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Soldering Iron UK Mains Plug 50W Variable Temperature
Soldering Iron UK Mains Plug 50W Variable Temperature
Offered by PCArena
Price: £10.19

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for smaller jobs and quick tasks, 10 Jan. 2012
This useful soldering iron is very well designed, the cable is nice and flexible; there is an LED to indicate that goes out when the iron has reached the set tempurature and has a decent wheel to set the tempurature. The main advantage is that it warms up incredibly quickly compared to most competitors, but it does not deliver a lot of heat to the tip when compared to a bench top soldering iron of the same sort of price. But it is of course considerably quicker at heating up.

Most soldering irons will either favor speed of reaching the desired tempurature, or amount of consistant heat it can deliver from the tip when working with very thick copper wires that absorb the heat before the solder properly melts. This one definately favors speed, it is great for soldering the average thickness of speaker wire, or making a couple of adjustments / repairs to a circuit board. It is also light and compact - like many soldering irons, i would like a loosely coiled cable (like a soft spring).

I would rate myself as very experienced with soldering as it is a main part of my every day job, I would rate this soldering iron as being in my 'top 3' for its price range. As a recommendation if you decide to buy this product, set the variable tempurature to '40 or 45' i.e. 400-450 Centigrade for lead free solder (green), as the tempurature dissipates quickly despite it being a generally low tempurature solder to work with.

Thank you for reading, please feel free to comment.
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £10.96

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars as always for games by Naughty Dog, 2 Nov. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game forms the perfect trilogy and does not disappoint me after pre-ordering it the second it appeared on amazon, worth every penny! Sound is excellent, controls remain the same, the 3D (stereoscopic which is the good one compared to SBS) is smooth and does not jump or degrade the detail unlike most other 3d games. The characters also appear to have had some facial remodelling and appear smoother and more realistic compared to 1 and 2. Overall i would strongly recommend this game but if you do not have Uncharted 1 and 2, play them through first!

If another uncharted is to be released in the future, it would be good if the controls for hanging / swinging / climbing ropes and chanes could be made more useful.

One thing to note: I recommend that you select 'Options' before starting the game and set up the sound and controls to suit your system and preferred configuration, this may seem obvious but configuring these options first makes things a lot more comfortable to start.

I hope they are making another.
Thank you for reading.

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ANALYSIS:

Graphics 5***** (good quality, the Jungle is very impressive)
Controls 5***** (the same)
Fun 5***** (Very consistant some areas are predictable others take you by surprise)
3D 5***** (It looks better toward the end of the game)
Audio 5***** (Very good quality, doesnt crackle or fake bass effects)
Length of the game 4**** (feels slightly shorter than its previous games, and at the end you dont seem to have done as much shooting? but this is made up for in the co-op and multiplayers)
Bugs found? estimated 2-3 deaths caused by a glitch or error? (one on the plane - trapped in a box other fell through the floor which was solid, between tiles)
Difficulty: this game appears to be easier than the previous 2 games even on a hard skill level (possibly targetting a wider audience)... (This could just be practice from its predicessors though)


Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2)
Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2)
Offered by sicodaddy
Price: £54.99

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but lacking in some areas..., 22 Nov. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Overall I like the layout of the game and the storyline is pretty decent but as many people will know, it is not made by its original developers (Naughty Dog) this follow on is developed by 'High Impact Games' which is also a pretty good company. However, you have to remember that this game is designed for the PSP and so some controlls are missing (see negatives below) the graphics are also quite fuzzy and have low resolution textures compared to Naughty Dog, but remember... that is strong competition. IF YOU PREFERED THE FIRST JAK AND DAXTER TO 2 and 3 YOU WILL PROBABLY LIKE THIS ONE!

Negatives: (None too major, you shouldnt let these put you off too much!)
- The camera is a bit dead (lifeless, you have to move it manually using the second analog stick which is quite annoying for combat)
- The whole game runs slightly slower, moves seem to take very slightly longer to perform and the gun spin fire with the blaster (yellow weapon) doesnt work as well as it used to.
- The eco powers are new and interesting, some similar to the first Jak and Daxter, but the effects and sounds are no way near as impressive.
- Dark Jak has basically gone, you dont seem to be able to inflict dark powers any more at will.
- You dont have some of the comforts and you can no longer 'roll' (L1).
- As with some other games from 'High Impact Games' you dont seem to be any way near as powerful as your enemies, I often struggled to find enough ammo and found some bosses annoying - the camera doesnt help.
- Dark Daxter??????? Inconsistent with previous games, he was already exposed to Dark Eco and mutated into a precursor. How can he randomly mutate again?
- (SPOILER) Pirates for some reason, not bad but a bit repetative as with certain other games such as Ratchet and Clank - also a good game on PS3 but I find the pirates a bit strange for such genres of game. The whole game and controlls feel a bit more like you are playing ratchet and clank actually.

Positives: (May contain SPOILERS)
+ My copy came in a bright orange case, it looks really nice and matches the game nicely!
+ Much awaited release, definately worth buying. I thought it would just dissappear when Naughty Dog started working on Uncharted.
+ They have adjusted the faces of some of the characters - to make them look older?, actually very well done!
+ You can still slow down time and perform other eco functions but they arent Light eco for some reason they are split into red, green, blue, yellow. (Dark and Light seem to be converted)
+ The characters DO have the ORIGINAL voices!
+ Decent sequel, the storyline suits and hopefully they will release at least one more (taking into account the negatives above). As long as the license doesnt get handed around and the brand cheapened like what happened to Crash Bandicoot (Tragedy in my opinion).
+ !!! Too many games of this genre are being 'dummed down' and redesigned and made easier for a younger audience, this is silly because the developers lose a large amount of their audience. This one is still going strong. I strongly recommend you buy it, its still good, I wouldnt have given it as many stars otherwise!
+ Similar feel to the first Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy - if you liked that one, you should like this one.

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this useful.
(If you get the game and want to play on a 16:9 or 15:9 TV, the first thing you do is want to change the video setting in the options, the picture looks much clearer)

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'High Impact Games' seems to be a company with good potential, if they went a bit more up-market and were able to take on more developers and designers... they could really reach a much higher quality. I'd like to see them make a new Crash Bandicoot game based on the older ones for the PS1, they could bring it back! Shame they don't have the license.
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Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Platinum (PS3)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Platinum (PS3)
Offered by monaghan_prints
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought, 23 Sept. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
After the Ratchet and Clank series moved to the Playstation 3, I was irritated because I didn't have one. I literally ended up buying a PS3 so I could get this game. I recommend you start with the very first one on the PS2 before trying this one. My personal favorite was Ratchet and Clank 2: Locket and Loaded because of the length of time it took to complete and the variety of weapons available. To be honest, the weapons on Tools of Destruction arent that inventive (although they do make good use of the 'Sixaxis' controller for the Tornado / Typhoon launcher). On the PLUS side: They have brought back the Flame thrower from the first one! Other weapons are quite similar, I miss the tesla claw which would zap a shock of lightning between enemies. Weapons also dont upgrade as far past VX (Version 10) with omega in 'Challenge Mode' (When you play through it a second time)

In this game you collect rarritanium crystals like you do bolts, scattered around and it is used to buy weapon upgrades. But once you have bought all upgrades and the Golden Groovitron (Used to make enemies dance) you havent got any real use for rarritanium any more. Hint for if you buy the game and wonder what the 'Holoplans' are for and have a missing space in the weapons screen: Collect all holoplans and take them to the Smuggler on the Jurassic Planet. He will assemble the RYNO IV - a pretty decent weapon.

Insomniac usually makes their games perfectly functional but this one has a few annoyances (not serious enough to make me lower the rating and an extensive list of positives would easily tip the scale!):

> You can't zoom in very far on the map (Select button)
> Gold bolts are incredibly easy to find and acquire
> Skill points are awarded for much simpler things
> You cant fire at random passing ships any more (in the distance)
> The game is shorter again, if in challenge mode you can basically complete the game in a couple of hours if you skip cinematics. As said in other reviews I have read; it doesnt have as much 'replay value' but the story line is good despite being a bit short.

Here are some of the positives that particularly caught my attention:

> Graphics are very good and so is the sound quality. (Have you PS3 output on the correct setting!)
> You have a variety of new gadgets which are very interesting and one allows you to fly around levels (Robowings)
> There is a Gelatonator which sucks up and fires green slime which you can bounce on
> The cinematics are more humerous.
> The weapons can be quite fun once they are upgraded.
> There are two places - one is a Jurassic Planet and has huge alien dinosaurs which you can climb on and another is a meteor which has blue reflective ice and crystals all over the place. Both of these looked fantastic. I spent more time observing the scenery and artwork than playing that level.
> there are many other positives but too many to list.

Overall: This is a must have for the Playstation 3! A* Good Luck.


Crisis Zone (PS2)
Crisis Zone (PS2)
Offered by jackieholds
Price: £10.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but don't expect a 'Time Crisis' game, 12 Sept. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crisis Zone (PS2) (Video Game)
This is a decent shooting game and you move around a lot more while shooting than you do in a regular time crisis game. In some ways it feels like an XBOX game some how, probably because the overall feel and colour of the user interface, and the excessive fire power. The game its self is a bit slower than some of Namco's other releases because the enemies are heavily armoured so they take more work. You start with a machine gun and get to choose which order to complete levels in, you also have a 'team' of people shooting with you.

I would definately recommend purchasing this if you have a light gun, but if you havent tried it already... I suggest Time Crisis 2 or 3.

Good luck with your decision!


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackviper USP Gas airsoft gun, 26 Aug. 2009
The Blackviper USP Gas Gun is a very powerful airsoft gun for its size and is capable of blowing a hole through an aluminum drinks can (I tested from 4 metres away). If you want power at a low price, I recommend this item but if you want an even lower price, go for a spring gun. Electronic airsoft guns have good reload mechanisms and are often very fast but even the expensive ones often have weaker firing power in comparison to these gas or spring airsoft.

The Blackviper USP comes with everything you should need to get you started, gas, a laser sight, even a silencer which also helps the aim to be straighter. It is amazingly accurate and of a realistic weight. Unfortunately it is plastic, BUT it is very strong for plastic, it doesnt flex or sound brittle. These gas guns are very good fun, but remember to maintain them and use the correct gas type! The magazine is reinforced plastic and metal and holds both the gas and 15 bbs (accurate type preferred). For optimal performance I recommend you fill it with gas as usual but leave it for an hour or so for the gas pressure to rise as it is cold when you put it in. It still works great in low tempuratures though.
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Alto Saxophone by Gear4music Light Gold
Alto Saxophone by Gear4music Light Gold
Offered by Gear4music
Price: £239.99

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Saxophone (alto), 15 July 2009
I purchased one of these a while ago and within a week I was playing fluently. It is a fantastic saxophone for both learning and for professionals. Holds a good shine and comes with everything you need to maintain and play it. It comes with a reed installed, I still havent needed to replace it for 6 months. Capable of reaching a High F and lower notes aswell without cutting out or squeaking. Clean sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power at a low price!, 15 July 2009
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a good quality air rifle which uses a spring (pump action) loaded barrel with a plunger to fire the bb. It is very powerful and can pierce a can from around 10 metres away (possibly more!). Easily pierces paper targets and shatters plastic flower pots. Excellent fun and easy to maintain. Just remember to slide the pull-back loader to its original position to avoid shattering the screw mounts on the side. You can remove the cap from the lower tube and slide in a laser pointer, it is quite accurately alligned. Generally very good, you should buy one!


Rayman: Raving Rabbids (PC DVD)
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (PC DVD)
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £1.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely pointless. It is NOT Rayman 4!, 15 July 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
After playing Rayman 1,2 and 3 I couldnt wait for Rayman 4 to be released. When I saw the ORIGINAL trailer for this game, I was excited. Ubisoft changed the idea to support the 'Pointless era' of gaming on the Wii platform, this game could be fun if played on a Wii (still no comparison to the previous platform games). But as per many other reviews, it is absolutely pointless for any other platform especially PC. Another gamer has started an online petition against Rayman Raving Rabbids for Ubisoft to go back to platform games.

A quick web search will show strong disappointment for this game and a link to sign a petition. (No registration required, just enter a name and an email which is kept private) please spread the word. If they get enough signatures, they should take notice. - You honestly need to have quite bad timing if you want to get a high score and half of the levels are really difficult on the PC for this game because you have to allign the mouse really fast, just wears your mouse pad out!

Generally, Raving Rabbids has absolutely nothing to do with anything and makes no sense at all. If you really want to buy it, go ahead, but don't say we didn't warn you if you are disappointed!


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