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      04.08.2009 16:15
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      overall a great game

      My review on final fantasy XII

      This game is a Role Playing Genre

      The game takes place in a place called where there is a war between Archadia and Rozarria.

      The Playable Characters

      The game's main character.

      Vann.

      Vaan lives in the Royal City of Rabanastre, who Despises the empire, who has a longing to becoming a Sky Pirate.

      This is the character you control for most of the game.

      Ashe.

      Ashe is a Princess of Dalmasca. which has been taken over by the Empire, She wishes to bring peace to Dalmasca.

      Penelo.

      Penelo is a friend of Vann's she is always around for Vann when he needs her the most, Vann and Penelo are like brother and sister.

      Balthier

      Balthier is a Sky Pirate, has his own airship the Stral and is a risk taker who doesn't take orders from anyone.

      Fran.

      Fran is Balthier's friend they travel together assisting him on his adventures. She is from Viera, who has a extremely long life.

      Basch.

      Basch is a captain in the Order of the Knights of Dalmasca. But was considered a traitor and sent to Prison. He was set free by Vann and his friends and joined to help him clear his name.

      Battles:
      The battle system is now an active battle mode but there are no longer random battles. Your character wanders around the map and has an area around him and any monsters close by will be engaged in battles, with the aid of Gambit's (Automatic Actions).

      This battle system is real time based not random compared to the old final fantasy's which in some way better because you can see the enemy's before you go into battle. There are also target markers which consist of lines. Blue lines shows who your going to attack and red lines shows who is attacking you.

      Monsters:
      There are a huge variety of monsters on final fantasy from Cactoid (Easy Enemies to Red Chocobo (More advanced and rare) and then the Bosses of the game.

      Most of the Monsters drop Loot kind of like a bag with items that can be sold for Gil. (Money) after you kill them also you gain Experience and LP (Licence Points).

      Some times you see enemies fighting each other.

      Gambits:
      Gambits is new to final fantasy. It allows you to set an auto move to your characters i.e. if you choose Cure on a gambit which says a party member has HP below 50% then the person who has the active gambit will heal with cure on any character with less than 50% HP and there are lots of different gambits in the game which you can buy with Gil which can cast magic use items or Technics.
      You can activate or deactivate gambits at any time on your main car actors.

      Status Effects:

      Status effects are things which can heal you and make your battle easier like Regen and Haste and other status's that damage you or make the battle harder for you to win there are many different status's like Poison, Slow, Slip, Oil, Confuse, Petrify, Death, Blind, and Silence. Also if you die your status effects don't go away.

      Quickenings attack:

      and each car actor has 3 mist allocated to them

      Quickenings are like a finishing move attacks, special attacks to deal
      extra damage. When used, time stops and the attack occurs. you can also chain together everyone's Quickenings to create an powerful attack, Also, once used Quickenings drain all MP depending on how many you have on a character. They are purchased by using LP on the LP board for 50 LP. Each character can learn only 3 Quickenings, with each being more powerful.

      Summons:
      Summons are called Esper's on FFXII and can only be obtained by defeating the esper first. You can obtain 5 espers in the main quest and then find the other 7 through side quest's like Quickenings, Summons take most of your MP. Personally they are a waste of time trying to find as they are not that powerful and a pain to use.

      Magic's:

      Magic's are a vital part of the game White Magic for healing, Black Magic for attacking, and Time Magic for speed or slowing enemies, Green Magic for status effects like Protect Silence, Poison, Blind and Sleeper, Dark Magic is new and has spells like Vanish - invisible status, Reverse - Switch health and damage points on a target, Bubble - double HP

      This game will keep you going for hours on end. I played this game for 90 hours (not Straight though but coming back to the game after saving it) and I still hadn't finished the game so personally for me this is a great game to have

      Graphics are 10 fold compared to the old Final Fantasy's like VII and VIII

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    • Armageddon (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      01.08.2009 12:59
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      overall one of my top 10 films of all time

      My review on Armageddon

      What more can you ask for in a film

      Armageddon is one of my best films of all time a race to save the world from an asteroid 6miles wide from destroying all life as we know on planet Earth.

      The film starts off with action straight away where lots of meteoroids penetrate Earth atmosphere and cause lots of damage to parts of the world.

      When a an asteroid the size of Texas is discovered they have only a matter of weeks to figure out how to stop this killer rock from a direct course for earth.

      NASA tried to think of everything to stop this asteroid the only thing they could think of was drilling a hole to the centre of its core and placing a nuclear bomb inside. (its like putting a firework in the palm of you hand without closing your hand round this it would only burn your hand but if you closed your hand around this it would blow your hand off)

      NASA get a team of Oil drilling experts Harry and A.J (Bruce Willis, Ben Afflick) and the help of his colleagues

      They accept this mission they are put through a training program and are provided with drilling rig equipment for the job.

      They set off to save the world in two Shuttles.

      They land on the asteroid but one of the shuttle crashes most of the crew is wipe out. The other shuttle lands safely and they start drilling but the equipment fails thinking they have failed there mission they set the timer on the bomb but Harry stops it seconds before it goes off.

      Some of the crew from the crashed space shuttle who survived A.J and two other members of the crew use the space buggy to get to Harry and his men to finish the job.

      I have removed the ending of the film because i gave the whole film away.

      This film even made me cry. I have not had tears from a film before there's lots of destruction, plenty of fun comical in parts, it just show's what would you do if you had to save the planet from destruction sacrifice your self to save billion's.

      The part of the film that maid me cry was when Chick (Will Patton) gets off the shuttle and his ex-wife who hasn't allowed her son to know that Chick is his father. Will Patton's facial expression in the moment of seeing his son and she tells him that this daddy just made me so emotional I have children myself and its was amazing to see his face just the happiest moment for me.

      This film is so BRILLIANTLY directed by Michael Bay well done

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        01.08.2009 00:55
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        Brilliant

        Just Finished Reading the book of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

        I am a Harry Potter fan but only read the last Harry potter book and watched all of the film's so far

        The book is the last in the series by J.K Rowling

        The famous Harry before his seventeenth birthday has been left a job to do following Dumbledore's death with the help of Ron, and Hermione.

        They have been given the task of destroying Voldemort's remaining horcruxes (They have part of Voldemort's soul to keep him alive) destroy the horcruxes and then destroy Voldemort.

        At the Beginning of the book the action starts straight away - Harry and 6 other of his friends (who also turned themselves into identical Harry's was fleeing for safety all in different directions to get to the safe house most got to safety without any injuries only a couple of people got injured and one person died protecting the fake Harry's.
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        They also had some items left in Dumbledore's Will Harry was left a Snitch and the Sword of Gryffindor which Scrimgeour didn't let Harry have as he wasn't entitled to it, Ron Was left the Deluminator and Hermione a book.

        Not going too much into the main story to spoil everything

        They have plenty to do finding the horcruxes without having any clue's to what they are and destroying them.

        They had found the first horcruxes a locket nearing being caught obtaining it Disapparating in the nick of time, then they had help by an unknown source finding the sword but was nearly killed by the locket and Ron saved his life just in time, then they was near the end finding and destroying all but the last 2 horcruxes which was hard for Harry to do

        I'm not telling the rest of the story as there is a lot to go through but you get the idea

        The book is great there's plenty of action in this book - people dying at the hands of death eaters plenty of twists and turns also a battle of friends to keep there friendship together as when you have only 2 people to talk to for months on end in the book this show's how friendship can be a battle in itself.

        When you have finished reading the book all will fit together like a dream and it closes the Harry Potter series brilliantly showing how and why Dumbledore died at the hands of Snape. Also what happened on the day Harry Potters parents died saving there only son and why Harry obtained his scare on his head

        Worth reading

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          31.07.2009 01:16
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          Overall Great product would buy a coolermaster again.

          First of all i bought this Tower from Dabs A few months ago at the price of £65.

          Coolmaster one of the best Manufaturers of Desktop casing.

          This tower is just perfect for any amature PC builder it has a full metal (aluminium) casing very light for its size
          Width 20.2 cm
          Depth 50 cm
          Height 43.5 cm
          It also comes with plenty of space for internal components which is good when you have to put your mother board in with a graphics card half the size of a dvd case plus you definatly need space to be able to move your hands with ease as putting the sound interfaces fan cables, sata cables installing ram and also the Psu cables can be very tricky when you dont have any space

          due to this being a large tower this has 5 bays for putting DVD drives, Cd Drives and removable HDDrives which is more than enough. It has also 3.5" Drive Bay 1 Exposed and 4 Hidden bays for extra HDDrives or a Floppy Disk Drive.

          Comes as standard with a rear fan, 2 side usb ports,1 Firewire port and audio output

          the Front has a Door that hides all the bays and also locks via a Magnet this can also be removed and put back on to open in the direction you want it to.

          With easy to open side panel its worth buying.

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            30.07.2009 23:53
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            Overall Great product and Customer Service

            I have been with the halifax for 3 years now and haven't had to make a claim thank god Fingers Crossed

            I only have contents with them and no Buildings insurance Price for the contents is £11.50 per month which is not bad for Contents Personal belonging and Mobile phone cover.

            Halifax home insurance is very good Full replacement for contents insurance High Risk Items Std £7.5k with a single item limit of £1.5k which covers things like audio video and computer equiptment jewellery etc Basically anything a burglar would go for first. you can Choose different TOTAL limit but i didn't need to change this also standard contents cover Accidental damage to audio Video and Computers as Standard so you don't have to have extra Accidental damage cover to replace your TV if damaged by falling on the floor etc. I also have Personal belonging which covers things outside the home for loss theft and accidental damage so if i had my laptop stolen from me i would be covered for the replacement new for old upto £1000.00 which is more than enough. Mobile phone cover also covers me for my mobile upto £500.00 but this only excludes damage caused by liquid Which most companies do now anywhy.

            There is optional extra cover also like Accidental Damage Cover Matching of Items Cover Credit card Cover which you have to pay and extra premium to buy.

            Overall I do recommend Halifax Home Insurance Any day the only downside is when you have a leak from a pipe etc you have to pay an additional excess of £250.00 plus your std excess

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            • Heroes - Season 1.1 (DVD) / TV Series / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              30.07.2009 21:58
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              THE BEST OF THE BEST

              Here goes

              Heroes season one

              This Series is the best show ever i have seen since i watched Smallville.

              The Show is a programme about normal people who discover they have special abilities which they have to come to terms with also to use them for good or for evil. The show evolves around a few main caracters Peter Patrelli (has the power to Absorb other powers), Nathen Patrelli(Power of Flight) Niki Sanders(Super Strengh), Hiro(Teleportation), Clare Bennett(Regeneration) Isacc Mendez (Paints the future) and The badest guy on the Show Sylar(Who steals powers by removing the brain) Wicked.

              The main part of the show starts with peter who thinks he can fly but only with in his dreams and he tells his brother his secret but doesn't beleive him so goes ontop of the roof of a building and says he will jump and they argue about it peter walks towards him and starts walking in mid air, then comes hiro who works in a office and staring at the time notices the time go back 2 seconds and jumps in the air and say's Yatta ( I Did It) he tells his work colleague he can bend space and time but doesn't beleive him on his way home from work he goes into a trance on the train and time starts moving fast and he end's up in the future and goes to see Isacc Mendez and notices his head been removed and the police arrrive and arrests him but as they was questioning him a bright light started they all looked out of the window and there was a nuculear explotion hero closes his eyes and is back on the train So has the mission to stop the nuculear explostion......... better not tell all the story or i will spoil the great show.

              Overall i think this is a quality peice of tv acting plenty of action, always bringing in different people with different abilities keeps you on your toes and the best bits plenty of brain removals he he he

              you have to see it to believe it...........

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              • The Sims 3 (PC) / PC Game / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                30.07.2009 18:23
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                overall a great game

                Been playing sims 3 for a few weeks now and what a game this is. Its based upon a family living simulation right from Single to family life. First you can choose what Sim you want to be either single Male, Female and you can create the sims features Hair, Eyes, Mouth, Shape, Size and then you can add the clothes to how you Live I.e you can customize your default clothes for sleeping, Althletics, Formal or Casual Wear etc.

                Once you have Created your sim you have to pick some traits for your sims personality ie if you want a sim to be Smart outgoing person you choose Genius and Loves out doors trait or on the otherhand you want to be a sim that loves tv and doesn't like going anywhere you choose Hates outdoors and Couch Potato Traite

                choose a house to live in with your sim credits and build the rooms and place the furniture in how you like.

                Once you have built your dream home then you can go to live mode.

                this is where all the action is and also to find jobs for extra money in the paper or on the computer talk to other sims find friends, have relationships, make a family, have children learn to fish, how to cook, learn to garden, learn to paint, learn the guitar, go swimming, have parties, etc. also you have to keep an eye on your sim as they can break things cause house fires and even die from lack of care.

                Personal this game is not the best i've ever played but it does keep you amused for hours even weeks so defo worth buying.

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                30.07.2009 00:07
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                Recommend Ocz any day

                This is going to be a hard one to review

                where do i start

                A little Explination of what it does.

                The data stored in a hard disk drive (HDD) cannot be accessed at random therefore it requires the Use of Radom Access Memory (RAM)

                Random Access Memory (RAM) acts as a high speed middleman, providing enough data from the hard disk for microprocessor to use at any given time without making it wait.

                First of all - when i was looking to build my pc i was shopping around for memory but couldn't decide on what to buy and then this bad boy caught my eye - looks amazing so i thought i'd buy the ocz reaper ram with an amazing 4gb of ddr2 ram and its own cooling heatspreader - which in it self is quality.

                Since I built my machine running 4gb of ram on my vista operating system i have never clocked more than 60 % of its potential even playing high end games like sims 4 and call of duty 4.

                overall i would recommend anyone to buy this ram any day at the price of around £50 i couldn't pass on buying it for my seld and am so glad i did

                My computer runs like a dream.

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                • XFX GeForce 9600GT / Graphic Card / 13 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                  29.07.2009 23:32
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                  Great item glad i bought one

                  My review of the GeForce 9600GT features better precision to the prior generations Graphic cards and this card is built for Windows Vista.

                  It's recommended Power Supply is 400 Watts but to be on the safe side i bought a 500watt PSU and runs without a problem

                  with a dedicated 512 MB of Memory and Clock Speed of 1.6 this beauty runs like a dream (playing Call of Duty 4 6 hours a night with precision quality no jumping or slow frame rates) with DirectX 10 GPU which delivers great levels of graphics

                  With the support of high resolution (up to 2560x1600) My 37Inch HD 1080p tv smoothly playbacks my movies with no problems.

                  GeForce 9600GT is able to playback H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV video with minimal CPU usage so the PC is free to do other work.

                  also this card has a NVIDIA nView multi-display technology which provides the ultimate in viewing and control for more monitors, which i use sometime while watching a movie and letting my girlfriend browse the web at the same time without disturbing the movie :).

                  This Graphic's card also supports NVIDIA SLI technology delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU by allowing exact same cards two graphics cards to run in parallel. But must have the SLI motherboard to be able to use 2 cards together. Sadly I didn't buy this so cannot comment on this much

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                • Sharp LC-37D65E / LCD TV / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                  29.07.2009 22:40
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                  overall a great tv

                  Where should i start on reviewing this great tv.

                  Bought the TV from Comet a few months ago cost me £549.99 which for starters i couldn't find a cheaper 1080p tv anywhere else with a 37 inch Slim Line Design, High Brightness 450 cd/m2, Dynamic Contrast 20,000:1 and also a very fast 6m/s Response Time. all this for such a great price what more could i ask for. But that's not all i have this beauty hooked on my wall my trusty Xbox 360 elite via HDMI i get the best of the best quality out of the Full HD when i play games. Even my pc built in via the pc input slot and this has near perfect quality watching standard dvd's.

                  I dont watch too much tv as i like to be on my pc or xbox most of the time i sometimes watch TV using the built in FREEVIEW with an 8 day planning guide and self timer to remind you of your favourite programmes when they are on is all a plus for the price i had paid.

                  Picture Quality 10/10

                  Sound Quality 9/10

                  Price 10/10

                  Ease of use 10/10

                  Overall 39/40 not bad

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                  29.07.2009 02:35
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                  Amazing

                  My review is about the Playstaion 3 80 gb, this console is great because there is a lot of space on the Hard Drive that allows you to store anythning from saved games, MP3 and extras for your games, themes and movies, you can play Blu-Ray movies on its full potencial, aside of that you can surf the web with his built-in Web browser (which took me a little while getting used to but for quick browsing its great).

                  The only thin i can think of if Sony could keep the backwards compatibility with the Playstation 2 games, then this would be just the perfect games console.

                  The Playstaion 3 allows you to connect to your computer via wireless link as a media centre that can share media direct from your computer such as photos, music and videos and play them on your TV, all of this without using any extra Hard Drive space on your Playstaion 3.

                  I don't think i need to really talk about the games as for BluRay alone its worth the money.

                  Controls: 10/10

                  Sound: 10/10

                  Graphics: 10/10

                  Price 10/10

                  Total 40/40

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                    29.07.2009 02:01

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                    excellent camera for the price less than £120

                    Right where should I start I have had this camera for over 1 year now and cannot be without it anywhere I go I have to take this beauty with me. The only thing I can think of that is wrong with the camera is that I can't take it out when I go clubbing :(

                    with a 8.0 MP quality is more than enough to print top quality photo's There is a good optical zoom: 10 x that delivers high image quality when you need to zoom in on the most enjoyable moments of all Friend or Family.

                    this camera is also usable as a camcorder which can record for about 15 minutes on a 1gb memory card perfect for taking a video on a special moment in your families life like when your baby takes his/her's first steps.

                    When you buy the camera you would need to buy another memory xD Picture Card as only comes with built in memory also I would recommend you buying rechargeable batteries AA with the power of at least 2000mAh anything below this and the camera life wont last long.

                    The best thing I think is on this camera is Continuous Shooting Mode Which takes very fast and lots of photo's at one hold of the shoot button - so when there your child is sliding down a slide or running in the garden you can take continuous photo's at once and then you have more choices for the perfect shot

                    Easy access to pictures via USB cable and easy to use in house software (provided through CD) for general uploading and editing i.e. Cropping, Colour Balancing, Red Eye Removal etc.

                    Overall I would defo recommend anyone buying this camera it is so cheap and I still use it to this day

                    Rating

                    Picture Quality 8/10
                    Ease of use 10/10
                    Price 10/10
                    Battery Life 8/10

                    overall 36/40

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                    29.07.2009 01:44
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                    Best game ever played

                    Ok I'm not going into a big synopsis of the Gears of War 2 story mainly because you should experience it and check the events in the story for yourself . Gears of War centers around Delta Squad and their struggle against the Locust Horde The setting for the game is a fictional planet named Sera. Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events at the end of the first Gears of War. In Gears of War 2 the Locust have returned with a vengeance, and to top it off they can now sink entire cities. Along with all of this, Dom is searching for his wife, trying to find her before its too late. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, their last great stronghold is now in danger, only one option is left, take the fight to the Locust. Everything is at risk, and this is Humanity's last stand.

                    Multiplayer time. Honestly i have played this game for some months 5 to 10 hours a day, mainly because the shotgun in the game. Gears of War 2 fixes the issues with the shotgun but it can still be challenging . Compared to Gears of War 1 as the shotgun was like a rocket laucher. One of the greatest things in Gears of War 2 is the chainsaw duels, you and either an AI opponent or real person can engage in a duel and who ever taps B the fastest gets out alive. Also when you down an enemy you can pick them up and use them as a shield. Also there's a new game mode called Horde with up to 5 people. Horde is a new mode where you and some friends have to take on waves of Locust, each wave gets increasingly harder in rounds of 10 and if you can make it to round 50 you get an achievement.

                    Graphics wise, Gears of War 2 improves tenfold over the first game and at the same time raises the quality of graphics. Sound is incredible; with surround sound you can hear all the ambient noises such as footsteps which can sometimes give you an edge on harder difficulties. Controls remain the same as the first Gears, and if you're new they're pretty easy to pick up quickly. Defo need a HD TV and a Elite 360



                    Review Score:

                    Story: 10/10

                    Multiplayer: 10/10

                    Controls: 10/10

                    Sound: 10/10

                    Graphics: 10/10

                    Overall Gears of War 2 is a must have for any Xbox 360 owner. Truely an amazing game

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