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Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a classic, 11 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Dreamcatcher (Paperback)
Well well, this is a little different from the usual ammo used in the King Cannon - sci fi, aliens, ect. Well, he did that in the Tommyknockers, given, but this novel seems more akin to an X-Files episode than a typical King novel. Thats not to say it isn't any good - it is - but those brought up on King's earlier novels should be prepared for the change. Dreamcatcher is also, I found, a rather funny novel, laced with black humour. King has had humour before, certainly, but Dreamcatcher's humour is less subtle. As usual, you are gripped from the opening page, and the book is hard to put down. It is an entertaing read, but not ones of King's best. The ending was anti-climatic and predictable - it left me wanting more. I did not find it scary, tense yes, but not the kind of fear that one expects out of a horror novel. Saying that, actually, this is more sci-fi than horror, and perhpas suffers a little for that, but by no means should you not read it. If this is your first Stephen King novel, however, stop and order IT or The Shining right now. This is an good read, but i feel that it will not, in future years, be able to call itself a classic. Still, an average King book is still very good, compared to some other novels. So I'd say yes, get it. You'll never look at bacon the same way again...


Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £4.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 1 Nov. 2001
GTA 3 is not, as others have said, the best game on PS2. However, it is pretty close. The agme is basically the same as the old games, but this time from a completly 3D perspective. The city is breathtaking to see. DMA Design have created an actual, living, breathing city. This, their original aim from the beginning, has finally been realised.
What makes the game so good is that you can do whatever you want. Bored of a mission? Then go on your own crime spree. Steal a car, and try the stunt games. Steal a Taxi, and pick up fares. The freedom you are given is revolutionary. The missions themselves are entertaining, but, it has do be said, get a little reptative. The police AI isn't that good either. But hey, no game is perfect.
A word of warning. Get this game only if you are mature enough to play it. This is not a childrens game - you can kill innocent people and cops, do drug dealing ect. - basically working your way up the criminal ladder. For those old enough though, you will find a fabulous game under the contriversal material. One of the best games of the year so far.


Summoner
Summoner
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £4.12

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the best rpg on the PS2, 7 May 2001
This review is from: Summoner (Video Game)
After such games as Warriors of Might and Magic, I would be surprised if anybody would buy an rpg again, providing it did not have 'final fantasy' in the title. Fortunatly, Summoner is a fantastic return to the 'olde worlde' type rpg. It is completley devoid of any cute Japanese characters with spiky hair. The game has a farily adult tone, with some rather dark and courrpt characters. Ledgend of Zelda this is not. The game has an engrossing story, and decent characters. The cut-scenes are fabulous, and the voice acting is actually quite good. However, when you speak to characters in-game, you have to read through relms of text. The graphics are amazingly deatiled, but there is horrendous pop-up. To combat this, the developers have positioned the camera almost directly above you. Due to this, you are never able to get a true feeling of your surrondings. Not good, when you are trying to navigate your way through a city, or trying to sneak past guards in the royal palace. Also, the characters look triangular in shape, a far cry from the smooth deatails of MGS2. However, combat is fun and deep, enviroments vast, storyline and speech are actually quality, the are loads of people to talk to, and it will take you ages to finish. And there are goblins in it. What more do you want from an rpg?


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