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Hanns G HS271HPB 27 inch Widescreen IPS LED HDMI Monitor - Black
Hanns G HS271HPB 27 inch Widescreen IPS LED HDMI Monitor - Black
Price: £153.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best for Gaming with PS4 and Xbox One - IPS Monitor VS HDTV, 14 Nov 2014
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I recently bought both the Haans G 27 inch IPS monitor and a Samsung 32H5000 HDTV. The Samsung is a very popular brand and is one of the market leaders right now with Sony. The comparisons are truly shocking. Most forums and critics will state a HDTV is the best way to go. How very uninformed these people are. Professional gamers know differently.

Professional gamers prioritise lag input (the delay between button pressing and reaction on screen), motion blur (the trail behind the motion on screen) and colour reproduction. The Haans G won universal victory in all 3 areas and by a very large margin. The Samsung 32H5000 had very poor colour reproduction. Colours were so dim, even on Dynamic and customised settings. Everything looked washed out and very pale.

Picture Quality - The picture was stunning on the Haans G. The colours jumped out of the screen and everything looked so crisp at 1920x1080P. Colour reproduction was the best I have ever seen to date. The Samsung in comparison had levels of detail which were very weak and pixels were larger and noticeable. Gaming mode made the picture look very fuzzy and Samsung even gives a warning of 'degradation of picture quality'.

Input Lag & Motion Blur - With a superior response time, the Haans G was lightning quick while playing the game Crimson Dragon. Also there was no overscan. In the Samsung, overscan was very noticeable and I felt I was missing 20% of the screen around the borders. Viewing distance was always from 6 feet away for consistency. The Haans G had very minimal motion blur. Even with all the DNR settings and enhancements turned off, it was still terrible and I turned the set off with no desire to use the HDTV for gaming.

Returning a TV - I was so horrified with one of the market leaders that I took the TV back to a local store with a 28 day no quibble policy and got a full refund. I was very much surprised and disgusted with the picture quality. The monitor surpasses my 28 inch CRT which I have had for best part of decade. The Samsung is a big step down in almost every area. Since I will be playing games requiring high response times such as Halo, Call Duty, Battlefield and many more. I can only stand playing the best.

Warranty, Audio & Connections - The Haans G does come with a 3 year manufacturer warranty and with any fault, you can get a replacement within this time frame. From reading other reviews of other models, they've honoured this. The sound quality on the Samsung was better i.e. louder and slightly clearer but that is only because it has bigger speakers inside. I personally like the sound of this monitor and it has an optical output for external speakers and for headphones. It also has 1 HDMI. I wish it had 2 for both consoles but very rarely do monitors include this and it's not the industry standard yet. It has 1 DVI for computer use if that your purpose.

Viewing Angles & Glare - There was a smaller difference between viewing angles between the two, however an expert will know that the IPS technology beats the HDTV. IPS can be watched from any angle with no deterioration in brightness. The Samsung loses brightness one to two feet in either direction. The IPS has an anti-glare screen which means it is not light sensitive. The HDTV however does reflect the sun very strongly and does respond to the light levels in the room. The independence of the IPS technology once again triumphs in the testing.

Dead Pixels - No dead pixels on the Samsung screen. However the only negative with the Haans G was my particular set had 3 dead pixels. 2 were the size of Smarties and was one a tiny dot. Unfortunately after testing it, I had to return it but Amazon very graciously offer free returns and a full refund. I have now ordered a replacement and hopefully be the proud owner of pristine version this time. For newbies, dead pixels are only seen when the screen is turned on. They are best seen when the screen is dark and displaying the colour black.

Overall -

Video - 5 Stars out of 5 (Perfect & Best)
Audio - 3 Stars out of 5 (Clear but lacks Bass and Depth)
Connections - 4 stars out of 5 (Needs an additional HDMI slot)
Performance - 5 stars out of 5 (Exceptional for input lag, motion blur & colour reproduction)

How would it be perfection? With more powerful speakers, extra HDMI and larger sizes. This would be the ultimate gaming setup. Right now it meets all my needs and with 40 inch LED monitors and bigger, coming out in the US, monitors are becoming one of the most exciting technologies for right now. See the difference for yourself, leave comments and I will respond.

Butter Finger Bar 59.5 g (Pack of 6)
Butter Finger Bar 59.5 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £6.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming with Corn Syrup and Trans Fats - Stick to Reese Cups, 27 Aug 2014
This has a long heritage in the US and early Simpsons cartoons were even used to advertise them in 1987,including commercials ad special packaging. The slogan is still 'Crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery' and is extremely catchy.

Now after seeing this stocked in local stores and now big food chains like Tesco. I decided to buy a 59g bar for £1.20 at the same time as 3 pack of Reese Chocolate Peanut cups. The Peanut Cups tasted rich, sickly and very sweet. They met by expectations since I hadn't eaten them in about 12 months.

Now my first bite of Butter Finger was completely underwhelming and none of the flavour and power of the Reese Cups. It had some crunch but the texture wasn't particularly original or enduring to bite into. The Butter Finger tasted tasteless. Now I would give this bar 2-3 stars but I looked at the ingredients in horror.

Ingredients included Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated oil (deadly trans fats) and tons of other artificial substances banned from production in the UK. None of these are found in the Reese Cups. You've been warned.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (Xbox 360)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (Xbox 360)
Price: £11.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Retro to the Core, 25 July 2014
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Tired of objective shooters? Stealth games? Want to just blast everything away like they did back in the day of previous generations. Now you can! Painkiller Hell and Damnation is a hardcore, pure FPS game where the only strategy is kill. You must do so in the fiery depths of Hell.

The original Painkiller was on the Xbox and it was a classic. It's great to have a sequel almost 10 years later.

If you love retro shooters like Doom, Shadow Warrior, Duke Nukem, then this guaranteed fun. It has online co-op and online multiplayer. The game will take at least 40 hours to complete everything.

Rating: A+

Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Egg (34g)
Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Egg (34g)
Offered by A Taste Of America
Price: £1.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celestial and Superior to Peanut Butter Cups in every way., 3 Mar 2014
Bought one today for 60p in a local supermarket store and is far superior in taste and ingredients to the much acclaimed Peanut Butter Cup. Peanut Butter Cups are only 43% filling and contain more sugar and chocolate. These eggs are 67% filling and the first ingredient on the packet unlike the cups, are Peanuts.

The balance of Peanuts to chocolate is a gargantuan improvement and is extremely delectable, palatable and salivating on the taste buds. The peanuts taste both salty and sweet, a potent combination which has surpassed most established UK brands. The modest chocolate coating is more subtle in taste and allows the peanuts to thankfully overpower the whole experience.

This is Reese's best product distributed in the UK. I urge all to hunt and find one now before the Easter bunny retreats into his seasonal headquarter hole.

Taste: 10/10
Texture: 9/10
Price: 8/10
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Fable Anniversary (Xbox 360)
Fable Anniversary (Xbox 360)
Price: £16.00

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Action has a Consequence - Best, Number 1 Game of 2004 is back!, 11 Feb 2014
Fable 1 was one of the earth shattering moves Microsoft had for the original Xbox for fall of 2004. The news of the cancelled True Fantasy Online, the much anticipated JMORPG for worldwide online play was a heavy blow. Fable 1 carried the weight of the whole RPG genre at the time and Microsoft needed a game changer.

Fable 1 more than met the hype, it's gameplay and design truly captivating. It was one of the first console games to make you choose a side between good or evil, which in return changed the story and how you accessed different storylines.
The game was a huge world that opened up more and more. Enemies seem tough at the beginning but as you progress, the game gets easier with weapon upgrades, better armour and cool costumes to change your player.

Most Fable fans consider this game to be the best in the original trilogy. Regardless of the 10 years that have transpired sicne 2004, this is one of the deepest and most rewarding games new and old fans will ever experience. You owe it to yourself to play it again and feel those feelings you felt the first time. To make that first choice of going good or bad in early childhood. To watch your player grow in stats, change in appearance and unlock new features is breathtakingly addictive.

The further you explore the game, the more depth you uncover. One aspect I never completed on my first playthrough was fulfilling the requirements to getting the sword out of the stone. I always wanted to cover it's stats and mystery. I accidently fought on to the final boss before having a chance to get it. This time it's a fight to the finish and I'm going for 100% completion and with so many easily accessible achievements, it will be beyond epic and celestial this time.

While some players have been alarmed at some of the minor technical issues, these are being patched and are very minor and rarely occur or hamper the overall experience. Some gamers like to blow tiny issues out of proportion to the point of completely dismissing a game or experience because of it. This is called catastrophising and British gamers exceed very well at. Only have to judge the American response to the same game and feedback is overwhelming positive.

Please use objectivity and enjoy yourself one of the best remakes and games of 2014. Self denial and restraint need not apply here. This is a classic and one of the most fondly remembered games of the last generation of games. It's friendly and welcoming to all types of gamers. Life is fantasy and you owe yourself to fight for life and love whether as a goodie or a baddie.

Rating: A+

Killer Is Dead: Limited Edition (PS3)
Killer Is Dead: Limited Edition (PS3)
Offered by Clearance Game Deals - Order by 19th December and get delivery in time for Xmas
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Creators of the Classic 'Shadow Damned' - K is for Krazy, as well as Killer, 17 Dec 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
From the same creators of Shadow of the Damned, a cult classic on PS3 and X360 that under sold massively despite being critically acclaimed. Goichi Suda, the creative genius behind that game and other classics like Killer 7 (PS2 and Gamecube) has come up with another masterpiece and hit gold. Unfortunately once again, no one is buying it. Perhaps his games, like most JRPG's in the West, are simply too Japanese for the general, casual, core crowd.

Killer is Dead is a crazy, hack and slash variant of games like DMC or Tenchu Z but with brighter, bolder cel shaded graphic. A soundtrack that is very jazzy and quirky, somewhat reminiscent of Kill Bill. The story is just beyond bizarre but that's part of the major appeal so expect some matrix, head scratching moments.

You can play the game on any difficulty and unlock almost all the achievements. Also for the purists out there, the original Japanese language track you heard in the trailers is present with English subtitles. Otherwise you can play it in English language. I recommend the Japanese for more personality and flair.

The game is so addictive and the boss battles so fun and different between each one, that most will play until completion. This game is actually surprisingly easy to master and most will find very few moments that are not instantly solvable through a simple train of thought.

Buckle up, you are in for a experience that will blow your mind. Gamer discretion advised! Game includes sexual references, scantily clad women and a ton of blood and violence. This is rated 18 Extreme for a reason.

Grade: A+

Raven Squad (Xbox 360)
Raven Squad (Xbox 360)
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic RTS blended with FPS, 24 Oct 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Literally just completed this game right now. Got all 1000G and 100% completed. 120G can be got from online co-op which was so much fun. Luckily I found someone on a forum to play with.

I wish more people would purchase margin and fringe game releases. They are so novel and so much fun. This felt like playing a game from the 90's, like the original Fallout or Red Alert 1. The abstract notion of switching between FPS and RTS is seamless. It's best to use RTS for player positioning and FPS for engaging in close quarters combat. It's also useful to look at the map at enemy positions and vehicles so you don't get ambushed as much. But even then the computer AI can throw a great surprise at you from time to time to ruffle things up.

There are three difficulty settings, Rookie, Regular and Veteran. Veteran takes some getting used to so I don't recommend starting at this difficulty but it does get very easy when mastered. The only challenge is the second to the last level in the ruins where flocks of troops with red berets chase you through a maze and they can kill you in pretty much one shot. My advice is get out of there as quickly as possible. Took me 2 hours to figure out a strategy on Veteran for this.

Online is great, we experienced no lag. The achievements were a lot of fun to pull off and the game is very generous. Most people will get 600G just by completing the game on rookie but an extra 280G is easily got by doing 5 missions on Veteran. The 120G online achievements are so much fun, you will blitz it in 2 hours or less, just play on rookie online. Also you can run past enemies and just get to the next checkpoint.

Enjoy! Hope you read this review and pick this game up. Most people need to expand their horizons and try something new.

Made In Chelsea - Series 1-5 [DVD]
Made In Chelsea - Series 1-5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Spencer Matthews
Price: £18.20

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All 5 Complete Series - Bargain of the Year, 18 Oct 2013
Made in Chelsea is now where it is at, the epicentre of rich London. This sensational shows depicts the real lives of 20 something year olds, living on their own, making mistakes, spending too much money and living a general life hedonism and debauchery. All of these so called 'toffs' are funny, likeable and have a sweet seductiveness that keeps you watching.

The show is very unpredictable and things can change at a drop of a hat. Every series is completely different to the last. People leave and join the show all the time and therefore it's impossible to give a complete overview of the last 5 series. However if you like real life romance, drama and excess, watch these young people engage in real relationships, grow from every experience and hopefully become better people for it.

Made in Chelsea is made for all. Regardless of our financial wealth, we are all rich deep inside our essence and core. Now share the joy of vicariously having both.

Grade: A+

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear (Xbox 360)
Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear (Xbox 360)
Offered by Avanquest Software Publishing Ltd
Price: £20.41

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty meets Time Crisis, 2 Aug 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Are you a fan of games like Time Crisis, House of the Dead and Panzer Dragoon, they are some of the best and biggest games franchises of the last generations. Sadly our love for On Rail shooters has not been met this generation, with releases and popularity slowly dwindling to a halt as the FPS genre takes center stage and picks up the core and casual market.

However one genius, small developer has decided to mix two genres into one. They took the highly successful Call of Duty formula with great graphics and intense war gameplay but mix it so you can't control your own movement. This is what we call 'On Rails' and requires quick reflexes and split second timing to catch everything in your sight before you move onto the next scene by taking a door, climbing a ladder or entering a building or vehicle.

The game is completely original and the feel of it is very refreshing. One of the main appeals of the game it is incredibly easy to get 1000G to boost your Gamerscore so fans looking to for another easy game to breeze through for that should pick this up. I got 970G in 5 hours. I love this game and I love everything it represents. I only wish more people knew about it and the critics would give support for a change, otherwise I give it 5 stars and a full recommendation.

Gamer tips - Make sure you unlock the additional weapons in the armoury first, they make the game much easier than the additional health packs, ammo clips and grenades.

Grade: A

Mindjack (PS3)
Mindjack (PS3)
Price: £7.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Conceptually - Experimental, Unique & Great Online Multiplayer, 22 July 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mindjack (PS3) (Video Game)
Conceptually Mindjack is genius. The setting is futuristic, the graphics are wonderful and you have the ability to take control of other people's bodies to complete the mission. You press both thumpsticks in to come out of your body, then you use the shoulder buttons to scroll through who you want to take control, either a civilian or a mind slave (someone you already took control of).

Remember at the Menu to press Triangle and select any plugins you have unlocked, they can boost health, speed and generally the game much, much easier with them. You start at level 1 and unlock more and more as you head for level 50. I would recommend completing the game first and then going for the achievements when they are unlocked. The achievements can be farmed pretty quickly.

There is online multiplayer, a person can join your campaign game (you can switch this off at setup at the main menu) and can either assist you through your story (blue team) or take control of the enemy ai one at a time (red team). Every win or loss gets recorded and this can unlock further achievement's.

Grade: A - Sadly this game will get no sequel as the critics panned it and people believed the sour reviews. I believe people should support new IP's that offer new experiences and change the way we think and play games.

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