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Nintendo Men's Zelda Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Black, X-Large
Nintendo Men's Zelda Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Black, X-Large
Offered by Rapid Warehouse
Price: £15.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely design, 17 Sept. 2014
I purchased the Xl size, which is normally a little baggy for me.
It fits very snug, like a large instead.
I would suggets buying a size UP from what you normally buy, as they come up small.
This is the same for the official T shirts purchased from the official Nintendo store as well.

Official Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Special Edition (Xbox One)
Official Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Special Edition (Xbox One)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, 17 Sept. 2014
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Excellent quality controller, just the same as the regular high quality XB1 controller but with a wonderfully gaudy paint job. Great detaills in the paint job. Consider it if you want a unique controller as it will sell out eventually.

Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
Sony PlayStation 4 Vertical Stand (PS4)
Offered by Wesley_Vas
Price: £17.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. It's official Sony kit, so it's the best., 17 Sept. 2014
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Excellent product. I brought this when I first got the black PS4 on its initial release . It makes the console very sturdy when standing on edge, and, of most importance, allows the two larger sides of the console to be open to the air, thus helping heat dissapation.

The are two rubber plugs that fit into the recess on the console edge, under each one ( on the reverse of the stand ) is a small dial you turn for a 1/4 of a turn to make them wider and thus grip inside the console recesses. Very simple, very effective, very safe.

I managed to find a white one for the white Destiny PS4 I purchased this week at my local GAME, its exactly the same , but white to match the new PS4. Either way, it's a great stand.

Guardians Of The Galaxy [Blu-ray]
Guardians Of The Galaxy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £17.99

35 of 373 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment, 23 Aug. 2014
Myself & my buddy just came back from watching this at our local VUE cinema. We were both genuinely looking forwards to it, having loved most of the Marvel films to date (except maybe The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Thor 2 ).

Where to start ? The lead actor who plays Starlord (Chris Pratt)....I was waiting for some personality, something rogue like to admire about him...however, nothing emerged. The irony is, Bradley Cooper who VOICED Rocket Racoon, I believe would have pulled this character off without issue. But NO...they make him be a voice to an animated and un-likeable space racoon.

Groot was just a 3 word wonder. Why hire Vin Diesel to say three words ? Just silly.

Drax played by Dave Bautista had the acting ability of your average 80's style wrestler. His lines were poorly written, and delivered.

The only actor that appeared to bring any quality was Zoe Saldana playing Gamora. But even she struggled with an inept script. Karen Gillan at least looked good despite all the make up and no hair.

The story can be summed up by saying "group of misfits chases after a magic stone to stop the bad guy getting it for another bad guy" and the movie then focuses on who has the stone, loses the stone, etc.

Perhaps with a better script and some decent acting, this could have worked but it didn't have either. IMO it was slow, dull and unfunny.

That said the 10 year olds in the cinema laughed and found it thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately that seemed to be who the film was aimed at. Very sad that this is the next big Marvel franchise especially compared to the likes of Captain America-Winter Soldier, Iron Man or the first Thor film. These IMO were excellent, Guardians was just poor.
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Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Headset (PS4)
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Headset (PS4)
Offered by Game's Direct
Price: £77.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly universal headset ( for audio, not tested Xbox one for mic ), 6 July 2014
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Truly universal headset ( for audio, not tested Xbox one for mic ).

Recently purchased the PX4 wireless headset from Amazon.
The build quality SEEMS strong, and they have a pleasant "heft" to them...they feel heavy.
The sound is excellent, but not as loud as I'd like...but loud enough regardless. This headset will be strictly used for gaming.
I have set them up and played games with them with MIC & AUDIO on :- Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360.
I have set them up and played games with them on XBOX one with AUDIO only. I don't have the Xbox one controller MIC adapter yet so can't test the MIC on Xbox one ! I'll get it soon enough though.

SO, as far as AUDIO goes, they work wirelessly with PS3, PS4, XB360 & Xbox one. They sound clear, and there are some nice little mixer option built into the headset and the wireless broadcast unit.

I highly recommend this headset, but do keep in mind that if you have more than one games console, you have to unplug the wireless broadcast unit and swap it between consoles as you need them.

Or...you could do what I did and buy some broken PX4 headsets from Ebay that still had the wireless broadcast unit with them, and set up separate wireless broadcast units for all four consoles. PLUS...then you have spare MIC booms, headphone cups, head straps and cables.

Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)
Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £34.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MASS EFFECT 1- issues, but 4 stars for MASS EFFECTS 2 & 3., 18 April 2014
The Mass Effect series, overall, is fun and highly entertaining.
However, the real fun and entertainment didn't really start until ME2.
Mass Effect 1, was , even at the time, a clunky controlled game with questionable gameplay decisions. It was a massively over rated game with multiple issues.
One of those issues was the use of quick time events ( rapid button presses answering on screen prompts) to open chests and cabinets in the game. Just pointless and needless.
Another was the inability to properly control your team in combat. Yet another the interminable planetary landing sections where you had to drive around the terrain of planets and asteroids looking for stuff. Thankfully , upon the beginning of my fourth play through of the ME series ( this time on PS3 for the first time , previously all on Xbox360 ), I knew what planets HAD to be visited to push the story forwards and what ones didn't. I completed the PS3 version of ME1 after 19 hours of gameplay on 18/4/2014. I'm now looking forward to the absolute pinnacle of the series, Mass Effect 2.

However, some points about the PS3 conversion of MASS EFFECT 1 over to Playstation 3 need to be noted.
It is, overall, a poor conversion. I believe it was converted to PS3 by a company called "Edge of Reality". They were obviously working under a tight budget and considerable time restraints. I'll just bullet point the issues with the poor conversion.
:- Load times are very drawn out. Woe betide anyone who goes down the wrong elevator and has to come back up again.
:- Speech drops out during cut scenes and during in game conversations regularly, often for the length of the entire scene.
:- Texture loads on the PS3 are incredibly slow, be prepared to see the world drawn on screen in front of you many, many times.
:- The game has a tendency to crash during the end boss fight ( I didn't experience this, but I've read of LOTS of people who did)

My advice for ME1 on PS3 ? Put it on the easiest setting, and just force your way through the story. The game is simply not good enough to spend too much time with. It wasn't great on release, and it's certainly not got better with age. Play it quick and move on.

The only way to play ME1 on PS3 is either download from the PSN store ( currently £14.39 for the trilogy with all DLC and Cerberus pass for PS plus users in the 2014 Easter sale ), or to buy the ridiculously over priced Mass Effect Trilogy physical edition. The price of which is a farce.

Considering the price the trilogy is on the PSN shop, or the fact that you can buy Mass Effect 2 ( with all DLC except Arrival ) for £12.00 and Mass Effect 3 for £10.00 with the DLC also going cheap on the PSN store...the trilogy is really NOT the way forwards.
It's just people profiteering.

Frankly....I'd just buy the latter two games and use the decision application for ME1 that comes with ME2 to help define your game.
You really are missing NOTHING with ME1.

Also be aware people are selling, in some cases, the USA version of the trilogy...which also means your UK DLC won't work with the game...or vice versa.

My Mass Effect Scores.

MASS EFFECT 1 (ps3)= 4/10 (xbox) 6/10
MASS EFFECT 2 (xbox ) 9/10 ( ps3) not played yet.
MASS EFFECT 3 (xbox) 8/10 ( ps3) not played yet.

MASS EFFECTS 2 & 3 are vastly superior in every way to MASS EFFECT 1. All the bad decisions that plagued ME1 are simply not present in ME 2 & 3. The latter two games are truly wonderful.

Good luck and enjoy this great series...well great duo...Mass Effect 2 & 3. Did I say Mass Effect 1 really isn't very good and is massively over rated ?
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Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Console (Black)
Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Console (Black)
Offered by 123 eStore
Price: £266.80

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous system that will only get better over time, 29 Nov. 2013
It would appear the majority of the 1 star reviews are from very unfortunate people who have had their PS4 break upon installation. The solution is simple. Just return it to Amazon for a replacement or refund , surely?

Trying to call Sony on the launch weekend of their biggest hardware release for 8 years is not going to end well, and Sony simply won't be able to give you the customer service you need or expect. Therefore, your complaints about Sony's poor customer service on launch weekend must be tempered with that knowledge, and partially invalidated because of it.

I am very fortunate to have a fully working model and its a great piece of kit. Currently playing ( in short bursts of each) Need for speed, COD, Killzone, Assassins Creed and Marvel Super heroes.

The console is noticeably better graphics wise than PS3, but it's not a quantum leap in difference. That's to come I believe.
I'll make an exception for Killzone which was written solely for PS4.....that's a stunning looking game and a true glimpse of better things to come.

I had mine from a midnight launch last night running up until 3 a.m., then it was back on this morning at around 11 a.m. and it hasn't gone off yet ! It's still going strong.

The only advice I can offer to anyone considering getting one is this. If there a titles you want to play on it now, get it. You won't regret it. If there aren't many titles you want to play, simply wait, the console is only going to get better, with the next wave of software coming in from around March 2014.

The Last Of Us (PS3)
The Last Of Us (PS3)
Offered by games.empire
Price: £29.95

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept marred by awkward & genuinely poor combat, 17 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Last Of Us (PS3) (Video Game)
I was swayed into buying this game by the multitude of positive reviews.

The voice acting, graphics, music and concept are all excellent. True show stopping stuff.
Where this game fell over for me, to the point where it simply became a chore, was one small, but vital factor.
The combat.

You are given guns. But your aim is shaky and your ammo count low, seldom creeping into double figures.
The creatures you are fighting, unless hit with a headshot, absorb multiple rounds. Well, they would...if you had multiple rounds.

This leaves melee combat. I can pick up a nice solid looking piece of pipe, around 3 foot long, 1 inch to an inch & a quarter diameter. I get into a fight, as so often you are FORCED to do, even though I would have chosen to play this whole game as stealth.
I swing at the bad guys. I manage to floor two of them before the pipe BREAKS. ( Remember, it's made of metal ), so I have to revert to my fists. As long as you don't meet the final evolution of human transformed into plant person,( called "clickers") you could survive with your fists. Maybe. But you do meet "clickers" and sometimes you can stealth passed them , sometimes you can surprise them. Sometimes they run at you regardless. If they bite you once you are dead. They move fast, are hard to hit with your gun ( not that it matters you've probably not got that many bullets anyway) so you try and melee them. This failed so many times for me when they were aware of my presence or were actively charging at me, that I just gave up in frustration.
Any melee weapon has between 4-10 hits on it before it breaks. Metal Pipe, 2x4 wooden bar, Baseball bat etc, they just break.

One scene sees you go into a town to get to an old acquaintance who may be able to build you a car. You unlock a door, step through, are caught in a mantrap by your foot and pulled towards the ceiling by a rope tied around a weighted refrigerator on the other side of the room. The noise attracts multiple baddies. It is at this point you are expected to shoot them as they run at you. You are swinging upside down from a rope, with a gun arm that sways like you're on the deck of a ship. Sometimes, the baddy will stand still just long enough for you to draw a bead and hit him in the head. Meanwhile, your companion is using a blunt knife to try and cut the rope you are hanging from. But she can't cut it and they keep coming. If they kill her its game over. The game reloads you back at the start of the sequence. If you miss a button prompt ( square button ) to push a baddy away it is game over. The game reloads you back at the start of the sequence. Once the clickers start running into the room, if they bite you, you die. Game over. The game reloads you back at the start of the sequence. This got pretty dull pretty fast.

Why couldn't I just shoot the rope to break it ? Your companion was cutting it, surely a bullet would have weakened it. But....NO.

Once that section was cleared, you had to then venture out into town with your acquaintance to collect car parts. The moment you do you get attacked by 5 infected and two clickers. No matter where you position yourself, they make a bee-line for you. If the clickers bite you its game over. The game reloads you back at the start of the sequence. After my fifth attempt at this, my patience finally gave up. It should be mentioned the acquaintance you are with, just prior to this fight, was running up to these baddies and decapitating them or one shotting them with his gun. Suddenly, when in this scenario above, he is like a helpless lamb before a pack of wolves.

The guns are inaccurate and hard to use. You have very limited ammo. Weapon melee is inconsistent and no weapon seems to last very long, 2-3 badguys max. What happened to the stealth elements of the game ? They seemed long forgotten. You fail at this game because you don't have the tools to survive.

I know many people have played this and enjoyed it, but frankly they must all have the patience of saints. I'm no stranger to video games, and see my completion of two of the best, and hardest games ( in my opinion )I've ever played as something of a badge of honour.
Demon Souls and Dark Souls. Amazing games where, if you fail, it's because you made a mistake. In "The Last Of Us", if you fail, it's because the shooting or melee systems are just poorly implemented.

I cannot recommend this game to anyone.
I can only suggest you try borrowing it from a friend or buy it second hand. Believe me when I say it's painful to have another £30.00 coaster in a nice box on your hands. Trouble is, the second hand value for this game with both CEX, Ebay & Game is so insultingly low that I'd rather just throw it away.

The Last Of Us is a game of brilliant style over an incredibly duff combat system that just writes the whole game off for me.
The two stars I have awarded it are for the great voice acting, level design & concept. NOT the gameplay.
But surely, it's the gameplay that matters the most ?
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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PC DVD)
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PC DVD)
Offered by * The Game Monkey *
Price: £1.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun , well paced action shooter with some strategy, 14 Nov. 2013
Just completed this for the first time today 14/11/2013 1520 hours ! ( yep, I'll play it again ).
This is a shooter with tactical elements, where you can order you team to take cover, set turrets, set up cross fire
opportunities and generally reign merry hell on the invading baddies.
You can also just go in all guns blazing, but they baddies are VERY good shots and they like to close on you when possible and beat you into submission.
Fun story, well acted, and looks good on both PC and as judging from the footage I've seen on Youtube, looks very nice on both
PS3 and Xbox360.
Easily worth 4/5 stars, with no noticeable "cheap" moments and just a couple of minor door blocking bugs, but a quick reload resolved those issues.
It has a cover and shoot with orders systems very similar to Mass Effect 2 & 3. If you liked them, you'll like this.
And its all set in the early 60s with a cold war environment setting .

Offered by * The Game Monkey *
Price: £5.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3 super slim vertical stand, 12 Nov. 2013
I have a clone version of this stand and it works brilliantly, therefore this version of the stand ( that is made by Sony & is official Sony product ) can only be as good or better.

The round base is made of 2mm thick, reasonably heavy aluminium, which is set into a thicker plastic under base, with rubber feet underneath, this stops the whole unit from slipping.

The diameter of the unit is 5.25 inches , or if you prefer metric, 133 mm , about the same size as a standard CD/DVD .

The top plastic oval section is 2mm thick plastic with 4 rubber feet for the PS3 to sit on.

It is fastened into the PS3 by a small screw mechanism underneath, and on the side of PS3 there is a small round plug that pops out easily to reveal a screw hole. ( As you face the console with the word "Sony" on the left, the small round plug is on the left side / end of the console).

It's very easy to attach and once this is done provides an extremely stable and secure stand for the PS3. You can easily push a disc onto the disc spindle or pull a disc out of the console without upsetting the stands " balance" or the consoles balance.

Once again, very stable, very secure. I insist on the best for all my consoles and look after all of my hardware ( which is why every console I have ever owned since the release of the original NES is still in fine working order, & yes I have nearly every console released since the NES, including the duffers).

The same goes for every generation of console since, including the PS3.

I was prompted to write this little article after ordering the official Sony vertical stand for the PS4, which now having researched it, am now confident that it will provide the same level of reliability ,stability and safety for my soon to be received PS4 ! ( It has extremely secure fitting attachments ). Roll on Nov 29 !!!!

Anyway, get this stand for PS3 Super Slim and buy it in confidence . It's excellent.

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