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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) 18/09/2010

How much fun can you have?

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360) One of the best first person shooters I have ever played was Battlefield 2 (BF2) on the PC. There have been many shooters since then but nothing, in my own opinion, came close to the fun I had with 4 - 5 of my friends on BF2...until now! Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BC2) has landed and it's not going to disappoint. I will be honest, I bought this game for the online multi-player and not the single player campaign. Although this is solid, if the single player campaign is the only reason that your buying the game, then you have missed the point a little. BC2 basically comprises of 2 games, the single player campaign and the online multi player game. The single player campaign places you back with the cast of the original Bad Company 1, and tasks you with a fairly standard plot of stopping a mad man and saving the world. Its good solid fun and you will enjoy the fast action as the story progresses. This will take you several hours to complete, though I can't imagine that anybody will then go back and play through it again. Not much re-play value to be honest, not right away anyhow. The voice acting and dialog are spot-on, and the humour is actually...well funny. There are times when you are between the action sequences and you will find yourself standing around, just so you can listen to the support characters that make up the bad company talk to each other :) A nice touch. The meat of this game though lies within the multi-player. This is worth the cost of ...

LG Electronics W2261VP 15/09/2010

A quality widescreen monitor with full 1080 support

LG Electronics W2261VP If your in the market for a new monitor like I was about 12 months ago, then you really owe it to yourself to check out the LG Flatron W2261VP. It's a high resolution, true 16:9 widescreen HD monitor for your PC. Basically it does what it says on the tin. There are a lot of monitors that tell you that they are just what your looking for, but this really is. I know I sound like an LG fan-boy but I just really like this monitor. When other people see it they comment on how sleek it looks and how clear the images are. So what are those all-important specifications you need to know about? The technical bit: 22" monitor 2ms Response Time 50000:1 Dynamic Digital Fine Contrast Ratio HDMI Connector 16:9 Aspect Ratio 4:3 In Wide Support (for viewing things not ment for widescreen) Full HD Monitor The main things that I use my PC for are playing games, surfing the internet and working with MS Office. This works perfectly with all of them. I experience NO "ghosting" with fast moving images thanks to the fast 2ms response time. My DVD's and iTunes HD videos look absolutely jaw dropping thanks to the 1080 HD goodness and true 16:9 support. It's also perfectly suited to the new Windows 7 snap feature, I can quite happily snap 2 documents to either side of the screen for comparison. This also works well with internet browsers and is all thanks to the full widescreen support. Who should buy this monitor? Anybody who wants a quality bit of kit for under ...

Virgin Media 15/09/2010

Virgin Media - Looking for some solid broadband?

Virgin Media Like many people, I have taken Virgin Media to obtain their fibre optic broadband. I have suffered for years with substandard broadband speeds via my land line, and I decided that enough was enough. Say bye-bye 20Mb Broadband but only actually getting 1.5Mb, say hello 10Mb of fibre optic goodness. I opted to take just broadband initially from Virgin, I also opted to take it from one of their high street Media Centres. To be honest I found the experience quite painless, the staff that dealt with me seemed knowledgeable and friendly, and I got what I came for. I also got to leave the store with all the kit that I needed rather than waiting for it to be “installed”. At this point I was quite impressed with our friends at Virgin. I also got the “installation fee” of £35 that I had to pay credited back to my account. I was a little annoyed at having to pay this in the first place given I was doing the said installation myself but hay. At least I was getting it back. When I got home, I installed all the hardware, hooked everything up, turned on the PC and…nothing. The account had not been created. This should have been done in store as the last occupant who lived at our house already had Virgin set up, so it was just a case of turning everything back on again but attached to my account (1 – 2 hours the store advised). Not a huge problem, though I did spend longer than I hoped on the phone to have the issue rectified. Firstly I spoke to standard customer services ...

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) 14/09/2010

Looking for an absorbing quality game for your Xbox?

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360) I recently bought Mass Effect 2 and wanted to share my thoughts with you all. One word to describe this game - EPIC. If you loved the first one then be prepared to fall in love all over again, this game is awesome! If you haven't played the first game then don't worry, you can pick this up and crack on without too much trouble. Everything is re-capped (and for those who want to know more, there is always YouTube). This sequel continues the blend between shooter and RPG, though its more RPG light than the first instalment. Not everybody will be happy but I think it works really well :) The RPG element consists of opening up good or bad dialog and action options, as well as up skilling your team. For the most part you find yourself doing or saying "the right thing". It's still good to know that you can be a nasty piece of work and do the bad thing if you choose, Mwahahahahahaha!! Some good re-play value there I feel. I don’t want to say too much about the main story, for the most part you are tasked with assembling a crack team to investigate why entire human colonies are vanishing, who is behind it and how they can be stopped. There are also countless side stories and quests for a better way of describing them. These side quests are optional but all flesh out the already muscular story. As well as recruiting your team, you also have the option of diving into their own little story branches and performing missions for them in order to gain their loyalty. ...

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB 14/09/2010

iPhone 16Gb 3GS in Black

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB What can I say, this is arguably the most hyped, reviewed and owned handset in the world (the iPhone in general I mean). I work for a mobile network and always felt the iPhone was super overrated. Now that I own one I couldn’t have been more wrong – depending on what your looking for in a handset, you will either love it or hate it. It’s a bit like Marmite in that respect. Given that everything that is worth saying has more or less been said, I will not go as in-depth with this review as I have with my HTC HD2 review. I think that everybody has heard at least a little about the iPhone :) First off, if you don’t like touch screens then this is not the phone for you. If your willing to give one a go then you will be pleasantly surprised with how responsive it is. I’ve owned my iPhone for about 3 months now, but I have owned my iTouch for about 12 months and the screen is identical. It is by far the best touch screen that I have used. There is no lag, its super responsive and it does what it says on the tin. I have absolutely no complaints what so ever on this front, and I don’t miss the keypad one bit. If your thinking about an iPhone as your mobile phone of choice, then you have to ask yourself what you plan on using it for. I know that this sounds like a silly question when thinking about your next mobile, but in this case it’s the deal breaker. If you just want something to make calls and text from, then this is not the handset for you. If you looking to just ...

HTC Touch HD2 14/09/2010

HTC HD2 Windows Smart Phone

HTC Touch HD2 Depending on what you’re looking for in a handset, the HTC HD2 may or may not be what you’re looking for. The HD2 is a bit of a mixed bag, provided you buy it for the right reasons then it could be the handset for you. I took the HD2 as my last upgrade because I wanted a handset that would let me surf the internet, watch movies, listen to music and use apps, all on the go via a stunning hi resolution screen. I thought that the HD2 would fit the bill. Everybody had an iPhone and I wanted something a little different. At the time I felt that the iPhone was highly over rated. For the first 4 – 8 weeks I couldn’t have been happier. The screen is a pure joy to look at and the menu system is as silky smooth as it looks. At least as far as the HTC Sense interface goes. You get a small degree of customisation options and all the various screens are accessible via “tabs” at the bottom of the screen. You simply slide your finger from left to right in order to access them. There is no doubt that in the looks department the handset with its HTC Sense interface is a winner. Unfortunately this is not the whole story. As I mention the handset has a user interface called HTC Sense. This sits on top of the standard Windows Operating System (O/S) and is what makes the menus on the HD2 a joy to use. Unfortunately HTC Sense is only skin deep as the saying goes. As soon as you drop into several of the key menus you will eventually drop into the core Windows Mobile menus. These look out ...
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