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I can't believe I found this....
When I was 12 I decided I wanted to play the drums because let's face it, they're awesome.
Well, Christmas morning comes and wouldn't you know it, I have these sitting there in all their shiny glory. Much to the annoyance of my parents I spent the next 6 months playing these babies and they were nothing but good to me, the pads are ULTRA heavy duty, they stand up to anything you throw at them.
On many occasions I dropped these things onto hard floors and they just stood up to it, definitely a Yamaha product.
The sound bank is absolutely huge, and the editing of your pad sounds is as simple as pie, any kind of drum combination you want is right there at the press of a button, and it's very easy to get to know your way around. I have always been into metal music so naturally I want double kick pedals, all I had to do was take a minute to find one out of the many choices to replace my hi-hat pedal sound and BAM!
The sound quality itself is absolutely fantastic, the sounds are crisp and clear and depending on your volume setting they can be very loud, you could always whack in some headphones and stop people getting jealous at how good you're getting, however this doesn't cut out the loud sound of stick on pad.
There is a hand percussion mode which makes the pads more sensitive and allows you to play with your hands, this is kinda cool but tbh I never really remember using it for anything except smashing out some bongos on occasion, which is always fun.
I do however have a criticism, I often found myself getting frustrated as sometimes certain things I did wouldn't register, sometimes I'd hit two things simultaneously and one or both would just cancel and I'd hear nothing at all, this obviously was a major pain in the bum as it just throws everything out of whack.
If you have a certain someone you know or even you yourself would like to learn how to play the drums I would definitely recommend these to get yourself off the ground and get yourself a basic understanding of rhythm.
I found the transition from this set to a real set very easy when it came to making the leap, this is a very cheap and effective way to get yourself going. Very fun.
Processor - Intel Core i5-2450M Dual Core
Screen Size - 15.6", 1366x768 in glorious High Definition
O.S - Windows 7 Home Premium
Hard Drive - 750gb
Optical Drive - DVD Rewriter
RAM - 4GB (DDR3)
Integrated Intel HD Graphics
1 x HDMI Port
3 x USB 2.0 ports
3 - 4 Hour Battery Life
2.5 hour charge time
Integrated Sound System
3 in 1 card reader (SD/SDHC, MMC)
Weight - 2-3kg
OK! So now for my opinion :)
I got this laptop literally the other day and straight away I'm very impressed with how sleek and stylish it is, it's very light as well which is handy for me because I tend to take it EVERYWHERE with me and it makes a great difference compared to lugging a huge hefty one around.
What I noticed immediately was how quick and responsive it is, it's almost as if it reads your mind sometimes as it loads things so fast.
I play a lot of Facebook games and Football Manager (which I have also reviewed previously, ahem) and it just gives you excellent quality game play.
The screen size is superb and compliments the visual quality very well, sometimes it seems like there's TOO much room on the screen but I have learnt that there's no such thing when it comes to Angry Birds.
Graphically it's fantastic, as I mentioned I play games on here when I can and the power of the machine to run FM12 so seamlessly and faultless is incredible, the database on that game is absolutely huge and it took me completely by surprise that it doesn't lag or skip, even when I have iTunes open at the same time.
The built in speakers are decent enough if you're sitting in a quiet room alone but I would definitely recommend buying yourself an external set if you're into putting music on while you do other things as they're not the best.
Windows 7 is pretty awesome too and allows you quick and easy access to all your stuff, but I'm not reviewing that..yet! :)
I think that the fact that it has 3 USB ports is VERY handy indeed, I tend to charge my phone and my iPod at the same time and the fact that I can do it all from one place is a big help to me, it also makes it easier when I want to take the pictures from my phone, upload them and then put them onto my iPod, there's no faffing around with unplugging things, it's as simple as clicking and dragging.
The HDMI output is awesome! I am currently sitting in front of my 32" HD TV writing this review with a nice cup of coffee and a huge screen to see absolutely everything I need, tell me, Who would say no to having the chance to be able to do that?
If you use a laptop for general game play and social networking like I do then this is absolutely perfect, I don't think it could handle something huge like The Sims for example but it does the job when I need it and I very much enjoy it.
I was bought my iPod as a gift for Valentines this year, AW I know :) and at first I was a little wary of it being so small and worried it might be one that can be easily broken, I, however, was wrong.
The fact that its so small would usually put me off but Apple have managed to create a fine product with this, cramming 8gb of memory into something not much bigger than a pack of butter from a restaurant and also giving jeans companies a reason to put that little pocket above the big one, unless you use the handy dandy clip on the back that is.
Everything you need from an mp3 player is right there at your fingertips, Music, Fitness (which is just amazing), radio, photos, podcasts and settings are right there on your home screen, which by the way can be rotated by twisting the screen, very handy for if you wear it in certain places and want if facing you properly.
Music speaks for itself, the 8gb memory allows for upto 2000 songs, this obviously changes depending on if you put photos on etc.
Photos lets you store your favourite pictures at superb quality right there in your pocket.
Radio is...well...radio in your area and national stations.
Podcasts, again are self explanatory with access to your favourite podcasts right there in the palm of your hand.
In your settings you will find sub menus with access to setting for each of the features on your home screen as well as general settings for your iPod including brightness, wallpaper, date & time etc.
Fitness was something that I really took a liking to right away, upon entering the fitness menu you are faced with the options of Walk, Run or History. Walk and Run measure your walks or runs with the iPods built in pedometer, you are able to keep track of calories burnt, work out time, speed and distance as well as the option to set yourself daily goals to work towards. After working out you can go to nikeplus.com and sync your workout information with your Nike+ account and keep full track of your workouts from day one, very good for people trying to stay in shape or lose weight.
Overall I think this is one of the best iPods out there as its not a big lumbering chunk sitting in your pocket but still has the same capacity and capabilities as said lumbering chunk.
Would recommend this to anybody that likes music on the go and during physical activities. I use it when I'm skating and it's just perfect.
Well, where to begin...?
I got my set of Monsters in February this year because of all the hype about Beats in general, now, I'm not a fan of the over the ear style headphones because I like to wear them when I go skating and you can imagine the issue so when I found out there were in-ear style beats I was obviously excited.
Since I first placed these into my ear and pressed play I was blown away, the sound quality of these is just superb, they fit so comfortably into your ear because of the rubber earpiece that seems to mould to any inner ear type.
When you're on the bus or out in a public place they won't cause people to get annoyed at listening to your music as well because no matter how loud you like your music nobody else can hear it so long as it's in your ear, the noise cancelling quality of these headphones is second to none.
Design wise they look fantastic with the little B on the back of the ear piece giving it that Beats feel and the wire going from ear piece to input is flat, stylish and is durable to an extent that it doesn't get chewed up from being in your pocket with your keys or phone etc. All round awesomeness if you ask me.
If you want studio quality sound, very nice modern design and unparalleled noise cancellation, these are the headphones for you.
Fallout 3 is set in the year 2277 in a post apocalyptic Virginia/Washington DC.
You may notice that this is the 3rd Fallout game, well funnily enough there are two games preceded this one but are only out on the PC, they also are awesome.
The player starts the game underground in Vault 101 as a newborn and in a series of well arranged 'mini missions' you quickly grow into a young man under the watchful eye of your father (played by Liam Neeson, who, by the way, is awesome). You begin by choosing your S.P.E.C.I.A.L skills which are Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck after reading a book you find in your room as a child. Every vault member is required to take an Aptitude test at the age of 16, this will determine the three skills (seperate from the SPECIAL skills) that your player will be the best at. Your skills include things like Barter, Speech, Lockpick, Science as well as many more skills you will need to hone in order to open new paths and discover new things.
When your father mysteriously goes missing you are eventually faced with the inevitable outcome of having to leave the vault and explore the outside world looking for him. Upon leaving you are faced with an immense landscape and have to make your own way out their being sure to keep your eyes open for the host of giant insects, mutants, raiders and a whole manner of big, bad creatures that'll kill first and ask questions later.
You will often find yourself in conversation with survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, many of which are based in towns pieced together with scraps of metal, wood and pretty much anything they could find to try and keep the human race going and maintain some sort of civilization. During said conversations you will more than likely be given the choice to help the person out for some sort of reward.
Everything you do has consequences, if you do bad, you lose karma, if you do good, you gain karma. The choices you make determine the kind of person you are (good or bad) which ultimately affects the way you are treated by people and the experience you have, I feel this is a fantastic feature as it allows you to choose a different path every time, with each level of karma (good, bad or neutral) allowing you to unlock different achievements throughout the game.
Weaponry is extremely imaginative also, at one point i found myself scavenging the wastelands looking for a pressure cooker to piece together my own gun that shoots railway spikes..I mean...WOW! Which leads me to the interaction with the environment, 99.9% of things you see can be interacted with, you can pick up absolutely anything from rusty tin cans to potato chips to enemy weapons to Nuka Cola (Bethesda's version of...you guessed it...Coca Cola) this was one of the things that kept me into the game for so much as certain things you can pick up can be pieced together on a workbench to make new weapons, as I said earlier.
The people you meet seem to be more than your average AI, boring, mission starters. They all have different quirky personalities which makes them, somehow, seem a lot more human than most games have been bothered to make their AI. A very pleasant change indeed.
The missions are very in depth and often lead you to discover things you least expected as you will often have to search far and wide for things you need or people you have to talk to to complete your current mission, this is obviously something Bethesda have put plenty of thought into but the way they have left the world open to exploration during missions makes a very welcome difference to your usual 'set route' games and also adds a certain level of difficulty.
The ending of the game is completely up to you, as your actions throughout the game will determine the ending.
If there was any advice I could give somebody new to Fallout it would be to keep your eyes open and your guard up, no two times you play it will be the same, I PROMISE you.
This is by far my favourite game of all time, PLEASE buy it, spread the love.
First of all I'd like to begin by stating that I was always a FIFA player up until about 2010 which is when I got bored of repetition and was pointed towards a more Managerial role.
What I have found with the FM series is that the database never fails to blow me away by being so vast and extensive, player, club and country knowledge shown by the developers is absolutely second to none, to me, this is half of the appeal, I find with games like this the attention to detail shown to create not only an individual feel to the game play but put you right in the seat of being manager of a football team is of vital importance and I believe that in this instance they have got it spot on.
Tactics and match preparation is half the battle when it comes to creating a winning, consistent team and there are endless ways to create every style of team you can think of, however, the lack of option to create set runs for your wide men or put your holding midfielder in a particular role/mindset before the game lets it down slightly, I'm sure I'm not the only one that will think that this needs to be addressed in any forthcoming installments.
Pre-match and post-match team talks are relatively detailed with the ability to choose what tone of voice you would like to project onto your players, this ultimately provokes some sort of reaction, or not, which in turn affects the way they play and the way they feel about you and the match.
Press conferences are something that will also affect your players with them taking notice of every word you say, this will provoke certain reactions from them also with them sometimes wanting to prove you wrong and trying much harder if you criticize their latest performances.
I often hear a lot of people complaining about the realism of the 3d match, I very much agree that it seems to be rather blocky and jumpy and considering the advances in technology in the last 10 years, along with their budget, I'm sure Sega have the opportunity to make this a lot more realistic and provide a much better match atmosphere in future FM games., but we can only hope.
I find that scouting is sensational, every last detail about a player you're keeping an eye on will be relayed to you by either a certain person on your backroom staff, or a pool of your scouts, your choice. Which leads me to the point of meetings you hold with your staff with them suggesting formations, player roles, coaching additions and other things you may overlook/forget about, this option is very helpful to keep you on top of things and not feel swamped with things to do as they help you manage your work efficiently.
All in all I must say that I absolutely love this game, I have spent countless hours on it so far and every time I get a spare hour or so I'll whack it on and get lost in a fully immersive footballing world.
Definitely recommended to people that are fans of games like this. You'll never look back.
Released on May 23rd 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP is Eminem's second studio album.
Within the first week of its release it sold over 1.75 MILLION copies and entered the Guinness book of world records for the fastest selling rap album of all time, proving my previous point (in my Slim Shady LP review) that Eminem is definitely one of the best rappers to have ever lived.
It wasn't all happy times for Eminem during this album's release into the outside world, no no! It was surrounded with controversy from the offest due to its lyrical content (of course) and sparked a HUGE outburst of ANGRY people slating Eminem for his homophobic, violent and downright WRONG lyrics, but, since when did Eminem care about that?
I believe that this is far more lyrically harsh than The Slim Shady LP based on the fact that it a more personal based, focusing on Eminems upbringing and personal life as opposed to the over-exaggerated nature of the man we know as Slim Shady.
Marshall Mathers shows us a lot deeper into the man and not the alter ego and for this i think it makes it a lot better an album in terms of feeling. Although i do not believe that this album is better than his first, i DO believe that it has a lot more feeling to it, and for tis i respect him a lot because he has given us an insight into what he is like on the inside.
I would reccomend buying this album and the first one because the ones released after are nowhere near as good and you will be very disappointed.
The commercial debut album from one of the best rappers (race isn't an issue here, why should it be, ever?) to ever grace the earth.
The Slim Shady LP was released on February 23rd 1999 and quickly shot to number 2 on the billboard charts, second only to TLC's Fanmail, it was number 14 in the best hip hop/r&b albums of all time, and number 24 in the canadian albums chart. This reception quickly made Eminem one of the best rappers of all time by getting his material out there and showing people just how talented he really is.
In 2003 Rolling Stone compiled their top 500 albums of all time and placed The Slim Shady LP at #273, i personally think een to get in at #500 is an achievement because its OF ALL TIME, if you think about the amount of albums released after all this time, that is a pretty badass thing to be able to say.
The track list for this album is as follows:
1. Public Service Announcement
2. My Name Is
3. Guilty Conscience
4. Brain Damage
5. Paul (Skit)
6. If I Had
7. 97 Bonnie & Clyde
8. Bitch (Skit)
9. Role Model
10. Lounge (Skit)
11. My Fault
12. Ken Kaniff (Skit)
13. Cum on Everybody
14. Rock Bottom
15. Just Don't Give a Fuck
17. As the World Turns
18. I'm Shady
19. Bad Meets Evil
20. Still Don't Give a Fuck
As everybody knows the song 'My Name Is...' was the first single to be released from the album and it shot Eminem to international stardom, mainly because of its lyrical content, and the video was pretty muffed up too.
The song 'Guilty Conscience' also recieved international acclaim because of the appearance of the man who made it all happen, Dr. Dre.
This, in my opinion, is Eminem's best album to date, closely followed by his second album 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. Eminem is definitely one of my favourite rappers of all time, he mixes his intellect with his pure musical genius and creates pieces of art that will live forever!
Released in 2007 and directed by Mikael Hafstrom, 1408 is a horror film based on the short story by Stephen King.
The movies main star is John Cusack and he is supported by Samuel L Jackson, i personally think that this is one of Cusack's best roles, he plays it AMAZINGLY well and you feel for him throughout the whole film because of the raw emotion he puts into his acting.
Anyway, the film is about an author, Mike Enslin, who specialises in horror. He is in the process of going from hotel to hotel all of which claim to have some kind of paranormal activity within them. He eventually ends up at the Dolphin Hotel in New York because he recieves an anonymous postcard suggesting he should go there. He does his research and is very skeptical but decides to go along and check it out, he soon discovers that his skepticism will soon be forgotten.
He witnesses some disturbing, bizarre events in the infamous room 1408, which has been the scene of some messed up things in the past.
This film takes you on a very wierd trip through some things that you cant get straight in your head, i think because of this certain level of unexplainable events it really keeps you gripped and very VERY entertained throughout. This is definitely one of my favourite films ever just purely because of the entertainment value which carries on throughout.
There's not a dull moment in the whole film, and i love it!
Mytbusters is a science show which is produced by Beyond Television, usually shown on one of the Discovery channels and is a show which involves the investigation of certain myths (some of which are requested or sent in by viewers from the Mythbusters Forum on the website) and always concludes with a verdict of busted (impossible), plausible (maaaaybe) or comfirmed (proven/possible).
The shows main stars are Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman who usually take on the most destructive myths, also on board is a junior mythbusting team which consists of Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, the job of the juniors is to investigate the smaller myths that dont take as much planning and are less expensive.
I personally think that the show is one of the most interesting on tv these days, everything seems to be getting ridiculous and people start winning awards that they dont deserve (sex and the city), but this show keeps it real and the people in it are real people, which, to me, is what makes it all the more entertaining.
The Mythbusters investigate things such as 'can a toy car outrun a real car on the quarter mile?' and 'is it possible to use an inflatable life raft as a parachute' the verdicts of which you will have to see for yourself and i would definitely recommend checking out the website also, everything is just so interesting.
This is definitely one of the best shows out there and if anybody is interested in science/explosions/mayhem then this is definitely the show for you.
And thus, the first season of reality show Viva La Bam is born. Starring Bam Margera and the CKY crew (Ryan Dunn, Raab Himself, Brandon DiCamillo, Rake Yohn) and also Bam's parents (Phil and April) and his uncle (Vince a.k.a Don Vito) the show follows the guys on their experiences pulling pranks, attempting challenges, well, just mainly causing havoc however they please.
Created by Troy Miller and Bam Margera the show was a spin off from the hit MTV series Jackass and has since starred many of the shows most popular performers. The dvd was released on October 26th 2003 to a very good reception from 80% of people that reviewed it.
Although a lot of the content seems to be spontaneous, there was a LOT of pre-planning going into the show because of safety reasons etc. I feel this takes away some of the wow factor these days, upon first viewing i was outraged yet thoroughly entertained throughout and i think because of this i have always loved the show.
I definitely feel that the show is more of an experience than a story and writing a review on it is quite tricky, the outlandish behaviour on display is the sort which you know belongs to a born entertainer, i would definitely reccomend this show to anybody who has a sense of humour.
Yet another mind blowing release from EA. Skate is obviously a skateboarding game and was released worldwide between september 28th and october 5th and is by far the best skateboard simulation game ever created.
In comparison to its only rival game 'Tony Hawks Proving Ground' it has proven itself to be an immaculate, sensational creation, blending all new controls to give a truly realistic skating feel with a fantastic view which is as if from a camera being held by somebody skating behind you and also a shredding soundtrack to rock your bum off!
I found skate to be an all new, but, all entertaining experience. You begin by creating your skater and dressing him in what clothing you have available (more can be unlocked as you fight your way to the top) and you go out there, get footage, get pictures, impress whoever you can to make your way up the popularity chart to become the best, or worst, skater of all time.
I found the controls to be a very VERY good idea as you are required to use the right stick to do absolutely everything with your board. Your triggers control your hands and your left stick controls your bosy (spin, balance etc.) blending these together appropriately will give you the desired trick and getting the hang of it is harder than you may think.
I would recommend this game to any skate fan, young or old, because it just is the best ever! I was a fan of the Tony Hawk games, and to a certain extent i still am, but i would choose Skate. any day! Wonderful game.
Wii Sports was released alongside the Wii on November 19th 2006 (North America) to promote the release of the console a whole lot more, and, it worked!
The games available on Wii Sports are baseball, bowling, tennis, golf and boxing. You can also train and get better at each sport and it also gives you the option of working out your wii fitness age by doing different exercises and it totals up your scores and tells you your fitness age (dont ask me how, i dont know).
This game is compatible with Mii's created on your console, so you can play as yourself or your friend or your mum or whoever! I think this is pretty fantastic.
The games, at my house especially, can get very competitive and makes for a lot of hours worth of entertainment. Nintendo have really hit the nail on the head by releasing something like this. It's a sensational idea, without doubt, and i think that its probably the best thing out for the Wii so far, absolutely.
Every sport has its own way of playing it, or holding your bat/club etc and on Wii Sports, its no different. You hold your Wii remote the same way you would a tennis racket or golf club and mimic the movements and your Mii will react accordingly, so you really have to spot on.
This game is pretty fantastic and if you dont have it already, get it!
Created from the minds of THQ and Volition, Saints Row 2 is a sensational action adventure game that follows up the story from the prequel Saints Row, and, if you liked the first, this one is 10 times better.
If there is any game i can compare this to, it would quite obviously have to be GTA, and, in my opinion, it completely puts it to shame.
The storyline is better, the addictiveness is just so much better, its far more gripping, you have a lot more to do, the missions probably make a lot more sense in the long run and theres a lot more stuff but i feel as though im rambling.
Anyways, the first thing i wanted to see when i got this game was the customization options, you can change your cars, houses, your gang, and, pretty much everything that belongs to you, can be changed in some way or another. This is just a sensational addition to a game that already kicks a lot of butt.
The game starts off with your guy/girl (yes, there is the option of being a girl in this one) in the hospital wing of the stilwater jail. Having been in a coma for a few years since the boat explosion in Saints Row you have no idea as to the condition of your fellow saints, where they are, what the city is like, nothing. You talk to a guy named Carlos, who is an avid fan of you and the Saints, and your story begins. I wont give anything away because its just so awesome!
I think this game is absolutely the best game of its kind and nothing will beat it, absolutely nothing. I love it!
Published by activision and released in September 2006, World Series Of Poker: Tournament Of Champions take you on a journey from being a no name amateur poker player to the worlds greatest.
At the start of the game you must win your right to be taken under the wing of poker legend Chris Ferguson and begin your struggle to the top, and i really mean it when i say struggle. The AI is pretty much flawless, you pick up on the odd betting pattern every now and then but thats about it.
As i was saying, to be accepted as a possibility to be a champion you have to win a game that Chris Ferguson is holding and prove yourself worthy. You then unlock the first 4 possible tournaments to enter, the further you get in these tournaments the more points you gain towards unlocking the next set and so on, until, you reach the Tournament Of Champions in Rio De Janeiro. There are 6 sets of tournaments to unlock, the last of which being the grand finale.
I found the game taught me a lot about poker having only played a few games before, not really knowing much about the rules and such involved, it was a very good game to play to give me a lot more knowledge about the game and because of this i would highly reccomend it to anybody who is thinking about taking up poker, it will definitely teach you a thing or two.
Often you will find yourself in a situation where you really do not know what to do next and it really keeps you gripped on the action, your heart races and you're trying to think straight, it seems to add the perfect amount of pressure to keep you entertained at all times, it's very accurate in realism.
I definitely have to say that this is one of my favourite video games ever, i love it! HIGHLY reccomend to any poker fan/player of any skill level.