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Dragon's Crown - PlayStation Vita
Dragon's Crown - PlayStation Vita
Price: $19.99
57 used & new from $13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game to justify the Vita, August 7, 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Let's be honest, Vita sales haven't been great to the point that Nintendo feels better about their Wii U sales. People waiting on the sidelines have been waiting for "that game" to jump in, and I believe this one is up there with the ranks (potentially) of Killzone Mercenaries and Tearaway.

Gameplay is easy to get into, yet has a lot of depth to it with combos and special moves. Add on to that the depth of an RPG'esque game with leveling, lots and lots of loot, and skills, and it's a perfect blend. I feel like the game has the pick up and play in short bursts, which is needed for mobiles, yet has a lot of layers to it that it'll keep you coming back.

If you have a Vita, you definitely need this in your library. If you don't, then this is definitely a game to warrant the purchase.

The Living Infinite
The Living Infinite
Price: $11.88
45 used & new from $5.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too much awesome, March 5, 2013
This review is from: The Living Infinite (Audio CD)
I think the previous review (K McGinn) summed up everything completely, but to add to it.......through Soilwork's tenure they've taken on different speeds, tones, styles and incorporated it into their music from album to album. Living Infinite seems like the culmination of all of their years of work. whether you are a long time fan or a new fan, you'll definitely relate to the album and find something to like. but, the entire 20 songs are awesome through and through. loving it! get it!

Release The Panic (Deluxe)
Release The Panic (Deluxe)
Price: $13.88
70 used & new from $5.09

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid R3D Release, February 5, 2013
Definitely liking this album, it retains the same sound/feel from their previous releases, but yet is different enough that it doesn't feel re-hashed and recycled. bit heavier, a bit more "electronic", yet not over produced.

the big thing that stuck out was the song length, the songs all seem short, which at first would be a bad thing, but conversely, it left me wanting more. the song was over, and the riff/chorus/etc was still going in my head.

i'm already picking this, at least for myself, one of the top rock albums of the year. absolutely pick it up.

Reborn (Deluxe)
Reborn (Deluxe)
Offered by newbury_comics
Price: $10.67
22 used & new from $5.78

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock Album, January 22, 2013
This review is from: Reborn (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
Good solid effort by Trapt, great rock album, but the reason for 4 stars is it's what you'd expect from them. Nothing new or ground breaking, only difference seems to be more use of ambianic tones and a more "produced" sound. I like the album a lot, and if you are a fan of the others, definitely a must buy. If you are on the fence with Trapt, i'd say stick to the singles you like.

For me, stand out tracks are "Bring It", "Love Hate Relationship", and "Too Close"

Added note, for the deluxe versions, the acoustic versions are great, but (not sure if this will make sense) but they are only that, acoustic, not anything different other then the guitar alone, versus full band. an example, Breaking Benjamin with "Diary of Jane", the acoustic version was slightly different in the singing and arrangement, but you're not getting that with these.
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Machine F**king Head Live!
Machine F**king Head Live!
Offered by Fulfillment Express US
Price: $14.88
71 used & new from $4.75

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are you reading this?...., November 13, 2012
If you have clicked on this and checking it out then you already a few steps behind and should've bought it already. not one of those cheesy live recordings where it sounds like they have someone in the back or side of the stage with some recording device. great quality, awesomely powerful band...

just got back from the gym and it took every ounce of energy not to start a pit and breaking stuff from listening to this

you still here? why haven't you bought this yet?
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Dishonored Greatest Hits - Playstation 3
Dishonored Greatest Hits - Playstation 3
Offered by RushHourWholesalers
Price: $15.29
157 used & new from $4.80

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, BUT........., October 10, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Right off the bat, this is a great game, and definitely worth the purchase. However, like many people, i do have one big ax to grind about this game.

To start on the positive, the game is great, the environments are beautiful and well done (they got one of the art guys from Half Life 2). Gameplay (minus my gripe ) is a lot of fun and very well done. Arkane definitely hit the ball out of the park on this one delivering an engrossing game that is immersive and very enjoyable.

HOWEVER (!)......i feel like there was a little bit of bait-n-switch action on this game. during development all of the previews talked about how open the game is, and how there were a lot of ways to go through a level, many which they may not even know about since they were finding new things everyday from the beta testers. want to sneak around? you can. want to charge through? you can. want to kill everyone? you can......but may not want to

despite being sold on a game that is so open, i (and the official reviewers in the gaming media) quickly realized that the game is more geared to sneaking and being non-lethal. OK, i'm cool with that.....but that's not what they've been saying since E3 2011.

but, the problem compounds. you are ranked after each mission (chaos score) and with no explanation or gauge on how much wiggle room you have, if you kill, you get the "high" (ie, bad) score, with the only scoring low and high. make matters worse, the score effects the game going forward (from what i've read), so a "high" rank will introduce more guards, more rats, more "Corvo problems" going forward. and, to make matters worse, a high chaos ranking also gives you the "bad ending". also, for trophy/achievement hunters, the best part, a good chunk of the points are geared to a stealth/pacifist playthrough., have to go stealth and non-lethal.....ok, i love metal gear solid and splinter cell, i can work with that....not what i was planning, but...........wait, WHAT!?

the big pain is that a game that is designed to be stealth, doesn't really help you (AT ALL) to play it that way. a staple of stealth based games, some sort of gauge/indicator to give you a clue you are hidden is absent. so, you have to take your best guess. but, this game has situations where the AI can be really stupid, or be ESP/6th sense super troopers. i'm in a dark corner, behind a wall, not moving........HOW CAN HE BE ALERTED?

for a game that is clearly designed to be played stealthy, despite what they were selling during development, you'd think they'd do more to help you achieve that.

with that said, my suggestion, definitely pick up this game. nevermind the trophies/achievements. the game is definitely at its best trying to figure out new, inventive, and sinister ways (strap a grenade to a rat?) to take out bad guys. don't bother picking up a game guide, letting your inner demons loose in this game is where it really becomes fun.

.....and, if you want to see the good ending, check it out on YouTube, i'm sure it'll be up a hundred times within a week.
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Songs For The Dead
Songs For The Dead

5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!, September 7, 2012
This review is from: Songs For The Dead (MP3 Music)
Drives me nuts that Engel doesn't have the popularity it deserves here in the states. If you are a fan of the swedish melodic metal scene (In Flames, Soilwork, etc), this and the rest of their library is a must and a no brainer. This album, along with their latest LP Blood of Saints, is still on heavy rotation on my MP3.

Do yourself a favor, listen to Engel, won't disappoint.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - Xbox 360
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - Xbox 360
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $22.99
107 used & new from $6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...dare i say, better then Skyrim! OMG, no i didn't!, February 24, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
just finished this last night and had to come here and give the game some props. best way to describe it is like Fable, without the cheeky british humor, and Oblivion combined. great long story line quest, definite number of side quests, absolutely enough to keep you occupied for a while.

my only complaint about the game is the camera got wonky at times. other then that, i didn't experience any kinds of bugs, lag or issues. but, as they have said, you get it on X360, make sure you install the game.

definitely play this. i'm now dying for the sequel

ModNation Racers: Road Trip
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Offered by Deals on Electronics
Price: $15.89
76 used & new from $7.52

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definite pick-up, February 16, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
here's my problem, i enjoy racing games but am horrible at them. anything beyond mario kart, i'm lost. i have played the PSP version before, but never the PS3, so take that into consideration.....

loving this game. huge improvements over the PSP version. first off, the controls, hugely refined and definitely feel more in control. no longer feel like i'm forcing around the track with the sluggish PSP control. with everything this game offers, this is the mario kart-esque experience i've been wanting.

the biggest part of this is the track creation. i've learned from the previous title, as well as little big planet, that i was definitely never meant for any kind of level development in gaming. anything i have tried to create has always turned out an unplayable mess. now, with the tracing, touch screen track even makes my tracks seem compotent, which is amazing and a huge feet. add on to that the option of auto-populating your track, and i was racing on my creation within minutes.

your not going to get a deep racing experience out of this. but, if like me, you want/need that casual/arcadey racing, this is a must. also, with the track creation and being able to download tracks from other people, to say this game has replayability is an understatement. worth picking up at full price.
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PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle
PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle
13 used & new from $229.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the thing truly is amazing, February 16, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
i'm not going to write up a wall of text on this, but all i'm going to say is that for the most part, believe the hype. this thing is a legit gaming rig. I had read all of the preview articles and press, not only from Sony but from the various gaming sites, and no matter how exited they got me, i was still blown away once i got it in my hands.

not going to hound on this thing, nothing worth getting super upset over, but to make note of it and get it out of the way, some of the down sides, more nit-pick things on my part:

- for me, and could just be me, the rear touch screen is a little weird. it works great, but something about the coordination, with Welcome Park and Little Deviants, in my very, very quick tests, seemed a little off and had a little trouble with it.
- web browsing, seems only marginally better from the PSP, plus, don't know if it's because it's so new or something else, but i had a lot of trouble logging on to some of my sites (hotmail, twitter, google reader, personal message boards).
- placement of the front facing camera is a little too close to the buttons, and i have smudged it a few times.

and, not going to rave about the positives, they are already out there and if you are reading this, you have probably already heard that the front touchscreen is very responsive, and the screen resolution/graphics/colors are amazing, and i concur, that is all true. but, here's the things that really stood out for me:

- the feel of this thing is great. can't be said enough, the light weight, the curved edges.....i got sucked into it for 4 hours last night and my elbows got tired from resting them on the table, but my hands never tired or cramped.
- there's been a lot of talk about battery life, but i have no complaints. again, long play session and the power supply held up very well.
- i know, i'm contradicting myself, but the graphics and visuals really are that good.
- button placement (minus proximity to the front camera) is great, even with my large hands. they are smaller and closer together, but i never mis-hit anything. plus, i think the minimal finger movement helped with keeping my hands from fatiguing.
- Near was a feature i thought i would not use at all, but i caught myself going to it several times to check in on the 5 other people within the 10 mile radius of me.
- playstation store on vita is great, love the use of the touch screen navigation, made everything seem quicker and easier.

i could go on and on about this, but bottom line, i do give a little credit to the smartphone vs portable gaming debate, i would not buy this for someone like my mom who is enthralled with angry birds. however, judging from reactions of colleagues at work, who aren't "gamers", a few of them were amazed and actually started considering picking one up. there is a casual gamer market segment that will not touch this, however, my feeling is that there is definite appeal beyond the "hardcore gaming" type.

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