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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 9: The Town of Strife II
Spice and Wolf, Vol. 9: The Town of Strife II
by Isuna Hasekura
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Emotional Story But Poor Economics (No Spoilers), January 13, 2014
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Spice and Wolf is my favorite anime and I have read all the novels to date so far and have enjoyed them all. This book was interesting and continues on about the precarious state of the city and the situation into which Lawrence and Holo have stumbled. Storytelling wise, this is a great Spice and Wolf book with many great moments (especially if you're a fan of Eve).

Why the 3 star review? I think the economics discussed in this latest book were just plain silly. It's not that it's hard to understand - it just doesn't make sense. The author does not explain why things are proceeding the way they are. I will not give any spoilers but it constantly makes you ask questions which are never fully answered. The lack of context at times makes it equally confusing. At times you just wonder "why don't the just do this?" or "how and why is this person so important to what's going on?" Some events happen and the author wants to just hop on board without asking questions. The economic principles in the earlier books were great but this last one is severely lacking. The worst part was a resolution that seemingly came out of nowhere. A huge plot was building up and at the climax something just flies in and everything just solves itself.

It lacks the old flair of Lawrence trying to outsmart Amarti, plotting with Milone trading, or even his original conspiring with Eve in the fur trade. Alongside the witty dialogue and interpersonal relationships of the characters, Spice and Wolf is known for and prides itself in the logical economic scenarios that challenge both Lawrence and the reader. The first books almost always present certain trading techniques and put Lawrence in a puzzling situation, giving the reader the tools and suspense to solve the riddle. The solutions were satisfying too. This book had none of that and instead just had a fairly incoherent sequence of events which you were expected to just accept. Stuff happened. Dont ask why it's happening this way. Just wait for the solution to come.

This book is great for the emotional and storytelling ride. Classic Spice and Wolf dialogue, tone, and atmosphere you would expect. However, the logical sequence of events leaves much to be desired as it leaves many questions without answers. The flow of events just wasn't fully explained and seemed improbable and strange. For this reason, I am not fully satisfied with this book in comparison to the rest of the series. Definite must read for Spice and Wolf fans, but it lacks the creativity and ingenuity of the older books.


Spice and Wolf, Vol. 7: Side Colors
Spice and Wolf, Vol. 7: Side Colors
by Isuna Hasekura
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Side Colors is a series of fun short stories, December 30, 2012
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Side Colors is volume 7 in the Spice and Wolf NOVEL series (NOT MANGA). There are 3 short stories - the first is ~120 pages and the other two are ~40 pages each. The first story takes place before the Spice and Wolf main story (pre-Lawrence). It is told through Holo's point of view as she meets some young traveler's and journeys with them for a short time. The second was actually adapted into the Spice and Wolf anime. It is about Holo and Lawrence buying clothes and exchanging money. The third story was also adapted into an anime special. Holo, Lawrence, and Norah have dinner, but Holo falls ill and Lawrence has to take care of her.

Overall, nothing in the main story arc has advanced. This book was just a series of side stories and little snippets the author decided to write. In the ending word from the author, he says that the main reason for writing this book was to give some stories from Holo's perspective for a change from the main story, where it is all from Lawrence's perspective. If you have already watched the anime, this book is a little disappointing because you will know two of the three stories. Nonetheless it is still a fun read if you are a fan of the series.

If you have been keeping up with the novel releases, you'll be happy to know the publisher, Yenpress, has decided to once again increase production speed. Their goal is to release a new book every 4 months or so. So, Volume 8, which will continue the main story, releases in April, 2013. Quickly following it is volume 9 which will be released in August.


PlayStation Vita - Wifi
PlayStation Vita - Wifi
Offered by legendary Juny
Price: $260.00
122 used & new from $129.98

416 of 458 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3DS vs Vita - Multimedia Powerhouse, February 22, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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**I wrote a pretty big review on the 3DS, and as I mentioned in that review, I definitely was going to write one for the vita. I usually support my reviews for a while, so I will be reading all comments and will keep updating the review over the next few weeks as I learn more and more. Please do comment with any info you have and I'll edit the review**

In short, the Playstation Vita is an amazing multimedia device packed with tons of cool features. We all know it's an amazing system and I won't be talking specifically about every single feature -- I'll leave that to Sony and the Amazon description. Instead, I'll look at in comparison to the 3DS and how it functions as a multimedia device overall (in comparison to mobile phones, iPods, etc). I also will give you a run down on what makes the Vita a great system and what limitations it has.

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Pros:
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1) Ridiculous hardware. Very powerful GPU and processor for a handheld system. This thing blows the 3DS graphics out of the water and don't even try comparing it to mobile app games graphic-wise. I wouldn't say the graphics are quite PS3 level from my time with Uncharted, but they're pretty close. The analog sticks protrude from the system a tad more than the original PSP's did and are a bit on the small side, but they still feel solid and having two analog sticks is a huge plus for most games.

2) Beautiful Screen. The screen is very high resolution and is very large. The screen is a 5 inch OLED and is actually very bright. On max brightness, this shuts out lots of glare that usually plague mobile devices, so you could definitely use this in bright environments.

3) Strong Launch Line-up. There are a few solid launch titles and many more in the near future.

4) Cross Game chat and Trophy support for games. The Vita finally brings cross game voice chat (something which PS3 users have been wanting for ages).

5) Huge multimedia potential. You can transfer over music or videos (you may have to convert them into the few formats that the Vita recognizes though), stream things through Netflix or a media center PC, or get content off of the PSN (Playstation Network). Combined with the gorgeous screen, multimedia on the go will be awesome.

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Cons:
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1) Memory cards. What you need to know: for major games, YOU HAVE TO BUY A MEMORY CARD to save your game data (Uncharted is one of these games). The memory cards are in a new Sony format that are a bit pricy ($20 for 4GB, $30 for 8GB, $60 for 16GB , $100 for 32GB). I wish Sony would have used SD cards like the 3DS or even micro-SD cards if they wanted something smaller. Maybe they did it to combat piracy (which was hugely rampant on the PSP), maybe to make a bit extra money instead of losing money to the SD card manufacturers. In any case, it's annoying to us consumers. It's also kind of ridiculous that after paying $250 that the system comes with no storage space. If the device had a built in 8GB of storage, it would be much more competitive. Remember, the memory card is where you'll be saving game data for big games, music, movies, and whatever you download from the Playstation Network. Without a memory card, you're missing out on the full multimedia potential of the Vita.

2) Mediocre / Poor Battery Life. As much as I hate to admit it, it seems like bad battery life is a trend in all of our electronics now. Sony officially claims about 3-5 hours for gameplay, which is just about as much as you'll get with the 3DS. From personal usage, I've been through two charge cycles already - I timed the second one ( and from 100% to 10% while playing Uncharted in just a tad over 3 hours.

3) Not so pocket-able. This device is actually kind of big for a portable gaming device. It doesn't fit in my jeans, but does nicely fit in my basketball and cargo shorts. For a mobile device, it's on the large end. It will definitely be bigger than your phone. It's kind of in an awkward zone - it's way smaller than a tablet, but noticeably bigger than phones. Also the protruding analog sticks don't help the portability case any.

4) Limited Backwards Compatibility. There is no UMD slot on the Vita, so you can't play physical PSP games. There's a big list of digital PSP games that you can play on the Vita, but not all of them. Sony claims to be expanding the list and hopefully we'll one day see all PSP titles on the Playstation Store. Also, currently the PS-One classics from the Playstation Store can't be played on the Vita. Sony also said they're going to work on this, but until then, there's no chance for me to catch up and finally beat some of those PS1 Final Fantasy titles while on the go. Also, the PS2 Games on the PSN aren't playable on the Vita and Sony hasn't said anything about that yet. Other than that, the Vita can play all other PSN games and minis.

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3DS ($170 / formerly $250) vs VITA ($250 / $300)
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1) Games: It's a bit unfair to compare at the moment because the 3DS has been out much longer than the Vita. At the moment, I'd have to say the 3DS has the better library with games like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, StarFox, etc. Sony has some solid games already on launch though, which the 3DS lacked. If you look back, you'll quickly find out that people used to complain about the 3DS to no end because there was such a lack of games. The Vita has started strong and has a timeline of great games to come.

2) Hardware: Graphics-wise, there's really no comparison. The Vita completely blows away the 3DS. The screen on the Vita is a higher resolution and far greater quality. The touch screen on the vita uses different technology so the screen doesn't respond to stylus or pressure - it uses newer capacitive technology that only detects your finger. Both systems have pretty bad cameras, but the Vita's are noticeably better. Button wise, the Vita has the upperhand with two analog sticks, but I'll have to admit that personally I like the analog stick on the 3DS much more than the ones on the Vita. Two analog sticks will make most games, especially shooters, have better controls on the Vita.

3) Multimedia Potential: I'm going to have to give this one to the Vita. It has better speakers, a far better screen, and has a massive online network to get movies from. The 3DS does use SD cards which are better cost-wise for storing large amounts of music and videos, but the presentation on the Vita is just better.

4) Online: Nintendo really dropped the ball on creating an online network and online multiplayer. Although I do like Xbox Live's online interface the best, the PSN is still miles and miles ahead of Nintendo with cross game chat and a network that is ridiculous better in almost every way.Even adding friends is a pain on the 3DS. The Vita on the other hand has a real network and is much more professional and easy to use.

5) Other Features and Gimmicks: The 3DS obviously has 3D which is what makes it stand out compared to the Vita. The 3D is a huge selling point to a lot of people, and I will say it is pretty cool, especially in games that use it well such as Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 3D Land. Personally, after the "oooh aahhh" period in each game, I just turned off the 3D on my 3DS. 3D isn't a big concern to me, but to a lot of people it probably makes the 3DS much more appealing. Both have accelerometers and gyroscopes for tilting and doing random things in games. Both have the augmented reality cards which lets games create battles and games right in front of your eyes in "real life".

6) Portability: Both have the same 3-5 hours of battery life for games and last around 8-10 hours for music. The poor battery life limits both systems forcing you to bring the charger on any long trip. The 3DS is much more pocket-able since the clamshell design lets you fold it and just stick it in your pocket. The Vita is bigger and will most likely jut out of jeans pockets. Actually, the more I think of it, the Vita's size is really awkward - it's too big for pocketing but way too small to be compared to a tablet.

7) Price. This is always a concern and indeed the Vita (WiFi) is $80 more than the 3DS. That's basically the price of two games. The Vita is bringing more to the table hardware-wise which explains the higher price. Sony systems usually do cost more than Nintendo, but it'll be to you when deciding which one to buy.

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3DS vs Vita Conclusion:
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They're both pretty different systems and in an ideal world, you should own both. But when we come back to reality and have money limitations, you'll have to make your pick. The 3DS is already established and has a dozen solid titles on the market, the Vita is just coming out but still has many good games planned. The Vita definitely outclasses the 3DS in terms of hardware, multimedia support, and game If you're a parent, you may sway toward Nintendo giving their reputation of making more family friendly and imaginative game, whereas Sony has a reputation of building solid hardware for a more "core" group of gamers. We'll see what happens this time around.

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Is the Vita worth $250 - in my opinion, yes! You get a system packed with the potential for great gameplay and multimedia.
Is the Vita better than the 3DS? - well, that's a bit more complicated and I'll have to say that depends on what you want from your system.
Should I buy the 3G Vita for $300 or the WiFi for $250? I honestly was never going to pay a monthly subscription ($15 for 250mb of $30 for 3GB with AT&T) for 3G, so buying a 3G vita would have been a waste. That's why I went with the WiFi version to save money. The 3G version can do WiFi too - it just has the potential to be used in a 3G data plan. So, if you think 3G is a thing that you would pay for and find internet on the go useful, go ahead and buy the 3G. Otherwise, save your money and get the WiFi.

I'll add more to this review as I find out more. Feel free to comment if I missed anything, if you have something to add, or if you just want to rage at me. I'll definitely be updating this as I play around with the system more.
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Dragon Ball Z Plush 4th Dragon Ball Pillow
Dragon Ball Z Plush 4th Dragon Ball Pillow
Offered by eknight-media
Price: $30.49
7 used & new from $30.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I Expected, January 10, 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I've had this pillow for a long while now and it's pretty nice. It's larger than it appears in the anime (it appears to be the size of what the Namek Dragonballs were) - I would guess it's a sphere with diameter of maybe a 15 inches. I was expecting it to be squishy like a bean bag, but it was quite firm. It's a bit too big and high off the ground to rest your head on for sleeping, but it works great for back support while leaning against a wall for resting your head on while lying down and reading. I like having a few pillows on my bed to keep me comfortable to accommodate all the different ways I sleep, nap, read, or use my laptop. Of course having a four star dragonball is just pretty awesome. The only con is that it picks up lint, dust, or even pieces of hair. I usually have to run my lint remover over it every month or so.

If I missed something or you'd like to know about something in more detail, leave a comment on this review and I'll reply there.


Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos [Blu-ray]
Nova: Fabric of the Cosmos [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Brian Greene
Price: $18.83
36 used & new from $13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Curious - Well Presented, Easy to Understand, Loaded with Info, December 26, 2011
I have always wondered how the universe is "put-together". I'm a college student, and I've taken my share of Chem, Bio, and Physics to learn basic rules and understand what happens, how to calculate formulas, etc. However, none of these classes ever answered the major, over-arching "why?" questions. In all honesty, memorizing formulas and rules for for undergrad university classes actually bores me - however, the thought-provoking material presented in these documentaries greatly fascinates me. All I want from a documentary is to be entertained, learn accurate and current information, and have enough supporting information to believe the claims (but not have so much evidence that I need to have Masters Degree to understand it.) The Fabric of the Cosmos is the most well presented and concise documentary on this topic.

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Here's why this documentary series is so good:
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1) Presentation. It's not a boring science documentary by any means. It's a NOVA documentary meaning it's high budget, well animated and genuinely fun to watch. This isn't something that you have to force yourself to watch - the plethora of examples, metaphors, clips from interviews with professors and researchers, and thought provoking questions always keep you engaged. That being said it's still a documentary and you do have to pay attention - you can't just stare blankly at the screen and hope to become an expert.

2) The information is given in a question-answer format. They start by explaining something simple that seems like common sense and then they keep complicating it by asking questions that require new experiments and thus new theories. In other words, they present models and then raise questions and show anomalies that push for a new paradigm. Rather than going in a boring linear progression that cites major scientists to show how humanity's perception of the universe progressed, the question answer approach is much more engaging.

3) The supporting evidence they give is also very concrete and useful. Every study and experiment is described well enough to not bore but also explain what is actually going on. Rather than just saying "Joe Mac did an experiment that proved blah blah," they phrase it as "Joe Mac devised an experiment using blahbalh and if the results were blabhblah then the theory would be supported". When it comes to science, I usually am a skeptic until I see solid evidence and this show backs up almost all of its claims. Going back to what I said earlier, this is because they start from a common sense, every-10-year-old-knows-that idea and keeps on building until they arrive at today's current model.

4) Easily accessible but highly informative. This is the beauty of the series: you could know nothing about physics or the universe and still learn a huge amount, but even if you are knowledgeable on the subject, you won't be bored. There are plenty of metaphors that anyone could grasp (for example, they use the popular rubber sheet gravity example to show how heavy objects like the earth can bend space as shown by sinking into the rubber sheet, then showing how this causes smaller objects like the moon to stay in revolution around the earth -- if you couldn't catch that, blame my description because the metaphor in the video is gold). Whilst making complex ideas easier to grasp, they continuously cite experiments or play clips from interviews that introduce new information and keep you engaged.

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Conclusion
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This series is new, features quite new discoveries, and is packed with information. If you watch it, you will learn plenty and maybe you could even share it with friends or family over dinner. The best part is that it's open to anyone and it's actually fun to watch. If you're a prime member, it's even free to stream. If you want to get an overview of how the universe "works" but don't want to read dozens of technical and theoretical texts, then this is the perfect introduction to satisfy your curiosity. I highly recommend it, it's everything and more of what you'd come to expect from a NOVA documentary.


What Is Space? [HD]
What Is Space? [HD]
DVD
Price: $2.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Curious - Well Presented, Easy to Understand, Loaded with Info, December 26, 2011
I have always wondered how the universe is "put-together". I'm a college student, and I've taken my share of Chem, Bio, and Physics to learn basic rules and understand what happens, how to calculate formulas, etc. However, none of these classes ever answered the major, over-arching "why?" questions. In all honesty, memorizing formulas and rules for for undergrad university classes actually bores me - however, the thought-provoking material presented in these documentaries greatly fascinates me. All I want from a documentary is to be entertained, learn accurate and current information, and have enough supporting information to believe the claims (but not have so much evidence that I need to have Masters Degree to understand it.) The Fabric of the Cosmos is the most well presented and concise documentary on this topic.

~~~~~~
Here's why this documentary series is so good:
~~~~~~
1) Presentation. It's not a boring science documentary by any means. It's a NOVA documentary meaning it's high budget, well animated and genuinely fun to watch. This isn't something that you have to force yourself to watch - the plethora of examples, metaphors, clips from interviews with professors and researchers, and thought provoking questions always keep you engaged. That being said it's still a documentary and you do have to pay attention - you can't just stare blankly at the screen and hope to become an expert.

2) The information is given in a question-answer format. They start by explaining something simple that seems like common sense and then they keep complicating it by asking questions that require new experiments and thus new theories. In other words, they present models and then raise questions and show anomalies that push for a new paradigm. Rather than going in a boring linear progression that cites major scientists to show how humanity's perception of the universe progressed, the question answer approach is much more engaging.

3) The supporting evidence they give is also very concrete and useful. Every study and experiment is described well enough to not bore but also explain what is actually going on. Rather than just saying "Joe Mac did an experiment that proved blah blah," they phrase it as "Joe Mac devised an experiment using blahbalh and if the results were blabhblah then the theory would be supported". When it comes to science, I usually am a skeptic until I see solid evidence and this show backs up almost all of its claims. Going back to what I said earlier, this is because they start from a common sense, every-10-year-old-knows-that idea and keeps on building until they arrive at today's current model.

4) Easily accessible but highly informative. This is the beauty of the series: you could know nothing about physics or the universe and still learn a huge amount, but even if you are knowledgeable on the subject, you won't be bored. There are plenty of metaphors that anyone could grasp (for example, they use the popular rubber sheet gravity example to show how heavy objects like the earth can bend space as shown by sinking into the rubber sheet, then showing how this causes smaller objects like the moon to stay in revolution around the earth -- if you couldn't catch that, blame my description because the metaphor in the video is gold). Whilst making complex ideas easier to grasp, they continuously cite experiments or play clips from interviews that introduce new information and keep you engaged.

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Conclusion
~~~~~
This series is new, features quite new discoveries, and is packed with information. If you watch it, you will learn plenty and maybe you could even share it with friends or family over dinner. The best part is that it's open to anyone and it's actually fun to watch. If you're a prime member, it's even free to stream. If you want to get an overview of how the universe "works" but don't want to read dozens of technical and theoretical texts, then this is the perfect introduction to satisfy your curiosity. I highly recommend it.


Chemistry for the IB Diploma: Study Guide (IB Study Guides)
Chemistry for the IB Diploma: Study Guide (IB Study Guides)
by Geoffrey Neuss
Edition: Paperback
37 used & new from $24.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed the HL Exam and Am Still Using it in College, October 23, 2011
I took IB Higher Level in highschool and this book was a huge help. It concisely states exactly what you need to know (even the optional topics). If you could learn everything in this book, you'll have a 7 - no problem. The best part of this book is that it gives you exactly what you need to know without any fluff. A con associated with this methodology, however, is that nothing is really explained in detail.

As the title suggests, this is a "Study Guide." Everything you need to know is in the book and put out for you to learn. However, nothing is explained. So, the book isn't exactly very good at teaching you material, rather it supplements what you already know and helps you refresh and focus your studying.

This book not only helped pass the HL chem exam in high school, but it still serves me in College chemistry when I need to look back on something. This is a great book, and I highly recommend it to all IB students - who knows, you might even end up using it in college too!


UNCHARTED Greatest Hits Dual Pack
UNCHARTED Greatest Hits Dual Pack
Price: $19.96
129 used & new from $10.63

98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Dual Pack Itself (not the games), October 17, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This dual pack is amazing and I'm not sure why I didn't hear about it earlier. For $40 you get two of the best games on the PS3, and the game of the year editions at that (which means lots of DLC for Uncharted 2).

The dual pack comes with a thin cardboard slip cover containing both games come on their own discs in their own individual cases. Both games feature their full original retail packaging. The only difference is that instead of each game being individually shrink-wrapped, the slip cover containing both games is shrink wrapped. So once you open the shrink wrap around the package, you'll find the two cases (no wrapping around them) each with their manuals and discs. NOTE: If you plan on buying the dual pack and gifting away or reselling one of the games inside, it will appear like a used game in very good condition since it isn't factory sealed. EDIT: Each case says "NOT FOR RESALE" where the barcode should be.

I luckily picked this up when it was on sale for $30. I had already bought Uncharted 2 (original, non-GOTY edition) and played through it three times (normal, hard, then crushing), but I wanted the DLC and still wanted to go back and play the first game in the series. It was actually cheaper for me to buy this dual pack than to buy the DLC and Uncharted 1 separately. As a plus, I traded in my original Uncharted 2 for $10 Amazon credit.

Needless to say, both games are fantastic and can each give you a solid 10-15 hours of gameplay. Interesting Indiana-Jones style stories, excellent gameplay, and fantastic visuals easily make this one of the best new series in this console generation. I highly recommend them and at the great price of $40 for two games, there's nothing not to like.
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Playstation 3
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Playstation 3
Offered by Pinnacle Toys
Price: $14.74
86 used & new from $5.99

29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game - (Like-it-or-not: It's Arcade-like), October 12, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I played this game and actually really liked it. I wasn't planning on writing a review because I don't have too much experience with flight games, but I felt compelled to after seeing lots of hate online.

I'll start off by saying that one of my favorite games as a kid was Air Combat on the PS1 which I beat countless times. Many years later, I played Ace Combat X (PSP) which I also greatly enjoyed despite it having a short and bizarre story. I also at some time played Flight Simulator X which I found boring after the first hour. I'm a fan of flying around, customizing my plane and weaponry based on the mission, and blowing enemies out of the air, not necessarily having the realism of accurately pressing every button in the cockpit. And that's exactly what you'll get from this game.

** Let me just say this flat-out: IF YOU GET THIS GAME, DONT EXPECT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X REALISM **
It seems like people online were expecting a further level of realism and that was the biggest complaint about the game. There is an option to turn on advanced controls, but the learning curve even for those isn't very long. The game is easily accessible, but that could be a con for seasoned Ace Combat vets.

This game has many fun dogfights and flying around is a blast. From doing loops in the air to get behind your opponent to trying to get a lock on a turning bogey, the game is great. It's really fun just to fly up into the air and then nose dive down toward the city to swoop in behind an enemy for the kill. And of course, I always have to DO A BARREL ROLL in every fight. Swerving around faster than the speed of sound to line up shots is the best part of the game.

The story is OK, but not more than what you would expect from a typical FPS game - really it's just there to give you a reason (or excuse) to be shooting at something. Much of the fights take place in Africa a few years into the future, so the game feels very modern and real in that sense. The graphics are really impressive and filled with gorgeous 'splosions, especially in the cities. Everything from the audio department sounded fine too.

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CONCLUSION
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I think the best metaphor for the feel of this game is a contemporary FPS. This Call of Duty-esque aesthetic gives you fun gameplay and the framework for strong multiplayer for a wide audience. Unfortunately, this usually entails bringing in a weak story with an arcade style game that lacks realism. You'll most likely have loads of fun playing the game but for the most part it's a superficial, shallow experience. If you want to have a good time, go ahead and this game - I'm sure you'll like the gameplay. If you want a story driven game or something to take away after putting down the controller, look elsewhere. Overall, I'd say this is a very fun game to play and there's always something very satisfying about maneuvering through the air and lighting up bogeys.

To sum it all up:
PROS:
- Fun Gameplay
- Competitive Online
- Great Graphics

CONS:
- Weak Story

Could be a pro or con depending on your perspective:
- Aracade-Like
* Makes the game more accessible and easy to play by "dumbing" down the controls for flying *
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Carousel
Carousel
Price: $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Twee/Pop at its Finest, September 19, 2011
This review is from: Carousel (MP3 Music)
I am fairly new to the Indie music scene (I've only been listening to indie music for about 3 years), and the Pocketbooks have become one of my favorite bands. While songs like "Promises, Promises" and "Five Day Forecast" sound just like songs from the previous album, some songs on this album are a bit more mellow and feel like night time music in comparison to the first album. My personal favorite new song is "Promises, Promises." If you are into Indie Twee or Indie Pop this band will not disappoint as they melodiously mix female and male voices! Give them a chance.

If you head to last fm and look up pocketbooks, they have a few songs available for free download that will give you a sample of this album.


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