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The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel (Elder Scrolls 1)
The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel (Elder Scrolls 1)
by Greg Keyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars good, but only for TES fans, 2 Jan 2012
This is a pretty great book for any fans of the elder scrolls lore. While the plot and characters are a little mediocre, the lore and amount of details of events between oblivion and Skyrim are are essential for fans, not to mention the the first real insight into Black Marsh and its culture.

Driver San Francisco (Wii)
Driver San Francisco (Wii)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 16.49

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Driving Game on the Wii, 2 Sep 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Driver San Francisco on the Wii is simply a great game. The great gameplay and style of the original Driver, with dozens of varied missions and excellent mechanics tailored to the Wii. The single player story has hours of fun, with loads of extra stuff to do exploring the huge open world even once you've finished the story missions. There's also a lot of Split Screen co-op and competitive multiplayer modes which are a blast to play with friends or family. It may not be as fancy as its HD equivalents, but its every bit as good a game. I heartily recommend this game to any Wii owners and Driver fans alike.
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Total War: Shogun 2 - Limited Edition
Total War: Shogun 2 - Limited Edition

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding., 12 April 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Shogun 2 is an improvement for the franchise in practically every way. My personal interest in history is more aligned with the settings of Empire or Medieval, so I was initially not so excited at the idea of a return to Shogun. I was proven wrong. Very wrong.
Every aspect of this game is better than its predecessors. The RPG-esque character development (of generals, ninjas, metsuke and monks) just makes the campaign so much more rewarding, seeing your subjects age and develop over decades of service effects your strategies and your investment in your clan. The landscape is largely more tactical than Empire, with less open land and more mountains and valleys to be taken into account when planning your armies movements and defensive positions. Trading and economy play a bigger part of the game too, as well as your clans religious choices.
Campaign AI has improved, being able to effectively use fleets and agents and generally making diplomacy less rediculous than Empire.
The real time battles have also seen a lot of improvements and changes. Shogun returns to simplicity of Rome, but with the tech advancements and AI even more advanced than Empire.
Visual style also plays a big part in the game, with a much more focused and well implemented art style.

The only area I would say the game lacks is in its size. The campaign map is around the same size as any one of the Kingdoms expansion campaigns, failing to rival the huge scale and replayability of Empire, though the vastly expanded multiplayer game will likely be the reason you keep coming back to Shogun.

Bulletstorm (PS3)
Bulletstorm (PS3)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 13.76

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 28 Feb 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bulletstorm (PS3) (Video Game)
A brilliant, brilliant game. Even considering the tongue in cheek humour and competent storyline, this is one of the best single player shooters in recent years. The mechanics you can use for killing people just get more and more fun throughout the game, making shooting more about creativity than accuracy. But the excellent gameplay isn't even the best part of the game, where it really shines, is in it's level design. The environments and vistas are just jaw dropping, I'd often find myself sending an enemy flying into the air in slow motion, then turning round to look at the scenery and gorgeous landscapes before turning back to finish the job, not to mention taking screenshots every couple of minutes, just to save for potential desktop backgrounds later.
The game has plenty of reasons to keep playing after the single player campaign is done. A time trial-esque "echoes" mode gives sections of the game a score based competitive element, while Anarchy (known as Horde or Firefight in Gears and Halo) is a blast online, letting players pull off plenty of combo moves and skillshots.

The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (Collector's Edition)
The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (Collector's Edition)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the greatest RPG in the world..., 16 Feb 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Sure, the graphics are a little dated, and combat is pretty basic at first glance, but this game has everything. Anything you could ask of an open world RPG, its in here. Morrowind puts Oblivion to shame, it really shows off the amount of content and gameplay that was cut in the sequal.

Arcania: Gothic 4 (Xbox 360)
Arcania: Gothic 4 (Xbox 360)

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an open world..., 16 Feb 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Gothic 4 is a decent game, but not a great one, its graphics and engine are far better and far more stable than previous entries in the series, although the resolution and detail on the console version is significantly worse than PC.
However, despite its technical improvements on the franchise, the game itself is no where near as enjoyable. For a start, it's not an open world game anymore, you get small areas where you can wonder around until the next area is unlocked, which means progressing through the story. You can't swim and invisible barriers are everywhere, stopping your urges for exploration. About half way in the whole game becomes extremely linear, without any towns or side quests, just wondering through endless caves to get to the next part of the story.
The game is a LOT easier than any previous Gothic game, but the enemies are pretty repetative and theres never really any need to mix up combat tactics. Magic is also pretty boring, with only having access to 3 types of magic missile type spell and some items that cast a few others. This carries over to levelling up in general, there aren't many options and the ones that are there aren't very useful or interesting.
The story is fairly interesting if you're familiar with the setting and the recurring characters throughout the Gothic series, but if you're new to the series, it will most likely just confuse you with a cast of characters with very little introduction and many references to previous events you won't understand.
Regardless, the game is fairly enjoyable for the first 10 hours or so, and if nothing else, it's easy to play, which is something the Gothic games have never really mastered in the past.

If you're looking for a new open world RPG, my recomendation would be to check out Two Worlds II instead.

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