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    • FIFA 11 (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      10.04.2011 00:40
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      5/5 easy :D

      I was eagerly anticipating the release of FIFA 11 for months and months, and when I finally picked up my copy of the game, I couldn't wait to get back in and play it.

      I put it in the console and loaded up, and was immediately pleased with the purchase, and that was just by watching the introductory video. I set my profile up as usual, and decided to get going with a couple of games with my brother.

      From the first fifteen minutes of a match, I instantly knew that this was incredible. The graphics were superb, and far better than any other football game I've ever played. They were so crisp, colourful and the stadium's were spot on. It was brilliant to look at.

      It was also brilliant to play, the new passing machine was difficult to pick up at first, but after a couple of games, the Barcelona style matches had soon returned. The passing system was so spot on, it allowed the users to play quick short passing games, and allow the possession masters to really dominate a game at ease. At this point, I was absolutely speechless. I went on to play a few more, and as the games went on, we got more advanced, and started using the skill moves and celebration moves. Both were far better than last years edition, and much easier and quicker to pick up.

      Xbox Live has always been good to me, and I boast a pretty good record from the 40 odd games I've played head-to-head on Live. You get the occasional person who quits, and celebrates for about 30 seconds, but nothing you can't handle. If your lucky enough to have a Pro Club, Clubs is awesome. Playing with your friends against other groups of people is truly great. You get the occasional games where the opposition lag it out, but to be honest, why play if you can't take losing? It hasn't put a damper on it for me, as I still love playing Clubs on Live, and have played over 250 times for my club.

      The creation mode is pretty good, and quite in-depth. A wide range of boots to choose from, and some great hairstyles. My favourite being the David Luiz afro, haha!

      One of the additions was the Ultimate Team, which in my opinion isn't worth the money, but it's still pretty decent. The Ultimate Team isn't quite as good as previous years, but that's down to a lack of achievements for the game, which really made the game have an aim.

      Overall, I have to give the game a 5 out of 5, as I am just so pleased with it, and even after all these months, it is still my favourite and most played game. Well done EA, and here's to another FIFA Classic :).

      P.S Bring back Challenge Mode for FIFA 12 :).

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    • The Sims 3 (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      10.04.2011 00:26

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      Great game, just wish EA would sort the code issue out!

      I initially got this game over the Christmas period, and didn't try it until a few weeks ago, as I wasn't quite sure what to expect, especially, as I loved the PC release. I also found that games on the PC don't usually make that jump to a next-gen console that well, (see Football Manager for example).

      However, I was genuinely amazed and pleased with how well this game handled itself on the big stage. The graphics were fairly good, and bar the few minor glitches, the graphics were very sound. So, I have to admit, the grahics pulled me in to the game straight away, so good work EA.

      The gameplay is a bit laggy at times, and although the game is laggy, I still found no real big issues when playing the game, and browsing through the menus on the game.

      The actual game is very sound, with some good features, such as the connectivity to Xbox Live and it's famous Xbox Live Marketplace to download some new content for your Sims. However, one part that frustrated me was the fact that you can only use the EA code on one console. Unfortunately for me, we used the code on my brother's console first.

      I think the game has been a big hit, and I am sure it will continue to cease to amuse me for hours and hours. My Sims now have a job each, and are bringing in a decent income, so I am pleased to say that I am doing fairly well. We've also built a reasonable house, which it's exterior is much nicer than it's interior haha.

      Overall, I'd give this game a 8/10, as it is very addictive and fun to play. I would recommend this game to anyone of any age, as it really is great fun.

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    • Top Spin 4 (PS3) / Playstation 3 Game / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      10.04.2011 00:09
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      Great game, still a bit of work to do, but definitely a winner!

      Hey there,

      I initially wrote this review on my forum, so thought I would add it here too. I haven't written a review in quite some time, so it will probably be a little rusty.

      Ok, so I've had this for a couple of days now, so thought I'd write you a little report on the game.

      Graphics
      In my opinion the graphics are definitely a 9 out of 10. Their extremely crisp, and almost perfect. Player animations are decent too, and the arena graphics are top-notch, especially the Munich Open (The Sun comes and goes, so the course can look brighter or darker at times). Compared to other Tennis games, notably, Virtua Tennis and previous Top Spins, I have to say you can see the general progression here. There is no comparison in my opinion, as they are so much better than last years.

      Gameplay
      The gameplay can get very technical, unless you just like to hit the ball and win the points as quickly as possible. There are many ways to hit the ball, including the addition of the reverse hit, which is an awesome feature. And, as you get drawn in to the longer rallies, the harder you find it to hit the ball perfect. There is a new timing meter, and if you hit the ball 'perfect' you will feel it. Hit it too late or too soon, and the ball could go out. Again, compared to previous versions, I would have to say that they have definitely made it a little harder, which in turn, makes it a more enjoyable game. I'll give it a 8/10.

      Creation Mode
      Obviously, you are given the chance to create either a Male or a Female player, and from what I've seen the creation mode is pretty in-depth. You unlock more and more clothes by winning tournements in the Career Mode. You can even choose the socks you're wearing. Not a bad Creation Mode, but not a great one. I'll give it a 7/10.

      Career Mode
      Ok, so this is the part most of you will want to hear about. I've only played six months of the Career Mode, and I can honestly say it's about average. However, that may be down to the fact that at the start you are limited to a training match + 1 tournement, in which the tournement is a Super-Tie Break match. As I say, I've been playing for about six months, and I'm only now starting to get some major tournements unlocked. It'll be a good year or 18 months before entering a Grand Slam I think (I have just found out about the different career modes, where you can select to play full tennis matches, so I refuse to start again, whilst being nearly a year through my career mode already)

      You get to hire a coach, and in the training matches, you are given objectives to give you more XP. You can spend your XP on your stats, and they are really hard to get going up. So, you will have to play a lot of matches and do a lot of the objectives from the coach. As I get through the Career Mode, I'm sure I'll start to enjoy it more, as I'll be entering the proper Tennis matches, and not the Tie-Break rules games. But for now, I'll give it a 6/10 in this department.

      I find that there is a huge difference in class and difficulty in the Grand Slams over the Masters, so that is definitely a challenging aspect of the career mode, and one which pinpoints that you need to spend your XP wisely.

      Conclusion
      If you like your Tennis games, you will definitely like this. The graphics and gameplay have been much improved from last year's version, and so has the roster. I suspect that there will also be some DLC, but I'm not 100% sure on that. The game itself, very well presented and quite enjoyable, albeit a bit tedious at times. The Top Spin academy has some tricky challenges, but you'll get there in the end. Overall, I like the game and will give it a 8/10.

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      26.03.2010 22:54
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      1/5

      I have always been a big fan of Football management games, and LMA. I was very excited when I read about this being released. However, I was unaware whether I would purchase it upon release as it was the first Codemasters release on a next-generation console.

      I put purchasing the title off and decided to add it to my rental list at my subscribed rental service (Lovefilm).

      After several weeks of waiting for the game to come, it had finally arrived. I rushed to put the game in my console, and truth be told, I was very disappointed and frustrated with the game.

      I felt that the game lacked many things, and most probably should have been delayed for a while. The graphics were visually poor, and could have been improved a lot. The structure of the game was poorly designed and should have been improved as this made playing the game virtually impossible, and made it very boring. The gameplay was slow, and laggy. It felt really cheap. I also believe the Transfer Market system which indeed does a great depth, but it's still very poor. The market doesn't work too well.

      I would strongly advise everyone to give this game a miss, as it just simply isn't worth it.

      I measly 1/5.

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    • NFL Tour (X360) / Xbox 360 Game / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      16.03.2010 14:32
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      4/5

      When I first heard about NFL Tour for the Microsoft Xbox 360, I was a bit sceptical on how the game would look, play and feel.

      I decided against buying it after reading a few reviews on the Internet, and added it to my rental list online. After a few patient days, I received the game through the post, and decided to give it a game straight away.

      I wasn't disappointed, I was genuinely impressed by everything the game offered. The graphics were pretty good, and made the game fun. The gameplay was also very impressive as it felt right, and nice to play. I also found the game very addictive, and couldn't put it down. After getting about 600 gamer points within a few hours, I decided to send it back and purchase the game when it was on sale.

      I waited a few months to find the cheapest sale I could, and eventually bought it for £9.99. What an absolute bargain!. Now, after having the game for a few months, I have started to play the game again, and I have missed it. It's class. You also have different game types on the game which enable you with hours more of fun.

      I would recommend this game to all NFL fans as it will keep you entertained and offers a much different side of the game than the Madden series does. And, this is coming from someone who doesn't follow NFL at all.

      I would give ths game a 4/5.

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      16.03.2010 14:25

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      5/5

      Jason Derulo is a 20 year old singer, songwriter and dancer from America. He took the UK and US by storm with his massive hits Watcha Say? and In My Head. He is on the Beluga Heights record label which works with Warner Bro's Records.

      Produced by J.R.Rotem, Jason Derulo has created a masterpiece of wonderful songs for his debut album, which is called Jason Derulo. The album boasts an impressive track list with his hit songs Watcha Say? and In My Head. There are also some very impressive songs on the album in the shape of Ridin' Solo, The Sky Is The Limit and What If?.

      I think Jason Derulo is one of the hottest singers on the market these days and he is only going to continue to get bigger and better. Jason has a nice soothing voice, which you can't get tired of listening too. The album's playtime is just under 40 minutes, which on average is about right.

      I would recommend the album to all R&B fans, because it really is worth the purchase. Jason Derulo has really got an amazing amount of talent!

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    • Spongebob Squarepants / TV Programme / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 17:41
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      4/5

      I have always been a big fan of Spongebob Squarepants ever since it released on Nickelodeon.

      The show has been very successful with a wide range of people, ranging from infants, all the way through to the adult (like me). The animation of the show is good and remains good throughout all the series that have been made.

      The characters are brilliant, and my favourites include Patrick, Sandy and obviously Spongebob.

      The episodes are pretty good and are good for all ages, whereas the Spongebob movie that was released was excellent throughout, and was one of my favourite films at one point.

      I would recommend Spongebob to all kids, and all adults as the show is very good. I'm 19 and I still enjoy watching the little yellow man, and I have his duvet set and the DVD's to go along with this.

      I just hope as time goes on, the quality of the series doesn't go down. An excellent show, 4/5 from me.

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    • Coronation Street / TV Programme / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 17:04
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      5/5

      Coronation Street is one of the highlights of my weekday night, and I'm not ashamed to say so.

      The ever so popular soap has incredible storylines, and has some brilliant actors and actresses. Compiled together with brilliant story writers and you spell success (...well not really.) but you get the jist.

      The soap is set in a mythical place called Weatherfield, which is supposedly in Manchester. It's based on a street, with some famous landmarks, such as The Rovers Return, which is everybodies local.

      The soap has been so successful, it's been running for 49 years, but will be celebrating it's 50th year this year. Some of it's stars have been on the show for a very long time, for example, William Roache who has been on the show since it first aired as the famous Ken Barlow.

      Some of my favourite characters include Graeme Proctor, Sean Tully, Kirk Sutherland, and the evil Tony Gordon.

      I prefer Coronation Street over it's nearest rivals in Eastenders and Emmerdale, and would recommend the street to everyone.

      I'd also like to say that we all miss Blanche and her wicked storylines, god bless her soul!

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    • Topspin 3 (Wii) / Nintendo Wii Game / 2 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 16:45

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      1/5

      I have always been a big fan of sports games, and especially tennis games. I have had my Wii for over three years, and have very little games for it. I bought Top Spin 3 last year, as I read some reviews on the game and saw the advertisement for the game and I must say I was pretty impressed with what I was seeing.

      Did I like it when I bought it?

      Well, let me start by saying if you are like me and loved the Wii Sports version of tennis, then you are probably not going to like this game.

      Upon my first game that I played, I was seriously disappointed with the release and thought that it played poorly. I thought about taking it back and getting my money back, but I never bothered as I had it for half-price anyway.

      I gave it a few games, and I admittedly started to get into it a bit more, but this wasn't enough, as compared to Wii Sports or even Top Spin 3 on the Xbox, this was a joke. It was so stiff and slow, it didn't feel like it was supposed to. I went back and looked at the reviews and looked for help and tips on how to play the game tidy, but it still didn't help me as I looked lost and couldn't get to grips with the way the game played.

      More than a year later, I still have the game, but it's collecting dust and is never used, as is my Wii itself. After this experience, I would never purchase another tennis game on the Wii, as I fear I may be disappointed once again.

      A very very poor 1/5 for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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    • Match of the Day / TV Programme / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 16:37
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      2/5

      As a big fan of football, it's obviously an highlight to catch up on all the goals and action from the best league in the World just a few hours after being played.

      Match of the Day is usually on BBC1 on a Saturday night, and shows the goals and action from all the games in the Barclay's Premier League on that day. If there are any games on the Sunday, then you can catch these highlights on Sunday night on Match of the Day 2 on BBC2. MOTD is presented by Gary Linekar, and his guests are usually former Liverpool players Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.

      The host and pundits usually concentrate on the biggest games, involving the biggest teams more and then when near the end of the program try and get the rest of the action in, which they usually only show small clips of.

      They often have a goal of the month competition too, which allows the viewers to pick their goal of the month of a select few, and be in with a chance of winning tickets to a game of their choice.

      However, SkySports have now created a program called Football First, which shows extended highlights, (usually the full game of your choice), which is far superior than the BBC equivalent, and I'd rather watch that than watch MOTD. There are a few things that I dislike about MOTD, but it's mainly the presenters and pundits as I believe they are not the best and SkySports have much better one's and present the show better. I'd also rather watch a full game from my team, rather than watch a quick two minute highlight reel of the game.

      I'd only recommend MOTD to those who like to watch all the action from every single game, and those who do not have a SkySports subscription, as this may be your only outlet. I would give MOTD a 2/5.

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    • Nestle Quality Street / Chocolate / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 16:26

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      5/5

      I have always been a big fan of chocolate and sweets, so there's absolutely no surprise that I love Quality Street.

      Quality Street come in a very reliable and steady tin which holds approximately a kg of individually wrapped chocolates, toffees/caramels and cream's. The tin is very colourful, as is the chocolates, as they are wrapped individually in multi-coloured wrappings.

      There is a wide selection of chocolates, toffees, caramels and fruity creams. This is a perfect mix of sweets for everyone. It's perfect because it suits everyones tastes as they provide such a wide range.

      Every Christmas, my household has at least one tin of these, and they are ate like hot-cake. As soon as we put them out, everyone is eating them.

      The only bad thing about this selection is that when you start eating them and you really start getting a craving for one of the chocolates in particular, they disappear and there's no more left, which leaves you sad and frustrated as you always want another one.

      I would recommend Quality Street to all chocolate lovers all over the world, as it's a pure genius creation.

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    • Play.com / Online Shop / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 15:12
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      5/5

      As I do most of my shopping online, whether it's for clothing, electronics, appliances or entertainment purposes, I have always used play.com for most of it.

      The website is very easy to use and has a search facility, which allows the user to search through the database for an exact product, which makes it much easier. The website is also good to look at it, as it's not cluttered with images, movies and advertising.

      Play.com offers a wide range of products, which seems to be growing day-by-day as they open up the market with more types of products. The company offer very competitive prices, and are often found to be the cheapest and most reliable online shop with a big reputation. The delivery from play.com is excellent, as the company offers every customer free delivery within the UK & Ireland, no matter the price. Delivery times usually take 3-5 working days, but this is all subject to how quick the warehouse dispatches the product and then it's down to your post.

      Play.com also have many different offers on at one time, which range from buying dvd's at a bargain price, and discounts on clothing items.

      Play have also improved over the past few years with the introduction of playtrade, which is their equivalent of the Amazon Marketplace. It allows users to list their items for sale, and recoup some of the money they have spent on their goods. This is a very nice addition because it's handy for everyone to use to get rid of unwanted items. Play have also started selling event tickets, and computing items in the past few months, which has established the company as one of the biggest online stores in the World.

      If you need to contact play.com then the helpdesk is very helpful and polite, they'll respond to emails within 24 hours of receiving them. They also remain helpful and polite, even if you need to return and receive a refund for a product that you've purchased through the site.

      I would recommend play.com to everyone as it is the perfect site to purchase anything as their variety ranges an awful lot. As I said their prices are usually the cheapest and their delivery is fantastic. It's as easy as that, a 5/5 here.

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    • Ace of Cakes / TV Programme / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      07.01.2010 14:54
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      I stumbled across this programme one night when I was bored and had nothing to watch. I didn't really know what it was, only that it was about making cakes. It must of been some sort of Ace of Cakes marathon as I started watching it at about 8 and it was on until about 1. I got so into it that I watched it until 1 aswell!

      It's basically about a team of creative cake makers, and when I say creative, I mean creative. They recieve requests to make cakes of all sorts of things and they give it a go everytime, and always seem to succeed!

      The boss is Duff Goldman and he's hired the best of his friends to help him! It's based in Baltimore, Maryland. The programme is shown on Good Food and they currently have 7 seasons!

      Some of the cakes i've seen them make are extraordinary! They've made things such as The Taj Mahal, a highland cow, a pinball machine, they've even made one of a viking ship!

      They often have a lot of disasters, e.g dropping cakes, parts falling off but they always have it finished on time!

      It's an amazing show and i'd recommed it to anyone, especially cake lovers!

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        07.01.2010 14:21

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        I've been a dooyoo member since about August last year but have only recently started using it frequently.

        I will admit that at first, I only started doing it to make a quick buck, but now, I actually enjoy writing reviews and reading them as they help me when i'm not sure on buying a product! I also like to see what other people think about products I use.

        Everyone on here is very friendly and also very helpful! I felt welcome as soon as I became a member.

        One of the good things is that they don't just give you money. You can recieve amazon vouchers and even donate your points to charity. When exchanging points for vouchers or money or whatever, I think the amount of points you have to have to exchange is quite a reasonable amount as earning points on here is quite easy!

        I'd definately recommed dooyoo to anyone!

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        07.01.2010 14:04
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        After years of searching for the right foundation for my skin, I found this. It definately is a dream!

        The lightness and smoothness of it makes it really light on your skin, whereas I find liquid foundation makes your skin feel really heavy. It doesn't leave a line around your face as it blends in very well.

        There's loads of different shades. I use fawn as i'm very pale and it makes me look a little darker, but doesn't make my face look a completely different colour to my neck.

        It covers spots and blemishes very well and at only £5 in most stores, it's a bargain. Also, for such a small pot, I find it lasts quite a while.

        I think there's only one disadvantage about it and that's that once you've been wearing it for quite a while, it tends to make your skin look a bit dry but all you have to do is put a little more on and your fine!

        I'd definately recommend this foundation.

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