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Wwe: Ladder Match [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Wwe: Ladder Match [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £6.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing WWE collection, 3 Jan. 2008
The WWE's compilation DVDs have remained of fantastic quality no matter how much the quality of the modern product has suffered in the last 5 years. This latest set includes some of the most spectacular ladder matches that have ever been seen. Rather than featuring a documentary with bonus matches like some of their DVDs, this set thankfully keeps to the matches themselves, although most matches have some footage of the build-up to them or even a brief interview with one of the participants (eg Edge or HBK) which is quite useful. Unfortunately the matches are introduced by the ever-annoying Todd Grisham.

The matches are listed in another review and there are a number of classics on there. The evolution of the ladder match is clear to see from the comparatively tame (but still great) 1992 match between HBK and Bret Hart into the TLC spotfests which are truly awesome to watch. TLC has now evolved again into Money In The Bank which has become a new Wrestlemania tradition and is something to look forward to each year. This collection covers all of that.

The match selection is almost flawless but there are a few matches which should have been on there. The WM10 match between HBK and Razor Ramon is mentioned on the DVD as the best ladder match ever and then not featured, instead they show their Summerslam rematch. I can sort of understand this, because the WM match is on the HBK collection but some people won't have seen this. I would have also picked the Royal Rumble 2000 triangle ladder match between the Hardyz, Dudleys and E&C over their 2nd TLC match (which was essentially a repeat of the first TLC). It would have been cool to see an ECW ladder match to see how they used to do them, but instead we just get one WCW match.

Overall though I can't see anyone being disappointed by this set and it is essential viewing for any wrestling fan. I would suggest checking the price on amazon.com rather than amazon.co.uk because my set cost me less than half what it is going for on here.


WWE - The Ladder Match [DVD]
WWE - The Ladder Match [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe

5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing WWE collection, 3 Jan. 2008
This review is from: WWE - The Ladder Match [DVD] (DVD)
The WWE's compilation DVDs have remained of fantastic quality no matter how much the quality of the modern product has suffered in the last 5 years. This latest set includes some of the most spectacular ladder matches that have ever been seen. Rather than featuring a documentary with bonus matches like some of their DVDs, this set thankfully keeps to the matches themselves, although most matches have some footage of the build-up to them or even a brief interview with one of the participants (eg Edge or HBK) which is quite useful. Unfortunately the matches are introduced by the ever-annoying Todd Grisham.

The matches are listed in another review and there are a number of classics on there. The evolution of the ladder match is clear to see from the comparatively tame (but still great) 1992 match between HBK and Bret Hart into the TLC spotfests which are truly awesome to watch. TLC has now evolved again into Money In The Bank which has become a new Wrestlemania tradition and is something to look forward to each year. This collection covers all of that.

The match selection is almost flawless but there are a few matches which should have been on there. The WM10 match between HBK and Razor Ramon is mentioned on the DVD as the best ladder match ever and then not featured, instead they show their Summerslam rematch. I can sort of understand this, because the WM match is on the HBK collection but some people won't have seen this. I would have also picked the Royal Rumble 2000 triangle ladder match between the Hardyz, Dudleys and E&C over their 2nd TLC match (which was essentially a repeat of the first TLC). It would have been cool to see an ECW ladder match to see how they used to do them, but instead we just get one WCW match.

Overall though I can't see anyone being disappointed by this set and it is essential viewing for any wrestling fan. I would suggest checking the price on amazon.com rather than amazon.co.uk because my set cost me less than half what it is going for on here.


Final Fantasy 8 (4 CD Set)
Final Fantasy 8 (4 CD Set)
Offered by Dragon Heaven
Price: £55.12

5.0 out of 5 stars What else can you say? Incredible!, 21 Nov. 2007
As with any Final Fantasy game, the soundtrack is often the most memorable part of the experience and Nobuo Uematsu doesn't let us down. The soundtrack to Final Fantasy 7 was regarded by many as being perfect in every way but in its own way, the Soundtrack to FF8 is just as good.

The themes are a mixture of dark choral pieces to piano to all sorts of other styles, reflecting the more modern and realistic feel of the game compared to its predecessors.

The tracks are more or less featured in the order they appear in the game (with a few exceptions, such as "Lunatic Pandora" being on Disc 4 despite appearing relatively early in the game). This means that the soundtrack begins with the excellent "Liberi Fatali" and never lets up throughout Disc One. In my opinion the best tracks are on the First Disc and the quality deteriorates slightly as the game / soundtrack progresses but the standard is still very high and there are highlights on the other discs.

In short, if you haven't got 70 hours to trawl through the game again, spend 4 hours listening to the soundtrack instead and you'll be surprised how many fond memories will come flooding back!


Final Fantasy 8
Final Fantasy 8
Price: £60.77

5.0 out of 5 stars What else can you say? Incredible, 21 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Final Fantasy 8 (Audio CD)
As with any Final Fantasy game, the soundtrack is often the most memorable part of the experience and Nobuo Uematsu doesn't let us down. The soundtrack to Final Fantasy 7 was regarded by many as being perfect in every way but in its own way, the Soundtrack to FF8 is just as good.

The themes are a mixture of dark choral pieces to piano to all sorts of other styles, reflecting the more modern and realistic feel of the game compared to its predecessors.

The tracks are more or less featured in the order they appear in the game (with a few exceptions, such as "Lunatic Pandora" being on Disc 4 despite appearing relatively early in the game). This means that the soundtrack begins with the excellent "Liberi Fatali" and never lets up throughout Disc One. In my opinion the best tracks are on the First Disc and the quality deteriorates slightly as the game / soundtrack progresses but the standard is still very high and there are highlights on the other discs.

In short, if you haven't got 70 hours to trawl through the game again, spend 4 hours listening to the soundtrack instead and you'll be surprised how many fond memories will come flooding back!


FIFA 08 (Nintendo DS)
FIFA 08 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Renaissance
Price: £6.95

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best Football game on DS .... so far!, 21 Nov. 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: FIFA 08 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Fifa 08 is by my reckoning the 3rd instalment on the DS and without doubt the best version so far. The question is with Pro Evolution 2008 on the horizon for DS, how long will it keep its crown?

The commentary by Clive Tyldsley is fun and usually relevant to the action on the pitch although understandably it starts to repeat after a while. The player models look ok; their faces look pretty accurate in the team selection screen although they look much less good in the matches. The replays on the top screen are fun as are the highlights packages at the end of each half.

The gameplay is fun for short bursts, everything works as it should and it won't be long before you're smashing in 30-yard screamers into the top corner. The problems come when defending where you are restricted to either pressing the "pressure" button which is almost useless, or going for a sliding tackle which often results in a foul and card. I have had a few bizarre and comedy goals which isn't quite realistic to real life, and the ball seems to hit the crossbar or post at least twice a game which is more than it should be.

The main attraction to most people is the real players and teams, which Pro Evo usually lacks. The problem with even licensed games comes when players transfer and this game doesn't have any player edit or transfer modes (that I can find, anyway!) so for example Tevez is not on Manchester United. This is I guess due to lack of memory on the cartridge, but it is an area where the DS can't hope to compete against it's PS2 & 3 big brothers.

The season mode is quite a good long term challenge which will take a long time to complete but other than that the number of modes is a little light, although obviously you can play online if you have the equipment (I sadly don't).

The touch screen is used to display formations and tactics, but trying to change them on the fly while playing can be a bit awkward! The stylus is also used more originally on set pieces, such as free kicks and penalties and although it is more of a gimmick than anything else, it helps make the game seem more fun.

Overall this is a good little game for DS and if you want football on the go, it's probably your best option for now, but don't expect it to compare to any of the console editions, especially the next-gen!


American Gangster
American Gangster
Price: £2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ruler's Back... for real this time, 21 Nov. 2007
This review is from: American Gangster (Audio CD)
Last year's "Kingdom Come" is remembered more because of it marking Jay-Z's return than being a quality album in its own right. This latest release ties in nicely with the American Gangster movie and is much closer to his earlier work in terms of lyrical content and sampling. This is something that will please most of his fans, as Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint are widely acknowledged as his best 2 albums, and both used the same types of samples.

The songs on this CD are probably less radio-friendly than on some of his recent CDs and as a result the commercial success probably won't be as great but at this point in his career, Jay-Z can concentrate more on making the sort of music his fans want to hear than on making the top of the charts. (Listen to the first few lines of "Ignorant ****" on the album to see what I mean.)


Ultimate Mortal Kombat (Nintendo DS)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat (Nintendo DS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A stripped down version of the PS2 games, 21 Nov. 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been lucky enough to play this game on import and I couldn't help feel a little disappointed but perhaps my expectations were too high. There are only 2 real modes. The single player game is based on Ultimate MK3 which plays fairly well, but shows its age. The only real slowdown comes when you uppercut someone to a higher level of a stage and there is a slight pause, but otherwise this is a decent conversion of the game you played several years ago on consoles... and that's the problem. There really isn't much new here.

The other mode is Puzzle Kombat which is taken from MK Deception on PS2. It's very similar to Capcom's Puzzle Fighter, so if you've ever played that you will know what to expect. This mode is a nice break from one on one fighting but it won't really occupy anyone for long periods.

The touch screen is barely used at all, and this game would work just as well with one screen. The top screen is used to display movelists for the character being used which is a nice touch but it's hardly pushing the barriers of originality.

If you're desperate to play MK online then this might be worthwhile buying but if you already own one of the PS2 versions then it's just a stripped down version. It's perfectly functional, but just a bit of a disappointment really.


Scrabble 2007 (Nintendo DS)
Scrabble 2007 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Renaissance
Price: £14.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers a real Triple Word Score!, 21 Nov. 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
There have been numerous videogame versions of Scrabble before, even a couple on handheld consoles, but I would be surprised if anyone argued that this DS version isn't the best one ever. This game has everything you would expect from one of the world's most popular board games and more besides. The stylus and touch screen controls are a great innovation, it makes the game more interactive and is just as easy as placing tiles on a real Scrabble board!

The main game is flawless and the CPU difficulty is just right, the easy opponents are not complete idiots but should present few problems and the later ones in career mode will have you scratching your head at some of the words they manage to pull out. The CPU moves quickly so games are a lot quicker than the real thing. All the rules are explained and there are a few game variations and options, such as playing against the clock.

A really great idea is that the dictionary definition for any word played is displayed on the top screen as you play. Believe me, you'll need it for some of the words the CPU comes up with but this really helps you learn and expand your vocabulary without wasting time flicking through a dictionary. I even managed to use a few of the more obscure words myself in later games, which is always pleasing.

Graphically the game is very basic but honestly what else did you expect from a board game conversion? The board doesn't quite fully fit on the DS top screen which can sometimes be a slight pain because you might miss something but if you remember to navigate round the whole board this isn't too big a problem. The alternative would be trying to read tiny letters on a full sized board, which would probably be worse. The music is quite relaxing although not that varied, but it's pleasant enough.

The mini games are a fun alternative distraction and track all sorts of high-score statistics (unlike the main game sadly). They will help you to practice skills that will go on to help you in the main game.

This game is absolutely ideal for car or train journeys and matches can be saved in progress so it's easy to pick up and play for 10 minutes at a time, making it perfect for DS. It's not likely to win any new fans to the game of Scrabble, but anyone who has enjoyed the board game would not be disappointed by this release.


Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £8.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the complex world of MegaTen, 21 Nov. 2007
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
DDS is one of several games in the Shin Megami Tensei series (or MegaTen for short) which have made it to the UK in the past few years. They are all fairly hardcore RPGs, so someone who struggles to cope with the comparatively simple gameplay of the likes of Final Fantasy might find themselves a little out of their depth to begin with. This game is well worth persevering with however. The first PS2 MegaTen game to arrive in the UK was Lucifer's Call, AKA Nocturne which I started and found extremely difficult and frustrating. This initially put me off DDS, but I needn't have worried because the difficulty and complexity of this game is not as high.

The other reviews go into a lot of detail about the storyline and characters so I won't repeat those except to say that both are a strong-point for this RPG and the themes are quite a lot darker and more adult than most games. Digital Devil Saga is the first in a 2 part series which means that you won't get a complete plot experience, but the story and characters are strong enough that you would probably want to play the sequel and see how everything resolves.

Graphically, this game looks pretty good for its age and the design of the various demons and monsters is both original and memorable. Many will be familiar to people who have played other games in the series and a lot of the enemies are taken from various religions and mythologies around the world. The cut-scenes are well-spaced out and exciting enough and the voice acting is excellent throughout. Musically, the game is outstanding, with several really memorable themes. At first it might seem that the music doesn't really fit with the graphical design of the game, but you soon get used to it and it grows on you quickly. Some special editions of the game came packaged with a soundtrack CD and this is worth getting hold of if you can find it cheap enough. (The sequel also has this.)

Gameplay is the most important thing about any game and with an RPG, it's all about the combat system. DDS and most MegaTen games use a traditional turn-based system with a twist. Basically, every character and enemy in the game has strengths and weaknesses, whether elemental (eg fire or ice) or status-based (eg poison). If you attack an enemy with something they don't like, you can get an extra turn. If you attack with something they are strong against, you will lose some or all of your turns so the trick is to find an enemy's weakness as soon as possible and keep exploiting it. Of course, your enemies can do exactly the same to you so you can find yourself sitting there being repeatedly attacked by an enemy who is chaining together attacks by exploiting your weaknesses.

To develop your character and learn abilities at an advanced rate, you can use the Devour attack to get a large number of development points so this is something else to bear in mind in combat. The development of stats and abilities is fairly open-ended which means you can tailor your party as you wish, although each character does have a loosely pre-defined role as a fighter or magic caster.

The combat system keeps you thinking and paying attention and no two battles are the same. This is just as well because the random encounter rate for this game is ridiculously high. In some areas you can literally take 2 steps and be flung into another battle which can make progress slow and frustrating at times. It has to be seen to be believed. This is a shame because it will probably put a lot of people off the game. I don't know why it has to be so high, unless it is an attempt by the developers to artificially prolong the lifetime of the game.

The game will last you quite a long time, depending how much attention you pay to upgrading your characters and finding all the secrets, but it isn't excessive for an RPG. You are probably looking at 25 hours if you race through and nearer 50 if you really take your time. Some of the bosses are tricky but once you figure out a strategy they can all be beaten. They are nowhere near as cheap and difficult as some of the ones in Nocturne.

Overall, this game would make a good and fairly gentle introduction to the weird and wonderful world of MegaTen and I would recommend it to seasoned RPG players, but probably not to someone who has never played a game of this genre before.


Welcome to Death Row [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Welcome to Death Row [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £5.21

3.0 out of 5 stars Gets behind the scenes like no other DVD, 7 Mar. 2005
So much has been written and said about the East vs West Coast rivalry of the mid 90s and most of the books and films made all feature the same periphary figures giving the same tired view about the events leading up to the deaths of dozens of gang associates and most infamously, Tupac Shakur and later the Notorious B.I.G. Obviously this documentary focuses on these major events but it is unlike any other that I've seen in that it really gets begind the scenes of the organisation that was Death Row Records. Behind all the hype, glamour and violence that we know about was politics and events that were just as controversial but less publicised. Certainly the business behind this label was as dirty as the lyrics of the music it was promoting. Fascinating as an example of how the music business sometimes works, and obviously of special interest to anyone familiar with rap music


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