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Supreme Commander 2 (Xbox 360)
Supreme Commander 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £8.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but ultimately limited version of the PC version, 6 Aug 2014
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After Halo Wars, this is the only RTS I've played. The components for a great game are there - good unit design, well balanced, strong interface, nice and smooth - but it's all just a bit too small scale. Even Total Annihilation, released about 15 years ago now, had bigger battles and more of a sense of scale - so you just don't have enough units to control to fight on multiple fronts, which is what you want when playing a game like this. Once you've got your base up and running, which counts towards your unit cap, you really don't have that many units at your disposal.

Furthermore, the range of units isn't as large as I'd hoped. I'm against needlessly having a million very similar units (which is what Total Annihilation did) but equally there isn't as many land or air based units as I'd hoped.

Online battles can be fun, although there seems to be a high percentage of people who quit as soon as you start winning so not giving you the satisfaction of a proper win - and sort of descend into who can build the most nukes first. I've played several games where no actual land units are built, just bases, research stations and nukes.

This all probably seems quite negative, when actually I've enjoyed the game a lot. It's just that it's not got enough to be a truly great game and that's disappointing.

ROCK JAW i3D Dual Driver Earphones
ROCK JAW i3D Dual Driver Earphones

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 May 2014
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For the money I was expecting amazing sound quality - but it is merely OK.

However the main flaw with this size is the fit - as each ear bud is quite heavy compared to any other earphones I've used before they are continually falling out my ears, despite trying various sized fits.

I spend about 50% of the time listening to music and 50% of the time putting them back in my ears - I've never had this issue with any set in my life, including many cheaper sets.

Overall I could not recommend this set.

The Wolverine [Blu-ray]
The Wolverine [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £9.00

41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and humble take on a truly interesting Marvel character, 18 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Wolverine [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
If you're still smarting over the disaster that was Origins (not including the title sequence, which was the only good part of that movie!)then you can feel confident that The Wolveriene will leave you with a much better sentiment.

Still fitting into the continuity of the other X-Men films but without many constraints imposed upon itself, The Wolveriene is a great standalone film which helps to flesh out the titular character, which in many people's opinions is the most interesting in Marvel lore.

On the whole Jackman does a great job at portraying Wolveriene, and slightly more nuanced than he has played the role in the past. I liked how superheroes aren't always at the forefront and it's more about vendettas and relationships. The action that does feature is, on the whole, excellent and not too 'OTT' (in contrast, I found Man of Steel to be overly action orientated) right up until the final showdown battle with Silver Samurai, which I felt went too much with the expected Hollywood ending.

Overall though it's a great film, and you don't need to be into Marvel or superheroes to enjoy it.
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Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel (The Culture)
Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel (The Culture)
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating science fiction, 16 Sep 2013
This is only the second Banks book I've read after 'The Player of Games' but this is equal or better than that masterpiece.

The characters are superbly realised, imagery fantastically imagined and story utterly addictive. And despite how long ago this book was written the science still feels fresh and exciting - as if it was written yesterday. The end was great, if a little sad. But it completed the circle of what the story is about - fighting for what one considers important.

I can't recommend this book enough.

Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360)
Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox 360)
Offered by games-wizard
Price: £14.10

4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of RPG, 10 Jun 2013
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I will keep this review brief and to the point. Initially I found the game had a slow start but after 10 hours or so and understanding how it all works (as some aspects like levelling aren't as obvious as other RPGs) this is very engrossing and addictive.

The main plus points are that it is challenging but not impossible (like Dark Souls), a great sense of adventure and the combat is great. Upgrading equipment is slow and steady so when you get a better piece of kit it feels like a genuine upgrade. The pawn system is also a bit different and interesting and the enemies varied and some are very cinematic to fight against.

The main things stopping this from receiving 5 stars are a few technical issues (screen tear and especially pop-up), the characters aren't very fleshed out (so you never really care about them) and the dialogue can be a bit hammy and repetitive.

Overall if you like RPGs and fantasy worlds with decent escapism try it - this is a great value purchase.

XCOM Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360)
XCOM Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £19.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix of tactics and strategy, 27 Dec 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is the first strategic game on the 360 which has been both enjoyable and user friendly experience. Having never played an X-Com game before all the other reviews lead me onto this gem and I haven't been disappointed, to the point where I am thinking about how to tackle a level whilst at work and go to bed with a sense of misery each time a beloved soldier is KIA.

I will keep my summary brief but suffice to say there's enough depth to the strategic elements (e.g. setting your base up and all your unit/resource management) combined with the combat itself to keep you occupied for ages.

Another good thing is that the gameplay is quite open ended and lots of different ways to approach the game, with no guarantee you will complete the game at all - which is quite refreshing in today's market where anyone can complete a game given enough attempts as it's spoon fed to you what you should do.

The presentation of the game is OK but not stunning, the facial modelling especially looks pretty poor by today's standards and some of the terrain types look messy to the point where it's hard to see what's going on.

A small gripe is that I had to pay for the DLC in order to unlock the customisation options, but it is only 400 points and worth doing - although I felt this should be included in the main game itself.

Overall a truly excellent game and should be purchased by everyone, if only to ensure a next gen version with better graphics and customisation.

by Graham Hancock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are people reading the same book as me?, 29 Sep 2011
This review is from: Entangled (Paperback)
First of all, I bought this book on the strength of Hancock's other books. I thought it would add a fictional narrative to his non-fictional ideas, themes and motives of his books. The premise is actually quite good, it is the structure and style that infuriates me.

Hancock is English. But in this book he writes for a clearly American audience, not only the spellings "mom", but the dumbed down general vocabulary he uses. I understand he is trying to be stylised, but it just doesn't work. Also horrendous and frequent "phonetic devices" such as "WOOMPH" and "CRASH" and words like that. It reminds me of Batman from the 60s.

Secondly he seems to be writing to target fans of Twighlight - with far too much description of naked muscular men. It is almost homoerotic at times.

The chapters must be written for people with 5 minute attention spans, all of them no more than 4 pages - I have never read a book which is structured like this. It horribly interrupts the flow of the book.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I found it embarassingly bad. Come on Graham you are far, far better than this rubbish.

Turtle Beach Wireless Headset Ear Force X31 (Xbox 360)
Turtle Beach Wireless Headset Ear Force X31 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Appods
Price: £74.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but expensive., 30 Jan 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I started looking for slight upgrade for the standard 360 headset, and eventually managed to convince myself this was a justified purchase!

In short, if you are serious about your games then this is a great accessory to own. It was easy to setup and is a pleasure to use.

The headset is light and comfortable.

Bass range is good, although I found lower settings were better.

Chat function is far superior to original unit.

Overall this is a great product, it is just the price which gives it a 4* rating rather than a 5*. If you can affort this product then I would definitely recommend it.

HTC Hero Sim Free Android Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)
HTC Hero Sim Free Android Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true smart phone, 10 Nov 2009
After debating for a long time over this or the iPhone, I am so pleased I got this handset. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Customisation - you can customise virtually everything. The look, the layout, how things work.

2. Quality - really well made, a nice solid weight, not experienced and software or hardware issues.

3. Clever - just so many smart little touches around the phone. After using it for a while you realise that things that should be easy on a phone but haven't been until now take seconds to perform.

4. Surprising - lots of little things you discover as you keep using the device that make you think "wow"

5. Cost - considering this is a more sophisticated piece of kit, on contract it was a lot cheaper than the comparative iPhone contract

The only negative I had about this phone when I got it was the battery life, but after playing around with the settings (such as turning the constant GPRS signal off when not in use, changing the frequency of email updates etc) it has gone from less than a day to a solid 2 or 3 days with high use.

My phone came preloaded with the latest software, and it seems really quick at all times. Not experienced any lag at all.

I would also rate this phone as it is rarer than the iPhone, but people "in the know" recognise this device as the smart choice.

I would highly recommend this phone, once you understand how it works it is extremely intuitive and very powerfull.
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Sony MDREX32LPW In-Ear Headphones - White
Sony MDREX32LPW In-Ear Headphones - White

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid acoustics, questionable ergonomics., 23 Oct 2007
First of all, the sound quality on these headphones is significantly better than the standard iPod set. The treble is very good, the bass is good but could do with a bit more punch on bassier tracks, but for most genres of music the Sony headphones create a very enjoyable sound. This is further benefitted from the "in ear" design which cuts down background noise well. The volume is also better, but that is perhaps in no small part due to the iPod earphones being so quiet rather than the Sony ones being particularly loud.

The set comes with a choice of ear plugs to fit most sizes of ears, but my problem was that I was "between sizes" meaning that one was a little too tight to fit in comfortably, and the other requires constant pushing in when listening to the iPod on the go, especially running.

The quality of the set seems very solid, and should last longer than the iPod set. For the money, this set provides great value for money too.

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