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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variations of The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker, 10 Sept. 2010
The "The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker" has many excellent reviews so I dont intend to comment on those aspects but there were several variations of the UK issued game and that may confuse Buyers who are buying for a collection or have a specific want. There were two variants of the original release, some were a Limited Edition With The Two-Game Bonus Disc Featuring " The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time " & " The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Master Quest" and some were just a Standard Edition. ( I added Images of both Box Covers some time ago and these can be seen by viewing Shared Images ). These both seem to have been produced with either a Gold or Black case but the problem for buyers is that the EAN ( European Article Number ) of 045496960469 is identical for all variants, in these situations we have to rely on the differing Nintendo Catalogue Numbers, however again, all these variants have an identical DOL P GZLP ( DOL-GZLP-UKV ) Nintendo Catalogue Number.
If you have a specific requirement all you can do is email a Seller to ask, as only the very best will add that much detail to a listing, whilst the Limited Edition might seem the obvious preference, from experience the Standard Edition is the true "Limited Edition" as there were far fewer of these available and my own stock has a ratio of about 10 to 1 Limited Edition to Standard. I know this info will only interest a small minority of buyers but to them it may be very important and I hope they find it useful.

Kind regards

Simon
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Ar Tonelico Melody of Elemia
Ar Tonelico Melody of Elemia

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ar Tonelico Additional Info, 11 Dec. 2009
It seems UK RPG fans are fated to be overlooked again and again, why 505 Games left the UK out of the limited European release seems senseless and although the game itself is in English, the only versions I have obtained have had French, Italian or Spanish boxtext/manual options. As the inital limited European release was in May 2007 it now looks likely this will never see a UK release so I have added this Italian boxtext version to the Amazon catalogue so UK fans have an option to play. I hope some of the additional info I have copied below will help others and hopefully more knowledgeable fans will add more reliable and relevant info in the near future, the Gamespot Critics rating of 7.3 already an excellent one, was exceeded by the average player rating of 8.8 so it looks like RPG fans will not be disappointed.

Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia, also known as Ar Tonelico: The Girl Who Continues to Sing at the End of the World in Japan, is a role-playing game by GUST. The main protagonist is Lyner Barsett, a Knight of Elemia who is searching for the Hymn Crystal (Purger), an ancient artifact needed to stop the virus from spreading through the Tower of Ar Tonelico. The game features an ancient race called Reyvateil, which help humans with their songs. The relationship between humans and their Reyvateil partners are very important, because Reyvateils are extremely vulnerable on their own and need to be protected by their partner.

Plot

Ar Tonelico takes place in Sol Ciel, a world which is divided in two parts: Wings of Horus and Tower of Ar Tonelico. Lyner Barsett, an Apostle of Elemia, needs to save the upper world from the viruses that are spreading throughout the Tower. Lady Shurelia sends Lyner on a mission to retrieve the Hymn Crystal (Purger), which will be of help with fighting against the viruses. However, his airship crashes, and he ends up in the Wings of Horus, the lower world.

Gameplay

Exploration

There are no enemies shown on the field map, however there is a small gauge which will change colors corresponding to the chance of encountering an enemy. The gauge drains for each enemy defeated, and after defeating enough enemies, you can't encounter them anymore in that location until you go somewhere else, after that the gauge is back to full again. You are able to jump, and also use some of the Reyvateil's abilities only usable in the field map.

Combat

Combat in Ar Tonelico is turn-based, similar to alot of other JRPGs. The party consists of four party members, three in the front, and your Reyvateil in the back. Your party members and enemies take turns attacking each other, however you can act with your Reyvateil whenever you want. Your frontline fighters can either attack, use a skill or an item, or protect the Reyvateil from a charged attack. The Reyvateils sing songs which can either help your party members, or harm your enemies. Songs become progressively stronger over the time your Reyvateil is charging them, but they drain mana points. Reyvateils cannot be attacked directly as long as the frontline fighters are alive, but they can be attacked by a charged attack. You can defend yourself from a charged attack by choosing the "Protect" option when it's your turn. If you successfully protected your Reyvateil, you can initiate a counterattack by correctly pressing the buttons shown on the screen. After the battle, your party is rewarded with items, experience points, and dive points. Dive points symbolize your Reyvateil's trust in you, and are needed for diving into a Reyvateil.

Diving

Diving is a concept unique to Ar Tonelico. To initiate a dive into one of your Reyvateils, you have to go to the Dive shop, located in major cities. Diving is looking inside a Reyvateil's mind. When diving, you will help the Reyvateil ascend to higher Cosmosphere by solving her problems. Diving is the only way for Reyvateils to acquire new and more powerful Songs. To be able to access a higher Cosmosphere level, you have to unlock a set number of topics and then talk to you Reyvateil when resting. You also need to have enough Dive points, or your Reyvateil won't let you access her mind.

Hope this is of some help.
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Star Wars the Force Unleashed
Star Wars the Force Unleashed
Offered by Genius Factory Shop
Price: £39.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NON EXISTENT XBOX 360 TITLE, 27 Aug. 2009
Please be aware that this is not the US XBox 360 Star Wars The Force Unleashed game as shown in Amazon's image, but the UK Pal Playstation Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace game, I have uploaded accurate images. This listing only used to have slight errors as it is a "Value Series" not "Platinum title" however Amazon have partially altered the format giving Xbox 360 as format on the listing header, though still having Playstation under further system requirements, Despite filing over fifty or so corrections they have failed to amend their obvious mistakes, it seems Amazon's Catalogue Department are incapable or unwilling to read the release date, previous reviews, product description etc etc which all relate to the correct PLAYSTATION title and not a NON EXISTENT XBOX 360 title released over five years before the XBOX 360 hit the shops. Frustration, Frustration, Frustration.
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OSG Shadow the Colossus (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
OSG Shadow the Colossus (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Beautifully Crafted Guide., 1 Mar. 2007
Love them or Hate them ? Strategy Guides, Walkthroughs and the Use of Cheat Codes divide Gamer's opinions perhaps more than anything else. Prima who produced the original Ico guide, could have perhaps only have improved it by using the European cover artwork inspired by Giorgio de Chiroco's " The Nostalgia of the Infinite " rather than the US cover art Sony used when rushing the game to release. Brady who have produced this guide have crammed it full of beautiful pictures that if you loved the Piranesi inspired artwork of Ico will be a delight to you. My advice is to buy it and treasure it, play the game without looking at the Guide unless you are stuck, or prefer to do this. Prima's Ico guide had 96 pages and no pull out poster, Brady's Shadow of the Colossus has 175 pages, a Superb Pull-out-Poster and detailed and comprehensive advice for taking on the 16 different Colossi. Love them or hate them ? this guide is a must for any Ico/SOTC Fan so buy it now or like the Ico guide it will be £30.00 plus in a few years and you will wish you had.
( Thanks to Y.Sothoth )
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