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Aliens Vs Predator
Aliens Vs Predator
Price: £13.50

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AVP vs The Critics, 20 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Aliens Vs Predator (Video Game)
Everyone who likes Aliens or Predator will love this game, it's that simple. Having read numerous reviews bashing this game, I was a little dubious as to whether to spend my hard earned money on it. Don't listen to the reviews, because it's definitely worth a punt if you've got any interest in it at all. If like me, you loved the original films, and the original pc game from 99, then this game is a delicious slice of fanfare with an oldschool vibe.

In terms of single player, you've got the ability to play as each of 3 species, each with their own 4 hour campaign. The story interlinks so you've got the added option of playing each level by species to really understand what's going on, although really that's not too important as the story is paperthin. Each one is different and it's refreshing to have 3 completely different species with their own unique abilitys and gory kill moves. Being blunt, the campaign is really entertaining but is not without some technical issues. The controls take some time to master but that's part of the fun. The AI leaves a bit to be desired but it's also forgivable if you love the source material. The sound effects are brilliantly faithful to the films, and add massively to the tension that made the films so iconic. In terms of graphics, AVP is really detailed when it comes to character models, but the levels could of had more polish, however, they're fine if your not too demanding.

The multiplayer is a breath of fresh air after playing so many other first person shooters. The three species play completely differently so you often feel more attached to one of the factions, although it's nice to mix it up and really see what AVP has to offer. The various modes are all entertaining, with infestation being an example of the unique multiplayer experience this game has offer. The game starts with upto 18 players, 17 being marines and one being an Alien. Whoever the Alien kills becomes an Alien, so the hunters become the hunted. The multiplayer retains the sense of tension that makes AVP, and gives it a totally unique flavour. Also, survival mode is really entertaining and provides a microcosm of the all round experience. When you've got a team of 4, you've got a mix of left 4 dead and nazi zombies. However, beware that the controls are quite oldschool, and you dont have the ability to crouch or use sights, but this really enhances the reality of the thrill.

Overall, AVP does suffer in some areas, but it's definitely forgivable if you're craving some epic wristblade, pulse rifle, or double mouthed action. This game is without a doubt a flawed gem, it's impossible not to enjoy the iconic characters, tense atomosphere, and brilliant trophy kills. It captures the essence of the original, and that can only be a good thing.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360)
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360)
Offered by Icarus Solutions Ltd
Price: £44.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds of Prey., 6 Sept. 2009
I bought this game expecting it to either be a hardcore simulator, or an enjoyable arcade style flying game. Now, I can't comment on the simulator side of things, because to be honest, i've never been that good at them. However, bearing that in mind, this game is astonishingly fun for people like me who enjoy the arcade side of things, but not too watered down.

The single player campaign is brilliantly executed, really providing a nice overwiew of WWII, with loads of historical facts to get you thinking. You get to play in all the big air battles, starting with the battle of britain, where you get to fly over the likes of kent and dover. The graphics are really quite beautiful, the maps are based on real maps from WWII. Soaring over the white cliffs of dover is a very enjoyable experience. However, the one downside i've noticed is that it is quite easy to destroy enemy planes, and there is some slowdown in the heavy situations, but these do not detract from the experience at all.

However, this games saving grace is the online mode. To sum it up, it's brilliant. The multiple camera views you can choose from make every battle a visceral experience, and enemy planes take a bit of battering to actually destroy, making one v ones last for a long and intense amount of time. It's 3D fighting and the controls work very nicely. The targeting system is interesting, based on a reticule that appears ahead of the enemy, in order for your shots to hit at the right time from the right distance. Definitely buy this game if you're interested a good WWII flying game, and have experienced the likes of flying in Battlefield 1943, which this experience is a million times better than.

Lloytron A426 Amplified Indoor TV Antenna with Digital Compatibility
Lloytron A426 Amplified Indoor TV Antenna with Digital Compatibility
Offered by eTwist
Price: £16.41

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked perfectly for me., 20 Dec. 2008
I bought this item when i got my new hdtv for my bedroom and was pleasently surprised at how good it was.

Didn't take much time to set up, just plugged it into the mains, and the tele, and i was away. Most tvs have fairly decent tuners these days, and the amplifier on full allows me to pick up all the main freeview channels and all analogue. However, it is positioned in the window seal, to gain optimum signal.

Obviously sometimes in very bad weather it occasionally loses signal, but that's expected with most of these types of products. Overall very satisfied and would reccomend.

Winter in Venice - Blueberry Basket - Pamper Gift Set
Winter in Venice - Blueberry Basket - Pamper Gift Set

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 20 Dec. 2008
Having purchased this item for my mum at Christmas, i was rather unhappy about the way in which this item had arrived. When i took it out of the amazon box, i could see that the item had leaked a little inside it's packaging, making the white paper look oilly and unclean. On the whole the presentation wasnt particularly bad, but it wasnt anything special.

Taking it out of it's plastic i got the stuff on my hands, and the smell of it is quite overpowering. It smells of chemicals and is fairly strong. Not something i can imagine she wants to smell whilst taking a relaxing bath. It would do for a quick once over the in the shower but i would not want to 'pamper' myself with this stuff.

The bathball is not very soft, made of a strange plastic foam not dissimilar to polystyrene in touch. This bathball has been squashed in a permanant position because of the bad packaging. Hopefully that will change once it gets a bit wet. Overall, i'd say it will do because i can't be bothered to return it, but my first impressions are stay away unless you cant find a better alternative.

ULTRIX 170201 - Premium HDMI Cable for HD Ready TV - 1m
ULTRIX 170201 - Premium HDMI Cable for HD Ready TV - 1m

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is all you need!, 5 Sept. 2008
When i first started shopping around for HDMI cables, i was surprised to see cables ranging from anything from £1 to £100. After seeing very expensive HDMI cables in the major retailers, and finding very cheap cables online, i did a little research. Having received this cable, on the side it says "version 1.3 compliant".

Now, i'm sure many of you will have noticed the apparent 'high speed' cables doing the rounds. Do not be fooled by this ploy. All cables that are v1.3 compliant are 'high speed' hdmi cables.

Having found this information online stating that;

"High Speed (or "category 2") cables have been tested to perform at speeds of 340Mhz, which is the highest bandwidth currently available over an HDMI cable and can successfully handle 1080p signals including those at increased color depths and/or increased refresh rates".

Therefore any cable that is v1.3 is a 'high speed' HDMI cable:
"HDMI 1.3 increases its single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support the demands of future HD display devices, such as higher resolutions, Deep Color and high frame rates."

Honestly, for such a cheap product, you would be silly to buy anything else! Do NOT be fooled by the advertising!

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