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L.A. Noire (PS3)
L.A. Noire (PS3)
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Price: 15.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let-down, 20 Nov 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: L.A. Noire (PS3) (Video Game)
While the much hyped L.A. Noire isn't a complete stinker, it is by no means a classic. The game is not without it's good points, the graphics look amazing and the attention to detail of the city's design gives it a really nice feel, while the sound-track is of the typically high standards you would expect from Rock-star games.

The gameplay itself is inititally interesting, but quickly gets very monotonous. Searching for clues doesn't require any significant skill, just run around the crime scene pressing X until the music stops and the constant presence of red herrings gets very frustrating. The questioning element is kind of fun, as you have to use a degree of intelligence to progress the interrogation, but you should be given game over if you don't get enough questions right. Instead the case continues on, so you bumble through the level regardless, without really knowing what's going on. Also, too many of the questions are vague, making it difficult for you to decide on an answer.

The remainder of the gameplay involves driving round (little difference in cars, other than speed) and running around, so no great shakes.

The story itself has some intense and fascinating moments (the homicide story, linked to the Black Dahlia murders is particulary strong) but the overall plotting is a bit weak and the ending is particularly dreary; partly because you really just don't care what happens to the flat, boring charachters.

I've played the game all the way through and while it was enjoyable I have no intention to replay the missions or do any of the side-missions. Now that it's cheaper, I'd reccomend buying a second hand copy for a quick run-through to see if it's your thing, but overall I don't feel like I got my money's worth buying this new when it first came out.


End Times
End Times

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed, 18 Oct 2010
This review is from: End Times (Audio CD)
I'm a fan of Eels as a rule; seen him play a few times and got the back catalogue, but this is an album full of dull, unmemorable songs. While not terrible, I am literally unable to identify any highlights from this record, which lacks the charm of previous efforts. There are no upbeat songs to act as a foil to the more maudlin efforts and it's for this that the album suffers. Yes it's a heart-break album, but i still want to be emotionally involved and I felt nothing on the 3 spins I was willing to give this record.

If you already love Eels, you may still like this album, but if you're new I suggest trying older albums such as Souljacker or the sublime Blinking Lights.


Any Other City
Any Other City

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly uplifting, 2 July 2007
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This review is from: Any Other City (Audio CD)
Lets get it over with, it just isn't possible to review this album without mentioning Sue Tompkins rather distinct, half-spoken delivery, that you'll either love or hate depending on how you take your indie rock. Repetitive, jangly riffs a la The Delgados would largely go unnoticed if they were not the perfect foil for the insistent, stuttered lyrics. Opening track PS Exclusive kickstarts things off in style, with it's insistent building up the repeated mantra " the right stuff" . Subtle reductions in guitars (Juno); slow, brooding build ups (PS Exclusive / New Town) and syncopated bass lines (Young Offenders) help stave off any boredom. However, by the disappointing anti-climax that is Leanover limitations in the bands musical inventiveness begin to show. Some of the more mid-paced riffs and less attacking vocal assualts can result in a loss of interest for even the purest of indie purists. Things liven up again by the rousing 14 days and standout track New Town`s wonderful pun on romantic clichés. The bitter nostalgia of final track, Sorrow with its fitting bittersweet directive that "your beautiful, but your going to slip away" will ensure you will be reaching for the play button again.


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