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Transformers: War for Cybertron - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
Transformers: War for Cybertron - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
3 used & new from CDN$ 25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall great game!, July 26 2010
Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a great game, Transformers fan or not. The campaigns are a lot of fun, but I think this game shines in the online multiplayer, mostly in Team Death Match and Conquest (capture and hold points). The most interesting aspect of the online multiplayer is the different classes you can play as and accumulate experience points for ability upgrades, which are all very diverse and unique to each class (Scout, Scientist, Leader, and Soldier). The variety and strengths and weaknesses for each class makes for some very interesting and dynamic gameplay, and since you can level-up up to 25 levels for each class (plus Prime mode)...there is a lot of hours of playing there. You can always change classes, reconfigure their abilities and try different combinations. Lots of fun!

Unlike the previous reviewer, I find the transforming ability is a requirement in certain parts of the campaign, flight or not, and certainly in the multiplayer. How cool is it that you actually turn into your own getaway car or access certain sniping points on the map in jet form (Scientist) that other classes can't get to?

I took off one star when rating the fun only because of some minor issues with screen tearing (don't know if it's just my set up or if the developers could have helped it) and with some lag/connection dropping issues when playing certain maps/modes online (but again, there are many factors that can influence online play).

Overall, anyone with a PS3 should at least give this game a shot. It is definitely NOT like any of the other crappy movie-based Transformers games!

Dualshock 3 Controller - Deep Red - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
Dualshock 3 Controller - Deep Red - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition
Offered by PlayCanada
Price: CDN$ 41.99
22 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best console controller, Feb. 7 2010
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've always preferred the playstation controllers over the other consoles, and I'm glad Sony didn't change much of the look and feel going from PS2 to PS3. These controllers just fit perfectly in your hand, and all buttons are easily accessible, great design. The only thing different about these is the wireless sixaxis functionality, which makes them even more awesome! Battery life lasts pretty long, and the charge time is fairly quick. Great controller!

Nature's Most Amazing Events [Blu-ray]
Nature's Most Amazing Events [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ David Attenborough
Price: CDN$ 34.99
24 used & new from CDN$ 24.95

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quite amazing!, Feb. 2 2010
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of something I noticed during "The Great Salmon Run" episode; ugly vertical lines. It seems that some of the video clips might have been used from separate/other sources, specifically the slow motion shots of the bald eagles catching salmon, and some slow motion shots of the bears. At first I thought there was something wrong with my new tv/playstation 3 setup...but after a little Google searching I found a couple other people noticing the same issue with the vertical lines on this particular blu-ray disc, and specifically during the salmon run episode. However, I think this is one of my favorite episodes in the series, so I can easily get over a couple shots with lines through them.

In short, just in case anyone else comes across this issue, it is not your tv or player...it is just the video on the blu-ray disc. I have never noticed this issue with anything else I play. Hopefully someone with the same problem will read this review.

On a more positive note, overall I love this series! It is very similar to Planet Earth, but most of the amazing events are based on the migration of many species and the changing of the seasons in different locations around the globe. There are some really amazing shots and really amazing events, definitely worth getting this blu-ray.

One of the best features of this series is the Diaries, which can sometimes be more intriguing than the amazing events themselves! The Diaries for the salmon run and the great feast are amazing. The camera crews are really quite privileged to do the things they do. I almost think BBC should release a series devoted to documenting their camera crews. It's just incredible, some of the things they go through.

Another bonus, as mentioned in other reviews, is the calibration walk-through included on the first disc. If you haven't done anything like this with your tv, do it before you watch this! It really makes a difference...and remember to disable any special "enhancement" settings your tv might have, like "enhanced contrast" or "super white" or anything along those lines. Any video released on blu-ray wasn't intended to be viewed with all these enhancements and is calibrated for performance without any special extra treatment.

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