fun for the young at heart too) and without buying the extras i feel people will get bored with it long before getting to the unlockables. Also, when i begin my run, the first command never registers meaning on some occasions i've finished through no fault of my own. Glad i tried it for free but due to the fact that you have to spend real money, i'm going to delete it.


Momentum
Momentum
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 8.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up Jamie with his first songwriters album, 20 May 2013
This review is from: Momentum (Audio CD)
Jamie first caught people's attention back in 2003 and he's gone far since then. Now releasing his sixth album, he's become more grown up as he's a dad to two girls and a husband.
This is the first album where only two tracks are covers- 'love for $ale' which he's taken a classic Cole Porter song and reworked it to show his fans how he himslef got into jazz through samples in hip hop songs, something which works really well here. The song sounds really up.to date and appeals to a new generation of music lovers. The second is a reworking of 'pure imagination' from Willy Wonka and the chocolat factory. Originally made to sound quite dark, here it sounds like Jamie is inviting people into his world of imagination whole encouraging people to escape into their own fantasy world. It's escapism and it sounds beautiful!
The rest are Jamie's own songs and they sound just as fantastic. 'Everything you didn't do' will catch the attention of the pop crowd and shows Jamie's own fears that he's left things too late to finish but is a song which anyone could relate too- after all, we all have things we want to do! It's really catchy and great to sing along too. 'Save your soul' on the other hand is beautiful and shows just how grown up he's become. Again it is something a lot of people can relate too and it all works beautifully well. 'Sad sad world' is a love song to his wife and how she can make the world a better place while 'you're not the only one' captures the x factor wannabes craze right now. He was inspired to write it after the show he was in on sky 1. These are my personal favoutires but all the songs are of excellent quality. If you're unsure, go onto Jamie's channel on youtube where there is a sampler video of all 12 tracks.
The second disc is just as great as the first, especially his abbey road tracks. Stripped back but beautiful.
Since i had the deluxe mp3 due to a delay with the physical version from Jamoe's store, i can't comment on the dvd. However, from the listing, it'll be interesting to see his track by track review. I am disappointed that there are only two features on the dvd in total compared to his past deluxe versions. They'll still be good, but maybe a making of tye album or some of the videos.
Overall, it's a wonderful listen and i'll be playing it more than once. For those who say he should just stick to jazz, i say that for any artist to evolve, they must explore beyond their comfort zone to keep being fresh and provide quality tracks. Jamie has not only shown how he discovered jazz in this album but how he has developed as an artist. I can't wait to see where he goes from here as it'll be very inteslresting indeed.


Jones On Fire
Jones On Fire
Price: 1.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple idea but great fun, 3 May 2013
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Good free app of the day. Great music and overall feels reminds me of bit trip series. No complaints whatsoever.


Vegas Bowling
Vegas Bowling
Price: 1.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars April fools app, beware of company though!, 1 April 2013
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I think they deliberately chose a bad app because of the date. Does seem that the company is genuine though as there is a lite version of this game. Worth a laugh if anything else but i'd avoid the rest of their apps since the quality seems terrible for all of them. Five stars for fooling us, one for the game though.


Mrs Brown's Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown [DVD]
Mrs Brown's Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remade stage show from original series and 1st BBC 1 series, 20 Jan 2013
I love Mrs. Brown's boys on BBC1. So when my sister had the stage show for christmas, i couldn't wait to watch it with her. I already knew that it was a shortened version of the original series on irish tv and the first series, however, it doesn't work as well on the stage.
The set is very basic- it's a painted background that makes up the living room and the kitchen. There are some items on stage for interaction purposes but the background is basically there to tell you where the scene is set and is not hugely noticable. The only change of scenery is when a new, and usually short, scene performed infront of the curtain, so those hoping to see a scene set in Follies will be disappointed. It is broken into scenes- some last mere moments while others can last a fair while. All the usual cast are present with some of the doubing up their roles. Each character is acted out very well and those who double up do a great job of not only playing their part well, but also playing another part well too. Each character stands out as an individual, each one with their own problem and live up to how they are portraid in the series. The actors amd actresses who play these characters clearly love what they do with a passion, and when they mess up, it's genuinely funny to watch them, but you can see how much they love what they do. There are also some cracking scenes- "the callers" is a great scene which not only shows off the group's ability to play other characters as well as their main character, but it also has some fantastic dialogue. Some of the dialogue has also been altered- in the second half, there is a scene called "the couning." In this scene, they have mashed up Kathy's family psycology gathering and Dermot and Maria's councelling session into a councelling session between Rory and Deano. I was unsure if it would work but indeed it works very well and is extremely funny! The dialogue has been adapted well for the most part, as a number of scenes have been slightly altered so that they are a combination of the original series and the first BBC series. The crowd's reaction is welcoming, especially since it seemed to struggle in the first half to gain the laugh out loud moments that are plentiful in the series.
The problem is the pacing. When my sister paused it, 49 minutes had passed, and truth be told, i was seriously debating to continue watching it as before this, the audience hadn't responded well- a few things i giggled at the audience barely responded to. Thankfully the cast are professional and continued on regardless, but i struggled to enjoy it. I felt the pacing was off and some parts dragged on far too long. Only during "the caller" scene did the audience finally warm (they did laugh quite a bit during "girl's night in" but it wasn't as well received as the tv series and after this scene, the audience quitened down again), and so i started to enjoy it too. It is such a pity it took so long for the audience to show that they were enjoying themselves. I am also baffled as to why Mark was left out of the show. If someone who was unfamiliar with the tv show decided to start by watching this, they may be confused when they did watch the series as he is barely mentioned. Betty just appears from nowhere and no one explains who she is- is she a relative, a neighbour? The actor who plays Mark plays the vicar instead. Why not have Mark (who is featured in the extras) in the show, and have the actor who plays Mick to play the priest aswell? Mick and the priest do not share any scenes together, so this decision baffles me. The extras section, truth be told, is a bit of a joke. It is a family tree where each character introduces themself, accompanied with a short clip or two showing them in action (bar Mark who has a short intro but nothing more). This is the only extra and is only any use to those who are unfamiliar with the show. I understand that the show is called "Mrs.Brown's boys," but Mrs.Brown herself does not have her own little section, which confuses me a little. They could have done so much more with the extras- a tour diary, behind the scenes, proper interviews with all the cast or maybe even a Q and A. The family tree is an embarassing extra and seems like a tacked on after thought. From my understanding, bar better picture quality, there are no differences between the dvd and bluray, so it doesn't really matter what version you get.

Overall, i am a disappointed fan. This could have been so much better if the pacing had been dealt with better, if all the regular characters had been in it and if the extras section had indeed included a decent amount of extras. It's a pity the audience took so long to warm up as there are some genuinely funny moments to enjoy, and truth betold, had i been incharge, i would have chosen a different night as i'm sure there was a better reaction on amother night. I understand why they'd want their first live dvd to be filmed infront in their homeland, but the audience doesn't seem to want to be there part of the time, which is a massive shame. I'm glad i watched it but i doubt i will give it a repeat viewing, unlike the tv series which have been watched multiple times. If you are a fan, either borrow it or get it when it becomes cheap in the next few months. For newcomers, while this is a good way to see who's who and to see all the major plotlines in one place, i'd suggest watching the series instead as this may put you off.

A WASTED OPPORTUNITY!


Crunchyroll - Watch Anime & Drama Now!
Crunchyroll - Watch Anime & Drama Now!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic app for anime lovers., 13 Jan 2013
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Was going to download it from google play store, however, after readimg the probls people with S2 phones were having, i left it. When i saw it was free here too, i decided to try it since it was free. What a fantastic app! It has tons of free sub shows and i'm loving Polar bear cafe! Sadly there's no english dub episodes and animes like bleach are members only, however this allows people to discover other animes and watch shiws which are unlikely to be dubbed. Great overall :-)


The Snowman and The Snowdog
The Snowman and The Snowdog

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute game, 14 Dec 2012
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Really lovely graphics and musoc. Lots to collect but some of the objectives stretch out the playtime. What child will sit there and loop the map 5 times in one playthrough? Some objectives are a little silly but mostly great :-)


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