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A twisty twirly ultrabook
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The gaming tablet of doom
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Very, very big 23.223.11
Q Sony Xperia S
Sony’s Ericsson-less smartphone
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Laptop with a glassy look
Q Zik Parrot by Starck
The world’s smartest headphones
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Gosh, looks just like a Leica
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Go-anywhere turntable
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A mic we really like
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Beer-chilling fridge
20 In Detail Acer Aspire S5
The most fat-free laptop ever
24 In Detail Sony NEX-7
Micro SLR, not-so-micro price
30 In Detail Fujifilm X-Pro1
Leica-licious lens-swapper
34 Games Multiplayer online RPGs
Seven parallel universes
36 Retro Chic Casio WMP-1 Wrist Audio Player
Still as dorky as it was back then
38 Gadget doctor
You did what? Well, no wonder it’s broken
41 Big in 2012
Apocalypse aside, it’s going to be a pretty sweet year in
gadget land. Our predictions…
84 Cars Exhibitionists
Thomas Falkiner tells the one about the Ferrari,
the Merc and the Porsche
87 Lifestyle Change of season
88 Fashion Watches
90 Fashion Shoes
91 Working man’s gear
92 Grooming Shades of cool
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Apple MacBook Pro from R12 500
www.zastore.co.za Apple’s aluminium-clad 13in/33cm laptop has been promoted to MacBook
Pro status. With a huge multi-touch glass trackpad (that also doubles as a
massive mouse button), Intel Core 2 Duo chips, Nvidia graphics and hard
drives maxing out at 250GB, this is the best entry-point if you’re after a
portable Mac. Lightweight but powerful with a decent four-hour battery life,
this is a top-of-the-class all-rounder that excels in all areas except gaming.
KILLER FEATURE Tat multi-touch trackpad for iPhone-style twizzling
Despite dual-core smartphones with designs on world domination, the laptop is still king of the gadget jungle. Assuming you don’t want your PC to be a bit of a munter, that means plumping for something skinny and stylish: Dell’s Adamo XPS, for example, or a MacBook Air. But there’s a new slice in town, Samsung’s ZX310 (from Rtba, samsung.com/za). Lighter and arguably prettier than its competitors, it pumps maths through a Core i5 or i7 chip. There’s also Ethernet, HDMI, two USB sockets and a microSD slot. Style, though, is its trump card – a charcoal-coloured, brushed aluminium chassis that we can only
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Canon Legria HF G10 R16 000 www.canon.co.za Canon’s Full HD G10 continues the Legria range’s reputation for quality. This time around they’ve
added professional features to a consumer cam. The G10 has an HD CMOS Pro sensor and a
30.4mm wide-angle HD video lens commonly used in their professional range, with 32GB on-board
memory and dual SDXC card slots. It also converts HD footage to SD. Menu navigation is via a 3.5in/
8.8cm touchscreen. The Legria HF G10 excels in virtually every shooting situation, and the array of
filming options gives - including face detection and Creative Cinema - you complete creative control.
KILLER FEATURE The 30.4mm wide-angle HD video lens
Canon Legria HV40 R11 000+++++ Tis Legria has a more refined look than its predecessor, the HV30. Recording at 20p progressive
shooting to tape will give you great quality videos. Tis Full HD 1080i camcorder also shoots 2MP
stills. A great upgrade from the HV20, but not worth the change if you own the HV30.
Samsung H-204 R5 000 +++++ Tis Full-HD shooter has a bit more than you’d expect from camcorders in its league.
Its BSI CMOS sensor is more light sensitive, so you can shoot at liberty, no matter where
the sun is. You can also boost the 16GB solid-state drive with an SD card.
Panasonic HDC-TM300 R12 000 +++++ Budget camcorders are hogging the headlines, but Panasonic is looking after the
amateur film-maker with stunning Full HD models like this. Its 3MOS sensors capture
stellar footage, and there are 10.6MP stills and manual controls to play with too.
Flip MinoHD from R1 600 ++++, The redesigned MinoHD keeps the 720p video, 4GB storage, ease of use and svelte
proportions, but looks and feels better than ever with a new metallic finish. Low-light
performance is decent – but the 1.5in/3.8cm screen remains annoyingly small.
GoPro HD Hero from R3 100 +++++ Hard as nails, and with a choice of mounts that will let you attach it wherever
you damn well please, you can rely upon the HD Hero to record your most gnarly
of moments in glorious HD. Waterproof to 60m, you’ll stop working before it does.
JVC Picsio GC-FM2 R2 300 ++++, With a 3in/7.6cm touchscreen, full HD at 30fps, HDMI out and three time-lapse modes,
the new Picsio is nothing if not well specced. Quality of footage is good – although it’s
not the strongest performer in the dark – and it’s a bit of a bargain.
Kodak Playsport R1 600 +++++ Waterproof to 3m and adept at 1080p video, the Playsport is the slimline shooter
outdoors aficionados have been craving. Its newly released cousin, the Playtouch, is also
a fine choice if you’d like a touchscreen, but for now it costs a fair whack more.
Sony NEX-VG10 R20 000 +++++ Picking up where Sony’s NEX-5 interchangeable lens camera leaves off, this uses the
same SLR-sized 14.6MP sensor and E-mount lenses for professional creative
possibilities. It’s heavy, but its 1080i/50fps footage is amazing. Photos are good, too.
JVC Everio GS-TD1 R19 000 ++++, 3D video comes of age with JVC’s twin-lensed, twin-sensored Wall-E lookalike. The TD1 can
also play back three-dimensional footage on its stereoscopic screen and take 3D stills, with
uniformly great results. Lacks the frills of its 2D rivals, though.
With YouTube now supporting 4K resolution video, camcorders are in need of an upgrade. The Red One has been used by pros for a few years now, and Sony wants in on the action. Enter the Sony F65 (Rtba, sony.co.za). Designed for serious film-makers, the F65 claims to be the only camera to give ‘true’ 4K, with a whopping 4096 x 2160 pixel image that reveals huge amounts of detail, making all but the most realistic sets look like those from the first King Kong movie. Just make sure you’ve got your make-up on before stepping in front of its unforgiving eye. I’m ready for my close, close, close up, Mr DeMille.
// The F65’s 4K sensor serves up unforgiving levels of detail”
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Format The two most popular storage formats are hard-drive and flash. Hard-drive camcorders offer the most storage, but are larger and more vulnerable to bumps and knocks. Flash models can be more expensive, but are more durable and have better battery lives. Tape’s a good option for value and quality, while DVD models are OK if you want instantly playable results without editing.
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Garmin nüvi 1410 R3 500 +++++
The Nuvi 1410 will brighten up any car with its 5in/12.7 cm screen and includes
features such as text to speech, Bluetooth and a refurbished user interface and
slim design. You also get live traffic reports over FM in South Africa now!
Garmin zumo 660 R8 200++++,
A good alternative for bikers. The 660’s specs include five-hour battery life, MP3 player,
stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot and a bright 4.3in/10.9cm touchscreen. The digital fuel gauge is
a useful touch and Zumo Connect, Garmin’s online community, is added value.
Garmin Edge 705 from R5 460 +++++
Not in-car sat-nav, but the Garmin Edge is such a good GPS for cyclists that we had to
include it. Primarily it records data about your ride – speed, distance, altitude and even
cadence – but it will also store routes, navigate you to a location and show basic maps.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT R4 400 +++++
Tis came out tops in the GPS category of the Stuff Gadget Awards for 2009 and although it is
a niche product it really does stand out from the crowd. With the ability to time multiple events
and measure each separately it makes it a must-buy for the overactive athlete.
TomTom Rider R3 000 +++++
With this kind of technology, the bikers deserve a place in the Top 10. The sturdy Rider's hooded
3.5in/8.8cm touchscreen is designed for use with thick gloves. Comes with SD card, carrying
pouch and a Bluetooth headset for voice instructions and calls. Volume is speed-linked.
Garmin nuvi 1300T R2 460 ++++,
Garmin’s real-time traffic info system is introduced to SA on this fine piece of hardware, with
bundled traffic receiver and one-year traffic data subscription. If you live in Gauteng, Durban
or Cape Town, it’s great.
Navigon 40 PremiumR2 200 ++++,
Navigon is finally getting serious about the SA market. Heading up its new 40 Series, the
feature-rich Premium offers live traffic updates, an improved Active Lane Assistant to help at
multi-lane intersections, Bluetooth 2.0, text-to-speech and a good 4.3in/10.75cm touchscreen.
TomTom Go LIVE 1000 R3 200
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TomTom’s flagship device is faster (with a more powerful processor) and more
interactive than the Go 750 which topped this list, with a pinch-to-zoom
4.3in/10.7cm touchscreen that allows you to flick through menus with your
fingertips. It’s a winner. Te magnetic mount is very secure, though you can’t
apply it with one hand as you can with TomTom’s lighter quickmount. Te LIVE
link also enables weather forecasts and local search through Google, all free
for a year from purchase, R500 per year thereafter.
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a sat-nav sized to suit your car – if it’s too big,
it’ll affect visibility and be overly distracting. Put
it bottom right, not centre-middle, so it sits near
the A-pillar. It’ll bring the screen closer to you.
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until you’ve spent some time with a sat-
nav, but ease of use is crucial for a smooth
journey. Learn to use your sat-nav efficiently
and always set it up before you set off.
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Navigation on Android phones, and Nokia’s
Ovi Maps. They’re free! And damn good. But
don’t forget the roaming charges abroad.
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Mapping Do you go to Europe regularly?
Or the US? Most devices will let you buy
extra maps to upload for your trip, but buying
one pre-loaded might be worthwhile if you’re
a bit of a knight on the road.
Garmin nüvi 3790LT from R4 300 ++++,
This is no SIM-card-packing powerhouse, but the 3790LT is one of the slimmest, most attractive
sat-nav’s we’ve ever seen. Plus it has a wonderful hi-res, multi-touch screen and tidy graphics.
Pricey, a little underpowered, but desirable and a pleasure to use.
If you’ve used a sat-nav or GPS-equipped phone
to guide you around a foreign city, you’ll know that
squinting at a screen trying to figure out if you’re
facing north detracts from the experience. Thanks
to a Japanese technology developer, the snappily-
named NTT Communication Science Laboratories,
your sat-nav or phone will soon be able to lead
you by the hand. Buru-navi, as the system is
currently called, uses a unit similar to the vibrating
mechanism already present in your phone. By
quickly throwing its weight forward in one direction
and then drawing it back more slowly, the unit
gives you the impression
it’s pulling you forwards.
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phone could lead you
around by hand, leaving
you to enjoy the sights.
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TomTom Via 110 Southern AfricaR1 800 ++++,
Priced within reach of budget buyers, the Via 110 offers a fistful of extra features, starting with
the same 4.3in / 11cm touchscreen as TomTom’s top-end models. There’s voice control which
actually works, IQ Routes, Eco Routes, advanced lane guidance and an integrated mount.
OUR PICK NEW MUSIC
Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness
Los Campesinos’ fourth album isn’t
exactly a laugh-a-minute affair, dealing
as it does with death, heartbreak and
England World Cup defeats. Still, great
music thrives on such material and the
tunes are uplifting.
R&S Records IOTDXI
If the words ‘Belgian techno label’
fill you with dread, open your mind
and give IOTDXI a listen. Highlights
include electro legends Model 500’s
astonishingly good OFI and the
dubsteppy delights of Pariah’s Orpheus.
Jane’s Addiction
The Great Escape Artist
When Jane’s kicked the drugs, they
also kicked their attitude. On their first
album in seven years only Irresistible
Force has the old magic, but it’s an
island of joy in a sea of mud.
Cass McCombs Humor Risk
Despite its release only months after
McCombs’ previous album, Wit’s End,
Humor Risk is a wholly different beast.
Where that was sparse and downbeat,
this is… well, downbeat, but in a
Deerhunter kind of way.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab R6 000 +++++ The iPad’s first major rival puts up a good fight with its quality build, Flash-enabled browser and responsive 7in/17.7cm touchscreen. But with a lack of quality apps and some holes in Android’s armour, it’s not quite the iPad-slayer we hoped it would be.
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi from R4 400 +++++ While its dual cameras might feel like a token gesture, the various nips and tucks on Apple’s iPad sequel keep it ahead of the pack. It’s slimmer and lighter while upping the processing power and retaining the 9.7in/24.6cm screen. Still the smoothest tablet experience.
In-ear headphones that cost more than the gadget you plug them into are an indulgence, but a lot of fun. So when we unpacked the Phonak Audéo 232s (R5 600, phonak.com) – we were more than a little excited. They come with tiny tips that adjust the bass and treble response to your preference, and a pair of swappable cables, one with iPhone-compatible controls and one without. They’re small and light, just as comfortable as past Phonaks. The difference is the weight and body of their delivery: they sound huge and natural. Shure’s SE535s dig up a touch more detail, but vocals just sound real on the 232s. A daft price, yes – and worth every penny.
// The Audéo 232s cost more than the gadgets you’ll plug them into”
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Excels as a music
player, games machine,
videocamera and so much
more. The best iPod yet Sony NWZ-A845 from R1 600 +++++ Sony’s Nano rival falls short on sound (despite having noise cancelling built-in and bundled headphones worth R1 000), but with a larger 2.4in/6cm OLED screen, the 16GB capacity player, which supports iTunes it emerges victorious for video.
Apple iPod Classic R2 600 +++++ Some predicted the death of Apple’s original-style iPod, citing its lack of frills and party tricks. Instead it’s had another memory boost (to 160GB) meaning it’s still the only choice for gigabyte geeks. Besides, with that much space to fill, who needs gimmicks?
Archos 5 Internet Tablet from R3 000 +++++ More of a modification to the popular Archos 5 than an entirely new PMP, the Internet Tablet runs on Google Android. That means its video performance is identical, but the mish mash of interfaces makes things overly fussy.
Sony NWZ-W252 R800 +++++ This 13.5mm single-cabled W252 Walkman is available in a special camouflaged Metal Gear Peacewalker edition. Place the water-resistant sound-string behind your head as you jog - or Peacewalk - and you’ll forget that it’s even there.
Cowon J3 from R2 500 ++++, With a nice big 3.3in/8.3cm AMOLED screen (and a price to reflect it), Cowon’s 16GB J3 makes video sparkle. There are features galore, including A2DP Bluetooth and a Flash player for downloaded games, but the clunky menu system and sonics could be better.
Apple iPod Shuffle R500 ++++, A massive about turn from Apple means the Shuffle has regained its buttons and kept the VoiceOver spoken track names – a neat way to make up for having no screen. Just 2GB storage seems stingy but it’s a great-sounding, simple player.
Apple iPod Nano from R1 500 +++,, A spectacular fall from grace has seen Apple’s tiny iPod drop to the bottom, thanks to a removal of features without a fall in price. While it’s gained multi-touch, still sounds good and looks cool, the lack of video playback and camcorder make it too pricey.
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Capacity This should reflect what you’re using the media player for. If you want it for short- term gym use, go for a small widget with solid- state memory (and therefore no moving parts). If you want to take your whole music collection with you at all times, go for an HDD-based jukebox. 1GB = 250 songs. Video needs more space, depending on how it’s been compressed.
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Size If you only want audio, smaller is better. However, you won’t want to watch video on a tiny screen for long, so go for at least a 3in display.
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Battery life Hard-disk jukeboxes will last around 10-15 hours. Solid-state MP3 players tend to last longer as they don’t have to expend energy on the moving parts of an HDD.
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Earphones Don’t expect to get a decent pair of earphones with your player. Generally those in the box are poor, so it’s worth spending upwards of R500 on some quality sound-isolators.
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Western Digital TV Live Hub R1 100 | westerndigital.co.za
A networked 1TB hard drive, the TV Live Hub is the business and lets you stream video, audio or pictures across your network to multiple screens.
Iomega ScreenPlay DX HD Media Player From R2 550 | iomega.co.za Iomega’s latest ranges come with or without storage.The HD Media Player range comes with either 1TB or 2TB storage.
Mede8er MED450X2 R2 400 | mede8er.com Homebrewed in Kyalami, the mede8er ranges are a hit from the baby 720p MED200X (R900) up to the 3TB, Wi-Fi MED500X2 monster, the entire range punches beyond its weight and price.

Popcorn Hour A-210
R2 000 | popcornhour.co.za The first media player to offer firmware- level Full HD 3D, the Popcorn also has built-in software to pull media info, artwork, etc for your content.
Apple iPod Touch 4G from R2 000 www.zastore.co.za Apple’s fourth generation of the iPod Touch is, in a word, brilliant. It’s almost everything you love about the iPhone 4, but thinner and contract-free. Fourth- gen Touch users can call each other and iPhone 4 users for free providing they have a Wi-Fi connection. The Touch’s HD video recording is fantastic. Add the iMovie app and you’ll be editing, titling and uploading hi-def movies in a matter of minutes. A three-axis gyro makes motion gaming more sensitive. KILLER FEATURE Wi-Fi video calling
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Nintendo 3DS R1 900 ★★★★✩ Even once you get over the initial thrill – It’s 3D! Without glasses! And it works! Nintendo’s
long-awaited new handheld has plenty to recommend it. And the wholesale price has just
been dropped by one third. Let's see how much of that retailers pass on to us.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play R6 300 ★★★★✩
It’s a chunky customer, but the Xperia Play replaces the onscreen joysticks that can
ruin touchscreen games with a drawerful of proper PlayStation controls. Android 2.3
and a library of classic PlayStation games seal the deal. Oh, and it’s a phone, too.
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STUFF SAYS ★★★★★ Pips the 360 to the top spot thanks to its high-quality Blu-ray player, but only just
Nintendo Wii from R2 500 +++++
Despite its last-gen graphics, the Wii continues to shift in large numbers thanks to
its alternative motion-sensitive bent. The Wii Fit balance board has inspired a new
wave of games.
Sony PSP 3000 R1 900 ★★★★★
The third-generation PSP has a brighter screen and a new microphone, but the control
layout remains irritatingly unfriendly. Sony’s also released the new, smaller, slide-screen PSP
Go, which has 16GB of memory and Bluetooth, and the PSP2 ("NGP") is due in November.
PlayStation 3 Slim R3 900
www.playstation.co.za The inclusion of a Blu-ray player means that the PS3 Slim tops our gaming Top 10. In
most other respects, the recently shrunken PS3 is the equal of the Xbox 360, with
state-of-the-art hi-def gaming, a 120GB or 250GB hard drive and a growing range
of multimedia skills. Blu-ray aside, with so little to separate the big two, a decision
can come down to price, exclusive content, the feel of the controllers or the format
most of your friends have. Functionality of the PS3 Slim matches the previous
model with the bonus of better hi-def audio support.
KILLER FEATURE The Blu-ray player is the ace up its sleeve
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Which console? PS3 tops our chart, but it may
not be the one for you. Xbox 360 doesn’t have
PS3’s Blu-ray player, but equals its hi-def, action-
packed catalogue with superior online play. Wii is
ideal for inclusive family fun. On the move there
are three main options: iPod Touch/iPhone for
immediacy, Nintendo DSi for silliness and Sony
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You’ll also need… a Wi-Fi set-up for online
play and downloadable extras, additional
controllers for friends and preferably a hi-def
TV for PS3 and Xbox 360 (but it’s not essential).
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What about PC and Mac? PC gaming exists
in a world of super-specced Windows “rigs”
where first-person shooters and online role-
playing games rule. Set aside a couple of grand.
Mac remains on the periphery with few releases.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim 250GB R3 200 ★★★★★
The gap has been closed on the PS3 with the latest “Slim” Xbox 360. It’s quieter and
less power-hungry than before, smaller and (sit down for this bit) finally has built-in
Wi-Fi. Now the choice hinges on the 360’s superior online play versus PS3’s Blu-ray.
Sony PlayStation Move from R450 ★★★★✩
The motion-sensing add-on for Sony’s PS3 is capable of some amazing things beyond
the predictable racket-swinging games, but as it stands, those are still in the domain of
unreleased tech demos, many of which we’ve tried and been rather impressed by.
Apple iPod Touch from R2 000 ★★★★★
It doesn’t make calls, know where it is or which way is North, but otherwise the latest
Touch is an iPhone 4, only thinner and much cheaper. That means awesome mobile
gaming and multimedia on a pin-sharp screen, with 720p video recording as a bonus.
Xbox Kinect R2 000 ★★★★✩ Microsoft’s voice-activated, motion-sensing controller trumps Sony’s Move with its
futuristic tech, and the list of decent games is growing. First among these is Star Wars
Kinect, thanks to its awesome droid-themed bundle pack (see Hot Stuff for more).
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi from R4 400 ★★★★★
Where the original iPad ushered in a gaming revolution, Mark II promises more of an
evolution. The new dual-core processor will have the biggest impact, but the lighter,
sleeker form and addition of cameras and a gyroscope will all leave gamers salivating.
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Big news for Xbox 360 owners who feel a twinge
of inadequacy each time their PS3-owning pals
start blathering on about their console’s superior
media smarts: the 360, just like the PS3, can now
stream thousands of movies via LoveFilm
(lovefilm.com, with streaming packages from
R75 per month). And there’s more: where the
360 was previously limited to Sky Player for
on-demand TV, it’ll soon be getting iPlayer and
4oD as well. Add music from Last.fm, and
Microsoft’s own music and film streaming
service, Zune, and the 360 could be the only box
your TV needs. Well, apart from a Blu-ray player.
Best of all, though, is the fact that many of these services can be controlled by Kinect. Very handy if you’re planning on watching Minority Report.
// LoveFilm, iPlayer and 4oD lend
the 360 some extra media muscle”
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Battlefield 3 Call of Duty’s sworn enemy goes Oscar Mike with destructible
buildings that fall apart under heavy fire as if they’re made out
of soggy digestive biscuits.
Need for Speed: The Run Take a cross-country trip from California to New York with the mob
on your tail. Makes a change from
travel sweets and toilet breaks.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword A prequel to Ocarina of Time, Link’s
return in Skyward Sword shows there’s still life in the old Wii yet. Wonder if Zelda gets kidnapped...
UFC Undisputed 3 Replace the silly outfits and storylines
of WWE wrestling with actual face-
breaking violence and you’ve got UFC.
Sadly, tight pants are tight pants,
broken faces or no.
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