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I am a keen cricket fan, I like all forms of the game, especially the quick and entertaining T20 type of the game. For years cricket has struggled to be encapsulated in computer games, until now.
International Cricket 2010 is by far the best cricket title on Xbox 360. The controls for both batting and bowling are both difficult to master but easy to pick up at a basic level. Fielding is very difficult to pick up, if you'll pardon the pun, with a red, orange and green scale of catching. Green is a certain catch, orange 50/50 and red a drop. This is frustratingly difficult and a lot of catches are put down, and catches win matches!
There are a variety of game modes, as in real life cricket. There are One Day Internationals, 20/20 and Test Match modes, as well as some tournaments that mirror ones in real life such as the 20/20 Super League, which is meant to resemble the Indian Premier League. There are also tutorials in batting, bowling and fielding which have seemed to help me progress in the game. As for difficultly, Easy is far too easy, normal is competitively difficult and hard is ridiculously so.
Likenesses and realism is one thing this game struggles with. There are only two official licensed teams, England and Australia. All of these players have the correct names and actually look like their real-life counterparts. All other International teams have generic players who do not look like their real cousins. Also their names are close to the real thing but not correct, my favorite being James Blond, who is meant to be Shane Bond. These names can be edited to the real names, but doing this for every single team would be extremely time consuming and tedious. Also their appearances can be edited, with a variety of skin tones, builds and facial features. Also the "kit bag" feature allows for you to change which bat, pads or helmet a specific player wears. Many other sports games, like Fifa 11, Tiger Woods and F1 2010 have official names teams and kits, so i cannot see the difficultly in getting these licenses, maybe they should have spent a little more time (and money) on gaining.
Batting controls consist of three main types. Getting ready, by pressing Y, Playing a shot, with a variety of buttons and movements of the Right and Left Sticks, and running, by pressing Y. These are quite easy to begin with but as the bowlers deliveries change speeds and spin or swing, this becomes more difficult to master.
Bowling is harder, but equally realistic. using the sticks to place the ball, with a helpful indicator telling you how good the placement is, and pressing A to judge speed.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised to find this game a worthy title on the Xbox360. At only £7 on amazon this is a bargain and a definite buy for any gaming and cricket fan.
As a keen player of the gargantuan Call of Duty franchise, since the old CoD 2 days on PC, I heavily anticipated the release of this game. Sadly, with most things with great hype, they cannot live up to the expectation. Yes this game has sold millions upon millions of copies, but i feel this game does not have the same playability and style as previous CoD game, notably Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
The campaign on Black Ops is better than a lot of people say it is. I like the mystery behind the storyline, and without giving much away, the ending was unexpected. Playing as the character Mason throughout (mostly) the campaign is helpful in defining the campaign. There are a variety of different missions in different terrains and environments, which have been included in the multiplayer maps. There are four difficulties ranging from recruit, for first time players, all the way up to veteran, where you will not survive. For the campaign i would give a rating of 4/5 as i throughly enjoyed the storyline and challenge of playing as Mason, and finding his fate.
This is what the Call of Duty franchise prides itself on. Multiplayer. There are a variety of online game modes, were there are team or objective based games, as well as more individual game modes. As i mentioned earlier there are a variety of maps, ranging from Jungle , Arctic , Urban and Rural terrains. The maps are OK, not better than previous installments of the game. there seems to be an awful number of positions were a team can gain an unfair advantage, and annoy me or any other player in the process. The guns are great, there are very usable Assault rifles, SMG's,LMG's and Sniper rifles, as well as the ever frustratingly over-powered shotguns. The ability to progress by "ranking up" allows you to gain new guns, perks and attachments through their new and rather annoying "COD Points" system. You earn these points by playing well in online games.
This is a highlight of the game. The three zombie maps already on the game, "Kino der Toten" , "Five" and "Dead Ops Arcade" are extremely addictive and fun, to play with a group of friends or simply solo. The aim of these types of games is to kill the zombies round by round, as they get stronger and more of them appear (My personal record is round 35, not bad may i add). Through the Xbox Live service there is downloadable content which at a cost of MS Points, depending on what you download, which allow you to get two newer Zombie maps, Ascension and Call of the Dead, as well as additional online multiplayer maps, such as Station or Berlin Wall.
Overall this game is not bad, but not particularly good either. The strong campaign is surprisingly not backed up by the rather annoying and weak online multiplayer. As ever the extra Zombies mode really gives an added fun bonus.
Websites, there are millions of them out there, so why is it that I could only name 10 sites which I visit regularly? Anyways, here's the list, from 10 to 1.
Many people know about eBay, the biggest online auction site. I only really use it to get rid of some old things, and of course to earn a little extra cash. I also buy a lot of things on eBay, if you are really interested; I have actually earned 344 positive feedbacks.
I am a very sporty person, and the BBC's website is, in my opinion, the best opverall sporting website around. I follow football, rugby, F1 and a little bit of cricket and tennis, so the BBC website is the best choice for me.
Dooyoo. You're on it now, so no need to explain. But yeah, this site is another of my daily visits.
Again, another BBC website. I am always very forgetful, and I forget to watch most of my favourite programs on TV, so the iPlayer is a great way to catch up.
I check my emails every day, I need to, for uni, catching up with friends, and seeing if anyone has commented on my drunken facebook statuses. Hotmail, which I have had since I was 11, is the easiest web-based email out there.
Yeah. Google. It's a search engine.
I have an unhealthy obsession with this site, I am always on there, always.
Although, what isn't there to like, you can chat, play games, meet new people, and spy on your ex's. Well, I do.
I waste hourse of my life on this site, playing free online games. Although I am a demon at the darts game.
It's my home page, so I see it all the time. It has news, sport, weather and everything else you need at a glance.
This is a GPT site, were you complete offers and surveys for points, to spend on Amazon , I am fairly new to this site, but I have earned quite a bit in a couple of weeks. Drop me a message if you want a referral link.
M and M direct is a great site, offering great brand named clothing for men, women and children. The site has all of the big names, at great low prices. I first stumbled upon this when looking for birthday presents.
*What's on the Site?*
The site offers clothing, shoes, swimwear and apparel for all sizes and ages. They have popular brand names such as Animal, Timberland, ADIDAS, Miss Sixty, Duffs, Quicksilver and many more, which my brain has forgotten since two days ago.
As I mentioned beforehand, these prices are all very much reduced to what they would normally be for these brands on the high street. M and M have got very low prices; in fact some of the items are up to 60% off, at some points even more off, in sales and offers. Another great thing about this site is that they sometimes send you discount codes, enabling you to get even more money off of your favourite brands.
*Quality of Items*
As all items on the site are brand names, they have a good quality also. This is reassuring that such cheap items are of the highest quality.
Delivery, at a standard, will cost you £3.99, and at a quicker "express" version, £7. This is a fairly reasonable cost, considering if you have a lot of items. The standard delivery tends to arrive in 3-5 working days, with the express 1-3.
Also, the site is very well laid out, you can sort your searches on a number of criteria. With regards to payment, this website is extremely secure, so there is nothing to worry about there.
To summarise, M and M direct, discount quality brands.
After playing a previous version of Super Smash Bros. at a mate's house, I decided to purchase, when it arrived, the new version, for the Wii.
The main idea of Super Smash Bros. Brawl is to knock your opponent off of the screen with a series of punches, kicks and any other fighting move under the sun. Another thing this game is known for is that it brings different game franchises together, i.e. Mario fights against Pikachu, or Peach vs. Kirby.
The basic brawl mode is where you simply select your character and stage, then fight to the death, there are three modes you can use to determine how the fight is won: Time- After an allotted period of time, the player who dies the least wins. Stock- After losing a certain amount of lives (Stock) you lose. Finally there's Coin- the winner is the person who collects the most amount of coins. This after about 10 minutes gets boring as the controls don't take much skill, you just bash A and B continuously, with not much thought.
Talking of controls, I am quite unimpressed with them as they are fairly old school, using a thumb stick, or toggle as I call them, the manoeuvre your player, I thought seeing as its on the Wii maybe you could move the character with the remote ...
The story/adventure mode is better than the normal Brawl mode, but still the storyline is a bit tacky, and does confuse me a bit, although most things do. Also there is a classic mode where you have to fight 12 levels in a row, just as repetitive as the other modes.
One of the key things about this game, however, is the vast amount of unlock-able content, from characters to trophies to stickers and music. These can be won in an infinite amount of ways. The game itself is repetitive, but the unlock-able content really adds to the longevity of the game.
The graphics of this game are fairly impressive for the Wii, but nothing compared to Xbox360/PS3 standards yet. They do look brilliant in slow-motion though. Audio is exceptionally good, as the sound truly depicts the surroundings, and to some extent the fight.
Although his review seems quite a negative one, I must stress that for 10 or 15 minutes a go, this is great fast paced frantic fun, but for nothing more than that.
Overall this game is great for goldfish, as they can't remember much.
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Windows Live Mail, or Hotmail as it is more commonly known, is probably the most well known web-based mail provider, and in my opinion it's the best too.
I have had Hotmail long enough to have a .com email address, and since me joining the site, I have seen it develop into the number 1 web-based mail service around the web. To have a Hotmail, or Live nowadays, account you need to sign up, this is a simple process taking only a couple of minutes, with the usall information needing to be added, such as Name, Address. Of course you must select a username, which goes before @live.com.
The aesthetics of the site are very pleasing to the eye, with a sky blue and white colour scheme, the layout of the site is very easy to use, so you can access all mail folders easily, they can be found on the left-hand side of the page. You can do all of the stuff on a regular email programme, delete draft and save messages.
There is a 5GB storage allowance, which according to live, "Grows When You Need It" although I don't, as I delete most after reading. As for attachments, there is more than enough to send and receive those "funny" emails from that person in the office, when it just turns out to be an "inappropriate" picture.
Talking of inappropriate, the spam filter is good for a web based mail, with the odd Russian wives invite getting through.
There is also an option to download Windows Live Mail, a programme that lets you access your mail, just like you would on hotmail.com, and in my opinion you shouldn't bother to download it, the web page works just as well.
Overall a very good option for web-based mail for people who only use email lightly, like me.
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As most dooyoo-ers will know, Amazon.co.uk is a site which sells, well, everything. Video games to duvets to pedometers to dummies, you name it, Amazon will probably sell it. I think the site is the best on the net for online shopping.
The first thing I will talk about is price. Overall on Amazon the pricing is very good, with most products being sold at the RRP, if there isn't a special promotion in a certain area. Discounts are offered if you buy more of the same type of things, E.G. Wii controller and Wii Nunchuck.
Secondly, variety and things on the site. As I mentioned earlier Amazon sell pretty much everything, so you are almost definite to find what you are looking for. Recently they added a MP3 download site, just thought I would mention. The site has got all that a shopper could need
Next, the site itself. Aesthetically Amazon is very good, with one, if not any, Ads in view. The colour scheme is pleasant on the eye, and the layout is nice too. Navigating around couldn't be easier, there is a search bar, where you enter the item you want. Many suggestions come up, which, most of the time (if spelling is correct), are accurate. There is a search filter option also, if you wanted to search a particular category...
Postage, all important postage. The standard delivery, free when over £25 is spent, takes around 3-5 to post, with a couple of days to dispatch the item, so in reality, 5-7 days, based on my personal experience. You have the option to spend a little extra for express delivery, this take 1-2 days to come.
Overall the best shopping site on the net, its trustworthy and has all the things anybody could need.
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The free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, seems like a gem of a website, but after further inspection, it does have its downsides.
The homepage of the site is a simple logo and search bar, where you have to enter what subject you would like top research, but be careful with spelling. There are so many articles on this site, in a variety of different languages, you are almost certain to find what you are looking for.
As I mentioned before, Wikipedia is full of information about anything in the world, or in fact universe. The information in the articles is detailed, sometimes too detail for schoolchildren possibly, as a student in Uni myself, I am told not to use this site, but I do, sometimes. There are over 2.9 million articles in English.
Why am I told not to use this site? Well, it's because many people edit these pages, so, obviously, you are going to get people that will write bogus information, and try to be funny. This is a shame, but true. The site is controlled by administrators though, although some, less-obvious things can get through. Overall though, this site is a good starting point for research, maybe to introduce you to a topic.
This is a site which can give great assistance to school kids and Uni Students, as well as anyone else researching a topic. I would recommend that you look on specialist websites to the topic in hand, as the information on this site may not be quite right.
In summary, a good site with a vast amount of information on a range of different topics, that is a good starting point for research, although I recommend using specialist websites to your certain topics. It is a shame that people enter incorrect information on this site.
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This title in the Guitar Hero Series has really made it into a very popular franchise. Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock entwines great visuals, songs and above all Gameplay to make a truly amazing Rock experience, second only to the real thing, in my opinion.
First of all, price. The game's RRP with disc and guitar is £70.00, which I think is extortionate, although I picked this up for £35, in HMV, so I was happy with that. I personally think the game is worth about £40, as the longevity is good, but after all, all you do is play guitar. There are in total 73 songs available in the game, but as more games come out you can buy discs for these.
Gameplay. The way to play this game is by pressing down fret buttons, coloured one at the neck of the guitar, in time with strumming the strum bar, at the bottom. This does seem quite easy, but as there are 5 buttons and only 4 fingers available to press, it can get tricky on hard and expert mode. I can just about cope with medium. It, surprisingly, is quite realistic, and you do get quite carried away with some of the songs, my favourite being Slow Ride, by Foghat. In Career mode, you make a band and try to play your way to the top of the Rock hierarchy, this mode continuously gets harder as it goes along. Also there is a co-operative Career mode. In quick play, you just select a song, and play, trying to beat your previous high score. There are also tutorial and Practice modes.
Graphics, whilst not as good as the Xbox360 and PS3, are still very good on the Wii, with the band characters and the stadia getting portrayed really well.
Audio is great, the songs themselves are very loud, as you would expect at a rock gig. You can hear the fans and other instruments well, and overall both graphics and audio create a good atmosphere.
Overall a great game for the family to play against each other. If you can pick up this game on sale, I would recommend it to anyone.
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This is a site, full of fun and entertaining games. I first came across this site when on facebook, but now I use the site itself.
The website layout is easy to navigate around, with clear links to all of the types of games, as well as other specials. One thing though, it is annoying that the log in button is right in the corner, new users may not be able to find it.
There are a great variety of games on this site, from action to shooter to sport, and everything else in-between. You will never get bored of this site. As far as the quality of games, they are very simple, and addictive, copter and cube field are ones which I could sit on for days. There is a great high score system, so you really want your username to be on the all time list. Bear in mind that to take part in high scores, you must register, for free.
Graphics, are as to be expected with these little flash games, are very average, but its all about the Gameplay with these. Gameplay doesn't disappoint.
Some of my favourite games:
Cube Field- You are a little arrow, you have to avoid cubes.
Copter- Click the mouse to avoid blocks in a little helicopter.
Tactical Assassin- Sniper game, a few little missions to complete, quite a tough one.
Another great feature is that on social networking sites, like Bebo and Facebook have a Mindjolt app, so you can play against your friends and battle it out of those all important high scores.
Overall, a great site for games, its right up there with Miniclip or something like mouse breaker.
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Mozilla Firefox, a web browser, with a lot of differences to IE, most of them good. If you have never tried Firefox before, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Aesthetically, the browser looks very good. The buttons and links are very pleasing on the eye, and in general the whole browsing experience is. There are toolbars, as with IE, but there are options to take them away as well, if you think they are annoying, like me.
Security wise, Firefox is second to none. Every file you download off of Firefox is scanned for viruses before hand, by Firefox itself. Also, pop-ups are always being blocked, with the odd rarity getting through. Also, there is an option to get an ad blocker plug-in which, funnily enough, blocks ads.
Speed, the all important word when it come to the internet. In my opinion, IE is a much slower browser than Firefox, especially when it come to start up, although is a faster browser than Firefox, which is Google Chrome, reviewed separately. When browsing itself, Firefox is reasonably fast, although this does somewhat depend on your connection. Also when you are downloading Firefox, it take less than 5 minutes for it to be up and running, again this depends on your connection speed, but mine, which is quite slow, took only 5 minutes, roughly.
Plug Ins and Add Ons are a great feature in Firefox, as there are no limit to what you can download to make your browsing experience that more better, and personalised to you. My favourites are Foxytunes, which controls your media players whilst you are on the web, and ad blocker, which I have mentioned previously.
Overall a great web browser, that is a lot better than IE, although Google Chrome is a good competitor.
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Crazy Taxi, a great arcade classic, has now gone onto the portable system, the PSP. Crazy Taxi on the go, with not a lot been changed, although, why fix something not broken?
This title has all of the things you would expect on Crazy Taxi, it is a game where you have to drive around picking up people and give them lifts to places, in return for money, strangely enough, in a taxi. I must add this game is very addictive. There are single player and multiplayer options, on the wireless network, so you could play this game with your mates, a good touch.
In single player, there are Arcade and Original modes, (which I can't tell the difference) and also the "Crazy Box" which is some driving mini-games, which are quite good. In multiplayer, it's a straight battle to see who can earn the most.
Also, this game has got Crazy Taxi 2 as well, with a few extra minor things on it, like new characters and sound effects, and some other levels, such as ; Main Apple, Around Apple. So a good variety of levels on this one. Crazy Taxi also has some mini games.
Graphics on this game are very much like the arcade version of yesteryear, quite blocky, and probably below "good standard" on the psp, but I think this gives the game a retro touch. Audio is good quality on the psp, and very funny sound effects, and great screams when you "accidently" run over a by stander.
Overall a good game which keeps a retro feel to it, good, fun game with good sound effects. Fun levels and mediocre graphics. It's a shame they haven't added anything new to it.
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Rewards1, a site were you complete random things, such as surveys and subscriptions, to earn points, these points then get converted into prizes, such as games consoles, video games and other electronic goods. Sounds good? Not so...
At first glance, this site looks a good one, well set out, with hundreds of testimonials showing that it works. After signing up, which took about 2-5 minutes, I started on the offers. This site is based in the USA, but can be used in UK, Canada and Australia.
Offers, there are loads to choose from, some giving you more points than others, with 1 points equating to $1, or about 62p. The shortest offers get you around 0.2 points, which takes about 5 minutes to complete, which in my opinion isn't worth it. The longer offers are worth more points, but take up more time to complete... Also, some of these offers do not get you points, you complete them and no pints are awarded, so the site is very inconsistent when it comes to giving out points.
As far as prizes go, there is a lot to choose from, all of the major consoles, and games for them, as well as others things, such as mobile phones and gift cards, or even jewellery! As I said before, its going to take you a lot of time to earn enough points for good prizes, but if you have the patience- which I don't - you could get some good rewards off of this site.
Before I finish, I must say that this website is not a scam, and does actually work, but it will take some time for you to get something nice.
Overall a good site for free things, but do not underestimate the amount of time and effort you will need to put in...
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After earning my first 30,000 dooyoo miles, I decided to splash out on another Wii-mote, for my Wii. After browsing around on Amazon, I saw that, for a couple of pounds more, you can get a game with your controller too. Wii play, was the game...
The general idea of this game is to familiarise you with the many ways your Wii -mote, such as turning, pointing, finding and many other various things. There are games themed around one of these certain types of movements.
In total, there are 9 different games, such as; Table-Tennis, Billiards, Fishing, Bull Riding, as well as others, but these ones are, for me, the better games. The games, all in all, are fairly easy to play, and to learn too, after 1 go you would have mastered it!
As for longevity, the short answer is not very. After playing all of the games once or twice, that's about as much fun as you are going to have with it. Although there is a single player option, but all that is different is a medals table, were you can earn medals depending on your score. Multiplayer can last for 30 minutes to an hour per friend, I would say.
Graphics wise, very much like Wii-sports, or any other Mii based game, blocky and cartoon like, but, for this type of game, the graphics don't really matter that much. Great for kids though. Audio is great, americanised, but still very good. Cheesy backing tunes, which sound like they have been done with a 10 year old and an xylophone, do feature on this game, but hey, it's for kids!
Overall a great bonus when buying yourself that extra Wii-mote, but don't buy it for the game itself. I would recommend to anyone wanting an extra Wii- mote
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Youngpoll, the kid's version of Onepoll, the main aim of the site is to provide short, sharp surveys to children aged 6-15, and in return, a small reward. I am a member of Onepoll, and my little brother Youngpoll.
This site is, as I said before is a surveying site, but aimed for children. The site is very easy to navigate around, with big bright buttons to click to visit certain sections of the site, a must if its aimed at children. Your child has to have an adult member of Onepoll in the family to sign up to Young Poll, which I personally think is a bad idea.
The surveys come under quite a wide range of things, some serious and educational, such as bullying, with others fun, such as celebrities and so on. My little brother, who is 12, is quite engaged in this site, spending about half an hour a night on it, earning about 50p-£1 a day. Once you have reached £30, you can ask for a cheque to be sent, so quite a large payout level, but good when a get paid. I personally have been paid after £30 on Onepoll, but my brother is only on £26, so cannot be paid, I'm sure he will do though.
As well as paid surveys, there are competition ones too, prizes are quite nice, like iPods and games, but the chances of you winning are very slim. This is a nice touch though.
Overall a great site for kids wanting to make a bit of pocket money, but it can be a slow process, and they could get bored.
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