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BTCC Review: 2013 [DVD]
BTCC Review: 2013 [DVD]
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old problems, 29 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: BTCC Review: 2013 [DVD] (DVD)
Here we have what is supposed to be a review of the 2013 BTCC season.

Generally a review would be expected to summarise the subject matter in question, providing context to the events and maintaining an overall narrative.

However, there has been a growing trend in these DVDs over the last few years of increasing length and poorer editing. From the concise, tightly edited BHP reviews of the 90s where the coverage made the racing seem even more exciting than it was we now have reviews of nearly EIGHT hours long, consisting solely of the ITV BTCC highlights programmes stuck back-to-back, without any effort to correct mistakes, reflect changes in results which occurred after original transmission, or even provide a coherent narrative of the season.

Simply copy and pasting the ITV highlights back-to-back to make an 8 hour DVD isn't good enough. A proper season review is one that should be viewable in one sitting. These days they clearly aren't. Go back and look at the BHP videos from the 90s Duke, and sort this out!
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XCOM Enemy Within (PC DVD)
XCOM Enemy Within (PC DVD)
Offered by Bonisell
Price: £7.00

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Expansion, 17 Nov. 2013
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XCOM Enemy Within is the follow-up expansion to the hit revival of the XCOM franchise, Firaxis's 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It brings new enemy types, new factions, new weapons, Mech troopers, genetic modification, and a whole host of other additions.

The good: More maps added to the pools for all types of mission, although perhaps not quite as many as I would have hoped for. There is also some very unique new maps amongst the additions, as well of course the well publicised return of the X-COM classic, the Farmyard.

The not so good: The introduction of many of the new features is rather half-hearted. EXALT for example, whilst providing a nice change of pace, only appear on their own designated missions, and their story arc feels shoehorned into the main game rather than a natural fit. Too many of the additional maps do not feel sufficiently different to those offered in the original game.

The bad: The expansion doesn't really address some of the key issues with the original game. The game still starts out very difficult, gradually becoming easier and easier as you progress, getting to the point where the late-game is not at all challenging. Additionally, in my opinion at least, the majority of the new maps added to the game aren't as well designed or interesting to play as those in the original, or at least they are too similar in many cases to provide sufficient new challenge.

In conclusion, XCOM: Enemy Within is a worthwhile expansion to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. However, in comparison to the high standards set by Firaxis in the past, with the pair of excellent expansions for Civilization V that have been released over the last year and a half, then it falls short.
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Alfa Romeo 155/156/147 Competition Touring Cars: The Cars development and racing history
Alfa Romeo 155/156/147 Competition Touring Cars: The Cars development and racing history
by Peter Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - particularly on the 155 / 156, 8 Jan. 2013
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This is one of the most interesting touring car books I have read in quite a while. The coverage given to the DTM and ST versions of the Alfa 155 are superb, in-depth looks at the seasons it competed in the DTM, 93-96 and the 2-litre series, including most famously, the BTCC campaign in 1994. The book is well written, and seems to have been almost meticulously fact-checked, not something that's always the case with publications in this genre sadly, I only found a couple of minor errors here and there and that's from someone who has an avid interest in Alfa Romeo touring cars. The only disappointment is the coverage of the 147, which carries on from its appearance in the title as being tacked on and something of an after-thought. Whilst I understand the author wanted to complete the history of Alfa Romeo in modern day touring car racing, it is by far the weakest section of the book. Thoroughly recommended though if you have an interest in Alfa Romeo and/or modernish touring car racing.
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Formula 1 2010 (PS3)
Formula 1 2010 (PS3)
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Price: £3.51

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 24 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Formula 1 2010 (PS3) (Video Game)
I didn't expect to be impressed with this game. I'd seen the reviews, seen the videos and didn't think it looked particularly great. How wrong I was. Easily the best racing game on the PS3 ever. Without reservation.

It's instantly playable, with a wide range of options to suit all levels of player. Being a reasonably experienced sim player I stuck it on one of the higher difficulty levels and chose Lotus.

Whilst it is possible to qualify and race well above where you really should be able to in a Lotus, its not easy, and its certainly difficult to get near the podium.

It's disappointing that so far from my experience the proper "knock-out qualifying" is not featured, instead just a normal times session, but maybe this is one of the options I haven't come across yet.

The car set-up isn't quite as nerdish as I'd like, many of the options are too basic and don't translate to real car setups, but for the casual player it is perfect.

Compared to other Playstation Formula One offerings this is leagues ahead and a must buy for any motorsport fan and a vital part of any game players collection.
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Advanced Macroeconomics: A Primer
Advanced Macroeconomics: A Primer
by Patrick Minford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Macroeconomics as it should be, 4 Sept. 2009
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Well written, comprehendible guide to advanced macroeconomics for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate economics students. Minford and Peel's guide to the rational expectation revolution of macroeconomics is present in a clear and comprehensive manner. I have had the fortune to have been taught macroeconomics by Professor Peel, and I highly recommend this book to anyone intereted in applications of rational expectations in macroeconomics. A very refreshing read compared to the dry and rather uninteresting approach taken by the likes of David Romer's Advanced Macroeconomics.Advanced Macroeconomics
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BTCC - The First 50 Years
BTCC - The First 50 Years
Offered by smokeandrubber
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than the previous reviewer makes out, 2 Aug. 2009
This review is from: BTCC - The First 50 Years (DVD)
When I ordered this DVD I wasn't sure what to expect, probabily a rather basic coverage of the series history with most of the focus on the 90s which have already been covered in great depth. Thankfully I was pleasently surprised to find equal treatment of all the eras, with some great indepth interviews and features with some of the drivers from the 50s and 60s onwards. For anyone interested in the history of the BTCC this DVD is a very worthwhile purchase. The four extended races on the second DVD is a nice touch too, and they include the championship decider from 1958, the championship decider from 1992 and the famous Mansell Donington race from 1998. Well worth the £15!
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Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Empirical Applications
Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Empirical Applications
by Lynne Pepall
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Organisation, 10 Sept. 2008
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Very useful introductory text to the field of Industrial Organisation. The text describes the key elements of the topic, such as game theory, oligopolistic competition, market concentation, etc in sufficient detail. The book is very readable, even to someone with a limited economics background, although later sections do become more technical and algebraic. All the topics are well explained, with multiple examples and the book really helps you appreciate the significance and practical relevance of the topics and ideas that are being studied. The only minor disappointment is that occasionally the treatment of game theory within the models can lack the required theoretical riguor, being more applications based than theory. A good game theory book like P.K.Dutta's Strategies & Games would be a useful complement. Strategies and Games: Theory and Practice


Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide
Using Econometrics: A Practical Guide
by A. H. Studenmund
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Studenmund, 10 Sept. 2008
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A good introduction to the field of econometrics. Ideal for most 2nd year Undergraduate Introduction to Econometics courses. Covers all the basic topics in a clear and concise manner. I found this book complemented my course very well. If your looking for a more technical treatment of the subject matter, ideal for 3rd year Undergraduate or 1st year Postgraduate, then try either William H.Greene's Econometric Analysis Econometric Analysis or Damodar Gujarati's Basic Econometrics Basic Econometrics 4/e


Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach
Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach
by Hal R Varian
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the key concepts, 21 July 2008
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Hal Varian's Intermediate Microeconomics was the recommended text book for my recent 2nd year micro economics module at university.

The material is presented in a very clear and straightforward manner, using minimal mathematical notation. If you want to use a book to help you understand the actual concepts of intermediate microeconomics this is the book for you. The explanation of concepts is concise and the book covers the vast majority of topics covered in a 2nd year micro course.

One word of warning; for most intermediate courses in economics in the UK this book falls short of the level of analytics likely to be required. It is however still a very useful complement to either a more technical text or lecture notes.


BTCC Review 2007 [DVD]
BTCC Review 2007 [DVD]
Dvd ~ BTCC
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Price: £10.40

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but still so much room for improvement., 22 Jan. 2008
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I'll admit I'm only upto the 3rd race at the first Thruxton meeting, but I feel I've seen enough to write a representative reviews.

The content of the DVD is good, in as far as there's plenty of coverage. However, this footage is very much a cut-and-paste job by Duke, as there's no new material and it doesn't always flow very nicely.

The lap counter making it obvious when big cuts are taken is a particular annoyance.

It's wishful thinking, but for next year's review, it really needs to be a "review", not a collection of outtakes from the TV coverage throughout the year.

It would be really nice to see the races re-edited, particularly Race 3 which is just a cut version of the live broadcast. ITV have plenty of unseen footage that Duke could work with, and it's a disappointment not to see that feature in the DVD.

The lack of any extras - not even the ones shown on the ITV broadcasts last year - is not really acceptable.


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