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Beat Of My Drum
Nicola Roberts - Download Track
The debut single from Nicola Roberts serves as a great first solo outing. With fantastic production from Diplo; Nicola's sing-rap style and cheerleader chorus fuse beautifully with the marching drum beats and will firmly cement itself in your mind with the great 'L.O.V.E' hook. A brilliantly odd diplo tinged slice of heaven that marks the beginning of a great solo career for Nicola. It is worth noting that the physical release features the beautiful B-side Porcelain Heart which is more in line with her signature electro ballads in Girls Aloud.
The Sims 3: World Adventures (Expansion Pack) (PC & Mac)
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The Sims 3 is an epic game in its own right but each base game in the series has received numerous expansions packs. World adventures is a fun, unique and enticing addition to an already amazing game.
World adventures is rather groundbreaking gameplay in regards to the Sims series; Your sims are able to go on vacation (much like the Holiday and Bon Voyage expansions for the Sims and Sims 2 respectively), however a completely new dimension of gameplay has been incorporated into the game. You navigate your sims through perilous, sometimes challenging dungeons and labyrinths in order to gain rewards, skills and unique bonuses. The tombs are located throughout all three new locations (China, Egypt and France) and they consist of puzzles and traps, as always your sims may very well die on these dangerous journeys so have your wits about you. The narrative for this expansion pack comes in the form of challenges which you can browse through and accept, these challenges are varied and interesting, this helps keep the gameplay fresh and involving. Some challenges are of a greater scale and span over several of the new locations, this helps make what you are doing feel of a greater importance and is leading up to something that will reap great rewards.
Of course there is much to discover in these new lands; you are able to learn new skills such as Martial Arts, Meditation and Photography (all of which have a trait counterpart to help you in advancing in these skills), you are also able to get to know the locals and learn about the culture whilst marvelling at the architecture. In terms of object additions to the game there are barely any, the new items are scarce and forgettable. Conversely the architectural tools are a welcome addition, you are now able to create basements and customise the structure of your roofs. There are some new clothing items which come with the game; these are not very inspiring however they are nonetheless relevant to the expansion itself. To conclude this expansion is a great start to expanding on the already amazing and gratifying gameplay which is the Sims 3, this expansion boldly takes gameplay to a new level for the Sims, this is a first for Sims expansion packs and hopefully it will not be the last. Although I would have liked to have seen more new content in regards to objects, clothing, traits and hairstyles, what the game contains is more than worth the price and is a fabulous addition.
The Fame Monster (UK Deluxe 2CD)
Lady Gaga - CD
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Lady GaGa hit the UK Music Scene early this year with smash hit 'Just Dance' since then she has consistently topped the charts with her unique visionary music, which has revolutionised pop. Put simply The Fame Monster is beyond epic. When I first bought 'The Fame' Back in January, I was amazed with the amount of instant classics on the album, each track was unique and exquisite, not one track failed to meet expectations. I then began to doubt that I would ever find another artist like her. The Fame Monster is not just a re-release; it may as well have been an entirely new album. All 8 tracks are outstanding; Lady GaGa has clearly grown as an artist and has produced some pure gold. Superb lyrics infused with some impressive beats, makes for a non-stop thrill of an album. Each track could become an instant classic. If you loved 'Bad Romance' you will adore the rest of the album, 'Telephone' is rumoured to be the second single from the re-release and it will not disappoint, it is a fantastic collaboration with Beyonce that will blow your mind. It is fair to say that GaGa is on top form, and she can only get better. To conclude this album perfectly defines Pop with a fantastic range of tracks from the electric 'Telephone', 'Alejandro' and 'Monster' to the beautiful "Brown eyes", this album will be your album of the year.