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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC DVD)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC DVD)
Price: £17.25

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the, if not the best game ever made... Slightly ruined by Konami., 27 May 2016
One of the, if not the best game ever made... Slightly ruined by Konami.

Too much game!

The complexity depth and scope of this game is hard to sum up or indeed fathom.
Built on the foundations of earlier games and incorporating mechanics and ideas from those titles as well as some brand new ones, all of this placed in TWO massive free roaming combat arenas.
Its almost too much game! Not in the way that there are too many “collectables” or stuff like that to pick up but in a way that makes you feel like you are just one man trying to defeat a massive army.

Konami are EVIL!

I am a fan of these games and played them back when they came out. But when this game came out I was not a fan!
Like many people I was on the Konami sucks train and was shocked and appalled by the way the game locked away the stuff you earn and offered it to other players to steal! Then they announced that you would be able to “insure” your stuff by paying them! Konami were essentially using Mafia style strong arm extortion racketeering on it faithful players!!

That said I never had any problems unless it couldn't sign in to the servers and on my second play through its a lot less shocking. I know the stuff I don't just sell immediately might get “locked” and I will have to wait (like a FB p2p game) to unlock that stuff again or just get new stuff. Also I like making my base super deadly and watching people fail to take it down, then being like “wow good job” when someone actually does!

What Story?!

I know allot has been said about the story, but I think after all the other games its not so bad to keep the story minimal. The fact that it is in between games with strong stories and is trying to tie them together, means it finds itself restricted in what it can do. I mean they're not going to kill Snake or Ocelot are they? The fact that this is a “filler” game trying to fit in is evident in the two regions you visit. I love the Africa area and its crazy to think that the pixilated top down original game and this are basically the same thing in the same place!

Plus points:
Great gameplay.
Good Graphics.
Stable FPS.
Large world.
Many weapons / items to choose from.
Lots of vehicles drive / get dropped in.
The whole supply drop / bombardment system.
The Fulton system.
Different characters to play as.
The buddy(s).
Kooky weirdness and hiding in boxes.

Minus Points:
Konami
Badly implemented pay to play system that nobody needs or wants and was just an attempt at extortion by Konami.
Have to connect to bad servers or your stuff is stolen by Konami.
Bad (unrealistic) physics (its not a simulator).
Some buggy gameplay (Its fine when you're used to it).
Some annoying gameplay (being exposed / attacked in a cut scene), only in story missions.
Occasionally unrealistic AI responses.
Long traversals to / in between destinations.
Quiet.

9/10
When someone on PC hacks the game and locks Konami out of it, I'll give it 10/10!


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Standard Edition (PS4)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Standard Edition (PS4)
Price: £17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars if not the best game ever made, 27 May 2016
One of the, if not the best game ever made... Slightly ruined by Konami.

Too much game!

The complexity depth and scope of this game is hard to sum up or indeed fathom.
Built on the foundations of earlier games and incorporating mechanics and ideas from those titles as well as some brand new ones, all of this placed in TWO massive free roaming combat arenas.
Its almost too much game! Not in the way that there are too many “collectables” or stuff like that to pick up but in a way that makes you feel like you are just one man trying to defeat a massive army.

Konami are EVIL!

I am a fan of these games and played them back when they came out. But when this game came out I was not a fan!
Like many people I was on the Konami sucks train and was shocked and appalled by the way the game locked away the stuff you earn and offered it to other players to steal! Then they announced that you would be able to “insure” your stuff by paying them! Konami were essentially using Mafia style strong arm extortion racketeering on it faithful players!!

That said I never had any problems unless it couldn't sign in to the servers and on my second play through its a lot less shocking. I know the stuff I don't just sell immediately might get “locked” and I will have to wait (like a FB p2p game) to unlock that stuff again or just get new stuff. Also I like making my base super deadly and watching people fail to take it down, then being like “wow good job” when someone actually does!

What Story?!

I know allot has been said about the story, but I think after all the other games its not so bad to keep the story minimal. The fact that it is in between games with strong stories and is trying to tie them together, means it finds itself restricted in what it can do. I mean they're not going to kill Snake or Ocelot are they? The fact that this is a “filler” game trying to fit in is evident in the two regions you visit. I love the Africa area and its crazy to think that the pixilated top down original game and this are basically the same thing in the same place!

Plus points:
Great gameplay.
Good Graphics.
Stable FPS.
Large world.
Many weapons / items to choose from.
Lots of vehicles drive / get dropped in.
The whole supply drop / bombardment system.
The Fulton system.
Different characters to play as.
The buddy(s).
Kooky weirdness and hiding in boxes.

Minus Points:
Konami
Badly implemented pay to play system that nobody needs or wants and was just an attempt at extortion by Konami.
Have to connect to bad servers or your stuff is stolen by Konami.
Bad (unrealistic) physics (its not a simulator).
Some buggy gameplay (Its fine when you're used to it).
Some annoying gameplay (being exposed / attacked in a cut scene), only in story missions.
Occasionally unrealistic AI responses.
Long traversals to / in between destinations.
Quiet.

9/10
When someone on PC hacks the game and locks Konami out of it, I'll give it 10/10!


Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller
Offered by Bartlett's HiFi
Price: £108.46

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but you might feel a little bit cheated by cheap plastic on something so expensive., 1 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bad things:
The flappy paddles do kinda block my grip and at first I found myself pressing them by accident!
I got used to it and now hold it in a different way (a little looser, more a side pressure hold than a grip).

The triggers and bumpers are not metal they are silver plastic and make it feel a bit cheap (its really not).

Good stuff:
The paddles (when you get over it) are great!
No need to take your thumbs off the sticks to press jump/reload buttons or whatever you ant to assign (being able to look while jumping is probably the best use I have found so far).

Its really easy to assign all the buttons and mess with all kinds of extra stuff like vibration or even dim the light.

The triggers are okay, having the halfway block makes it a bit faster to hit. The real payoff is when you go into the settings, you can set the trigger to go off max power at the slightest breeze or not at all until its hitting the base.

The paddles and sticks/d-pad use magnets and just click right into place with no effort. You can mix up the sticks and paddles (I wish they had included extra paddles as I wouldn't mind two sets of the short ones).

It feels more solid. I go though a Xbox controller a year (when the sticks wear down) so I hope this one lasts a bit longer and replacement sticks become available. But I guess time will tell on this one.

You get a nice cable with a fabric covering (its the small stuff).

It smells nice (and rubbery).

As far as a pro controller goes, in my view it should be 100% the best quality (I use a Corsair K70 Keyboard for PC games, its aircraft grade aluminum not cheap plastic). They should have just left the triggers black plastic, its like they are pretending that they're metal when they're not.

I would advise most to wait and see if the price drops as I don't think its fully worth twice the amount of the normal controller, especially as the button assignment can be used on any Xbox One controller (assigning jump to a bumper or click stick button can now be done on any controller).
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Thief (PC DVD)
Thief (PC DVD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £13.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Thief is amazing! This hardcore Thief fan has been proved wrong!, 17 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Thief (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I disrespected this game since the day it was announced and now I am deeply ashamed of myself!
I only brought it because it was on sale and I wanted to see the "car crash" for myself!

The graphics :) Are so good its almost painful to look at in 1080p!
Also the interaction animations are the best I have ever seen and make the game very immerse.

The gameplay ;) Captures the feel of the original game well and also adds some nice abilities, It's also nice to play something that isn't all shooting and killing or (otherwise pwning people).

The audio :s Is ok... (The original games sound design was indescribably awesome so it can never compare).
Some of the voice acting here is not the best and it can be quite hammy in places.

Not "Thief The Dark Project" :( It really is not like original thief but... It does feel more like it than any other game since Deadly Shadows. In fact it's allot like Deadly Shadows and I would say that it's more akin to a sequel and evolution of that game rather than the original thief game(s).

Missing elements :o There are a few things missing from the game that were also missing in Deadly Shadows such as the humour (probably just rats... Rats would be a bit 'o meat) and the supernatural element(s) (Zombies, Burricks, Apparitions, Haunts, Flying Sentient Water/Fire/Air Elementals, Crayman, Giant Incests, Tree Beasts, Pagan Ape Men) that were rife in the first game and seem to have lessened with each game thereafter. Also as far as I can tell they have also removed the usage of the word Taffer... The Taffers!

If you like this game (and want to hear the word Taffer) I recommend checking out the original Thief games.


BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £8.35

0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ken Levine's mid life crisis!, 29 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Try to shoot people whilst constantly being interrupted by Ken's imaginary teenage girlfriend. Oh your dead!
Stare at empty space when people are shooting you in the hope that the game makes that create of health packs appear that Ken couldn't be bothered to actually put in the game. Oh your dead.

I have played every Thief, System Shock and Bio-Shock game, I love Ken Levine and hope he recovers from this mental breakdown. It reminds me of Mass Effect 2, after the genius minds that created some of the best rpg's ever handed it off to simpletons and let it turn from a RPG to a 3rd person shooter.
Get well soon Ken!
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Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great pice of punk!, 29 May 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This one has a great retro feeling with some groovy dance kicks!
A must buy for fans of dance music.


Silent Hill Homecoming (Xbox 360)
Silent Hill Homecoming (Xbox 360)
Offered by Blackburn Merchandise
Price: £34.14

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Hill: Homecoming Review by: SamOfSuthSax, 29 July 2009
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Review by: SamOfSuthSax

Graphics: 3/10 "Silent Hill 3 Looked better than this!"Silent Hill 3 (PS2)
Sound: 7/10 "Silent hill isn't actually supposed to be silent!"
Gameplay: 3/10 "One track tedium with the dead leaves of a combat system!"
Story: 1/10 "Story? Story? Here story? Good boy?"
Multiplayer: 0/10 "No multiplayer play Resident Evil 5 instead."Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Next Gen: 2/10 "Press blue to stop having your face eaten"
Dumb Down: 8/10 "Easy puzzles and no side story's"

Overall Rating: 3/10 "If Silent Hill was Alien this would be Alien 3"

UNFAITHFUL
If you liked Silent Hill one or Silent Hill two then this is not the game for you, the people who made those games went on to make Forbidden Siren 1, 2 & 3, if you want to play a Silent Hill like game with as much intelligence and creativity as Silent Hill, then go and buy any Forbidden Siren game.
Forbidden Siren (PS2)
Forbidden Siren 2 (PS2)
Siren Blood Curse - BDR (PS3)

CORRUPT
This is the bad game of the bad movie of a good game, literally they have thrown out the idea of creativity and intelligence in favour of crowbar-ing aspects of the bad movie into this game, what's even worse than this is the way that they have used good original ideas from silent hill games (namely Silent Hill 2) and through the movie adaptation and their own takes on these good ideas, they have turned them into mindless trash or even ruined them completely, making anyone who enjoyed the ideas in the original games feel like they are being used and abused.

!!!!HERE COME THE SPOILERS!!!!

QUADRANGLE HEAD
Yes Pyramid head makes a return but sadly this once elusive "Ridley Scott's Alien" like creature has been turned into something you would find in a teen slasher movie, also making a return are the skinless dogs and the nurses but again unlike the old versions of these enemies they have been altered into a shadow of their former selves.

BAD DOG
The dogs that populate the town are seemingly similar to the old ones, until you try to outrun one, (something that is essential because you never have enough ammo or health to take them on as they re-spawn) trying to outrun a dog now results in one of them jumping on your back and knocking you to the ground, not so bad you might think but if you are outrunning one dog in this game you will inevitably be outrunning three or four, this means as soon as you have got the first one off your back another one jumps you immediately and you end up having to fight every enemy that's been chasing you.

NIGHT NURSE
It's a similar story with the nurses they have been taken from the movie not the old game, they look exactly like the ones in the movie and also sadly act like them as well, as soon as you turn your light off they freeze, I managed to walk right up to one and push against her without any response at all.

PUTTING THE HAM IN HAMMER HEAD
The new enemies in the game are ridiculous, hammerhead shark man, sword crab man, smog man, that guy from the bathroom scene and the gasmask guys from the movie. Most of the enemies in the game are fairly slow moving and would be easy to avoid if you hadn't been locked you in a room with them or their collision boxes weren't so big that you couldn't get past them in a hallway.

SNEAK `EM DOWN
Unlike the old games you cant sneak around, although some enemies respond to your torchlight (like the nurses, see above) it makes little difference as most of the enemies you encounter are blocking vital passageways, spawned right behind you or in a too well lit area to have it make any difference, making sneaking a totally pointless venture.

HACK `N ROLL
The combat system in the game has been altered and like a lot of the things changed from the original they didn't make it better, the biggest difference is that they have removed the ability to block, something that has worked well for the previous four silent hill games. Now instead of block you have "dodge" what this means is that you lock onto your target and wait for it to attack you then press a button to "dodge" out of the way. This system doesn't work at all, the only time it would actually work is if you were in a large open area with only one enemy to fight! As soon as there is more than one enemy it makes the "dodge" system totally useless, as you roll around on the floor dodging one enemies attack the other one hits you, its like rolling around on the floor in front of your enemies while they beat you to death, even with one enemy in a small hallway you end up rolling against the wall while they stab you in the face as there is simply not enough room to "dodge" out of the way.

SLEEPY HILL
Most of the game is running around collecting keys or pressing switches, this get really tedious very soon as there isn't anything outside of the storyline to explore, in fact exploring dead ends in this game is not worth while as there are never any items or anything worth seeing in them, you are usually being chased by enemies so stopping to investigate dead ends invariably gets you hurt as well. The game has no discernable storyline or atmosphere and no emotional content at all, in fact they even managed to take the deeply moving euthanasia idea from Silent Hill two and turn it into a scene like something from "The Saw", less emotional content and more gore for gore sake.

INSULTING
This game is an insult to all the previous Silent Hill games, especially the first two as it constantly references and ruins everything gamers liked about them, this Silent Hill game is totally betraying the creative and intelligent ideas that made the first two games so popular that they created the Silent Hill franchise in the first place.

If you want a good horror game buy Resident Evil 5 or Forbidden Siren and leave this piece of trash on the shelf where it belongs.
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
Siren Blood Curse - BDR (PS3)


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