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Resident Evil 4 (PS2)
Resident Evil 4 (PS2)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £17.14

5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 this game is the whole package!, 24 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Resident Evil 4 (PS2) (Video Game)
I've played and completed this game more times than I care to remember. This (along with Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Burnout series, and Silent Hill series - my other favourite games on the PS2 platform), are the main reasons why I have not entirely consigned my trusty PS2 console to a well earned retirement, even though my contemporaries are now two console editions ahead of me! Fact is when I have time to play, these games still offer something for me, so I'm in no particular rush to keep up with gaming trends.

In Resident Evil 4 the main story swaps zombies in the traditional sense for mind control, and features great characters (including a nod to Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre), beautifully rendered environments, realistic sound effects, varied and fluid gameplay, imaginative puzzles, great action, cut sequences that add something to the experience but are not overlong, and plenty of extras to collect to later exchange for health and weapon upgrades. The 'Merchant' is a great concept as a means for the player to make said upgrades; through him you can buy better weapons, and can then choose where to make the upgrades - power, reload speed, clip size etc. Gone is the notion of stashing your surplus items in chests at various points in the level as in previous RE installments; in this game you can expand your attache case to allow you to carry more items with you at all times. The over-the-shoulder view works great for the shooter element of the game. My favourite weapons are probably the semi-automatic rifle, and the mine thrower especially with the heat seeking mines - great to take out enemies hiding around corners!

The action takes place across three maps: the village, the castle, and the island. My favourite map is the castle, as I just love the design of this environment: the great halls, the galleries, the towers and battlements, the detailing (tapestries, paintings, artifacts etc), the courtyards, the ruins... its so well conceived and just a pleasure to explore, plus the castle features a quite brilliant runaway mine cart section!

Some of the bosses are quite hard to defeat on my preferred hard mode (even after lots of plays they're still a challenge). Krauser and Verdugo are the hardest in my opinion. Both are defeatable (Krauser with the knife funnily enough, and several health restorers, Verdugo with the liquid nitrogen canisters and the magnum on maximum power, along with any other weapons you have that pack a punch).

As each level section finishes you're scored on kill total and accuracy, for an overall score on completion of the game.
There's extra game modes to keep you busy, such as the Mercenaries timed survival mode, where the object is to keep a killing spree going for as long as possible against a clock which you'll have to keep topped up (my maximum is 32 kills - dunno if that's good or just average). Also there's a couple of mini games where you play as Ada (one of the characters who shows up at various points in the main story mode and essentially aids Leon for her own gain).

In short this is just a fantastic game, and as one of the last to come out for PS2, it's quite fitting that such a game should help mark the closing of this chapter in Sony PlayStation's enviable history.


Dark Techno
Dark Techno
Price: £14.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like techno, you'll want this in your collection, 24 Aug. 2015
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Two solid mixes from DJ Arcane. I know of him from the Schranz Total series (he features on a number of the later volumes), and this association convinced me to buy the Dark Techno album. The tracks are not quite as heavy and in your face as the schranz sound, but don't get me wrong there's no shortage of full-on pounding beats on this collection. Play it at home, in the car, at the gym... it'll transport you to the club. Perfect to get you psyched for the night to come ...and the come down after. Great track selection, top production, all expertly mixed.
My personal favourites are 'Sumerian' Cronoxs, 'Fast Life' DJ Arcane, and the absolute banger 'We Have Arrived 2013' Kraemer & Niereich (turn this one up)!!


Hasbro Games Monopoly Deal Card Game
Hasbro Games Monopoly Deal Card Game
Offered by K Direct
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Try and play just one game, 23 Aug. 2015
I love this game. I really do. It was the logical progression from the board game, as though I am a HUGE and long time fan of that, it can go on a bit, whereas this card game can be played anytime, anywhere, and can be over in twenty minutes or just five minutes!
It's not just a game of chance - there is some thought and strategy required to be the first to finish i.e. have three completed property sets.
Each player starts with five cards. On each turn, you pick up two more from the deck. You must play at least one card but can play up to three. Keep an eye on the cards that have been played already to help determine your next move. Be careful of making a set too early on unless you can defend it from a DealBreaker steal. But have those cards already played and able to be rearranged into a set on your next turn, and then unleash a Rent card or two. Why not double it? Add a house for good measure. With a high value set you can clean out your opponent in a single move! Watch what properties they're after - avoid playing those cards if you have them and they cannot then be stolen. Or if you should have an aforementioned DealBreaker card, play one of the property cards your opponent desires and give it to them in lieu of cash next time you are fined, forcing your opponent to make the set. Then you can steal the whole lot back and now it's your set! No one game is the same and can get tense if each player is waiting on a single card to secure the win. Hours of fun guaranteed, suitable for all ages (I'm in my 30's). It's addictive... and highly recommended.


INFANTRY Military Army Green Nylon Fabric Canvas Watch Band Strap 20mm Strong Heavy Duty #NYS-G-20
INFANTRY Military Army Green Nylon Fabric Canvas Watch Band Strap 20mm Strong Heavy Duty #NYS-G-20
Offered by Infantry_Co
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement strap, 20 Jun. 2015
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Used in conjunction with a Timex Expedition watch after the supplied leather strap gradually deteriorated and fell apart. At 20mm wide it fits this watch perfectly. The nylon material looks and feels very sturdy i.e. it should last a good length of time. However it is not stiff in any way, and is lined on the inside with soft leather. Therefore comfort is maintained and (at least in my case) there are no worries of chafing or irritation. The pin holes are reinforced. The stitching is neat and the green colour looks good. And the silver buckle matches the silver of the watch.
In conclusion this is a great strap for every day use, and at £4 is a bargain to boot!


Joyland (Hard Case Crime) (Hard Case Crime Novels)
Joyland (Hard Case Crime) (Hard Case Crime Novels)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King at his best, 7 May 2015
I've been reading Stephen King for 20+ years, on and off. I reckon in that time I've read the vast majority of his published material. I could never pick a favourite novel - there's just too many first rate books to compare, but I have over the years settled on a 'top 5'. "Joyland," my most recent acquisition, goes straight onto that list without hesitation.
"Joyland" is indeed a coming of age story. College student Devin Jones is on a journey of self discovery during one long, hot, summer break. Pining for his first love, and in need of a little excitement, he decides to up sticks and take a job with an old time amusement park on America's west coast. Immersing himself in carny life proves an easy transition, helped by his natural flair for improvisation and popularity with the resident employees. Suffice to say he discovers plenty to keep him busy.
This story is classic King. The pace born of years of practice by a writer at the absolute pinnacle of his craft ensures the story gradually opens itself up to the reader; unhurried, but certainly never at risk of becoming boring. It doesn't need to grab you by the throat and go all out to shock, it's not that kind of book. It's as much a gentle, fond look back at times gone by as it is a murder mystery. The story is detailed, vibrant, and filled with characters you can empathise with and be dubious of in equal measure. Even those that fill you with disdain remind you that nothing is ever as black and white as you might first think. The era and the location in which the story is set are both time and places totally different to my own experiences growing up, yet I found myself yearning to experience Devin's world all the same. It's a bit of an emotional journey too, and there is a satisfyingly big plot twist near the end that managed to remain a surprise right up to the moment of revelation. It was a shame it had to finish.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any SK fan, old or new, or indeed any fans of crime and mystery writing, or anyone just looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane (real or imagined). Very, very good.
NB: There's a few similarities to Duma Key - another Stephen King favourite for me. (My other three favourites in case you wondered are Dark Tower lll: The Wastelands, Pet Sematary, The Langoliers - from Four Past Midnight).


The Ritual
The Ritual
by Adam Nevill
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely uncomfortable read - Bravo! - but not without faults **includes potential spoilers**, 19 Mar. 2015
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For me, this was a book of two halves, with the first half being the better one.

Set in the Arctic circle wilderness of northern Scandinavia, it follows four guys on a hiking trip as they attempt to re-kindle the friendships they enjoyed as younger men, but who soon find negotiating each other to be as tough and unforgiving as the terrain they're trekking through.
A decision is made to end the trip early, and an ill-fated detour is made through uncharted, virtually impenetrable forest; so remote and off the beaten track that it has evolved virtually undisturbed for many millennia. It is an utterly desolate place.. quiet... forgotten.. and just a little eerie.
Struggling against the dense undergrowth, the group make some disturbing finds, and soon come to the realisation that they're not as alone as they first thought. Something else is out there, lurking amongst the trees.
Watching them... waiting...

This is the part of the book that really comes alive. I loved the rich descriptions of the forest. The perpetual damp murk of the place, where sun never penetrates. The implied sense of time having no meaning or relevence. As the reader, fully immersed in the story, I felt the suspense as the guys attempt to navigate their way through the punishing environment, the growing desperation as their predicament truly hits home, their total exposure and defenselessness.. and their fear as it teeters on the edge of panic. (Not many authors can truly evoke that feeling).

Later on, the story switches tack somewhat. It remains one of survival, but from a different kind of threat, and so a new struggle begins.
Unfortunately the rising tension and sense of foreboding so masterfully woven earlier on, now loses much of its impact. There are good references to the core theme of the book, and some interesting ideas about how to link present day with ancient past (the attic is particularly weird), but generally a sense of predictability has taken over by this point.

In summary, there is great character development, strong'ish story, and it's all written with wonderfully evocative prose.
This is a story that leaves you with a sense of disquiet, and no desire to venture too deep into lonely, dark forests, particularly those in northern Europe.
The Ritual has impressed me enough that I've opted to keep my copy, so I can re-read it at some point (something I almost never do - usually the local charity shop gets any paperbacks as I finsh them).


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price, you can't go wrong., 16 Mar. 2015
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My colleagues, and friends - all of them have smart phones of one sort or another. I have the Samsung E1200. As such, I receive fairly regular ribbing about the antiqueness and simplicity of my own choice of mobile.
But that is fine by me. Because this phone is not trying to compete on any sort of level. It's appeal is it's very simplicity. It doesn't do apps, or take pictures, or send email, or get the weather report or the Chelsea result. It is for people who want a mobile phone only to do what it was originally intended for - make and receive calls and messages whilst on the move, and this the phone does just fine. It's simple to operate with a traditional keypad (though to be fair in this price range it was never going to be touch screen). It has excellent battery life, and provides quite adequate reception and voice clarity. The aesthetically pleasing handset is lightweight and slips easily into the pocket. The keypad is backlit in blue for night time usage. The standard features are included - an alarm (which I use all the time), keypad lock, stopwatch, calendar etc. And the best thing about it is the price! If I drop it and the screen gets cracked, unlike a touchscreen device this phone is still functional. If I drop it hard enough and it breaks, oh well, it's easy enough to just get another. Afterall it's cheap as chips. No hassle with insurance, or repairs, or putting off the replacement until the upgrade.
There's a few minor issues: The predictive text function is initially pretty basic, but as spellings are added this will improve. The buttons on the keypad are slightly too close together, more noticeable when in a hurry. The rear casing pops off a little too easily when the phone is dropped, and then the battery invariably falls out, meaning you'll need to reset your preferences when the phone is switched back on, which is rather irritating. Lastly, the previous E1200 had a torch function as one of it's features, which was really handy, but unfortunately the torch hasn't been included in this handset edition.
Generally, I'm quite happy with the Samsung E1200. It does everything I need it to, and for less than £20.


Game of Thrones - Season 4 [DVD] [2015]
Game of Thrones - Season 4 [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Peter Dinklage
Price: £14.99

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! Words do not do justice to how good this show is..., 27 Jan. 2015
Season 4 of Game Of Thrones is the best season yet (an incredible feat given how high the bar was set with the previous seasons)!
I've found some tv shows tend to stall a bit round about this time, usually because the original plotlines have run their course and there isn't really enough material left to keep the shows credible and engaging. I thought that was the case with Prison Break, Dexter, Heroes.. and a few others.
Not so with Game Of Thrones!
Thanks to author George R.R. Martin, the world of GoT is so detailed, imaginative, the characters so well conceived and plotlines so plentiful and interwoven, that it seems the writers could've happily extended this season beyond the 10 episode mark had they so wished. There are certainly no episodes that could be described as dull. At worst there are one or two subplots in this season concerning some of the lesser known characters that I thought didn't really go anywhere, and a few scenes of dialogue that wouldn't have been missed on a second viewing.
But any MINOR irks with the plot are quickly overshadowed by the stunning sets and effects, incredible action sequences, brilliant performances, introduction of new characters, and some BIG revelations are in store for established ones.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is just mesmerizing to watch, a tour de force of acting. Maisie Williams delivers another captivating performance, as the fiercely loyal and forthright tomboy, Arya Stark. It's hard to single out individual characters for praise, but I'd have to say that my other favourites at the moment are Daenerys Targaryen (now a SERIOUS force to be reckoned with), Ramsey Bolton (a cruel, sadistic psychopath), Bronn (easy going, quick witted and loyal - if the price is right), the mysterious Jaqen H'ghar (who's only been in a handful of episodes so far but is odds on to return in the near future), and Daenery's army of the Unsullied (as a reminder: the concluding scenes of Season 3 episode 4. Enough said)!
Of the non-humans, it has to be the White Walkers. And the Giants (riding mammoths into battle for the Wall in an incredible episode that could easily rival anything on the big screen).
It's all building towards something truly epic!! Easily up there with modern greats such as The Wire and Breaking Bad.


Kolay Flip Case Cover for Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation - Black
Kolay Flip Case Cover for Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation - Black
Offered by Symun UK
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars You won't need to look elsewhere, 11 Jan. 2015
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This little leather case is perfect! It holds the Nano snugly, protects the corners, provides easy access for cables, and the best aspect is the flip down padded screen protector as it covers the device completely when in a pocket. I use mine tucked in the pocket of utility trousers and it fits like a glove. It is an absolute bargain compared to the official Apple equivalent case (rigid plastic) at about five times the price. Feels like and probably is real leather. I ordered mine in black. I've not used the sock - not sure what the point of it is to be honest. But the leather case is all I'll ever need and I have no hesitation recommending it!
(Seller was quick to despatch the item too, 5 stars).


Free Fall [DVD]
Free Fall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hanno Koffler
Offered by fat_buddha
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and believable love story, 7 Nov. 2014
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I really enjoyed this film.
Certainly, there are parallels with Brokeback Mountain. With BM, the feelings between the two guys were tempered by the era in which the story is set, and each went on to have a family not out of denial of who they were but because to do otherwise simply wasn't an option.
With Free Fall, it's a modern day setting. Two police cadets room together, go running, and what begins as casual friendship gradually evolves into latent attraction. Kay makes the first move, and it takes Marc awhile to come around; to accept his feelings for Kay, to accept within himself that he is attracted to another man, and also recognising that to act on his new found desire would mean betraying his wife and the mother of his unborn son. In the end Marc can't contain his need to be with Kay, and the two men embark on an affair - kept secret due to circumstances, not expectations of society. But pressures of work, family, and social standing gradually take their toll on both of Marc's relationships...
The film is well acted and believable. I empathised with the three lead characters (Bettina being the 3rd), though I still felt Kay was a little hard done by despite his arrival into Marc's settled, family life effectively turning it upside down.
The sex scenes are infrequent and tasteful: loving and passionate, not crude and seedy, but that's all they need to be to work within the narrative, so the 15 certificate is perfectly fine.
My one small criticism is the somewhat unrealistic scene by the car in the rain.. Ennis at least used a bit of spit in his scene.


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