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Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition [Online Game Code]
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good game for a great price 12/03/2013

This review is from: Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition [Online Game Code]

Pros: Runs pretty smooth on a 6870. I can adjust resolution to whatever I want.
The fact that you get the complete set of three different stories is nice!
I got this on special for $9 and it was WELL WORTH IT.
Even if the game itself leaves something to be desired, I've found myself laughing so hard that I'd start crying at some of the stupid silly situations I'd get myself into in this game. (Imagine a Rastafarian drug dealer throwing stash out the passenger window when we are already upside down in the car with cops surrounding us and shooting... until the car blows up and we all die together. Seriously, I nearly wet myself.)The physics are fun. It keeps me entertained, and that's what I'm looking for.

Cons: Minor texture rebuilding when new areas are loading, but doesn't stop gameplay. Initial load screen is quite long. Windows Live login, bleh.
Nothing that would keep me from buying it again.

The only thing I actually hate about this game is the driving camera. I like a high and wide angle behind the car, but the game autocorrects the cam angle after about 5 seconds and puts it almost behind the car, greatly reducing visibility to what is immediately in front of you. I have to readjust my view every few seconds with the mouse which throws off aiming out the window. Very annoying. But that's only one aspect of the game. Granted it is a large portion of the game, but not a strong enough reason to avoid it.

Other Thoughts: I only gave it four eggs because I feel it could have used more polish. The story is good, the gameplay is classic GTA, there's just something that always feels a little off.
If you can get this game on sale for $9 like I did, it's a steal!

PENTAX OPTIO WG-1 Black 14 MP 5X Optical Zoom Waterproof Shockproof 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Picture quality is great. Better pics with less blur than the wife's Fuji. Clip allows for quick attach to belt loop for easy carry and fast access. Smile detection and self-portrait assist are really nice and work well. Boot up is quick for impromptu shots. Retakes are reasonably quick with minor saving delay. Battery lasts a good while and charges quickly.

Cons: First one had a vertical line in the images when certain settings were used, got RMA and the second one had a single dead pixel on the LCD. Didn't show on images so I didn't care, but it is why I gave the title above. The LCD will scratch easily so adding a protector film is advised. Lens can also scratch, just because it is "rugged" doesn't mean you can be careless.

Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm happy with the camera. It does what I need and I don't have to baby it much. Pictures are nice, lots of settings to tweak or presets to use. On-camera editing and post-effects are helpful too. Feels very solid. The two panels housing the batt/sdcard and connector ports do wiggle a bit, but a closer inspection of the seals show why this isn't an issue in water resistance. Got this the first time it was offered for $150 and was very pleased. Would not pay $300 for it though.

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast
Single card can handle everything I throw at it
Running two in Crossfire transforms my computer into a sleek black stallion with fire blazing from its nose and burning red eyes, devouring games like sugar cubes and "unloading" massive frames per second
Well, almost...

Cons: Mismatching ports(see other thoughts)
Can be CRAZY LOUD if fans are allowed to go to 100%
This has only happened on purpose.
Haven't gotten hot enough on their own to do this.

Other Thoughts: The two digital ports on this card look the same.
However, one is a DVI, and the other is a DVI-D.
This isn't a big deal if you run LCDs.
However, I've been running two large CRTs for years, and expected them to still function the same with these cards.
Turns out, only one of the digital ports can be used with the VGA adapter, and work on a CRT.
The other cannot be modulated to work with a CRT, so you can only have one CRT monitor per card.
It took a while to find this answer, and then took longer to get both monitors working, one on each card.
I've got two of the 24" ASUS LCDs on order, so this will become a non-issue shortly.


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Display Name: Timothy C.

Date Joined: 03/01/09

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  • Last Review: 12/03/13
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