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Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Strategy Guide
Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Strategy Guide
by Future Press
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.23
60 used & new from $13.11

3.0 out of 5 stars I could do better....., April 30, 2014
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Let's start with the good. Guide makes for a great walk-through of the game. It has decent maps of every area and will hold your hand and lead you from start to finish if that is your thing. The maps of the areas are sometimes complicated and hard to follow but that could be a side-effect of the complex designs of some of the areas. Cover art is amazing and the guide has some other awesome art in it. The guide goes into detail on bosses and list stats for all enemies (something I've rarely used). Most useful I've found the maps, npc listings, new game + information, and achievement/trophy information.

A few things are not mentioned in the guide. For example, certain uses for certain items. I can't seem to find anywhere in the guide where it tells you the rewards for the covenants, which I find very disappointing. If it is in there it's hard to find. Things I would have loved to see. List of illusionary walls separate from the walk-through ( I don't want to read through the whole level's walk-through to find out where I missed an illusionary wall), covenant level up rewards, etc.... My biggest overall complaint is that information in this guide is sometimes hard to find. For example: if you want to join a certain covenant. Look through the npc section to find the covenant overseer, if they require a certain item go find that item in the item list, item is found in XXXXX so you go to that part of the walk-through and look at the map, once you find the item on the map there can always be more to it that just walking up to it, such as some special event that must happen first.

All in all. I'm glad I got the guide. It looks nice and has lots of information in it. Sadly it's much easier to search the internet for the locations of illusionary walls, king's doors, etc.... Sometimes I ask myself why buy guides when you can search the internet. The answer (for me) is the maps the guide offers and the easy flipping of pages while I'm playing.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror Fate - Nintendo 3DS
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror Fate - Nintendo 3DS
Offered by FRONTIER HOBBY SHOP
Price: $17.38
59 used & new from $10.49

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lords of Disappointment, April 7, 2013
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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The original Castlevania Lords of Shadow is one of my favorite games and I had been counting down the days until Mirror of Fate released. Day one with Mirror of Fate was exciting. The gameplay was a cross between the older 2D Castlevnia games and the other Lords of Shadow game. The storyline was also interesting. Not too many days later I stared to realize that this game was terrible. It completely lacks the exploration/depth of the 2D Castlevania games that I loved and it reduced the things I loved about Lords of Shadow to a smaller scale. Still desiring to explore the story I continued to play even after I started losing interest in everything else in the game. Eventually I even lost interest in the story. It has some cool idea but it got rather boring after awhile. Sadly I will never complete this game. I still intend to get Lords of Shadow 2, but I'm going to be reading the story of Mirror of Fate online somewhere. I've beaten some terrible games in my life, but this is one that I couldn't make it through. I wanted to, but my time is better spent elsewhere.


Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set
Nintendo Wii U Console - 32GB Black Deluxe Set
Offered by Daily Deals Shop (NO TAX)
Price: $316.90
243 used & new from $222.22

19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wii U, November 19, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been looking forward to the Wii U for awhile now. There's nothing quite like the feel of a new system. I unboxed my Wii U and had no problems hooking it up. Definitely glad I bought the Deluxe Set almost immediately because it comes with a cradle for the gamepad. Unfortunately there is a estimated 5gb update as soon as you connect to the internet. This will take awhile but you want to get it done. It adds many features. This is my first complaint. Big first day update that took me an hour. You can't do anything while it does this. Afterward though I spent a good deal of time just playing around in the menus and testing out the features. The Wii U has some wonderful potentials and it is quiet fun using the gamepad to navigate. My second complaint is the load time for menus. Occasionally this takes 30 seconds or more. Not really that long, but it can feel like forever. After I got done with the menus I figured it was time to try out an external hard drive. It would not work with my usb powered external hard drive, but it did work wonderfully with a 2tb dedicated power source external hard drive. Then it was time to go the the eshop and download some games. I purchases a few games from the eshop and it took a good while to download them. They were saved straight to the external hard drive which was nice. While waiting I tried out the Wii Mode, which allows the Wii U to pretend it is a Wii. No Joke. The Wii U restarts and when it loads up it is exactly the same as a Wii. This is quite a nice feature as I still have many Wii games I look forward to playing some more. At the end of the day I feel I have spent my money well. Many people have complained about the launch line-up but I think Nintendo did their homework well. There is at least one game forever one. Each game targets a different genre for the most part. If you're like me and like many different genres then you're going to have a lot to play.

To sum it all up the Wii U is like an upgrade for the Wii. It does everything the Wii does and much more. So if you enjoyed a Wii over the last few years, you'll enjoy a Wii you just as much if not more. Though there are still a few quirks to complain about, the overall experience is rewarding.
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Binary Domain - Xbox 360
Binary Domain - Xbox 360
Offered by NYC Electronics
Price: $12.99
70 used & new from $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the games I've beaten, November 2, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
When I first saw the trailer for this game I had a good feeling I'd like it but after the first 30-60 minutes of gameplay I almost called it quits. Unfortunately the gameplay is very redundant. The gameplay does have a bit of spice where it tries to break away from the -Gears-of-War-shooting-from-cover-style with little gameplay events. This is why I deducted one star, too much of a gameplay type that I can't enjoy for hours on end. If the story looks appealing to you, though, I highly suggest you get the game or at least rent it. It gets better with each hour you get into the game. Character development is good, graphics are great, controls are passable, some fresh ideas, wonderful soundtrack, highly detailed/interesting story, and totally awesome boss fights/designs (except for the final one which was terrible).

All in all I can say I will probably never play this game again. I don't have enough time and there are so many others I want to play. I am,however, extremely glad I took the time to play through once. It is very memorable and unique.


NECA Assassins Creed Brotherhood Extreme Head Knockers Legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore
NECA Assassins Creed Brotherhood Extreme Head Knockers Legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore
Offered by Positronic US. (Too late for Halloween) 8-12 Days Average Delivery.
Price: $39.21
21 used & new from $28.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware!, October 18, 2012
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I read the bad reviews but I held out hope that those were rare cases. Now I have an Assassin's Creed Head Knocker sitting in my trash can only 5 minutes after opening it. The paint job is terrible. I got this as a gift and instead of giving it to them I'm simply trashing it. I thought about selling it but that would be an injustice. The paint job is horrendous. I'm not even really sure how to describe it. It looks as if paint was running low and they put on such a thin layer that the item wasn't even completely covered. I'm very disappointed. Oh well. I'm going to go look for a replacement gift now.


Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5
Offered by goHastings
Price: $9.68
72 used & new from $5.59

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOA 5! Alive!, September 27, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dead or Alive 5 (Video Game)
I've been big on the DOA games since the Dreamcast era and I've been waiting for DOA 5 for quite a few years now. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed in some of the choice team ninja made. This is where you ask yourself how does it still earn 5 stars? Read on and you shall know.

Pros:
There are lots of things I love about this game. They added some new characters, improved graphics, and some new moves since the last entry. Basically its the same ball game as the other entries as far as the fighting goes. Mostly like an upgrade than a new game. If you loved the other games you won't have any complaints about the gameplay. The story mode this time around is more fluid and though it doesn't make any realistic sense it is easier to follow. For those not familiar with dead or alive the fighting in this game is a good deal different than other fighters. The normal punch, kick, and grab buttons are present; however, the game incorporates a hold button. The hold button can be used to catch an opponents attack and counter. The critical part here is that you must determine if it is a high, medium, or low attack to effectively counter. This is why I love DOA so. One does not have to master all the character to be successful with them. Master of the counter system and a general knowledge of character moves will make you successful at the game. Once again the F- to S+ system is back with the online. I have some complaints about the online, but that will be addressed here shortly. Another plus is the soundtrack. It fits the game quite wonderfully.

Cons:
Well for one there are less costumes. It would be my guess this is a side-effect of the DLC age. My biggest complaint falls with the online. It doesn't effectively find matches for me, failing about 75% of the ranked searches. Also online rooms are no longer ranked from what I gather. The search failing isn't a big deal because it only takes about each search only takes about a minute. Still its annoying to lose playing time before work in the morning. Lastly, they changed the execution for many of my favorite moves. You may not notice, but I played enough DOA 4 and DOA Ultimate to know the moves pretty well. It's hard to cope with the changes but eventually I'll forget my old ways.

Conclusion:
Sure it's not everything I wanted, but its enough to make me happy. Good sized roster, improved graphics, excellent gameplay. All this makes the game 5 stars. Glad I pre-ordered.


Guild Wars 2 Signature Series Guide
Guild Wars 2 Signature Series Guide
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback
Price: $2.46
88 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Guild Wars 2 Instruction Manual, September 10, 2012
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If you have read any of the other reviews you already know some of the things I'm going to say. This "Guide" doesn't really give you much on strategy. It is more like an instruction manual. It list just about everything you would want to know about the professions, the races, and the tutorials. Also a lot about the workings of an MMO and gameplay mechanics. To give it some credit it does have some slightly useful maps in the latter part of the book, but the in game maps are more useful in my opinion. What I did find useful was the list of traits. I could have easily found this information on the internet though. :(

The above is where I took two stars from this guide. I took a third star because of the following. I found at least one trait skill that was listed in the guide but not in the game. This brings me to wonder what else is incorrect/outdated already. Very disappointing.

The only reason to buy this guide is if you want to enjoy Guild Wars 2 information in places you can't access the internet.


Lollipop Chainsaw - Playstation 3
Lollipop Chainsaw - Playstation 3
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $26.49
89 used & new from $9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet, July 5, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Lollipop Chainsaw is a terribly short game with little to no challenge to it. Under normal circumstances I'd be very disappointed. The redeeming qualities come from the replayability and the story. The game itself took me around 6-8 hours to beat. I ran into barely any trouble in completing the game and I found the combat rather disappointing. It I was rating this game on it's combat mechanics alone I'd give it 1 or 2 stars. The story makes this game very enjoyable though. It's not for everyone, but I found the humor highly entertaining. Also the game has a fair amount of replay value. Finally a game that gives me extra content to go back for instead of simply trophies. Extra content consist of extra costumes, hidden collectables, combat moves, and leadboards. So in conclusion, this game isn't for everyone especially if gameplay is more important than story to the player.

Quick List of Pros and Cons

Pros:
Entertaining Story (though not for everyone)
High Replayablility
Awesome Soundtrack

Cons:
Dull Combat
Short Story Experience


Chillerama (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
Chillerama (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Richard Riehle
Price: $10.49
30 used & new from $4.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointorama, July 2, 2012
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I bought this on a whim because I'm a gambling man. Incase you couldn't guess by my rating I lost my gamble.

This movie consist of four storylines. An over-all plot is given in between the other three stories. The overall plot is something similar to a zombie movie, except the zombies seem pervesion-craving rather than brain-craving. The other three plots consist of giant sperm, homosexual werewolf-like creatures, and a jewish frankenstien. Well I watched the first short story (the giant sperm) and slowly my doubts grew. As I watched half of the homo-werebear plot I gave up. I like cheesy B-rate horror flicks; however, this was simply boring. The humor was rarely entertaining to me and the plot lines were boring.

In conclusion I wasted $15. I didn't even finish the movie. It is rare that I find something I dislike this much. I realize there are many people who will still buy this even though there are bad reviews. I was one of these people and now I've learned my lesson. :( Let my sacrifice not go in vain.


Sonic Generations - Xbox 360
Sonic Generations - Xbox 360
Offered by It's Your Turn
Price: $17.08
120 used & new from $10.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Sonic Sampler, April 30, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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If you are a sonic game fan or just curious about the blue hedgehog, this game is for you. This game presents the player with remixed levels from many sonic different sonic games. Starting with the original sonic the hedgehog game and ending with sonic unleashed and sonic colors. For sonic game fans this is like a trip down memory lane and for those who are just now getting into sonic, this is an awesome way to get a little taste of what all the games up to this point have to offer. This game also grabs some of the greatest songs from across all the games.


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