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Playseat Challenge (PS4/PS3/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC DVD)
Playseat Challenge (PS4/PS3/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC DVD)
Price: £149.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great solution for those short on space, 17 April 2016
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This is a great solution for any gamer who is short of space. Only reason I knock a star off is that you have to create your own mod to attach a gear shift. There are some you tube videos that show you how. Obviously this doesn't matter if you are not bothered about a gear shift, in which case it's a 5 star purchase.


Complete Greens/Super Greens Powder Pure and Natural (100 g, 500 g, 1 kg)
Complete Greens/Super Greens Powder Pure and Natural (100 g, 500 g, 1 kg)
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like the taste, 15 Mar. 2016
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It does it's job but with water tastes foul. I ended up having to mix it with apple juice, which then makes it cost more. I'd recommend getting the apple and kiwi flavour mix from the bulk powders website, it costs a little more but tastes fine with water.


Samsung Series 5 530U3B 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 16 GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) - Silver
Samsung Series 5 530U3B 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 16 GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) - Silver

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ultrabook for the price, 30 Aug. 2012
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Sure you could look at the battery life, and maybe the performance as being fairly middling... but then again this costs almost half the price of some other ultrabooks on sale. I actually think that the machine itself is nice and sleek, and not dull like other online reviews have judged it as. It comes with software that extends the battery's lifetime by limiting it's charge (apparently leaving on charge at 100% causes battery heat which adversely affects its ability to hold its charge). This ultrabook comes with a large hdd as well, which can later be updated to an ssd which would improve its performance further. All in all I'm very happy with this, it's at a great price, has a great keyboard and touchpad and a good screen. I'd only pass on it if you really want to use it all day on its battery.
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Vanquish (PS3)
Vanquish (PS3)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gears of War for ps3 owners, 16 July 2012
This review is from: Vanquish (PS3) (Video Game)
It's a great game, heeding the warnings of it's difficulty I played in the easiest setting but still died numerous times. The game mechanics are really good and the slo-mo and slide abilities become important features as the game progresses and gets harder. Graphics and sound are both fantastic, and visually although the game displays so much info it never seems cluttered.


F1 2011 (PS3)
F1 2011 (PS3)
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £8.82

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah really sorry but these graphics are bad..., 12 Feb. 2012
This review is from: F1 2011 (PS3) (Video Game)
I love F1, been following the sport for ages... got last years F1 2010 game and really enjoyed it. Appetite for playing F1 was also fuelled by the Senna film that came out too - was looking forward to this one for ages with the promise of DRS, KRS and other enhancements - but something went wrong with the PS3 version... graphically it's pretty bad. I don't really understand why this is because last year's effort was decent, and codemasters have the skills in-house - I mean just take look at GRID and Dirt 2 and 3... they don't have these graphics problems.
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Dante's Inferno (PS3)
Dante's Inferno (PS3)
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £25.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rough around the edges God Of War clone, 13 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Dante's Inferno (PS3) (Video Game)
Dante's Inferno is a good game, and is fun while it lasts, but it's not good enough to challenge it's obvious inspiration, God Of War.

Dante's Inferno is a third person action adventure game. You play as the main protagonist, Dante, taking a trip down the 9 circles of Hell: Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and finally Treachery.

Dante is a soldier from the crusades who has done some questionable things, things that are presented to him in each of the circles. The main reason for his descent into Hell is to save the love of his life, Beatrice, from the clutches of Lucifer. He must battle all of Hell's minions, and face his own demons, through the circles of Hell to get to Lucifer.

The back story is presented through conventional CGI, and also animated scenes (similar in style to Dead Space downfall). The story, whilst decent enough, doesn't really hold up to God Of War's epic tale, both in terms of what the story is and how it is presented.

Graphically the game has some highlights in parts. Around the fifth circle, Anger, is definitely a high point and where I as a gamer felt it definitely went up a notch. Other highlights include the Suicide Woods within the circle of Violence. Dante himself is quite well animated, and the enemies look good too.

The sound of the game is very good also. The sounds are as you would expect in Hell, people screaming and wailing in obvious torment and anguish. The musical score during fights is also quite epic. Again though, when compared to God Of War's epic sound track, it doesn't quite hold up. Not surprising though, since God Of War's sounds are AAA movie like.

Gameplay is what let's this title down the most. Firstly, it plays identically to God Of War. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the movements aren't quite as slick as Kratos. Additionally, some of the enemies can be frustrating to play against since they can 'cheat' and disappear and reappear suddenly, also some of the movements of the enemies are just annoying. I never felt cheated when dying in a God Of War 2 battle, I did at times playing this. Also, the game seems to run out of ideas after the Violence level, because Fraud is very weak, and the Treachery level is basically just a rehash of a standard God Of War 2 battle (think large 'boss' enemy facing the camera and a battle arena in front - a la Colossus of Rhodes / Zeus) but not as good. Aside from the battles there are some puzzles dotted around the various levels. These are pretty standard lever pushing, box shoving fare.

There is one addition that does set this game apart from God Of War, which is it's RPG style weapon levelling system. Players are able to 'Punish' or 'Absolve' enemies which earns points that can then be used to add abilities to the 'holy' cross or 'unholy' scythe. It's a good addition since it does give a good reason for multiple play throughs. What let's it down slightly is the 'Absolve' mini game gets a little tedious, and takes the player away from the action (think the chemistry lesson mini games from Bully)

When you are obviously ripping off a great game then it's important to add some additional features or make it so good that it surpasses what came before. Whilst it's fun, and is definitely recommended if you like God Of War, it doesn't really hold a candle to God Of War 2, and is no where near as slick as the PS3 exclusive God Of War 3. And this is where the problem lies with Dante's Inferno. It's not as good as a virtually identical game released three years ago on a previous gen console.


Pure Swing
Pure Swing

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great either - some big artists missing, 23 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Pure Swing (Audio CD)
It's difficult to cram every important R&B track onto an album like this, but rather than artists represented multiple times I'd have preferred to see very important singers like R Kelly, Aaliyah and Monica represented. It's a sign of laziness on the part of the compilers - best thing is if you can find a DJ get them to create you a proper old skool R&B mix cd from the 90s.
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Turtle Beach Ear Force Stereo XLC Headset (Xbox 360)
Turtle Beach Ear Force Stereo XLC Headset (Xbox 360)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value headphones, 6 Aug. 2010
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My TV has no headphone jack, and so the adapter that piggybacks the rca audio out of the xbox 360 alone is worth it as separately that cable costs around £10. I can appreciate that some, possibly younger, gamers may find the passive sound a little low for gaming, but really they are loud enough, and if you play extensively with the headphone sound high you are causing serious damage to your hearing. A safe volume is that you should be able to hear someone calling you in the same room at a normal voice over the headphone sound. I've also tried them on a laptop and first impressions are very good, and they're very comfortable too. I bought these not for XBOX live so am neutral about just one volume for mic and in game. No brainer if you use component cables and don't have a headphone socket in your TV.


Heavy Rain (PS3)
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £24.40

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good original game, 16 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Heavy Rain (PS3) (Video Game)
I've just finished this game and have experienced something genuinely unique. Possibly the best way to describe it is as an interactive animated psychological thriller. This game is a spiritual successor to Fahrenheit which attempted something similar for the previous generation of consoles. The tone and atmosphere of the game is very much akin to movies like Seven and Silence Of The Lambs. This is especially the case with the audio - the tension building soundtrack of the game appears to have at least been inspired by if not totally ripped off from significant sections of Seven. Still that is no bad thing since that film is one of the best examples of its kind.

The interaction takes place through various key presses and combinations. These are in the same vein as the good old quick time events, however the placing of the key indicators on screen and variety of key press types are excellent and in context with the character action that follows it. It's clear to see that a lot of thought went into these, and rightly so - the result is that you follow the 'movie' action on screen as you interact with the game - it all blends together very well. The fight and chase scenes are very well done.

Graphically the game is very good, the most impressive part though is actually just the main title screen which shows heavy rain (what else?) over a dimly lit alley. As has been mentioned by other reviewers already, some of the background graphics aren't up to much and the lip syncing isn't always perfect, but it gets the job done.

The biggest draw for this title is its interactivity and the claim that every action has consequences. There are at least 20+ different endings to the game, and knowing that you as the gamer have had some hand in the outcome heightens the emotions. Having played the game through once and received a 'bad' ending, I was genuinely disappointed and sad for the characters, but I also felt a bit guilty and was thinking that I would want to play through again and achieve a 'good' ending. Quite a few games have tried this 'moral' choice but this is the first time I really feel I want to go back and change things.

Anyway, there are some minor blemishes, mainly graphically - but it's originality more than makes up for it, and it is actually a really really top notch story as well, I'd recommend anyone interested to give this one a go.


God of War 3 (PS3)
God of War 3 (PS3)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £18.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somehow manages to live up to expectations!, 26 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: God of War 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone that worked on God Of War 1, 2 and now 3 for giving us what I can only describe as some of the best video game entertainment ever. The trilogy as a whole ranks up there and probably beats any video game series you care to mention, and the third chapter is utterly brilliant.

This chapter shines in the same areas that the others did when they were released: It's raised the bar for what was thought technically possible on the console; its scale is unmatched; the soundtrack is once again worthy of a AAA movie; game play / combat controls / combat balance is nigh on perfect; graphically its the best I've ever seen. The opening battle with the Leviathan will live long in the memory.

Its been a long three year wait to play the final chapter of the Kratos story, and unbelievably the team at Santa Monica studios have managed to meet expectations - and it didn't happen by accident - just take a look at some of the other video game titles out there to see how easy it is to get wrong. The entire team responsible for delivering this software product deserve a bonus / promotion / raise for their efforts.

5/5

Edit:
Now that I've fully completed the game I can say that in terms of story telling God Of War 1 is best. The pace of the story feels right and it stands up on its own. For the best climax it's God Of War 2. The battle with Zeus I feel is superior to 3, it's a little unfair on 3 because they couldn't recycle the same thing (this I guess is a similar thing to Luke vs Darth Vader in both Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi). Also the cliff hanger of Kratos on top of Gaia climbing Mount Olympus was just such an awesome way to end it - the middle part of a trilogy has the advantage of leaving things up in the air without having to wrap up. Best opening is very close between the Collosus of 2 and Leviathan of 3 - but I would have to give it to 3 just because the sheer scale is like nothing that's been seen before. Graphics and best variety of weapons also goes to 3, I couldn't just go through the game using the good old square square triangle technique - I had to mix it up. So yeah to sum up - all 3 fantastic games in their own right - but they should be played in order as a trilogy to have the best experience.


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