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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - PlayStation 4
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - PlayStation 4
Price: $39.99
91 used & new from $35.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is a step in the right direction, November 6, 2014
There are a lot of reviews on here that are good, some that are bad. Prior to opening my copy, I tried to get a feeling for this title - whether I should return it without opening it or just open it and take a chance. So, largely because the majority of reviews on amazon on AW were not necessarily clear or objective enough, I got to experience the game going in blind (essentially).
However, I am going to try to give an accurate idea of how good this game is to those who haven't bought it yet.
Gameplay - the gameplay is tight, fluid, responsive, and a lot of fun. Whether it is surviving gun battles with drones and bad guys or scaling the wall of a building, the gameplay does exactly what it should. In this respect, Sledgehammer games has done an outstanding job. For those who liked the future tech from Black Ops 2, the tech here is in much the same train of thought, and is truly phenomenal.
Graphics - for the PS4, this game looks unbelievable (a definite improvement over Crappy Duty: Ghosts). There were no noticed graphical problems or inconsistencies, and the framerate never dips noticeably. Truly a beautiful game.
Sound - the gunfights, explosions, conversations and ambience are all how they should be, and sound incredible through a surround sound system.
Story - although there has been naysayers dogging the story of AW, I think it is spot on for what we as a fan base expect from a Call of Duty game. With that being said, this is one of the best stories in the Call of Duty universe (maybe even moreso than Black Ops 1&2). Kevin Spacey's performance in this game is stellar and never ridiculous (he is totally believeable in his character).
Multiplayer - here is why this doesn't have five stars. I played some of the MP. While there are great modes, it is somewhat cramped - even for a COD game. Upwards mobility is a factor in the maps, though, so as a gamer you're really meant to think about combat in a truly three-dimensional manner, as opposed to Battlefield's largely 2-d fashion (yes, I know it is possible to fly but most of the people piloting aircraft in BF are horrible and end up crashing, thus negating any 3-d concept of combat). Also, the MP is not as "cheap as Battlefield" (meaning if you get killed, you will know exactly when it happens and by who, as opposed to getting sniped by a camper from 800 meters out, completely hidden from view). It takes some getting used to and, for some, who prefer EA's take on FPS MP, this will require some patience. Also, on a separate note about MP, it took me awhile to get into a match, just because the servers were so slow and hardly anyone was on MP when I logged in.
Overall, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a fun, engaging game, that is a step in the right direction for the franchise. If COD continues to innovate, think outside the box, and develop this new style of gameplay, Advanced Warfare could very well be the next MW franchise.

Maisto AL 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Maisto AL 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Price: $17.70
4 used & new from $16.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice model car that is easy to put together., October 14, 2014
Extremely Easy to assemble and looks great! My son loves it.

1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership - PS3/ PS4/ PS Vita [Digital Code]
1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership - PS3/ PS4/ PS Vita [Digital Code]
Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a great purchase - there are always great games for free ..., October 14, 2014
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For the PS3, a great purchase - there are always great games for free on there. On the PS4, not as much (most of the games are crappy indies that look like Super Nintendo rejects) but it is required for multiplayer.

Alien: Isolation - PlayStation 4
Alien: Isolation - PlayStation 4
Offered by digital_hobbies
Price: $46.88
57 used & new from $37.37

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien: Isolation is a great game but not very fun, October 14, 2014
Although I wasn't interested in this title in the least, my wife pre-ordered this for me because she thought it looked interesting. However, after watching me play for 30 minutes, she lost interest completely. While I stuck with it for a great while longer, I too lost much interest in this title after only owning this title for a couple of days. So, I will discuss the good and the bad things about Alien: Isolation.
Good: The Graphics are phenomenal. From the lighting and smoke to the darkness and shadows, this game is a graphic marvel. Plus, the framerate during gameplay is noticeably high.
The Sound is amazing. The ambient sounds of the station, of the alien, and the soundtrack that accentuates certain moments throughout young Amanda Ripley's trek through the chaotic space station only adds to the constant tension you feel while playing this.
Gameplay: While the controls are tight and responsive, the character you play is slow to reload weapons, and runs like she has boots full of lead. Combine this with the inability to even harm the alien, and it makes for a frustrating gameplay experience.
Story: The story is well-written (on paper), but takes WAY too long in-game. The course of the game and all the errands you have to accomplish along the way are borderline excruciating.
Fun Factor: It is at times, but is mainly super-frustrating. (I threw my controller through my 47" TV in my room after getting killed by the Alien about thirty times in an hour and my wife was not happy, to say the least.)
Replay Value: For those with the patience to play it, probably moderate. For everyone else, low. I traded mine back to Gamestop.
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Destiny - PlayStation 4
Destiny - PlayStation 4
Price: $39.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Destiny: A great MP game, decent SP game, September 12, 2014
There have been a lot of reviews on Destiny thus far by amazon users - some scoring it super low while taking nothing into account, others ignoring any shortcomings of the game while viewing it through rose-colored glasses. I will try to be more realistic and objective in my review that has been the case for the majority of reviews.

First things first - no spoilers in this review.

Alright, moving on:
The first and most noticeable plus to Destiny is, of course, the graphics - they are absolutely amazing and (I have my fingers crossed) should give us an idea of what the next Mass Effect's graphics will look like. Space, the planets, and each battleground is rendered in beautiful detail. From the very large to the very small, everything looks excellent in this game. The sound is, from what I have observed so far, spectacular and crisp, with no noticeable errors or issues. Likewise, the control scheme is easy to learn (if you have been playing FPS games then you'll pick it up right away), and it is tight and responsive. The only issue is that when the guy runs it feels like BF4 - more of a jog than a sprint. Hopefully Activision can do something about this in the future like EA did with Battlefield 4. Now comes the less-favorable sections:
Story: While an interesting story and one that the player can relate to, it is by no means engrossing like, for example, the storyline of Mass Effect 2 was. In that game, you were sucked in from the first instance you were Commander Shepard. In Destiny, you are not really drawn completely into the boots of the Guardian. Combined with repetitive missions, and it puts the Single Player experience at 3 out of 5 stars, and that's being generous. (And yes, they are repetitive - hit several different points on the way to a destination on a planet, deploy your "ghost", the little robot, and fight wave after wave of swarming bad guys while he does his thing. Seriously. That is how it always is in storyline missions, with little or no deviation.) However, the MultiPlayer segment breathes life into this game in spades. It is fast, fun, there are many different MP game types, and you can play alongside your friends in the action - even in storymode for the latter missions that are truly punishing.
I liken this game to Titanfall - has a tacked on, SP campaign but really built as a MMO for next-gen systems with a stellar MP experience.
As a SP experience, leaves much to be desired but, as a potential Titanfall killer, excels. So, just a recap...meh SP, great MP.

The Last of Us Remastered - PlayStation 4
The Last of Us Remastered - PlayStation 4
Price: $29.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of Us Remastered is a Masterpiece, August 4, 2014
Where do I begin? First off, before I get into the review of the remaster, I will be the first to say that I pre-ordered The Last of Us when it came out for PS3 in 2013 and, after having it only two days, I traded it. Having played faster-paced games like Far Cry 3, I despised the slow, methodical pace of the game and did not like it at all. Fast forward to August, 2014. I had purchased a PS4 and, as many of you reading this review know, there is somewhat of a drought of new games on the PS4 (yes, there are indies but most of them out right now are less than stellar, to be kind). So, my wife suggested I picked up The Last of Us Remastered Edition after she read about the storyline and said she would like to watch me play it. So, I obliged, and said to myself that I would give TLOU another chance and keep an open mind. I am definitely glad I did.

As I played as Joel, navigating through the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Boston and subsequent areas in levels later on, I truly became engrossed in the storyline. The story for TLOU is better than any other movie of this type I have seen (I Am Legend included). I genuinely began to care about Joel and Ellie, their unique connection, their struggles - both internal and external - and their mission to find a cure and save mankind. There were several times during my initial playthrough that I felt the weight of what the characters were going through (no spoilers, don't worry) and the tragedies that had marked their pasts. This game is truly phenomenal but, for those of you that need more information regarding the different aspects of the game, I will happily oblige:

Graphics - while TLOU on PS3 was phenomenal, this re-mastered version actually takes it up a notch and increases FPS (although there is the option to lock it at 30fps to maintain the best graphics - this is what I did).
Sound - the sound is even more amazing on the re-mastered version, and has you constantly on edge as you listen for runners, clickers, and other crazies during your time navigating each sprawling level.
Controls - the controls are just as tight and refined as they were on the PS3 but, with the Dualshock 4, the controls feel even better (this is largely due to the Dualshock 4 being such a great controller).
Storyline - as I said, the story of Joel and Ellie is absolutely amazing and one everyone should experience.
Replay factor - I am, right now, going back through a second playthrough in an attempt to find more items, upgrades, and to experience the story again. Not to mention, there is great multiplayer and the DLC Left Behind that was extra for PS3 users but free with the Remastered Edition (thumbs up to Naughty Dog for that, great move!)

So, there you have it. The Last of Us Remastered Edition is worth every penny and will more than keep you busy while waiting for releases of other PS4 games in the fall.

PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller (Candy Pink)
PlayStation 3 Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller (Candy Pink)
Offered by GoodPoints Electronics
Price: $41.92
35 used & new from $30.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable controller that does its job, June 2, 2014
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I bought this controller for my daughter (pink is her favorite color), and it is functional and durable like other controllers from Playstation. Definitely a must-buy for all those with girl gamers in their family.

PlayStation 4 Console
PlayStation 4 Console
Price: $399.00
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playstation 4 - a great console without great games, June 2, 2014
This review is from: PlayStation 4 Console (Video Game)
Ever since the Playstation 4 was unveiled at E3 2013, I had been anticipating it to bring about a new era of gaming that promised to display amazing graphics and truly-engrossing games that would be cherished as treasures by the gaming community. I myself did not really know, though, what to expect when I finally purchased a Playstation 4 in April of this year. So, for all of you that are undecided, contemplating trading your Playstation 3 for the next-generation system or, jumping from camp xbox to camp sony, I will do my best to give a comprehensive review of the system and everything it offers.
The outside of the system is nice to look at but not really a game changer. It is solid and sturdy, and decent in construction. A couple of times I have had to unplug and re-plug in my hdmi cord in back due to lack of sound while my system is on - not sure if this is an internal or external issue. Also, the power-on and eject buttons are recessed and do not always respond when pressed - again, not sure if this is an internal (connection) issue or an external (design) issue.
When you power up the system, the background music that plays is ambience (I think) and is peaceful and calming. However, much to my dismay, it cannot be changed, just turned off. In fact, there is much you cannot do on your PS4 that you can on your PS3. For example, you can't change your avatar from the PS4 - you have to do it on your PS3. Also, you cannot listen to external music or watch movies off an external hard drive on your PS4 (no way that I have discovered yet, anyway), and you cannot change the background/desktop, so to speak, as you could on the PS4.
The controller is unique and is, IMO, a better controller than the PS3 controller for size and comfort. Word of advice though, buy protectors for the joysticks, as several friends of mine have complained about the rubber coming off of the joysticks after heated sessions of Battlefield 4 mp.
It also has a slew of apps, from crunchroll for anime fans to netflix, wwe tv (whatever its called), IGN, etc. They are all easy to download and access. Also, the setup of the main menu is side-scroll just as before, and is pretty easy to navigate. Another plus, for those who like independent games, is that there are many of them already released that are quite good, like Dead Nation 2 (whatever the official name for it is) and Resogun, among others. However, if you're not all that impressed by independent games that, quite honestly, are good for passing half an hour, at most, then you may not care about the plethora of indies offered (and proudly touted) by Playstation on the PS4. Now for the bad news.
With the Sony Playstation 3, third party developers were quite vocal with the plethora of titles available shortly after release for the latest entry in the gaming market. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, God of War III, Little Big Planet, Motor Storm, Resistance: Fall of Man, Infamous and Killzone 2 were all big titles that helped the Playstation 3 to survive and to thrive. The Playstation 4 has not excelled in this department, thus far. Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son were both released to much fanfare and were good, but by no means capable of holding people's attention for more than a couple of play-throughs. Driveclub was delayed almost a year, while The Order:1886 is in development and grows less impressive with time.
While the console itself is capable of bringing greatness to this next generation of gaming, the lack of high-quality first-party games is disheartening, to say the least.
So, here are my ratings for a few separate categories:
Design: 5 out of 5
Functionality: 5 out of 5
User Interface and Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 (because of the Avatar and background issues mentioned above)
Sound during use and games: 5 out of 5 - clean, crisp, and perfect
Display during use and games: 5 out of 5 - the best you can get right now
Library of games: 4 out of 5 - props for the tons of indies, but the lack of first-party games in troubling

Summary: While the Sony Playstation 4 is a technical marvel of modern gaming, its limited library is a reason for pause. Unless you have played all the great games that your PS3/Xbox 360 have available at this time and need a new system to alleviate your boredom, just hold off until more substantial titles arrive (like next year).
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inFAMOUS: Second Son Limited Edition (PlayStation 4)
inFAMOUS: Second Son Limited Edition (PlayStation 4)
Offered by Treasures & More
Price: $89.99
69 used & new from $24.30

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infamous: a truly memorable adventure, April 4, 2014
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Infamous is, without a doubt, the crown jewel of the Playstation 4 upto this point. While Killzone: Shadow Fall was fun for awhile, it was nowhere near to the level that Second Son is. However, to remain objective, I will refrain as much as possible from referring to non-infamous games and dive right into the review.
Infamous SS takes place almost a decade after the events of Infamous 2. It sees the introduction of a new character, Delsin Rowe, and he is interesting, to say the least. However, he is not ill-fitting for the story.
Story: The story is great and as engrossing as it gets. From start to finish, Delsin's journey is fascinating and keeps you interested.
Graphics: The graphics in Second Son are beautiful and undeniably next-gen. This is the best looking game on the PS4 thus far.
Control: in much the same fashion as previous entries in the series, the controller setup is easy to learn and works well. Implemetation of the new touch pad feature is well done.
Sound: Crisp, clear sounds and voices are heard throughout the game and are beautifully done.
Replay Value: The replay value is pretty high, although once you beat the game with both good and evil paths completed, there is not too much to do. However, Sucker Punch is releasing a large amount of FREE DLC to keep interest up, such as the Origami Storyline and Cole's Legacy - great move by Sucker Punch.
Summary: If you have a PS4, this is the game to buy. Does this game warrant the purchase of a PS4? If any game does, Infamous: Second Son does. From its gorgeous landscape to the intense battles, it is a thrill from start to finish and a must have for any action game fan.

Escape Plan [HD]
Escape Plan [HD]

4.0 out of 5 stars Escape Plan not too bad, March 28, 2014
The Escape Plan was a good, solid action movie, where both Schwarzenegger and Stallone deliver. The storyline is pretty believable, the setting is great, and the plot twist (no spoilers) really makes for some great in-film elements to test the protagonists' mettle. The weakest link here, however, is about the warden. Jim Caviezel as the warden is weak. He is very two-dimensional (maybe even one-dimensional), shows little real emotion, and progresses through the movie like he is on Xanax. Even when he is about to meet his demise (again, no spoilers), he reacts in a way that makes his death completely unbelievable, as if he knows he is going to re-spawn fifty meters to the south like in Call of Duty. Aside from his garbage performance, the movie is rather enjoyable and is a great film to enjoy on a Saturday night. (Also starring 50 Cent, who does a pretty good job in his role as tech support for Stallone's character).

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