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Star Ocean: Last Hope International Playstation3 Game
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Great, But Save Locked for PS3 04/01/2012

This review is from: Star Ocean: Last Hope International Playstation3 Game

Pros: Nostalgia if you played and loved the first one.

The action combat system is consistently challenging and makes leveling up feel progressive. It allows you to replace grinding with skill, or complete each area to become more powerful before forging ahead.

Enemies and their attacks show good variety, making each new combination of enemies feel unique. The combat system keeps you on your toes and makes you develop strategies for your group in order to remain successful.

The game is fairly long, offering about 40 hours of storyline gameplay. However, if you do everything in the game, that can be pushed to around 100.

This is really a fun, in-depth and hardcore JRPG, not watered down at all for the casual gamer.

The music is beautiful, enthralling and appropriate.

Cons: Worst, most horrible thing I've encountered in a long time which I knocked two stars off for: save files are locked to the PS3 you play them on. I have two PS3s in different rooms and am now stuck playing this in the living room only. If you only have one PS3 and will be playing this solo, it will pose no issue. Think you'll take this to your friends' house? Nope, you'll be starting over from the beginning.

Some cut-scenes are literally twenty plus minutes in length. This is crazy and there's no warning when you get wrapped up in one. If you aren't sitting down to play for hours at a time, this is probably not the game for you.

Save points are few and far between. You can't save whenever you want to. Which means if something comes up and you have to step away from the game? You may have just lost 30-45 minutes of gameplay. Save points are literally about an hour away from each other at times.

Camera control is horrible and frustrating throughout the game.

Other Thoughts: All things considered, this would have probably been a dream game for me to have back in the Playstation era. I'm glad to have it and wish that the few incredibly glaring issues could have been polished over. Even so, I will probably look back fondly on this game once I forget the few grievous flaws which tarnished this otherwise outstanding example of the hardcore JRPG genre.

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Acer S231HLbid Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very bright, thin and lightweight. Mounts to the wall easily, back panel is open and spacious so you'll have no trouble connecting it to any mount that I've ever seen. Does not tilt much and mounts very solidly due to low weight.

Comes with SO MANY CORDS. Included power adapter comes in two parts, using a standard 'Mickey Mouse' 3-position power cord that connects to an adapter which is really handy since you can buy a longer power cord if needed.

Great value for the price.

Cons: Color accuracy is very low, and contrast is way too high. Had to tinker not just with monitor brightness and turn contrast WAY down, but also had to do some color adjustment with my video driver in order to get the picture to look more natural. My main monitor has a 94% color reproduction accuracy and the difference is noticeable; it robs some of the dept from images especially in games and movies. However, browser and other interfaces look vibrant and bold due to this. Colors still come through cooler than normal and can easily look like there's a glare on the monitor. To be fair, I was expecting this based on reviews, price, and feature list; I am not disappointed.

Included monitor stand is cheap and flimsy, I do not recommend using it if you will be setting this monitor on the same desk or shelf that your keyboard is on- it would wobble noticeably.

Other Thoughts: Connectors on the back of the monitor stick out perpendicular to the plane of the monitor which is fortunately not an issue in my case but might prohibit you from mounting close to the wall unless you have a cutout behind it for cable management.

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Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Does what it says... best in class? 01/10/2012

This review is from: Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Very fast; attractive; plenty of features for security and more complex home networks; excellent network and security features.

Dual-band mode connects quickly and seamlessly with older devices.

Connects to new devices lightning fast. iPad2 gets internet connectivity before I can even swipe to unlock and launch a browser.

Cons: Complicated to configure. This product is definitely not designed for those new to routers. There is only a single status light so it really doesn't tell you much about what's happening. Will not get maximum performance out of the box. Runs very hot... needs flat, clean surface and plenty of ventilation. If you let this thing get dusty or cramped, you'll start shaving weeks off of its lifespan.

Other Thoughts: If you're the type that dives into advanced settings the instant you plug it in, you'll be right at home here and with some adjustments to broadcast interval so devices connect quicker, power saving features and after scanning the neighborhood with my cellphone and manually setting a channel without competition this thing runs like a beast. I was having a lot of interference issues with my old routers; I had 3 different routers that couldn't get the job done. I've not had an issue since, no matter where in the house I am from basement to upstairs. In fact, when I'm driving up the road, my cell phone connects to my home network before I'm even in front of my house.

It's not a miracle worker, though. With 70% signal strength and a bit of interference, I can only get my internet connection up to about 28Mbps while a wired connection running through a switch will still hit 35+ and max out my bandwidth even on a good day.

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Display Name: Paul D.

Date Joined: 07/20/06

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  • Last Review: 04/01/12
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