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Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)
Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My most powerful machine yet!, 10 Dec 2013
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Finally laptops have become as powerful and usable as a regular desktop PC- with it's fast processor it'll run multiple apps with ease and plays games pretty well. After performance testing, it came out with with far higher results than my previous desktop PC and laptop put together, so I now just use this machine exclusively for all my computer related work, photo and video editing without any issues. It truly is a powerful machine with a fantastic Spec.

It can (although not easily) be converted into an even more powerful machine- I upgraded mine to 16GB of Ram and added a second SSD by replacing the DVD player with an after-market bay enclosure from Holland which works great. Having two HDDs can be VERY tricky to set up and requires contacting Lenovo for restore disks and bios tweaks if intending to replace it's system drive for a SSD.

The laptop has SO much going for it and simply can not be beaten for perfomance-price ratio for a mid-high end range laptop.

The things which let this laptop down:
1) The trackpad is horrible. I would have appreciated separate mouse buttons instead of having them incorporated into the pad to make it more usable.
2)It needs bevelled edges for extra comfort- especially where your palm rests near the track pad.
3) The interchangeable spare bay drive is a great idea but it was never made available in the UK (as far as I know), hence needing work-arounds to make use of it.

Windows 8 can work great with a little customization. If you want it running like Win 7, but with the speed and stability features of 8, install "start 8" and Google tutorials for how skip start up/ splash screen and perform other Win7 like customizations. Yeah, it's not ideal to have to tweak the OS like this, but doable if you looking for more of a work machine or some familiarity.


Step-By-Step Manga
Step-By-Step Manga
by Ben Krefta
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent How to Draw Manga Book, 4 Nov 2013
This review is from: Step-By-Step Manga (Paperback)
Amazing book!

Well presented and easy to follow step-by step directions. This book teaches how to draw the 6 archetypal manga characters from the cover. The methods used for these can be translated to create your own unique characters. From basic guide lines to full anime style colour, I'd recommend it for both boys and girls of ages 8-16. It's great for beginner to intermediate artists and would say this should be your first how to draw manga book and at such an affordable price, you really can't go wrong. The book has brought me many hours of enjoyment and when it comes to art- that's what it's all about :)

5 Stars!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manga, 21 Oct 2013
Battle Angel Alita is a manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990.

The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita's attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. The manga series is continued in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order.


Super Street Fighter IV - Arcade Edition (Xbox 360)
Super Street Fighter IV - Arcade Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: 13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Street Fighter game, 10 Mar 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Probably the best next-gen fighting game I've played. I hadn't sampled the previous SFIV or SSFIV, so it was great to jump straight into the full, 39 character line up of the Arcade Edition. I had played the original SF, SF2, Alpha 1, Alpha 3, EX and Third Strike and would rate this up the top- Great looking characters, lots of moves variety and pretty much everything you'd want and expect from a Street Fighter game.

Be warned- this game is difficult to master- There is more to winning than repeating the trusty old "jump and hard kick" move and watching the online replay channel shows the kinda fighting skills and variation one needs to train in order to reach a competent level of skill. Arcade mode on 'easy' difficulty is anything but! For SF4 you'll need to learn timing, move range/distance, blocking, combos and special moves to progress though both the main arcade mode or win online multiplayer ranked matches.

I've got "street fighter thumb" from too much D-pad action, so using the analogue sticks or better yet, an arcade stick for the hardcore gamers is probably for the best if you can!

Why not 5 stars? They could have included a survival mode or time attack, no trial mode for the 4 new characters, the anime back stories are a cool idea, but kinda dumb and basic when they could have done so much more to explain each character's story and motives. The main one: They needed way more stages and environments for variety. If you're gonna eventually go on to play 1000s of fights, a huge variety of environments, background music tracks and characters are key!

Overall it's great fun and get the adrenalin going!


Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 11.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserved best game of 2010, 7 Jan 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
In-depth, classy, strong narrative, fun and addictive. Mass Effect 2 was every bit as great as the first game, and better!

I've summarized the pros and cons for this review based on my experience of playing the game through once and having played the first game several times. I hope you find this review useful.

Summary:
Mass Effect 2- a single player sci-fi role play game mixing `Monkey Island' style multiple dialogue and real time third person shooter combat.

Pros:
*Best voice acting I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, with each voice being well suited to each character / personality in the game.
*Multiple choice dialogue allows you to influence characters in the game and add reply value- I played through the game as a goodie (paragon) the first time around and am replaying as the less friendly `renegade' persona next time by using the alternative dialogue options. Having different team members in your party also adds variety to spoken dialogue.
* Background story and details are fantastic- you're supplied with all the answers to why the future, is the way it is and why the galaxy's inhabitants and technology are the way they are, which really add a lot of depth and authenticity to the story.
* The main plot to the game is great and flows really well as good as any sci-fi movie out there.
* Plenty of side quests to keep completionists like myself happy and gave me a good 50 hours of game play to acquire every item on my first play.
*Graphics are fantastic for both environments and characters.
* No major flaws with the combat system, once you get use to it.
* Good balance between combat and story.
* Customize lead character appearance, abilities and back story. I made a `me' look-a-like, which was quite amusing.
* Great to see characters from the first game in the sequel, having more of their back-stories revealed.
* Able to import Mass Effect 1 character.
* Lots on attainable Xbox achievements rather than, for example, 500G for killing 10 billion enemies of the course of 100 play-throughs.

Improvements over the first game:
* Textures on characters and objects don't take as long to load when viewing certain scenes.
* The combat more satisfying with a similar structure to Gears of War.
* You won't frustratingly die from a large weapon (i.e. rocket launcher) if you are hiding behind cover.
* I don't remember dying from an unavoidable one hit kill.
* No more standing in elevators waiting 30 seconds to resume play.
* Auto saving is MUCH better and dying no longer means having to re-play an hour of trekking around before entering a battle.
* No more driving around in the buggy! Horay!
* Less glitches. Only experienced one whereby my character was floating above the ground. Luckily I managed to recover from the glitch without re-starting.
* Lots of little improvements with: graphics, interface, flow between scenes/character reactions to dialogue
* Better downloadable content
* Acquiring and upgrading weapons and armour is less fussy meaning you don't have to consider upgrading your party's equipment after every single battle/kill

Cons:
Bioware managed to fix pretty much every con in the first game, so I will need to nit-pick here.

* The game's Krogan character was one of the most boring. Wrex in the first game was far more interesting and looked better.
* Some of the character's (humans) faces and hair look a little plastic. The way they did the faces in the new Alice in Wonderland movie (grafting on actual actors faces onto CG bodies) would make a game like this AMAZING. I'm sure games will be made like that in the future.
* Scanning planets for minerals is tedious. Adding a much bigger variety of mini games to gather resources would add interest. There also needs to be more incentive to scan and delete minerals from every available planet in the game. How about an xbox achievement or worthwhile in-game items?

After the game was over, I experienced the "RPG anticlimax" feeling- wishing there was more and wondering what I'm going to do with my life from now on! Lol!

4.9 outta 5


Folie A Deux
Folie A Deux
Price: 5.86

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like "Take this to your gave" and "From under the cork tree", you probably wont like this., 29 Jun 2009
This review is from: Folie A Deux (Audio CD)
In one word: Disappointment. In more words:

I've been a big fan of Fallout Boy for some time and would class their earlier albums as THE best pop-punk to ever be created. Things started to go down hill a little with "Infinity on high" whereby you got an even mix of amazing Fallout Boy goodness with an extra large helping "annoying new sounding stuff" and now Folie A Deux is 100% "annoying new stuff"! I can see the band have tried to move into a new direction with a very contemporary pop feel, but I don't want this new contemporary pop - I want that great pop-punk sound of old.

I guess if you liked songs like "This aint a scene, its and arms race" then you might like their new stuff, since that one song in particular (apart from it's great old-skool chorus) seems to define this new Fallout Boy sound which they've now gone ahead with. It's a sound I can imagine will appeal to some, but it's not my cup of tea. I'll be looking elsewhere for my music now that Fallout Boy has abandoned many of it's older fans with this new style.


Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Offered by speedygames
Price: 12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bioshocked Review, 7 Mar 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bioshock (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
From playing the demo of this game, one thing I liked about it was it's 1940s/50s horror style atmosphere, level design and music- an original and creepy concept backed up by some great effects and graphics, with easy to use controls.

After trying out the demo, I went on to buy the full game and wasn't disappointed. The weapons are unique and well balanced and work well alongside the special powers (Plasmids), which generally work like magic spell weapons. There are loads of pick-ups and items scattered throughout the game, which make it a lot more worthwhile to explore every part of each level.

Arrows pointing out which way to go to reach your next objectives, hints from characters via the radio and tape recorded messages along with a list of goals and map in the pause menu make it difficult to get lost or stuck, which I really appreciated. It's these sort of features which make it a fun, easy to play game without the frustrations of getting lost or not knowing what to do next.

The game is held together by a great storyline including some strong voice acting, and is deliberately humorous in places. Above all, despite the game's `weirdness', it makes sense and is easy to follow- completely the opposite to Halo 3's plot.

Overall, I give it 4.4 outta 5 - A fun game, well worth my 20+ hours of play time to complete.


Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: 17.34

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completed the game- now what do I do with my life?! :p, 12 Jan 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Pros:

Mass effect is a great game worthy of my cash. I've summarized the pros and cons for this review based on my experience of playing the game through once and having started re-playing it soon after. I hope you find this review useful.

Summary:
Mass effect- a single player sci-fi role play game mixing `Monkey Island' style multiple dialogue and real time third person shooter combat.

Pros:
*Best voice acting I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, with each voice being well suited to each character / personality in the game.
*Multiple choice dialogue allows you to influence characters in the game and add reply value- I played through the game as a goodie the first time round and am replaying as a renegade using the alternative dialogue options. Having different team members in your party also adds variety to spoken dialogue.
* Background story and details are fantastic- you're supplied with all the answers to why the future, is the way it is and why the galaxy's inhabitants and technology are the way they are, which really add a lot of depth and authenticity to the story.
* The main plot to the game is great and flows really well as good as any sci-fi movie out there.
* Plenty of side quests to keep completionists like myself happy and gave me a good 50 hours of game play to acquire every item and reach level 50 experience on my first play.
*Graphics are fantastic for both environments and characters.
* No major flaws with the combat system, once you get use to it.
* Good balance between combat and story.
* Customize lead character appearance, abilities and back story. I made a `me' look-a-like, which was quite amusing.

Cons (most of which are minor):
* Textures on characters and objects can take a few seconds to load when viewing scenes, which is unfortunate.
* Would be great if there was a `sprint' button to get around quicker, since there's a fair bit of running in the game, although preloading times for each area would then probably suffer.
* Standing in elevators can be a tad tedious, although it's a minor quibble.
* Enemies that dish out one hit kills are a little frustrating, since it means re-starting from the last save point.
* Driving around in the buggy on uncharted planets can be slow and tedious- if you're after every collectable in the game, you'll be driving a lot.
* I experienced 3 glitches in the game which forced me to restart- i.e. game freezing and getting stuck between objects.
* The xbox crashed a further 3 times during the game- not sure if this is something to do with Mass effect, or simply the Xbox which has a tendency to crash other games too.

After the game was over, I experienced the "RPG anticlimax" feeling- wishing there was more and wondering what I'm going to do with my life from now on! Lol!

Now I've started my second play-through, which I expect will be a lot quicker than the first. Gaining all the Xbox Achievements in the game are not impossible, but I expect it may take me a good 80 hours+ of play time.

4.5 outta 5


Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Offered by GAMES CONSOLES BARGAIN
Price: 11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewer's Creed, 27 Dec 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a great, solid game worthy of my cash. I've read some of the other reviews, and although I can accept many of the negative points, for me they don't degrade what is a fantastic game in many ways.

Graphics, textures, lighting and animation are superb; some of the best yet on a next gen console. The sound effect and music are also without fault- especially in 5.1 surround. Along with action packed chases via free running, simple, but satisfying battles make a game worth playing for it's eye candy alone.

Thankfully the controls are really easy to pick up and the camera generally points where you want it to, which helps make it an easy to play 20+ hours of entertainment.

I like the fact you can, if you choose, beat up civilians, throw guards off tall buildings, allow vigilantes to hold onto a guard while you stab him in the back! One really funny moment was after getting into a fist fight with a few thugs; one of these annoying mentally retarded guys wandered into the middle of our scrap and was accidentally punched in the face by one of the thugs, after which he ran off! Lol :p I guess you had to see it! My point is, explore the game for long enough and you discover many little touches which most game designers wouldn't consider.

On the minus side, there is the issue of repetitive missions. It would be nice to mix it up a little as you progress, similar to Metal Gear Solid games (requiring new weapons to be used), maybe even add in a few mini games like Shenmue? However the tasks set were enjoyable enough to `keep repeating' without getting too bored. Although it would be a different story if the game had lasted any longer. At least the fact you can collect flags or simply roam the city in between helps break things up.

The reason it doesn't get a 5 star: You can't skip cut scenes, dialogue was occasionally a little long-winded and boring, sometimes it's easier to kill several guards than run and hide or try to blend before taking out a target, attempting to collect ALL the flags can only be considered a `waste of life'!

As I say, I liked it, but it may not be to everyone's taste.


Guitar Hero III - Game Only (PS2)
Guitar Hero III - Game Only (PS2)
Offered by Go2Games
Price: 5.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanna be a Guitar Hero?, 28 Nov 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Great addition to the series. Feeling so relieved to finally get some new tunes to play through!

Pros:
* Lots of new songs.
* Many songs use original vocals, rather than covers
* Career Mode has animated cut scenes
* Character designs are a big improvement
* More guitars, characters and costume style available
* Note count pops up on screen DDR style
* A few new play modes

Cons:
* Career mode coulda done so much more with the animated cut scenes!
* Nailing a Star Power Phrase sound effect doesn't sound as cool
* Using whammy on notes doesn't look as responsive
* Saving and loading takes a little longer
* Interface (i.e. rock meter) looks a little cleaner, but the designers still coulda done way more to make it more user friendly

Neutral:
* Many of the songs consist of 3-4 note per second chord strumming, with less note variety in songs than the previous two games
* Notes slightly outta sync (can be corrected with video lag) compared to previous 3 games


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