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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 14:23

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      • "Good customisation options"
      • "Great price"
      • "Good communication"
      • "Great Build"

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      • "Website not mobile friendly"

      Awesome laptop, awesome price, awesome company!

      Was looking on Amazon for a new laptop and found the 13.3" Lafité II. Liked the look of it but had not heard of PCSpecialist before, so went to the website to check them out. On the website - which my only gripe with was that it was not particularly mobile friendly - I saw that I could get myself a custom built rig for a rather decent price so having read a few reviews, which were very positive, I decided to go for it.

      The customisation section was great with helpful popups explaining the options available. I really liked the fact that I could opt-out from having to purchase a Windows licence and save myself some extra money as whatever laptop I was going to buy, PCSpecialist or not, was getting Arch Linux put on it.

      After configuring and making payment I had a look into the order status and there was a flow chart explaining each stage of the build process with estimated time scales attached which was nice to see as you could guesstimate how long it was likely for the laptop to be built and dispatched. At each stage of the process I was emailed to tell me that the laptop had begun it's next stage and the order details even told me who was responsible for signing off the previous stage - a nice reassuring touch.

      Once dispatched, via DPD, I had an estimated delivery date. As it happens it turned up a day after that date (I guess living in the Highlands has it's disadvantages).

      The laptop itself is great. It has a nice solid feel, the keyboard is good (in relative laptop terms), and the screen is very nice. Overall a nice solid laptop at a great price!

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    • Nestlé Coffee Mate / Coffee / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 13:56

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      • "Creamy "

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      Creamy and always used in my house hold!

      Nestle coffee mate has been in my house hold for a number of years and never failed to be used! Even though I mainly use it in my house I love it because of the taste and how it's preserved!

      When you buy a product you want to be sure that taste, quality, texture is not going to be played with. So that's a big reassurance of quality and packing to be honest. The powder is a create substitute and makes a perfect creamy texture to it might I say most times u don't want to use milk and I'm pretty satisfied with the they provide to mix it well with. It doesn't have much of a smell which is great I'm always smelling everything just in case there's a bad odor that might put me off but nope none. Be sure to know that it isn't suitable to those who lactose intolerance and or vegan! Sorry! The good thing about nestle coffee mate you kind find it literally anywhere you go just ask the shop assistant to help you find it it's quite popular in most big brands so you will most definitely find it. I buy mine from Assa particularly because I've always bought it from there and never had any problems. Let's face of a product has been around a very long time and continues to be used and loved then why nog give it a try and see how you like it! Most coffee drinkers unless they want very strong coffee will love this .. Enjoy!!

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    • Nestlé Aero Bubbles / Chocolate / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 13:45

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      • "Light feeling in mouth"

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      Oh bubbles bubbles where are thou bubbles!!! I need more!!

      Where do I begin with this luscious chocolate? I have a literal weakness for chocolate that can taste and remind me of my favourite drink ! Chocolate haha! On a serious note this time round they have perfected the inside of nestle aero bubbles to a much more lighter "feel" on your tongue the bubbles are made to be immediately dissolvent as soon as it touches the warm parameters of your tongue it's like a piece of magic in there I must say. To be fair it is what makes them addictive is how they taste and feel so it's quite confusing as to why they constantly try to upgrade or change them it's really not much to do as they are already amazing but here's the thing. If I buy a bag of chocolate that I decide okay now I'm in love I want more. The grama here seem to be "less" quote "light" and not many to eat. I love the look of the packet it's very Attractive and let's face it very intriguing and eye pulling haha with those colours used like a green and minty green does wonders and almost makes you feel less guilty I guess that is why they don't have as many in tha packet as they did back in 2005 when they first appeared out in public. Compared to other chocolate packets like maltesers it beats it to me because both nestle aero bubbles proves both a crunchy , light feel and enough chocolate goodness left to melt in your mouth. I still believe the bubbles are genius!!!

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    • Brick / Cheese / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 13:30

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      • "Have with your favourite wine "
      • "Sharp finish "

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      Great quality

      The fact that it's fully aged says a lot! Now this is cheese! I'm quite impressed with the texture and quality. I'm obsessed, initially because I search for good quality mature speciality cheese that is fully aged and delicious! Can't go wrong with this type of cheese usually because during its aging stage of "ripening" stage the flavour is greatly enhance and as well as the smell. This of course is the attractive part the smell itself says a lot !! First sign of good old aged cheese is the smell! The vast majority of Brick cheese isn't all genuine and old aged so it's best to search for the right QUALITY. Brick cheese itself has a hefty aroma because of the process of compressing the cheese into a brick shape. To be fairly honest I admire the process and the result because with out that it wouldn't be the brick cheese we know today and quite frankly fond of. I'd recommend an after dinner taster or if you really love eating sandwiches try having it as a thin layer with a bit of sweet onion to enhance the Taste and compliment it or add mustard ! Maybe both! If you like Cheese and pickle sandwiches this would be a great replacement. Shall I say an UPGRADE!
      Remember to look for cheese that is at least ten to twelve weeks after aging the bacteria called bacterium linens. This is in charge of its flavour, smell and ripeness. On that note enjoy your beautiful block of cheese! :)

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 13:22

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      • "Reasonable price for high spec pc"
      • "Good communication "
      • "Easy to use web site"
      • "Able to design your own system"

      Disadvantages

      • "None I can think off"

      Great service, great pc

      First time I have used pc specialist, very satisfied with both my pc and the communication with them.
      Had to change one component because of a stock issue but this was easy to do and was kept informed.

      Pc has been running three weeks now with no issues at all.

      Would recommend them without hesitation.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.09.2016 12:06

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      • "Excellent build quality"
      • "One of the few places you can get a decent size SSD laptop at a reasonable price"
      • "Can choose your own specification"

      Disadvantages

      • "Delay caused by part being out of stock"

      You get exactly what you want at a reasonable price

      I have used PC specialist several times because they have a good range of customisable PCs and laptops. Their site is easy to use, their prices reasonable and the products are very well finished - and unlike 'major' manufacturers offerings, they come without loads of useless rubbish installed. They are very helpful if you do need to talk to them. The one issue I had this time was there was an item I selected out of stock and it took them a bit longer to sort this out than i would have expected (they substituted a slightly more expensive equivalent part for the same price in the end - but honestly I would have expected this immediately so there was no impact on delivery time.) This is a minor gripe - I would recommend them to anybody wanting a new PC or laptop.

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    • youtube.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      28.09.2016 21:58

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      • Free

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      • "Lot of crap on it "

      Ifs its free online then you are the product

      When you think about the internet it’s pretty amazing how much of it is free. Browsers must have taken millions or hours and dollars to perfect over the decades yet you can download all manner of them for nothing. People moan about privacy agreements on Facebook or adverts on MySpace but they seem to forget that its 100% free and 100% a fantastic product that is connecting the world. How else do people think these sites are going to pay for themselves? In fact it took 10-years for it to turn a buck. Admittedly it makes a cool $1billion a quarter now on advertising revenue but it’s still free and you can block most of the adverts. The saying goes that if it’s free on the internet then you are the product. This altruistic giveaway continues with email, messaging systems and porn, of course. In fact free porn is believed to be the main driver in the expansion of the World Wide Web in the 1980s and 90s and only recently did porn and sex related hits drop below 50% of all traffic. The internet can now exist with out porn. It’s a bigger moment than you think. Online porn is worth 5 billion pounds a year in Europe alone. So in that case why doesn’t YouTube allow porn? No problem with Jihadist being blown up with their own weapons or westerners in orange jumpsuits having their heads hacked off but god forbid a naked titty or a member of Motley Crew being orally consumed by the female cast of Baywatch. Unless I am unaware of a secret naughty YouTube whose gateway is only known by very few people I will remain confused on that one. I would much rather they banned the nasty violent stuff kids should never really see than introduce porn though. I am in favor of censoring the internet of the nasty stuff. It can’t be doing anyone any good. Whatever you tap into Google you can find it. You should not be seeing that stuff at a young age.

      The original concept of YouTube was place for you and me to post out videos up and as long as they weren’t too naughty they would stay posted up. But in 2009 it was sold to Google for $1.65 billion and became the world’s richest company’s own video site, which was quickly commercialized with popstars and movie trailers. It’s unlikely anyone will ever see your homemade YouTube video of your rock band or family japes anymore. YouTube is just another social media delivery system to promote the entertainment corporate. I miss those videos of unknown rock bands fighting on stage or twin sisters making out. In fact the latter are still there.

      Saying that it’s still the best at what it does and who doesn’t enjoy looking for old videos of your favorite sports team, rock band or TV shows. I like the way YouTube does police copyright policy and you can’t just go on their and rip free movies and box-sets. Other sites like Vimoe and co are no that diligent. I also love the way it sucks you in as you go there to watch one film and then suddenly you are engrossed in watching all manner of films as you press stuff listed on the side on similar topics. I remember looking for some big wave footage and found loads of new Tsunami stuff and I was there all night. Everyone has a camera phone now and so what we thought were rare events are now common as everyone records them. Who doesn’t love watching tornadoes? In the 1970s tornado news footage would be worth a lot and extremely rare but now teams of stormhunters can have a career of the back of footage of storms alone.

      The negative side of YouTube there is a lot of dross out there as way too many people think they should be famous. From amateur magicians to pub singers they out are there in droves. I did think about doing a channel on Northants Cricket to go with my articles but thought not for long, my audience at the games, not at home online in their smelly bedrooms. And there lays the problem with YouTube. It’s mostly crap! These young fresh faces teens that do female cosmetic reviews or these lads channels can make money if you can get a big following but the adsense royalties are not great and you need 2 million hits to make any real money to think about giving up your job.

      It’s easy to use and the videos are all streamed. There is no charge and all the major entertainment names and acts have their own channels. It doesn’t go off piste much and is just videos and you can link up with other social media although YouTube is always harder to do on that score for copyright reasons. You can leave comments below if you join YouTube and you must join to post your videos. You cant record videos online and only share them

      The viral video is key to YouTube success but no one sets out to make a viral video. Who knew that a dog chasing deer on a London Park would be seen by 100 million people on Earth? It’s interesting to note just how many viral videos involve cats, dogs and babies. Parents seem to carry on filming their pets and kids when peril is obviously coming. Who needs Jeremy Beadle with YouTube around?

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      28.09.2016 20:36
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      • "easy account management"
      • "high quality"
      • "quick turnaround"

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      quick, affordable and exciting

      brilliant laptop, exceeded expectations and finance options are great!

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      28.09.2016 09:57
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      • "Fair price"
      • Reliable
      • "Good quality"

      Disadvantages

      • "Estimate of time to deliver was wrong"
      • "Long time to deliver"

      Reliable place to buy computers

      Easy to order computers.
      Good quality machines.
      Reliable computers. I bought from pc specialist about 4 times.
      The computers were good and lasted a long time.
      I like the ability to specialize the build.
      The prices are fair as well.
      Main issue is the delivery time.
      The estimates are not accurate.
      Quite a few times the final estimate was wrong

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.09.2016 19:58
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      • "Built well"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lead times are long"

      Happy!

      The laptop shipped within two day after it has been built and worked right out of the box. I did order the laptop without windows just to keep in mind. From past experience they don't include bloatware so that's a plus!

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.09.2016 19:53
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      • "safe delivery"
      • " custom parts"

      Disadvantages

      • "long lead times"

      Happy and would recommend

      Nothing much to say, build well and worked out of the box. Keep in mind the lead times, regularly check the website and see how much time you have to wait till it gets built and shipped.

      Overall Happy

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.09.2016 19:48
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      • "secure delivery "
      • "selection of parts"

      Disadvantages

      • "long processing time "

      I would recommend if you're looking at a custom built PC/Laptop

      As I only got the laptop this is not a full review, the laptop shipped within the time frame they listed based on the lead times on the website. Laptop is working perfectly

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      27.09.2016 13:30
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      Advantages

      • "dynamic gameplay"
      • DLC's
      • "customisable loadouts"
      • zombies
      • multiplayer
      • campaign

      Disadvantages

      • "lag sometimes"

      Top Notch Gameplay

      Activision you gorgeous bugger! Thanks for this amazing game! I thought Back Ops 1 was a game changer then this just took the biscuit! From the immersive gameplay whilst playing through campaign mode to the multi diversity of the multiplayer mode all the way through to the fun filled action packed zombie mode. All three modes are action packed and fun but my two favourites are multiplayer and zombies. Black Ops 2 also offers added content such as purchasing new map packs in ''bundles'' where you also gain a new zombie map and weapons (2 new that I know of).

      Campaign
      The campaign starts with a cutscene where you are with the CIA. Each mission you undertake reveals more of the storyline. The missions do get harder as you go but you also get access to things you cant in multiplayer. Such as a minigun, bear traps and many more. Follow the action and you will be surprised just how long the campaign takes.

      Multiplayer
      The options here are pretty much endless, from being able to create or edit existing emblems, checking your player record, achieving new player tags by completing objectives such as kill 1,000 people, all the way to the league matches and normal/hardcore matches available. It is so diverse and immersive it will keep you busy for hours! I know it kept me busy for months! Now I mainly play zombies..

      The match types available are:
      #CTF (capture the flag)
      #Free For All
      #Domination
      #Hardpoint
      #Search & Destroy

      All match types are also available in Hardcore mode except for free for all. Hardcore mode is basically the same as normal but you get limited health and no regen. Its for the hardcore yo!

      Zombies
      Zombies is amazing. From the storyline you can follow (start at the bus station) to the awesome solo or multiplayer maps. You can brave it alone in solo where some perks aren't available like they would be in multiplayer, but it is quite fun. Multiplayer mode allows you to play in teams of 4 where you all face the zombie hordes coming to eat your brains. Buy weapons off the walls or use your points to get them from the mystery box and for god sakes pack a punch them! For those that don't know what that just meant I will explain. A pack a punched gun is a supped up version of the gun you had. You achieve this by spending 5,000 points to exchange your weapon for the supped up version. Makes staying alive a choice not a necessity.

      Overall Conclusion
      I love this game, if I could I would probably play it for years to come, but we all know that's not going to happen (I'm married). Its an exceptional game with brilliant features and amazing gameplay. Recommended to anyone that hasn't already played it (if there is such a person who hasn't).

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      27.09.2016 11:58
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      • "Good solid bike"

      Disadvantages

      • "Not cheap"

      GT-I - Drive Mountain bike

      After the smug and rather aloof Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory and Olympic road race success bought the Tour back to Britain it’s fair to say he was the one that helped to start a cycling revolution here. We have all been out walking or driving in the countryside and those familiar colorful racing shirts come whizzing by. Middle England has embraced sports cycling like never before and men of all shapes, sizes and professions are squeezed into Lycra and pretending to be their Tour hero’s. Expensive petrol prices have doubled that number again. Alas, now Wiggins appears to be the doper we all thought he was and all but admitting he took the medication to stay on a ‘level playing field’ we may see a little less of the Yellow Jersey come whizzing buy this autumn. Chris Froome, of course, is so dull and Kenyan I don’t think he has any fans. He, too, has asthma. In fact 37% of pro cyclists have asthma and that number rising fast. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is going to be a tough call this year.

      I don’t have a racing bike and haven’t since my Raleigh 20 days in the 1980s. If I cycle to a job or go out riding its on one of the mountain bike designs these days. I have got through three so far. The thin frame and tire racers puncture easily and there are a lot of potholes to hit these days so not the way tog o. I use the chunkier tire bikes for most durability reasons and they are surprisingly cheap second hand. The frames are sturdy and with the simple design and 7 gears on most models they are pretty quick over most terrains. I’m not averse to going off road when afforded the chance and weather and these bikes designs allow for a bit of that. The thicker tread likes the mud and water.

      The GT-1 has a nice comfy seat that you don’t feel giving your knackers any grief and the low bar design means no chance of cracking your nuts if you slip off the saddle like you did on the old style racing cycles. The frame is the V-shaped Isosceles triangular one and thick and with a solid visible weld but doesn’t make the bike too heavy. When you get home or go to ‘work and play’ destinations you tend to have to hump your bikes around with a heavy padlock on for safe and secure reasons so the lighter bike frame here is good news.

      ===Product Description Spec===


      • Frame: GT i-Drive 5 6061 heat treated full suspension frame
      • Rear Shock: Fox Float Shock 7.25/1.75 standard length
      • Pedals: MTB alloy body
      • Shifters: SRAM X7
      • Grips: GT Lock Down, co molded locking grip system
      • Headset: FSA Integrated, sealed angular contact bearing
      • Saddle: SDG Bel Air
      • Seat Post: SL Alloy Micro adjust
      • Seat Clamp: GT Alum QR


      The seat is adjustable and like Guy Martin I do like my seat at an angle so to make my crown jewels happy. The bike is designed so you can easily add lights and drink holders etc. Unlike my childhood I won’t be attaching a dynamo to it to power the lights. The disc brakes are powerful and have chunky grips that bring you to a very rapid halt. Don’t squeeze too hard or over the bars you go. They are not those lose fitting jobs so don’t need to be lined up all the time. The read design suspension is pretty cool and way ahead of what we had in our day. You can really hit the countryside with this model and have some fun. It allows for the bike to clear boulders and descend trails fast. It really can take a beating.

      The gears are plentiful and you need them going up hills as the smaller wheel means more work than a racer. There are three cogs and 14 in total, of which you need only a few. A thumb flick gear leaver is nicely placed in the center area of the handle bars. Again there is room for more gadgets here, like a smartphone holder of that Go Pro cam. If you need to film traffic smashes then go ahead.

      ===The negatives===

      The mud guard is a little small and kicks up water on to the pedal area. One or two bolts work lose after time but easily fixed. The Go Pro adapter doesn’t fit all models and the bike not as universal as far as fittings go. It’s Chinese made and set up for sale around the world and made as cheaply as possible. That doesnt make this poor or weak quality though. The grip also spins up the water and sludge off the road. But it is designed for of road so I suppose fair enough.

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      27.09.2016 02:39
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      • "dynamic open world"

      Disadvantages

      • "online load time"

      Immersive gameplay begging for more!

      Rockstar games, you have done it again! They knocked it out of the park with this game. Not only is there a massive open world where anything goes in single player but also in multiplayer too! For those of you that have not played this game might I suggest you give it a try? You will either find yourselves either being a law abiding citizen that actually stops at a traffic light or a crime lord killing everything in sight, stealing cars and killing other players if in multiplayer mode. The fact that it is so open world and you can do missions with others and heists is amazing. Who knew a game could get anymore diverse? The game offers in game purchases which I have yet to use. They range from extra cash to premium clothing styles. You can purchase vehicles or steal them, clothing, accessories, guns, parachutes, grenades, buildings, bicycles, motorbikes, boats, jet ski's, planes, helicopters you name it you can either steal it or buy it. In my opinion the fact that it takes at least ten minutes to load the multiplayer option is a little bit of a tall order. Then you have some a**holes kill you repeatedly just for fun when your trying to complete a mission or just joyride is annoying especially when you know they have used ''hacked lobbies'' to get unlimited amount of money and are basically invincible as they cannot die. Other than that its a fun and immersive game that you can and will lose many hours of your life playing. Totally worth it though! In my opinion having a mate with you increases the fun factor. A little competition goes a long way.

      The single player option is great to get you started and teach you the controls but its the multiplayer that is the main attraction for millions of players. In single player you play as two characters trying to make it big in the world. One who was big and now wants back in to the gangster world. The missions are ok sometimes a little annoying but some can be very funny. Like the one where you have to gain access to a demo phone, replace the battery pack with one given to you by a guy named Lester and when he's talking about it on tv you ring him and his head gets blown off. Lester can be annoying in both single player and multiplayer, if you don't answer his calls he keeps ringing and ringing.

      MY overall rating of the game is:
      Graphics 10/10
      Sound 10/10
      Storyline 8/10
      Multiplayer 10/10
      Gameplay 10/10

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