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PES 2015 - Day One Edition (PS4)
PES 2015 - Day One Edition (PS4)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £29.50

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Game Breaking AI, Almost Unplayable on Superstar, 29 Nov. 2014
Game breaking AI ruins this game. Best gameplay in pes for years if you manage to get three passes together before the AI cuts you off with lightning reflexes. AI plays fast and fluid, your team at full power passing cant anywhere near replicate it. After the best pes experience in years with the demo, i dont know why they changed it to have the AI cheat you so obviously and ruin the experience playing the game. The game excels when you play against humans if you can find a game online that isnt laggy or you cycle for 10 minutes looking for an opponent. The AI though is the worst ive ever known in a pes game, Played every game since PES 3 and this is the only PES of those that i have found the AI to be so infurianting that its made me despise the game for it. I found ai tough in PES 5 but it was fair, this AI is not fair, its so biased, one sided and boring. I win games against the AI, usually through getting lucky with double xs, scoring from outside the box as im getting tackled and getting lucky, or on the 1% occasion when its actually what i intended to do and its a nice goal. What makes the AI even worse is that on the second highest difficulty its noticeable that your passing improves and the AI doesn't have as much of a lightning reflex and its a relatively fairer challenge, but it feels more like the difficulty rise restricts your teams passing and fluidity as much as it improves the Ais performance. I find the second difficulty (Top Player) too easy though but the top level (Superstar) i find not difficult as such, just a bit of a joke and not a realistic view of football or in any way fun, i can honestly say been 1-0 up in a game vs Bayern that i passed the ball just outside my own box for 40 minutes so i wouldn't concede, and what made it worse was that it was incredibly easy to do that and the fact that in the history of PESs ive played its the only time ive thought of doing it. Other gripes are

- around 90% of the tackles you win end up with the AI keeping the ball with another player, or when you tackle the player and he falls down, his prone body obstructs your player and the opponent gets up and gets the ball. Joke
- Many fouls by the AI are not awarded
- Similar human fouls are always awarded and 99.9% result in a yellow card
- Passing is ok over medium range, horrendous accuracy issues for short passes tho and long passes on all support settings is very inconsistent. The demos passing was a whole lot better and more balanced between AI and human user (i play pass support 1, as its prevents passes going straight to the AI more often)
- Turn speed of players once they receive the ball is way too slow and AI jumps on you like a olympic sprinter vs amateur goalkeeper
- The fleeting moments of good play are spoilt by ridiculous catch up bugs and having to always go backwards to go forwards again, a tad realistic but it happens 100% in the game, its not like that in real life, and it doesnt work that way for the AI when they attack, i cant get anywhere near them sometimes

Horrendous AI, borderline joke it got released like this. I'm not giving up on PES though its brought some good times in the past, even on the PS3s earlier offerings which were littered with mistakes, but the majority of the good times were the PS2 days, a lifetime ago. Maybe my generation of pes players doesn't accept the AI in this game as much as some because its clear a lot of people really like this game, i wonder if they play Master League on Superstar as much as me though. Im hoping Konami take feedback from this game and improve a couple of things for next years version and reduce the AIs massive superiority aspect, if they did im sure id love it. A massive own goal. Id honestly play the demo over and over if i hadnt deleted it when i got the full game.
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The Division Bell [Discovery Edition]
The Division Bell [Discovery Edition]
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 16 Nov. 2014
On first listen to this album around ten years ago, i took this album for granted along with dark side of the moon in my discovery of Pink Floyd, tunes like Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here and Atom Heart Mother are great stand out tracks from other albums but this album as a whole is an amazing collection of songs and as time goes on, i cherish it more and more. I am not a huge fan of The Wall although it has exceptional tracks on it, and Momentary Lapse of Reason does nothing for me really. I still regard the best track on the album as Poles Apart, and its easily one of my favourite Floyd tracks, the euphoric rise at the end is very uplifting. If i were to rate floyd albums, it'd be a toss up between Meddle, DSOTM, and The Division Bell at the top, but the fact this album for me competes with the other two is a great achievement for an album many overlooked and disregarded when it came out


You're Living All Over Me [VINYL]
You're Living All Over Me [VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Dinosaur Jr!!!, 11 Nov. 2014
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In my opinion this is Dinosaur Jr at their best, I rate Freak Scene as my favourite song but i think this is a more complete album than Bug. Sludgefest, Raisans, Tarpit and In a Jar are exceptional tunes and Little Furry Things is a great opener. No excessive guitar solos, the songs are of great tempo and dont sound anywhere near as depressing as some of the songs on Green MInd, i rate Green Mind as a good album but i feel it gives of a negative vibe that i cant really explain. This album though to me gives of a positive vibe, and i think a lot of that is due to the tempo. If you haven't heard it i am envious of you for what you will feel on when you play it for the first time. Class Album, a must have for any music fan.


Psyence Fiction
Psyence Fiction
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £5.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliiant Ball Busting Album!!!, 11 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Psyence Fiction (Audio CD)
Got this album in 2004 having heard the Be There single with Ian Brown who i was a huge fan of. On first listen i realised i had never heard anything like it before, The Orb been as close as a comparison as i could think of. The album doesn't let the listener relax, it has a strange pull to it that is very gratifying and just lets you listen to the music and enjoy whatever else your doing. It gets played on rare occasions now as to not wear out the great memories and images the tracks invoke to me of the years when this cd was a regular on my cd player. I found it weird on my very first listen as a naive student 10 years ago, i now listen to it and wonder how some people my age now have never heard of U.N.K.L.E, Dj Shadow or James Lavelle, their loss as far as i can see. Standout tracks for me are Bloodstain, Lonely Soul, The Knock (Drums of Death Pt 2), Unreal (Instrumental of Be There) and Rabbit In Your Headlights but all tracks contribute to the album immensely and disagree with some that say some tracks are filler, the album as an album is grand as it is, and wouldnt benefit much if some tracks were removed. This album led me to Entroducing by DJ Shadow which is a masterpiece aswell and maybe slightly better in some instances. If in any doubt about buying this album all i can say as is that you should give it a few listens first and dont judge it on first listen, some may find it great first listen and some may feel indifferent but im sure after 3-4 listens you will come to cherish the album and its musical journey.


Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One
Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One
by Sid Watkins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 29 Jun. 2014
Great, interesting and moving read of a forgone time. Useful for folk interested in how safety evolved in f1 and the impact of sid watkins. Obviously at times its quite a sad read as well.


Watch Dogs (PS4)
Watch Dogs (PS4)
Price: £14.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very very average, not fun, buy Wolfenstein, 18 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Watch Dogs (PS4) (Video Game)
I looked forward to this game for a while, then after the delay i was even more excited as i assumed the game that was released would be pretty near 5 stars. However when the rumours about graphics came out i felt a tad cheated but however believe gameplay is fundamental and still held hope the hacking and the overall game would be worth over 45 quid.

It most certainly is not worth it, i havent played it on PS3 but i cant imagine it would be very different to the one i got for PS4.
The graphics are marginally better in rare instances than those a PS3 could produce but thats not worth it for what supposedly was the PS4's flagship game. Assassins Creed 4 released months earlier and released on time has substantially better graphics and to date is in my opinion the only game close to distinguishing PS3 from PS4 in terms of graphical quality.

Now to the nitty gritty of Watch Dogs
Despite my disappointment with the graphics, its not enough reason to give a game 2 stars, i mean the graphics are good, just not PS4 good. The main problem with the game for me is that the fun factor and novelty wear off extremely quickly and it is very repetitive. You get, constant reminders that there are crimes near by, crimes been the equivalent of watching some dude threaten another dude and you precede to either kill criminal dude or confront, chase and incapacite criminal dude. I dont consider this to be a major spoiler as i assume most like me will get fed up of these after 8 or 9 occurences. The crimes do get a teeny teeny bit more varied as you progress however. Initial missions guide you through your various skills and eventually get you into a vehicle, wear another problem begins, Watchdogs Roads are built using some sort of self cooling ice as the cars just have no grip at all, which is extremely annoying as you find yourself careering into innocent pedestrians sometimes, killing them and lowering your reputation unintentionally, maybe im a poor driver in this game but i know im not the only one who feels this way. However there is a way out and that is to ride motorbikes most of the time, a very effective way of evading police, but with a high ratio of cars to bikes this option is limited. The hacking used for main missions is interesting for maybe the first few missions after that nothing really changes although in rare instances these hacks provide a tiny bit of fun, not much though and in all honesty there are very few devices you can choose to hack and it comes of as a pretty cheap gimmick if its supposed to be the main difference from other sandboxes, but its a nice inclusion all the same. The hacking and intrusion of people may as well not be there, there is never really any gain to it whatsoever.
There is very little stealth in this game, you get/buy a silenced pistol at some point which is useful in situations enemies cant see you, but most of the time you are practically forced to gun down multitudes of enemies with no option for stealth as you cant crouch only cover behind walls. You can use your silenced pistol in these situations but its very difficult and seems its not the way the game was intended.
You cannot however shoot from your veichle, but the police can. WTF. i dont know if watchdogs thought theyd be smart to remove it as it would make it more challenging, but all it does is remove a way to complete objectives or stall police cars, blantantly intended so you use hacking whilst driving to activate bollards or pipes to catch out the police who HAVE to be behind you when you do this, sounds fun but its not so much if you do it five times each time there is a chase. Ridiculous exclusion.
The story deserves to be slated as its the worst ive ever seen in a video game, its implemented terribly, you feel no love for the monotone macho hypocrite main character who is like a cross between a poor mans solid snake and the protagonist from gta 3. In some places you feel like not playing just because of him. The support cast is bog standard fare, but i wont say any more on the story as it really is shambolic. You get mini missions which are the rare bit of fun in the game, but it does wear of after a while, the gang hideouts and the criminal convoy mini missions reflect where the small stealth options and lack of in car shooting become more apparent. when you start these missions, the main character spouts of some spiel about saving the innocent or explaining what the bad guys are doing and how he's gonna waste them, but there is no information given to you about how he gets his information (its assumed its by the almighty smartphone), no cutscenes to show some badass being a badass to intice you to go on and partake in his assassination. There is nothing to immerse you in the game

Ive said enough, i dont like slating games as i know its a hard process to make one and its someones pride and joy but we are now 8 months into next gen and i have played 1 maybe 2 games that qualify for been next gen, assassins creed 4 and wolfenstein. (ive heard infamous is good too but i havent played it). I wont praise those games as thats not what this review is about but Watchdogs has significantly worse graphics than ac4 and is about 20 times less fun or as immersive as Wolfenstein, although granted it is a FPS, but the argument stands, they're both games. Its the lack of diversity and fun that i was disappointed with the most in watchdogs, i don't desperately care about graphics its just you expect better in this current time.

I apologise if my views disagree with those that like the game or love the game, we all have different opinions. However i think its fair to say that the general consensus is to say that this game was overhyped massively so it was never going to reach those expectation. However to fall so far short of those expectations is unacceptable after a delay and thats why its only 2 stars.
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Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns Of The Patriots Platinum (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns Of The Patriots Platinum (PS3)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 6 Jan. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game came out in 2008, ive completed it recently once again after not playing it for over 2 years.

It still astounds me. It's simply amazing, its ahead of its class now and its 4 years old. When i compare it to the most recent COD, then it makes it seem like im comparing Man City to Yeovil Town (No offence at all to Yeovil).

The game is beautiful from the get go, it has no bugs, its difficult and challenging, extreme stealth is required to get past the toughest difficulty level without been seen and after all your trials getting through a section, you can sit back and watch a fairly long cutscene, which if you immerse yourself in the metal gear world and play stealthy you will enjoy.

I seriously can't understand any review under 4 stars for this game. And the 4 stars are only acceptable to me because i can understand that people will be put off by the length of the cutscenes, but you can skip them anyway.

I can remember when i got this in 2008 and i found it really tough, didnt really get the hang of it until the fourth act but it really does astound me still replaying Act 4. Its by far and a way one of the greatest gaming experiences ever and in my opinion the best boss battle of the game comes in Act 4. Its a work of art.

On the cutscenes, if they were joined together with movies of the gameplay you control yourself, it would be an incredible movie. This part i like about the game, the storytelling is out of this world, and ive not seen anything else like it, and we're 3 and a half years on. Metal Gear lives on.

Id advise checking vids or wikis before getting it. Its not a shoot em up. It can be but you wont enjoy it as much if you shoot everybody and at the end of the game shooting really does make it harder for you

Cant wait for the upcoming HD revamps and then Rising. Kudos to you Kojima, top dog with this game, it really is sensational. If you havent got this game, and you like a challenge, get it.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £8.38

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In this day and age, an utterly disgraceful effort, 10 Nov. 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I have played every COD since COD3 on PS2, and i dare say i had more fun with it than i have on a next-gen supposed behemoth like MW3. To a newcomer i will say it is a good game and it will keep you going for a few days, but thats it. It is no better than MW2 and plays worse than COD4MW. Yes it is different to those games as it has different maps but it seems that is all Activision have done over 3 years is make new maps and shaft unsuspecting gamers and loyal fans who hoped for the definitive follow up to COD 4 which is obviously now never going to happen under a COD name.

This review may seem harsh to those who have only this game as a basis for the COD series, it would definitely get 3 or possibly 4 stars if this was made by someone else. To see Killzone3 and Battlefield play better than this is a sad day when i think that they are probably not getting their monies worth because loyal and optimistic cod fans will stick with this clone of a 4 year old game until they are as sick of it as i am.

This review will hopefully push folk to the Battlefields and Killzones of the gaming world, or hell even back to COD4 as it IS better than this game, and other games deserve playing after this pathetic attempt of covering up MW2 in different wrapping paper. Activision remind me of the annoying kid in school who always asked in the mornings for a copy of the homework and would be the one who'd get the most marks in the class.

If you like it and have fun then thats great, you have more patience than me but a word of warning to all COD4 fans who want a similar and better experience. DONT BUY THIS GAME.

The same goes to COD4 fans that played MW2, stick with MW2. There is really no difference between it and MW3

General Gameplay 6/10 (Same as COd4 and MW, tried and tested but now pretty old)
Graphics 2/10 (Although this hasnt affected my review, how the graphics can be so bland is fairly criminal)
Presentation 1/10 (No effort put into this whatsoever, it reminds me more of COD4 than the gameplay does)
Variety/Fun 4/10 (The worst part of this game is, there is nothing groundbreakingly new to engage the user but if your new to the series then you will have some fun with this games campaign)
Campaign 3/10 (I quite liked the story of the campaign and was nice to play in familiar places but the action was so predictable and repetitive that it spoiled it for me)

Overall 2/10 (A mind-bogginly lazy effort from Activision who must be laughing to the bank. I'm glad gamers have finally cottoned on to their lack of care for their customers. Hopefully it will stop 99% of pre-orders for next years game, and i desperately hope their sales take a hit next year too but i really cant see it, as all they will do is pile their money into marketing the game rather than caring how good it is and the fans will turn a blind eye to their frustrations this week and fork over their hard earned once more

You should be ashamed Activision
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Connected
Connected
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 4 May 2009
This review is from: Connected (Audio CD)
Awesome album and totally underrated. Almost any music lover will recognise the album title track but its the rest of the album that earns it legendary status in my opinion. Creation is one of my alltime favourite tracks and id say that Step It Up, Ground Level and The End are some of the best british beats of the time, songs that enter easily into the listeners mind. On the first listen of the album i had to check to see if the track had changed a few times as the flow of the album is second to none, each track glides into the next. The albums awesome but not for everybody, but im only saying that because i know some people dont like the album. If you are going to listen to Stereo MCs though, listen to this album first, not Deep Down n dirty which in my opinion is a bit of a darker album.


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