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The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360)
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not all that 'Amazing'..., 13 Nov. 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I ordered this game for a fairly reduced price, and I must admit, I'm glad I didn't pay full whack for it!

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game by any means, it's fun and action packed with some awesome graphics and good voice-over work during the great cutscenes and lots of cheeky lines throughout.

First thing I noticed about the game when I started playing it was that it borrows a LOT from the Arkham Asylum/City games, and I mean a LOT! This in itself isn't really a bad thing as those games set the high-ranking benchmark for how superhero games should be made, however this game doesn't do anything to add to the standard set by Rocksteady's superb Batman games and feels more like it's doing it's best to copy every element it can from those games while not really setting out it's own unique personality to difference itself from those games. Like I said though, it doesn't make it a bad game at all.

After the first (tutorial) mission, you're set out free into the city of New York, which I must say looks spectacular! From the very rooftops of the huge skyscrapers right down to the bustling streets below, every inch looks and feels like Manhattan, it may not be exactly be to scale but given the limitations of modern consoles, the developers did a fantastic job recreating a very realistic looking setting, and it is pretty fun to be swinging around it all as Spidey.

That brings me to my next point, the web-swinging mechanics. Although the overall feel of swinging around feels and looks very natural, I was left feeling a bit disappointed that they chose to make it be so the web hooks onto the clear sky above instead of actually hooking onto the nearby buildings/structures like they did in the
Spider-Man 2 movie game. It may be a small issue but for me it kind of took away the element of feeling like
how Spider-Man does when he's swinging about the city. On top of that, there have been quite a few occasions where the camera jolts into a dodgy position and Spidey suddenly gets trapped against a building while swinging which can end up spoiling what should be the most fun you have while out on the streets.

The story itself follows a plot which to me was just like a standard infection crises in a major city, like a typical zombie storyline but without the added risk of actually having to survive against thousands of infected hordes, instead you only deal with a handful here and there during the missions that are set inside. That's if you aren't battling tons of robots set out to kill Spidey. You do get the odd normal human thugs to battle with but it's spread so few and far between that it didn't really make me feel like a powerful superhero, just a regular smash 'em and bash 'em type of game setting.

Speaking of combat, it borrows the fighting mechanic set in the aforementioned Arkham Asylum/City games and adds very little to the overall style, i.e X button for hitting Y button for reversing when the icon flashes above your head and when you build up your combo you get to unleash a signature move. If you've already played Arkham then you'll feel right at home fighting in this game. I was so much so that I found the hardest difficulty level to be easy when dealing with a handful of foes at one time.

It isn't that long of a game, I was able to complete the main story in under 12 hours, and there's other stuff to do besides missions such as stopping petty crimes and taking part in challenges that ranch from checkpoint racing to taking certain photos for the newswoman who gets friendly with you. Also there's 700 comic book pages to collect as well as other stuff, if you collect enough comic book pages you unlock a handful of fully readable comics during the menu, which I found was a pleasant addition.

My overall rating of the game:

Story: 7.5/10 - Just a typical infected population storyline that's been done to death already, but with some good voiceover work proves to be pretty entertaining while it lasts.

Graphics: 9.5/10 - I was totally blown away by how great everything looks in the game, with lots of detail and no 2 streets ever looking the same. The more Spider-Man gets beat up in a fight the more ripped and torn his suit gets and more scratches and deep gash wounds appear on his body underneath, which I thought looked great and very realistic.

Gameplay: 8/10 - Plenty of fun elements with players of the Arkham series feeling right at home here with what to do, and only the occasional camera/movement glitch spoiling an otherwise fun game. The boss battles are all very repetitive though, all following the exact same pattern as the last one with no need to really have to think about how to take them down, although it makes up for this with the sheer scale of some of the foes you battle.

Overall: 8/10 - A fun game while it lasts though it is a bit short and once you complete the game and collect everything, there's very little to have you coming back for more playing over and over again, so unless your a real Spider-Man fan or you like a decent action game to waste a few hours to, then buy this just don't go for the full £40 option, get it as cheap as you can lest you'll feel ripped off.


Batman Arkham City Hc (Batman (DC Comics))
Batman Arkham City Hc (Batman (DC Comics))
by Carlos D'Anda
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant One-Off Comic Series, 11 Dec. 2011
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Just like the title of this review says, it's a superb comic series all come together in one book, the art work is fantasticly stunning, the story bridging the gap between the end of the video game "Batman: Arkham Asylum" and just before the start of "Batman: Arkham City".

If you're a fan of these games and would like to know what happened between the 2 games, then this is the perfect book for you, even if you don't like reading comics you'll still love this, it's not overly complicated to read or understand and as I said, the artwork is simply a visual masterpiece, I thoroughly recommend getting this book!


Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare (Xbox 360)
Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare (Xbox 360)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Short..., 6 Nov. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Like the title of this review says, it's a fun game but real short, easy to complete in about 5 - 6 hours of game play. Still it is fun to be roaming around the wild west with tons of undead hordes about out to get you.

If you're considering getting this game but haven't played the original Red Dead Redemption I'd highly recommend that you get the original first, has that is much better longer and more compelling than this title, if you have already played Red Dead Redemption then by all means get this game for a fun experience.


Top Spin 4 (Xbox 360)
Top Spin 4 (Xbox 360)
Offered by games.empire
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Decent Tennis Game, 26 Aug. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Top Spin 4 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
For fans of tennis, this game is a Must-Buy!

It's a very good representation of tennis and a vast improvement over the last instalment of the Top Spin franchise, the game play is fluid realistic and fun, the controls are simple and easy to pick up though may take some practise getting the timing of shots/serves perfect, the graphics are superb, the style overall is very good.

For those who don't take much interest in tennis may still find some fun with this game, it can be very addictive once you get going.

The game modes are good, for starters you have the standard exhibition match where you can choose between playing a singles or doubles match and then select the rules/points format to play with and at any of the many number of venues. The roster of players to choose from is pretty good though I think it's not as large as it could be, some key tennis players are missing such as Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, I don't see why they can't add a larger roster when you look at other games like SmackDownVsRaw2011 which as over 50+ people in their roster.

Then there's King Of The Court mode, which is like a party game, you choose 4 tennis stars to play against eachother with a winner stays on premise, it's tie-break rules and the key to being crowned "King of the court" is to win a certain number of matches against the 3 other tennis stars.

I cant really talk about playing on Xbox Live for everytime I try to play a match online there doesn't seem to be anyone else playing 'Live' so I can't get a game.

The Top Spin Academy mode is basically a training camp for you to learn/practice all the types of ways to play Top Spin, it teaches you how to play different styles tactically and also how to do the more advanced shots. Though once you've mastered it you don't really ever have to go back onto this mode.

Creat-a-Player is very good, you start out with a base model and then you can morph them into yourself or anyone that you want to create. Once you've created your player you get to choose his/her clothes and equipment, all clothing is free from the start though there is still more to unlock by completing sponsor challenges/winning tournaments. All the major brands feature such as Nike, Adidas, KSwiss etc. Finally after choosing the clothes you get to choose the style of play, from how they serve a ball to how their mentality during a match is like, for example a passionate player shows more emotions while more focused players don't let their emotions get the better of them. Finally after you've finished creating your player you can use them in any game modes, though the best thing to do is to start their career.

Which brings us to Career Mode. Now this mode is very good, you take your created player and rise through the ranks, starting from Newcomer and eventually building right up to being a Legend. You have certain goals to accomplish at each rank which once completed takes you up to a more improved rank. With each match you have you earn XP which is spent on improving your player, you can also hire trainers which help improve your stats giving you an edge over your opponents. The menus may seem daunting at first but once you've figured everything out it's very simple to navigate from doing special events/training to starting in tournaments. Plus if you get stuck, there is an on-screen tutorial explaining and telling you what's what.

I really recommend this game for fans of the sport and fans of gaming. It's fun, addictive and career mode which totally immerses you into the world of being a professional tennis star.

Gameplay - 5/5

Graphics - 4.5/5

Sound - 4/5 (The music during the menus in the game is rubbish and gets very annoying very fast, but the sound effects during the matches is very realistic)

Overall Rating - 4.5/5


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