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Dead Island - PC
Dead Island - PC
Offered by AOOutlet
Price: $29.00
21 used & new from $10.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away From This Mess., November 16, 2013
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This review is from: Dead Island - PC (DVD-ROM)
A buggy mess for sure. Yes, they have patched it but it could have been so much better. Honestly I gave the game 5 attempts and finaly deleted it. Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 are far, fat better than thsi mess.

The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD)
DVD ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Price: $10.17
80 used & new from $2.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Prequel to the Carpenter Classic, November 16, 2013
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I was very happy to learn that a new movie was coming in the series. The biggest issue other than the lack of John Carpenter is the confusion many have over the title. The film is a prequel to the original film of the same name. It is not a remake, it is not a sequel, and this confused many people who were not hardcore fans.

The cast is good but nothing compared to the original and with the cat already out of the bag in terms of what the Alien is and what it is doing, the suspense factor is not as high as before.

The film mixes practical and CGI FX and does bring some good entertainment.

Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse
Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse
Offered by TOP SAIL
Price: $53.99
13 used & new from $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mouse For the Money, November 16, 2013
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I had used a Razer mouse for years and then decided it was time to try a new one. My old mouse was eagerly adopted into a new home and I used a Siberia mouse from SteelSeries which I loved. The problem was when Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 arrived my new mouse was wider than before and it affected my gameplay in that game enough that I needed to find another option.

After looking at several options I chose thise one as it is a great mix of price and performance. I liked the easy to grip features, the sleek design, the color scheme, and ample buttons all with easy access.

It has been very responsive and has made gaming even better.

PlayStation 4 Console
PlayStation 4 Console
Price: $399.00
318 used & new from $322.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mine Works Great But There Are Network Issues, November 16, 2013
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This review is from: PlayStation 4 Console (Video Game)
I have a friend who has had nothing but issues with his and is beyond frustrated. I was able to set ours up with no issues and got into the games just fine. You do have to pay to play games online now unlike with the past Playstations but a 30 Day trial of Playstation Plus is included and you get some free content as well.

The graphics and sound are great and I love using the touchpad in game. The only issues I have had so far are due to Network issues as downloading games has been a pain. I got into Warframe yesterday and had a great solo and online match but was unable to get back in later due to network issues which also stalled my other downloads.

I am sure there will be a few updates this week but being able to get four solid games for free from their online shop and the huge amount of titles in tv, movies, and games that you can get is great. I also liked the ability to share my content to Facebook and stream with no issues.

Chocolate Chocolate Moons
Chocolate Chocolate Moons
by Jackie Kingon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
43 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ups and Down of Life and Dieting, August 3, 2013
This was a very charming read. The book is essentially the ups and down of life and dieting boiled into one honest and humor filled collection that will make you smile.

Darksiders II
Darksiders II
Offered by CalDistributing
Price: $17.80
151 used & new from $4.74

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bold and Dynamic, August 15, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Darksiders II (Video Game)
"Bold" and "Dynamic" are often buzzwords thrown around by marketing people in order to hype up a game or movie. In the case of Darksiders II by THQ those two adjectives are grossly inadequate to describe the epic nature of the game. For those who are unfamiliar with the title, players take on the role of Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as you try to redeem your brother War who was framed for the apocalypsenthat was chronicled in Darksiders.

At first glance, the game plays as a hack-and-slash game where players must control Death through various landscapes as he wages battle on all manner of enemies. This includes some surprisingly crafty and vicious individuals who take many hits to bring down, including some combo moves which are an absolute joy to deploy. Early on, I became fond of calling up my large (and I do mean large) hammer to lay out the bad guys before moving to my two bladed weapons to finish the job quickly.

Of course, there are also the bosses to contend with, and it is a very good thing that Death is as nimble as he is, as Death dying is a rather ironic occurrence. Combat is free-flowing and lively as players can select different weapons from their inventory such as scythes, giant hammers, and so on, and use them to smash, chop, and pulverize enemies into oblivion, with elements that reminded me of a RPG. I was able to gain loot and use this to customize
and upgrade my weapons.

Navigation was easy as not only did I have a map, but I also had an avian companion who would help with the pathfinding. Death is a very agile individual, allowing me to climb vast walls, leap across gaps using the side walls for momentum, and cling to and leap from all manner of objects. I did like the ability to do a strategic roll and then unleash into a full-out assault on anything that stood in my way and being able to hang from the ceiling in certain areas was a real plus for me. I also found the control system to be very good as far too often games of this type turn into a button mashing marathon. Darksiders II requires players to use tact, stealth, and strategy as well as a fair bit of patience.

I am not one who is big on games with timed or precision jumps. As such, early in the game I was a bit frustrated as I learned the camera angles and movements needed to move about the very large and impressive open-world environments of the game. With a bit of practice, I was able to have it down in no time, and much like combat, it soon became second nature to me as I was able to react without having to think too much about which combinations of controls to hit. A simple move of a control stick, and a press of a button or trigger was often all that was required of me.

The environments were very impressive and I especially liked fighting in the ice and snow as it was a refreshing change from the stale dungeon environments that have become all to commonplace in the genre. Death also has a mount which allows him to cover vast distances astride his supernatural horse. I really enjoyed the graphical splendor and art of the game as we rode along the landscape, and would briefly lament the moments when I dismounted to explore a locale, but made sure to make any that I encountered pay for disturbing my ride.

All of this would be plenty to justify the purchase of the game, but there is also some great online content such as The Crucible where players will enter a mystical arena to allow players to test their skills against progressively harder enemies. There is some great loot that can be obtained for those who prove worthy. There are 100 levels to the mode and each one is more challenging than the last. Should a player die before reaching an award level, then they lose all of their progress and must start over.

Darksiders II also features an in-game e-mail system known as "The Tomes" where players can easily message and trade items with one another. There is also a leader board where players can track their progress in several statistical categories against players the world over. Darksiders II is a visually sharp action game that is amazing fun to play. From the ground up, it is a top-notch gaming experience that grabs you and pulls you in.
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Subsonic Pro Wireless Rechargeable Controller Fluo - PlayStation 3 & Windows
Subsonic Pro Wireless Rechargeable Controller Fluo - PlayStation 3 & Windows
Offered by HotSpot Electronics
Price: $20.00
5 used & new from $15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Third Party Control, June 17, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
While it is not for everyone, this is a solid control which is a nice option to the Standard Sony control. It has an attractive look and solid design. The buttons have good play to them and the unit holds a charge very well and charges easily with any USB connection.

It fits well in the hands and you have very easy access and action to all the buttons thanks to the inward curve of the unit. It has a more natural feel than the Dualshock 3 by Sony as it is not as bulky. It is a durable unit and I have had zero issues with it as I have had mine for almost a year.

Resident Evil 5 - Playstation 3
Resident Evil 5 - Playstation 3
Price: $12.59
242 used & new from $3.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid Entry into the series., April 11, 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Capcom has hit the ball out of the park with the very enjoyable latest chapter in the classic Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 5. This time out, Capcom has wisely eschewed the on rails gameplay of the recent Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and allowed gamers a full range of movements to explore the detailed landscapes of the game.

Playing as Chris Redfield (from the original game and Resident Evil: Code Veronica), the game is set roughly 10 years after the original game and sees Chris travel to Africa in order to investigate a reported viral outbreak at the hands of the Umbrella corporation. Shortly after his arrival, Chris meets his new partner, Sheva Alomar and sets out to investigate the strange happenings in the local town.

Before Chris can even get settled in, hordes of infected locales are laying siege to he and Sheva forcing them to fight a defensive battle. As the duo move about the decimated town, they discover that a team of soldiers has been decimated by an unknown force. When Chris and Sheva locate a disc of information, they soon find themselves in a race not only to deliver the date and solve the mystery behind the infection, but for their very survival.

The game uses the same over the shoulder perspective of Resident Evil 4, and in a new twist players must work with their partner to complete the game. This to be honest, was a mixed bag for me, as while I was grateful for the help, healing, and company Sheva provided me, there were times where she was in the way, or responded in a manner contrary to what I was trying to accomplish. Thankfully you can opt to use a flesh and blood player to back you up and for certain segments of the game, I found it easier to play with a human rather than the A.I. character.

It did take me a little practice to get used to the controls and inventory system as well as the ability to upgrade weapons and attire. Once that was down, and I was able to focus on my game, I found that I really enjoyed the game.

While it has been a source of some controversy amongst fans, I found the mostly daylight setting of the game to be a novel approach and found myself immersed in the story. While it did not provide me any real scares such as did Dead Space, it is a entertaining and enjoyable game, and I took great delight in shooting an oncoming enemy, and being able to finish them off with a well placed stomp.

Playing on my Playstation 3 system, I really enjoyed the vibration function offered by the Dualshock 3 control as it was a perfect compliment to the solid audio and amazing visual quality of the game.

While the controls and the a.i. were at times an issue for me, I was able to work around this and found myself really getting into the game. While it is a departure from past games in the series, I applaud the designers for stretching out instead of just recycling the same formula again and again.

As I mentioned earlier, the sound and visual quality of the game is amazing and the dynamic and natural lighting effects added a sense of immersion to the game that really helped sell the story. While not perfect, Resident Evil 5 is a solid and enjoyable game that should delight fans of the series and provide a great gaming experience to new fans.

4 stars out of 5.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood [Blu-ray]
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by vsource
Price: $5.99
88 used & new from $1.97

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Follow Up to the Graphic Novel and Movie, March 14, 2009
Following on the smash success of "Watchmen" Warner Brothers Premiere has released "Tales of the Black Freighter" on DVD and Blue Ray. The features laden set is truly impressive an tells the story within a story of The Black Freighter in an animated format. Fans of the graphic novel Watchmen will remember that the newsstand owner had a patron who would read a pirate adventure and that the savage tale also served as a counter point to the events happening in the Watchmen universe.

The animated feature is voiced by Gerard Butler and tells the story of a captain who is the lone survivor of an assault by a mysterious freighter. Convinced that the freighter is headed to his home, the captain faces a series of ghastly challenges to stay alive and return home. As the obstacles mount, the captain slowly starts to lose his grip on reality which leads to a startling finale.

The top flight animation serves the episode well as does Butler's solid voice work. The episode is briskly paced and runs in at roughly 3o minutes.

Another feature of the set is the Under the Hood segment which tells the story of the original Night Owl Hollis Mason and provides a background on the world of the Watchmen. Done in the format of a television interview show, the great segment features characters from the film as they tell the story of the original Night Owl and the formation of The Minutemen and Watchmen as well as the villains they faced and the pending Keane Act.
This was a fantastic and unexpected feature of the disc and when combined with the look at the upcoming Green lantern DVD made this collection an absolute gem.
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Fear 2: Project Origin - PC
Fear 2: Project Origin - PC
Offered by Filmrolle
Price: $8.70
33 used & new from $2.87

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Follow Up To The Original Classic, February 21, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
After a nearly four year wait, two expansion packs, a change of publishers, and a title change, the follow up to our 2005 Game of the Year award winner F.E.A.R. is finally here. After successfully obtaining the rights to the name F.E.A.R., the new sequel is called F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin instead of the planned Project Origin. Regardless of what it is called, developer Monolith Productions and Publisher Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment have unleashed one of the best 3D shooters and action games ever made.

These time out players are put in the role of Sgt Michael Becket as you and your team are dispatched to obtain Aristide, an executive with Armacham Technology Corporation. Starting roughly thirty minutes before the climatic events that concluded the first team, you race through various locales doing battle with private security and fearsome Armacham Black Op soldiers as well as the deadly Replica soldiers.

Following a spectacular visual sequence, the player wakes up and finds that he has been altered and now has superior reflexes and speed which like in the original allows players to enter a bullet time mode and move much faster than your enemies and their gunfire. This as before, results not only in a wide range of possible tactics but some truly amazing combat as gunfire whizzes past you in slow motion as do clouds of fire, debris, and blood.

With his new abilities, Becket has drawn the attention of Alma who appears throughout the game and when she is knock off and brutally dispatching all those in her path, and thinning the ranks of Becket's support team, she is grappling with Beckett himself. In one of the games new combat features, players can grapple with Alma and other enemies by clicking the mouse buttons. Successfully clicking the buttons fast enough allows players to land a blow and gain a tactical advantage. If a player is to slow, they often do not get the chance to recover from their mistake.

It is learned that Alma is attempting to absorb Becket, and with the surviving members of his team, he must battle against legions of enemies and get to a top secret facility in order to amplify his new powers. It is hoped that once this is done, Becket will have a chance to face and defeat Alma and that only he alone can end the destruction that has been unleashed.

This of course is easier said than done as a never ending legion of foes with some of the best A.I. and tactics you will ever face are waiting for you. The great ability that enemies displayed in the first game to take cover and avoid fire has been enhanced as enemies will not set traps, move objects as they advance to provide rolling cover, leap, roll, and jump to avoid incoming fire.

In a nice twist, players can now use objects to provide cover such as knocking over a table or desk.
One of my favorite tactics was to pull over an object and then place a proximity grenade shortly before activating my bullet time and moving away at a high rate of speed. Once normal speed resumed, enemies that made the mistake of advancing on my position often got an unexpected surprise.

The game also has explosive barrels and clever items such as power boxes and fire extinguishers which can be used with explosive and devastating results. The joy of the game is being able to find ways to make your environment work for you by using electrical current and other factors to set traps and help even the odds when faced against superior numbers.

The weaponry in the game is first rate as players are able to take up to four weapons with them. There were pistols, machine guns, shotguns, and a nice addition to the nail gun known as the "Hammerhead" as well as a sniper rifle and missile launcher. New weapons included a plasma weapon and a great laser that allowed you to slice up your enemies and a napalm weapon. There are also several grenade types such as proximity, frag, incendiary, and a great one that is essentials and E.M.P. blast that disables tech based enemies.

As good as those weapons were they paled in comparison to the Mech stages of the game where I was able to ride an assault Mech and cut down enemies with chain guns and rocket fire. There are also segments of the game where players can use the mounted gun on their A.P.C. unit in order to mow down advancing enemy forces.

The enemies are a lot more than your usual 3D shooter heavies as aside from the clever tactics they can deploy, they are armed to the teeth and often take a barrage of hits to bring down. There are also some supernatural and stealth based enemies to content with who delight in sneak attacks in dark areas.

Players also have the ability to melee and use the unarmed combat moves that were established in the first game as well.

The level designs were good and the impressive graphic engine really allowed the detail level of maps such as a lab, hospital, subway, factory, school, apartment complexes, and much more.
The voice acting and music in the game are a cut above the standard fare and while the game was not as intense from a scare point as the original, the action and intensity of this game were beyond compare.

F.E.A.R. 2 also offers great multiplay as I enjoyed Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and the other online modes. I hope to see new maps in the near future and would love to be able to bring the mech battles into the game at some point.

The game allows players to setup controls in the way they chose, but I was stunned to see that game did not offer a save system and instead opted for a check point save system. This was a big disappointment to me as like many gamers, I do not enjoy having to replay portions of a level should I be killed.

I did experience a couple of technical hiccups such as some lag when using bullet time in one instance and a couple of delays when new areas were accessed. Despite this, using my Razer Lachesis and Lycosa I was able to deftly move about the games with ease and I love using the Razer Destructor gaming pad as it truly added to my online and solo play experience with greater mouse tracking.
All in all the game was highly addictive and enjoyable and is an early leader for our game of the year award. I just hope the wait until the next chapter is not as long as F.E.A.R. 2 is a true classic that delivers the goods gamers want and deserve.

4.5 stars out of 5.
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