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5.0 out of 5 stars Overnight life-changer, for less than a fiver., 31 Jan 2014
I write to you all the DAY AFTER using this before I went to bed last night, and it has taken effect immediately. After a walk to the shops wearing a jacket that would usually leave me with wet patches on my t-shirt, there are no marks. No wetness, not even dampness.

Don't sit around, reading reviews of different products and treatments, umming and ahhring as to what you should do and whether it will get better by itself, whilst your social confidence gets weaker and weaker. Just buy this, it's less than 5 pounds, and it's done the trick after ONE NIGHT.

Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat
by Dan Hampton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and informative, a first-person perspective, 1 Jan 2014
If you're an avid follower of combat aviation or you simply know that a plane is something that flies, then you will enjoy this book. It has unmatched detail of the exact things Lt Col. Hampton did in his cockpit in response to the maze of threats that was Iraq in both Gulf Wars, as well as his experiences in his various training schools and fighter pilot rituals. Reading a hands on perspective from someone who flew over the US hours after 9/11, personally bombed Saddam Hussein's helicopters and has 151 combat missions to his name is an unmissable read.

I fully recommend to anyone seeking an exciting series of story accounts from the front seat - literally.

Buy it!

Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick and Throttle for PC
Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick and Throttle for PC
Price: 306.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & built to last, 15 Nov 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If you are looking into buying this stick, chances are you're a player of DCS World and own/are looking to own the A10C module. I use my Warthog for both the A10C module and the Flaming Cliffs 3 module within DCS so this is what my review applies to.

First of all, the stick is BEAUTIFUL. When you first unpack it and see the array of HOTAS buttons/switches, feel the cold metal of the stick, and experience the sheer mass of both components, you know you've invested in a quality product. The stick & the throttle provide unmatched HOTAS capability, ESPECIALLY if you are playing the A10C module as the controls are a perfect replica of the stick & throttle found in a real A10C Thunderbolt II. In addition to the perfect control authenticity, you are also given the extreme convenience of the system already being mapped to the game- with the real functions of each button & switch doing what it's supposed to. With the exception of trim switch on the stick (which by default is set to look around), the stick is absolutely "plug & play".

The components feel heavy, solid, and easy to use in your hands. Though the throttle is largely plastic, it is a heavy, solid plastic that feels durable and still features an array of metal switches on it. The two-stage gun trigger on the stick is a nice authentic touch to add; first stage to stabilise the plane's angle to face the ground target you are about to shoot, second stage fires the famous 30mm gatling gun that the aircraft is built around. Some complain that the second stage of the trigger requires quite a bit of force, and it does, though I just view this as a realistic touch & adds to the kick-a** experience when you're strafing some targets on the ground. The switches on the throttle panel are a nice touch and are all mapped in game also - flipping the APU switch yourself during startup and hearing the whine afterwards of it firing up is very satisfying. Among the obvious points, one advantage that I didn't anticipate is better flight control. Because the stick is smooth and heavy, your control movements are much better executed and it really does teach you to be a better pilot.

With regard to using the stick for other modules or even totally different games, the assortment of buttons and switches available will not leave you short of commands to map. When flying the semi-sim module within DCS world which is Flaming Cliffs 3, using a heavy metal stick with full HOTAS functionality just feels heavenly in an air-to-air battle. You will have to map your commands to other modules; though this is no disadvantage as you'd be in the exact same scenario as with any other stick you buy.

For me there are only 2 little niggles, which are so small that it doesn't retract it from my 5 star rating. Firstly, the switch/mouse on the throttle which controls the slewing of your sensors in-game is very small and feels quite unsubstantial. Apparently in the real aircraft, the slew control is done by the entire button rocker moving around which would be a lot easier, rather than the tiny mouse pointer you are given. And secondly, though it is authentic, the stick is without a built in rudder function. You cannot twist the stick, which means for rudder control you will have to fork out another 100 and get yourself a pair of Saitek pedals.

All in all I am very happy with my Warthog, and it feels like it will last me good few years, as a stick of this price should. If you're a DCS A10C player and are debating between this and the Saitek X-65F - get this. The control mapping is done for you, you get a nice two stage trigger for your gun PAC, and let's face it you'll be as close as is possible to flying the real thing.

Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by 1stvideo
Price: 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to & exceeds hype., 11 Nov 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
As with any Battlefield game, you desire realism, a phenomal graphical/audio experience, and the second-to-none multiplayer experience. BF3 does not disappoint, and aside from 1 or 2 miniscule drawbacks, I see no reason why you shouldn't click "Add to basket".

-Next generation of audio and graphics, all down to their perfected Frostbite 2.0 physics engine.
-Most life-like FPS you can buy today. Add a large screen and surround sound & you may just feel like you're in a warzone.
-Breathtaking multiplayer experience, from massive open maps with jets and gunships, to confined city/town maps with stunning close-range realism.
-Long multiplayer progression, meaning it'll be a while before you run out of things to achieve online.

-Seperate disks for Campaign/Multiplayer, can be inconveniant when you fancy a change every now and then.
-Occasional server issues, randomly kicks you off a match, but 99% of the time fine.
-Singleplayer campaign is mediocre, after first few missions gets repetitive and has used a similar inter-mission plot from COD: Black Ops.

In summary, I thoroughly recommend you buy this game. As a Battlefield fan right from "1942" up to this, they have kept their traditions and added plenty. COD:MW3 appears to have lost this one.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Xbox 360)
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Global Xpress
Price: 28.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must be a low budget...., 11 Feb 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
After a thouroughly enjoyable TDU1, I was hoping for a similar experience - Graphics, decent driving physics, realism, and a sense of just "chilling". Don't waste your money. TDU2 offers none of these. If you think it's fine to be able to corner at 120 mph, or brake from 200mph-0 in a few seconds, sure, click buy. For some first time drivers, the game may suit if you're looking for some arcady fun. But for us driving sims who like our realism, this isn't a patch on the first. Not only are the physics and realism appauling, alot of the engine sounds are not authentic. There seems to be no option of playing without other online players around you, and when they are within a mile of your radius, the game starts to jolt and judder. The voice acting is tragic, and the plot lines can be cringable. If you are not looking for a bit of realism mixed with some chilled out exploration, then buy this. Otherwise, buy Forza 3.
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Medal of Honor - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: 10.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 17 Oct 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
After all the contraversy about the supposed option to play as Taliban, this has now been changed to "OpFor", so if that was putting you off buying the game, you can now click "Add to basket".
I first went onto the single player mode, which has been developed by "Danger Close". The missions create tension, as you interpret the silence for the potential of a taliban attack. The shooting physics are very similar to Call of Duty/Battlefield, and any headshot you aquire promts an emblem of a head to remind you of your marksmanship.
I shan't write more on the single player so I don't spoil it, but to sum it up, the gameplay is mainly excellent (with a milli-second or so of framerate issues during times of explosions and fire), and the graphics are pretty good, though they don't match up to Call of Duty or Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Onto multiplayer, this is when my verdict of the game went from pretty good to bloody amazing! The multiplayer section has been developed by "DICE", the developers who brought you Battlefield Bad Company 2, and they have used their masterpiece physics engine for the multiplayer - The Frostbite 2.0.
Imagine the physics realism, and amazing visuals and audio of Battlefield 2, all squeezed into Call of Duty sized maps, and there is your multiplayer. It works a treat, and with several types of game mode, you will fail to get bored. The weapon selection in multiplayer is limited, some may find that a good thing, others a bad. But it means you are familiar with all the weapons. (I think there is about 15-20 online weapons but don't quote me on it).
The Frostbite 2.0 has done a jaw dropping visual effect on explosions, which actually make you want to run towards them.

To conclude, the online play is right up there with the kings of FPS's (Battlefield & COD), with amazing visuals and audio, and the awesome physics engine from DICE. I would have given the game 5 stars, but the single player needs better graphics and more missions to match the rating. So, overall, I award it 4 stars, and I thoroughly recommend it to those wanting a realistic modern day FPS for playing on a rainy day.

CQ Poker Set 300 Chips 2x Card Decks, Dice, Dealer Button inc. Aluminium Carry Case
CQ Poker Set 300 Chips 2x Card Decks, Dice, Dealer Button inc. Aluminium Carry Case
Offered by The Sports HQ
Price: 49.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory, but improvements needed., 1 Sep 2010
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having ordered this set, it arrived within 2 days, which was impressive. However, on taking out the case I instantly notice some wear and tear (dents, dirt, rust etc) on an item which is apparantly brand new.
There is a key which comes with it, but it does not lock the catches, and instead gets stuck at a 270 degree turn. The inside of the case is rather attractive, with nice padding on top.

The chips themselves are nice and heavy, which slightly gets rid of a cheap feel, but the cards are thin and flimsy, and have a slight shade of impurity to them.

A dealer button and dice are also included as stated in the product description, but I received no "poker rules handbook" with my case, which was a dissapointment, as I am no serious player and I would need to check on a rule every now and then.

So in summary, I award this 3 stars, because the case and chips are nice ahd heavy, but the wear and tear + poor card quality + lack of handbook bring it down.

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