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Batman Arkham Asylum is the critically acclaimed first instalment of Batman on the current generation of consoles and PC. The game surprisingly does not follow the film franchise in anyway and this can only be seen as a positive; giving the usually offering from publishing companies from films. The game is actually more closely related to the cartoon series, as the same actors are used from the cartoon series.
The game itself follows the tradition batman story of good vs evil, Batman vs the Joker. Batman is escorting Joker personally to Arkham Asylum, where the worst of the worst is kept, but the Joker has other ideas. The Joker escapes and all hell breaks loose and as usually it is the job of Batman to take control and restore order.
Throughout the game we are introduced to many of the villains of the Batman universe, the Riddler, Scare crow, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Each with their own unique quirks that we would come to expect.
In terms of the story of the game, it is engaging that makes the gamer want to play the game to the end, as it almost takes a detective element mixed in with the action. As in between the action Batman gets the taunts of Joker that makes you want to find out what he has planned.
In between sections of the main story you almost have mini parts with the story, although while you play for the ten minutes almost take on an alternative reality. The Scare Crow messes with the mind of Batman and it challenges the player to regain the sanity of Batman and return to normality.
Another side mission is that of the Riddler, who sets out puzzles for Batman to search for, some of which can be difficult to find but makes you want to find everything.
Throughout the game you will be given access the various tools Batman needs, starting off the game with the icon Batarans to the grappler that can be used to down walls or enemies.
One criticism that I would make of the game is of the detective mode, this is a mode that changes the view the surrounding area. This means enemies and usable environment becomes obvious to you. The problem is, I found myself wanting to use this mode than the normally view and made the game slightly easier than it needed to be.
In terms of the graphics, it is what everyone has now come to expect now on the current generation of consoles. I got my copy on the PS3, and the graphics are vivid and life like and almost at points as if you are watching a movie. As you progress throughout the game and Batman takes injuries you can see these on the screen, as a cut on his face to a tear in his costume.
This game is a must buy for any game lover and those that love Batman. It stays true to the nature of Batman and his basis. I am very looking forward to the next instalment, Batman Arkham City.
The Samsung S1065 is a standard camera that a user would find on the market.
The camera comes with, what one would not class as standard, a 10 mp specification. This gives a high quality photo that a user can be happy with as an end product.
The camera gives a number of predefined user options, in which they can use to take photos. Although I do have to admit, that I often these annoying and fidgety and do not bother to change the settings.
The menu system can easily transverse through the use of a small number of buttons.
One of the best features of the phone is its size, it can easily fit into a users pocket and also be ready to take pictures with.
Although one big problem of the camera is that it does drain the batteries rather fast, because of this you can go through a large number of batteries very quickly. Therefore I recommend buying rechargeable batteries.
Overall this is one of the best cameras I have used, although it does go through a large number of batteries.
The Samsung SGH J700i is one of the cheapest phones that I have ever brought at £30. While it may have been cheap, it is a decent phone that I needed to use while I was in-between phones and could not afford any more.
The phone is a slide up phone, meaning the number pad is covered when the screen is slid down. A good feature about the phone is its size, it is not too big, as it comfortably fits is my pocket, unlike other phones which stick out. But is still big enough to give a decent screen, so that the text can easily be read.
While the phone may not be boast about its specification, it has a decent 1.3 mg camera on the phone. That while not being spectacular, is good enough to capture what you want. The camera is the main feature on the phone, as all the other features are what you would expect on a phone for this price.
A good point about the phone is how long the battery lasts on the phone. It can go four or five days without needing to be charged. Which is extremely useful, as it saves on electricity.
Overall this is probably one of the most cost effective phones that I have ever bought.
The Lg Viewty is a touch screen phone, one of the first touch screens phones that I purchased before I got my iphone 3g.
Overall the phone of decent enough, but it does lack in certain areas. The touch screen, while being decent enough it not really up to the level of the iphone, but I really could not tell the difference until I purchased an iphone. As the Viewtys screen almost sticks and take a bit more effort to do what you want and can sometimes be a bit tricky scrolling through the menus.
The specifications of the phone are pretty good, in that it had a 5 megapixel camera, which even the iphone 3g could not complete again. Included with the this is a flash light, while being welcome was poor as it could not compete with a proper camera's flash as it is just not strong enough. This leads to another problem, in that if it is used the battery life can be drained very quickly. The memory of the phone is also limited, meaning only a small number can be stored on the phone.
Overall the phone is not that bad, it is just that new phones have come onto the market that have outperformed it.
Manhunt is the game that has been labelled as the most violent game in the history of computer games when it was first released.
The games follows Cash, a convicted murder that is about to have his sentence of the death penalty completed, when it is stopped by an unknown stranger, that that can only be heard but not seen; but he is watching you. He 'directs' Cash through the different levels of the game, as he directs his snuff movie.
The game is played through the standard third person perspective as you control cash though the different levels. Usually the game will have you need to complete different objectives through the levels, such as take somebody out and then travel across and area to the other side to be able to go the next level.
Throughout the game there are a variety of weapons that can be used, from the basic hand to hand combat and hand held weapons like glass shards and plastic bags all the way to hand guns and shotguns.
Throughout the game, there is the objective of trying to get the goriest kill, with hand held items, this is done by following your target and a circle appearing and changing colour the longer your there, once in the red, this is the most goriest. Each level of gory will show a different cut scene of you kill the person and differs by each weapon used.
One of the biggest problems with the game, is that once you get past the gore, there is nothing to the game that has not been seen before in other games and you can be quite bored of the game. This has meant that I have often played the game for a while and then leaving it for a couple of months before returning to complete it. So over all the game is not the best that I have ever played.
The Fiat Punto 1.2, 3 door is a small car produced by Fiat and is in the same sort of class as the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta.
The Punto that I had did not have power steering, which means that to a person that had become quite accustomed to power steering, it felt like driving a tank, as it took more effort to get the car around corners. But this cannot be aimed solely at the car, but power steering would have been welcomed.
In terms of the shape of the car, it is actually quite a good looking car, as it is sleek and compact and quite understated. While this does not make the car stand out, it does make it noticeable.
In terms of performance, the engine is not one of the most powerful that I have ever used but is enough to get you around. What this does is make the Punto quite economical, thus making it ideal for a young or older driver that is aware of the rising petrol price. Although the gear range can be a problem for some people as I found myself having to constantly change gear form when slowing down and accelerating more than I have in any other car.
In terms of the interior, it is rather basic when compared to other cars such as the Fiesta and the Clio, as there is a radio and tape player but no CD player. There is no rev instrumentation, which, while not being essential would have been useful. One problem that I found when I owned to the car was it was very cramped when driving the car. Being 6ft, having the seat all the way back, it was still cramped and almost felt like I had my knees in my chest.
Overall it is not one of the worst cars that I have bought but it is not one of the best. While it is economical the engine does not give enough and should have been given a lot more power, as this does let the car down very badly. The reason I sold the car was I always felt cramped when driving, which I have never felt driving any other small car. Therefore I wold not recommend the car.
The Renault clio 1.2 is a reliable car that could best be described as a town car rather than for long journeys.
The car is much smaller than the latest model of the Clio, as it is thinner and narrower, thus putting the car in the same category as the Ford Fiesta. The shape of the car could be said to be uninspiring, but of the price, it is what one would expect.
In terms of performance, the 1.2 engine is never going to set the world alight, as while it is nippy around towns and city centres, you do feel the lack of performance on places like by passes and motorways and it can take a while for the car to reach 70 MPH. Another problem that I have found is when one approaches a hill you need to build up speed before going up hill or the engine will struggle to keep speed, quite comparatively with other cars, such as the equivalent Fiesta.
In terms of the interior it is the standard that one would expect to find in a car with such a specifications, but does seem rather drab and dreary, when compared to other cars.
Overall the Clio 1.2 is not one of the worst cars that I have owned and drive but it is by no means the best. While the engine may be economical, which can be a deciding factor when buying a car, it is sluggish and needs that extra bit more to give it some oomph. Due to this the car really does not stand out in the market and really I would recommend the Ford Fiesta over the Clio.
Vauxhall Astra LS ECO4 1.7DTi 16v 5-door Hatchback is the 'eco' version of the model of the Astra. The Astra in question is not the latest shape car but the one before the current model.
While the car is not one of the prettiest cars you are going to buy I would describe it as better looking that some of the earlier models; although the newest model is the best of the bunch so far.
In terms of performance, this version of the Astra had the 1.7 DTi, in other words it is a diesel. So as with all diesels it has a noisy engine, but do not let that put you off, as you trade the noise for increased fuel efficiency, as this car can push close to 70 MPG if driven efficiently. One note that I have noticed is the engine can be slightly sluggish if left in the low rev range.
In terms of the interior of the car, it is the bog stands that one has come to expect of a car in terms of the furnishings. While the seats are not the most comfiest that I have sat in while being in a car, you cannot describe them as uncomfortable. On the steering wheels is all the buttons one as now come to expect from a modern car. A really good point about the car is that it has a large boot, to be able to fit almost anything in it, even with the seats folded down I have been able to fit a small settee in the back to transport.
Overall the car very decent and one that I would recommend to anybody that is looking for a cheap and efficient car, that is not to flash but is more of a working horse, in that you know it will get the job done.
Technika LCD22-208 is a 22 inch LCD TV that contains all the features one would expect to be sold today.
Although the TV is under the brand Technika it is in fact a Samsung LCD screen, so you know that there is a decent quality from the TV. In terms of the screen it is far better than I was expecting, as although it is small the picture is clear and the onscreen menus are clear and easy to read. The only point I would mention here is that if one sits to close to the screen the picture quality can deteriorate and therefore I would advise anybody to sit about 2 to 3 meters away from the screen.
In addition I would also recommend putting the screen on a wall hanging that tilts, as while the picture does not deteriorate if one goes to the side but does if one is sitting underneath the screen.
The TV has a Scart lead, but only one which can be pain if you have more than one item to connect this way; One HDMI port, which is again a pain; a Sub-d, to connect a PC or a laptop and a composite connectors; it also has built in freeview.
I was particularly impressed with the sound of the TV as small TVs are normally tinny and do not have the best sound quality but this TV was quite good, while not being outstand, was good enough for the job for which it was purchased.
Overall this is not a bad TV considering I paid only £160 at Tesco and there are more expensive TVs for the same specifications. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a small TV.
Alien 3 is the third film in the Alien franchise of films, and is the worst of the three by far. The film picks of where the last film left off with the three survivors on their way home to earth, when their journey is interrupted and they are ejected from the and land upon a prison planet. Later in the film it is discovered that the Alien was aboard the ship and is now on the planet, and they must find a way to kill it.
The problem with the film is that simple it is not as good as the previous two film, where as the first had suspense and thriller element and the second had the all out action sequences, the third movie has none of these. As while the film tries to bring these elements into the film, it fails completely.
Another problem is the graphics of the film are poor, such as when the alien is seen running along the ceiling of the corridor it stands out as a sore thumb and looks like something a first time graphics designer would do not a major Hollywood studio.
Overall this film is pretty poor in every aspect, as seen when it nearly killed off the film franchise. The story is not one that lives up to the previous two films and really seems stretched out. It is not one that I would recommend anybody to watch.
Aliens is the first of the sequels to the epic Alien, and carries on straight from the first film. There are two different versions of the opening of the film, one of the theatrical release and the second being an extended version.
The extended version, or the DVD version, shows a family on the planet of the first film going to the location, on orders of the 'company', of the crashed Alien spaceship. When the parents return to the motor vehicle one parent has a face hugger attached to his face. Very reminisant of Aliens and when John Hurt's character returned the landing craft.
This was not included in the theatrical release of the film. The film opens where the last left of with Sigourney Weaver's Ellan Ripley left wandering aimlessly in space after the destruction of Nestromo. She is eventually found by a salvage crew, who bring her back to earth. But all not as rosy as it seems, as she has been in statis for a long period of time and no body believers her story and the 'company' blame her for the destruction of the Nostromo; and she is left out to dry.
After a while she is visited by a member of the company and a lieutenant of a marines special forces unit. Contact has been lost with colonists sent to the planet after the events of Alien, unaware of what previously happened. Ripley agrees to go to the planet on one condition, they go to eradicate any Aliens they find, they do not keep it to study.
The film is set in the same style as the first, in that it is very gritty visually although the film has moved on from the first. The first is very much a thriller whereas Aliens is much more of an all out action film. As shown by the inclusion of the marines and multiple Aliens.
One problem with the film is that although the numbers in the film have increases by the inclusion of the team of marines, some of them get lost in the film and sometimes throughout the film you wonder who they are. When really the only real standout character is Ripley again, as we again see the emotion tortured side of the character of having to return to face the Aliens again; with the contrast of the climax.
One thing that is good about the film is the director has stuck with the original film and used men in costumes as the Aliens, just like the original film. This gives the aliens a realistic movements and even the Alien at the end of the film looks realistic even though it is done by puppeteers. Which is in sharp contrast with Alien 3, where the CGI is extremely poor.
Overall one cannot help but compare the film to the original because after all it is a sequel. But I believe this film is better than the first, as it includes the best elements Aliens, the suspense of building up to a scene, such as when the marines enter the living complex and then the power plant. But what adds to the film is when the suspense suddenly explodes into all out action, as we see the marines take on the Aliens.
I would recommend the film, as Aliens is one of those films that I believe everybody should watch at least once in their lives.
Nutcases: Medical Law is a revision guide for the main areas one would expect to find in the areas covered by medical module on a law degree course. The author is Gwyn Tovey, senior law lecturer who teaches the medial law module at the University of Glamorgan. Apologises if this review seems slightly biased, as he was the lecturer when I undertook the medical module on my law degree at Glamorgan.
The book is aimed at a person that needs a revision book and is not intended to be used as a main textbook. If the book were to be used as a main text, any question that would be answered in an exam would lack the necessary depth to gain the higher marks.
The areas covered are the standard type one would expect in a medical law book, starting with Consent to Treatment, Ethics, Confidentiality and then moves chronologically from contraception and abortion, all the way to Death, Dying and Euthanasia.
The way that the book works, is that within each chapter various questions are raised on the subject issue. An example would be, in the chapter on Consent, as to what level of information should be imparted by a doctor. As one would expect the author gives a general principle and then backs this up by the relevant case law. But as this is a revision book only the very important cases are used to illustrate the point. After each case is given the author gives his own commentary, why the case is important, its significants to the law and where the law may lead to.
In terms of the presentation, the book is all text based. Unlike other law revision books, such as the law express series that neatly presents the information with colour and boxed off areas. This book is just text after text, which can put a person off when browsing for a revision book; it can also make it difficult to remember, as the very important cases do not stand out. What this means is it can be difficult to remember cases; or that merely it is substance over style.
It should be remember that this book is intended as a revision aid, as all the book is meant for is to remember the key points to case and different areas of medical law. I would recommend the book as the language used is simple to understand making it easy to take in. Although one thing that is missing from the book is other academics opinions on certain areas of the law, because by adding such comments it would improve the readers possible answer in an exam. So overall not a bad revision book, but not the very best out there.
Gangsters Organised Crime is a Hothouse produced game that is a number of years old now, as it was originally released in the late 1990s / early 2000s. The game is set in 1920/30s America during the rise of gangs and the mob.
The game has you play as the head of one four crime gangs in a city and there are a number of objectives the games has for the player to win. You must either take down the three other gangs, go clean and get rid of the illegal side of your business empire or run for mayor.
The game starts with the player having a head quarters from where all the hoods (the people that carry out your orders) leave from. The player will be given a small number of hoods and from there it is up to the player who they wish to proceed. The types of orders range from the non-criminal collecting of protection to killing a person.
The easiest way to gain money in the earliest part of the game is by extorting like they did on the 1920s. From there the player will have to recruit more hoods and have to look out for the other gangs. After each turn, from where the player can watch his hoods in real time, the player can plan the next week ahead and gain information from the previous week. This will come in the form of a newspaper and the report from your hoods, accountant and the lawyer.
There are one or two problems with the way a player can gain information from the previous week, as it is not all in the one and place and if you forget where you are looking for it, you can find yourself spending time going through all the menus.
In terms of the real time elements of the game, it can be the most boring element of the game in the early stages, as nothing normally happens other than extorting and collecting protection. But this can be negated by the fact the game can be speed up by clicking on a 1920s watch.
Overall the game can be interesting in stages but does become boring as starts to become mundane with the tasks that need to be carried out. The graphics of the game are what one would expect from the time that the game was made; but from todays comparisons do seem very outdated.
The game can be purchased from the republishers like Sold Out, or whatever they are called today and can therefore be picked up for less than a couple of pounds, which the game is probably worth. The play the game on Windows XP, the player will need to download a patch from the Sold-Out website otherwise an error will be displayed every time the game is started up.
The Apple Iphone is one of the most iconic phones to have been developed in the last decade, as it is one of the most advanced developed, that is until the 3GS was developed.
The iphone is more than a simple phone, as the user is able to use the phone to surf the internet, check email and play games. The iphone is available on a number of mobile phone operators, O2, Orange and Vodaphone.
The iphone can easily sit in the palm of its user quite easily showing that it is not to big but is not to small at the same time. One thing that is noticeable with the iphone is the weight of it, while not being the heaviest of phones, it is heavier than the average phone, by that I mean a phone that is not a smart phone, because when one upgrades from a normal phone it can be quite noticeable.
In terms of the screen, it is one of the better ones that I have viewed and used in terms of touch screens. It is sufficiently large enough to be able to view video and pictures of a high quality and when operated the screen is instantly responsive. While the iphone does have one the best touch screens on a phone there is a downside, because it is touch screen there are finger marks left screen which can be very annoying which means it needs constant cleaning.
As the iphone is a smart phone, there are the usually applications that one would expect find. The phone allows access to almost all of the main email providers such as Yahoo and Google. The set up of email accounts are very easy as one need only enter the user name and password of the account to get it up and running on the phone. It is really helpful that the phone can access more than one account.
Access of the internet on the phone is done through Apple's Safari mobile browser, this can be either through the mobile providers network or through a Wifi connection. While phone may be able to access mobile and full webpages there are limitation on the phone, such as when a large amount of information is trying to be displayed on the phone it can slow down the phone. Another is that like all of Apple's devices Flash player is not include meaning that certain websites will not function properly.
Then there is the gaming element of the phone, as it is able to access itunes and the App store the user is able to download any game the user wants from the store as along as the user has set up a user account with itunes. The games that can be purchased from the store are produced by third parties but are all verified by Apple before being sold by them. All games make use of the touch and, or the alitmeter, meaning that the phone can be moved to produce a movement. The best thing about the App store is that some of the best games are free, meaning that a person does not have to send money if they do not want to.
There is also the stand ipod app, so a user can listen to music on the good. There is nothing special about this as it is what one has come to expect from an Apple product, as there is a good sound quality.
One feature that needs to be explained about the phone is the keyboard that is used to type text messages and for accessing other functions of the phone. As with other touch screens the keyboard is displayed only when it is needed. The Keys are evenly spaced out making it easy to use, even for a person with big fingers.
As for the battery life for the phone, it is decent when averagely used but when used for long periods such as when playing a game the battery ca be drained very quickly. But this is not solely aimed at the iphone, as all smart phones that used demanding apps easily drain the battery life. But if one were to only use the phone for mainly talking or text with the odd bit of gaming the battery life lasts for a long period. But there are ways in which the battery life can be extended such as turning off the Wifi connection when it is not needed.
Most importantly is, how does it function as an actual phone? The question to this is remarked well, as the sound quality when talk to a person over a telephone conversation is very good and crystal clear. So overall the when all the features of the phone are combined they make a great phone, that when you are not taking to another person can be used to pass the time away. So I would definitely recommend the phone to anybody that is looking for a new phone.
How I met your Mother, is a half hour US comedy programme that revolves around the lives of five friends in New York. The best way to describe the programme is the way E4 does, a programme like Friends but not friends.
The programme is narrated from the point of view of Ted, by his future self as he tells his children the story of how he met their mother (hence the title). Throughout the programme future Ted would set the stage for the episode and link different stage of the episode; although future Ted is not always correct in the way he recalls events and places parts of his live in the wrong order. He would state an event but then state it is a mistake that in fact it did not happen until later in his live and would state he would explain about it later, which would come up in a future episode.
The other people in the programme are Marshall and Lilly, a couple that Ted met while all three were in university together and have remained close friends ever since. Then there is Barney, a womanising corporate high flyer, who always pushes Ted into finding the woman that he has been looking for. Then there is the final member of the group, Robin, a TV reporter, who Ted meets in the pilot episode, who initially date but later become friends.
The main setting of the programme is the flat where Ted and at time the others have lived with him or a pub that is below the flat. Although these two places are the main places, the programme is of a fast pace, so can in quick success go from scene to scene, such as when there is a flash back.
Overall, one cannot help but make comparisons with the programme and that of Friends, as the two programmes both cover the same type of themes, as both show a group of friends as they progress though their lives. Although HIMYM is not quite as good as Friends, it would be disingenuous to the programme, as it is very difficult to be compared with a high profile programme such as friends.
HIMYM is a programme within its own right that is humorous in its content and very smart in its delivery. That is an excellent programme that I would easily recommend to anybody that likes the genre. The programme can be found on E4, usually showing new episodes on Thursday nights at 9.30pm.