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Driven To Destruction (PS2)
Driven To Destruction (PS2)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Destruction Derby's Crown By Storm, 22 Oct. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I bought this game out of curiosity and was genuinely surprised as it surpassed my expectations and then went way beyond.
Very similar to the Destruction Derby series, this game takes the basic premise and puts many different spins on it. You can upgrade, overhaul, buy and sell all different cars as you race around different event nights trying to become #1 in the league.
There are many different types of races during a night. They range from a normal race, to smashing up your car as much as possible, to a smash up game of red rover, to driving around in a hearse or school bus trying to survive everyone else trying to ram you off the course. The AI is intelligent and make mistakes as well as pull off some excellent moves. The whole thing doesn't feel fast but it doesn't need to when you've got 15 car pile ups in mid air collisions going on around you.
One of the most innovate features is that you have a race to the actual venue itself which I quite enjoyed.
Overall, this is my favourite smasher racer on the PS2 and is great in multiplayer split screen modes too. Highly recommended - an uncovered gem!


Rayman: Raving Rabbids (PS2)
Rayman: Raving Rabbids (PS2)
Offered by Musicland Ltd
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hyperactive Rabbits?! Woo!, 22 Oct. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've never been a fan of Rayman games however I do love party/mini games. There's not too many of them on the PS2 but Rayman Raving Rabbits is a very welcome addition.
Many of the mini games fall into several categories. You have your dancing games (rhythm action), racing games (riding bulls), reaction time or precision games (slap the rabbits quick) and button mashing games. In the single player game you have four small games to complete and beat set objectives. Beat three of them to open the final game of the round that's more often than not a third person shooting level where you shoot toilet plungers at the screaming hyper rabbits.
It's all very hyperactive and manic yet it never becomes too much. The games have a gentle learning curve to start with and then suddenly go mad so you need to be good to stand out. The humour that's been put into the game is present throughout and makes this game a beauty to play with other friends. Just make sure you're coordinated before you begin!


The Stepford Wives [DVD] [2004]
The Stepford Wives [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.11

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film to divide, 18 Oct. 2007
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It's strange how this film divides people into a love or hate relationship with this movie. I have to say I'm one of the few in the middle veering more to the love side of things.

This may be due to the fact I have not seen the original or read the book. I took this film at its face value. It's look at today's society is actually quite darkly humorous and I think the premise itself is probably more important now than it was 30 years ago. Look at the celebrities today and then the wives in this film - hardly a difference!

Nicole Kidman is funny and interesting to watch especially when she's not glammed up and Bette Midler steals the show for me with her outbursts and general prancing around. Glenn Close also stands out for me with her tragic character.

I suppose a lot of people don't like films 2000-Hollywoodized where everything is just that bit lighter but for me its all about the hidden depth. Yes the film could have been darker and eerier and really gotten into facet of Stepford but it does just fine as it is - light humour, light satire and a good film to watch.


Future Future Future Perfect
Future Future Future Perfect
Price: £18.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Music is Certainly Not A Crime When its This Good, 17 Oct. 2007
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Freezepop is ones of those bands that one you've uncovered them you forget you've never had them in your life. Back with their latest album its a case of more of the same from the trio and that's fine with me.
"Less Talk More Rokk" was used in the PS2 game Guitar Hero II and as the opener sets the tone for what your getting with this album and if your new to the band - the song is a very good example of their digital soundscapes.

Freezepop always remind me old computer games being sung over but the melodies are always catchy, with elements of fun and silly humour in the lyrics.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference with this album is that it is slower paced. It's by no means sedate but there's no maddening songs on this album, its all very much under control and a bit safer and thus maybe will appear to a larger audience.

However if you like digital effects, silly dance/techno/house music with random lyrics you'll fit right in here and will enjoy each and every track.


Deep River
Deep River
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £172.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Devine Pop Music, 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Deep River (Audio CD)
Utada Hikaru is a huge sensation in Japan - selling millions and smashing chart records often. "Deep River" is the third album of hers and its probably the most diverse of all the ones she's done so far.

"Sakura Drops" opens with a strikingly original pop song that always leaves me feeling cold and that's completely counteracted by "Travelling" which has now became my favourite dance song of all time - its just simply 100% hooked and completely sing-along friendly even though its in Japanese! Add the mix the heartbreaking "Deep River" and "Final Distance" (the latter being a reworking of "Distance" - the title track from her second album), the Latin influenced "Letters" and the grungy "Uso Mitaina I love You" and you have a complete tour de force.

Of course I must mention "Hikari", the theme song for PS2 game Kingdom Hearts is on here too and the other tracks not mentioned are world class too. There's not one weak track for me and that's a rarity.

If you ever feel tempted to buy an overseas album it must be this one. 6 stars from me!


Hikari
Hikari
Offered by J-POP Mart
Price: £17.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Hearts Vocal Theme Tune's Single, 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Hikari (Audio CD)
This is the Japanese (original) version of "Simple And Clean" also sung but the versatile Utada Hikaru with a slightly different chorus vocal. The four track single includes the original song found on her Deep River album which shows up-tempo AAA J-Pop at its best long with the PLANitB Remix which also features in the Opening sequence of the PS2 game Kingdom Hearts. Here is the full 6 minute version - much much better than the two minute one.

Also we have the "Godson" remix which turns the song into a summer holiday song. A light breeze alternative but in my view not as strong as the other remix. You also have the karaoke version of "Hikari" too.

I've given it 5 stars because the songs are fantastic but if you already own Kingdom Hearts' soundtrack and Deep River - you'll be getting just the third remix that's new. Apart from that, buy buy, buy!


White Chalk
White Chalk
Price: £5.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Awkard but Rewarding, 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: White Chalk (Audio CD)
PJ Harvey's latest album strips everything away from what you previously new of her earlier music (loud guitars, three chord anthems) and gives you something completely the opposite.
"White Chalks" main instrument is the piano, a new instrument for PJ to really tackle head on and the result is that the riffs are basic, slightly clumsy but then once you've added the ramshackle percussion (when there is some), the sometimes jarringly off-tune wails and screams and a general low ebb ambience it somehow all fits together quite nicely!

"Grow Grow Grow" and "Mountain" are true examples of this. Both very minimal and almost basic songs but because its slightly askewed together it brings itself an otherworldly feel.

The albums short at 34 minutes but then it has so much replay factor to it as its an album you may need to listen to a few times before it settles with you but give it time and PJ Harvey's ethereal darkness will haunt you for many a night.


You Follow Me
You Follow Me
Price: £8.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nina Gets Beaty!, 4 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: You Follow Me (Audio CD)
Nina's music is always stripped down and bareboned. Here its just her whimsical voice, her minimal guitar playing and Jim White bringing drums to the mix. I have to say bringing in drums on every track works and I think this is Nina's most up-tempo album to date.

Don't misunderstand though, this is still a dark and sullen album. "I've Been Out Walking" is bitterly sore and desperate, as is "I Write Down Lists" with its random drum freakout solos while Nina whails. "The Day I Bury You" grows and grows to a minimal climax which I know sounds like a paradox but when you've only two instruments its as much of a manic climax as you can get.

Does the concept get in the way of the music? I dont think so - but then I'm used to Nina's bare boned ways. I'd recommend starting elsewhere if its your first record of hers (The Blackened Air) but this is still an excellent record.


TrackMania United (PC DVD)
TrackMania United (PC DVD)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most addictive game I've played on the PC in years!, 4 Oct. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Remember Micro Machines? Well if that series had a big brother this would definitely be it! TrackMania United is without doubt one of the most addictive "just-one-more-go" game I've ever played on the PC. However this game is primarily an online game so if you cant play online you'll be quite limited in what you can do.

The premise is simple. You have 7 types of vehicles which handle differently and 7 different types of environments you can race on. The tracks themselves are a mix between short technical twisty circuits and fast breakneck speed stunt tracks including loops, jumps, rolls, bounces, reversing down holes - the range of what you can do is limited to only your imagination.

Why your imagination?

Well its because you are given an easy to use track editor to make your own! If time trials aren't what your after you can literally lose hours at a time building new tracks for you to test out. If your happy with your creation you can pop it online for everyone to use for free or you can make people pay for them with the games currency of "coppers" which you can pick up for setting good times on tracks or just simply being an active player.

It's online when the game really comes alive. Dedicated servers run with their own tracks that people have hand selected to play. You can choose servers based on how highly ranked you are compared to other players so you can suss out if you're going to come last all the time or not by this and pick accordingly. Online racing mainly consists of being given say 5 minutes to set your best time on a track and when there's 50 people all battling away it becomes hectic and manic. The track files are so small you don't need to pre-download them and I have never experienced slow down despite having a 4 year old PC. There's an online ranking system that gives you a rank for everything you do which is always fun and the community is a very good one to be let loose in to chat etc too.

Rarely have I found a game I've become so addicted too where coming 40th out of 50 has been so much fun! I cannot recommend it enough. Buy buy buy!


Dance Factory (PS2)
Dance Factory (PS2)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Big A Game As Your CD Collection, 4 Oct. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Dance Factory (PS2) (Video Game)
The whole reason I bought this game is because unlike other dance games, it will tailor make dance routines to your own CDs. I've tried out many of my CD's (not necessarily dance ones, I've tried rock, pop and classical!) and I have to say its quite impressive. It usually finds the songs beat and rhythm and makes up some good routines. It also makes them on various difficulty levels too and you can play a whole album on it. There's even a little mini game to play while it creates it all for you. I have noticed there is a specific pattern that all songs follow but its never too predictable and it does provide a real challenge on the hard modes.

Apart from that there's nothing else to the game. 5 licensed tracks is a bit stingy but then this game is only as big and enjoyable as your CD collection so if you have loads and love dance games I really recommend it. If your CD poor - go for the DDR series.


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