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      24.09.2012 17:25
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      A quality Electric Shaver

      The Philips AT 890 aqua shaver is an electric shaver made by the electrical Giant Philips, one of if not the leading company in shavers. It is designed to be used for both wet and dry shaves and can be used with or without shaving cream.

      Look - As there is no above logo, the shaver looks like a standard Philips shaver with a blue and silver streak along the side with three shaving heads that bend to the face shape for a closer shave. The shaver also has a trimmer attached to the back which can be flipped up for doing sideburns and the neckine. The heads are easily cleaned by flicking them up through the release of a catch to empty the shaving reservoir of trimmings. The shaver comes with a small brush to clean the shaving heads to maintain the product life.

      How good? This would perhaps be my fourth ever shaver, as all my previous ones have been Philips and all last a really long time. In fact the only real reason I change is due to the shavers becoming blunt and it is often cheaper to buy a new shaver instead of new heads. The Philips AT890 shaves really well, even after having it for around nine months now, I still do get a really close shave without the use of water or cream. The head shapes around the face well and leaves a nice smooth feeling. To put it simply, it shaves really well. I have yet needed to replace the shaving heads and just rinse it out and give it a clean every now and then. My skin does not get cut or nipped by the shaver either.

      Price - Can be found online for around the £50-70 mark so not too expensive for a Philips quality product.

      Battery - Each charge lasts about a week ie seven days, if you were to shave for about five minutes once each day. Charging time is only an hour, perhaps one of the shortest out there and there is a light that appears when the battery is low, and turns green when fully charged which is always useful.

      Overall - I have always found Philips shaver to work really well and have high reliability. This shaver gives me a good close shave and gives the option for you to use it on both a dry or wet face, with or without shaving cream, which many others do not. A great shaver to go for if you prefer electric razors but still want to enjoy the comfort of using shaving cream.

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      24.09.2012 16:50
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      Underarm sensitive heaven!

      With so many different deodorant products of different brands/applications/smells etc it can be difficult and take time to find one that suits you, especially if you have sensitive underarms.

      Loreal Men Expert Sensitive is a spray on anti antiperspirant deodorant designed for those with sensitive skin. It has a hypoallergenic formula and does not contain alcohol.

      Smell - A gentle scent that lasts for all day protection. Difficult to describe smell in words however it is not what I would call strong and seems pleasant without seeming to be too feminine.

      Bottle - Cool sleek design, an aluminium/silver curved bottle to give it a distinctive look on the shelves and an easy push-down button on top to release the spray. Also has a plastic cap to cover the top of the bottle to stop it from drying out.

      Price - Can be expensive, Loreal is a distinguished cosmetic brand however I picked up a 250ml bottle on offer for around £1.50. However can range higher than this. However a bottle has lasted me about three to four weeks as only a smallish spray is all that is needed!

      Feel - Some deodorants can sting and burn on application and leave underarms sore, however I have not found this to be the case with Loreal Sensitive. It's antiperspirant activity does seem to work mildly however this can vary from person to person. Leaves a fresh feeling all day without the need for a top up spray.

      Overall - A very good product for sensitive skin that works well leaving underarms feeling fresh all day. My bottle stated that it can last up to 48hrs however, after showering etc I would always apply at least one spray a day to keep things fresh. Full price cost may seem a little much however, but if it can be found on offer, definitely worth giving it a go!

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      18.09.2012 18:29
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      You should go to Specsavers!

      I hadn't had an eye test for around ten years so decided it was time to check up on things. Having booked an appointment, the waiting time was around three to four days for a routine check up.

      When the time came, I was made to feel very welcome and waited only about five minutes before being seen. I was measured with a preliminary check before going into a room with the lady for the full test. During my eye exam, they measured far and near distance sight as well as check the inside of my eyes for any structural damage or for any eye diseases. The optician created a personal record and added all the info from the test. It turned out that I needed a weak prescription for far reading and was therefore measured for a pair of glasses.

      The whole process took around 20 minutes for the eye exam and measure up for a pair of lenses. I was then given plenty of time to look around the shop floor for a pair of glasses to suit. At no point was I rushed or felt pressured into having to buy a pair, but given advice and an explanation on the current offers in the store, which was buy one get one free on glasses, so I ended up choosing a pair of clear lenses as well as a free sunglasses pair. With some glasses, you would have to pay a bump up price to have a clear pair altered to dark lenses however there is plenty of choice of sunglasses as well.

      After choosing my pairs, I was given the choice to pay then or on collection. I believe a small deposit is needed if you wish to pay later. The glasses took about three working days to arrive and upon collection I was shown the pair and asked if the frames needed bending for an easier fit (they had a machine to do this on site). The glasses came with their own cases and cloths and I was told that If I was not happy at any point I could return to the store and have them sent back for altering.

      Of course, this is all my own experience and it would alter from store to store, but I have now been to two different Specsavers opticians and have receive great care in both. They seem to always have offers on for glasses and I can not really fault the store.

      The layout of glasses was simple to make choosing easier, with arrangement set into men's, and women's and then broken down into designer or generic makes.

      I would personally highly recommend the store for anyone deciding to have a check-up and cannot fault the service I was given.

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      18.09.2012 17:58
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      Lovely smell, lovely stuff!

      Having only recently discovered the old spice range, I had heard a lot about the product and believe that it is a well established name in cosmetics, and has made a recent come back.

      Old Spice has a variety of products available from soaps to deodourants as well as shower gels and aftershaves. I personally have bought and tried the shower gel, deodourant and aftershave from the old spice range.

      The smell itself is very distinctive and perhaps quite strong, and as the name suggests, quite spicy. Difficult to describe in words but very distinctive to anything else on the market. I personally love the Old Spice scent and have found it to last very well all day. Perhaps a bit like marmite, you will either love it or hate the scent.

      The shower gel comes in a red bottle, and is a red colour. It lathers up well and you only really need a little to get the scent applied so lasts quite a long time!

      The aftershave again will have a reddish packaging and only a small application is needed to last the day, perhaps due to its rather strong scent.

      The deodourant can is red and easily recognised on the shelves, and unlike many out there, I have found it lasts all day and has great protection!!

      All in all, I have found the old spice range leaves its scent all day and not too pricey either. Iit is often on offer in the supermarkets and is reasonable online too. A great range of products to try if you have not already!

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      17.09.2012 19:10
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      A brilliant product for those with sensitive skin

      I have always found that shaving, whether using an electric razor or manual blade, can leave my skin feeling irritated and looking red, especially around my neck area.

      I have tried several products to try and calm down the post-shave irritation, and all in all they have either caused a stinging sensation or even made the appearance of my skin worse. I recently saw this product advertised as for sensitive skin and decided to give it a go and what a difference!

      One of the worst things about applying a product after shaving is the stinging sensation. However with the Nivea post shave balm, that has not been an issue in the slightest.

      A small application is needed to cover the entire area. It is non-greasy, with a pleasant odour. The balm itself is white in colour which is absorbed rapidly into the skin after application. It gives the skin a pleasant, soft and hydrated feeling all day and calms down any redness that may occur.

      I believe that the outside box has changed since the picture above, however it is still easy to spot in the men's toiletries section of any supermarket or drug store. A bottle has lasted me for around three months and it can get a little expensive to replace at around £5 a bottle. However if you do suffer with red irritated skin after shaving, give it a go!

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      • Samsung Galaxy Mini / Smartphone / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        17.09.2012 18:54
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        Great for those on a budget!

        The Samsung Galaxy Mini is a smartphone released in the early part of 2011. Its features include 3G, touchscreen, 3MP in built camera, GPS as well as full access to the android market. It is a cheap smartphone compared to many out there which is great for those who want something neat for a small price. So how good is it?

        I got mine in summer 2011 on a contract with a large supermarket company. It was great as, because of the low price of the phone, I seemed to get many more minutes/call time included in my package. It was my first proper smart phone and so I have really enjoyed all it has had to offer. There is full compatibility with social networking and easy uploading of pictures.

        You do however only really get what you pay for, and I have found a few niggly problems with the galaxy mini, including the occasional freezing, slow response time, random shut downs and due to its smaller processing power, lagging whilst playing many games. This has really limited to what I have been able to download and play as I have to ask myself whether my phone will be able to handle it.
        Also There are several games which are incompatible with the galaxy mini, as again, it seems that its processing power is too small to handle it.

        The screen itself is a nice and large, however compared to other phones, some may say it is not as crisp. The touchscreen feature however is great, making texting and surfing the internet a breeze. There is the ability to check your email as well as create memos, listen to radio, music and view photos. The camera is a high quality at 3mp and it takes great photos even for a little phone! There are three push buttons which include an options button on the left, and a back button on the right of the phone.

        The overall design is neat, with a slim design and elegant black finish. It does not feel bulky in the hand and slips into your pocket easily. There are many cases which can be purchased for this phone and the battery life is average ie for me it would last approx a working day. The phone supports an SD mini memory card and headphone jack connection on the top.

        Overall a decent phone for someone on a budget, but in hindsight I probably would have opted for something a little more powerful. It is available to buy for around £80+ for pay as you go, however, opting for a contract to enjoy additional perks may be a better idea for this one.

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      • HP 300XL / Printer Consumable / 15 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        05.07.2010 18:35
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        Good for those who print a lot of pages

        I have for a long time purchased the smaller HP 300 normal size colour ink cartridges, and having recently changed to using the larger model, I thought I should write a review on whether the change has been worth it.

        As with the smaller capacity model, the HP 300XL comes as a single unit, which includes magenta, cyan and yellow, so unlike some other cartridge models, you will only need to purchase one unit. They are identical in design to the smaller capacity model, and so remain very simple to install into the printer, with mine you simply push and click. There are even instructions included with the cartridge which comes in handy for first time users.

        I have never had one of these leak on me, and find that they are very well packaged. The cartridge is packaged in a colourful, smart-looking box and itself is within an airtight plastic bag. After removing the bag, you simply have to remove a plastic add-on before inserting into the printer. This is not a flimsy tag like most cartridges, but a solid plastic unit that I think offers better security against ink leakage. Ink quality on the paper is excellent, no smudges and no the ink does not run even on lower quality paper.

        So the big question. Is it worth spending a little more money for the higher capacity model that offers over double the ink capacity to that of the smaller version. The high-capacity colour ink cartridge (XL) is available online for around £18. And for the black version (XL) for around £15. I have found these to be much more expensive in stores so definitely best to get it online. The smaller normal colour version is around £13, so for less than double the price, you are getting double the capacity in ink. So the answer is yes. My study involves printing very large volumes of lecture notes, and for me, this is a good investment. It claims that it can print up to around 440 pages, although I find this to be more so around 350. But this is because my printing includes large quantities of ink per page with diagrams etc.

        I would say it's a more expensive ink cartridge than others. I think that other brands are cheaper, but the quality of the ink is very good, and much needed for the fine diagrams. What I would recommend if you have a printer that uses these cartridges is to perhaps use a refill service as this is much cheaper and you will get the same volume of ink. However a great quality product.

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        04.07.2010 18:58
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        There are other better papers

        The Daily Mail or often called "Daily Moan" is a right-wing tabloid British Newspaper that mainly reports on issues such as immigration, national Health and Home Affairs.

        I would not say that it is the most popular, and by far not the "happiest" newspaper, and has become associated with "public scaring" and gross over-exaggeration. I would say that it is aimed at "middle class" families and is certainly designed to fuel the angry flames at many of our country's problems. It constantly attacks issues developed with labour's policies, and is very much a conservative's paper. There are often very wacky Headlines and often articles that are quite hard to believe, and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.

        No doubt about it, after reading this paper you will surely feel a little depressed, and leaves you feeling that Britain is one of the worst places in the world, which we all know is far from the truth. It attacks everything, whether its our "failing prisons" or "failing education system" or "broken society" and it can all get a little too much. OK yes there are many problems that exist today with our country, but The Daily Mail really does go over the top on many of the issues, blowing them way out of proportion. If you were to take everything written in this paper as being 100% true, you would surely never leave your house.

        So is there anything good about this paper? I think that it does get to grips with important issues that do need reporting and made publicly aware. But it just goes way over the top. I would not say it's totally ignorant, but at times too much in your face. In its defence, the paper does support and defend people who deserve it, ie our troops in the Middle East. Sometimes there are free gifts in the form of CDs or DVDs after the purchase of a certain amount of copies. There is also a Sports section at the end of the paper.

        Our family has since switched papers, as the Daily Mail just became too much of the same moaning and depressing stories day in day out. It's not a paper for the young nor would I say people who support Labour. Yet it still remains quite popular. Whether it is losing its readers is a different story but needs to try and cheer up and realise that not every story means that Britain is about to enter into Anarchy and burn in flames. There are many countries worse off than us.

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        • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          04.07.2010 18:08
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          A Brilliant website with great prices.

          Amazon.co.uk is an online retailers selling a whole range of goods stretching from books, DVDs right through to cosmetics, furniture, clothes, sports-ware, gifts, I could go on and on.

          I have been using amazon.co.uk now for around 2 years, whether it be to get the latest DVD release, books, presents for the family, you can be sure that amazon will stock it and at a good price too! You can get massive discounts off the RRP, often exceeding 50%, especially if the item you are looking for has been on the market for a long period of time. I think it's one of the best bargain online stores around.

          Amazon will sell most things, but occasionally you will find an item that is listed in the product range but is sold by an independent seller, normally a company. This is a great feature as you can get products for 2nd hand for cheaper than directly from amazon by using these 2nd hand sellers, and they will have a rating so you can see if they are reliable. I believe amazon get a cut or charge a fee to the independent sellers for listing their items but am not entirely sure how it works. You can sell items on amazon if you wish and the help can be found under their FAQs.

          Amazon do not charge delivery fees for their items if delivered to an address within the UK. Be careful when ordering from independent sellers as they can however charge postage. You can choose several delivery methods ie same day, 1-2 days or the standard 3-5 days (free). A fee is charged for the faster methods of delivery depending on the size and weight of the item. I have personally never had a problem with deliveries from amazon in all the times I have been using them. The items are very well packed, I even ordered my TV from them and had no problems. The items come with a receipt and often a leaflet with the latest deals and offers. If your item does not arrive, which has happened to a friend of mine, simply contact amazon and they will arrange for another item to be shipped. I believe 28days have to had passed between you ordering and them shipping a new item. You can also return unwanted items if they have not been opened for a refund. So it's a very fair and efficient company.

          Several payment methods are accepted, I believe you can now pay via paypal as well as most credit and debit cards. Your account will keep track of your order history so you can keep track of what you have purchased. You can also purchase gift cards for friends and apply for an amazon mastercard with added discounts off amazon items. There is also an additional 5% off most items for those with student NUS cards.

          You may find that some items are out of stock, however amazon do tend to restock quickly, especially if you have an order. I have found them to be very good.

          It is perhaps not best to use amazon to purchase clothing as you cannot try before you buy on any items, but as I mentioned you can return the items for a refund. It is perhaps better to stick to the high-street for those items. Amazon are best known for the sale of technology and media, but stock thousands of other items listed under categories on their webpage which is easy to navigate through.

          A great website with a great range of products

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          Makes a great gift

          Paul Smith's Extreme Men is a great smelling fragrance packaged in a neat and stylish looking colourful striped box. The product comes in a simple but modern-looking square jar with a spray cap that is easy to use and easy to apply.

          The smell itself is not too overpowering like many other fragrances and its effects are long-lasting. It's hard to put a smell into words but I would say a blossomy, sweet yet masculine smell. You can purchase this in a 100ml jar which is available for around £30, so not hugely expensive when compared to many other aftershaves. You can also get smaller volumes of 30ml and even 5ml, although I would say it is best to go for the 100.

          As I mentioned before, the scent is long lasting and will outlast a night-out, so there is no need for re-applications. The Box is a normal rectangular shape so will fit easily into a bathroom cupboard or on the bathroom side. The outside of the box has a smooth feel and the Paul Smith signature logo on the front as well as on the bottle.

          Best play to purchase would be online or in a cosmetic/beauty shop ie boots. It makes a great gift, looks great and is not too expensive.

          A great smelling product with a great design.

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        • Sony PSP / Games Console / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          03.07.2010 23:01
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          Brilliant Hand Held console

          The Sony PSP is Sony's first hand-held gaming console released way back in 2004. It revolutionised hand-held gaming, with true 3D graphics comparable to those inbetween PS1 and PS2.

          There have been since several versions of the PSP released, the earliest being version 1000, which is the one that I purchased from Japan very soon after its release date. I would class that as the "classic" PSP and is the one I will base my review on.

          The classic Sony PSP was released around the same time as the Nintendo DS and the market became very competitive indeed. Unfortunately for the PSP, it was released with a very weak games collection. That with a higher release price made its sales very slow but steady. However since then, the PSP has come on strong and have very much secured its place in the hand-held market. So what does the PSP offer?

          Software - You may notice that the psp has a similar interface to that inherited by the PS3, and for good reason. It's simple, easy to use and offers a lot. There is internet available via wifi, although it is not able to play flash which is annoying, but a nifty feature none the less. There is also a wifi mode in which several PSPs can hook up together to play multiplayer games, even without needing the internet. There are also some games that allow you to play online via a wifi connection. You can upload music, videos, pictures although you will need to purchase an extra memory card as the standard 32mb that comes with it is by no means enough. Game saves are stored onto the memory card, so you perhaps have a smaller one for the game saves and another for any media.

          There are also software updates available whether via internet or with new games that require you to install the software before allowing you to play. You can also change the background, visit the PSN, change various settings so there is a lot of customising to be had.

          Hardware - The classic psp does not come with an inbuilt camera or microphone although the newer slim and lite versions do. However you can purchase a camera that is specific for the older PSP but I don't see there is much point as the camera is only around 2MP, better to use a digital camera. With the newer PSPs with inbuilt microphones, there is the added skype feature which could be pretty sweet, but perhaps little use if you have a laptop or computer.

          The battery life is not too bad, around 2 hrs of gameplay and perhaps up to around 4 hrs of music. Sony do claim its more but I haven't seen it. Technical specs are pretty decent, they can be found online for anyone interested but the main thing to point out is that the newer versions have more RAM and so slightly lower loading times, all other specs remaining the same. I believe the latest PSPgo also has a better screen, but as I do not own it I cannot be sure.

          Design - As you can see we have the classic playstation layout with the D pad on the left, square, triangle, X and circle buttons on the right and the analogue stick on the left. It's not the best design for some games, especially 1st person shooters but you can get used to it. There are also 2 shoulder buttons L and R. I have only needed to replace one PSP so far, I think because I hadn't used it in so long, the X button would not longer function but apart from that, very reliable. The classic version is perhaps a little heavy and quite large compared to the newer slim and lite models but overall not too bad. You can adjust brightness, visit you home page when playing a game and alter you music mode ie rock, classic, pop etc.

          I would say that if you are interested in a PSP, either go for the old series ie version 1000 or the slim and lite. I don't feel that the latest PSPgo has much to offer in terms of its price and you can get the classic one for cheap online now.

          A great console but maybe lacking in a variety of games

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          A great Deodorant

          Lynx Africa is a deodorant spray and carries a certain distinct fragrance. It's normally available in a 150 ml can ranging from around £1-2.50 depending whether it is on offer.

          It's hard to describe in words the smell, a sort of spicy and distinct smell, and is quite different to any of the others released. I personally like it but it's a personal choice when it comes down to fragrance.

          I have always however, found lynx to be a great brand, with long lasting effects and this is no different. The smell lasts for a good 12 hours, again this may be different for different people. It is not an antiperspirant, so will not keep you from sweating, and if you do a lot of sports it's probably not the best, but an after application will be sure to keep you smelling good until you can get to the shower.

          I also like the design. It's got this tribal, jungle-look to go with the name and has a twist cap which is easy to use, just twist and spray, then twist back to seal. I will also point out that this is not a sensitive for skin type of deodorant and may cause some irritation for some users. I have had no problems with it but it's just a point to mention. Depending on how often you use it will obviously affect how long it can last. But with a normal one application a day regime, I find mine can last between 1-2 weeks. So I think its good value for money if you can get a deal.

          It also does not leave white marks on your skin which is great! There are several other odour ranges available from lynx so give them all a try but I find that Lynx Africa is a distinct and great smelling deodorant.

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          • Nintendo Super NES / Games Console / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            02.07.2010 14:23
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            A brilliant console which brilliant games

            In a nutshell, perhaps one of the greatest consoles ever to be released. The Super Nintendo is a 16bit system which was released between 1990 and 1993. It was the second console to be released by Nintendo and was a major success in the industry. It was released for around $200 in America and £150 in the UK. A snip compared to the price of modern games console release prices.

            The Super Nintendo brought us such great classics such Super Mario producing massive sales, star fox, as well as many other Nintendo characters we have all come to love. The super Nintendo was capable of playing primitive 3D games, such as Star fox and Donkey Kong, thanks to the later released new super FX chips, enabling polygonal images to be displayed. This was a great feature because it kept the price of the console down by not having to include an expensive CPU.

            After what now must be around twenty years since its release, mine is still going strong and I still continue to use mine over my PS2, just because the games are such classics. Sometimes the game would not immediately work which means having to blow dust away from the cartridge which is still a great novelty. The controller is simple to hold, light and very hand-friendly. The console is easy to set up, but no scart input, just an AV lead which I think most TVs still have so you can still play this best on most TVs.

            As I said, mine is still working even today, something which is pretty unbelievable, I really couldn't see many of today's consoles lasting that long. So this is hugely reliable. You can't really damage your games either as there are no discs, just cartridges that are very durable and hard to damage. There are no memory cards or fancy hard drives. The saved games are stored directly onto the cartridge using RAM. There is a reset button, eject button and power button, and that's all you need. There is a second controller port for a 2nd player but I doubt there is 4 player ability

            Compared to what consoles offer today, this is quite a basic machine, but still such great fun. It bleeds retro and brings me back to my really young days every time I turn it on. You can still pick these up online 2nd hand and it may not be a bad idea if you can as I am sure this could become quite a collectors Item. Games are still available although as you may have guessed, manufacture has ceased many years ago. Still, a great catalogue of games around to be found! Try and get the boxes that the games come in as well. Super Nintendos can still be found online but are seemingly becoming harder to get hold of. I have seen them for around £40 and that could be likely to rise. A brilliant machine from a brilliant but gone-by era.

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            • Age of Empires III (PC) / PC Game / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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              A wonderful game surely to keep any RTS lover entertained

              AOE3 is the third instalment of Ensemble Studio's lovable RTS series. Set in the period between 1492 and 1850, it is set during the period of colonisation of the New World and has 8 playable colonies to chose from.

              I have always tended to steer clear of age of empires, mainly because older versions looked a little basic and visually poor. However, after purchasing AOE3 I can say it has become an all time fave to play. There have since been two expansion packs to continue the on-going fun of building your colony.

              What makes this game so great is the way in which you progress through the ages, with many technological advancements, and changes in building infrastructures. It all starts off looking very basic, and ends up looking like a proper little city to make you feel proud of. There are land and sea battles, real damage and a hugely diverse range of troops, horsemen, cannons and naval vessels to make use of.

              Each team has its own strengths and weaknesses for you to draw on, and get used to trying out different strategies. You can make friends with the local natives to draw on the help of local tribes, of which many are available. There is a campaign mode with an on-going story where you face many enemies including the Ottoman Empire, the British, pirates and more. You play as several different characters and progress through the time-line until you finish up in 1850.

              One of the great things about this game is that you can take control of your home city during both campaign and skirmish modes, where you can unlock customisable items, including banners, street lights, shipments to your colony and so much more. The shipments help you during gameplay to call upon troops, units, resources and more. The resources being gold, wood and food which you must mine and grow.

              The game does not require massive computer specs as it was released back in 2005 so modern computers shouldn't have a problem dealing with it. One of the things I think is a little disappointing is the fact that you can only ever support a maximum population of 200. So you never really ever build up a massive army after you peasant and boat/cannon population are taken away which all take up population points. Sometimes it can be difficult to gather enough resources at a fast enough pace and build a big enough army to attack and defend. 200 is not really enough but adds to the difficulty.

              That aside, this is a truly awesome game which a lot more to offer. Brilliant for any RTS lover.

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              • Microsoft Xbox / Games Console / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                01.07.2010 18:06
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                A great machine still worth owning.

                Microsoft's Xbox was launched back in 2001, and became a major competitor to Sony's Playstation 2 in the market. Because of large release price for both PS2 and XBOX, for a long while people were often forced to choose between playtation or xbox, and hence the rivalry began.

                So was it better than PS2 or any other console on the market back then? I think both consoles have both their distinct advantages and disadvantages.

                Advantages - Beginning with the console features, there were 4 controller ports built into the front of the console itself, so unlike some other consoles, there was no need to buy a multi-adaptor. Also, the memory cards that were at the time used to save date could be plugged into the controller, which made things all the easier to use. Also some games, but not all can be copied from one xbox to the other. I say not all because some games were "digitally signed" to only work for one xbox, which was slightly annoying. However, Xbox truely became so well known for perhaps one of the most successful games ever to hit the market, that being Halo which was exclusive only to Xbox. I also always believed that Xbox made a much greater hit with online gaming than any other console at the time, this being down to its excellent online interface and community, partly made so successful through the use of its headset.

                Disadvantages - Beginning with the hardware. Xbox was released with one heck of a massive controller. I remember when I was younger having to put a lot of effort to stretch my fingers across the controller's pad, and playing fast-paced games was particularly difficult, although you would eventually get used to it. Microsoft did eventually release a smaller version of the controller which was quite a god send, and was much more comfortable to hold. I suppose you could say that the console itself was quite large and bulky, although sturdy at the same time, and this was nine years ago so nothing too small could really be expected. The Xbox was capable of playing DVDs although you had to purchase the correct gear to do this which was very disappointing.

                A slimmer version of the Xbox was released later on, but I don't remember it being too popular, certainly none of the people I knew owned one.

                You can still pick these up very cheap online second hand, and those who have spent a lot of money building up an xbox catalogue of games and would most likely pick up another one on the cheap. You can also hook up two via an ethernet cable and play some games via LAN which can be great fun, so there are still some great features that this piece of kit had.

                Still worth picking one up if you can.
                Again, a dying console but by no means dead. There are still plenty of games and fun to be had, even if the online community has moved onto to that of its 360 daughter. A machine still worth having if you can find one.

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