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Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 USB Force Feedback Racing Wheel
Ordered on Friday night. Posted on Monday. Arrived Tuesday. When I order DVDs they usually take 4 or 5 days so I was well chuffed to get my wheel early.This is a solid piece of kit. The build quality is superb. The wheel has a great feel to it and the pedals have got plenty of resistance so they feel just like the real thing. It's easy to mount onto your desk. The clamping mechanism doesn't look too impressive as you take it out of its bag but don't be fooled. It's as solid as a rock once you've screwed it into the wheel base. I've only been using it for a few hours but I'm already impressed. I'm restricted to playing on "Race Driver: Grid" until I can get hold of GTR Evolution. Grid doesn't recognise the wheel so I've had to spend a couple of hours of tweaking and changing the game controller settings until it felt right. It still needs some work but that's not the fault of the wheel.Anyway, like I said, it's a great piece of kit.
The Mummy 3: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
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I really enjoyed the first two films so I didn't bother reading the reviews for this one before I saw it at the cinema. I have to say that this film is pretty awful. I use those two words deliberately - "Pretty" CGI effects. "Awful" storyline. Also, the acting by the Rachel Weisz stand-in is poor and her English accent was the worst since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. All of the mildy humorous bits were shown in the trailers. In fact, the trailers for this film make it look really good, but trust me, it isn't. Enjoy the trailers but avoid the dvd at all costs.
Age Of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
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I have to agree with several of the previous reviews. This game looks fantastic and is quite enjoyable for the first 20 levels but then it starts to lose its appeal. I played World of Warcraft for a couple of years but I left it to play Lord of the Rings Online. I still enjoy LOTRO but I wanted to see whether Age of Conan was any good. Well, it is good but not good enough. Let's see what Warhammer Online can do. Not long now.
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I am running the game on a Core 2 Duo 6600 with 2Gb of RAM in Windows XP. Originally I had a Radeon X1950 Pro (factory overclocked) and I could only play with 'medium' settings. Last week I upgraded to an MSI 8800GTS 512Mb (overclocked) and set everything to HIGH. It now runs like a dream. Really smooth. I did attempt to play with anti-aliasing switched on but the effect on framerates meant that the game was unplayable. Still, you don't really need anti-aliasing to appreciate the sheer beauty and playability of this game. A worthy follow-up to Far Cry.
The Lord Of The Rings Online: Shadows Of Angmar
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I've played World of Warcraft since it was released so I was keen to get my hands on LOTR. Not surprisingly, there are many similarities with WOW but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The quests DO take longer to read but that's because the game designers want to make it more of an immersive experience. The graphics are superb. Ok, it's not perfect but it is still enjoyable and addictive. It didn't grab me in the same way that WOW first did, but that was my first experience of an MMORPG so it was all 'fresh' back then. So yes, you could say that we've seen it all before but I still think it's worth a try. I bought the Founders Lifetime subscription (£99) and I haven't regretted it. They are about to release an expansion to the existing game world (for free) and more expansions are planned. If you're tired of WOW and you fancy something slightly different then this might be the game for you.