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Specification: The LG 42LF7700 spec is: 42-Inch, it comes with 1080p, three HDMI ports, a USB port capable of playing MP3 and JPEG files this TV also comes with an Ethernet port for future freesat functionality, but this LG's most important feature is its built in Freesat tuner which is a first for LG but it doesnt just end their this LCD also comes with LG's Trumotion 100Hz video processing system, LG's XD engine processor and a processing mode optimised for 24p Blu-ray playback.
Picture quality: This LCD's picture quality is superb, the colours look really rich and pure jumping out of the screen at you, suprisingly even if the room is covered in light it doesnt massively effect the colour clarity this is mainly down to the 42LF7700's Intelligent sensor which can be found on the bottom right-hand corner of the LCD what this does is use a light sensor to automatically adjust the backlight to improve the contrast, this constantly adjusts the backlight as the rooms light changes, giving you the best quality at all times. The quality even looks better all the edges look crisp, the detail elements like texture are full of definition and the 100Hz system makes motion flow smootherly.
Sound quality: The sound quality from the 42LF7700's is excellent especially from a flat TV, the sound is full of tone it is really bold and rich, The invisible sub woofers really help to create the perfect experience.
Design: This TV is a great looker, it has a simple but effective appearance, its glossy black design with its smoked-plastic lower bezel makes it look really smart and sleek, the bezel also helps to direct the sound from the invisble woofers. The touch sensitive buttons are found hidden on the right-hand side of the LCD the buttons are: menu, ok, volume and the programme buttons.
Conclusion: If what you are looking for in an LCD is fantastic picture quality, rich, superb sound, the privellege of Freesat and an all round gorgeous looking LCD finished of with a great low price then this is the LCD for you.
Introduction: Call of Juarez is a western developted by Techland, this old west themed-first person shooter contains all of the elements to create a perfect western such as train robbery, Gunslinging and horse riding.
Story: The game is based around two very interesting characters the first being Billy Candle he is a half-mexican searching for the legendary lost gold of Juarez, this treasure is somewhere within the city of Juarez and Billy cant find it. As Billy cant find the treasure he decides to visit his parents in the little town of Hope, Billy just arrives to find his parents brutally murdered. The second character is called Reverend Ray, he is Billys step-uncle, Ray used to be a gunslinger but has now dedicated his life to preaching, word gets round about some trouble at the old farm so Ray goes to check it out and ironically arrives on time to see a worried Billy running away for the bloody masarce of the corpses of Rays sister-in-law and his brother. This point is where the story and game kicks of as Ray has put two and two together and come up with five so decides to go get his old trusted revolvers and hunt his step-nephew down.
Gameplay: The uniqueness about this game is having two playable characters one being the hunter other the huntered this makes for very exciting gameplay. Billy approaches the game in a more stealth like manner sneaking and climbing, the weapons you use playing as Billy is a bow and arrow and a whip, the whip is Billys unique weapon as this can be used to help you in climbing. Ray has a much more in your face, hands on approach you use guns and explosives to blast your way through the levels, this is definetly more entertaining. Rays unique weapon is stangely a bible by pressing a button Ray will start quoting passages from the bible which will stop nearby enemies as they will stop and listen giving you time to blow the heads off. Ray can also go into concentration mode which puts the gameplay into slowmotion and gives you a pair of targetting reticles which you aim with at the chosing enemy and then empty the lead into them. Gunslinging is also another feature of being Ray, this lets you enjoy some gun duels against different gunslinging enemies. Horse back is another feature available within the game this is available for both characters, this is an all round enjoyable experience although controls take a bit of getting used to but once mastered it is fine. The campaign should last between 8-10 hours, and there is also some bonus missions to do and some gun duels. Xbox LIVE is fairly simple, straightforward, FPS action but this is still enjoyable, their are a variety of modes such as death match, capture the flag, etc.
Graphics: Call of Juarez looks spectacular the graphics certainly are one of the key features of the game, the mountains and the western enviroment looks truely magnificent this due down to some great lighting and texture work. The characters in the game look really good, the detail on the characters are top notch but they are a bit of a let down by some stiff animations but this is overshadowed by to many positives within the game.
Sound: The sound-effects are quality their is a wide variety that all sound realistic and the soundtrack for the game keeps well with the western theme helping to build up a great atmosphere, voice acting is fairly decent they all perform an entertaining performance.
Conclusion: Call of Juarez delivers a very enjoyable experience, this is one of the better western games available today on the market and is a very pleasing shooter, the uniqueness of the two playable characters through the game makes it a lot of fun. This game is worth getting its a solid bit of fun and has a bargain price.
The Panasonic Viera TX-37LZD80 is a nice addition to Panasonics LCD range, this LCD comes with all of the main features you shall need such as 1080p, 3 HDMI ports and 24p playback, the LCD also comes with some additional features such as an SD card slot so you can view all your photos on your TV. This LCD has a very contemporary, stylish, sleek design with a nice piano black finish, their is an LED on/off switch on the left side of the TV and on the right-hand side the are some keys hidden away this is also were you will locate the composite and S-Video inputs, the third HDMI port and the SD card slot. At the back of the TV you will find the usual connections such as 2 scarts, 2 HDMI, VGA and the component video-in. This also comes with BBE ViVA HD3D Sound this is a system designed to create a virtual surround sound which will improve the sound quality. The TV comes with Freeview and a eight-day EPG to check what programmes are comming on over the following days. The menus are really nicely layed out and are extremely easy to navigate through and read. The picture quality of the TV is really clear and detailed and the colour clarity of the TV is second to none. If you are looking for a reasonably priced LCD TV with great sharp visuals, out of this world sound quality and a easy on the eye design then this is the LCD for you.
The microsoft xbox 360 wireless controller is the most comfortable controller on the market. This controller is very light even with batteries inserted, it feels extremely well put together you cant feel any moving parts, showing the build quality of this controller. The materials used to make the controler are first class from its buttons to its sticks and the controllers enclosure. The buttons on the controller are layed out perfect each button is easy to reach, in the middle of the controller there is a button called "the guide button" this bring up a menu allowing you to access the consoles settings, check who is online, send mail and read mail, etc. The guide button is a fantastic idea revelutionising controllers even Sony and Nintendo has took similar ideas with Sonys ps button and Nintendos home button. The wireless technologie within the controller doesnt need any externall receptors as it has been built into the console, the controllers range is over 30 feet with no less of connectivitie. The controller may be wireless but that doesnt mean delays or less rumbling it performs exactly the same as a wired controller. The controller is powered by two AA batteries giving you 40 hours of life, there are also chargers available if you dont want to keep buying batteries. The wireless technolgie and the peformance of this controller is absolutely mindblowing, the straightforward simple layout of the buttons are superb and the controller sits in the palm of your hands comortably, this controller is just simply flawless.
Word of warcraft is one of the biggest online games ever, their are over 12 million players. The game is an RPG based in the mystical world of Azeroth, Azeroth has three continents named as the Eastern kingdoms, Kalimdor and Northrend. The game has a variety of Races from Humans, Nightelfs,Gnomes, Dwarfs, Draenai, Tauren, Bloodelfs, Orcs, Undead and Troll. There is also a number of classes ranging from Rogue, Paladins, Death Knights, Hunters, Druids, Priests, Mages, Warriors and Warlocks. These races are sectioned up into factions which are the Alliance (good) and the Horde (Bad). The game is an open world RPG where you level your characters by slaying monsters and by completing quests, there are over 8,000 quests available throughout the game as you level up these quests give out rewards such as armour, weapons and gold etc. The current lvl cap is 80, and when you hit this peak lvl you really see the games sheer beauty as this opens all the doors, you can take part in raids, dungeons and heroics were you and your guild or selected party go into an instance and battle your way through to the end helping each other out to kill the monsters and bosses making sure you all survive. The game contains over 20,000 items varying from armour, weapons, recipes, gems, food, potions, etc. As this is an online game the gameplay is ongoing as it gets updated once every week and the are two expansions to buy addings thousands of items and quests these expansions are cheap around £10. You have to subscribe to the game either by credit card (varies) or a 2 month game card (£18) but for what the game is it is worth it. This game is constantly expanding and improving making this game a true MUST BUY!
Guitar hero world tour is a music game which you use a guitar control to play with. People who is not famillar with the franchise then this is how it works, The guitar controller consists of five buttons ( from top-bottom) Green, red, yellow, blue and orange. on the game on the bottom of the screen there is a coloured icon for the buttons on the controller (from left-right) Green, red, yellow, blue and then orange these represent the button to press when a coloured note comes down the fretboard to the desired bottom coloured icon when the note hits the icon you press the button on the guitar controllers fretboard and strum on the strum bar its thats simple. By hitting the correct notes you play the guitar for the song by missing a note or hitting the wrong note you lose points and risk failing the song. This game has 86 songs also giving you the option to download songs using microsoft market points making your song libary larger, their is also an option to create your own tunes and upload them online for other people to download and play. Guitar hero world tour plays very well it is a simple but very enjoyable idea giving you the opportunity to make your own dream band either at home with all the perphials or on LIVE with people who own the perphials. The career mode on the game gives you the option of either playing it on easy, normal, hard or expert mode playing through the career unlocks characters, guitar parts to build your own guitar, money to spend in the ingame store and more importantly unlocks new songs to play. In career mode you play through setlists these are a set of songs ranging from difficulty and amount of songs within the setlist, completing the setlists unlocks new setlists getting you further through the career. This Guitar hero game is a first with a leveling system, by getting money you level up this helps to show how good you are at the game on LIVE. Guitar hero world tour is a great alternative to karaoke and is fun for all the family and freinds.
Fallout 3 is a landmark in gaming , Bethesda really have set the standards high for this fantastic RPG. Fallout 3 was a long awaited game from its predecesors and while Fallout 3 doesnt feel like the first two games it does a great job standing on its own two feet. The success for this game lies in its interesting, dynamic storyline you can either be good or bad how this works is a karma system you do good thing such as helping people you get karma you do bad things such as blowing up a city you get bad karma this system effects the games storyline greatly resulting in different endings, with this way of playing the game has many reasons to come back to just to see what it will be like if you choose another path. The games map is at a truely epic scale holding many surprises for the player, their are many cities, vaults, buildings scattered around the wasteland storing an exciting array of quests. The characters in Fallout 3 have a lot of depth to them mainly down to the speech tree system, the speech tree gives you the option of what to say to the characters resulting in you finding out information and getting quests, the depth into the characater makes you care for the character and feel their emotions and only few games have the quality to deliver this. Another gameplay aspect of fallout 3 is the VATS aiming system, The player can choose were to shoot the target by stoping the gameplay and bringing up a lock-on mode by pausing the gameplay and then giving you an option of were to shoot the target. In the game you use a gadget on your arm called a pipboy 3000 this gadget allows you to access your items you can equip weapons and armour or repair equipment, this also allows you check your karma rating, your perks and your level, the pipboy also has a map and stores all your quests and even has a radio, the pipboy is a great feature to the game as its very easy to access and use. The games currency is bottle caps yes thats right bottle caps, you use caps to buy weapons, ammo, armour, or pay to get your items repaired, the sell and buy system is really easy to use you just select the items you want to buy or sell which makes a list and when you"re finished sellecting you just press a button and the transaction is complete. Throughout the game the are many weapons, armour, etc you will come across raging from pistols, plasma rifles and shotguns, you can also buy schematics this gives you a blueprint of a weapon, with a list of items needed to create the weapon, after you have all the items on the list you can go to a workbench a create the weapon. The leveling system is very similar to its brother oblivion you gain xp by completing quests and slaying monsters, when you have filled up your xp bar you will level up once leveled you are assigned some points to add onto your stats such as big guns, explosives and speech adding the points to certain stats will increase how effective you are with it for instances if you have many points in big guns this will make the larger weapons in the game more powerful and also improves your aiming in the VATS system, once you level you are also given the option of a new perk this might be a stat bonus or something that will help you in the game some way like being able to carry more items, the leveling system works really well. The graphics in Fallout 3 are excellent there is a lot of texture and detail put into the characters and the enviroment when able to see the vast landscape of fallout 3 from a height you can really see how marvellous the graphics are, the game uses the Gamebryo engine which is the same engine used for oblivion but you can see how the detail in the game has improved greatly, the character animations run a lot smoother and are more fluid incomparision with oblivion. This game has so many quests and sidequests the by just finishing the game and all its sidequests should come to around 80-90 hours of gameplay thats not including the DLC which is 5 expansions including these would boost the gameplay to around 130-150 hours which maks this game a great bargain and a MUST BUY.