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This was very much one of those should I/shouldn't I games, as i'd seen advertising and read reviews that proclaimed that this would be the revolutionary game of this generation of consoles. I'm glad I went with my gut instinct and bought it.
It's hard to describe this game as anything other than a platform, but it's a platform with a difference. That difference primarily being that you can create and share your own levels. The creator side of the game is a part that i've not delved into too much - primarily due to a lack of time and an even greater lack of original creativity - but i've managed to get a good proportion of the creator trophies. Having the tools available to make the levels that are available in this game (and all the downloadable content too) just makes me realise how dedicated and focused on detail you need to be to be a game designer. There are clearly plenty of those out there too, judging by the user created levels i've played!
Sackboy is going to be one of the iconic characters of this generation, just like Sonic and Mario were of generations gone by. In the game you can do everything you'd expect in a platform game, but you can also move his arms and head independently using the sixaxis and sticks.
One final thing is that the narration throughout the game comes from Stephen Fry of all people.
From ordering to installation getting Sky Broadband has been an absolute breeze.
I ordered Sky for our new flat through a cashback website, so I had already reduced the overall cost for the year as I am due £100 cashback over the next 12 months, but with a special offer of reduced broadband charges and line rental for a little over £17 per month, unlimited downloads, a 12 month contract, a free router, free line installation and free evening and weekend calls how could i refuse.
The order process was extremely easy: check you can get Sky then order it. The website allows you to check on the progress of your order as well as reschedule your installation date (if required). The installation guy (it was outsourced to another company) was friendly and helpful, and even let me know what he was doing, which most people wouldn't bother with but i'm inquisitive. The router arrived before it was scheduled and I was up and running a full 3 days before the stated activation date.
The first few days started off with a relatively slow speed, approximately 2mb, but this has been stabilised and i'm now getting around 8-10mb, at the top end of the estimated speeds Sky had estimated. Presumably this will change as traffic management rules come into effect, but at the moment I really can't complain!
I have had my iPod dock for a few years now but it still comes into its own with each new variant Apple produce. It serves as a lovely stand for my iPhone currently, which also means I know where it is and i have a place to charge it (as all iPhone owners know if you actually start using the thing the change quickly runs out!). Although you're supposed to use the dock inserts with it you really don't have to, as it will hold any iPod/iPhone devices easily and snugly without. If you're an Apple devotee and go out and buy the new lineup each year you will end up forking out a small fortune for the new dock inserts each time (damn you Jonny Ive and your changing designs!). The remote is also a funky little thing that has all the buttons you'll need on it. One slightly issue is that if you have your dock connected into your Mac and try to use the remote you can end up controlling both the Mac and iPod/iPhone!
This is the second Dolce Gusto machine that i've had, the first being the Melody 2 model. The first thing i can say about the Piccolo is that it is so much smaller and compact than its older brother. Of course this comes with its downsides - notably the water tank. The smaller size on this model does mean that I find myself refilling it after every couple of cups - a bit of a chore if you have guests over and are making a half decent sized round of drinks!
Krupps have learn their lesson from the first few models. Hidden under the water tank is a little coil that can be used to pierce the needle. Anyone who has one of these machines in a hard water area will know what i'm on about, with the needle becoming clogged very easily. Presumably if you're in this situation you're supposed to use the de-scaler (although not expensive i've not found a shop that stocks them apart from the Dolce Gusto website).
All in all a very good cup of coffee. If you want a proper coffee then you can go to a coffee shop, but if you want something similar at home then this is the machine for you.
I received this as a Christmas present from my family, which takes me back a few years, as I'm much older now that when I used to get Lego sets. I'm not sure on price, but I think you can pick them up for around £80 in places such as Amazon.
The size of the box alone lets you know that this is a big set, but it also reminds you of how iconic the image of a campervan really is. The size of the model is shown by the fact that there are two instruction booklets. This is the first Lego model I've ever had that has more than one!
Building took me about 5 hours (with a couple of breaks - it was Christmas day after all) but was very addictive, as you could clearly see with each step the van taking shape. Having built many Lego sets in the past this was something that didn't phase me, and I was actually disappointed when it was all built as there was nothing for me left to do!
Once built this is very much an impressive set. All original features have been included, such as the pop-top, bench that folds into a bed, even the kitchen sink. It really does look as though a lot of attention has gone in to designing this in order to keep it as close to the original design as possible. This stretches to features such as a lava lamp, a flower and even a 'Make Lego not war' t-shirt hanging in the back.
There are a couple of areas that do bring the model down. Firstly, the side doors open outwards to allow access into the van, however unless you close them perfectly they do tend to catch on each other. Second, although there is a steering wheel, it is not connected to the front axle, so you can only really go straight. Finally, if you open the engine cover (found under the boot lid) there is a replica engine, although again this is not connected to anything and is just for show. These last two are minor points, and more something you would expect of a Technics set.
In summary this is a great set, the extent of which is shown by a recent visitor to my house not even knowing that it was a even a Lego set, they thought it was just a replica model. It was a pleasure to build, and I'm looking forward to moving house so I have to take it apart and rebuild it again.