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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC DVD)
Offered by Yorkie Bargains
Price: £9.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Biggest and best game of all time, 26 Feb. 2014
Several years old but still young. 50 hours+ have now gone into this game and it keeps coming with no sign of the end. The depth, character development options and size makes GTA look like a simple unevolved monkey in comparison.
I respect all people who don't like this game but its is a serious gamers game and many reviews on here are obvious COD style fans. You cant be a casual and it doesn't put it on a plate, plus the expansion packs add much much more again.
I cant see me every getting to the end, but I will enjoy every hour trying

Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0, Smart Volume Normalizer, Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter, Magic Voice)
Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0, Smart Volume Normalizer, Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter, Magic Voice)
Price: £24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The simple choice for you, 26 Feb. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I'm not an audiophile (but know when something sounds good) and was forced into a soundcard purchase due to a surge that fried my old one. But I'm very happy with this purchase and think it's incredible value.
I question anyone that suggest this vastly improved the sound performance as this also depends on speakers, input quality and cables - but there is a feeling that this little beauty is better at separating sounds and creating echo which has had a positive impact on music quality. The outputs don't say it but my single jack to 2 speakers and a sub works great in the "center" socket and although I'm not using it, the optical out will no doubt be handy when I upgrade my speaker system.
Careful with the install, guide says windows will automatically pick it up but it didn't on my 64 bit windows 8.1 system and it took a visit to control panel and some dvd directory searching to get it going.
No idea why anyone other than professionals would buy anything else as technology advancement on soundcards, like processors is at a minimum so why spend £50 when £23 ticks so many boxes.
Oh and bought saturday at 7pm, delivered monday at 9am. Well done Amazon!

The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1)
The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Take Note, 18 April 2012
In a word, fantastic.
I've never read Peter V. Brett but have just ordered the second book in this series, which is probably the best compliment I could pay The Painted Man.
3 separate stories in a post apocalyptic novel collide in a last stand storyline which throughout keeps good pace, intrigue and depth. The author has not fear approaching any subject and does so frequently, so not for the faint hearted.
This could easily get a Hollywood-movie make, I just hope they don't mess it up like normal!
Best read in a long time

The Universe - 7 Wonders of the Solar System in 3D (Blu-ray 3D) [Region Free]
The Universe - 7 Wonders of the Solar System in 3D (Blu-ray 3D) [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Blu-Ray
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Buy Watch Sell, 25 Mar. 2012
In a word, disappointing.
This blu ray feels like a cheap attempt for the History Channel to make some money via the growing 3d market.
The content is semi interesting, the blu ray is a poor post production effort with alot of shadowing and minimal 3d effects but mostly it's over all to quick. For your hard earned tenner you get 45 minutes of repeated summaries (in the manner of pre-post advert breaks), some dodgy commentary and outdated special effects.
Hasn't put me off History Channel blu rays, maybe just 3d ones.

Aliens Vs Predator (PC DVD)
Aliens Vs Predator (PC DVD)
Price: £3.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Big fans need only apply, 19 Oct. 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I only scraped a 3 stars score for this game as, being a huge Alien fan, theres still something great about running along a ceiling to grab a human by the throat and puncture his head! But sadly Ive tried several times to truely get into this game and its just lacks the grip of a Batman Arkham Asylum or a Bioshock 2 or other recent PC games that you can get for under a tenner.
As far as movie/franchise tie-ins go this is a great effort and fans will love the true Predator/Alien sounds and behaviours and the adrenaline will pump when as a human you get that blip on the motion sensor.
Each of the 3 parties have issues. For the humans its too dark as a game and the alien charge from any direction gives them an unfair advantage and you find yourself in a blind random shooting panic hoping you hit something.
For the alien, as fun as it is at first to run over any surface, disorientation is a real factor and again, push W and hope for the best.
The predator becomes too tactical and I found myself trying, hiding, trying again, hiding again and that just gets boring.
Some would say that all three of these issues are realistic issues for each party and adds to the game, but I found them fustrating and a turn off.
I played the orignal Alien/Predtor game many years ago and that worked, this is a little left of themark, but for under a fiver? Why not.

Bioshock 2 (PC DVD)
Bioshock 2 (PC DVD)
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget the other issues, what about the game..., 19 Oct. 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bioshock 2 (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
Getting past the other review's concerns with windows live, number of installations and internet access required, heres a review of the actual game.

Having never played Bioshock 1, I can't compare it to anything other than itself and my love of gaming and to be fair it's a good game.
Two things really stood out for me, the sound and the AI:
You play as a deep seas diver clad "big daddy" and footsteps and water tinkling on your helmet are realistic and engrossing. Its not often a point of mention for a game but a deserved one here. As for the AI, the enemies run for health when being pummelled and hide for cover during attacks with great realism. They also spot you when you'd expect them to and you don't feel like the software has any unfair advantage.
The graphics are also very crisps, tip of the hat in particular to the effects when walking under a waterfall and when youve drunk too much booze! A finaly positive would be the difficulty setting, raising in true synchronicity with your character upgrade, however, there's way too much ammo lying around.
My main critisim of the game also comes in two main parts, it was too short and the enemies too few.
It isnt the shortest game ever but it leaves you hoping for more and when there's no huge battle at the end you feel a bit cheated. And the enemies are just to repetitive. I think theres only about 10 different types and no bosses. Some would argue that each large enemy attacks with different elements and styles but they are essentially the same with a different party trick.

Am I glad I bought it, yes. Am I going to recommend it, yes. Will I remember it next year, nope.

The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Junior 2)
The Six Sacred Stones (Jack West Junior 2)
by Matthew Reilly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marmite Book!, 4 Sept. 2011
This is the first Matthew Reilly book I've ever read and quickly discovered it would have helped if I had read "The Seven Wonders" first. No hint of this on the cover. Although not a strict follow-on, The Six Sacred Stones does make several references to the previous adventure, but you can easily pick up the store from here.
I'm not suprised that this book has as many 1 star ratings as it does 5. It's a real Marmite book. There are alot of things to dislike: the descriptive writing is poor, some of the action is ridiculous (in an extreme Die Hard Hollywood style way) and the script isn't much better. But there was also something intriging that meant I did finish it and immediately went out and bought the next book, "The Five Greatest Warriors"
Reilly's use of history and fiction is well researched and clever enough to almost be believable. He himself says he uses 80% fact and then mixes in the fiction. I suppose that should you like: Indiana Jones, The DaVinci Code and Channel 4's Time Team (!), this will be a great book for you!
Yes it's easy going and the pictures suggest a weakness in either the Author's abilitities or a smack to the face of the intelligence of the target audience, but this is an ideal easy read for a holiday/train/plane and for anyone with an imagination and a forgiving litery temperament.

by Sarah Langan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Read In Many Months, 8 April 2011
This review is from: Virus (Paperback)
This book is a disappointment. The early pages start promising with character building and the introduction of an innocent school trip turning bad, building great tension and fear. Sadly, that's where it ends and I fought through to the end, chapter by chapter, refusing to allow the book to beat me.
The issue is not the plot itself, but the loose, scattered manner to which the author develops it. The pace is slow and action doesn't get going until the middle pages, but even then there is a feeling of the author needing to "fill pages". One chapter introduces a character beautifully. Page after page of descriptive text about her upbringing and torrid relationship with her alcholic father and the journey from nothingness to beauty queen. By the end of the chapter she's dead. Next! It's like a short story wedged in between two chapters and left me confused and cheated.
The story also jumps around from household to household and I found it very hard to become engrossed in a book that didn't allow me to build the characters as I was never 100% sure who was who.
Finally, if you are going to encompass a virus into a small town then keep it there. The talk of US Army surrounding the town and the virus spreading far and wide is unnecessary when there is no further information offered and the suggested world domination of the bug is dangled like a carrot but in no way followed up or developed.
I'm a big "zombie" fan, and the plot here is strong, but poorly executed.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (Wii)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (Wii)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Wii Motion Plus Was Made For, 2 April 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
You know when the next Tiger Woods game is due because the current one goes in the bargain bins, and that's exactly how this game joined my collection.
I've been a golf game fan since Nick Faldo (ask you dad) on the Commodore 64 (ask your grand-dad!) but haven't dabbled since Tiger Woods 2006 as advancements seemed minimal and all you got for your money was more courses. Having invested in Wii Motion Plus I've been disappointed with the games for it so far but this one is exactly what the little white box was made for.
The motion plus adds a new depth to the game. The 1-2-1 motion means that the rotation of your wrists and the angle you strike the ball all contribute to the accuracy of your shot. The whole game becomes more skill based and nothing about the ability to hit the A button at the right time. It seriously works.
The extra touches also add to the experience. If your Wii is online, the game connects to a weather database and if your playing the 2010 Ryder Cup Course and it's raining in Newport, then it will be raining as you play. Quirky? Pointless? Yes, but a nice touch.
My only grumble is the spin effect on the ball is done by guess work. The unchangeable angle you view your shot from means you can't work out where you are versus the hole until it's too late. A "behind ball" or "from flag" view would have fixed this.
If you don't have motionplus and you are a Tiger Woods fan, buy both now. I'm a fan of the series again and wonder if the advancement here will continue with Tiger Woods 12 that uses Motion Plus AND the Wii Balance board, because that thing hasn't moved since Wii Fit lost out to burgers and chips!

The Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy
by Graham Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drink, Drugs, Sex, Crime, Vandalism... it's all here!, 4 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Tooth Fairy (Paperback)
I interpriated this book as a look at the psyche of adolsents and it adresses all sorts of matter, mainly sexual but also guilt, vandalism, peodophilia, drugs, murder and drink (to name but a few).
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the book can sometimes read like it's having an identity crisis. At times the flow and language of the author made it feel like a "teen-horror", then it was "Mills and Boon" and finally a bit of Stephen King. Personally the darkness promised on the back cover is the biggest dissappointment as the book trails more into bizarre, and at some stages comedy, than the journey into the darkness of a disturbed teenage boy that I expected. This really could have been one deep dark disturbing masterpiece, instead it's much lighter and very easy reading.
I can see why some people have labelled this book as utter rubbish as the line between genius and nonsense in such novels is wafer thin, but for me Joyce pulled it off, just.

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