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A Doctor's War
A Doctor's War
by Aidan MacCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 18 April 2006
This review is from: A Doctor's War (Paperback)
I was glad to see this book reissued as it was getting very tricky indeed to track down an older copy. I'm very fond of this new edition though - the new cover artwork brings a breath of fresh air to this astounding book.

A gripping read from start to finish - one simply cannot comprehend what Aidan MacCarthy went through. The account ranges from lighthearted to, at times horrific and even disturbing! For anyone who has read this - 'maggots' spring to mind! Ghastly!

Overall this is a must-have and I'm chuffed it's now so easily available again!


Star Wars Battlefront II (PS2)
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS2)

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?!, 10 Nov. 2005
So…STAR WARS: Battlefront 2…the sequel to the much lauded (and biggest-ever-selling) STAR WARS: Battlefront. Like most people, I’ve waited with baited breath for this and, now that I have it in my possession, is it the classic we’re all waiting for?
The answer is simply, no…
I admit, I never owned the first game but that doesn’t mean to say I’ve not spent a fair few hours playing it multi-player with mates and having a damn good time. So, out comes Episode III on DVD and, to coincide with it, this game.
As someone else has commented, the overall feel of the game is that of a rushed and somewhat incomplete effort. The box screams ‘play as Jedi’; and when you finally get round to doing just that I was left feeling a bit “so what?!”. The nature of the game, which is essentially a shoot ‘em up, means that the Jedi characters feel awkward and out of place. All you do is run…jump…slash…jump again…throw your lightsaber…run…slash…it gets tedious after the first couple of attempts! You've no idea how linear the Jedi characters are.
And, then, the ‘all new’ flying missions. Again – so what?! They feel remarkably sluggish and sterile. There’s so much going on you can never get into a serious dogfight…you constantly get gunned down and each pointless flight level is punctuated by a boring ‘sabotage’ mission whereby you land your ship – blow up an engine – then fly back out again. It’s so mundane and utterly devoid of any real fun and makes you want to tear your hair out. It is by no means in the same class as, say, Rebel Strike or even Jedi Starfighter.
Then we have the ‘story’ mode. A valid attempt but the computer AI leaves so much to be desired. Sniping becomes virtually impossible as every character just seems to run around like a headless chicken with their guns blazing and it’s pretty embarrassing watching computer enemies simply ‘materialise’ next to you only to be gunned down…then materialise in the same spot around 5 seconds later! Again, it just feels botched.
Maybe I’m being a bit hard on this game. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a fan of the STAR WARS ‘universe’ but this game wasn’t exactly cheap and I feel slightly conned. Multi-player is still a hoot, though. It’s still enjoyable to storm an enemy base or hop on a speeder bike and rip through the enemy’s defence but, the main emphasis, is that the game simply is nowhere near as good as it should have been! **1/2


Cosmo's Factory (Digipak)
Cosmo's Factory (Digipak)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £25.58

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCR's opus!, 5 Aug. 2005
Going out on a limb here - Pink Floyd had their 'Dark Side of the Moon'; The Stones had 'Let it Bleed'; and The Beatles, 'Revolver'...it would seem only natural that Cosmo's Factory goes down in the archives as being CCR's true rock opus - perhaps their most quintessential moment. And it's really not hard to see why...
As someone else has commented, this album begs to be listened to in one uninterrupted sitting. From the magnificent opening track, Ramble Tamble, through to Ooby Dooby, this album is a barrage of hit after hit. It's truly unyielding. It features favourites such as Up Around the Bend, Lookin' Out My Back Door and the anthemic As Long As I Can See the Light. Peppered with some superb blues standards and an eleven minute version of Gaye's I Heard it Through the Grapevine it becomes inherently impossible to dislike anything that's offered here.
Fogerty and co. really were on top form - those ever-strong vocals, driving drums and tireless playing. This really harks back to the days when music was purely just about that...MUSIC; not image, celebrity girlfriends and 3-year hiatuses. Fogerty and his men were from the long-lost era where bands could knock out 2-3 albums a year and still have time to tour. As it was once said - Fogerty wasn't just some white guy trying to emulate black blues; he was a guy who effectively created his own unique brand of white blues.
Rants aside this is a perfect album to spring any would be CCR fan into the fray and in it's new remastered (and repackaged) format it's as great as it ever was. Go buy!


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