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Two Worlds II (PS3)
Two Worlds II (PS3)
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Price: £16.51

1.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in frustration, 16 April 2015
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Frankly... ARGH!!!!
There are many good things about this game, and there are many bad things - so I will try to keep them balanced.

Down side, the plot is nonsensical, from beginning to end.

Up side, the game is engaging, particularly the crafting and lockpicking systems.

Down side, the draw-in and pop-in rate is amongst the worst I've seen on the PS3.

Up side, it does have the most unique magic system I've ever seen, and it is fun to spend hours creating some awesome spells.

Down side, the human models are terrible (seriously, what's with the eyes?), and the first hour of gameplay is pretty turgid.

Up side, the character build is great with many different areas to focus on, although this is tempered by the fact you can ONLY play a male human character.

Down side, buggy as hell. A lot of the dungeons have bodies half in the walls, so you can't get their loot, and there are numerous other bugs which cause quests to disappear or not update in your quest log.

This is pretty balanced, and would normally earn a three-star rating. However, the last hour of the game is so bad that I can only give one star.
Firstly, having spent time on many islands, your character is teleported to the final island - The Emperor's Capital.... which you CANNOT explore. Seriously. It is the biggest island on your world map, and you can only move through two very small parts of it.

Secondly, the final boss is ridiculous. Not because it is hard, but because the game suddenly switches from an RPG into a First-Person-Shooter... and your entire character building is MEANINGLESS!

I spent 200+hrs creating an awesome character, only for it to count for nothing because ANY character build can man the ballistas to shoot the dragon out of the sky.

I feel incredibly cheated and my bitter rage knows no bounds.

Avoid!


Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3)
Price: £14.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., 25 Mar. 2015
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is first RPG I played on my PS3, and whilst it borrows much from A Gathering of Twine (The Spirals of Danu), it is neither as immersive or engaging.

So, the first thing that struck me was the graphics. VERY pretty. Nice designs, lots of texture and detail - it kinda reminds me of a much better version of Fable.

The combat system is nice and easy. It is not 100% intuitive - sometimes my character span around 180 degrees and shot a shock-ball into nothing just as a horde was about to fall on me - but on the whole it worked.

A minor frustration is the amount of weapons and armour available - it feels very limited, compared to other games. The skill and ability trees are ok, but could do with expanding. The XP cap of Level 40 is very low, and needs to be raised.

A moderate complaint is the inventory system - there is no way to sort through the items either in your backpack or in your stash. You literally have to keep scrolling through hundreds of items to find the one you are after. It would be nice if there was a sort function.

Another moderate complaint is the design of the dungeons - they all follow the same formula: go around, and then jump off a ledge at the end to get back to where you started. It would have been nicer to pop out in a wholly new area, even if only occasionally.

My biggest complaint is the crafting system, which is a missed opportunity. Crafting is largely governed by the blacksmithing skill, and there are 5 grades of equipment - white, green, blue, purple and yellow. However, even with blacksmithing maxed out, you can NEVER breakdown, or forge, purple or yellow items. Further, when you salvage parts from equipment, the parts you get are entirely random. It doesn't matter how many points you have in blacksmithing, you can breakdown an amazing helmet or sword, and it will give you the worst components. This is incredibly frustrating.

On the whole, the game plays well and is stable. In 100+hrs of gameplay, I only got stuck in the landscape once, and there were no crashes at all.

I would have liked to have been able to turn off the yellow-circle indicators that guide me to a quest location, as this would favour greater-world exploration.

Hardcore RPG'ers may struggle with some of the aspects of Kingdoms of Amalur, but if you are new to role playing, then this is a great place to start.


Spilt Milk: A Collection of Stories
Spilt Milk: A Collection of Stories
Price: £2.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Modern gothic, 17 Mar. 2015
This a collection of modern gothic short stories, where neither good nor evil exist... but there are shades of grey. People do bad things for good reasons and vice versa, creating a heady universe of intrigue and suspicion.

A good read


The Rings of Power (Solomon's Circle Book 2)
The Rings of Power (Solomon's Circle Book 2)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy, 17 Mar. 2015
This is a great epic fantasy, reminiscent of Tolkien and Donaldson.

There are demons, and personal struggles that not just threaten individuals, but the world at large.

A great read.


Cool Kids Wear Glasses
Cool Kids Wear Glasses
Price: £2.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, 17 Mar. 2015
This is a great kids story that teaches the value of not judging a book by its cover, standing up for others, and the importance of friendship.

A heartwarming read.


The Boys Club: An action romantic suspense thriller
The Boys Club: An action romantic suspense thriller
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 Mar. 2015
This book has everything; the down and out juvenile delinquent who is offered a chance of redemption through a secret organization by a former FBI agent.

But is everything as it seems?

When a job goes bad, Logan's pregnant wife is murdered and he sets out on a mission of revenge, crossing people and lands he could never have imagined.

A thrilling read.


Rescued By An Alpha Part 1 -
Rescued By An Alpha Part 1 -
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 17 Mar. 2015
This imaginative tale is full of adventure, mystery and intrigue. I liked the shape changing aspects of the story, and the writing is engrossing.

It kept me up until late.


Social Intelligence: A Practical Guide to Social Intelligence: Communication Skills - Social Skills - Communication Theory - Emotional Intelligence -
Social Intelligence: A Practical Guide to Social Intelligence: Communication Skills - Social Skills - Communication Theory - Emotional Intelligence -
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 17 Mar. 2015
This is a great how-to guide that explains the concept of "social intelligence", from dealing with empathy, social skills and positivity.

There are some great tips on relating to people, in all environments, regardless of context, and I will definitely be putting this into practice.


Children Of The Sun (A Novel of Epic Supernatural Fantasy (The Comyenti Series Book 2)
Children Of The Sun (A Novel of Epic Supernatural Fantasy (The Comyenti Series Book 2)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 Mar. 2015
This novel of epic supernatural fantasy is great. The characters are compelling and the story sweeps you along into a magical world.

I really enjoyed this.


Prometheus: The Art of the Film (Film Tie in)
Prometheus: The Art of the Film (Film Tie in)
by Mark Salisbury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie, 12 Feb. 2015
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It's not secret that I hated the Prometheus movie - I have gone on at length about the thousands of flaws it has, and so won't repeat myself here.

However, one of the very few things it does get right is the cinematography - it is a visual treat, and this book fully explores to the key artwork from concept to delivery with some great cliff notes.

It's only a shame the movie was not this well though through.
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