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Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360)
Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360)
Offered by quantumkurt
Price: 5.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 5 Jun 2013
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I've now played through the entire game once in solo and coop play so feel like I can give a proper review. I should state that I enjoyed the first one which is why I enjoyed this one too.

As other reviews have said, it is a very similar game. Understandably so, it started out as DLC but it is now a full game. If you pay full price I can understand feeling a little short changed but at 20 this is good value.

There is one more character, a hand to hand combat specialist. All the original characters remain and you can import your DI character to the new game without keeping your inventory. Combat is still the same, the same satisfying splat as you carve/stamp/bludgeon/shoot your way through thousands of undead. No complaints here.

The quests send you around the map, there isn’t a whole lot of creativity here. At best you have you find a different way to an objective that you first thought. However, as with many similar games, improving your character, finding new weapons and mods is addictive.

Played solo the game is challenging with a steep learning curve if you haven’t played before. Although dying doesn’t really set you back until you’re set up with a high level character with WMDs it’s not easy to plough solo into the horde. Coop play is where the game stands out, you need some real life buddies but if you all take a character each you can smash through waves of attacks using teamwork and old fashioned shanking. The term to describe it, I believe, is lulz.

Much is made of glitches in the game. I’ve not come across anything gamebreaking. A couple of the achievements are broken but that’s about it.

Undersea Prison (John Stratton)
Undersea Prison (John Stratton)
by Duncan Falconer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday reading, 9 Nov 2009
It's true, Falconer is a better writer than McNab and Ryan but they are in the same league. This book is a standard fare, action by numbers but still satisfying. The concept is absurd and you need to suspend your disbelief around Chapter 3 but if you can do that what follows is a predictable but enjoyable book, intelligently set out with a rushed ending.

Don't get me wrong, I like the character but he has the depth of a puddle. He has no faults and that makes him unbelievable. Similarly the main characters fall into black or white categories which only works in Hollywood. A unbelievable plot with unbelievable characters just leaves you feeling the whole thing is superficial. Then again, I don't think Falconer is aiming for anything more than that and I am not pretentious enough to mark him down for it. Good holiday reading.

The Redeemer: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 4): 6
The Redeemer: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 4): 6
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime - Norwegian Style, 9 Nov 2009
This was my first Harry Hole adventure and, in line with most of the reviewers here, it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The first few chapters were difficult to get through, the style of writing is minutely different to your typical Western writers but it's enough to throw you. Maybe that contributed to the feeling that the build up was slow, the tension certainly is a slow burner but the incident with the Hoover is an absolute lightning bolt and from that point the book gathers momentum quickly reaching a very satisfactory conclusion.

I usually plough through a paperback in a weekend but this took a good couple of weeks and I enjoyed the cultural shift. Definitely recommended.

Frankie Dettori Horse Racing (PC CD)
Frankie Dettori Horse Racing (PC CD)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt, 10 Dec 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
It's not perfect but it's more than entertaining for a number of hours. There are a few different modes from jockey, trainer and gambler but the three combine for the season mode. Buy and race your horses to Group 1 glory!

The racing is good, easy to master but if you make a mistake you won't win. Other nice touches are the ability to create your own horse at a price (although the perfect horse is ridiculously cheap!). It's not a massively realistic game, much more in the arcade vein which should appeal to the enthusiast if not the hardcore fan.

You won't be interested for long but while you are it'll be a fun experience.

Star Trek: Legacy (PC DVD)
Star Trek: Legacy (PC DVD)

12 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking game that is system intensive, 8 Dec 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Firstly it should be mentioned that the system requirements are as follows:

Intel P4 2.66GHz+, Athlon 2800+

DX9 compatible AGP 8X or PCI Express video card, 128 MB VRAM

Pixel Shader 1.4 (very important)

512MB RAM (also important, I would take this as a minimum)

Those are the important ones and an aging computer with no upgrades will struggle. To check whether your computer has the power to run this game type dxdiag into the Run command on the Start menu and the info should pop up. That being said the game itself is a fine adaptation of the legendary Star Trek franchise, a powerful graphics card is required to truly experience the visuals but the single player campaign has been somewhat curtailed in the pursuit of the excellent multiplayer adventures. However it is by no means one of the increasing number of multiplayer games with a single player tacked on to justify the price and care has been taken to make the storyline fit into the Star Trek universe.

Overall a fine offering with longetivity assured by the varied and colourful multiplayer experience.

The Sims 2 (PC CD)
The Sims 2 (PC CD)
Offered by Soprano Entertainment
Price: 28.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sequel, 11 Sep 2004
This review is from: The Sims 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
The lastest Sims offering has been in the pipeline ever since the first one became the best selling PC game of all time. The Sims 2 has everything you would expect a sequel to have, better graphics (excellent 3D images, facial expressions etc.), better gameplay (a "wants and fears" system has been introduced to give your little people extra emotion, some Sims want a stable family life, a secure future and grandchildren but fear losing their job. Other sims want a piece of the maid, extravagent items and many children but fear dying young. Each time you meet a specific "want" or "fear" you earn points which get you rewards (there are different levels of rewards). However you play it you are sure to have a lot of fun.)
Another major improvement is the life cycle of Sims, yes...your sims are born, become toddlers, become grumpy teenagers, have their first kiss, get married, have kids, have grandchildren and eventually die. Of course if your house has reached a perfect equilibrium you can turn off this aging process.
The first Sims had a very active online community and this one will be no different. A program has already been released that allows you to get to grips with the Create-a-Sim option so expect new skins to be available from day 1. Maxis is planning a release of many new objects on the first day too, you can even download these from the actual game (as long as you are connected to the internet)!
This is bound to be the hit PC game of the year as it appeals to everyone, the system requirements are extraordinarily low for such a recent game compared to recent hits like Doom, Unreal Tournament and the upcoming Half Life 2. The 3.5Gb hard-drive requirement is less than the above games too and if your computer doesnt have the space either get rid of the last sims - all the expansion packs took up 7Gb+ (back up your saved games!) or buy a new hard drive (which are very cheap and will last you many years). Seriously, its worth it. This is the game of the year.

Calculus: Multivariable Edition
Calculus: Multivariable Edition
by Stephen Davis
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill textbook, 17 Dec 2003
Slightly more advanced than the normal edition and it explains the concepts well. It doesnt warrant such an expensive price tag.

Lord of the Rings 3
Lord of the Rings 3
Price: 11.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 17 Dec 2003
This review is from: Lord of the Rings 3 (Audio CD)
The pieces merge with outstanding beauty and move as swift and subtle as an arrow from the bow of Legolas. The range of emotions that this soundtrack experiences is vast, from fear to happiness to relief. Never will you feel more relaxed than when Howard Shore's masterpiece is flowing through the room. This mix is perfect listening after a hard day in the office or a stressful afternoon with the kids and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The passion and glory of the worlds greatest book are magnificently concluded by this superb orchestral triumph.

Captain Scott
Captain Scott
by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read, 17 Dec 2003
This review is from: Captain Scott (Hardcover)
Biographies about explorers have always fascinated me and the prospect of reading about one of life's most tragic and heroic explorations written by one of today's greatest adventurer was too good to pass up. Fiennes is somewhat biased in his interpretation but we must respect his stance and once this is accepted you can immerse yourself in the world of Scott, the troubles he encountered and surpassed and the sheer heroics that he achieved.
Only a fellow explorer could understand the perils, the emotions, the achievements of Scott and it takes an even greater writer to convey this to the reader. Fiennes achieves this with great aplomb and really makes each page ooze with experience.

Last Light
Last Light
by Andy McNab
Edition: Paperback

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not challenging but good for light hearted enjoyment., 17 Jan 2003
This review is from: Last Light (Paperback)
Let us be exact and without euphanism. McNab is not a writer, his literary skills aren't the best and you should realise this before you pick up this title. But McNab does know what he can write about - the fighting. He never ceases to inform us of his military knowledge and this at least depicts a realistic scenario. The main character is a bit weak and definitely not believable as a "deniable" operator, and McNab's effort at writing about love is fairly pathetic. But at least he never tries too hard and can always resort to a good firefight when the story is lagging.

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