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      31.03.2010 15:45
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      Great fun and worth buying for such a low price

      After enjoying the original Saints Row, I decided to purchase Saints Row 2 for my Playstation 3. This game has brought me hours of fun and very much reminds me of the famous Grand Theft Auto which everyone knows and loves.

      People typically look at the cover and say "it's just copying GTA", but if they should play it, I think they might change their mind. Although the concept is very similar (gang wars, flashy cars etc) there are a number of areas which I feel out-do GTA. An example of this is car customisation. In Grand Theft Auto, you can do some, but not a lot to personalise your cars, but Saints Row allows you to take it to a whole new level and customise the wheels, the paint job, the interior and much more.

      Your character is also hugely customisable. You can select whether to be male or female, tall or short, fat or thin etc, as well as ethnicity, hair style and colour, and facial features. You can also purchase tons of different jewellery and clothes for your character from various shops, as well as select the material, colours and patterns.

      As you earn money throughout the game, you have the option to purchase new homes. Some can be a small, 1 bedroom flat while others can be a huge, luxury condo! All of which can be customised by adding a new tv, office, or maybe a stripper pole if you really want?

      There are also a number of activities which I enjoy, such as Insurance Fraud. Here, you simply have to throw yourself in front of cars to claim insurance money. The more witnesses and the more severe the hit, the more money you earn. You are timed and have to act quickly to win the round and claim the money. This activity is guaranteed to cause plenty of giggles as you watch your character fling through the air.

      The only downside I can think of for Saints Row is the fact that it can be a little tedious. It's your gang vs 3 others, and taking each of them down can take quite a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the game, but did stop playing before completion due to becoming bored of fighting the remaining gangs.

      I would recommend Saints Row 2 though as it is extremely amusing and great fun to play. The game can also be quite comical in a number of areas (as you may have guessed by the insurance fraud description) and doesn't seem to be quite as serious as Grand Theft Auto.

      So, is it better than Grand Theft Auto? Well, I found the newest addition to GTA disappointing, and definately enjoyed Saints Row 2 more. However, if I should skip back to Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, then GTA takes the cake.

      I give Saints Row 2 7/10!

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      02.02.2010 18:59
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      A brilliant console which is sure to impress!

      There seems to be a constant battle between Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 fans. Everyone is always asking the same question: "Which is better?", my personal opinion is the Playstation.

      Firstly, the graphics produced by this machine is immense. Many Xbox fans are going to be mad at me for saying this, but Playstation's graphics are better. I know it, they know it, but they'll never admit it! My step brother's have an Xbox 360, so I have given it a trial beforehand. I don't want to seem biased!

      Secondly, it has a built-in Blu-ray player. This is obviously a huge benefit to the Playstation 3 as a stand-alone Blu-ray player can usually cost at least £100.

      The Playstation also has a number of extra features, such as enabling you to store music, pictures and videos on your console, as well as surf the internet and chat with your friends. You can also visit the Playstation network through your PS3 and buy games and extra content online, as well as download free demo's. You can sometimes even get free extra content for your games. For example, I downloaded some free song packages for Guitar hero 3.

      There are also a number of great games for Playstation, including the popular, Playstation-exclusive Uncharted 2; which many Xbox gamers stated left their Xbox collecting dust as they played this for hours. 2010 also has a great line-up of games for the Playstation 3, such as God of War III, Grand Turismo 5, Mass Driver, Final Fantasy XIII, MAG, Heavy Rain, Aliens vs. Predator, Super Street Fighter IV, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Dead Rising 2, plus many more.

      On top of all that, the Playstation looks very stylish. Usually, my parents would never let me leave a console of mine in the living room, however they seem to like the appearance of my Playstation and have given it a nice little permanent spot under the Television.

      The Playstation also has very nice touch-sensitive on/off and eject buttons on the front, which light up when touched; therefore contributing to that sense of style given off by the console.

      The only major downside I can think of for the Playstation 3 is the fact that Microsoft have claimed some of my favourite games to be exclusive to the Xbox 360. You see, before I bought my PS3, I played my original Xbox religiously, and thoroughly enjoyed play Halo 1 and 2, Splinter cell and Fable. However, once I bought my PS3, the follow-ups to these games were released exclusively to Xbox, which was quite saddening.

      There are a couple of very minor usability issues for the Playstation, such as the On/Off switch being placed at the back, which needs to be flicked before pressing the touch-sensitive On/Off button at the front. As you can imagine, it can be a little bit awkward leaning around the back to turn it on, but this doesn't really bother me.

      The Controller cable supplied with the Playstation 3 is a little short. This can be an issue when you need to charge your controller while playing, as it can involve you sitting on the floor and right up-close to the television screen.

      Besides these very tiny imperfections, the console is great. It's stylish, easy to use, produces incredible visuals and includes tons of extra features which are sure to impress you.

      Playstation 3 gets 9/10 from me!

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    • True Blood / TV Programme / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      02.02.2010 18:12
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      A really good show, but not everyone's cup of tea

      I first heard about True Blood from a friend of mine who had the series on his computer. I watched about 4 episodes when at his house, but didn't get around to watching the rest.

      A few months later, I saw that the series was on television. I decided to begin watching it again so that I could pick up from where I had left off.

      True Blood is a modern take on the vampire race. Are they all blood sucking monsters? Or are some just trying to get by in today's society?

      The story follows Sookie Stackhouse, a young woman living in a small town in Luisiana. Sookie appears to be a normal girl, working as a waitress in a local bar; but the audience soon come to the realisation that Sookie is much more than that.

      While at work, Sookie notices a vampire named Bill Compton walking in. He receives a lot of looks from other customers, as vampires are mostly frowned upon and are greatly perceived as vicious monsters. Sookie, however, is a very open-minded woman who finds herself fascinated by his presence. She walks over to him and asks for his order. Bill orders a 'Tru Blood': a drink which many vampires use as a socially-acceptable substitute for blood.

      As the story unfolds, Bill and Sookie become close friends, and soon, lovers. Many of Sookie's friends and family, as well as other townsfolk, frown upon their relationship and try to warn Sookie to stay away from him. Sookie's grandmother, however, supports her through her decisions, and also finds herself fascinated by Bill as he is 172 years old and has experienced the Civil War. Sookie's brother, Jason, is the opposite and completely disagrees with Sookie's relationship as he is greatly prejudiced against vampires.

      As the story unfolds, a number of murders begin to occur within the town. Immediately the finger is pointed at the vampires, but are these creatures truly the monsters within this town?

      I thoroughly enjoyed watching True Blood. Each week I'd become increasingly excited for the next episode; not many shows do that to me! The actors/actresses in the show give very believable performances which can leave you shocked one minute, and laughing the next.

      On top of all that, there's plenty of eye candy! Jason Stackhouse seems to be the clear favourite for most, but I reckon Bill Compton is pretty hunky! Not bad for a 173 year old man. Don't worry lads, there's plenty of good-looking girls in there too.

      To sum things up, I found the show very entertaining. The modern portrayal of vampires in society makes an excellent change to the traditional bloodthirsty horror-film type vampires we've become accustomed to. Just make sure you can stomach the gore before you watch!

      I give True Blood a 9/10!

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        01.02.2010 22:36
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        It's a truly immense game. Any PS3 owner must have this.

        Only a few weeks ago, my step brother was telling me how he had played Uncharted 2 at his friend's house, and how he thought it was an amazing game. He even told me that he thought it was better than Tomb Raider...

        After that remark, of course I was sceptical. Better than the famous Tomb Raider? I doubt it. Not too many heroes and heroines can top Lara Croft, right? Well, I'm sorry Lara, but I think he may be right.

        My step brother borrowed it and played it for hours on end on my PS3. I decided to settle down in front of the TV and watch, as well as have a few goes myself here and there. I must say, this game is really great. The visuals are amazing, the storyline gets you hooked, and of course, the gameplay is extremely enjoyable.

        The story continues following the original game, Uncharted: Drake's fortune, roughly 1 year later. Nate is lured back into continuing his dangerous searches for treasure when the news of a mysterious artifact leads Drake to the legendary Himalayan valley of Shambhala. He then finds himself battling criminals who are after more than just the riches of this lost city.

        The original game was based solely on a single island, however Uncharted 2 is the opposite. While playing the game, you'll find yourself in a number of various locations, such as battling the enemy in the streets of Nepal, as well as running through icy mountains.

        This game is full of action and suspense; it never fails to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping! While running through a number of environments, you'll find yourself leaping from collapsing buildings, fighting for your life on top of a moving train, as well as running away from bad guys chasing you in cars, and even helicopters!

        Not only does the game involve taking down bad guys, but it also involves using your head. Throughout missions, the player must solve a number of puzzles to progress in the game. I love how the game does this, as it gives the player a variety of activites as opposed to simply repeating the same thing the whole way through.

        I must say that the game is made extremely well. The visuals are amazing, the characters are great, the storyline is inventive and the voice actors have got it spot on. The twists and turns in the story always leave you guessing and yearning for more. The cutscenes are also brilliant as they really make the story believable, and therefore more enjoyable. The entire game maps out just like a film, taking all the drama and suspense of a movie and mixing it in with all the action and fun of a game.

        When I wrote my Fallout 3 review, I thought it would get my only 10/10, however Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has proven to be worthy of the same score.

        Phenomenal, 10/10!

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      • Microsoft Lifecam VX-3000 / Webcam / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        31.01.2010 23:23
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        Good quality, compact and cute

        My previous webcam to this one was very old, and therefore the picture was extremely fuzzy. I used it for quite some time, but then I decided enough was enough; it was time for an upgrade!

        I had a search on Play.com and found this camera on offer. I think it may have been £18 reduced from £30 or something similar. After reading a few reviews, I decided it seemed like a good purchase.

        After ordering the VX-3000, I waited a few days before it arrived. I opened it up and was pleasantly surprised by how compact the webcam was. It looks very cute and isn't bulky, therefore doesn't get in the way.

        When setting up the webcam, I noticed the stand folds out into a sort of clip. This allows the webcam to easily latch on to the top of your monitor. I thought that perhaps it would do the same as my old webcam, and keep falling off; however the clip seems fairly strong and has kept the camera stable on top of the monitor.

        Once all was set up and good to go, I tested my webcam by hosting a video conversation over msn. Not only was I was very pleasantly surprised by how clear the picture was, but the built-in microphone seemed to work very well also. I don't have to lean in and shout into the camera for the sound to be picked up, although sometimes I do have to speak quite loudly. Also, I would imagine that others who want to place the camera a longer distance away may have trouble with the microphone feature.

        The installation process for the webcam also included a Microsoft LifeCam software application which allows you to take pictures, videos and make recordings with. It also gives you a load of fun effects to play around with, such as making your eyes appear huge onscreen, or making a rabbit nose and ears appear over your face. I'd imagine these features are probably more for the younger users.

        I'm very pleased with the purchase I made, but perhaps the microphone could be a little better at picking up my natural speaking-volume.

        Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 Webcam gets 8/10 from me!

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        • Demon Days - Gorillaz / Music Album / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          30.01.2010 23:42
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          Gorillaz can do better than this.

          I got this CD as a present a very long time ago now! I asked for it after I'd heard a few Gorillaz songs, then thought I'd try listening to the album.

          As soon as I recieved it, I put it in my CD player and had a good listen. After listening to each song, I found myself rather disappointed. The few songs I had enjoyed were fairly upbeat and exciteable, but the album seemed to consist of mainly very slow (and dare I say boring) tracks.

          I found that a lot of the songs sounded too much the same (which seems to be quite a common feature to a lot of bands' albums) and found it hard to differentiate between them.

          However, I did find a few of the features tracks very enjoyable, such as the famous 'Feel Good Inc.' and 'Dare'.

          There are 15 tracks on the album in total, which is a rather decent amount considering some bands/singers try to get away with 8-10 sometimes.

          The track list is as follows:

          1. Intro
          2. Last livings souls
          3. Kids with guns
          4. O Green World
          5. Dirty Harry
          6. Feel Good Inc.
          7. El Mañana
          8. Every planet we reach is dead
          9. November has come
          10. All alone
          11. White light
          12. Dare
          13. Fire coming out of the monkey's head
          14. Don't get lost in heaven
          15. Demon days

          So there you have it. My opinion is that the Gorillaz can do a lot better than this album; although I have noticed that a lot of people would disagree with me.

          3/10 for this album... Sorry Gorillaz

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        • Philips SPA2600 / PC Speaker / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          30.01.2010 23:09
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          Great speakers for a low price, I would recommend them to anyone.

          I purchased these speakers probably just over a year ago for around £45. I had wanted some surround sound speakers to connect to my PC for ages, mainly so I could enjoy the benefits of surround sound when playing games (especially the scary ones), but also for watching DVDs and listening to music.

          I didn't want to spend a great deal on them as, being a student, I wasn't too well off; so I decided to look for some well-priced 5.1 surround sound speakers. I spent quite a great deal of time researching various products and reading reviews; eventually I decided I wanted to buy these ones.

          They soon arrived in the post, and I eagerly ripped open the box. The first thing I noticed was that all the speakers were a little smaller than expected. I thought that maybe they wouldn't be very capable of punching out much of a sound, however once they were set up and ready to go, I was proven wrong.

          They were very simple and easy to set up. The box included an instruction manual, making it extremely easy to understand. It also includes diagrams indicating where each cable should be plugged in to. Each cable is also labelled with letters (such as FR for Front-right speaker etc) making it as quick and simple as possible for you to get things started.

          The first issue I had was the shortness of the cables connected to the speakers. The description explained the length of the cables (and I measured them out before buying) but they were still shorter than I had expected. This made it difficult for me to place my speakers around the room, and since my room is fairly big; the rear speaker cables weren't quite long enough, and therefore I had to sit them on the floor.

          Although the cables were fairly short, I eventually placed them somewhere and turned on my computer, then turned on my music. I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of sound and how loud the system goes. It was a huge improvement on my previous set of 2 speakers.

          One feature which I love is the little Volume Control. It makes adjusting the volume of your PC extremely quick and simple! You simply turn the wheel clockwise to increase the volume, and anti-clockwise to lower it. The Control sits nicely on my desk, right next to my keyboard, making it easily accessible.

          These speakers really shine when playing games. It's great when a character approaches you from behind and you can hear their footsteps, voice, or whatever sounding out from behind you. I love it when my friends would jump when they thought someone was behind them!

          One minor issue I do have is, when listening to music, the front 3 speakers really drown out the rear ones. I adjusted the settings so that the rear speakers would be on their loudest, but still they are quite faint. Therefore, I don't really get that feel of music blasting at me from all angles too much.

          Lastly, the accessibility of the subwoofer isn't great. Of course, you have the sub woofer facing outwards, but the On/Off switch and Bass adjustment dial are at the back, meaning I have to kneel under my desk and reach around the back of it to use it.

          Over all, these are great speakers. I'm extremely impressed with them, and the minor imperfections fail to phase me as they do work excellently for such a small price. They are probably best suited for smaller rooms, rather than larger ones.

          I give these Philips 5.1 surround sound speakers a 7/10

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        • Samsung YP-U3JQB 2 GB / MP3 Player / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          29.01.2010 13:22
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          Worth the money. It's a great little MP3

          I bought this MP3 player about a year ago, along with my Skullcandy headphones which I previously reviewed. I've definately have no regrets at all for purchasing either of them.

          This MP3 player is extremely light-weight and compact, enabling it to fit into pretty much anywhere! It also looks quite snazzy too.

          I thought that perhaps the 2GB storage space might be an issue as it could probably run out fairly quickly, however I haven't had any issues as I regularly delete older tracks which I've become bored of and replace them with new ones.

          The MP3 player is extremely easy to use! It has a little sliding button on the side that, when pushed, a built in USB stick pops straight out the end. Very nifty! The only criticism I have of this is that the pop-out USB adapter seems fairly flimsy, and with a fair bit of force, could most likely snap. However, I've had the MP3 for a year and have had no problems with it whatsoever!

          You then plug the MP3 straight into the PC, where you can simply store music on it by dragging and dropping into the MP3 Music folder. None of this iTunes rubbish, just simple, easy use.

          The MP3 also comes with touch-sensitive buttons, besides the On/Off and Record button. It also has a sliding 'Hold' button to prevent the touch-sensitive buttons reacting in your pocket. It also has an FM Radio and Voice Recording, providing you with multiple uses.

          In the Settings menu, you can see a number of various options for you to play around with, such as equaliser settings and Bass Boost. It also has the option to alter the environmental sound of the music, for example, selecting 'Concert Hall' gives it a live sort of effect with echoes.

          The navigation around the MP3's menu is very simple and easy to understand as well.

          All in all, I think this is a great MP3 player. It's a cheap alternative to all these flashy over-the-top music systems currently on the market. It has a high quality of sound and does what it says on the tin.

          9/10 for the Samsung YP-U3

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        • Skullcandy Ti / Headphones / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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          29.01.2010 10:08
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          Expensive, but reliable and great quality headphones.

          I'm a huge music lover, and therefore never leave the house without my MP3 player. I used to buy the small earphones that fit nicely in your ear, and were satisfied with the sound quality produced; however I found that they broke ever so quickly.

          My typical pair of earphones would last about 3 or 4 months, and it's not as if I was being rough with them, and it's not as if they would snap; the sound would simply cut out on one side.

          After becoming fed up of the constant buying of £10/£15 earphones, I decided to invest in these bad boys! The Skullcandy Ti's. True, they are expensive and can usually range from around £50 - £60, however I had a quick search on ebay and found a brand new pair of these for £45.

          They are definitely worth the money as I've had these for about a year now and they are still working, although I did snap it slightly, but they still work OK. This is because, when you extend the headphones, the extensions are fairly thin plastic, and being rough with them just doesn't work.

          Skullcandy provide a lifetime warranty with their products, which is great! If they break on their own, Skullcandy will instantly replace them with a new pair, free of charge. If you are responsible for the breaking of the product, Skullcandy will offer you a new product half-price. Fantastic!

          These headphones are very bulky and have proven to me to be very strong, besides the extensions. They are very comfortable to wear and the sound quality is excellent! Everything sounds amazing with these on. On top of all that, they look super cool. I often get compliments about my headphones, and they do turn heads.

          Overall, I think these are great. You just need to be careful with the more delicate parts of the headphones and don't be too rough with them.

          I give the Skullcandy Ti's a 9/10!

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            Great fun to watch and very funny!

            A few years back, I saw the adverts for this new up-and-coming show on TV, and decided it looked like a good watch.

            I watched a couple of episodes and was completely hooked; I couldn't get enough of it! I watched every episode in both the series' then bought them on DVD.

            The story follows a teenage girl called Kim; a lesbian girl who has never been involved in a relationship. Her and her strange (understatement) family have just moved to Brighton: the place where the gay scene is popular.

            Kim meets Sugar; a straight and sexy teenage girl which soon becomes Kim's best friend; except what Sugar doesn't know is that Kim is secretly lusting for her.

            Throughout the show, the viewer sees Kim battling through the good and difficult times of her love-life, family-life and, of course, her feelings for Sugar. Her unaffectionate mother, push-over father and.. Just plain weird brother, obviously don't make it easy for Kim to fit in anywhere.

            The series is very comical, as well as very serious and emotional in some areas. It leads you on an emotional rollercoaster, just like Kim's life.

            It is rated age certificate 15 as there are some sexual scenes and bad language.

            It's a great series. I watch it over and over and don't get bored, and therefore give Sugar Rush:

            9/10

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              So yummy! But so bad for you...

              These are most definately my favourite biscuits to eat. Dipped in a nice cup of tea... Mmm, heavenly.

              I've been eating these biscuits for years, and usually when I eat the same thing for a long period of time, they get boring and I stop. However, I think I've been eating these for a good number of years, and they have failed to bore me.

              I'm a bit strange you see, and love to eat these for breakfast (I know, I know... It's bad) therefore I require a constant supply of these. Not only that, but I love to snack on them during the day, or late at night with a cup of tea before I go to sleep.

              I've tried a few other dark chocolate biscuits, but there are none that even closely match up to these. A lot of other brands have a very unsatisfying and cheap-tasting layer of dark chocolate on them, but McVities actually tastes like the usual high-quality dark chocolate you would expect.

              Of course, they aren't particularly healthy, and contain 10.8% of your daily saturates PER BISCUIT. Which really isn't good news for me, since I'm snacking on these on a daily basis. They also contain 84 calories per biscuit and 5% of your daily sugar intake.

              Aside from the obvious unhealthiness of them, they taste great. They're so wrong, they're right!

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            • Freeview / TV Channel / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              Definately worth getting if you don't want to shell out loads for good TV

              A couple of years ago, I lived with my mum and we had Sky TV, which I loved. I'd sit for hours on end watching all sorts of things. However, I then moved in with my dad, and he told me he did not have Sky in his house. My heart sank. I'd become so addicted to it, I didn't know how I'd ever live without it!

              However, I soon settled in to my new home and noticed we had freeview. I'd never used it before and was skeptical about it, as I automatically assumed that, since it was free, it was going to be totally rubbish.

              I then flicked through the digital TV guide and was amazed by the amount of decent channels which were included on freeview, such as E4, ITV2, Film4 and Dave. I was pleasantly surprised and found the transition from Sky to Freeview so much easier than I originally anticipated.

              I don't really miss Sky, but it is a nice treat when I go to visit my mum.

              I think Freeview is a great product. You don't usually get anything very great for free these days; but with Freeview, you definately do. Although the Freeview box is a one-off payment of around £20, but that's a small price to pay for free entertainment for as long as you want it!

              9/10 for Freeview!

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              28.01.2010 23:28
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              Use with caution...

              Although I'm not the girliest of girls, and have written most of my reviews about video games, I do suffer from oily skin, and as a result end up with quite a few spots.

              I one day decided to do something about it, and searched around Boots for some kind of cheap, effective treatment to use. I picked up this Clearasil Ultra Treatment Wash for a seemingly good price.

              I took it home and used it that same night. Straight away I felt my face tingling. Once I washed it off, my face felt incredibly dry and tight, which is a usual effect from spot treatments.

              I repeated this process once a day for the next few days, and made sure I moisturised too so that my face wouldn't get too dry. However, this stuff had a really nasty effect on my skin. After just three days, my skin started flaking and drying up really badly. No amount of moisturiser could help! It felt horrible and was obviously not very attractive...

              I immediately stopped using the stuff, as my skin was obviously too sensitive for it. I regret ever using it as it dried my skin out so badly that I now have very slight, permanent darkening of the skin around my nose. Hardly noticeable, but some people do point it out.

              This stuff was terrible. It doesn't even deserve a star in my opinion. I don't know if it has worked well for others, but the bottle should really stress that it is not to be used on sensitive skin.

              I now use Witch Facial Scrub, which I must say is a diamond.

              1/10 for Clearasil

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            • Bioshock (PC) / PC Game / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              Heart-poundingly creepy. Worth buying!

              As soon as I saw the trailor for this game on TV, it somehow put a spell on me. The game was receiving a lot of hype, and I couldn't help but become a little over excited for its release. When it was out, I went and bought it.

              I sat in my chair, all jittery with excitement as I waited for it to install. When the installation was complete, I started my game.

              The first mistake I made was to select 'Easy' as my difficulty level. I'm not good with jumpy games, and wussed out by going the easy route. However after progressing quite far through the game, it was way too easy. But I'd gone too far to start again and change the difficulty, slightly ruining my gaming experience.

              Anyway, when the game first starts, you find yourself sitting in an airoplane, soon followed by lights flashing, sounds booming, then CRASH! You black out for a while, then find yourself floating in the sea, surrounded by burning debris from the plane. Naturally, you try to escape the flames.

              I swam out of an opening in the ring of fire, only to notice a tall building sticking out of the middle of the ocean. Weird and creepy as it is, I swim over to explore.

              I entered the building where I heard music playing... "Somewhere, beyond the sea"... Hmm, it's eerily tranquil. I then entered an elevator, where a flickery black and white movie is projected on the wall, explaining the history of the underwater city known as 'Rapture'. As soon as the name of the city is mentioned, a large view of the underwater city appears through the glass. I was left astounded, staring at my monitor as I observed all the flashing city lights, and a large whale swimming closely by.

              The elevator soon enters a building, then grinds to a hault. Are you greeted by a bunch of lovely underwater city folk, ready to show you their amazing city? Far from it. You peer through the glass to see a man backing away from a human-like creature, pleading for mercy and begging for his life. The creature attacks and kills him infront of you. The sounds of screaming fill the air as you watch closely. By now, I could feel my heart pounding from inside my chest.

              The creature notices you, then tries to hack its way into the elevator. By now, I'm freaking out! The creature soon leaves, and the elevator doors open. I stepped outside wearily, wondering when the creature will strike next.

              After wandering through a few doors, I walk down a hallway to see the shadow of a woman and a baby buggy projected on the wall. I watch and listen intently to her sobbing as she appears to be mourning the death of her child.

              At this moment in time, I'm unsure whether everyone here in Rapture is crazed and hungry for blood, so I approach the woman slowly from behind to see if she's ok. She responds with a massive scream and leaps on me! At this point I'm freaking out big time, and smack her around the head with a wrench. She falls to the ground and all is still, except I notice myself breathing really heavily by now. I then peer into the buggy to find a revolver in there... Creepy... This place is hell on earth...

              I've gone on too much about the unravelling of the story, but I wanted to give a real feel of what the game is like, and how it makes you feel. The creepiness of the place is astounding. It leaves you panicking, even though it's just a game. You can feel your heart racing as you can hear screams in the distance as you peek around corners.

              This game is unlike any I've played before. Sure, there's lots of jumpy eerie games, but there's something special about this one. The graphics and detail are amazing, and the view of the city is astonishing.

              The game doesn't just consist of shooting whatever comes your way either; you can alter your own DNA using strange machines found in Rapture which enable your character to take advantage of certain powers. Some allow you to freeze nasties on the spot, while others immerse your enemies in a swarm of bees.

              Over all, this game is great. It was a bit too easy, but that was my own stupid fault. I can't comment on the difficulty of other levels as I haven't tried any others.

              I give Bioshock 8/10

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              • Talk Talk / Telecommunications Service / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                27.01.2010 19:21

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                It's rubbish, but it's cheap.

                I had TalkTalk as my Internet Service Provider a few months back... Oh dear, where do I start?

                The worst thing was the lack of connectivity. It would work okay for the most part, but disconnect every so often; mostly in the evening.

                It was tolerable most of the time, but as soon as my step brothers played online on their Xbox 360, or someone went on the internet on another PC in the house, then oh god... I had no hope of getting anywhere online.

                I wasn't the only one having problems. Other people in the house were complaining of disconnecting all the time. We also had to move the router around a fair bit to gain some sort of decent signal.

                We had quite a few problems with TalkTalk as the connection wasn't very good and everyone was getting fed up. We rang them for help, only to be told to carry out some speed tests and let them know the results. We carried out a few, but did anything come of it? No.

                The TalkTalk staff seemed very reluctant to help and didn't do much to make our experience with them a good one. However, I suppose you get what you pay for, considering it is well priced.

                I'll give TalkTalk 3/10

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