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Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons [Online Game Code]
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons [Online Game Code]
Price: $1.49

46 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brothers - A Tale of Too Little, December 7, 2013
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If I told you that for $15 you could play a completely linear game with no words, featuring childishly simple platforming, wonky clipping, awkward animations, and the length of a made-for-TV-movie, you would probably say it wasn't worth the money. You would be right.

I had high hopes for this game after reading other reviews which claimed "Brothers" had an amazing story and the unique (as far as I'm aware) two joystick control system. After finishing it, I can tell everyone that there's nothing to see here. The "story" that apparently had other people in tears was so ham-handed and goofy that I found it comical, particularly the fairy-tail atmosphere trying desperately to deliver something dark and emotional. Half the game is trying to eek out some feeling with bagpipe music and contrived set pieces, occasionally of the eye-roll inducing variety.

According to Steam, this game took me two hours to complete. I can't imagine it taking anyone more than four hours to complete even if they had zero experience with a game like this and stood around clueless for dozens of minutes at a time.

I decided to take a chance on this game because Amazon was offering it for $7.50 and giving a $5.00 discount off an editor's choice game, so ultimately for $2.50 I was treated to a demo of the two-characters-two-joysticks game type, which was an interesting style that definitely has a future. I played with an Xbox 360 controller and I can see the potential here. I won't be playing "Brothers" again. People will not be talking about this game in 6 months when other titles come out using this control system that are truly worthwhile.
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Clockwork Synergy® Classic NATO - 20mm Navy & White Nylon NATO Watch Strap Band
Clockwork Synergy® Classic NATO - 20mm Navy & White Nylon NATO Watch Strap Band
Offered by Clockwork Synergy, LLC
Price: $11.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great customer service, June 26, 2013
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The nylon band fit my watch perfectly, appears exactly as depicted on Amazon, and looks to be of very good quality. The customer service from Clockwork Synergy was also impressive. I had a shipping issue, which was handled thusly:

"The location of my package appears unknown, and it was supposed to arrive a week ago.

The tracking number for USPS is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

I've an urgent mission and can't exactly head into direct contact with enemy forces carrying a pocket-watch. I must have my watch band!"

re: Good Morning

"I am very sorry you have not yet received your order. Once the item leaves our facility it is in the hands of the post office and we never know there is an issue until the customer contacts us.

No one should go into combat with enemy forces unprepared! I can not allow us to be the reason for the demise of such a brave man, for your safety I shall be glad to reship the band for you ASAP!


This message will self destruct in 10 seconds.............."

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Darksiders Franchise Pack [Download]
Darksiders Franchise Pack [Download]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good of a deal to miss, December 20, 2012
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Darksiders 2 was a AAA title when it came out a mere 3 months ago. The publisher, THQ, just days ago filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, so they're doing everything they can to move products (you and I are the beneficiaries thanks to Amazon's deals). It's a very good combat RPG, and at this price, you're really getting a steal. You also get all the DLC, a "season pass" which includes some bonus content, and the original Darksiders game. Everything activated on Steam for me without a hitch. You may also want to check out the "Tantalizing THQ Bundle" also being offered if you want another great deal from this company and Amazon.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Jim DeFelice
Edition: Hardcover
251 used & new from $0.01

25 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good autobiography of a great American SEAL, January 5, 2012
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Chris Kyle thinks he's a real bad-ass. Which is fine, because I tend to agree. American Sniper provides a look into what goes on in BUD/S and other SEAL training, but without much depth or detail. Instead, we're told more about the field action, the camaraderie of a SEAL team, what kinds of hazing the new guys receive, and a host of other things more interesting than BUD/S.

As far as the sniping record, the author is proud; he reminds us of it frequently and is unapologetic, even saying of killing someone, "It's no big deal." However you may feel about that statement, it's probably the appropriate attitude for someone who needed to kill so often. There are war stories here of varying detail (some, I felt, not detailed enough) and anecdotes aplenty, some almost unbelievable. It's easy to feel proud of American troops when they're doing their jobs this well.

The combat action was gritty and vividly explained. Other times, we're shown that even a SEAL has droughts of boredom, which to them seems to be whenever they aren't on their guns. The book provides interesting insight into the gear an elite soldier uses in combat, with a particularly good segment in which Chris identifies the rifles he used and his typical load-out. The heart (but not the majority) of this book lies in the candid confessions of Chris and his wife Taya about the toll the life of a professional soldier can take on a family.

The first editorial review on Amazon describes the book as 'eloquent.' I wouldn't say that; this isn't lofty reading. It is however, a unique first person account of the war, exciting and emotional, occasionally funny enough to make you smirk, and a quick read. I had a few minor formatting issues with the Kindle version, nothing serious. I'd recommend it.

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