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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist
Price: $11.46
132 used & new from $5.23

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Splinter Cell I was hoping it would be, August 21, 2013
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The stealth aspect of this game is sadly nowhere near as good as it should have been due to some terrible enemy design decisions, as well as a generally flawed execution of the alarm system.

Basically, what we have here is a game that claims to be Splinter Cell, that in reality plays like a third person Call of Duty with a blend of Metal Gear Solid 4 without all the lengthy forced cutscenes and without the polished gameplay.

I want to like this game, but to be honest I am having an awfully hard time enjoying this game like I feel like I should. It is one of those "stealth" games where you try to play it stealthy, and it can be fun when that works, but more often than not your attempts at stealth can be all too easily ruined by any number of stupid design problems, such as the way enemies react (or don't react) to being shot, how overpowered some enemies are in this game (they now have these heavily armored enemies who can withstand multiple headshots), the way alarms can be unpredictable and far too sensitive at times (going off when there's nobody around who could have caught on), as well as the way the game just poops large numbers of overly aggressive enemies with terrible AI at you from out of nowhere whenever an alarm goes off.

Basically, the entire experience is brought down by the way the enemies were designed. It is like this game tried so hard to present you with a realistic or at least engaging approach to stealth, yet when it comes to actually engaging your enemy it seems like that is where everything got all screwed up. You eventually find yourself becoming frustrated with the game and wind up running and gunning COD style due to the problems that surround the enemy design. It is quite a shame really, and I am truly finding it hard to like this game.

I am giving it 3 stars because there is something appealing about this game, and many aspects of it is technically well made. It is just the way the enemies can suck the fun out of the game as well as the way the stealth can be ruined by technical and design issues truly brings this game down. The enemies generally feel outdated when it comes to the way they were designed and I had higher expectations for a game supposedly designed around stealth, so it's a real shame that the game seems to punish you for trying to be stealthy.

I would give it a shot if you are really big on this type of game, but just don't be expecting anything too deep in the way as stealth as it more or less becomes a third person Call of Duty deathmatch at times.
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Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model
Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) 2012 Model
Offered by Amazing deals
Price: Click here to see our price
201 used & new from $99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best $250 computer ever, June 7, 2013
Simply put anything that I would have to say about this computer is almost rendered irrelevant due to the $250 price tag. At $250 for a brand new fully functional laptop with no moving parts and an OS, this computer is simply unrivaled. Arguably the price is the entire reason you would purchase this computer. Basically, if you want a nice little netbook that you are for the most part only going to browse the web with look no further, it's hard to have any regrets when you're only paying $250 for a laptop. As for how it works, it works well. It loads up pages quickly, you can stream HD video, and you can even hook it up to your HDTV through it's HDMI port on the back! The HDMI feature worked well when I used it for streaming video so this basically fills that niche for a nice little multi-media web browser.


Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition
Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition
Offered by 6mgames
Price: $74.99
53 used & new from $45.37

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just for the fans, October 1, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
What we have here is a perfect tribute to Kirby for Kirby fans. It is also a great way to get into the original Kirby games if you have never played them before, since you get the entire collection of the original Kirby platformers in one convenient package. The included collectors extras are nice, and the addition of challenge stages, which are very similar to Kirby's Return to Dreamland, is a great way to add new worthwhile content to fans who have already been there and done that.

Now, as to the reason why I rated this 3 stars. As someone who has played these games before, you will quickly find how there isn't much to do. The only way I could recommend this game to someone who has already played most of the games included in this collection is if you already own Return to Dreamland and Kirby's Epic Yarn. Heck even if you haven't played the classic games on this collection before I would still recommend purchasing Return to Dreamland and Epic Yarn over this since they are simply the better games to own, and generally easier to enjoy.

What we have here is a special treat for the fans. It isn't for everyone.


Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black
Nintendo 3DS XL - Blue/Black
Offered by Fox electronics
Price: $169.99
267 used & new from $109.90

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern handheld gaming comparative analysis featuring the 3DS XL, September 6, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I recently got a 3DS XL and after I got a chance to use it for a while I am impressed with how it compares to the Vita, as well as how it stands out over the original 3DS.

Basically the 3DS XL feels like it is a 3DS that can finally compete with the Vitas screen.

The vita still has an obviously superior screen when you get down to the detail, but the 3D effect is good enough to make up for it. The larger screen really makes the games feel more alive, it is definitely what I was looking for when it comes to using a 3DS at home. The 3DS stands out for it's unique library of first party titles which are not only what clearly stands out on the system but is what makes the 3DS desirable over the Vita.

I still think the Vita is a better system for what it is, but to be honest I think this just shows off how these consoles have truly found their own identity. The Vita stands out as a home console on the go, it took the idea the PSP started with and transformed it into a well refined handheld in a league of it's own. If I want to play a console port on a handheld the Vita is without a doubt the handheld to get it on, as Vita console ports are as close to the console version as you are going to get, many look virtually identical. With it's sexy, highly detailed screen and true dual analog sticks it is hard to feel like you are missing out.

In comparison the 3DS simply stands out for unique offerings. The 3D is as well executed as ever, and first party games such as Mario Kart 7, Mario Tennis Open, and New Super Mario Bros 2 are what sell it. The reason is obvious, the online multiplier well executed, addictive and the single player doesn't disappoint. So the games are good and so are the handhelds, to be honest it is hard to complain about the quality when it comes to any of these handhelds, and they all stand out for their own reasons.

For example I still think the original 3DS stands out in it's own way as a better system to travel with if you want to keep it on you. It is smaller and easier to put in your pocket, easier to use while you are outside, and surprisingly enough it generally feels like it was slightly better made. My original 3DS simply has this rock solid feel to it, like it is a seriously well built piece of high-end gaming hardware. While the 3DS XL is undoubtedly well made and also feels well built handheld, for some reason is just feels a little more delicate, you know, as if it is made out of cheaper materials. Not that it feels cheap, I honestly think this just goes to show well Nintendo built the original $250 handheld. If you have ever used a DSi XL the 3DS XL feels quite similar, and it is basically the same size as well.


Nintendo 3DS XL - Red/Black
Nintendo 3DS XL - Red/Black
Offered by Shining Star Inc.
Price: $160.00
196 used & new from $110.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern handheld gaming comparative analysis featuring the 3DS XL, September 6, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I recently got a 3DS XL and after I got a chance to use it for a while I am impressed with how it compares to the Vita, as well as how it stands out over the original 3DS.

Basically the 3DS XL feels like it is a 3DS that can finally compete with the Vitas screen.

The vita still has an obviously superior screen when you get down to the detail, but the 3D effect is good enough to make up for it. The larger screen really makes the games feel more alive, it is definitely what I was looking for when it comes to using a 3DS at home. The 3DS stands out for it's unique library of first party titles which are not only what clearly stands out on the system but is what makes the 3DS desirable over the Vita.

I still think the Vita is a better system for what it is, but to be honest I think this just shows off how these consoles have truly found their own identity. The Vita stands out as a home console on the go, it took the idea the PSP started with and transformed it into a well refined handheld in a league of it's own. If I want to play a console port on a handheld the Vita is without a doubt the handheld to get it on, as Vita console ports are as close to the console version as you are going to get, many look virtually identical. With it's sexy, highly detailed screen and true dual analog sticks it is hard to feel like you are missing out.

In comparison the 3DS simply stands out for unique offerings. The 3D is as well executed as ever, and first party games such as Mario Kart 7, Mario Tennis Open, and New Super Mario Bros 2 are what sell it. The reason is obvious, the online multiplier well executed, addictive and the single player doesn't disappoint. So the games are good and so are the handhelds, to be honest it is hard to complain about the quality when it comes to any of these handhelds, and they all stand out for their own reasons.

For example I still think the original 3DS stands out in it's own way as a better system to travel with if you want to keep it on you. It is smaller and easier to put in your pocket, easier to use while you are outside, and surprisingly enough it generally feels like it was slightly better made. My original 3DS simply has this rock solid feel to it, like it is a seriously well built piece of high-end gaming hardware. While the 3DS XL is undoubtedly well made and also feels well built handheld, for some reason is just feels a little more delicate, you know, as if it is made out of cheaper materials. Not that it feels cheap, I honestly think this just goes to show well Nintendo built the original $250 handheld. If you have ever used a DSi XL the 3DS XL feels quite similar, and it is basically the same size as well.
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Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick
Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick
Offered by TheFactoryDepot
Price: $57.99
12 used & new from $57.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect entry point to flight simulation, July 25, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I recently acquired a couple of flight sim games during a Steam sale so I thought it would be worthwhile to invest in a decent flight sim joystick controller. If you have ever played any of these games before you would know how they pretty much demand it, and how having a flight stick heavily enhances the experience of playing the games.

What I liked about this was a combination of things. First was the price, at around $50 it is easily one of the most accessible fight sticks on the market. What I also liked about it was the fact that it includes a throttle with rudder controls, giving you access to the same abilities you would have access to even if you bought one of the best top dollar flight stick sets on the market. Another good thing is the fact that it's a Thrustmaster stick, since they are known for producing what is arguably the best high end flight stick on the market (the Hotas Warthog).

This won't come with all the realism effects of the high-end sticks, but at the same time you won't have to pay over $200 to get it. As an entry point to slight simulation it is perfect.


Tekken 3D Prime Edition - Nintendo 3DS
Tekken 3D Prime Edition - Nintendo 3DS
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $30.27
31 used & new from $22.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic portable fighting game that has taken me by surprise, April 18, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This game has really taken me by surprise, I wasn't expecting a whole lot due to some of the hate I have been reading, but I decided to pick it up anyways since I managed to get it for around $25 (plus I have been longtime Tekken fan since playing Tekken 2 in the arcades), and I am simply blown away by how great it is.

Sure, it might not be the Tekken with the most modes, the most customization, and the most variety, but it is best Tekken I have played in years when it comes to entertainment. The quick battle took me by surprise since I didn't think it would be that great, seemed like a half-assed attempt at the ghost battle mode, but it works, it simply works.

Sure you don't have the ability to chose your next opponent after you win, but that is because this is supposed to replace the arcade mode, it is simply a vastly improved arcade mode, one which fixes every complaint I have ever had when it comes to traditional arcade modes. Gone is the unnecessary unbeatable boss as well as the terrible AI. Instead, you fight 10 rounds (which can be as long and as challenging as you want them to be) against "ghost" AI characters, who are presented as standard versions of their characters. Every character is ranked, and how difficult they are to fight varies on both the difficulty setting as well as how much higher or lower their rank is in comparison to yours, which are concepts straight out of ghost battle mode. So as you can see, quick battle simply takes the best aspects of both arcade mode as well as ghost battle mode and combines them into one mode that simply works on a handheld.

The reason why all of this works is because the game simply feels like it is a far more pure Tekken experience than Tekken 6 as well as Tekken 5 DR. The customization is limited to color changes (which are unlocked at each ranking once you surpass the 4'th dan ranking), which only applies to your character as well as online players. This means that while you are playing quick battle, you play against the fantastic ghost AI, and rank up your character, all while fighting against characters that look the way they should.

The zaniness of customization in some of the recent Namco fighters has been somewhat of a turnoff for me. I mean just take Soul Caliber for example, you hardly ever see any characters that even vaguely resemble the characters they're supposed to be, which takes away from the feel and purity of the game. It is just nice to see a modern Namco fighter that sticks to it's roots when it comes to character design instead of embracing the customization mania that has turned some of their recent fighters into something that more closely resembles a circus than the game it is supposed to be.

Plus, to top it all off, the 3D effect looks fantastic and it truly ads a whole new dimension to the game. In 3D, you get a feel like there is a battle happening right in front of your eyes, it is a sensation that very few games have been able to capture, so considering the fact that it is this well done in a Tekken game speaks volumes about the way it looks. I have already spend a lot more time playing this game than I thought I would, and it has already become my most frequently played 3DS game.


Stoked: Big Air Edition - Xbox 360
Stoked: Big Air Edition - Xbox 360
Offered by Ship and Save
Price: $14.71
34 used & new from $2.44

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect alternative to SSX, April 4, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I love this game because it offers a great new take on the snowboarding video games. While SSX is a very fun game to play, it is very over the top and everything seem to revolve around doing the most ridiculous stunts you can pull off as often as possible no matter what you're doing. That and the levels can be very linear with bottomless pits scattered all over the place, it can get a little old after a while.

Stoked is a nice alternative, the physics feel very realistic, and everything about it is quite similar to the Skate series. Basically, there are various mountains, you select a mountain, select your drop point, and you are free to go wherever you want and do whatever you want. The game has a very laid back style to it, and the structure is very open world. This is one of the only snowboarding games that I have ever played that truly captures the feel of snowboarding in real life, where you are free to go wherever you want on a mountain and simply explore. The controls feel like a mix between Skate and 1080 snowboarding for the N64, where it can be a lot of fun to simply race around and tricks need to be performed off various objects and jumps throughout the mountain, no ollie back flips here! Much like skate, you can't perform ridiculous stunts all over the place, most of the time the best tricks you can perform will be double black flips and 900's, pulling a 1080 is quite the feat in this game, and most of the time you will be performing 360's, 540's, back flips and a mctwist, which keeps everything feeling quite realistic, especially for a snowboarding game. In fact I would say this is the most realistic snowboarding game I have played since ESPN showboarding on PS2, and this game is definitely better than that considering the fact that the level design as well as the controls are a lot better.

The graphics could have been better, but considering the fact that this was a relatively low budget video game they are good enough and get the job done. The level design is excellent and the open world aspect is easily the most appealing thing about it. The weather changes along with the time of day in the various mountains which is a pretty cool feature that keeps it feeling fresh, I especially liked the snowflake effects while you are snowboarding on a mountain while it is snowing. Overall I am very impressed with this game and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an open world snowboarding game. The menus are very well laid out, and once you load a mountain the loading between runs is very smooth and fast, so I am very impressed with the presentation. There is basically nothing else like this on the market, which is why I am giving it 5 stars, it is a great concept that is very well executed. If you enjoyed Skate and have been looking for a snowboarding game with that style of realistic open world gameplay, look no further.


Them, Robot
Them, Robot
DVD
Price: $1.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are they being serious?, March 24, 2012
The TV pass is a joke. At $1.89 an episode, you will pay $34.02 for 18 episodes. What a ripoff. Until they offer the entire season for one low price, that is all it will be. The Simpsons is a good show, but it isn't THAT good, especially when it is only for a standard definition stream.


Them, Robot [HD]
Them, Robot [HD]
DVD
Price: $2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are they being serious?, March 24, 2012
The TV pass is a joke. At $2.84, you will pay $51.12 for 18 episodes. What a ripoff. Until they offer the entire season for one low price, that is all it will be. The Simpsons is a good show, but it isn't THAT good.


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