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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Review


Description :

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is an incredible piece of software, providing almost unbelievable capabilities for a consumer product. Unfortunately, on most systems at anything other than the lowest of the game's graphics settings, the simulation has significant performance issues. How much these issues hinder your enjoyment of the game will depend upon what kind of frame rates you need to enjoy a civilian flight sim.

All of the features hardcore simmers have come to expect in the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise are here in spades, such as the entire world being modeled in exquisite detail; simulations of everything from ultralights to gliders to Cessnas to commercial airliners to helicopters; realism that makes the sim a great trainer for those seeking a real pilot's license; and more. But Flight Simulator X also adds significant features tailored to the player who would be bored to tears by simply flying from Akron to San Francisco in real time, most notably a series of goal-oriented missions (and an editor that will surely result in a huge number of add-on scenarios). These include well-done tutorials and many missions with compelling goals and surprising midflight twists. Some are lighthearted fun, such as playing the role of a stunt pilot (complete with announcer) trying to land on a moving bus or racing a jet-powered truck. Others are intense--for example, trying to fly a chopper to an exploding ocean oil rig and rescue stranded workers. Even simple missions have a compelling nature to them, particularly search and rescue scenarios where you may be seeking a capsized sail boat or a lost camper in snowy mountains. You collect rewards and souvenirs, which is a nice touch that adds an extra incentive to complete the tasks. Even hardcore simmers will find themselves sucked into these missions, wanting to find out just what's behind that clandestine mission flying into Area 51 or what is going to happen on your flight to pick up a famous movie star.


There are about 50 missions in the deluxe version of FSX and about 30 in the standard version. The deluxe version comes with 24 airplanes, versus 18 in the Standard version; more high-detail airports, 45 versus 40; more high-detail cities, 38 versus 28; the advanced Garmin G1000 glass cockpit; and the new tower controller module. This last feature lets you step into the control tower and take the role of the air traffic controller in multiplayer mode. While it probably won't keep you out of the cockpit for long, it is an interesting (and stressful) option. And for the record, if you're interested enough to purchase Flight Simulator X, you should go ahead and purchase the Deluxe version. All of the additional content makes it worth the added costs.

In addition to the missions, free flight mode provides practically unlimited options. You can select from any of the included aircraft (or add-ons that you may download or purchase) and fly to or from any of 24,000 airports around the world. Not only is it pretty much guaranteed that any significant airport that you'd like to fly in or out of is in the sim, but the odds are also good that your local neighborhood grass airstrip is in there, too. The new high-detail airports show off Microsoft's new "living world" emphasis in FSX. Now when you taxi into one of these featured airports, you'll see fuel trucks realistically dashing from gate to gate, luggage carts driving out to aircraft, Jetways extending to connect with your parked airliner, and more. The new active world extends beyond the airports, as you now can look down while in flight and see moving automobiles and trucks on the roads below. You'll also see a variety of boat and ship traffic while flying over water (buzzing a cruise ship with your 747 provides a special thrill!) and an assortment of wildlife, depending upon your location. While it sounds like a small touch, it does make a significant impact on the feeling that you're flying in a real-world environment.


The Good

* An incredible amount of content
* realistic enough to be used for real-life flight training
* missions are a fun challenge for casual gamers and serious simmers alike
* the entire world simulated in amazing detail.



The Bad

* Low frame rates on most current-day PCs.


System Requirements

* Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 / Vista
* PC with 1 GHz equivalent or higher processor
* 256 MB of system RAM for Windows XP SP2 / 512 MB Vista
* 14 GB available hard disk space
* DVD-ROM drive
* 32 MB DirectX 9 compatible video card required
* Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
* Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* 56.6 Kbps or better modem for online play

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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Witcher Enhanced Edition Review

The Witcher Enhanced Edition Cover
Description :

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a great role-playing game. Developer CD Projekt has corrected almost all of the problems that made the original something of a flawed gem. Butchered English dialogue has been rewritten and expanded upon, removing the nonsensical lines that made the plot something of a guessing game last year. Engine performance has been dramatically improved across the board, so the game runs smoother on moderate systems, and you no longer have time to read a magazine while waiting for levels to load. Character models have been dramatically enhanced, removing a fair number of the unrealistic features that made the original game come off as somewhat cartoonish in spots. A pair of new stand-alone adventures has been added to bulk up gameplay outside of the main storyline. Just about everything seems more solid and stable, from the smooth-as-glass combat mechanics to the speedier interface. And, best of all, these gameplay enhancements are freely available to download for those who purchased the original game last year.

Core gameplay is more polished than revamped, so in some cases, you have to look pretty closely to tell the difference between old and new. You still play the lank-haired Geralt of Rivia, a monster-killing mercenary known as a witcher who travels a medieval fantasy kingdom in search of jobs. Basically, you're a battlemage who can freely switch between using a pair of great big swords to slay fantasy-game beasties and firing off spells with elemental magic signs. Basic melee attacks are handled through the left mouse button, with you timing your clicks to string sword strokes together into big-damage combos. If you run four such attacks together, Geralt becomes a whirling dervish capable of slicing his foes to ribbons. Each sword can also be wielded in strong, quick, and group styles, allowing you to tailor attacks depending on what sort of opponents you happen to be facing. Spells are cast by mapping elemental signs to the right mouse button. Much of this magic is generic to fantasy RPG gaming. For instance, you'll launch fireballs, you'll throw up a protective shield, and you can charm enemies into doing your bidding. None of the spells are all that involved or time-intensive, so you can readily hack and slash with one button and launch fireballs with the other.


Character development is equally clear-cut and carried over unchanged from the original Witcher. Skills are purchased and buffed with bronze, silver, or gold talent coins earned every time you level up. These abilities allow you to increase Geralt's basic chance to hit, damage done, along with adding special effects, such as stunning opponents or causing them crippling pain. Nobody's reinvented the wheel here, although there is a broad range of abilities to choose from that let you specialize in various areas. You can roll all of your coins into spells and turn into kind of a wannabe sorcerer. You can go for strong sword skills and become a melee brawler. Or you can do the jack-of-all-trades thing and spread your abilities across the spectrum of choices. Geralt remains a sword-twirling fighter first and foremost no matter what you do, although you can at least tweak his talents to favor preferred combat methods.

Where this enhanced Witcher takes a welcome turn is with its story and presentation. Although the plot of the first game was a remarkably mature tale that ditched traditional black-and-white RPG morality for a gray universe, the story was sloppily adapted from its original Polish. In it, you took the lesser-of-two-evils approach and found a common cause with rapists and murderers. A bizarre decision to cut back the English dialogue preserved only chopped-up portions of the full script, leaving plot points hard to understand and cut-off conversations in midstream. All those issues have been corrected here. Thousands of lines of English dialogue have been rerecorded, fully fleshing out the storyline and removing the awkwardness of the original game. The English translation has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb to get rid of some jarring word choices from last year. The game is still a lot more modern sounding than some would probably like, throwing around F-bombs and curse words in ways that just don't seem to fit with swords and sorcery. But at least the script has been smoothed out and given a unified voice. Any way you look at it, this is a huge improvement over the first Witcher, which veered wildly between formal D&D-speak and New Jack City.



The Good

* Revised and expanded script vastly improves the storyline
* Graphics enhanced across the board in comparison with the original game
* Load times greatly improved
* Lots of additional content.

The Bad

* Still a little buggy
* Both new adventures are short and rather shallow.


System Requirement :

* MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2, Vista (Operating System must be up to date with the latest fixes) Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +2800 RAM: 1024 Mb RAM for Microsoft® Windows®XP / 1536Mb for Microsoft® Windows® Vista Video: 128 Mb Video RAM or greater with DirectX9 Vertex Shader/ Pixel Shader 2.0 support (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 or better) Free HHD Space: 8.5 Gb available hard drive space Soundcard, speakers or headphones DVD-Rom 8X.

* RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2, Vista (Operating System must be up to date with the latest fixes) Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (dual core) or equivalent AMD processor or better, RAM: 2048 Mb RAM Video: 256 Mb Video RAM or greater with DirectX9 Vertex Shader/ Pixel Shader 2.0 support (nVidia 7900 or faster with 512 MB of memory). Free HHD Space: 8.5 Gb available hard drive space. Soundcard, speakers or headphones DVD-Rom 8X Unsupported Hardware: · Processor: o AMD Duron Series o AMD XP+ Series o INTEL Celeron Series · Video: o S3 Colt o S3 S27 o S3 S8 o ATI X300 o ATI X600 o ATI Crossfire Series.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo Product Review

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HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo image
Overview :

The return of The Legend - IceQ 4+ Cooling Technology!

HIS IceQ 4+ is the revision of the 4th generation of IceQ cooling technology, which is endorsed by the media worldwide. Thanks to the newly designed dual heatpipes and heatsinks, the cooling capacity is increase by up to 60%! Thicker spreader and heatpipes are used to allow a more even heat distribution among the fins. Spreader is the metal base of the heatsink. In IceQ4+, 8 mm instead of 6 mm diameter heatpipes are used to enhance thermal transfer efficiency.

HIS IceQ 4 effectively dissipate the heat from the GPU, thus enabling it for high levels of performance. It cools down the GPU temperature dramatically when compare with the reference cooler, allow you to maximize your overclocking potential. What's more? The ultra silent and durable fan delivers ultra-quiet and stable gaming environment for enthusiast gamer.



1. Efficient transfer of heat outside of computer case
Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan and hot air is forced out of the computer case. This ensures effective cooling when there is another card in front blocking the fan inlet, such as in CrossFire setup
2. Crossfire Advantage
Ensure you can conveniently connect the CrossFire cable to run a CrossFire setup.
3. Silent and durable fan
Significantly reduce noise level and extend service life
4. Isolated heatsinks
memory and GPU heatsinks are completely separated, preventing any heat transfer from GPU to memory. Memory heatsink is actively cooled by air stream from main cooler.

Faster

Turbo-charge your gaming environment
HIS take an already great product and make it better. The IceQ Turbo models are bios-overclocked out of the box. For the TurboX models we push the core clock even further to its limit, deliver the ultimate gaming experience!

Turbo - You can benefit by a manufacture pre-overclock graphics card with the balance of the best performance and cooling effect.

Heat transfers rapidly out of GPU and reduces temperature faster
In order to improve the power capacity, we have changed from simple extrusion heatsink to stacked fins with bigger surface area to improve the heat transfer efficiency significantly. Thicker spreader and heatpipes are also used to allow a more even heat distribution among the fins. Spreader is the metal base of the heatsink.

Cooler - Efficient transfer of heat outside of computer case:

Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan and hot air is forced out of the computer case. This ensures effective cooling when there is another card in front blocking the fan inlet, such as in CrossFire setup. Memory and GPU heatsinks are completely separated, preventing any heat transfer from GPU to memory. Memory heatsink is actively cooled by air stream from main cooler.In IceQ 4+, the memory and VRM components are directly cooled by a metal base plate.

Crossfire Advantage:
Cooling Performance - IceQ 4+ vs Single Slot Cooler

By expelling the hot air, IceQ 4 removes all the heat generated by the GPU out of the computer chassis, prevents the hot air from accumulating inside and enhancing the overall stability. The more crowded the chassis, the greater will be the impact.


Product Spesification :

Cooler

IceQ 4+

GPU

4870

Core Clock

770 MHz

Memory Clock

4000 MHz

Memory Size

1024 MB

Memory Type

GDDR5

Memory Interface

256 BIT

Interface

PCI Express x16 (PCI Express 2.0)



Source : www.hisdigital.com

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Review

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Description :
Hack. Slash. Grab loot. Repeat. That formula is followed to a tee in Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, another action-first RPG you can toss onto the pile atop Diablo, Titan Quest, and the first Sacred, now more than four years old. But this isn't just another paint-by-numbers take on the fast-clicking genre that gave too many of us carpal tunnel syndrome. While the new game hews closely to the modus operandi of traditional hack-and-slash role-players, it offsets the lack of innovation with a monster-slaying rhythm guaranteed to hook you so thoroughly that you might as well have been hypnotized. This, plus a decidedly offbeat sense of humor and great multiplayer support, makes the game stand apart from the pack.

As usual with clickfest role-players, there isn't much here in the way of plot. Bad things are going down in the D&D-style land of Ancaria, and you play either the noble hero who can set everything right in the light campaign or the evil villain who can wreak even more havoc in the campaign of shadows. The main plot isn't well laid out at all, particularly in the beginning. You can figure out on your own that problems are brewing with the High Elves and T-Energy, a glowing blue substance pumped all over the land in what look to be oil pipelines, and hone in on the main story by forgoing side quests for plot-oriented ones (which is easy to do as side quests are marked with gray circles on the map and story quests are marked with orange ones). But beyond that, nothing is given any serious dramatic push.

At least the game keeps you busy. Running around handling tons of quests is always in the forefront, which gives everything a hectic, odd-job feel. It's as if the game is constantly building toward something, but never gets there. Just when you think you're going to finally find out what the deal is with the elves and the T-Energy going nutso, you're instead hit with another apparently random assignment to find rare herbs for a potion, search a graveyard for a lost chicken, find somebody's missing spouse, kill a bunch of undead, or whatever. Only the sheer number of quests, their good variety, and the way that the game constantly hits you with these rat-a-tat-tat errands keeps you interested. It's tough to get bored when you have over a dozen quests on the go. Still, the massive size of the map will occasionally annoy you. A lot of time is spent hoofing it from Point A to Point B to solve or wrap up quests, as the game's teleportation system is awkward and lacking in gates. At times, you'll think the world feels unnecessarily big, and that you're spending more time in transit than you are killing monsters and collecting loot.



Most of Sacred 2's character is actually provided through visuals and sound. This is a real looker, with gorgeous sylvan scenes that include flower-strewn fields, dense forests, and babbling brooks, along with mountain and desert terrain reminiscent of postcards. Load times are practically nonexistent, except for those odd moments when you venture below ground for a bit of dungeon-crawling. Added details are everywhere, particularly in the towns and villages that seem to have been laid out by master architects and landscapers. The only drawback to the countryside is that it is often too meticulously sculpted. There are lots of impassable cliffs, uncrossable rivers, and impenetrable bushes, forcing you to check with the full-screen map constantly to avoid wandering into a dead end or cul-de-sac. Unless you're one of those people who never gets lost, you will run into a lot of "can't get there from here" moments. Character art and animation are equally superb. Many creatures in the game are given distinctive touches that separate them from fantasy archetypes. Kobolds here, for instance, are wizened gnomes with massive schnozzes, not the little lizard-goblin things of D&D fame. Earth elementals are muddy flying spirits. And even more generic fantasy monsters tend to show off at least one distinctive design element, such as the weird, spiky helmets on the skeletal undead. Each type of creature also generally comes in a half-dozen or more varieties with differing appearances and abilities, from grunts all the way up to bosses.

Audio adds even more personality. Background music and battle effects deal in the usual Renaissance fair string plucking and sword clashing, but the game also has a unique take on some of the tunes and the character voices. Part of the soundtrack consists of licensed songs from German hair-metal band Blind Guardian, most notably a title track so gloriously stupid that you can't help banging your head to the opening cinematic. Character lines occasionally consist of droll commentaries that break the fourth wall. Dying enemies will mutter things like, "I knew it, I'm nothing more than an extra" and "I know where you parked your car, player!" Heroes shout typical battle cries along with comments such as, "My statistics continue to improve."



The Good

* Solid, if mostly traditional game design
* Wide range of quests
* Good variety of enemies and monsters
* Gorgeous visuals and offbeat audio.


The Bad

* Bugs make the game unstable
* World map is massive and convoluted
* Poorly developed main plot.

System Requirement
Minimum system requirement:

* OS:Windows XP(32 / 64 Bit)/Windows Vista(32 / 64 Bit)
* Processor:Intel Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
* RAM:1GB
* Graphic Card:nVidia GeForce 6800/ATI Radeon
* Graphic Memory:256MB
* Free Hard Disk Space:20GB
* DirectX Version:9


Recommended system requirement:

* OS:Windows XP(32 / 64 Bit)/Windows Vista(32 / 64 Bit)
* Processor:Intel Dual Core 2.0Ghz
* RAM:2GB
* Graphic Card:nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS/ATI Radeon HD 3870
* Graphic Memory:512MB
* Free Hard Disk Space:25GB
* DirectX Version:9

Source : www.gamespot.com

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brothers in Arms : Hell’s Highway Review

Brothers in Arms:Hell’s Highway Review
Description :

The first two games in the Brothers in Arms series distinguished themselves among the crowd of WWII shooters on the strength of their smoothly integrated first-person squad control and gritty, moving portrayal of a band of Allied soldiers. Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway sticks to these strengths, and commanding your squads through Nazi-occupied territory is more thrilling than ever thanks to the vibrant, beautiful scenery and the brutal, exhilarating action. Sergeant Baker (your character) and his squad are all nuanced, sympathetic characters, though the story doesn't quite live up to the promise of its protagonists. Despite a few irregular beats, Hell's Highway is an exciting, intense shooter that is sure to quicken your pulse.

This go-around finds Sergeant Matt Baker and his crew carrying the memories of their fallen brothers and welcoming replacements into the fold. As they get set to drop into Holland as a part of the ambitious but doomed Operation Market-Garden, you meet the men whose lives you will be responsible for. The story isn't so much a narrative as it is an exploration of the relationships between soldiers; it's a mature look at the way bonds can be forged and broken in the emotional furnace of war. Through engaging cutscenes and lively battlefield communication, you'll find yourself developing an attachment to these characters. Many great moments, both comic and tragic, resonate with an admirable emotional clarity that unflinchingly evokes the turbid reality of war, where triumph and tragedy walk hand in hand.

Unfortunately, some of these potentially great moments will fall flat if you're not well acquainted with old characters like Leggett, Allen, and Garnett. Hell's Highway often tries to lean on emotional pillars created by traumas from the first two games (both released in 2005), but the "previously on Brothers in Arms" segment isn't solid enough to support these references, and the framework crumbles a bit as a result. As the game progresses you'll gain the knowledge needed to prop up these references; this makes a second play-through more appealing, but it's a shame this understanding isn't established earlier.



Once on the battlefield, your comrades become potent weapons at your command. Hell's Highway offers a tutorial on the proper way to manage your squads, and you'd best pay attention, since going it alone will get you into trouble in a hurry. Strategy boils down to firing on German positions to keep them suppressed, then flanking around to a better angle and finishing them off. Your men are capable soldiers and will shout advice at you if you seem to be stagnating. They will also do their fair share of killing but are still occasionally liable to run on the wrong side of a wall when ordered to a different position. It hurts to lose one of your men in battle, regardless of the fact that he'll be patched up at your next checkpoint. You are their commander and they are entrusting their lives to you, a weight expertly transferred to your shoulders by Sgt. Baker's cutscenes and voice-overs. Hell's Highway motivates you strategically and emotionally to be a smart leader, and it's surprisingly engaging to focus on something other than yourself in a first-person shooter.

Battles become even more complex as you take more squads under your command and incorporate machine gun and bazooka units. The former is excellent at suppressing enemies, while the latter can destroy sandbag barriers and elevated enemy positions in houses and towers (particularly awesome). As you get the hang of squad command, you'll begin wielding your men as extensions of yourself and moving through battlefields as an elite, coordinated unit. Taking apart and dispatching a field full of entrenched German units is immensely satisfying, and this feeling of power is what makes Brothers in Arms so rewarding.



The Good

* Great blend of squad control and first-person combat
* Vibrant, detailed environments
* Battlefield sounds will put you on edge
* Interesting characters
* Action camera is exhilarating.



The Bad

* Story relies overmuch on knowledge of past games
* Texture irregularities can sour cutscenes.


System Requirement

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium D @ 2.6 GHz or Athlon FX-55 Equivalent
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
Video Memory: 128 MB
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive


Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.6 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB (nVidia GeForce 7600)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive


Source : www.gamespot.com

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Prince Of Persia 2008 Review

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Description :

In many modern games, you rain death upon your enemies; how refreshing, then, that your main task in Prince of Persia is to breathe life into a darkening world. That doesn't mean that the forces of evil aren't on your tail in this open-world platformer, but the most indelible moments of this enchanting journey are uplifting, rather than destructive. Similarly, the latest iteration in this long-running franchise is a rejuvenation for the series, and it's an ambitious one, offering up a new titular prince and casting certain game traditions aside in favor of player immersion. And for the most part it succeeds, eliminating illusion-breaking mechanics like game-over screens and long loading times in the process. This re-imagining comes with a few caveats, however, and if you're a longtime series fan, you'll quickly discover--and possibly resent--that Prince of Persia is, far and away, the easiest game in the series. But if you can clear your mind and let the game's magic wash over you, its easygoing joy and visual beauty will charm you into forgiving a sprinkling of flaws.

n some ways, Prince of Persia represents a return to Sands of Time's storybook vibe, which had been somewhat lost in that game's two sequels. Yet our new hero isn't exactly Prince Charming, but rather a wisecracking nomad interested only in his donkey (named Farah, in one of several nods to previous games) and the riches she apparently carries. His royal status is referenced but never fully explored, though his companion Elika is clearly a princess, and as the game progresses, you'll become much more invested in her past than the prince's. Together, they seek to imprison the evil god Ahriman, who has been inexplicably set free by Elika's own father. To do so, they must restore a series of fertile grounds to their former fecund glory, thereby banishing the inky black corruption that has enveloped the land. Storytelling isn't the game's strong suit, and the dismissive, often unlikeable prince is hardly beguiling, a poor fit for the captivating journey ahead. Thankfully, Elika exudes enough charm for the both of them, and the relationship they slowly forge lends plenty of emotional impact to the game's final moments.



This relationship enriches the very core of the experience, given that Elika is not your standard game sidekick. She isn't just a helpless companion, but an important part of a number of gameplay mechanics. As the prince, you will pull off moves familiar to franchise fans: jumping, climbing, scaling, and wallrunning among them. There are also a few new acrobatics to play with, such as the aptly named roofrun, where the prince scuttles along the roof in a vaguely simian manner. But if the moves are familiar, Elika's presence enriches and enhances them. She will jump on your back as you scale across vines, reach for your helping hand as you climb, and perform an elegant pas de deux with you when you need to pass her on a narrow beam. In some ways, this relationship recalls that of Ico and Yorda in 2001's ICO.

While in ICO Yorda was totally dependent on her companion, here Elika is far more helpful to the prince than he is to her. She is, in fact, your constant savior, because she will not, and cannot, allow you to die. Should you fall, Elika will grab you by the wrist and whisk you to safety--meaning the last checkpoint. There is a checkpoint at almost every platform, so aside from possibly having to repeat a few seconds of gameplay, there is absolutely no penalty for plummeting to your doom. You will never see the words "game over," and you won't need to save and reload before difficult sequences. Nor will you need to ever puzzle over how to make it from point A to point B: Elika can fire off a magical homing orb that will show you the precise way of getting to your destination. Combined with simple platforming controls that require a minimum of key or button presses, these facets make Prince of Persia one of the easiest games you'll play all year.

This ease of use makes each individual action seem relatively meaningless as you string moves together. For many, this will translate to a diminished feeling of reward; aside from a few exceptions, there is no sequence that feels remotely challenging, certainly not for players familiar with the old-school difficulties wrought by the early games in the series. Yet while the unique satisfaction of overcoming hurdles is missing, it is tempered by other kinds of rewards. The platforming is fluid, and seamlessly chaining a number of moves together is simple but visually appealing, making for some silky-smooth motion that you'll get a kick out of. To get the most out of it, however, you will want to use a controller. While the keyboard controls work surprisingly well for platforming, the numerous quicktime events aren't well suited to a keyboard, and the key prompts are more confusing when you aren't using a gamepad.



The Good

* Intricate level design
* Beautiful art direction
* Platforming is entertaining and looks great
* Cinematic combat moves are cool to pull off and impressive to watch
* Elika's presence leads to unique gameplay mechanics.


The Bad

* Really, really easy
* The new prince isn't a good leading man
* Some combat and platforming annoyances.


System Requirement

Minimum system requirement:

* OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista
* Processor:Intel Pentium D 2.6GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
* RAM:1GB(Windows XP)/2GB (Windows Vista)
* Video Memory:256MB
* DirectX Version:9
* Free Hard Disk Space:8GB


Recommended system requirement:

* OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista
* Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
* RAM:2GB
* Video Memory:256MB
* DirectX Version:9
* Free Hard Disk Space:8GB


Source : www.gamespot.com

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Monday, December 8, 2008

FarCry 2 Review


Description :

Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit your their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force. Real-time story telling, systemic auto-healing, minimal in-game interface are just few of the features that make you feel the tension of being alone against barbarous warlords that threaten thousands of innocent lives. Choose from a wide range of weapons to make your way to your primary target. Meet the fight head-on with your machine-gun, go berserk with your machete or make stealth kills as a Sniper. If you feel that the atmosphere is not warm enough, light up your flamethrower and let your enemies and everything around them feel the heat.

In Far Cry 2's chaotic world of mercenaries, gunrunners, and armed militias, you'll find yourself dropped into a dizzying web of shady clients and paper-thin alliances. All manner of names and faces are introduced during the course of the storyline, but the real star isn't anyone brandishing a smuggled weapon in search of blood diamonds; it's the daunting and awe-inspiring 50-square kilometers of African landscape that make up the game's open-world setting. Aside from providing the opportunity to soak up an amazing sunset, Far Cry 2's free-roaming terrain brilliantly harmonizes with the first-person combat. The diverse landscape and myriad environmental factors work alongside a wide assortment of weaponry to give you tremendous freedom to approach each mission. Combined with solid multiplayer, Far Cry 2's sheer breadth of action provides you with plenty of reason to stay lost in the African wilderness despite an underwhelming plot and the occasional sense of tedium in navigating from one location to another on the gargantuan map.



Far Cry 2's story is filled with potential. You're a mercenary working for a client who's sent you to an unnamed African nation engulfed in civil war, and your job is to take out a notorious arms dealer known as "The Jackal." He quickly proves to be an elusive figure, so you'll need to begin working for various warring factions that the Jackal has armed so you can trace the supply line back to your target. The two primary organizations at the heart of all this bloodshed are the militaristic UFLL and the revolutionary APR. You'll spend the bulk of the story working for these two groups, getting to know their power structures, and taking on all of the violent tasks they throw your way. Complicating things is the fact that your character has malaria, which means you'll need to occasionally play nice with the more ragtag Underground, the only group with the medical connections necessary to keep your potentially life-threatening symptoms at bay.

Each story mission can be played in multiple ways. There are 12 potential buddies randomly scattered throughout the storyline who you can befriend (nine of whom are available to choose as your silent protagonist), and they're often keen to tack on their own interests to the quests handed out by the UFLL and APR. Instead of just taking out a target, you have the option to earn extra reputation points by working alongside your buddy to first squeeze any remaining assets from the soon-to-be-deceased. This also earns you the ability to increase your level of companionship with that buddy. It's a neat reward, but it doesn't shed much light on their backgrounds. But that's par for the course; the main story is delivered in such a rushed, quick-and-dirty way that you never feel very involved in the game's overarching conflicts. The plot is less Blood Diamond than it is early Grand Theft Auto, a long roster of changing faces that scroll by far too quickly to capitalize on the politically charged setting.


The Good

* Incredible amount of freedom to approach each mission
* 50 square kilometers of visually stunning African landscape
* Hefty single-player campaign should take at least 30 hours
* Diverse reward and upgrade systems feed off each other very well
* Robust map editor on all three versions.



The Bad

* Story does very little with politically-charged setting
* Traveling for long stretches can become tedious.

Farcry 2 System Requirement

High Requirements:

* CPU: E6600 Core 2 Duo
* Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTS
* RAM: 2GB
* Hard Drive Space: 6-8GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Drive

Minimum Requirements:

* CPU: Athlon 64 3000+/Intel 2.8ghz
* Graphics: Nvidia 6600 or ATI X1600 - Shader Model 2.0
* RAM: 1GB
* Hard Drive Space: 6-8GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Drive

Recommended Requirements:

* CPU: Dual-Core CPU (Athlon X2 / Pentium D / Core 2 Duo)
* Graphics: Nvidia 7800GT or ATI X1800XL Pro (SM 3.0)
* RAM: 2GB+
* Hard Drive Space: 6-8GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Drive


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Reshade Image Enlarger Free Download


Have you ever wanted more control out of your image resizer?
Well, now you can have it!

Reshade offers the highest quality photo enlargement available for your computer. Resize images without the usual blur, jagged edges, halos, loss of sharpness or detail associated with image enlargement. Create accurate, crisp clear and photorealistic enlargements at almost any zoom factor.

Easy-to-use self-adjusting settings, quick previews, keyboard shortcuts and drag-and-drop functionality make the Reshade photo enlargement application the perfect choice for beginners and experts alike. Resize images in many file formats including jpeg, tiff, png, bmp. Adjusting your images for print is easy, Reshade includes support for most image modes including CMYK.


Key Features
- Get crisp, clear edges at almost any zoom level
- Remove blur and refocus image edges
- Contrast and enhance image features
- Easily remove photo defects
- Go from smooth to precise contours
- Make selective edge transformations
- Extract even the finest details from your photos
- Get best color estimation with a little more processing time
- Choose between speed or better edge quality
- Enlarge images over 20x maintaining contour definition



Who Needs Reshade Image Enlarger
- Professional photographers creating gallery prints from digital photos captured with high-end cameras, having perfect focus and adequate noise levels.

- Amateur photographers making posters from their favourite photos taken with low-end or camera phones having slight focus problems.

- Web designers in need of resizing online graphics such as logos, illustrations, banners, drawings, diagrams.

- Scientists requiring image scaling without any detail loss uses in space technology, security, medical, forensics and other applications.

- Traditional art lovers taking advantage of the digital medium enlarge scans, paintings or old photos for digital storage and high resolution printing.


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Alcohol 120% 1.9.8.7117 Free Download


What is Alcohol?

Alcohol brings new meaning to the word multimedia! It is without a doubt a leader in its class, bringing the ability to emulate and record CDs and DVDs together into one amazingly easy to use software program. Now includes Alcohol Xtra. A unique Pre-Mastering function.

Using the latest technology the program is constantly being developed and improved to add new features, allowing it to maintain it's position as a leading software package.

Imagine being able to store your most used CDs as images on your computer and just call them up at the click of a button! And then run them at 200x the speed of some CD drives and without requiring the CD itself! How about being able to make a backup of that CD onto another CD either using the CD itself or just using the image you have created? This is what Alcohol allows you to do and much more.

* Alcohol 120% enables you to make a duplicate back-up to recordable media of nearly all your expensive Game/Software/DVD titles, and/or an image that can be mounted and run from any one of Alcohol's virtual drives.



* No other software available enables you to create up to a staggering 31 virtual drives, allowing you to run your game images at over 200x faster than from a conventional CD-ROM. Alcohol 120% is a powerful utility that uses a unique combination of options to ensure a perfect back-up every time.

* All you need is a PC combined with a CD or a DVD burner. No more replacing your expensive original discs due to loss, theft, scratches, or other media imperfections. Your duplicate works just like the original; your entire collection can be archived and your investment protected.

* In the home: Have you had experiences with the common conditions of CDs/DVDs? They can easily get scratched, damaged, broken, lost or even stolen. Alcohol provides you with peace of mind and protects your investment.

* Your original games/program discs can be safely stored away. Alcohol-created images mean that you always have your expensive media stored safely on your hard drive for instant retrieval at the click of a button. No more searching for the correct game disc or software application install disc, everything is at your fingertips.

* You can now, for instance, simultaneously play your favourite game and bring up your route planner without having to eject and reload any physical discs, The 31 virtual drive ability of Alcohol means you can have the equivalent of a staggering 31 CD-ROM drives in your Home PC, all instantly accessible. You can simply and quickly run your Disc image at around 200 times faster than that of a conventional CD-ROM drive. If you need a program or CD it is immediately there - always ready to use!

* At the office: Program discs and many other applications generally require the original disc to be in the computer's CD-ROM drive. This restricts the amount of people in your office who can have access to the same software at the same time without the cost of additional discs. Alcohol's virtual drives resolve that problem for you. No more hunting around the offices for that elusive disc you need to run your application, everything you require is just a click away.

* With Alcohol you can store your CD images on your office server, your colleagues and employees at their respective networked workstations will never need to come asking for a CD again, they will not even require an expensive CD-ROM drive installed in their workstation PC! A simple click is all that is required for them to have full access to any disc image they require for their day to day work. Your valuable CDs can be safely kept under lock and key.

* Does your company have a promotional CD for it's customers? Original pressed discs are expensive, using the Alcohol 120% writing engine you can copy the original to inexpensive blank discs for distribution to your customers and keep your overheads down.

* Alcohol software offers unrivalled usage to people from all walks of life regardless of if you are a hardened game player, busy school teacher, salesman, IT manager, student etc. Alcohol has a niche in all your everyday computer needs. Let Alcohol help you to help yourselves and give you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to expensive PC media.


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

DVD-Cloner V 5.60 Download


Description :
DVD-Cloner is excellent DVD copy software that makes quality DVD backups to DVD-R/RW super easily. DVD-Cloner makes backing up your copy-protected DVD movies simple. With your DVD burner and DVD Cloner software, you pop in the DVD you want to copy in your DVD-ROM and a blank DVD in your DVD Burner and click the button to start the DVD burning process.
You can clone your DVD entirely within 2-3 hours, in the same quality as the original. The cloned DVD can be played in any compatible DVD Player. Plus, DVD Cloner is one of the few DVD backup software titles that has a built-in CSS/DVD Ripper.
The new burning engine can make perfect 1:1 copy. It can intelligently identify the disc type and display relevant copy modes on the interface for you to select. Supports for the backup of Blu-ray / HD DVDs. You do not need to download a separate program like DVD43 or AnyDVD. Works on 2000/XP/Vista.


DVD-CLONER Features:

Perfect 1:1 DVD Copy
- Brand-new burning engine, Perfect 1:1 DVD Copy - brings you an excellent backup experience. The copied discs will remain 100% same to the original, no quality loss! New
- Makes perfectly audio-and - video synchronous copies! New
- Copies DVD movie to ISO or NRG file and backs up DVD movie to hard disk drive (FAT32, NTFS supported), burns ISO and NRG files to DVDs. New
- Copies CSS-encrypted, Region- protected and Sony ARCCOS protected DVD movies.


Customized Copy
- Intelligent Identification Tech - intelligently identifies the disc type and displays relevant copy modes on the interface. New
- Copies any chapter you like with DVD-Cloner V New
- Now you can define the number of discs to be burned - great for batch copying. New
- DVD-5 to DVD-5 copy
- Movie only copy - copies main movie only with extras and special features omitted
- Adjusting the compression rate from 10% to 100% - saves your disc space
- Splits DVD-9 into two DVD-5s
- DVD-9 to DVD-9 copy
- Burns DVDs from hard drive to blank DVD-r/rw
- Supports for episodic DVD copying - You can copy your preferred chapters.

Other features
- With a third party Blu-Ray/HD DVD Copy Helper, you can backup HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies to your hard drive and watch them with Cyberlink Powerdvd or Windvd as you like! (You can download and install the Blu-Ray/HD DVD Copy Helper.


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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Internet Download Manager 5.15 Build 3+Patch Download


Description :
Downloaders Internet Download Manager has a smart download logic accelerator that features intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading technology to accelerate your downloads. Unlike other download accelerators and managers that segment files before downloading starts, Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically during download process. Internet Download Manager reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve better acceleration performance.
Internet Download Manager supports proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, firewalls, redirects, cookies, authorization, MP3 audio and MPEG video content processing. IDM integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, MSN Explorer, AOL, Opera, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Firebird, Avant Browser, MyIE2, and all other popular browsers to automatically handle your downloads. You can also drag and drop files, or use Internet Download Manager from command line. Internet Download Manager can dial your modem at the set time, download the files you want, then hang up or even shut down your computer when it's done.

Other features include multilingual support, zip preview, download categories, scheduler pro, sounds on different events, HTTPS support, queue processor, html help and tutorial, enhanced virus protection on download completion, progressive downloading with quotas (useful for connections that use some kind of fair access policy or FAP like Direcway, Direct PC, Hughes, etc.), built-in download accelerator, and many others.



Main Features:
• All popular browsers and applications are supported
• Easy downloading with one click. When you click on a download link in a browser, IDM will take over the download and accelerate it. IDM supports HTTP, FTP, HTTPS and MMS protocols.
• Download Speed Acceleration. Internet Download Manager can accelerate downloads by up to 5 times due to its intelligent dynamic file segmentation technology.
• Download Resume. Internet Download Manager will resume unfinished download from the place where they left off.
• YouTube grabber. Internet Download Manager can grab FLV videos from popular sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, and Google Video.
• Simple installation wizard. Quick and easy installation program will make necessary settings for you, and check your connection at the end to ensure trouble free installation of Internet Download Manager
• Drag and Drop. You may simply drag and drop links to IDM, and drag and drop downloaded files out of Internet Download Manager.
• Automatic Antivirus checking. Antivirus checking makes your downloads free from viruses and trojans.
• Advanced Browser Integration. When enabled, the feature can be used to catch any download from any application. None of download managers have this feature.
• Built-in Scheduler. Internet Download Manager can connect to the Internet at a set time, download the files you want, disconnect, or shut down your computer when it's done.
• IDM includes web site spider and grabber. IDM downloads all required files that are specified with filters from web sites, for example all pictures from a web site, or subsets of web sites, or complete web sites for offline browsing. It's possible to schedule multiple grabber projects to run them once at a specified time, stop them at a specified time, or run periodically to synchronize changes.
• Download Categories. Internet Download Manager can be used to organize downloads automatically using defined download categories.
• IDM is multilingual.


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Download Accelerator Plus 9 Download


Info :
Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) is the leading download manager with over 160 million registered users worldwide. DAP leverages patented technology, ease of use and rich features including: multi-connections for the fastest downloads from most responsive servers, auto-recovery from lost connections and errors, Always Resume feature (where server-resume is not supported), scheduling, file management tools, privacy and security features, and much more.
DAP integrates with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape and is compatible with Windows Vista. DAP is available in 10 languages including German, Dutch, French, Chinese (traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian and Italian.
New features in DAP 8.7 includes an upgraded download window for faster downloads with ease and simplicity, improved management window, the ability to upload and send large files and the SpeedBit Video Accelerator expansions to reduce buffering problems and video "hiccups" from over 100 video sites!


Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) will accelerate the speed with which you can receive files over the Internet using FTP and HTTP protocols by simultaneously downloading several file segments from the same or different servers.
Download Accelerator Plus enables you to pause and resume downloads, and to recover from a dropped Internet connection.
In addition, DAP searches for mirrors and implements the downloads from the best or most responsive mirrors. It is configured by default to automatically Integrate into your Explorer or Netscape browser when it is installed, and to self-activate each time a download is performed.
No further configuration or action is required on your part - simply use your browser to access the desired site, click on the download file, and respond to the self-explanatory DAP dialogs that appear.
Advanced options enable you to tailor the operation and responses of the application to your needs. You can choose to trigger specific responses such as messages, queue update, closing the application, and disconnecting after the download is completed or is not available.
DAP is fully integrated into the browser, providing the best possible performance from ANY Internet connection, broadband and narrowband (cable, DSL / ADSL, T1, dial-up etc.).
DAP will allow you to benefit from a faster and more reliable download experience, optimize your download performance, and help you to recover interrupted downloads. DAP is available in two versions: a Free version (ads supported) and a Premium version (with a richer set of features and no ads.).
What's New in This Release:
· Security check by ZoneAlarm for every site and application you download!
· Tabbed downloading!
· NEW and improved interface!
· New and improved download triggering!
· Automatically open downloaded files!
· Simplified options and updated menus!


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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009


Description :

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, soccer games, which have been waiting for the game of football lovers by rival Winning Eleven. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 attended by more humor gamers, the game players can enjoy all the logo of their favored team in the game that were previously impossible to enjoy.

In addition to the team Manchester United and Liverpool, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 will also display the logo and all the attributes of the Champions League during the 4 years of the contract. Video Games football will be launched also for mobile phones so that users can play anywhere, anytime, provided that the ability to support mobile phone applications.

On the graphic, image design, all players will again be improved so that more resembles the designs again appearance of the original players, and also the movement while playing in a more subtle. In addition, there is a feature that allows users to manage, design and a great leader.



The good

* Become A Legend mode is promising.
* 2 vs. 2 online multiplayer for the first time.
* Online lag has been ironed out for the most part.


The Bad

* The Champions League mode lacks substance.
* An auto-trick feature spoils the fun.
* Player animations are jerky at times.

System Requirement

The Minimum system requirements:
- Windows XP SP2, Vista
- Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
- 1 GiByte RAM
- 6 GB an empty seat on a disk
- GeForce FX or Radeon 9700th Pixel / Vertex Shader 2.0 and 128 MiByte VRAM.
- 800 x 600 expansion of the display

Recommended system requirements:
- Windows XP SP2, Vista
- Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
- 2 GiByte RAM
- 8 GB hard disk
- GeForce 6800 GT / GS, Radeon X1600 or higher. Pixel / Vertex Shader 3.0 and 256 MiByte VRAM
- 1, 280 x 720 expansion of the display

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Edit Plus Download



Description :

EditPlus is an Internet-ready 32-bit Text editor, HTML editor and Programmer's editor for Windows. While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers. Syntax highlighting for HTML, CSS, PHP, ASP, Perl, C/C++, Java, JavaScript and VBScript. Seamless Web browser for previewing HTML pages, and FTP commands for uploading local files to FTP server. Other features include HTML toolbar, user tools, line number, ruler, URL highlighting, auto-completion, cliptext, column selection, powerful search and replace, multiple undo/redo, spell checker, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and more.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

PDF.Password.Remover.v3 Review & Download


The type of pdf file is the most popular in the world of the Internet.
pdf of this type are usually in use for sharing data in the form of writing. for example, an e-book, tutorials and so forth.

Pdf files in the Internet world, we are not necessarily free to copy, or change the file. Sometimes pdf files on the protection or give the password by the author or creator of the file to the writings can not copy or change in other people.

This time I will give you a software package that allows you to open a pdf file on the protection, namely pdf password remover v3.0.

This little review of the software


VeryPDF.PDF.Password.Remover.v3.0
PDF Password Remover can be used to decrypt protected Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which have "owner" password set, preventing the file from editing (changing), printing, selecting text and graphics. Decryption is being done instantly. Decrypted file can be opened in any PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader) without any restrictions.


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TuneUp Utilities 2009 Review & Download


Review :
You can easily solve PC problems and at the same prevent others while effectively increasing the system's performance with TuneUp Utilities. Your PC intelligently adapts to your individual needs. The new TuneUp Start page, the new TuneUp Speed Optimizer, and the improved 1-Click Maintenance make the optimization of your Windows system even easier, faster, and more comprehensive.

Fast, Effective Windows Optimization

* One-click overview of your PC performance
* Quick analysis of your PC’s hardware, operating system, and programs
* Real performance increases, real fast
* Easy-to-understand help functions



Intelligent Windows Optimization Built in for Every PC

* Intelligent recommendations for your unique PC optimization
* Identifies your personal settings and protects them
* Highlights your PC’s optimization potential, including unused programs and resource-draining settings
* Recommends options and explains performance results before taking any action


Safe Windows Optimization

* Provides you with safe and effective optimization results
* Corrects all mistakes created from previous tuning attempts
* Comprehensive and easy rollback ability for any changes made to your PC


Perfectly Designed for Your Windows Operating System

* Automatically detects and configures for your operating system
* Ideal for XP and Vista (32/64 bit) users
* Designed to leverage the unique features within each operating system


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