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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Limited Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Limited Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty 4 Review, 26 Jan. 2008
I was shocked, amazed and relieved when I heard about a year ago that the Call of Duty franchise was in for an overhaul and was going to be set in present day. To be frank, I think that WW2 has been done to death in video games. However, like many others, I was a little apprehensive as to how well it would be pulled off. Thankfully there is no need to worry because Call of Duty 4 is probably the best Call of Duty game that has ever been made and arguably game of the year.

Like many other Call of Duty games, the story is told through the perspective of more than one soldier. Throughout the game, you play as Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish of the 22nd SAS regiment and Sergeant Paul Jackson of the American 1st Force Recon and another surprise character. Without giving too much away, the game is basically about a Russian ultranationalist called Imran Zakhaev who is set on returning his homeland to the times of the Soviet Union by revolting against the current government and seizing a nuclear weapons stockpile. The story is very good overall and fits together very nicely. There are 4 difficulty settings which are easy, regular, hardened and veteran and there is quite a spread between these. There are a few niggles to the single player and one is its length. I found myself completing it on hardened within 6 hours and for more experienced players than me this could go down to 4-5 hours. Another gripe is the repetitivity involved during the game. Most of the time, you find yourself killing wave after wave of enemies. In the end it all gets rather tedious.

When single player has been finished, you are in for a treat. The multiplayer in Call of Duty 4 is spot on and extremely addictive (while it lasts). The multiplayer is level and experience points based where you start as private (level 1) and finish as commander (level 55) (above general). As you progress through the ranks, you unlock more weapons and perks which then you are then permitted to use on the battlefield. The multiplayer also uses experience points which can be achieved by killing people, completing mission objectives (such as planting bombs or capturing the flag) or by completing challenges. By completing challenges for weapons you can unlock red dot sights, acog scopes and silencers etc. If you wondered what perks were, they are basically abilities. You can have up to three perks which for example could be extra ammo, or extra grenades, the ability to reload faster, the ability to drop a live grenade when you are killed etc... My personal favourite is called last stand. (much like the single player finale) It is where, when you get hit enough times by the enemy, (instead of dying) you drop to the floor with your pistol. You are then allowed about 15 seconds (providing you don't get shot again) of shooting with your pistol until you get killed. This can be very handy, especially at getting revenge on the opponent who put you in that state. When you just start out in the game, there are pre-set classes which you are able to use but as you climb up the ranks, you can create your own classes with your own choice of weapons which help in making the classes more individual. Moving on, the only gripe I have with the multiplayer is the length. It will take most people about 50 hours of solid gameplay to reach the rank of commander. Once you have reached commander (level 55), you will probably find like me that the game gets slightly boring as there is nothing to unlock.

In conclusion, Call of Duty 4 should probably be owned by everyone who plays video games, let alone those who are fans of the genre. Congratulations to Activision and Infinity Ward who produced a cracking game which hardly disappoints. If you don't already own this game, then I strongly suggest you buy it soon.

I shall now rate the game

Gameplay: 9/10. Slightly repetitive at times but generally very good. Multiplayer can have you playing for hours at a time.
Graphics: 10/10. Stunning visuals. From the lighting to the character models, all are superb.
Sound: 9/10. This aspect does not disappoint. Excellent voice overs, atmosphere and music.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10. Although the single player is short, the multiplayer is what this game is all about. This game will probably take the average gamer roughly 60 hours to complete.

Overall, I give this game 9.5. This game is a real masterpiece.
If you liked this game, then I recommend other games in the genre such as Crysis, The Orange Box, Gears of War, Timeshift, Medal of Honour: Airborne, Rainbow six: Vegas and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, all of which I have played, completed and enjoyed immensely.


American Pie Presents Beta House : American Pie 6 [DVD]
American Pie Presents Beta House : American Pie 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher McDonald
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American Pie: Beta House review, 4 Jan. 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was greatly anticipating the release of this year's direct-to-DVD American Pie film. As I had liked "Naked mile" but disliked "Band Camp" I wondered how this would fare. I would rate this somewhere between the two. Some parts were genuinely funny but I sometimes felt the story was a little predictable and there weren't as many laugh-out-loud moments as in the first three films+naked mile.

The story is basically about a bunch of guys who go through trials to get into the Beta fraternity. After some trouble with the Geek fraternity, they end up being challenged by the geeks for their house to end their feud once and for all. If you don't know...you can probably guess what happens next...

I was slightly disappointed that the film did not come with any extras but then again, it didnt matter too much. The film was fairly good and if anything, instead of a purchase, I would rent it. For fans of the series, its probably worth the purchase.

Overall, I give it a 6/10. If there had been extras, it could have been a 7.


Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)
Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo - even after 6 years - a great game, 4 Jan. 2008
I am sure that you do not need me to go over why this is such a good game.
However, i shall have a go. i will be brief.

Halo is without a doubt one of the best games (top 5) i have ever played. For instance, even now, after getting the ps3 and completing resistance fall of man, I still think that halo is by no means outdated.

O, how i love playing through the levels on legendary in co-op mode, and the sensation you get when you see two hunters at the end of the corridor.
I love the frantic driving at the end of the maw and the satisfction you get when completing it with one second left of the clock. Also, when playing on the level halo, when you are faced with multiple dropships. Halo has provided me with some of my greatist gaming memories and i urge you, if you have not already, buy this game. You will not regret it.

In conclusion, i will give it a score.

Graphics: 9.5. Great visuals. getting slightly basic now, but some of the corridors set in the alien ships look outstanding.

Sound: 10. wow. This soundtrack has to be one of best in any game. ( nearly as good as deus ex and mgs.)

Gameplay: 10. In a word, fabulous. From driving frantically to shooting the crap out of everything that's not human. It is incredible

Lipespan: 9.5. This game will last you a fairly long time. The campaign will last about 12 hours and add to that a terrific online service...

In conclusion, i give the game 9.8 out of 10.


Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £14.99

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sonic the Hedgehog review, 4 Jan. 2008
I bought this game hoping against hope that it would be good, that all the reviews I had read were wrong. This was a mistake, which I shall not be making again.
Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast was one of my favourite games, and still is. It was one of the games that really got me into gaming. I still play it every now and then; it really is that good.
When I first heard that there was going to be a proper Sonic game coming onto PS3 I was ecstatic - Since Sonic Adventure 2 there hadn't been a good Sonic game, and I needed a new fix of speedy goodness. This game was meant to provide it, with wonderful next-gen graphics.

This game has not provided it, for various reasons (although the graphics are very good indeed, this is probably the only really positive thing about this game).

1)It isn't very fast. For some reason, SEGA seem to have slowed Sonic down. It is so slow that I really thought at the start of the game that there would be some kind of upgrade coming along soonish to speed Sonic back up to his Dreamcast speed. None of the reviews I'd read had mentioned that Sonic was now relatively slow compared to previously, and I still haven't seen one that has brought this up. Well, I am. To be fair, that's not a major gripe, though it is vey annoying: I wanted next-gen speeds to go with the graphics (which are very good actually, but don't compensate for lack of oomph.)
2)The story is poor. it bears no relevance to previous titles in the series and is simply quite atrocious. Again, not a huge deal, but you'd have thought they'd have made an effort with theirfirst next-gen game. Sadly not.
3)The game is chock-full of glitches which are so glaringly obvious you'd have thought any idiot could have irooned them out. Not SEGA unfortunately. There really are some whoppers here. Sometimes, when you're going along, on foot or on a snowboard or however else, one (either after hitting something or not) stops dead still. To be going along (moderately) quickly, and then to suddenly stop, even if there's nothing that is visibly impeding one's progress, is very disconcerting and actually makes you think about just how little effort has been put into making this game. Other notable glitches include a character, for no reason, moving up a slope that they're supposed to be going down, and then it being impossible to turn them around again, hitting against a wall and falling into the scenery, losing a life (it's quite difficult anyway without the added handicap of being swallowed up without a trace for no reason at all)
5)The camera is godawful. This has been a problem in 3D Sonic games since the Dreamcast in 1999. That's eight years! And now the camera is even worse, somehow. It gets stuck very easily and generally conspires against you to make you fall into holes that are impossible to see until you are in them, etc. Not good.
6) To compensate for the general slowness of Sonci in the game, SEGA have put in special "Speed Stages" (I'm not joking, that's what they call them. The whole damn game should be a bloody speed stage. Sounds like "free speech zone", it's ridiculous). In these "Speed Stages", you can't stop or go faster or slower, do any of the moves you can normally do, and the sad irony is that it's not even that "Speed"-y. No more that you'd be expecting for the game as a whole.
7)Gameplay is generally OK, but not as good as in previous incarnations - obviously the whole thing's vastly slower (in previous games, other characters were almost as fast as Sonic himself, in this, Sonic's not fast and the rest are just slow). They kept the horrible vehicles form Shadow the Hedgehog, which are just unnecessary and really aren't fun to drive at all, and to add insult to injury Shadow now moves with a horrid waddling motion which is irritating to look at and, as mentioned above, isn't fast.
Tails has a little girl's voice - I don't know if it's the same in the Japanese voices, but the English one is the wrong gender and age. It sounds stupid. (Also, there's no lip-synching. This is supposed t be NEXT-GEN,the least they could do is taking the effort to lip-synch it for the English release. Anyway, Tails controls badly, can no longer hover and has lost the ability to do a normal attack as previously. What this has been replaced with is frankly a joke and I cn't quite bring myself to discuss it here. Rest assured, it's awful. All the other characters have their good points, but most are flawed in irritating ways that taint the gamelay. Some bits are so glitchy as to be virtually unplayable, for example, thre is a snowboarding section that is actually beyond my power to describe it, it really is that abysmal.
8) This may just be my copy, but pre-rendered cut-scenes judder and have slow-down (somehow) if anything is happening much. It sucks, but I'm guessinhg this may just be mine as I've seen it running fine elsewhere. Whatever, it's annoying.
9) Some bits just aren't well thought out at all. For example, loading screens are very numerous and often the game will, when one has decided to do a challenge within the game world, the game will spend twnety seconds loading, then maybe a line or two is said, then it loads for twenty seconds again. I knew about this before I got it, so it didn't get me annoyed to start with, but now, it gets me seething whenever it happens. They should have thought it through better.
10) Often, much of a level will simply consist of pressing forward on the analogue stick and not actually interacting very much. the majority of the game is either on a fixed, narrow track or on a rail, and in many areas, it's possible to just sit back and watch the game play itself, which actually isn't that fun.

To sum up, this game, while having some good points, fails in most categories to delier, and disappoints far more than it enthrals. To those new to SOnic, I'd say, if you're interested, get Sonic Adventure or Sonic Adventure 2 and a Dreamcast. This is not only cheaper, but you will be playing a much better game. To fans of the series, sorry guys, this is another stinker, I'd advise you not to buy it. This is dross, SEGA needs a kick up the backside for expecting us to go out and buy this crap.

To be honest, this game probably deserves 2 stars overall, but it isn't just any new game, it's a Sonic game by one of the best developers on the planet, and they've spewed out THIS. So it only gets 1 star.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Special Edition (PC DVD)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Special Edition (PC DVD)

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty 4 review, 31 Dec. 2007
I was shocked, amazed and relieved when I heard about a year ago that the Call of Duty franchise was in for an overhaul and was going to be set in present day. To be frank, I think that WW2 has been done to death in video games. However, like many others, I was a little apprehensive as to how well it would be pulled off. Thankfully there is no need to worry because Call of Duty 4 is probably the best Call of Duty game that has ever been made and arguably game of the year.

Like many other Call of Duty games, the story is told through the perspective of more than one soldier. Throughout the game, you play as Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish of the 22nd SAS regiment and Sergeant Paul Jackson of the American 1st Force Recon and another surprise character. Without giving too much away, the game is basically about a Russian ultranationalist called Imran Zakhaev who is set on returning his homeland to the times of the Soviet Union by revolting against the current government and seizing a nuclear weapons stockpile. The story is very good overall and fits together very nicely. There are 4 difficulty settings which are easy, regular, hardened and veteran and there is quite a spread between these. There are a few niggles to the single player and one is its length. I found myself completing it on hardened within 6 hours and for more experienced players than me this could go down to 4-5 hours. Another gripe is the repetitivity involved during the game. Most of the time, you find yourself killing wave after wave of enemies. In the end it all gets rather tedious.

When single player has been finished, you are in for a treat. The multiplayer in Call of Duty 4 is spot on and extremely addictive (while it lasts). The multiplayer is level and experience points based where you start as private (level 1) and finish as commander (level 55) (above general). As you progress through the ranks, you unlock more weapons and perks which then you are then permitted to use on the battlefield. The multiplayer also uses experience points which can be achieved by killing people, completing mission objectives (such as planting bombs or capturing the flag) or by completing challenges. By completing challenges for weapons you can unlock red dot sights, acog scopes and silencers etc. If you wondered what perks were, they are basically abilities. You can have up to three perks which for example could be extra ammo, or extra grenades, the ability to reload faster, the ability to drop a live grenade when you are killed etc... My personal favourite is called last stand. (much like the single player finale) It is where, when you get hit enough times by the enemy, (instead of dying) you drop to the floor with your pistol. You are then allowed about 15 seconds (providing you don't get shot again) of shooting with your pistol until you get killed. This can be very handy, especially at getting revenge on the opponent who put you in that state. When you just start out in the game, there are pre-set classes which you are able to use but as you climb up the ranks, you can create your own classes with your own choice of weapons which help in making the classes more individual. Moving on, the only gripe I have with the multiplayer is the length. It will take most people about 50 hours of solid gameplay to reach the rank of commander. Once you have reached commander (level 55), you will probably find the game gets slightly boring as there is nothing to unlock.

Moving onto other matters, the game itself isn't much of a system hog providing you've got more than a 3.0ghz single processor, about a gigabyte of RAM and a graphics card with 256mb or more. You will want to play this game on full settings because of the brilliant visuals. If you don't meet minimum, then it's probably worth upgrading for the likes of this game and others like Crysis. If you have 2 gb RAM and an 8 series nvidia card, the game will look very nice indeed.

In conclusion, Call of Duty 4 should probably be owned by everyone who plays video games, let alone those who are fans of the genre. Congratulations to Activision and Infinity Ward who produced a cracking game which hardly disappoints. If you don't already own this game, then I strongly suggest you buy it soon.

I shall now rate the game

Gameplay: 9/10. Slightly repetitive at times but generally very good. Multiplayer can have you playing for hours at a time.
Graphics: 10/10. Stunning visuals. From the lighting to the character models, all are superb.
Sound: 9/10. This aspect does not disappoint. Excellent voice overs, atmosphere and music.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10. Although the single player is short, the multiplayer is what this game is all about. This game will probably take the average gamer roughly 60 hours to complete.

Overall, I give this game 9.5. This game is a real masterpiece.
If you liked this game, then I recommend other games in the genre such as Crysis, The Orange Box, Gears of War, Timeshift, Medal of Honour: Airborne, Rainbow six: Vegas and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, all of which I have played, completed and enjoyed immensely.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - (Xbox 360)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £17.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty Review, 31 Dec. 2007
I was shocked, amazed and relieved when I heard about a year ago that the Call of Duty franchise was in for an overhaul and was going to be set in present day. To be frank, I think that WW2 has been done to death in video games. However, like many others, I was a little apprehensive as to how well it would be pulled off. Thankfully there is no need to worry because Call of Duty 4 is probably the best Call of Duty game that has ever been made and arguably game of the year.

Like many other Call of Duty games, the story is told through the perspective of more than one soldier. Throughout the game, you play as Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish of the 22nd SAS regiment and Sergeant Paul Jackson of the American 1st Force Recon and another surprise character. Without giving too much away, the game is basically about a Russian ultranationalist called Imran Zakhaev who is set on returning his homeland to the times of the Soviet Union by revolting against the current government and seizing a nuclear weapons stockpile. The story is very good overall and fits together very nicely. There are 4 difficulty settings which are easy, regular, hardened and veteran and there is quite a spread between these. There are a few niggles to the single player and one is its length. I found myself completing it on hardened within 6 hours and for more experienced players than me this could go down to 4-5 hours. Another gripe is the repetitivity involved during the game. Most of the time, you find yourself killing wave after wave of enemies. In the end it all gets rather tedious.

When single player has been finished, you are in for a treat. The multiplayer in Call of Duty 4 is spot on and extremely addictive (while it lasts). The multiplayer is level and experience points based where you start as private (level 1) and finish as commander (level 55) (above general). As you progress through the ranks, you unlock more weapons and perks which then you are then permitted to use on the battlefield. The multiplayer also uses experience points which can be achieved by killing people, completing mission objectives (such as planting bombs or capturing the flag) or by completing challenges. By completing challenges for weapons you can unlock red dot sights, acog scopes and silencers etc. If you wondered what perks were, they are basically abilities. You can have up to three perks which for example could be extra ammo, or extra grenades, the ability to reload faster, the ability to drop a live grenade when you are killed etc... My personal favourite is called last stand. (much like the single player finale) It is where, when you get hit enough times by the enemy, (instead of dying) you drop to the floor with your pistol. You are then allowed about 15 seconds (providing you don't get shot again) of shooting with your pistol until you get killed. This can be very handy, especially at getting revenge on the opponent who put you in that state. When you just start out in the game, there are pre-set classes which you are able to use but as you climb up the ranks, you can create your own classes with your own choice of weapons which help in making the classes more individual. Moving on, the only gripe I have with the multiplayer is the length. It will take most people about 50 hours of solid gameplay to reach the rank of commander. Once you have reached commander (level 55), you will probably find like me that the game gets slightly boring as there is nothing to unlock.

In conclusion, Call of Duty 4 should probably be owned by everyone who plays video games, let alone those who are fans of the genre. Congratulations to Activision and Infinity Ward who produced a cracking game which hardly disappoints. If you don't already own this game, then I strongly suggest you buy it soon.

I shall now rate the game

Gameplay: 9/10. Slightly repetitive at times but generally very good. Multiplayer can have you playing for hours at a time.
Graphics: 10/10. Stunning visuals. From the lighting to the character models, all are superb.
Sound: 9/10. This aspect does not disappoint. Excellent voice overs, atmosphere and music.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10. Although the single player is short, the multiplayer is what this game is all about. This game will probably take the average gamer roughly 60 hours to complete.

Overall, I give this game 9.5. This game is a real masterpiece.
If you liked this game, then I recommend other games in the genre such as Crysis, The Orange Box, Gears of War, Timeshift, Medal of Honour: Airborne, Rainbow six: Vegas and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, all of which I have played, completed and enjoyed immensely.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year 2009 Edition  (PS3)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year 2009 Edition (PS3)
Offered by GamePC
Price: £7.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty 4 Review, 31 Dec. 2007
I was shocked, amazed and relieved when I heard about a year ago that the Call of Duty franchise was in for an overhaul and was going to be set in present day. To be frank, I think that WW2 has been done to death in video games. However, like many others, I was a little apprehensive as to how well it would be pulled off. Thankfully there is no need to worry because Call of Duty 4 is probably the best Call of Duty game that has ever been made and arguably game of the year.

Like many other Call of Duty games, the story is told through the perspective of more than one soldier. Throughout the game, you play as Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish of the 22nd SAS regiment and Sergeant Paul Jackson of the American 1st Force Recon and another surprise character. Without giving too much away, the game is basically about a Russian ultranationalist called Imran Zakhaev who is set on returning his homeland to the times of the Soviet Union by revolting against the current government and seizing a nuclear weapons stockpile. The story is very good overall and fits together very nicely. There are 4 difficulty settings which are easy, regular, hardened and veteran and there is quite a spread between these. There are a few niggles to the single player and one is its length. I found myself completing it on hardened within 6 hours and for more experienced players than me this could go down to 4-5 hours. Another gripe is the repetitivity involved during the game. Most of the time, you find yourself killing wave after wave of enemies. In the end it all gets rather tedious.

When single player has been finished, you are in for a treat. The multiplayer in Call of Duty 4 is spot on and extremely addictive (while it lasts). The multiplayer is level and experience points based where you start as private (level 1) and finish as commander (level 55) (above general). As you progress through the ranks, you unlock more weapons and perks which then you are then permitted to use on the battlefield. The multiplayer also uses experience points which can be achieved by killing people, completing mission objectives (such as planting bombs or capturing the flag) or by completing challenges. By completing challenges for weapons you can unlock red dot sights, acog scopes and silencers etc. If you wondered what perks were, they are basically abilities. You can have up to three perks which for example could be extra ammo, or extra grenades, the ability to reload faster, the ability to drop a live grenade when you are killed etc... My personal favourite is called last stand. (much like the single player finale) It is where, when you get hit enough times by the enemy, (instead of dying) you drop to the floor with your pistol. You are then allowed about 15 seconds (providing you don't get shot again) of shooting with your pistol until you get killed. This can be very handy, especially at getting revenge on the opponent who put you in that state. When you just start out in the game, there are pre-set classes which you are able to use but as you climb up the ranks, you can create your own classes with your own choice of weapons which help in making the classes more individual. Moving on, the only gripe I have with the multiplayer is the length. It will take most people about 50 hours of solid gameplay to reach the rank of commander. Once you have reached commander (level 55), you will probably find the game gets slightly boring as there is nothing to unlock.

In conclusion, Call of Duty 4 should probably be owned by everyone who plays video games, let alone those who are fans of the genre. Congratulations to Activision and Infinity Ward who produced a cracking game which hardly disappoints. If you don't already own this game, then I strongly suggest you buy it soon.

I shall now rate the game

Gameplay: 9/10. Slightly repetitive at times but generally very good. Multiplayer can have you playing for hours at a time.
Graphics: 10/10. Stunning visuals. From the lighting to the character models, all are superb.
Sound: 9/10. This aspect does not disappoint. Excellent voice overs, atmosphere and music.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10. Although the single player is short, the multiplayer is what this game is all about. This game will probably take the average gamer roughly 60 hours to complete.

Overall, I give this game 9.5. This game is a real masterpiece.
If you liked this game, then I recommend other games in the genre such as Crysis, The Orange Box, Gears of War, Timeshift, Medal of Honour: Airborne, Rainbow six: Vegas and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, all of which I have played, completed and enjoyed immensely.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC DVD)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC DVD)
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £4.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call of Duty 4 Review, 30 Dec. 2007
I was shocked, amazed, and relieved when I heard about a year ago that the Call of Duty franchise was in for an overhaul and was going to be set in present day. To be frank, I think that WW2 has been done to death in video games. However, like many others, I was a little apprehensive as to how well it would be pulled off. Thankfully there is no need to worry because Call of Duty 4 is probably the best Call of Duty game that has ever been made and arguably game of the year.

Like many other Call of Duty games, the story is told through the perspective of more than one soldier. Throughout the game, you play as Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish of the 22nd SAS regiment and Sergeant Paul Jackson of the American 1st Force Recon and another surprise character. Without giving too much away, the game is basically about a Russian ultranationalist called Imran Zakhaev who is set on returning his homeland to the times of the Soviet Union by revolting against the current government and seizing a nuclear weapons stockpile. The story is very good overall and fits together very nicely. There are 4 difficulty settings which are easy, regular, hardened and veteran and there is quite a spread between these. There are a few niggles to the single player and one is its length. I found myself completing it on hardened within 6 hours and for more experienced players than me this could go down to 4-5 hours. Another gripe is the repetitivity involved during the game. Most of the time, you find yourself killing wave after wave of enemies. In the end it all gets rather tedious.

When single player has been finished, you are in for a treat. The multiplayer in Call of Duty 4 is spot on and extremely addictive (while it lasts). The multiplayer is level and experience points based where you start as private (level 1) and finish as commander (level 55) (above general). As you progress through the ranks, you unlock more weapons and perks which then you are then permitted to use on the battlefield. The multiplayer also uses experience points which can be achieved by killing people, completing mission objectives (such as planting bombs or capturing the flag) or by completing challenges. By completing challenges for weapons you can unlock red dot sights, acog scopes and silencers etc. If you wondered what perks were, they are basically abilities. You can have up to three perks which for example could be extra ammo, or extra grenades, the ability to reload faster, the ability to drop a live grenade when you are killed etc... My personal favourite is called last stand. (much like the single player finale) It is where, when you get hit enough times by the enemy, (instead of dying) you drop to the floor with your pistol. You are then allowed about 15 seconds (providing you don't get shot again) of shooting with your pistol until you get killed. This can be very handy, especially at getting revenge on the opponent who put you in that state. When you just start out in the game, there are pre-set classes which you are able to use but as you climb up the ranks, you can create your own classes with your own choice of weapons which help in making the classes more individual. Moving on, the only gripe I have with the multiplayer is the length. It will take most people about 50 hours of solid gameplay to reach the rank of commander. Once you have reached commander (level 55), you will probably find the game gets slightly boring as there is nothing to unlock.

Moving onto other matters, the game itself isn't much of a system hog providing you've got more than a 3.0ghz single processor, about a gigabyte of RAM and a graphics card with 256mb or more. You will want to play this game on full settings because of the brilliant visuals. If you don't meet minimum, then it's probably worth upgrading for the likes of this game and others like Crysis. If you have 2 gb RAM and an 8 series nvidia card, the game will look very nice indeed.

In conclusion, Call of Duty 4 should probably be owned by everyone who plays video games, let alone those who are fans of the genre. Congratulations to Activision and Infinity Ward who produced a cracking game which hardly disappoints. If you don't already own this game, then I strongly suggest you buy it soon.

I shall now rate the game

Gameplay: 9/10. Slightly repetitive at times but generally very good. Multiplayer can have you playing for hours at a time.
Graphics: 10/10. Stunning visuals. From the lighting to the character models, all are superb.
Sound: 9/10. This aspect does not disappoint. Excellent voice overs, atmosphere and music.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10. Although the single player is short, the multiplayer is what this game is all about. This game will probably take the average gamer roughly 60 hours to complete.

In all, this game is a real masterpiece.
If you liked this game, then I recommend other games in the genre such as Crysis, The Orange Box, Gears of War, Timeshift, Medal of Honour: Airborne, Rainbow six: Vegas and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, all of which I have played, completed and enjoyed immensely.


Sonic The Hedgehog (PS3)
Sonic The Hedgehog (PS3)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £24.99

29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not only have Sonic games not improved, they've actually got worse than previous incarnations., 12 April 2007
I bought this game hoping against hope that it would be good, that all the reviews I had read were wrong. This was a mistake, which I shall not be making again.

Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast was one of my favourite games, and still is. It was one of the games that really got me into gaming. I still play it every now and then; it really is that good.

When I first heard that there was going to be a proper Sonic game coming onto PS3 I was ecstatic - Since Sonic Adventure 2 there hadn't been a good Sonic game, and I needed a new fix of speedy goodness. This game was meant to provide it, with wonderful next-gen graphics.

This game has not provided it, for various reasons (although the graphics are very good indeed, this is probably the only really positive thing about this game).

1)It isn't very fast. For some reason, SEGA seem to have slowed Sonic down. It is so slow that I really thought at the start of the game that there would be some kind of upgrade coming along soonish to speed Sonic back up to his Dreamcast speed. None of the reviews I'd read had mentioned that Sonic was now relatively slow compared to previously, and I still haven't seen one that has brought this up. Well, I am. To be fair, that's not a major gripe, though it is vey annoying: I wanted next-gen speeds to go with the graphics (which are very good actually, but don't compensate for lack of oomph.)

2)The story is poor. it bears no relevance to previous titles in the series and is simply quite atrocious. Again, not a huge deal, but you'd have thought they'd have made an effort with theirfirst next-gen game. Sadly not.

3)The game is chock-full of glitches which are so glaringly obvious you'd have thought any idiot could have irooned them out. Not SEGA unfortunately. There really are some whoppers here. Sometimes, when you're going along, on foot or on a snowboard or however else, one (either after hitting something or not) stops dead still. To be going along (moderately) quickly, and then to suddenly stop, even if there's nothing that is visibly impeding one's progress, is very disconcerting and actually makes you think about just how little effort has been put into making this game. Other notable glitches include a character, for no reason, moving up a slope that they're supposed to be going down, and then it being impossible to turn them around again, hitting against a wall and falling into the scenery, losing a life (it's quite difficult anyway without the added handicap of being swallowed up without a trace for no reason at all)

5)The camera is godawful. This has been a problem in 3D Sonic games since the Dreamcast in 1999. That's eight years! And now the camera is even worse, somehow. It gets stuck very easily and generally conspires against you to make you fall into holes that are impossible to see until you are in them, etc. Not good.

6) To compensate for the general slowness of Sonci in the game, SEGA have put in special "Speed Stages" (I'm not joking, that's what they call them. The whole damn game should be a bloody speed stage. Sounds like "free speech zone", it's ridiculous). In these "Speed Stages", you can't stop or go faster or slower, do any of the moves you can normally do, and the sad irony is that it's not even that "Speed"-y. No more that you'd be expecting for the game as a whole.

7)Gameplay is generally OK, but not as good as in previous incarnations - obviously the whole thing's vastly slower (in previous games, other characters were almost as fast as Sonic himself, in this, Sonic's not fast and the rest are just slow). They kept the horrible vehicles form Shadow the Hedgehog, which are just unnecessary and really aren't fun to drive at all, and to add insult to injury Shadow now moves with a horrid waddling motion which is irritating to look at and, as mentioned above, isn't fast.

Tails has a little girl's voice - I don't know if it's the same in the Japanese voices, but the English one is the wrong gender and age. It sounds stupid. (Also, there's no lip-synching. This is supposed t be NEXT-GEN,the least they could do is taking the effort to lip-synch it for the English release. Anyway, Tails controls badly, can no longer hover and has lost the ability to do a normal attack as previously. What this has been replaced with is frankly a joke and I cn't quite bring myself to discuss it here. Rest assured, it's awful. All the other characters have their good points, but most are flawed in irritating ways that taint the gamelay. Some bits are so glitchy as to be virtually unplayable, for example, thre is a snowboarding section that is actually beyond my power to describe it, it really is that abysmal.

8) This may just be my copy, but pre-rendered cut-scenes judder and have slow-down (somehow) if anything is happening much. It sucks, but I'm guessinhg this may just be mine as I've seen it running fine elsewhere. Whatever, it's annoying.

9) Some bits just aren't well thought out at all. For example, loading screens are very numerous and often the game will, when one has decided to do a challenge within the game world, the game will spend twnety seconds loading, then maybe a line or two is said, then it loads for twenty seconds again. I knew about this before I got it, so it didn't get me annoyed to start with, but now, it gets me seething whenever it happens. They should have thought it through better.

10) Often, much of a level will simply consist of pressing forward on the analogue stick and not actually interacting very much. the majority of the game is either on a fixed, narrow track or on a rail, and in many areas, it's possible to just sit back and watch the game play itself, which actually isn't that fun.

To sum up, this game, while having some good points, fails in most categories to delier, and disappoints far more than it enthrals. To those new to SOnic, I'd say, if you're interested, get Sonic Adventure or Sonic Adventure 2 and a Dreamcast. This is not only cheaper, but you will be playing a much better game. To fans of the series, sorry guys, this is another stinker, I'd advise you not to buy it. This is dross, SEGA needs a kick up the backside for expecting us to go out and buy this crap.

To be honest, this game probably deserves 2 stars overall, but it isn't just any new game, it's a Sonic game by one of the best developers on the planet, and they've spewed out THIS. So it only gets 1 star.


Halo (Xbox)
Halo (Xbox)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £19.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo- even now, after 5 years, a great game., 2 April 2007
This review is from: Halo (Xbox) (Video Game)
I am sure that you do not need me to go over why this is such a good game.

However, i shall have a go. i will be brief.

Halo is without a doubt one of the best games (top 5) i have ever played. For instance, even now, after getting the ps3 and completing resistance fall of man, I still think that halo is by no means outdated.

O, how i love playing through the levels on legendary in co-op mode, and the sensation you get when you see two hunters at the end of the corridor.

I love the frantic driving at the end of the maw and the satisfction you get when completing it with one second left of the clock. Also, when playing on the level halo, when you are faced with multiple dropships. Halo has provided me with some of my greatist gaming memories and i urge you, if you have not already, buy this game. You will not regret it.

In conclusion, i will give it a score.

Graphics: 9.5. Great visuals. getting slightly basic now, but some of the corridors set in the alien ships look outstanding.

Sound: 10. wow. This soundtrack has to be one of best in any game. ( nearly as good as deus ex and mgs.)

Gameplay: 10. In a word, fabulous. From driving frantically to shooting the crap out of everything that's not human. It is incredible

Lipespan: 9. This game will last you a fairly long time. 12 hours campaign, another for co-op, and some slayer, team slayer etc...

Unfortunately, there was no online play though.

In conclusion, i give the game 9.8 out of 10.


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