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S. Taylor "Sam@ipodclassic" (Derbyshire)

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2.0 out of 5 stars If you loved F1 2013, don't waste your money by buying F1 2014, 17 Oct. 2014
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I've purchased all of the F1 games on ps3 since they first came out in 2010, so have good experience of how they have evolved and improved over the years.

And this, all things accounted for, is certainly, no doubt whatsoever, their worst offering. You're left with the very strong suspicion that they have knowingly released a mediocre product so they can concentrate on the next gen F1 2015.

Essentially, this is just a slightly tweaked version of F1 2013, with 5 general changes ...

1. Updated track list.
2. updated cars
3. updated (and now much, much worse) handling
4. no more classic content
5. tweaked the look of, but not the layout of, the menus


The biggest problem with this game is the handling/car feel. (NB, i use a controller, not a wheel).

In F1 2013, you were immediately impressed with the improvements over the 2012 version ... for the first time, there was a real sensation of front grip and understeer/oversteer, and with braking and acceleration, you had to be very progressive with the inputs, which made it tough to master, rewarding, and above all, fun.

... in this game, they have gone 10 steps backwards. They've stripped all of those impressive, nuanced details that made the game fun and difficult, catering for both occasional novices and more frequent hardcore players. In it's place, you have handling that is much more basic, and far, far too easy. (i don't understand why they didn't keep it more difficult ... isn't that what the driver aids are for?)

I always play with no aids and now its almost impossible to lock a wheel under braking or spin the tyres whilst applying the throttle. You can now nail the throttle in any corner, even on old tyres and there will be no wheel spin whatsoever. Several times i found myself checking that the driver aids were really turned off, it's that easy now! It's very difficult to fathom what on earth they were thinking when they made these changes. Because in no way, shape or form, is it an improvement over f1 2013, it's so much worse.

To summarise (and there isn't much to summarise!), this would probably be a very well received game ( a solid 3/4 stars) if its predecessors didn't exist, but they do, and so this game totally sucks, because the previous version is so much better than this latest offering. Those 5 changes i listed really are all that's different, it's a complete waste of money!

If you loved f1 2013, for goodness sake don't waste your money!

And codemasters, shame on you. It's very, very obvious that you have put minimal effort into this game and have focused on the next gen 2015 version, but have still charged full price for it. Please regain some dignity, and start work on a far reaching patch!
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The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic West
Price: £44.09

5.0 out of 5 stars The Wire, 18 Jun. 2013
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In light of the already excellently written reviews of this product on amazon, there's not much more for me to say. Essentially, whilst i've enjoyed many of the great t.v. shows that are out there, The Wire is just untouchable, it's in a league of it's own.

I envy all those people out there who have yet to watch it, because they're in for a such a great experience ...

... 'believe the hype, this is a masterpiece'.

Withnail And I [1986] [DVD]
Withnail And I [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard E. Grant
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'we are not drunks, we are multi-millionaires', 29 May 2011
This review is from: Withnail And I [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
absolutely brilliant film, a real cult classic made on a shoestring budget. pretty much every line of the film makes a great quote. great acting especially by grant. hilarious throughout with a sad and thought provoking ending

The Who - At Kilburn 1977 + Live at the Coliseum [DVD] [NTSC]
The Who - At Kilburn 1977 + Live at the Coliseum [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Who
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1977 compared to 1970 ?? - a million miles apart, 5 Feb. 2009
I must first mention that i am a massive fan of The Who, and if im gonna give a slightly critical review, i must explain why.

This isnt an all that bad performance by general standards, but just compare this to live at leeds or the isle of wight, and theres a huge difference. There doesnt seem to be any passion in this performance. note than on dreaming from the waist, pete almost has to prompt entwistle to go off into that little solo of his. Roger Daltrey forgets his words and pete has a rant at the audience as well, even asking why the cameramen bother filming.

My biggest dissappointment was Moonie, the best rock drummer ever, but once again, absolutely nothing compared to his early years. He's gasping as he hits the drums, his years of drinking clearly taking its toll. Those incredible tom fills are sparse and he plays more like a regular drummer with a backbeat. But his drumming was integeral to The Who's sound and without that, it just doesnt sound right, you have listened to the original and live performances and so Who fans cant help but expect it, which is why i was so dissappointed.

Once again ill say i am a genuine fan of The Who, but this just doesnt cut the mustard. It is obvious that at this point they are not touring very much. If only they had played like they did in the early 70's, the best rock and roll band ever.

Who's Next
Who's Next
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best album from the best rock band, 22 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Who's Next (Audio CD)
This must be one of the best albums of all time, without question. The best thing about the album is the mix of amazing songwriting combined with incredible instrument playing, particularly entwistle and moon. Those basslines are incredible, particularly in wont get fooled again. Moonie is nothing short of a genius, just listen closely to wont get fooled again as he will drum between the vocals, as he does on behind blue eyes.

This is an album with no weak songs whatsoever, being a mix of the best songs from lifehouse. baba o riley, behind blue eyes and wont get fooled again are justifiably a trio of the who's most famous songs. Yet the album extends beyond this and maintains an incredibly high standard throughout.
In my opinion this is the finest rock album of all time, capturing a band when they were at their true best. How can it be anything other than 5 stars, even if u are not a fan of this band?!

The Who By Numbers
The Who By Numbers
Price: £5.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still brilliant, 13 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Who By Numbers (Audio CD)
held back over buying this who album, even though im a really big fan, because it was not as recognised as the others.
However, far from dissappointed. Exceptionally good. A refreshing new slant by Pete Townshend and The Who, even though the stuff before was amazing.

Very impressed and i would reccomend to anyone who likes The Who, a definite 5 stars.

Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II
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Price: £7.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A last !! A band that can compete with The Who, 12 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Led Zeppelin II (Audio CD)
I found this album in my dad's collection and decided to whack it on my ipod. I'd heard good things about them from other people at school and they weren't lying.
The band are awesome. Great vocals and really good guitar. I love the bass and i think John Bonham is a brilliant drummer (Listen to Moby Dick & Stairway to Heaven). Personally i think Keith Moon is better.
There are loads of great tracks on this album. Everyone will recognise whole lotta love from a certain tv programme!! There's also 'What is and what should never be', Moby Dick, Heartbreaker ..... there isnt really a weak song.
A great album, but nothing compares to The Who. Defo 5/5. It would be in my top ten


1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album !!, 7 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Tommy (Audio CD)
I must point out one thing first. This is not really the sort of album that you can dip into at random points and rock along too. To truly enjoy it you must follow the rock opera theme.
Once you do this the album starts to make sense and becomes really a great one at that. There are so many good songs on here that it's up there with 'Who's Next' and 'Quadrophenia'.
Obviously there's everybody's favourite, 'Pinball Wizard', but, there are so many others that the people who gave this 1 star have overlooked. There's 'Amazing Journey' with Moon's incredible drumming, 'Eyesight to the Blind', 'I'm Free' (Brilliant bass by Entwistle), 'The Acid Queen', 'Sally Simpson' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It'.

It does take some time to appreciate this album but persevere and you will not regret it. Genius from Townshend, a definite 5 stars !!

Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia - masterpiece, 27 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
It's hard to believe that this album manages to maintain the standard set by Who's next which is very possibly the greatest rock n' roll album of all time. The album features some of the Who's best songs including The Real Me, 5.15 and love reign o'er me. However this is not all and there is not a single dissappointing song throughout the album including other tracks like Quadrophenia, Sea and Sand, The Punk and the Godfather as well as Bell Boy.

The band members are arguabely at their best in Quadrophenia. Moons performance on The Real Me is one of his best, up there with Who Are You and Wont Get Fooled Again. Townshends song writing is just inspiring, Entwistle is also outstanding throughout and in my opinion this is Daltrey's best album.

Overall a timeless masterpiece of an album that will never seem outdated - if you are a fan of the who this is an absolute must have for you - one of the best albums ive ever heard for sure.

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