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      26.09.2013 18:26
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      Good choice if you can get on offer

      I yo-yo terribly losing and gaining 30-40 lb each year. It's mostly due to the fact that I used to change countries every six months. In Croatia I had tons of land, a huge garden, animals to look after, etc. And I won't lie, I stuff my face while there. Full fat milk, tons of bakon and dry cured meats, homemade pud every day and huge portions.
      But I always end up losing a ton of weight.
      Then I come back to the UK. Live in a town, a flat with a parking lot sized back garden. Don't know anyone, hate the weather (it bothers me a bit physically too) and I eat maybe a third of what I ate before but its mostly processed foods and plastic veg/fruits. Annnnnnnnnd the pounds pile on quicker than ever.
      This time around I am stuck in the UK, no more back and forth. Yep the weight is back on.
      And so the reason for starting the Slim Fast diet.

      Each tin weighs 438g and contains enough powder for 12 drinks.
      The tin itself is rather pretty looking and colourful, it also depicts the shake being poured out and splashing up beautifully. On the back side of the tin is all the nutritional info, providing info on anything from calorie amounts to which vitamins and minerals are included.
      It also has a quick run down of the Slim Fast 321 Plan.
      The Simply Vanilla flavour is incredibly mild, even more so than the French Vanilla one, but I don't mind as I like a bit of bland now and again. But if you are a fan of vanilla then this will be lovely. The shake itself is not watery or bland, but its not sickly thick either. It is somewhere in between where it wont hold you down but it will fill you up nicely.

      Preparing the milkshake is easy:
      - Take 250ml of cold skimmed milk
      - Add 2 level scoops (a plastic scoop is provided in the tin) of powder to the milk
      - Cover and shake well for approximately 20 seconds. For best results use a blender and add some ice.
      I have tried using shakers before, even the ones with the mesh thingy and I still get clumped up bits of the powder. So now I use a blender, or a hand mixer and it comes out smooth and frothy. If you don't like the froth/foam just let it sit a bit and stir as it disappears quickly.

      Price for this is £5.95 although I only buy it on sale and try to stock up. Last time I bought Slim Fast I got 4 tins of powder for 11.80 ish and 25 snack packets for some 6 pounds. So it can come out cheap if you browse around a bit and stock up. Also considering that you are not eating as much of other foods it works out well I think.

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      23.09.2013 14:52
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      Lovely thing, lost a star for the prices only

      This was another one of those things that I drool over for ages but never get. To say that I love coffee is an understatement. I do not function in the morning until I get my fill, and if I do you best trust that you do not want to be around me!
      My lovely lovely hubby got me this as a present :) and you can imagine my joy!

      My Piccolo, and I call it my little penguin, came in a round cylinder shaped box. The box is mostly white with a red band running round the top of the box. On one side there are side and front pictures of the Piccolo and on the other side it lists the some of the coffee types available, as well as shoving inviting pictures of the same.
      it numbers out some of the features in four different languages as well as a quick pictorial of how the machine is used.
      Other than the coffee machine itself, the box contains a great little booklet with instructions, different drinks available, recipes etc. As well as a little 6 capsule starter kit.

      This machine looks quite a bit different than any other coffee machine I've come across, and it is not just its colours that make me think of a little penguin when I look at it, its the shape as well so that is how I will describe it!
      The front bit of the machine (the belly) is carved inwards in a round fashion. And where the penguin feet would be is an easily removable drip tray, because lets be honest, shit always gets messy... well with me anyway.
      Running down the middle of the penguin head (round top) is the tab that you pick up /press down. Once the tab is picked up it allows you to pull on the "beak" and pull out a little tray where the pods go into.
      Right above/behind the tab is a little lever that you move left or right, depending on whether you are making a hot or cold drink.
      The back of the penguin consists of a removable water tank which holds 600ml of water.
      On the side is a fun looking on/off button which also doubles as a ready indicator.

      This little gem is beyond easy to use and unless you have a little hiccup and actually spill some of your drink into the drip tray there isn't really any clean up to go with your coffee. Well other than washing your cup.
      To use the machine you should:
      - First fill the water tank and put it back into place, I make sure I use filtered water as our tap water can get quite scaly.
      - Turn the machine on and wait for it to get ready, the on/off button will go from glowing/flashing red to glowing green. This takes a few seconds and you can set your cup up and get the pods in the mean time.
      - Put your glass/cup onto the drip tray, under the round head. The drip tray can be lowered all the way down or put up depending on which drink you are making and how tall your cup is. If you have a short cup I suggest putting the drip tray higher up so the liquid doesn't splash out.
      - Flip up the tab running down the middle of the top of machine and pull out the pod tray. Now the rest of the instructions vary depending on which drink you are making. Some are cold, some hot, some use only a single pod and some use two. So you should consult the instructions provided.
      - Put the pod into the tray, place the tray back into place and put the tab down until it clicks.
      - Now switch the lever on the back left or right (depending on the drink) let it fill up as needed and switch back. Again, this might have to be repeated if two pods are used but it is the gist of it more or less.
      - After making your drink, don't forget to discard the pod by taking it out of the tray.

      So far I have tried the Cappuccino, Chococino, Nestea Lemon, and one of the more plain coffees from the starter pack but the kind slips my mind.
      Both the hot drinks (Cappuccino and Chococino) taste splendid, they have a rich aroma and a taste that doesn't lack one bit. I actually prefer their taste to the 'real deal' coffee shop drinks. The Nestea Lemon is a cold drink that I tried and while it also tastes lovely it gets this foam up top. I am not sure if I am doing anything wrong or not but the foam is a tidbit off putting for me, buuuuuuuuuut I am not THAT fussy. If you just stir it up some more it should disappear.
      I believe there are 29 different drinks that you could purchase and make with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine. They range from Marrakesh Style tea, to Cappuccinos (hot and iced), Lattes, Lungos and so on.

      There was a 'starter kit' provided inside the box. Now the box itself will make you believe that you are getting 6 free drinks but you are really getting 6 pods. I had this a while back so I can't remember the exact drinks that were in there, but I think that varies anyway. But for instance if you get Cappucino that takes 2 pods, as do many other drinks that call for milk. So that way your drink count already dropped by one pod.

      I am in love with this machine and its drinks. I am only sorry I don't get to use it as often as I like.
      The pods are quite pricey, depending on what you get, and I haven't had much luck of finding them on sales or discounted.
      Each box (in their online shop) costs 3.68£, regardless of flavour or number of drinks.
      Now I know that this isn't much money wise when compared to how much a coffee shop would charge you, but as someone who can't afford such things every day anyway this is pricey.

      Also the pod boxes are a bit tricky, I believe, with their advertising. This is especially true if you are new to these coffees. They will list the numbers of pods on the box, rather than a number of drinks, and someone that isn't aware or is in a hurry could think they are buying a double amount of drinks than they actually are.
      The machine itself is currently priced at 79£ on the official website.

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        22.09.2013 14:28
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        Great little machine, and very useful

        I have expressed on a few occasions that I'd like a pasta machine...
        I meant more of a "cheap just lets you run the dough through once to get it flatter" kind of a pasta machine. But come Christmas my hubby got me the Imperia Italian Double Cutter Pasta machine! As angry as I was that he spent money while we are in a cinch I was so happy to try it out!

        The pasta machine comes in a, not so big, red box with the Imperia logo clearly visible on it just above the picture of the machine at work. I must say I was surprised when I grabbed the box (Yes I grab my gifts from people...no time to be all nice when there's goodies awaiting!) it was quite heavy. I later weighed the machine and it came to weigh about 3lb. Now this is my first pasta machine so I don't know if that's standard or not but it made me feel like 'oooh now THIS is quality' sort of thing. It looks and feels a bit beastly and not at all like a toy but a serious machine.
        Mines came with two different cutters. These will cut the sheets of dough into 2mm tagliatelle & 6.5mm fettuccine.
        The machine needs a tidbit of assembly. You are required to put on the handle, secure it to your work surface and put on the attachment. It takes about a minute total to do this even if its your first time.
        In the package you will also find an instructional booklet with quite a number of recipes and a copious amount of adverts for all of these mouthwatering GIMMEGIMME attachments for the machine. I was amazed at the possibilities!

        The pasta making itself went smooth. I followed one of the recipes and instructions in the booklet.
        My only gripe is I can't clean the machine good afterwards. The bits of dough keep on sticking in between the blades and I have to wait till its all hard n dry to try n turn them out, or shake them out....or plead?!?
        If anyone has a trick for how to clean this god darn thing efficiently please do let me know!!

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        • Enter the Void (DVD) / DVD / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          22.09.2013 14:19
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          Sex and epileptic fit inducing colours

          "A stroke of genius", "A visual master piece" Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void was, for the most part, a huge hit with movie critics around the U.S. The visually stunning approach Enter The Void took to the silver screen was something that most thought had never been done before and was something to be marveled. Either Gaspar Noe had sold his soul to Don King or he was really on to something here.

          Enter The Void follows the life and death of Oscar (Nathan Brown), an American national that resides in Japan with his younger sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta). As far as a plot goes, that's about all there is to it..... honestly. The main plot behind this movie is so thin that I could spread a thick layer of Philadelphia over it and not worry about gaining any weight. The problem with 'The Void' is that it has a beginning, it has an end, but it lacks a middle. If my third grade English class has taught me anything it's that every good story should have a beginning, middle and end.
          When I say that there is a huge hole in this movie, I mean it. I've seen more substance in a Street Fighter movie than I have is 'The Void'. Now this usually wouldn't be a big problem considering that the psychedelic visual effects are supposed to be the big selling point of this feature film. But Enter The Void is two hours and forty minutes long. Yes, 160 minutes of bright colours and no real dialog to speak of.

          Gaspar Noe has relied on two things to keep the audiences entertained while watching his baby project. The first would be the aforementioned crazy bright colours and patterns. The second would be sex. Full on, verging on hardcore, sex. It's like Gaspar Noe let his horny teenager grandson direct at least seventy percent of the movie as when you aren't being blasted by played out images you wouldn't be surprised to see in a kaleidoscope, your getting full frontal porn shoved down your throat for no real apparent reason.
          There is only one way, just one way that Noe was able to do what he did with Enter The Void. He got high, extremely high and fell asleep watching season five of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. In fact I'll go as far to say that Noe borrowed idea's from the guys over at 'It's Always Sunny'. In the episode "Mac and Charlie write a movie", the boys write a movie about a hardcore scientist that goes around fighting crime. But being from Philly the boys needed to pay homage to fellow Philidelphian M. Night Symalan and add in a little twist. The twist being that every so often, the scientist (played by Dolph Lungren), would return to his lab and bang his assistant with the camera showing "full penetration". This is almost what Noe did, but instead of the incredibly stupid story, he removed it altogether so in the end all you are left with is visual affects and hardcore porn.

          Detailed rating:
          Story: 3/5
          Characters / Performances: 3/5
          Soundtrack: 1/5
          How does it compare to others by the same director?: 2/5
          Did you enjoy it? Hated it
          Special Effects: Good
          How does it compare to similar films? Unmemorable
          What format are you reviewing? Film only

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            20.09.2013 15:04
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            The playing field has never been so big and beautiful

            No other franchise receives more hype than Grand Theft Auto. From it's inception to it's release, the gaming world is abuzz with three little letters: G.T.A and number five looked to be no different. Grand Theft Auto V is, for the first time in the series' history, based around three main protagonists. Franklin, the street smart kid looking for bigger pay days in the criminal world. Michael, an ex bank robber turned terrible family man who finds himself getting pulled, not all too unwillingly, back into the life of crime and Trevor, Michael's old partner in crime and all around crazy person.

            The contrast between these characters has a real sway over the way you play. Franklin is from the slums of Los Santos, a gang banger with an affection for fast cars so you'll find yourself sticking to Los Santos, possibly committing a gas store heist or two. Playing as Michael you might find yourself sticking to Vinewood, shopping for luxurious cars or even playing the stock market. Meanwhile Trevor was built to envelope the psyche of your average player inside the world of GTA, a blood thirsty loon looking to cause havoc in any which way.
            Almost everything has been monumentally improved on. Guns now feel like they have a real kick to them as enemies go tumbling, only to sit half up, blood protruding from their limbs as they attempt a last hurrah to save themselves from your cluster of bullets. Each character has their own set of animations to really drive home the sense of difference between the young buck in the prime youth to the older man who can barely keep up. Driving has only been improved and some might say for the worse. Cars now feel somewhat floaty and turning feels far too sensitive. The gritty feel of the GTA IV drive has been replaced by a more arcade like sense of manoeuvrability, yet more user friendly feel.

            The playing field has never been so big and beautiful, as an entire island is open to the players from the start of the game. From the gritty streets of Los Santos to the sand ridden trailer park city of Sandy Shores, the scope for exploration has never been so huge. You'll be amazed by the beautiful landscapes set out before you and all the while running on hardware that is seven to eight years old. No game from this generation has looked as stunning as GTA V.
            GTA V has pulled off an incredible feat by living up to the monumental hype laid before it. Rockstar prove once more that they are incapable of doing any wrong as they release another instant classic masterpiece.

            Detailed rating:
            Gameplay/Playability: 5/5
            Graphics: 5/5
            Sound: 4/5
            Value for Money: 5/5
            Difficulty & Complexity: Average - suitable for most
            Longevity: Very good longevity
            Multiplayer: No Multiplayer/Not Applicable

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            • Total War Rome II (PC) / PC Game / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              A great concept marred by technical performance

              The original Rome: Total War made by The Creative Assembly was, in no uncertain terms, a real time strategy masterpiece. It was the first game in the series to do away with the sprite based graphics, replacing each unit with a fully fledged 3D model. Huge battles roared, men, women, dogs and elephants all getting their fair share of the action.
              That is what made Rome such an amazing game, it's scope was so diverse and so large that one moment you could be knee deep in the bogs of Germania, battling the barbarian tribes, and the next you could be facing down a horde of Persian elephants.
              The idea of a modern sequel had Total War fans scrambling for their wallets. Updated graphics, advanced AI, all the benefits of nine years of industry improvements, what could possibly go wrong?

              Apparently, just about everything. Rome II had such promise that no one could have predicted just how badly the launch would go.

              The game was, and at the writing of this review, still is nigh on unplayable.
              Performance is disgustingly bad, leaving both expensive gaming rigs, such as mine, and lower tier rigs screaming at the puke inducing ten to twenty frames per second average depending on how lucky you are.
              On top of that dire issue is the problem of the fantastic artificial intelligence The Creative Assembly had promised. Enemy armies would be twice as smart, three times as cunning and ten times more ruthless, well that was the idea anyway. Instead you are faced with the task of destroying socially inept nations that will wage war on every on any and every neighbour until their resources run dry to obliterating bumbling armies who would rather sit and each your arrows than charge out and fight.

              Beneath the unplayable outer surface is a genuinely good game with the same scope and diversity that made it's original so fantastic. However, still weeks after release the game is not in a playable state. The Creative Assembly or CA for short have been hard at work on patches to resolve said issues and if you can look past it's short comings in these areas you could easily find yourself having a blast wiping our entire races of people.

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              Shogun 2 failed to impress because it did nothing new

              Total War fans will rejoice at the long awaited revision of Shogun, the first ever game in Total War series.
              When Total War developers Creative Assembly decided that the next project they would invest their money and time into would be a remake of the game that put them on the map and started a franchise, Shogun :Total War, it must have been like a homecoming. Since the 2001 release of Shogun, Creative Assembly went on to produce five additional Total War games, all of which received critical success and cemented the series as one of the best franchises in the real time strategy genre.


              Could Total War: Shogun 2 live up to it's predecessor?
              No. Simply put, it couldn't. Undoubtedly the graphics took a huge leap and the options available to the player are far more vast but unfortunately Shogun 2 seemed stale from the get go. Shogun 2 decided to play it safe and failed to capture the imagination. The options available to the player were not all that dissimilar from other recent incarnations produced by Creative Assembly. So instead of feeling like you were playing a fantastic retelling of the original game, it felt like you were playing Empire: Total War, or another recent game, just with a graphical enhancement that took your soldiers from Europe and into Japan.

              There was a reason Shogun hadn't be remade until now. It was too polarizing for the huge American and European audiences the franchise appealed to. Put Europeans in Europe and they will enjoy conquering places they know and playing the role of historical legends of their region. Put a European in Japan and everything seems to lose context unless your an expert on Japanese history.


              Also take into account that it seemed that the franchise was going in a totally different route. From the Medieval era we progressed hundreds of years to the 1700's in Empire: Total War. A game that revolutionized how you played a Total War game due to the inclusion of muskets. And then from there we further progressed to Napoleon: Total War, further solidifying the constant move forward in eras and technology. Then before you knew what hit you, you were smack dab right back in the middle of feudal Japan. Your musket was gone and replaced with the sword once more. The timing couldn't have been any worse.

              Shogun 2 failed to impress because it did nothing new. It had nothing new to bring to the table and ended up being a game that we've all seen before when it comes to opportunities for the player. Of course that's not to imply Shogun 2 was merely Shogun 1 with better graphics, but to say that Empire, Napoleon and even Medieval have all given us the same level of freedom. Until now almost every Total War game in the franchise has had something new to bring to the table, unfortunately Shogun 2 just wasn't up to par.
              2 out of 5.

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            • X3 - Reunion (PC) / PC Game / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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              09.01.2012 10:41
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              Space simulation X3- Reunion comes closer than any other game before it

              It's commonly thought that space is infinite, being that it has no beginning and no end, it simply goes on forever. Space simulation X3- Reunion comes closer than any other game before it not just in the sense of accurately depicting and what the future might holds, but the also in capturing it's endlessness in what seems to be an endless game!

              X3 is an open world (or open universe?) space simulator in which you can play a number of roles depending on how you want to approach the game. For instance you could become a trader, going between galaxies buying produce for cheap in one sector and selling it for a profit in another. Or you could become a pirate, arming your spaceship with the most high tech weaponry and making your money by attacking trade ships and selling them off on the black market.

              You aren't stuffed into a corridor and forced to play the game in any certain way. This allows for some of the most amazing open ended stories simply because outside of missions, nothing is scripted. Of course you want a more organized story you can take up tasks for the various factions that inhabit the universe, from the Earth born Argon or the reptilian race Teladi. Each faction has their own set of diplomatic relations with each other, which can make for some cinematic fights when two military units from rival factions entire the same space.

              These missions can consist of simple pick up missions in which you must either retrieve a lost spaceship or take a high profile VIP from one sector to another while keeping him alive to harder tasks such as defeating a fleet of enemies in combat. It would be fair to say that X3: Reunion is a massive game to say the least and it's learning curve is just as big. X3 is an extremely hard game to get into, so if you''re looking for some cheap thrills this will certainly not be your cup of tea. However if your willing to learn and take the tough learning curve you'll be rewarded with an engrossing experience that you'll not soon forget.

              To properly make your way through the early part of your X3 life, you'll almost certainly need to watch videos and read tutorials on the ins and outs of the game. Of course if you've played any of the other X games you'll be right at home but if you're a newcomer it would pay dividends to read up a little before you jump into the universe.

              As far as games go, X3 is one of the largest and most rewarding out there and for that I give it 4.5 our of 5.

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              04.01.2012 15:37
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              Fun-ish while it lasts but you wont be re-playing this one

              Set in a post WWII Los Angeles, LA Noire puts the player in the well polished shoes of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who has recently joined the LAPD and quickly makes a name for himself. It's not long before Phelps finds himself investigating grizzly murders that take place across the city of angels.

              LA Noire is a one of a kind in terms of genre and something that most would no expect to be published by Rockstar games. Rockstar are known for their lush, open world shooters in which the player can go anywhere and do anything, LA Noire is unfortunately not the same type of dog. Instead the game keeps a focus directly on the storyline and as a officer of the LAPD you can't go around shooting people and taking cars. Instead you can commandeer vehicles while drawing your pistol is only available when completing a mission.

              Fans of the Grand Theft Auto series that were hoping for a "more of the same" vibe with LA Noire would be highly disappointed that this isn't the open world they were hoping for. But while LA Noire isn't Grand Theft Auto, it does an amazing job of what it has set out to do. Engrossing the player in a seedy underworld where murderers walk the streets and cops take a blind eye for a payout, you'll find yourself heavily invested in every case you take up.

              Helping you crack each case is the facial capture technology which is able to take an actors face and put it directly into the game. This is a big part of the game as it's heavily relied upon on telling whether the suspect is telling the truth or not. You've to watch for facial ticks, seeming anxiety or an all round feeling of being uncomfortable to seek the truth from the facade.

              For the most part you're stuck in corridor and are constantly being forced down a single, story driven path. But on route to said investigations you can also pick up side missions in the form of an APB (all-points bulletin). These little distractions usually take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete and for the most part feel almost unnecessary. You'll rarely find yourself invested in the nutjob that just killed someone right in front of you or the two gangs that decided to have a war in the middle of the town.

              Overall LA Noire does a good job of engrossing players into the world, but with so little else to be done in LA, the re-playability is almost a zero. LA Noire gets 3.8/5

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              • Mafia II (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                A lot of unfulfilled potential in this game.

                With the initial success of the original Mafia game, it was simply a matter of time before 2K games made a sequel to the mobster loving franchise. Set between the 1940s and 1950s, Mafia II puts the player in the shoes of Vito Scaletta, an Italian born American immigrant that found himself falling in with the wrong crowd from a young age.

                Vito's story starts as the teenager is caught stealing with best friend Joe Barbaro. While Joe would avoid the law, Vito was given an ultimatum, he could either spend his time in prison or take up arms in world war II as the military needed Italian speaking soldiers to help in the invasion of Nazi Italy. While returning to his home town while on leave, Vito runs into his old friend Joe who has apparently got himself involved with organized crime syndicates and pulls some strings to get Vito out of the military and back into the real world.

                It is here that the game starts to take off as Vito finds himself taking work with his friend Joe to help pay for his deceased fathers debt. The first portion of the game takes part in a snowy 1940s America while the second half takes part in the sunny, vibrant 1950's. These two parts of the game feel significantly different with the 1940s having a darker, grim feeling as Vito attempts to save his family and find a way to earn some money for himself while the second half of the game is a much brighter look as more vibrant cars and radio stations pop up around the city.

                The cities are huge and believable, it's just a shame that you'll rarely find yourself exploring the city as there is literally nothing to do in it. For an open world game, you'd expect to have some third party missions available to you but that simply isn't the case. Mafia II shows players the world they created through main story missions. The only problem is that you'll likely forget the city in a heart beat as you attempt to chase down a foe or speed to a friends need. This is where Mafia II falls flat on it's face. Almost all open world games alow the players to explore by themselves and learn the lay of the land. Those that have ever played any of the Grand Theft Auto games will know how easy it is to recall certain parts of the city just because they've spent so much time driving around it doing side missions and just exploring.

                Overall Mafia II feels like a rushed game. It looks like the team over at 2K spent so much time building the city and making the missions that they completely ran out of space to really make the city come alive with things to do. It's a shame too as the game itself had so much potential but alas, maybe if Mafia III ever goes into production, a real fully fledged 1950s America can be realized.
                Despite it's flaws, I give Mafia II three out of five.

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                  All in all they are now my go to pain killer and they aren't too harsh on the wallet either

                  I have been troubled with constant toothaches so when i left for Croatia and my husband stayed behind in the UK for a while I needed some pain killers. Yes I do realize they have them here but i don't always like testing and picking and choosing.
                  I asked him to bring me some Paracetamol caplets from ASDA as they've done the trick once when I was in the UK.
                  They come in a simple box which is mostly blue and I've seen two or so variants of the box for the same pill. Either way it clearly states that it is made by ASDA, that it's Paracetamol 500mg.
                  I was surprised at the price and wanted to buy a stack of boxes as they only have 16 pills each, but ASDA has a limit of two I believe, per purchase.
                  They sell the same medicine in 3 different shapes:
                  Paracetamol 500mg Caplets- £0.19
                  Paracetamol 500mg Tablets- £0.15
                  Paracetamol 500mg Capsules- £0.40
                  Now I don't have a problem with pills or swallowing them so I can get the cheaper version of the 3. This time though hubby got caplets.
                  They work at a standard rate, no better no worse, than a pricey name brand pill of the same type. They get rid of my headaches quick and my toothaches, up to a point, also disappear or subside at least. If you have a pain that is too strong for these 500 mg pills to be effective on then you should really go to a doctor rather than waste your money on more expensive pills as they wont help either.
                  All in all I am quite happy to have found these as they are now my go to pain killer and they aren't too harsh on the wallet either.

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                • ebay.com / Auction / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                  decent site to earn some extra cash

                  Ebay.com the worlds most famous online auction website has benefited a great number of people. Many people have found "treasures" for mere dollars on Ebay and saved money, and tons of them have sold many items and earned extra cash. Ebay can help supplement your income and allow you to earn a little bit of extra cash or it can grow into a full time job or a private business.Out of the many ways you can go about earning extra cash below are few examples.
                  If you are going to go into this you should be comfortable providing your personal and banking information to Ebay. So create an Ebay account, as well as a Paypal account and fill out all of the needed information and do all of the verifications and checks so you are ready to go.

                  Both Ebay sellers and buyers get reviews, comments and rating scores, often times if you are a new seller people might feel worried to buy from you because they don't know if you are honest, if you will keep up your end of the deal. To help offset that you should create a good profile, provide the sellers with information about you and your products, give them certain rules and an ability to contact you without much hassle. If you have a returns policy, or any guarantees post them there clearly, anything about shipping as well. People will react more positively to a seller that seems serious and with ample information than to a blank profile with no reviews.

                  Once you are done setting up your accounts you should set a budget. Yes, you DO need to spend money to make money. Ebay charges small fees to sell your items. While this is no big deal if you are starting out with just a few items, if you are doing large quantities you might want to keep it all in check. Maybe account for the fee in the price of your item.

                  Now would be a time to figure out what to sell. If you look through Ebay you can find anything from a rock to high tech gadgets, and the weirdest thing sell. It is suggested that you go through your house and see what you don't need, think of it as prepping for a garage sale. There might be some tools in the garage, like that nail gun from last summers roof project, which you have bought but honestly wont use again. Sell them, it will help someone out, get you some cash and free up your space. If you are into arts and crafts of any kind chances are you can either make pieces or already have them lying around, these would be great items to sell on Ebay to supplement your income.

                  When listing the item you will have various options. You should think about your auction price, which starts small, and your "Buy now" price which should be your ideal price. You should have quality pictures that will show off the item adequately as well as a good description, and once again any rules of sale.

                  Once your items are up for sale you shouldn't just leave it up to Ebay and the Gods of Chance, you should promote your items online as well as off, it will pay off for you big time in the long run.

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                  30.04.2011 20:35
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                  Fundamentally the game is flawed and utterly not up to standard for a EA title

                  EA MMA was supposed to be the next big title to come out of the EA sports brand. Refocusing on the fast rising sport of mixed martial arts, the EA sports team would look to use their experience and expertise to cash in on the ever growing sport but would EA MMA live up to EA standards?

                  In this outing, the Electronic Arts team were, possibly for the first time, without the major branding or label for their title. In every EA Sports title on the market, EA has always had the major brand or the major league such as the NBA, the NFL, the MLB or the NHL. However in this title, the premier mma promotion in Northern America (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) was already taken by rival gaming company THQ.This meant that EA would have go with the second best thing as they picked up the official Strikeforce brand.

                  There is no doubt that not having the UFC brand hurt the sales of game but looking past just sales, the game itself would have not done well, UFC branding or not. Fundamentally the game is flawed and utterly not up to standard for a EA title. There are three major modes in the game : exhibition, career and online. All three game modes fall well short of what you'd expect from this company. Exhibition is exactly what you'd expect, you fight an AI opponent under a number of rule sets (with no option to create your own) and that's about it. There isn't much to bring you back to play the game with exhibition mode.

                  Career mode should have been a major selling point for the title but yet again a seeming lack of time or care left this mode in a dire state. Rather than being this ever changing experience that would bring players back time and time again, career mode is nothing more than a overly long arcade mode. As a career mode fighter you get to create your own fighter (with limited choices for variation) and build him up as you rise through the ranks. For some reason you, the player, do not decide whom you fight so the entire process feels more like a chore than anything else and by the end you'll be hoping that the fortieth and final fight will come sooner.

                  Finally you have the online portion of the game which is, unsurprisingly, spoiled by cheap exploits. Overall the entire game needs to be patched extensively. New modes need to be added, the create a fighter mode needs to be made more in depth and the career mode needs to be completely redone. Clearly none of that will be changed with a patch so the best advice would be to avoid this game at all costs. Unless EA MMA gets a $30 price reduction, there is no reason that even the most hardcore MMA fan should pick this up.

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                  • Crysis 2 (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 13 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                    30.04.2011 20:32
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                    A nice effort but too generic to be a classic

                    Crysis 2 looked to build upon the success of the original Crysis by bringing high end graphics and explosive set pieces to the FPS genre. Unfortunately that's about all Crysis 2 has to offer.

                    Much like the first game, Crysis 2 is all flash and no bang. The storyline is about as unoriginal as it gets. Alien's invade the earth and it's your job to stop them. There is absolutely nothing that makes you care about the characters ( or lack there of ) and the world they inhabit.

                    Moving along from the linear storyline is the just as simple gameplay mechanics. For every situation you're given two paths to take, you can either use your high tech nanosuit to go invisible and stealthily kill your enemies or you can use your nanosuit to boost your health and go head first into the action. Variety is something that is greatly lacking in this title and nine times out of ten, if you find yourself in a tight spot you can simply go invisible and avoid all enemies, making the difficulty settings irrelevant.

                    All in all Crysis 2 is a nice treat to the eyes but before long you'll realize that the game is about as shallow as a paddling pool. When all the pretty set pieces and explosions are gone, you're left with a rather undesirable, all around mediocre experience.

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                      i would recommend this to everyone

                      I have expressed on a few occasions that I'd like a pasta machine... I meant more of a cheap just lets you run the dough through once to get it flatter kind of a pasta machine. But come Christmas my hubby got me the Imperia Italian Double Cutter Pasta machine! As angry as I was that he spent money while we are in a cinch I was so happy to try it out!

                      The pasta machine comes in a not so big red box with the Imperia logo clearly visible on it just above the picture of the machine at work. I must say I was surprised when I grabbed the box (Yes I grab my gifts from people...no time to be all nice when theres goodies awaiting!) it was quite heavy. I later weighed the machine and it came to weigh about 3lb. Now this is my first pasta machine so I don't know if thats standard or not but it made me feel like 'oooh now THIS is quality' sort of thing. It looks and feels a bit beasty and not at all like a toy but a serious machine.

                      Mines came with two different cutters. These will cut the sheets of dough into 2mm tagiatelle & 6.5mm fettuccine.
                      The machine needs a tidbit of assembly. You are required to put on the handle, secure it to your work surface and put on the attachment. It takes about a minute total to do this even if its your first time.
                      In the package you will also find an instructional booklet with quite a number of recipes and a copious amount of adverts for all of these mouthwatering GIMMEGIMME attachments for the machine. I was amazed at the possibilities!

                      The pasta making itself went smooth. I followed one of the recipes and instructions in the booklet.
                      My only gripe is I can't clean the machine good afterwards. The bits of dough keep on sticking in between the blades and I have to wait till its all hard n dry to try n turn them out, or shake them out....or plead?!?
                      If anyone has a trick for how to clean this god darn thing efficiently please do let me know!!

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