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Mad Catz Xbox 360 Street Fighter IV FightPad - Chun-Li (Xbox 360)
Mad Catz Xbox 360 Street Fighter IV FightPad - Chun-Li (Xbox 360)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars whats the point?, 31 July 2011
this pad is made by madcatz which has a very bad reputation for making shoddy,flimsy and downright poor control pads and this is no exception.this pad is allegedly made for fighting games but the d-pad is worse to use than the 360 standard pad,the design of the d-pad makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,it seems to me that its actually designed completely the wrong way round!surely for more control it would make more sense to have a sunken d-pad not 1 that rises out of the pad,its mushy,unresponsive and impossible to have any consistancy inputing moves,add ontop of that the piece of garbage broke after about a month!now i wasnt too disappointed because i only paid £10 for mine but i see on here people are wanting about £40 which is completely ridiculous!you'd be better off chucking that money down the toilet.
i know there are alot of people out there who are desperate for a decent pad to play fighting games on but this isnt it.the best thing i ever did was buy a "ps2 2 xbox 360 converter cable" which cost about £8 then a ps2 controller for about £13,the ps2 controller works like a dream on street fighter and mortal kombat and is the best thing any fighting game fan xbox owner could do.
as for this pad,avoid at all costs!its complete trash and no good at all for fighting games.

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit - Silver (Xbox 360)
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit - Silver (Xbox 360)

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear!, 20 July 2011
i brought this about two weeks ago,hoping the d-pad would be decent for fighting games and while it was a slight improvement over the standard 1,the function that lets you transform the d-pad from standard to the old school cross look is clearly flawed in design.while inputing the usual circular motion in fighting games the d-pad just transforms back to the original shape,then back again!
while this didnt really concern me as the main problem with the xbox d-pad isnt the shape more the responsiveness,so on that score it seemed that they may have finally released a decent controller for fighting games.unfortunetly the d-pad fell apart in my hands about 20 minutes ago and doing abit of research ive found out that im far from the only person who this has happened to!
its a shame really because it's a really nice pad,pity the d-pad is made out of complete crap!
avoid at all costs,this seems to be a regular thing thats happening everywhere atm.
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Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360)
Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars sets the standard., 15 Mar. 2011
i picked this up a couple of months ago having seen a few video's for it and due to the low price.i hadnt played a street fighter game since street fighter 2 turbo on the snes way back in 92(yes i am that old!)and at first it seemed to me that not alot had changed except for the updated visuals,how wrong was i?
at first i started playing arcade mode,managing to pull off special moves and then ultra combo's which were fun and visually stunning but it all seemed abit empty to me,i seemed to be able to walk through the arcade mode on normal difficulty and then a few weeks later on hard difficulty thinking i was amazingly good on this was only when i took ken into my first online battle i realized how much id underestimated the fighting mechanics of this game.
super street fighter 4 is by far the deepest and best fighting game i have ever played,its not just about being good with 1 character and destroying everyone with the same tactics because that doesnt work at all and thats what i love,you've got to figure out how to play against different characters because each character plays so vastly different.
the characters are balanced brilliantly and they all have the potential to be amazingly strong,just with alot of practice!but there is such a sense of achievement when you start winning matches online because this is a game that is very hard to be good at.
lets put it this way,ive allways prefered mortal kombat over street fighter,tekken over street fighter,dead or alive over street fighter etc,etc,etc.this game blows any fighting game of any generation out of the water and pretty much makes them unplayable,it really is that good.
i brought mvc 3 on the day of release but its been made redundant already in favor of advise anyone who has ever been even remotely interested in fighting games to pick this up over any already released fighting game,it is quite simply amazing once you've got the hang of it.
p.s thanku to the guys that are better than me and give me severe ass kickings online (and theres loads)without you i would never have learned how to get better and get as much out of this game as i do.

Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £36.74

4.0 out of 5 stars stumbled upon classic?, 8 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Catharsis (Audio CD)
lost signal is the one man project fronted by charles rehill.the music he plays is future pop/dark synth but with so many of these bands out there and lets face it only a handfull are any good it would be unfair to leave a review for this disc at that description.imagine a band thats a cross between vnv nation and assemblage 23,then you have lost signal and thats not neccesaraly a bad thing,onto the album.catharsis is lost signals first release which shows in places such as a slight repetitive feel in melody and lyrics in a few of the songs but thats the only flaw to this album,overall its a great mixed bag of dark,cold,melodic,gloomy,upbeat and mid tempo synthpop with a ebm feel that fans of vnv nation or assemblage 23 must buy,im being serious even his voice sounds like a cross between ronan harris and tom shear.
how i was never aware of this band when this cd was first released is beyond me,whether it was poorly marketed or what i dont know but im so glad i found this band,its exactly what i needed to revitalise my love for the whole darkwave/synth music scene.
are lost signal as good as assemblage 23 or vnv nation?no,of course not but thats a feat thats not likely to be matched by any band.if you can find it be sure to pick up lost signals 2006 album "eviscerate" which is also superb.

Price: £17.95

2.0 out of 5 stars not at all inspiring., 26 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Identity (Audio CD)
im not really sure how and why someone else has the audacity to rate this as a five star album,or how they can find a comparision with exellent darksynth bands such as vnv nation,a23,seabound and rotersand because a comparision doesnt exist.
cesium 137 are yet another american electronic,trancy band that are trying to be a dark melodic synthpop band and failing miserably.first off the vocalist cant sing!secondly the beats and melody are far more irratating and repetitive than they are catchy,there is absolutely nothing impressive or standout on this album whatsoever!thats not just my opinion thats fact.
basically imagine a softer but more repetitive funker vogt with no inspiring melodies or catchy lyrics then you have cesium 137,if thats your cup of tea then by all means buy it.for those of you who want something similar to the other bands mentioned that you havent heard before id reccommend "lost signal",proberly the only decent band in this genre ive discovered in a long while.

Offered by all my music
Price: £39.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor future pop at best., 16 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Eternity (Audio CD)
whether this release was produced by the electronic god himself "ronan harris" cannot disguise the fact that this is a very big let down.eternity promised everything and delivered nothing,nothing more than repetitive song structure,poor lyrics and dead pan,ott wannabee deep vocals.

the really sad thing is i actually like the bands last two releases "avatar" and "unison" which are quite decent darksynth albums,this however should be statement here is actual fact,i respect alot of bands in this scene which im not a fan of but i will never tell lies about an album which isnt any good just because i like the band.

if you like bands like covenant,a23,vnv etc you'll proberly quite enjoy a&a latest releases,eternity however holds nothing really of interest,theres a couple of songs which are ok but overall this album is worth skipping,think vnv nation when they were 15 years old,it genuinely is that laughable.even for a debut it pretty much sucks,please take my word on this and not the guy from the states,the americans have a habit of over hyping crap synthpop this is another perfect example!

save you money!

Casting Shadows
Casting Shadows
Price: £10.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars is it over?, 20 July 2004
This review is from: Casting Shadows (Audio CD)
after wolfsheims last release "spectators" i was wondering how they would top or even equal it in terms of quality wise,unfortunetly the answer is they cant.mabye ive been expecting too much from the german duo,but frankly "casting shadows" is very dull indeed.on casting shadows we are treated to the usual wolfsheim formula of dreamy,midpaced,downbeat dark synthpop but without the strong lyrics and catchyness of previous albums.casting shadows holds not one stand out track,it just goes on and on depthing further and further into blandness,nothingness even.ok so its not the worst wolfsheim album and it does hold 1 or 2 not bad songs,but i stress the words not bad.casting shadows is not worth your money,i cant even see diehard fans of this overrated band be happy with this.if your looking for a good wolfsheim album apart from the massively popular spectators,try "dreaming apes" which is also very good.

Price: £12.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ebm at its very best!, 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Focus (Audio CD)
the dark electropop trio absurd minds hail from germany and "the focus" is their third release,now on first listening to the focus one first feels that mabye absurd minds are just another ebm/futurepop act,but after a few tracks i felt that "the focus" is something very special indeed.the focus is not as commercial as covenant but its nowhere near as harse as fucker vogt.the focus offers a very unique and gorgeous middle ground that throws out a hand full of dancefloor stunners and some beutiful midpaced synthpop,and the singers voice although gravelly is very clear,one thinks of the "psychedelic furs" all in all the focus is a futuristic,dark electro/cyberpop masterpiece that every fan of project pitchfork,vnv nation,covenant and apoptygma bezerk should own.


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars new hope?, 16 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Lifeline (Audio CD)
for all of you who are not aware colony5 are a swedish trio who play synthpop.the trio have been around since about 1999,and are still pretty much unheard of in the ebm/electro scene.lifeline is there debut release and it shows.musically lifeline is ok,its melodic and fast and the lead singers voice is superb,but the lyrics are pretty bad and the structure of the songs is all over the place,this is obviously a debut!honestly?give lifelines a miss!in the bands favour though,musically they have a very nice but quite camp approach,somewhere between alphaville and covenant and there latest release "colonisation"is exellent,go for that instead.

Tears Roll Down [Greatest Hits 82-92]
Tears Roll Down [Greatest Hits 82-92]
Price: £4.92

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars never forget., 27 May 2004
one of the most imaginative and seminal bands of the 80's,tears for fears created many near perfect electro pop records that have stood the test of time,its not often a duo who play fantastic music also has two outstanding vocalists aswell.its just a damn shame that it took gary jules's pretentious,awful cover of mad world to make people remember them.apart from depeche mode,pet shop boys and erasure tears for fears were the best of that this now!

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