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      12.05.2013 11:46
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      A good 3D Action Adventure game

      Introduction

      One of the main bad points of being a Nintendo 3DS owner is the fact that the Nintendo 3DS have very limited good games. Sure it does have some, but not that many. I was very pleased when Nintendo announced this game on one of the Nintendo Direct broadcasts. I feel that the 3DS console needs some more good games and after how good the first Luigis Mansion was on the Gamecube and I was really looking forward to this game and placed a pre order.

      Pros and Cons

      Pros

      Good graphics
      3D Effect works well
      Comedy filled storyline
      Complex and Challenging gameplay

      Cons

      Controls get tiresome
      Limited gameplay

      My opinion

      This is a great game, I liked the look of this game because it looked fun to play on the previews. I want to tell you something the game is very fun to play. I have always been a fan of the Mario games so why not try his scared brother's games.

      Gameplay

      Imagine waking up one day in a haunted mansion with nothing to use to protect you from the seemingly scary ghosts. What would you do and where would you go?

      Well luckily for Luigi he has a scientist friend along side him to help him and to spur him on from level to level. Luigi is very scared of the ghosts the scientist helps Luigi get over his fears and provided tools to help capture the ghosts.
      Gameplay revolves around using the Poltergust 5000 a vacuum cleaner to suck in and capture ghosts. The levels are mainly puzzles with walking around mansions to get around to the next room in the mansion. There is a bigger picture to the story but I don't want to spoil that for you in case you decide to buy the game.

      I felt that the game plays great because it's so varied it will give you a buzz from making you feel warm to the charters and ghosts but at the same time it makes you use your head and mind with the challenging puzzles that you are faced with from time to time.

      Storyline

      The storyline is very good, I don't want to spoil it for you but I found it very compelling and entertaining. It has a little bit of comedy just enough to make it funny but still keep a slightly serious note on the fact that Luigi is such so scared and I have such a soft spot for him.

      Graphics

      This is another area where this game shines. Nintendo have built this game from the ground up just for the 3D effect and it works really well. I was made to feel that with the 3D effect on then I really felt like I was with Luigi and exploring the mansions with him.

      Summery

      Without a dout this is one of the best Nintendo 3DS games out at the moment. I would rate it a good 4 stars if it was missing anything it would be that the game has a very limited number of mansions to look around and I felt like the game was just not let me what I wanted to do. I wanted to explore the mansions as much as I could but as soon as I had completed a level I was teleported out of it to the next cut scene this let the game down.

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      08.05.2013 22:50
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      The book is let down by a poor story

      Introduction

      This is one of the first books that I read on my brand new Amazon Kindle. I was looking at the Amazon app store and saw this book. It appealed to me because it was in the Amazon best seller's of books, I saw that the book is based on the Isle of Man where I live and the book was very cheaply priced. I was very surprised how cheap it was since the book is still a fairly new release and normally the best selling items still stay very high priced but in this case the book was a good price.
      Pros and Cons

      Pros

      Very good descriptions of the places in the book
      The story has it's moments

      Cons

      Story was not very surprising just felt like the book was going around in circles
      Story was also boring at times

      My opinion

      As I said before the main reason why I read this book is because it is based on the isle of man where I live and yes the book does do it's descriptions of the places very well. I really enjoyed reading the descriptions and thinking "Oh yeah" I've been there. "I know where that is" running through my head. Heck I even learnt something new about some of the places on the island. I'm surprised by this as the island is so small.

      The author Chris Ewan is not from the Isle of Man, Chris was born in Taunton. He has clearly done his research well I'm guessing he has been on holiday and spent a lot of time over here. He mentioned a lot of stuff in the book that even the locals don't know or at least I didn't.

      Now I have to say the things that I did not like about the book. It was the fact that although the island is described picture perfectly. The story is not very good, it's repetitive and moves very slowly. I just found myself bored when reading it, and ended up using the text to speech feature on the Amazon Kindle just to get through it. I was not really surprised by the ending to be perfectly honest and if you do read the book you will quickly see what I mean. I'm not giving anything away there by the way.

      Summery

      Although I liked the fact that the book is based on the Isle of Man, I did really like the descriptions of the places that I see nearly everyday. I didn't like the story I got bored stiff of it. I don't recommend this book to you.

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      08.05.2013 11:57
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      A very good tablet with some little annoyances

      Introduction

      I've always wanted a kindle ever since the original Amazon Kindle's came out in 2007. I wanted something to help me read books and the Kindle looked like the device for me. I always like to have the coolest and latest devices.

      Upon my 21st birthday a family friend bought me one as a gift as she is wanting to get me to read a lot more books. She liked the idea of the Kindle Fire because it could do a lot of other things as well as using it as a e reader.

      About the Kindle Fire

      The Kindle fire is Amazon's first attempt at creating a tablet device. It's based on the Amazon kindle e reader and is very similar in a lot of ways. It was first released November 11th 2011.

      The device is based on the Android operating system. Amazon have slightly tweaked the operating system and have made the system so it's even easier to use and very easy to to find what you are looking for.

      Pros and Cons

      Pros

      Easy to use
      Very good quality screen
      Battery life lasts a long time
      Lovefilm connectivity works well

      Cons

      Heavy
      Back of the Kindle feels like plastic
      Issues charging the device

      My opinion

      Starting off the device looks very sleek, the screen is very nice to look at and considering this is the basic non HD version I can only imagine what the HD version looks like it must look very nice. I use my Kindle to watch films and tv shows a lot of the time. I can use this along side my Lovefilm account. The only thing I don't like about the device is the way that the back of it feels, it feels like plastic. I have solved this problem with buying a leather case that feels nice.

      The Android operating system works well it's very easy to use and features a turn style main homepage that remembers your last used apps and this looks really nice it's useful if you are reading a book and then you can quickly exit and enter the book almost like a bookmark.
      It's wonderful how stream less using the device it's every easy and everything just seems like it has been perfectly formatted for the Kindle. You can tell that the Kindle has been built from the ground up and everything just works.

      One of the main things that lets down this device in my opinion is the fact that you have to use the Amazon store to download apps. The Amazon app store is not the best but it does make sense at the same time because Amazon is directly in competition with google's own tablets. On the other hand you can get around this by pre loading apps that aren't available on the Amazon app store and you can hack the Kindle to download google play store onto it.

      Another little annoyance is sometimes I have noticed that when charging the device the device doesn't charge and has to be facing a certain way in order to charge and if I move the device slightly the Kindle will stop charging all of a sudden. This can be very annoying.

      Summery

      The Amazon Kindle fire is a great tablet. I mainly just use mine for Reading books, watching tv shows and films. Checking my email and Twitter and Facebook. It's very easy device to use and I recommend that you buy one if you have been thinking about buying one.

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    • Canon EOS 450D / Digital Camera / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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      07.05.2013 14:13
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      Very good camera

      Introduction

      I have always had a interest in photography ever since I was a young boy I was always taking photos when the family went on holiday back in the 90's we were using the good old cameras that used camera film or even the disposable cameras. People have said for sometime that I am good at taking photos and have a eye for the camera it helps that I find photography very enjoyable.

      For my 18th birthday my family helped towards the price of a SLR camera as I only work part time and found the price tag for this camera very expensive I total price was £400 and got a really good deal in Jessops Camera shop. The deal included two lenses one basic run of the mill Cannon Lens and a zoom / Micro Tamron lens. The deal also included one Jessops UV filter for the lens and a Centon carry case which is big enough to hold both lenses, the camera and the manual for reference when travelling around. This deal was very impressive and cannon were offering a cash back deal of £50. I got some impressive and expensive bits of camera kit for a relatively good price.
      Camera features

      Twelve megapixels
      3.0 LCD Monitor
      Cannon's Cleaning system
      RAW Processing
      Live view mode
      Pros and Cons

      Pros

      Very good picture quality
      High quality feel to the camera
      Lots of pre set modes
      Very good custom modes

      Cons

      The camera is expensive if you don't get a good deal
      Some of the pre set modes could be better

      My opinion

      This is a great mid range SLR camera perfect for amateurs and possibly professionals alike. The camera itself feels very high quality in your hands and it has a good weight in the body to make you feel that the camera is very sturdy and high quality. This is one of the things I like about the camera it makes me feel like I am a professional photographer when using the camera a lot about photography is the mind frame that you have to be in when out taking photos.
      This camera doesn't do all the hard work for you, you cant just think I'm going to buy a expensive mid range SLR camera and I'm going to start being a awesome photographer there is a lot of skill involved in taking good photos the camera does somewhat help but in the end it's down to yourself the photographer.

      I think that the camera is very easy to use, the pre set modes are okay sometimes they just are not good enough and don't let enough light into the lens but if you are not interested in playing with the aperture and time value settings then the pre set settings and automatic settings will surface. I have been using these settings for most of the time that I've been using the camera and have taken some very good photos. SLR Cameras are so intelligent these days it's rather amazing.
      Another thing that is great about this camera is the Live view feature this feature allows you to project what the camera is seeing onto the 3.0 LCD screen and makes using the camera is more user friendly. If on the other hand you are not interested in this then the normal viewfinder is a pleasure to use but it's nice that Cannon have added in this feature as it makes it easier when using a tripod for example and you don't want the camera to shake.

      Summery

      This is a amazing camera and if you can afford it then I really think you should consider it because at this price point now that the camera has been out dated by newer cannon SLR models you cant really go wrong. If you are a amateur looking to advance your photographic skill or just looking for a decent SLR to take away on holiday with then I would recommend this camera.

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      • Daihatsu Charade / Car / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        06.05.2013 23:50
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        Great car

        Introduction

        This is my second car, it's the first car which I bought with my own money as my first car was a Christmas present. I had saved up enough money and was looking at used cars online to buy. A friend of my dad's had told him about the Daihatsu make of car and how my he had owned them for years and was really impressed with his.

        I went to the Daihatsu showroom near where I live and had a look. I wanted a small car, that was good value and would not cost too much to insure as I'm still a fairly young driver and insurance can be very expensive for younger drivers.

        I spoke to a salesman and we had a look at a used Daihatsu Charade we took it for a test drive and I was very happy with the car and ended up buying one it's been great ever since.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Nippy for such a small engine
        Great city car
        Economical
        Surprisingly big inside

        Cons

        Small boot
        The look of the car you will either love it or hate it

        My Opinion

        I really like it, It has been a year since I bought it. I paid £2999 for it which some might think was a little bit expensive but I feel that I've gotten a really good deal.

        At first I thought it was a bit of a old persons car with zero street cred and part of me still feels that way but I'm warming to the car.

        How does it feel to drive

        Given that the car has a 1 litre engine I didn't expect miracles from the engine however you will be very surprised at the cars performance. It does go from 0 to 50 very quickly but if you are just looking for a car that will go around the town or city then you have the perfect car. When I'm driving alone I find that the car is very nippy if I want it to be and is very agile when going around corners.

        Driving around town is quite fun in this car it handles the towns roads very well and is very easy to park due to the size of the thing it's a very good city car.

        When out on the main roads the car still is good. It can easily keep up with the 50 mph and 60 mph speed limits on main roads. I've only been on the motorway once with it and apart from a slight noise when travelling at high speed of 70 mph the car was still very easily to drive and I didn't have any problems at all.

        If you are looking for a very sporty performance then this is not the car for you but if you are after a fairly basic performance to get you from a to b in relative comfort this is ideal.

        Looks

        If I'm honest I don't think the car looks very good it seems to be going for a hair dresser car type of look. But like I said if you are just wanting a basic car to get you from a to b and nothing sporty then you will properly be the type of person who doesn't really care for a good looking car.

        Value for money

        In my opinion this car is good value for money. My model is the Charade SL and is one of the higher models. It came with a cd and radio player, full air conditioning and electric windows and mirrors. I feel that generally Japanese model cars do offer very good value for money when looking at the cheaper price point cars.

        Japanese models offer both good value in extras for the car and also very good build quality. In the year that I've owned the car nothing has gone wrong with and the car has 80,000 on the clock from a previous owner. This proves to me that the car has been built very well.

        Eco friendly

        The car is not too bad on the fuel, I don't live in the best area to test it as my roads are mainly country roads, with lots of breaking and turns. Lots of speeding up just to slow down again so my mpg is all over the place. I've gotten around 35 mpg on average and that is mainly a guess. When I took the car on a road trip on the motorway with a full car 4 people plus lots of suitcases I still got around 60 mpg. I thought this was incredible considering the car was full to it's rafters and I was very stressed out when I was driving on that holiday.

        Summery

        It seems now I'm a very big fan of Daihatsu, the car has won me over. Even if I just use this car and run it for as long as it will hold onto then I will be happy until I'm ready for a upgrade.

        This is a very basic no thrills car and if that is what you are looking for then this is a great car for you. On the other hand if you are looking for a more practical car or a cool car this is not the car for you and you should considerer something different.

        I allow express permisson for this review to be located at Ciao.co.uk and Dooyoo.co.uk

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        02.05.2013 17:32
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        Had a very bad experience but got a refund

        Introduction

        The Palace hotel was until recently part of the Hilton Franchise however Hilton Abandoned the hotel at the start of 2013. Best Weston hotels took over the ownership of the Hotel.

        The Hotel claims to be the Isle of man's biggest hotel with 136 rooms, it's a 4 star star hotel located about half way along Douglas mile long promenade. The hotel holds the isle of man's only casino and 3 other bars one located inside the casino the other is called the piano bar however it doesn't have a piano and Colours nightclub is also located within the hotel complex.
        I stayed in the Best Western Palace Hotel a month go I live on the Isle of man but as a 21st birthday treat I decided that I would treat myself to a stay at a luxury hotel 4 star hotel and have a night out clubbing with my friends. I paid £54 for a twin room with no view and was disappointed with the hotel.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Hotel has lots of good facilities
        Beds were very comfortable
        Lots of parking located outside the hotel
        The staff were helpful

        Cons

        Small bedroom
        Even smaller bathroom
        Met lots of drunken people whilst going back to hotel room at 12am
        Loud noise coming from the room next door all night
        No hotel staff to be found after 12am

        My experience

        I arrived at the hotel on Saturday 2nd March 2013 in the afternoon around 4pm as I checked in I was met by two really helpful reception staff. As I was booked into a double room originally but my friend had asked if he could share the room with me this meant that I had to swap it for a twin room the two ladies behind the reception were very helpful and they swapped my room.

        Upon walking upto my room I noticed a lot of noise coming from the room next door to me. My room had one of those interconnected doors which cant of helped the noise radiate between rooms and I didnt like the noise as I just wanted to relax I thought about swapping rooms, in the end I decided that I would be getting ready in the bathroom and I wouldn't be able to hear the noise I just hoped that by the time I got back to the hotel later on after going out clubbing that the noise would of dyed down as the young people next door to me would have been going out clubbing or be asleep.
        Getting back to the hotel at 12am me and my friend had to pass a lot of drunken people that were wondering the foyer of the hotel possibly between the hotels bars and the casino as the Palace of hotel was one of the go to places to go on a night out possibly still is.

        Back in the room the noise was even worse from the room next door, lots of loud talking and music playing. I went to find staff to see if I could swap rooms no staff to be found behind reception and no managers. I found a member of the hotels security staff I explained the situation they staff that they would go up and sort the problem out. The noise didn't dye down unfortunately and I didn't get any sleep.
        I've sent a letter of complaint to the hotel and have managed to get a refund for the room after speaking to a very helpful manager.

        I think that I've been unlucky with my personal experience with the hotel but if I were to be booking another hotel in Douglas I personally would avoid this hotel as there are cheaper hotels in same area in Douglas were for less stars you will get a nicer, bigger room and for a little bit cheaper then the Palace hotel.

        The Room

        The room itself was very small my friend compared it to the size of a cabin on the local boat that travels between Haysham and Douglas he wasn't excruciating. The twin room had two normal sized single beds a small bedside cap net between the beds and wall mounted lighting. The tv was a brand new tv a decent size which included full Freeview.

        The room was the cheaper rate and had a view overlooking the hotels car park and local palace cinema. The window would only open slightly this made the room feel stuffy.
        The Bathroom
        I enjoyed sitting on the toilet with my legs stuck between the toilet and the bathtub, no really I didn't. It included a small bathtub a shower that was tucked up within the bathtub a small toilet and a small sink. I didn't enjoy the bathroom at all.

        Hotels Facilities

        One of the things that the hotel has going for itself is the fact that it's feature rich.
        The casino is very small has quite lot of standard slot machines and a small room that manages to pack in a casino bar cashier a mixture of blackjack and roulette tables. The casino does have a good atmosphere and was busy when I went on a weekend around Christmas time I'm not sure what it's like during the week as I have only visited the once.

        I really like colours sports bar, it has a DJ every weekend and stays open until late normally 3am. It has a big bar, a good sized dance floor and lots of comfortable seating I really like the atmosphere here as it feels mature rather than the other clubs in Douglas. Colours has been very quiet on the Saturdays when I have visited.
        I can't really comment on the other hotel facilities which include:

        Heating indoor swimming pool
        Full gym

        I cant comment on them as I have never visited them they are known for being very popular among the islands residents.
        The Restaurants
        I've eaten in the restaurants couple of times and the food has been good and well priced the Paragon restaurant is used for hotel residents and has a lovely view overlooking Douglas promenade and the beach.

        The other restaurant is located within the piano bar and serves basic bar meals this is located behind the paragon restaurant and doesn't have a view.

        Overall

        I did have a very bad experience in this hotel because of the room next door to me rather than the hotel but I feel that the hotel could of done more to solve this issue rather than leaving the group of young people to cause a disturbance for the rest of the night.

        But that has been rectified as I said I'm due a refund and if I didn't have this issue then I properly would have been overall average nothing special. I wouldn't stay again as I mentioned earlier I could get a nicer and cheaper elsewhere.

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        16.09.2012 19:02
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        A very good console

        Introduction

        The Xbox 360 Slim is Microsoft's new and updated slimline Xbox 360 console, it was released on the June 18th 2010. I used to own a old style original Xbox 360 and to be honest apart from once getting the red ring of death error and having to send my console away to be repaired that original Xbox was terrific it did what I wanted from a current generation games console and it had some great games to be played on the system.

        I ended up with some spare money left over for once reason or another and I thought that I liked the look of the newer slim model and was pleased to hear that it had updated hardware so I talked myself into selling my original Xbox 360 and splashing out on this model.

        The slim Xbox 360 comes in two different packages the cheapest being this model the one I bought. It comes with 4GB memory and an Black Matte finsihe the more expensive package comes with a 250GB memory and also an Black matte finishe the price difference between the package with the 4GB memory and the 250GB memory is not that expensive and I would recommend that you go for the 250GB package if you are looking at buying a Xbox 360.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Good looking console
        Varied choice of games to play
        Nice user interface
        Built in Wi fi connector
        Cool touch sensitive on/off and disc try bottons

        Cons

        4GB of memory is not enough
        Console sound is still very loud whilst playing a game on disc

        Specifications

        Processor: XCPU triple-core at 3.2 GHz
        Memory: 512 MB of GDDR3 VRAM at 700 MHz, 10 MB eDRAM at 500 MHz
        Graphics: XGPU at 500 MHz
        Storage: 4 GB onboard, 250 GB, 320 GB (Optional upgrade)

        What in the Box

        Xbox 360 4GB S Console
        Black (New style) wireless controller
        AV Cable
        One month free Xboxlive gold membership

        Price

        The slim Xbox 360 comes in two different packages the cheapest being this model the one I bought. It comes with 4GB memory and an Black Matte finsihe the more expensive package comes with a 250GB memory and also an Black matte finishe the price difference between the package with the 4GB memory and the 250GB memory is not that expensive and I would recommend that you go for the 250GB package if you are looking at buying a Xbox 360.

        amazon.co.uk £148.29
        play.com £148.29

        My opinion

        In my opinion I really like the new Xbox 360 because you get a lot of console for the price. I feel that microsoft has put a lot of effort into keeping the xbox 360 up to date. What I mean by this is that they have updated the system so you have got lots of apps on the dashboard such as Youtube, Lovefilm and lots of other apps you have to be connected to the internet to use the apps but you can use most of the apps for free.

        You can use your Xbox for playing games, watching moves and listening to music, it's like a all in one entertainment system and it does all of those things well.

        I would say that the only thing that is wrong with this console is that if you are going to buy this console then 4GB is not enough memory, I have downloaded demos from the Xboxlive marketplace and they can be at least 1GB each in memory. I would recommend that you buy the 250 GB package or upgrade your hard drive at a later date like I'm going to.

        Looks and feel

        I think that the new Xbox 360 looks and feels a lot better than the old one, it's slightly smaller than it's older brother and it now has touch sensitive buttons for turning on the console and opening the disc drive it is a very satisfying feeling when the buttons are used it helps just to give a slightly more premium feel to the console.

        Summery

        I really like my Xbox 360 it does everything that I want it to and much more. I recommend this console to you if you have been thinking about buying one, however if you already own a Original Xbox 360 console then personally I think it's abit unnecessary to upgrade.

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        15.09.2012 16:51
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        Awesome lip balm

        Introduction

        When I was a child I used to get cracked lips quite often in the winter months. My nanny used to buy me Lypsyl and it worked very well when I was a child.

        I still suffer regularly from cracked lips, so I'm always searching for good lip balm products to use to heal my lips. I decided to go back and try Lypsyl again to see if it would be as effective as it was.
        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Works well
        Cheap
        Discreet
        Light weight

        Cons

        None, in my opinion this product does its job perfectly

        My opinion

        I think Lypsyl is a great product and that Lypsyl works well for me.
        I normally only have to apply Lypsyl once a day, I do that right after brushing my teeth so that the water does not wash it off. Once I've applied Lypsyl it takes about half an hour after that I cant even notice it my lips. The only time that I might re apply it is if I have been talking a lot in my job or sometimes the rain can wash it off but this would happen rarely.

        After using Lypsyl normally it takes about 1 - 4 days after that my lips are healthy and back to normal, in the winter months I do stick to applying it once a day just so that the cold does not get to my lips and I find that by doing this my lips are normally healthy.

        Suitability

        One of the great things about Lypsyl is that it's so small and discreet and this makes it suitable for both men and women. If you are a man like me you can keep it hidden and nobody will know that you are wearing any lip balm if you just apply it in the bathroom.

        Price and Availability

        Boots.com £1.49
        Amazon.co.uk £3.19

        Overall

        I really like Lypsyl and always have a tube on me. I recommend it to you and it should work as well for you as it works for me.

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        15.09.2012 01:30
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        A good and varied shooter

        Introduction

        Golden eye 007 Reloaded is a game based on James Bond, it has been devolved by Eurocom and Published by Activision. It was released on November 1st 2011 in North America and November 4th 2011 in Europe.
        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Good game types
        Enjoyable, varied game play
        Long single player story mode
        Good online multi player

        Cons

        Quick time events don't work well
        AI Are not very good

        My opinion

        I'm pleasantly surprised by this title, in the past James Bond games have not been very good and have left me disappointed with poor game play. I have good memories of playing the original Nintendo 64 game of Goldeneye back when I was a youngster and I feel that this is a very good remake with some positive changes.

        Game play

        The Game play is very varied, you get the choice of how you want to play the levels you can take it slow and stealthy which when done correctly makes it very rewarding and at times I have felt like I was in James bond's shoes. The other way that you can go about playing this game is by rushing about shooting everything you see and causing a stir this is a fun way to play too. Most of the time you get a choice about how you want to play although you do get times when you have to play certain action parts these are very high speed just like typical James Bond films.

        Graphics

        The Graphics are good, nothing ground breaking but not poor at the same time and the fact that the graphics are not ground breaking, does help to give it a more retro look which is what I think they were aiming for they were trying to stick to the roots as much as they could at least that's what I think.

        Summery

        You are getting a fun game to play, the single player story lasts a long time and I really enjoyed the online multi player but sadly after playing the game for about a week I noticed I was getting a little bored of it and if I wanted to play a very good online shooter then there is other games that I would choose to play.

        Price

        £18.00 Hmv.com
        £18.89 Play.com
        £19.85 Simply games
        £19.91 Amazon.co.uk

        This review is also on Ciao.co.uk

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        12.09.2012 20:58
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        A average racing game

        Introduction

        Need for Speed: The Run is the 18th game in the Need for Speed series it's developed by EA Black Box and Published by Electronic Arts. Need for Speed: The Run uses DICE'S Frostbite 2 engine.

        You join a massive group of illicit and illegal street racers in a high stakes race across the United States of America.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Great Graphics
        Good Frame rate
        Well throughout storyline
        Enjoyable concept

        Cons

        Repetitive Game play
        Same tracks have been repeated and have been turned backwards which is disappointing
        Excellent concept just poorly made
        Story mode is too short

        My opinion

        When this game first came out it really had me interested with the idea of joining a race across the United States of America. Most of us have heard of the Gumball race and might of even watched some of it. I like the idea of getting a supper car and gunning it across the states. Obviously racing on roads is illegal and would never do it in real life but that's why I enjoyed the idea of this game when it first came out so much.

        Game play

        This game has quite literary it's fast bits and it's slow bits. You have The Run Game mode which is the main storyline of racing across the United States this mainly winning the stages of sections between the cities you mainly race 10 opponents at each sections.

        Then you have sections when you have to overtake an opponent in a time limit then it knocks out the opponent that you over took. Finally you have racing battles where you are racing one or two other opponents these are more like boss battles.

        The game play has it's merits in the fact that it can be very enjoyable at times when you are racing down the highway you get a great feel for the game and the racing and wow at times you get a massive rush when racing down the highway or breaking just at the right point before a corner.

        Then you have the bad parts the frustrating bits when you slightly go off the road and it resets you back to the last checkpoint or you crash and total your car. The thing about this game is it's such a great idea but it's very poorly been put together which is a shame.

        The only break that you get from racing is interactive cut scenes when you have to button bash key time events this is not very good.

        Storyline

        The storyline is not very good but to be honest you don't have very many cut scenes apart from the interactive ones mentioned above. The storyline is very basic at best.

        Summery

        It's a average racing game at the best of times, has good game play the graphics are good. But overall it's a disappointment and I don't recommend you to buy this if anything it's a rental.

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        Play.com £14.98

        This review is also on Ciao.co.uk

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        26.06.2012 18:15
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        It's alright

        Introduction

        Welcome to my review of the latest Lord of the rings game, it has been developed by Snowblind Studios. The game focuses on a major sidequest based in the Lord of the Rings universe.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Graphics are not bad
        Compact has it's rewarding moments
        Long storyline

        Cons

        Not the original actors used for the voice acting
        Game play gets boring quickly

        My opinion

        I really have to say that when I first heard about this game, I was really looking forward to playing it. I had enjoyed playing the previous games in the lord of the rings series that although were adventure games not rpgs and they were developed by different companies other than Snowblind Stuidos I thought that maybe they would follow the same direction. I was wrong this game goes in a entirely different direction, what we are left with is a somewhat average game.

        I would not say this is a bad game, because it certainly has it's good points, if you are a fan of lord of the rings then you will properly find this game pretty good just because of the story and the fact that you get to meet many of the charter's that are in the films and books the voices are not in the same as in the films but the impersonations are aright and they can work to some extent.

        On the other hand the game has it's bad points, the graphics are average and you can just see this game being an run of the mill hack and slash rpg that grows tiring if you are not a fan of the lord of the rings series.

        Game play

        I really got to say that the game play is not very good, it's not on par with the more popular rpgs. All that you find yourself doing is running about bashing buttons, the game is such a hack and slash game and the only rewarding part of it is sometimes in battles you get options for critical hits and there is a amazing griffin that comes to help you in battles using the griffin to take out bad guys is fun but the fact that overall the battling is not rewarding does let it down overall.

        The towns and cities in the game are well designed and feel unique in different ways which is good however even the main city in the game is pretty much deserted apart from a few shop owners but there is no hustle and bustle that you would expect. The shops owners will be happy to buy items off you that you find when you are out adventuring and you can spend your gold that you earn in different ways.

        Storyline

        The main storyline is average, it follows a small group of people that are set out at the same time as the beginning of the first lord of the rings time frame and your job is to go out on quests and help fight the war in the north.

        The storyline has a good length and lots of quests but if you grow bored of the constant hacking and slashing then you might not even finish the storyline.

        Summery

        I feel that if you are a fan of the series then you will properly like this game alot so if the developer went out with the intention of making a game that the fans will enjoy then they made the right game. However I'm not really a fan and when I saw this game I thought that it looked pretty dark and gory and I don't feel like this game was very good so I don't recommend it.

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        23.01.2012 11:20
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        Feels like new and plays like old

        Introduction

        Rayman Oringins is a game that has been devolved and published by Ubisoft. The game has been made for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita. This is a review of the version for Playstation 3.

        It's a Screen scrolling Platformer and you have to travel through worlds defeating enemies and following the action packed storyline.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Entertaining storyline
        Good looking gameworld

        Cons

        None

        My Opinion

        I'm glad that there is a new Rayman game, I have always enjoyed playing Rayman games. When I was growing up in my childhood.

        Gameplay

        This game plays really well, in some ways it feels a lot like the old Ryman games to play but it has a huge updated feel and I feel that it works well. In my opinion the game has been designed with the idea of the user. The game feels like it just wants you to keep playing it no matter what gets in your way or if you find that you are stuck the gameplay gets rather addictive.

        Singleplayer

        The singleplayer story is very easy to understand but I thought that was a good thing, I did find that playing singlepalyer was entertaining and there was always lots of things to do and find.

        I liked the boss battles for you to get stuck into, I felt that it was rewarding when I had completed a difficult level then when I had completed the boss battle it did make me feel rewarded in a way that I have not found in some of the other big single player games released to date, I liked that.

        Multiplayer

        In my opinion I like the multiplayer experience, there is no online mutliplayer but there is a co op mode. You can play with up to four players and it works well because the advantage of having extra people is weighed out because it gets so mad you can loose what your doing and where your character is doing.

        Storyline

        I feel like the story is basic I wont spoil it for you but it's simple to follow and it's easy to play, no complicated twists and turns to try and follow. Although there are lots of characters to meet and some downright funny moments in the story.

        Graphics

        The graphics in this game are beautiful, I can feel that the art design team have done a good job. The levels are so beautifully drawn that you will get charmed by them over and over again. It's very pretty for a side view game.


        Value for Money

        There is a lot to do in this game, lots to find, lots to unlock, It feels like there is so much jam packed into this game. There is hours of gameplay in both the singleplayer and multiplayer. game modes. What you get with this game is a lot, a good length and varied difficultly singleplayer and multiplayer co op experience.

        I bought the collectors edition and I do feel like I got value for money with the collectors edition but I am a big Rayman fan so if you are a big fan then I recommend you to pay the extra price.

        Collectors edition

        Exclusive box and cover design
        Official art book
        Game soundtrack

        Current Prices

        Zavvi.co.uk £14.95
        Amazon.co.uk £17.99
        Thehut.com £19.95
        Dixions.co.uk £19.98

        Overall

        Like I said I have been looking forward to this game for along time, it has a lot going for it and I would recommend this game to you if your a Rayman fan or not.

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          22.01.2012 17:15
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          Turn 10 producedes a very entertaining racer

          Introduction

          This is a review of Forza motorsport 4: Collectors edition, it's devolved by Turn 10 studios and Published by Microsoft. It's the forth game in the Forza motorsport series of games. It was released for Xbox 360 in USA on the 11th October 2011 and in Europe on the 14th Otober 2011. It is the first Forza Motorsport game to use The Xbox 360 kinect technology.

          Pros and Cons

          Pros

          Very nice graphics
          Realistic sound effects
          Good selection of cars
          Top gear from BBC has been added into the Game

          Cons

          Feels similar to Forza Motorsport 3 in a lot of ways
          Only a small number of new tracks added

          My opinion

          The first thing that I noticed whilst playing this game is how user friendly this game is. You can have the difficulty level and user car assists that your car does all of the driving for you so you can just pick up and play this game even if you have never played a racing game before. On the other hand you can make this game so difficult and very much like a simulation game. It all depends on your play style and how you want to play this game. It has a good balance overall that helps this game to appeal to everyone.

          Gameplay

          In my opinion the thing that very much stands out for me in the gameplay is how entertaining it is. You can have a easy ride on easy or crank it up to make it very much like racing a real car. The amount of game modes that you can choose is amazing, I feel that Turn 10 have thought what would help users to come back to play this game over and over again. There is a lot of pick up and play modes such as the Free play and Rivials modes.

          Singleplayer

          The singleplayer season mode is very well made, it was easy to use and find events that I wanted to race in. The system works in the fact that you race on event in the season and then you earn credits to spend and experience points to be able to level up. When you level up you earn more cars.

          I like it how the game tailors your experience with the game with how you play, the events in the season that are available to you are based on what cars you like to use and it feels very much like if you stick with one car then it will become easier to upgrade your car because you earn discounts in the store for sticking with the same car and car company.

          I have to talk about the kinect functions in the singleplayer game, I like how easy it is to use you can walk around your car showroom, or if you decide to use kinect whilst racing then it's easy all you have to do is control your car left and right the game automaticly does the breaking and accelerating for you.

          Multiplayer

          Multiplayer has had some big improvements this time round, you can now race with up to 16 other players on the games racing tracks. It can be very entertaining and challenging at the same time.

          Car clubs in a multiplayer feature which is good, you can compete in races with your car club, develop your profile which adds to the car club and even exchange or sell your cars between your car club. I like it how there are so many options of buying cars.

          Graphics

          The graphics In this game are very pleasing, I like the looks of the cars in the autovista mode, the detail on some of the cars is amazing they have including everything.

          The lighting effects works well whilst racing on the tracks, you can get blinded on the tracks with the light getting shined on your car.

          Sound effects

          The sound effects are good, they are very realistic and life like. Some of the cars sound better than others but overall the sound is very good.

          Value for money

          There is simply so much to do in this exciting racer that will keep you going with the reply value for a long time.

          Overall

          It's a very good racing simulation game that will keep you entertained for a long time.

          *I agree that this game can be used on Ciao.co.uk, Dooyoo and other reviewing websites

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          20.01.2012 21:38
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          A very good Si - fi adventure game.

          Introduction

          Welcome to my review for Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 2 is the second instalment in the Mass Effect series. Mass effect 2 has been released for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. This is my review for the PS3 version of the game.

          Pros and Cons

          Pros

          Good gameplay
          Lots of world to explore
          Good storyline
          Your choices from Mass Effect one carry over
          Feels ahead of the times in video games
          Improved shooting

          Cons

          Not as original as the first Mass Effect

          My opinion

          I feel that this game is better than the first Mass Effect game, it has improved leaps and bounds. I has entertained me and I feel that it has lived up to being a good sequel.

          Gameplay

          The gameplay is top stuff I feel like Bioware have made good improvements from the First Mass effect it's good that even know Mass Effect one was not released for PS3 it's good that Bioware have noticed that improvements were needed to be made.

          Mass Effect plays a lot like a movie plays in the cinema, the plot is based around the games characters and the effects that your choices can have upon them. You can be their friend, kill them lol well your choices certainly effect the player that you become and your choices effect the games world.

          The adventure is a big adventure, it feels like there is a lot to do and it feels vast and open like you have all the time in the world which is a nice thing.

          Graphics

          It's an amazing game, the game looks amazing. The special effects really got me, the flash from a gun or a big explosion.

          Current Prices

          Game.co.uk £12.98
          Play.com £13.65
          Thehut.com £14.95
          Amazon.co.uk £14.99

          Overall

          I feel like this is one of the best RPG's that I have played. What makes this game so good is the fact that it has lots of good points going for it and all of these points all add together and make a great example of a RPG that is action filled. It's a shame that the Original Mass Effect never made it to the PS3 but if you buy this game then it will make up for it.

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          18.01.2012 15:20
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          A very good new Batman game from Rocksteady

          Introduction

          Batman Arkham city is Rocksteady's latest batman action adventure game. It's the Sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum. Batman Arkham city was realised for Windows PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. This is a review for the PS3 Collectors edition of the game. This game has been on my list of most wanted games for the year 2011 and I was very pleased to finally get my hands on the game after what seems like a long wait.

          Pros and Cons

          Pros

          Exciting new city to explore
          Flighting system has been improved
          Solid storyline
          Lots of extra challenges to complete

          Cons

          You have to unlock parts of the city in stages

          My opinion

          Wow is what I have got to say, just wow I mean this is one of the best action adventure games that I have played all year. The first thing I want to talk about is how good the games world is. The game is set is Gotham city and part of the city has been turned into a prison called Arkham city and your job as Batman is to take the law and order into your own hands.

          Gameplay

          The gameplay is remarkable similar to Batman Arkham Asylum, apart from the fact that they have improved upon it. The flighting uses the same easy to use system in the fact that timing is everything so once you have mastered getting the timing right then you will become a expert at fighting and it's one of the most rewarding systems that can be used.

          I like what Rocksteady have done with the gadgets I feel that they have added a great new selection of gadgets and they have made it really easy to be used whilst in a fighting situation and some of the bosses need to have a gadget used upon them whilst fighting so sometimes you have to think rather than just button bashing.

          There is great detail in what there is too do I say this in the fact that there are things called "Riddler challenges" and in these you have to use your head and solve the challenges that Riddler has placed for you. Some of them are easy and can be solved by just playing the game for the first time but there are afew that you need to really think about to solve. It's a good addition to what is already compelling gameplay.

          Storyline

          The storyline is very good it uses a lot of charters from the Batman series, I don't want to spoil it for you but I will say that it kept me entertained for over a week and it's better than Batman Arkham Asylum's storyline and I feel that was a amazing storyline too.

          Graphics

          I like the atmosphere that Arkham city gives off the environment is very detailed, it's huge you can leap from building to building and then you can glide down to waves after wave of rogues.

          Limited edition items

          Batman Arkham city Game
          Custom Batman statue
          Collectors art book
          Early access to the Iceberg Lounge battleback challenge
          Batman Arkham city Audio Cd
          Bonus DC animated original movie

          Current prices

          The prices for the Collectors edition of Batman Arkham city are as follows:

          tescoentertainment.com £55
          Viking-driect.com £59.99
          Play.com £64.83
          Amazon.co.uk £65.48

          Overall

          I would say that this is one of the game games of the year 2011 hands down, I really like playing as Batman and this game does that for me. If you are a Batman fan or not I recommend this game to you because you will get immersed into the game.

          (I approve that this review can be used on Ciao, Dooyoo and other review websites)

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