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Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus - PlayStation Vita
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus - PlayStation Vita
Offered by JerrytheSeller
Price: $25.00
92 used & new from $13.92

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It, February 25, 2012
I purchased Ninja Gaiden on Xbox, then Ninja Gaiden Black, then Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and now, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus. It really is kind of ridiculous to have 4 versions of the same game, but I enjoyed them all. And despite the fact that this is a port, I honestly believe that this is one of the core titles that shows off the true strengths of the Vita.

Right when I got my new system, this is the first game I put in. I've played this game probably 50x, and know it like the back of my hand. What better way to actually be able to assess the system itself, and it's ability to handle the best action game ever made? This is why this is a game to show off your system. It's not going to top Uncharted in showing off the graphics, but it runs laps around it when showing off the gameplay. For the first time, I was able to play a highly precise action game on a portable system, with completely accurate controls. It really was stunning to have battles this intense and this intricate on a handheld, and it was a new experience.

New stuff I've seen so far in this version, enemy placement seems altered a bit and the difficulty seems increased from Sigma on PS3. I tried hard mode first, and it actually is pretty difficult. Series vets can jump right in with hard mode first and they really will not be disappointed. I also noticed some new items called Enhancements. I only have one so far, a helmet that increases defense and lowers attack.

Once you're done admiring the graphics of Uncharted, this is the game that will truly show off your Vita right now. Being able to jump into one of the trials and instantly play one of the best action games ever made, on the go, still blows my mind.
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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Playstation 3
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Playstation 3
Offered by Sways
Price: $39.94
31 used & new from $9.99

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El-Shad-damnnnnnnnnnnnnn ... this game is gorgeous ..., August 19, 2011
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I'm playing through my 2nd time now. I loved it, and when you play on hard mode you'll see that the combat is not simple. You'll have to parry, counter and time your dodges just to survive.
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The 3rd Birthday - Sony PSP
The 3rd Birthday - Sony PSP
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $18.88
53 used & new from $9.39

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, March 29, 2011
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Within the first 10 minutes, I knew that this game was going to completely deliver. The best advice I can give is to play it using Action Type 2 controls in the options menu, and to play the whole game with a nice pair of headphones on.

If you're a serious action gamer, there's a LOT here to like. Aya can lock on to enemies and shoot while dodging, and while quickly and easily teleporting around the battlefield between different bodies. The controls are near flawless for a PSP shooter. This puts Peace Walker to shame. My only explanation about the complainers is that they played with "Shooter" control settings in the options menu, or they just suck at action games.

This is clearly meant for people looking for a challenge, and looking to master her moves. There are two difficulty settings above Hard.

The music is top notch. The sounds are all great. Even just the sound it makes when she switches guns sounds pretty slick on headphones. Some of the voice acting is not good, and some of it is good. Overall, it doesn't hurt my enjoyment of the game at all.

The graphics are top notch, from the characters, to the monsters, to the environments, to the menus. It all delivers.

Unless you're a super picky Parasite Eve purist, or you aren't very good at action games, I can't see someone not being impressed with this game. And at this price, it's a steal.
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Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy - Sony PSP
Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy - Sony PSP
Price: $15.31
126 used & new from $7.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding, March 27, 2011
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I didn't play more than a few hours of the first Dissidia, so keep that in mind for this review. Once you get over the learning curve, this game is exceptional - far better than I expected when I purchased it.

- Overworld map is extremely fun to mess around with. You can collect treasure chests, shop from Moogle shops, smash open boulders and slide around to nearby islands, and even engage roaming enemies and try to secure a sneak attack. I've seen some reviews saying that it's kind of bare-bones, but I can't really think of any other traditional world maps that let you even do that much. It's a simple, pleasant addition to the fighting gameplay.

- The new characters are all great, and they all play very differently.

- Quest creation mode, where you can write your own dialogue for custom quests.

- Amazing soundtrack loaded with hits from all the games, and a few original ones.

- The whole first Dissidia campaign is on here as well. You could easily put in 100+ hours leveling up everyone and purchasing all of the collectibles.

I would go so far as to say that this is the best single player fighting game ever made. No other fighting game's one player mode offers as much content, that is as fun to go through. In competitive play, I could easily see some balance issues cropping up, but single player this is as good as it gets. The story is not great, but it didn't ever prevent my enjoyment of the game. Parts of it are fairly dark, despite the cheesy dialogue.

Cult of Celebrity: What Our Fascination With The Stars Reveals About Us
Cult of Celebrity: What Our Fascination With The Stars Reveals About Us
by Cooper Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
37 used & new from $0.01

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hide Yo Kidz!, November 13, 2009
This is really an awful book, and is biased against cults. I was raised in a cult, and I still belong to one. To associate cults with something as shameless, shallow, and stupid as celebrity culture is really insulting to me, and everyone here at the compound.

Cults are made up of people too, has Cooper Lawrence ever thought of that? When I go to sleep each night with my 6 wives, I feel reassured that we have something real - not something based on illusion, media manipulation, and a shallow culture of self-help profiteering like the world that Cooper embraces. Self-help? Help yourself and join a real cult, and stay away from this garbage.

Also this book is pornographic and unsafe for children. Just throwing that out there. Hide yo kidz.

The Fixer-Upper Man: Convert Your Dud Into A Stud
The Fixer-Upper Man: Convert Your Dud Into A Stud
by Cooper Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.18
30 used & new from $1.19

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist Trash, November 13, 2009
This book does nothing but enforce gender roles portraying women as meddling harpies with a secret agenda, and men as little more than a desirable oxen slave that women can manipulate into just the right man-servant. Do yourself, the fields of psychology and sociology, and the rest of the planet a favor and resist the urge to buy this book. Have you noticed that the front of the book, right in the center is a man's crotch? This objectifies men and manipulates desperate women into buying something that will not only fail to help them in their relationships, but will likely hurt them.

Imagine if your boyfriend saw this book laying around your apartment? So, you're either admitting that you're going to hide it, throw it away after reading it, or lie to him. Yep, you're off to a great start in your new stable relationship.

Been There, Done That, Kept The Jewelry: Find True Love--Turn Your Tarnished Dating Past into a Brilliant Romantic Future
Been There, Done That, Kept The Jewelry: Find True Love--Turn Your Tarnished Dating Past into a Brilliant Romantic Future
by Cooper Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
21 used & new from $3.04

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Insensitive and Damaging, November 13, 2009
As a single mom who makes a living by running a pawn shop, I found this book deeply troubling. My ability to feed my kids depends on women who come into my shop and sell jewelry they no longer need. This book just makes it more difficult to get by, and I have resorted to food stamps, which was a better use of paper than this book.

Mirror's Edge Original Videogame Score
Mirror's Edge Original Videogame Score

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny, September 8, 2009
The only possible complaint I could have is that the songs are not broken up like they are on the track list when you unlock it on the game. For example, you can't loop Boat (Chase) on repeat like I have wanted to do for months, it is part of a larger composition. For example, it is simply called "Boat" and it contains all of the Boat tracks that were listed separately in the game. But this is a very, very small complaint, and in the majority of the material, it really helps every part shine more.

Buy this album if you have a nice set of headphones, because the sound he is bringing on this album is truly huge. I am someone who very rarely gets into electronic music, but Solar Fields manages to dodge almost everything I dislike about the genre while introducing everything I always wanted it to be: lush soundscapes textured with high quality sound, and dark bass lines that would be just as fitting in a rock album as techno, and he fuses it all nearly flawlessly with heavy synthesizer sounds that could come right out of the best of Mass Effect.

Everyone will find a track with some downtime that they don't love, it is a soundtrack after all and not a straight music CD, but it is a soundtrack worth owning, very worth it.

Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV
Price: $17.99
145 used & new from $9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised, September 5, 2009
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I've played FF IV probably 5 or 6 times before this, so I was struggling to find the motivation to play again. I was shocked by the amount of new content though, and the overall new presentation, enough to make it feel almost like a totally different game.

If you enjoyed it the first time, there's enough to bring you back again. Best new addition by far is the auto-battle mode. You can pick one move for each character, assign it to them, and then just set it to auto-battle. With the simpler RPGs that are a bit older, this is a godsend. No more A,A,A,A,A,A,A 1000x just to select "Fight" in 100 random battles. You literally don't have to ever again. Made the game immensely enjoyable.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
by Chris Hedges
Edition: Hardcover
69 used & new from $3.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising Sociological Analysis of America, August 27, 2009
Any student of society should read this book. Hedges refuses to compromise his observations about the decay of American society. Critical reading that will challenge your existing illusions or inform you of how the rest of America is really acting.

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