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DiRT Rally - PlayStation 4
DiRT Rally - PlayStation 4
Price: $39.99
52 used & new from $33.99

12 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DiRT Rally: The Dark Souls of next gen racing games, April 12, 2016
*Please see my other racing game reviews on number of helpful reviews for many PS3 racing games*

I got into the DiRT series late at DiRT 3 (which was an amazing game) and DiRT Showdown (IMHO, the most accessible one of the entire series). Codemasters have been the experts at executing these kinds of games. So when DiRT Rally was ONLY going to be on the PC...yeah I was pretty disappointed. Then they decided to port it over to the PS4 and Xbox One, and I pre-ordered the game.

Well...needless to say. It did not take long for me to realize that was a massive mistake.

With most racing games, there are ways to tweak it to make it as easy or as hard as you want. Not so with DiRT Rally. You can make it go from exceedingly difficult (with all the assists turned on) to next to impossible (with them all turned off). Some may appreciate the intense simulation aspect of the game, however, if you hated some of the Gran Turismo License Tests, multiply those by like a 100 and that's how difficult this game is. I'm not a bad racer. In fact, I got the PLATINUM for Gran Turismo 6. However...this game is apparently beyond my skill level. No matter how many times I tried the FIRST STAGE...I got no better than 4th place. And unlike other DiRT games...there is no flashback option. Much like real life...if you crash into something or go off the track, the subsequent penalty will essentially eliminate you from contention.

Now...if you're a person that LOVES the Souls series and get a rush after dying 15 times and then finally beating a boss after the 16th one, to the point you get up and scream for'll love doing the same progression to finally taking first in a championship in this game.

So YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. If you're expecting traditional DiRT accessability, forget it. This is, simply put, a very hardcore, unforgiving, punishing racing game. Even Driveclub, which you could argue is the only real "sim" racer prior to DiRT, you could win several races if you make a mistake or two.

BUT. If this kind of hardcore game is your cup of prepared for plenty of replays and then the final euphoria of winning. And then having to do it all over again a dozen times more.

PS: The difficulty is a real shame, because otherwise, the Ego engine is great, the sounds are genuine, and the in-game depth, i.e., hiring engineers and getting cars is robust. But all the paint on a pig doesn't take away from the fact, you know, it's still a pig.
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Price: $15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FFV: Not as good as FFIV or FFVI, but has its own charm and draw, March 9, 2016
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Often the "black sheep" of the 3 SNES era FF games, this has its own quirks and surprises.

Unlike those games, you will only end up controlling 5 characters. The difference, and "hook" if you will, are the job classes.

Want to make a super fighter who can summon and cast black magic? Just equip the various job, learn the skills, take that job off and equip a new one, rinse and repeat.

The story is familiar to most FF fans, where the draw of this game comes is the Job versatility.

I wouldn't pay the ridiculous full price for this app ($15.99!!!) but if this goes on a 50% off sale and you want a good 20-30 hours to burn, this will do it nicely and give a good history lesson (Speaking of which, this was never released stateside for the SNES...which is why FFIV is FFII, and FFIX is FFIII for the SNES. The first time it was playable through a stateside release was in a PS1 collection that was released in the 2000's)

21 Classic Rock Favorites
21 Classic Rock Favorites
Price: $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 Classic Rock Favorites review, March 9, 2016
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Couldn't go wrong with this collection of Classic Rock favorites for $5.

Would cost almost $30 bucks to buy individually. Like any collection, there will be a song or two you don't care for, but overall will add a nice mix of songs to your collection.

Sterling Silver Heart "You Are My Sunshine" Locket Necklace, 18"
Sterling Silver Heart "You Are My Sunshine" Locket Necklace, 18"
Price: $32.64
2 used & new from $29.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You are my Sunshine" pendant review, March 9, 2016
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5 stars for the sterling silver heart, which doubles as a locket.

3 stars for the chain, you might even give it less than that. It's pretty short and you'll likely want to change it out for a longer and more durable sterling silver one.

All in all, a good value

Wizard of Oz Gel Pen Set
Wizard of Oz Gel Pen Set
Offered by ClassicVariety
Price: $5.79
10 used & new from $2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Wzd of Oz Pen Set!, March 9, 2016
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Write down your journey through the Yellow Brick Road with this gel pen set from Trends International.

Great ink and writing quality for the price.

Munchkin approved!

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Stereo Wireless Earphones for Running with Mic (6 Hours Play Time, Bluetooth 4.0, IPX4 Sweatproof, Secure Ear Hooks Design) -QY7 Black & Green
SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Stereo Wireless Earphones for Running with Mic (6 Hours Play Time, Bluetooth 4.0, IPX4 Sweatproof, Secure Ear Hooks Design) -QY7 Black & Green
Offered by SoundPEATS Audio
Price: $22.99
4 used & new from $22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome product and a great value, March 9, 2016
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This is the first pair of Bluetooth earbuds I've owned. I needed them at work so I could listen to music from my phone but not have to constantly be using the headphone jack.

The design is superb and very easy to use. The buttons on the right earpiece let you power on/off the headphones, pause the song, change the volume and advance/reverse the songs. VERY cool.

Battery life for such a small package I would say is above average; I can use them for an entire workday (8 hours) without having to charge them. I would estimate the total life to be 10-12 hours in total. With a good Anker or equivalent charging cable they will charge back to full in a couple of hours.

I'm very happy with my purchase and would definitely get them again if need be.

Fallout 4 - PlayStation 4
Fallout 4 - PlayStation 4
Price: $23.16
286 used & new from $16.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallout 4: Close to perfection but same Bethesda "goodness" holds it back, March 7, 2016
It really pains me to only give this game 4 out of 5 stars but you will see why in a moment.

First of all, this game does so much GOOD. From the story, leaving it open-ended and loosely faction-based (but not nearly so much as Fallout: New Vegas) gives the player great latitude to approach the game how they want. From the many memorable side quests, one example being "The Silver Shroud", which in my mind are more entertaining at times than the main questline!

Secondly, the fact that nothing is "useless" anymore as with the next weapon and armor crafting, as well as settlements, you can literally pick a place clean and have it be of use.

Thirdly, there are many more builds to be had in this game due to the SPECIAL points being limited and instead of perks now you have an entire TABLE, ALL of which can be gotten if you are willing to grind enough in the game to earn the levels to do so. Want to be a ninja sniper? Or a melee brute? Something in between? It's all here.

Finally, on the positive side, kudos to Bethesda for taking Fallout 4's controls and logically setting them to the Playstation Vita. It is literally seamless to go between the PS4 controller and use the Vita.

Now, the bad.
It's the same engine, and its age is showing. So you will STILL encounter:
- Missions getting bugged, because a person won't be where they are supposed to, or because of a dozen of other things that could go wrong. I did a "Cleansing the Commonwealth" mission yesterday that said to Clear out University Point. And when I got there, the icon on my map promptly disappeared, and it was only by sheer luck and happenstance that I got it to work so I could turn it in and start again.
- Glitches, while some would say it's part of the charm of Bethesda games, are no fun when they wipe your saves, and prevent you from continuing.
- Framerate drops. Oh my word. Last night I literally went down to 1 FPS. I'm not kidding. Again, another Brotherhood mission, this time "Quartermastery", at the South Boston Military Checkpoint, and it literally dropped to 1 FPS. Anything worse than that, and I would have thought I was playing Fallout 3, a 8 year old game which would freeze almost guaranteed if you played long enough and used VATS. In 2008, with the limitations of PS3 technology, I could understand. In 2016, with the PS4, I don't get how this happens. You're not online. It's a single player game. It wasn't like there were a dozen enemies on the screen.

And while the Settlement thing is a decent idea, the execution is bogus. It took me nearly 50 hours of gameplay before I talked to a friend who told me you have to go down to the Local Leader perk to transfer items between your settlements, otherwise, you have to drop your junk in EACH one and break it down or carry it with you to build there. It's ridiculous! Not only that, you have to set up a "supply line" which isn't explained at all. Of all the things for Bethesda to assume players would just figure out, this is very curious indeed.

Finally, combat is pretty much the same and also showing its age, it just seems like more tends to be thrown at you then VATS can handle, and that's the "twist" on it. Though the Super Mutant Suiciders, OMG. My hair goes up on the back of my neck every time I hear that sound!

So, in closing, Bethesda needs to really, really develop a new, next gen engine for Fallout 5 AND for Skyrim 2/ES 6. This engine has been great and is plyable in terms of modding, but it's time to step up, spend the profits you've made, and propel both of these series forward.

Borderlands Triple Pack - PlayStation 3
Borderlands Triple Pack - PlayStation 3
Price: $29.83
30 used & new from $29.83

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BL Triple Pack: Best value on PS3, January 19, 2016
As someone who has owned all 3 of these games, and put countless (embarrassingly, way too many!) hours into them, this is by far one of the best values in video games.

You would have spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $270 or more had you bought each game individually at release ($60 + $30 for the season pass), instead you can now pay $50 and get all of it together.

For those uninitiated, Borderlands is about three things: Shooting, Looting and Vaults. (Well, lots of things dying and blowing up to, but you know...)

To make things easier, i'll refer to them as BL1, BL2 and B:TPS. So I am not typing out each one a million times LOL

BL1 was quite the experiment by Gearbox Software that over time got to be a cult classic with quite a following. The story, well it sucks. Not going to spoil it here. What made the first Borderlands was the same things that, more or less, carry over through each game, the characters, the shooting and the looting. The cel shading/cartoony graphics also helped the game stand out from the COD/Battlefield crowd as well. For the majority of players, this was the best loot system in terms of RNG/legendary drops and finding legendaries in chests (Gearbox last year tripled the drop rates for BL2 and BL:TPS. Your mileage may very if that made a difference but over the course of many playthroughs, you WILL get far more legendary items from BL1 then the other two titles. Since it's a LOOT based game, that's pretty important.)

As for the BL2 DLC's...General Knoxx is regarded as the best one of the 4 but the Claptrap one is hilarious too.

BL2...well it was amazing. There's a twist in this game that rivals Final Fantasy 7 in terms of shock value. The story, awesome. MILES above the first one. The loot...well if you ignore the drop rates it's a lot more varied. The graphics, much improved. The quest and U/I, also much better. There's a reason this game sold north of 5 million copies. It's a heck of a lot of fun to play and with 4 characters that all play very differently (+ you get two more with the DLC), there's a lot of trial and error (Personally, I ran with Axton. He's my boy).

The DLC's in this game are all pretty good, with Tiny Tina's (4th) generally regarded as the best. Sir Hammerlock has some charm but can be beaten in about 2 hours, not counting side quests and is quite short.

BL:TPS. Oh how I had high hopes for this game but was sorely disappointed by it. The added mechanics of air and weightlessness was a pain more than it helped. The story wasn't as bad as BL1 but was pretty darn awful, though it had a lot to follow in BL2. The new weapons didn't add much and graphically the game/UI did not change much at all. This should have been about a $20-30 add-on to BL2 instead was sold as a full priced $60 retail game (+ the DLC's). Liking this game will be pretty much on whether or not you liked the Handsome Jack/BL2 storyline. I can't comment on the DLC as once I had beaten the regular game I could not find the energy to get back into it, not NEARLY what I had for BL2.

Overall it's a fantastic package and well north of 200-250 hours of gameplay, counting all the DLC's. For $50 that's a steal.

Now...let's address something else I've seen in these reviews...

"Why didn't they just put BL1 as part of the Handsome Collection?" and other questions to that vain.

For starters, it's not as easy as flipping a switch and putting BL1 in there. BL2/BL:TPS was built on the same engine. So to up the graphics, sound and whatnot was much more cost effective for GBX.

I'm guessing it would have taken a TON of $$$ to remaster BL1 and bring it close to what you would see in the other two games. It would have been jarring to switch from what BL1 has to the other two games.

So GBX basically made a financial decision to do a remaster of the two like games, betting they could sell MORE OF THE SAME THING to those who had bought BL2/BL:TPS (like me) for the next gen. As well as give those who maybe (how I have no idea) would have an PS4/Xbox One as their first console a chance to experience the series.

You pretty much just have to accept and experience BL1 for what it was: An experiment to see if the game/series would take off. It did and you enjoy it for what it is. It'll never be re-released, of that I am fairly certain.

BL: If you're a shooting fan, love humor, would love seeing loot drop as enemies explode in a sea of blood, then this is the series for you :)

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - PlayStation 4
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - PlayStation 4
Offered by BH Prime Outlet
Price: $22.25
190 used & new from $13.19

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Elder Scrolls Online: Just wait for Elder Scrolls VI and stay away, June 23, 2015
You know, Gamefly *IS* overpriced, but it's times like this I'm eternally grateful for that service.

I got this 2 days after release as it was at the top of my Q. I put the game in, and, all I can say is it was massively disappointing.

While I wasn't expecting Skyrim on PS4 level graphics, most of them look like a very early gen PS3 game.

I DID expect to be able to stay online more than a few minutes, instead of getting kicked out of the server.
In fact, it took me a full HOUR just to get online (While the statement "You are #1 in the queue, estimated wait is 1 minute" just stayed there and mocked me).
When I got there, it's simply a broken game. Even trying to use my own markers, I constantly got lost going from quest to quest. That is, IF the person I needed to talk to or turn in even existed. Which would mean...restarting the game.

I'm sorry. I don't have the time to invest in a broken product. Developers need to make a decision with games of this type, either keep them where they honestly belong (PC), or at the very least release a working product.

AAA game developing is turning into the early adopters being the real beta testers, and then releasing a huge patch a couple weeks later that *might* fix everything.

And this isn't even going into the economy of the game (Gold scarce), Fast Travel (is it REALLY so hard to just take Skyrim's travel, which was VERY convenient) and apply it to ESO???), combat (laggy), and all the other things that are wrong.

Save your money, take $17-19 or so, get Skyrim: Legendary Edition, and experience the best of Bethesda, not this half-baked, sham mail in that is ESO, trying to be the bridge between Skyrim and Elder Scrolls VI.

Price: $0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SCAM! stay away, May 25, 2015
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Any more it is nothing but ppl using bots to play, especially anyone 5000 or higher in ranking. Same thing happens during the zookeeper cup events. Then kitertsu doing the same with their events to get you to buy and use power bottles to get the second Chance at the boss that appears. Save your money and play the other match 3 games out there.

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