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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Day Zero Edition (PS3)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Day Zero Edition (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £15.53

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who sucked out the feeling?, 12 Nov. 2014
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Possibly the worst thing to happen to COD since black ops, in my opinion, this game has taken everything that was good about COD Ghosts and replaced it with a soulless, convoluted and unintuitive experience.

For example, where as Ghosts and the Modern Warfare Series (to a lesser extent but still) had a simple to use and easy to understand menu system for loading out your character and keeping track of challenges, AW has ditched this for multiple separate sub menus. It took me a fair while to realise you could change the camo's one weapons because they are so hidden away! The frustrating and convoluted menus are not helped by the exscrutiating lag that the game has, it's not possible to flick through without something sticking.

Still, lag can be solved with patches, menu systems? You get used to them don't you! But the biggest sin this game has is the actual multiplayer game itself. The character is so slow! I initially presumed that speed unlocks were earnt to speed you up but no, lightweight is there from the start and makes no difference. Reloading is slow, boost jumping is difficult AND slow, aiming is slow. Sigh....

The maps have a different look and feel from any of the other CoDs and I don't know why but it is just awful. It's like they're too fuzzy or too dark or something? Either way, seeing players is a nightmare and by then it's too late! I have a great hd tv so it's not that... Maps are dull and not much fun to run around, weapons seem to all be much of a muchness regardless of what attachments you have on.

For me this game smacks of "ooh CoD has been called old hat, let's change everything to show we know this!" Bad idea. For me a good game series would keep the good bits and improve on the bad bits. Ghosts while hardly groundbreaking was fun, easy to pick up and just needed some better graphics and perhaps something akin to battlefield 4's vehicles and changing maps. Instead we've got the gimmicky short burst jet packs (face it that's what they are) and a pointless and convoluted change of skin for the menus.

Wish I had never traded in Ghosts to get this, I'm selling barely a week after release and have gone back to MW3! Avoid like the plague.
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Apple iPhone SE/5S/5 Back (Rear) Screen Protector, MediaDevil Magicscreen Dual-Tone Clear Edition - (2 x Back Protectors). Important: Read product description before ordering
Apple iPhone SE/5S/5 Back (Rear) Screen Protector, MediaDevil Magicscreen Dual-Tone Clear Edition - (2 x Back Protectors). Important: Read product description before ordering
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: £11.97

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars utter waste of money and time, 8 Feb. 2013
bought these because the promise of a three part protector that would preserve the looks of the back of my iPhone 5 as well as its two tone charm, as well as in theory being easier to apply sounded great. not so.

first issue, the thin protective film that covers the protector (ie the stuff you peel off so you can apply the protector itself) has a higher 'stickyness' than the protector itself. this causes two problems 1) getting the damn film off in the first place so you can apply the protector and 2) removing the second layer of film so that you can then smooth the protector down and make it stick to the phone. the first layer of film is sooooooo hard to peel off you end up putting finger prints and dust all over the protector itself in the battle to separate them and the second layer of film is so unbelievably sticky that every time you try to peel it off to reveal the freshly applied product it peels the whole thing straight back off again! rubbish!!

second issue, the fact they've clearly not measured their product carefully enough. I after much swearing managed to get the two smaller sections attached to the phone only to look down and find that despite three of the edges being aligned pretty near perfectly, the fourth edge of the protector had a good mm of gap between its edge and the edge of the phone back. thats pretty poor. also, in the case of the smaller section that goes round the camera, its generally a good idea to make sure it doesn't go across the lens itself. thats a bad thing guys. i've programmed a cutting machine and have qualifications in design and i'd be pretty embarrassed if i took money for something of this quality. it isn't hard to test a product of this nature and check its dimensions are accurate.

issue three, and i would consider this a fundamental flaw in the product, the fact that the protector once applied doesn't stay stuck very long. Had the two smaller sections on for 10 minutes now and they're both starting to peel. rubbish. in fact the one round the camera has literally just come off, i was trying to gently smooth down one of the areas that hadnt stuck properly and it suddenly stuck to my finger and came off! my gf has just said to me while examining it "err which side is supposed to be sticky??"

i think that sums it up. avoid this joke of a product like the plague. I don't expect perfection for this price, i do expect a product to do as it advertises though.
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Mark Steel's In Town
Mark Steel's In Town
by Mark Steel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun AND Informative!, 8 Aug. 2012
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Frequently made me laugh out loud or snort into whatever i was drinking as i read. A very funny book that manages to frequently impart historical lessons whilst finding the humor in everyday folk and life. I especially liked the bits about Surrey and Yorkshire (with its references to Essex being a highlight)

Pattern Recognition
Pattern Recognition
by William Gibson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly gripping and readable, 27 Oct. 2009
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I grabbed this from the library randomly, i think i was just drawn by the cover and the premise sounded interesting enough so i gave it a go! I'm so glad i did! The book is an interesting view of counterculture, the heroine believably bemused and the plot gripping and multi -faceted.

Its not often i pick up a book by an author i've never previously heard of, read it cover to cover in no time at all and then want to buy a copy immediately. I would recommend this to anybody! fantastic!

How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors
How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors
by Dan Crowe
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mix of design and wisdom, 20 Oct. 2008
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I bought this book primarily for the graphic design stylings of Vince Frost rather than the actual written content but i think the perhaps self indulgent subject amtter and content fits perfectly with the exaggerated and brash design of the book. The descriptions of how various authors are a mix of the funny, the touching and the ocassionally quite bizarre! Accomanyingthe tales are wonderful illustrations using various characters of typefaces that help to inject a sense of humor and energy into the book. All in all i was pleased with the purchase of this book, an all round package!

Narrow  Stairs
Narrow Stairs
Price: £5.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step forward, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Narrow Stairs (Audio CD)
I'm an avid fan of DCFC so narrow stairs was greeted with high anticipation after plans and transatlanticism which are two of my most overplayed albums. This however is nothing like either album and that i think is a good thing! Despite all the press blurb from the band talking of this being 'just the album they wanted to make' i kinda half expected another plans (which would be no bad thing!) but the resulting album strikes me as a cross between plans era death cab and the stylings of their earlier efforts such as the photo album.

The first few songs really set the scene with the usual fabulous lyrics and superb melodies, Bixby Canyon bridge and No Sunlight being wordy but somehow cool and hummable. But the second half of the album takes a turn for the darker and perhaps suggests where dcfc will head with future releases, grapevine fires being particularly dark as BG sings "before we all burn...".

A friend who is also a fan of the band listened to the album expressed his underwhelment as it sounded "nothing like the band he thought he knew", however he returned a few days later saying that he'd changed his mind, got into the abum and now liked it a lot. i think that is the best way to explain it to new listeners and old ones alike, its not the same as plans, it takes some getting used to and rewards repeated listenings.

my personal faves would include Bixby..., Possess your heart and long division.
least faves would be talking bird, its good, just nothing special compared to the tracks running before it!
buy this and give it a try and lets try to get the band on Jools Holland!

A Weekend in the City
A Weekend in the City
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £1.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yeah i like it, 9 Mar. 2007
This review is from: A Weekend in the City (Audio CD)
while i wouldnt go so far as saying its perfect i think this is a fairly good album! its a little similar in sound to the first album but i wouldnt say that is a reason to call it a failure, its shorter and mostly more coherant than the first album in my opinion and whilst lacking some of the instantly memorable tunes that the first album had, it makes up for this with a maturity that the first album sometimes lacked.

i've had it a while now and i'd say perhaps this album ranks below silent alarm for 'hit factor' but contains better qaulity of songwriting and musicianship

Price: £5.27

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure genius, 9 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Plans (Audio CD)
Plans is amazingly underrated by the general bredth of radio stations here in the uk, this album contains a mix of up tempo summery style songs that ooze classy lyrics and superb hooks and slower more classically styled songs that actually dare to look at the human condition, love and regret intelligently. Many of these songs would go down well on stations such as radio 1, virgin and capital and its a big shame they havent recieved much (if any??) airplay because this could (and perhaps should) have been the album to launch Death Cab... to greater heights.

seriously worth buying this album because i challenge everyone to not like it! its almost perfect!! and if you like this then you will like bands such as The Shins and The Postal Service (featuring Ben from death cab and the main bod from Dntel creating an electro style side project)

If Only You Were Lonely [Boy Version]
If Only You Were Lonely [Boy Version]
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good album, 30 July 2006
previously i had heard of hawthorne heights but never actually listened to them, once i got to university i was introduced to this band (among others) and fell in love instantly! my good friend jason bought their album having heard one song 'light sleeper' and i called him a fool, but once i had listened to it i agreed with him, this band have a good future ahead of them!

the whole album is of a high standard, there are no duff songs and every one has something going for it. personal favourites include, 'we are so last year' and 'light sleeper'

listen to this and then listen to their slightly harder less user friendly album 'the silence in black and white'

With Love And Squalor
With Love And Squalor
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Price: £3.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of Last Year, 12 July 2006
This review is from: With Love And Squalor (Audio CD)
Like my title suggests, i really really enjoyed this album! Having best sent a mix cd with 'The Great Escape' amongst the tracks i felt compelled to hear the rest of the album and i wasn't disappointed! The album kicks off with the upbeat and edgy 'nobody move...' and keeps up a funky, danceable beat all the way through, only pausing for a breath on 'textbook'. The best songs I.M.O on the this album are Great Escape, Inaction, Cashcow and Nobody Move... however the rest are all very, very good and superb listening! Would recommend this to anyone!

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