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Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS - Black/Blue
Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS - Black/Blue
Offered by RTH Trading
Price: £87.95

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort., 15 Oct. 2013
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The 2DS.

I had been regularly checking prices, waiting for price drops and 'umming and ahing' whether to purchase the 3DS and it's big brother, the XL. Something just did not click with the 3D counterparts. Then came the 2DS, a very bold console for Nintendo.

Let's make a start: This console is primarily aimed for children. The form factor offers a clear sturdiness with the lack of hinges. However, do not put this off as a children's games console, it is a perfect fit for adult hands. The console itself comes with everything you need, all squeezed into a remarkably small package. The console maintains Nintendo's premium quality; there is no creaking in flexing of the machine, and buttons press and depress without the cheap plastic sounds of previous generations of handheld. Surprisingly the mono speaker doesn't particularly detract from the experience, the sound is clear and loud.

In real life, in real hands, the 2DS is a remarkably good looking console.

So, should you take the jump into the 3DS family via the 2DS. I would say yes. It's price point for a brand new console is simply perfect - and gives you a direct 'in' to a huge selection of games, with arguably some of the next 'best sellers' coming out for the console in the upcoming months.

It's not gimmicky. It's not cheap and nasty. It's comfortable to hold. Okay it's not pocket-able, but who really takes their gaming outside anyway?

A Thousand Suns [NTSC]
A Thousand Suns [NTSC]
Offered by Love-Your-Books
Price: £12.59

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime., 11 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: A Thousand Suns [NTSC] (Audio CD)
I've been a massive fan of Linkin Park since the release of Hybrid Theory, each successive album has improved and developed their sound. A Thousand Suns takes this improvement a step further.

The first listen takes you by surprise, you find yourself questioning if this is actually Linkin Park, at points the sounds are coherent to a nineties boyband. However it all clicks during the second and third listen. Linkin Park described this as a 3D experience, an album that has a definitive beginning middle and end. The first two intro's really set a powerful mood for the album, it get's much more energetic up to "Wretches and Kings", I found myself bouncing around the room (something I hadn't experienced since Hybrid Theory). The album then has a slight pause before the interlude of "Wisdom, Justice, and Love", it echoes a powerful Martin Luther King, Jr speech and fades this into a robotised voice before aimlessly combining with the intro for iridescent. Another robotised intro follows before the lead single of "The Catalyst". The highlight of the album is the ending song "The Messenger", it drops all the electronic sounds, pounding drum beats and occasional guitar solos for a sublime acoustic track. Chester's voice is at his best, the track hasn't been altered in the slightest, every guitar strum and croak in his voice is compelling and makes for a brilliant end of an exceptional album.

The included DVD, "Making of A Thousand Suns", gives you a real insight into how this spectacle of an album was achieved, they really put some effort into it, it really demonstrates the troubles and frustration of making this different sound and if anything reinforces how good the album is.

I was alarmed to see a lot of bad reviews from the press and the surprisingly loyal fans. Most of the fans seem to have undeveloped music tastes, sticking to only one type of music, leading to there dismissal in the quality of this album. I'm glad Linkin Park have developed their sound, luckily I have embraced other genres of music so I can really connect with this new sound ... There is still no sound like it, it is still Linkin Park and this is their best album to date.

5 Stars.
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Surfing the Void
Surfing the Void
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £2.98

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 21 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Surfing the Void (Audio CD)
This album is being plagued with bad reviews from the press, being compared with the success of the mercury prize winning Myths of the near Future. Although not as good as the first it still holds it's own. This album doesn't seem to have any radio or chart friendly songs, but as an album it works perfectly, which is how it should be right?

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