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Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £9.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Once you get past the graphics....., 3 Jan. 2008
Okay, okay - so it looks visually stunning and climbing over buildings across large cities is good fun. But once you get over the initial novelty what you're left with is a game that could have been so much more.

Firstly, the twist in the game is revealed very early on, but unfortunately it's a twist that only serves to slow the game down in the long-run.

As a result, the gameplay aspect seems to have taken a huge setback at the expense of the graphics; you climb a few towers, scan the area, jump into a conveniently placed hay-stack and play through missions that mainly seem to consist of eavesdropping, pick-pocketing, beating someone for information and rescuing distressed citizens. It all becomes quite repetitive after a while.

What was potentially a candidate for game of the year seems to been a product of hype, with the first installment merely a setup for the inevitable sequel.

Beautiful, but disappointing.

ASP.NET for Dummies
ASP.NET for Dummies
by Bill Hatfield
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, informative and easy to read, 23 July 2004
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This review is from: ASP.NET for Dummies (Paperback)
For those wanting to take their static HTML websites to a more advanced stage, this is great place to start. The writing style is chatty and humourous, the code examples easy to follow and are clearly explained.
The author doesn't waste time by constantly reminding you how 'cool' something is or telling you why the language is great (unlike some Dummies books I've read before). Instead you're taken straight into the learning process at a manageable pace, which is kept consistent throughout the book.
For beginners this is a great purchase and anyone with a Visual Basic background will breeze through.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £2.20

20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One word - disappointing., 12 July 2004
It's one The Prodigy's trademarks, with every album release there's always a mixture of praise and disappointment. It happened when they released Jilted, again when they released Fat Of The Land and now again with this latest offering. For me personally, the first three albums all deserved the highest levels of praise - but unfortunately this time the opinion level has severely dropped. What a shame.
Listening to a promo copy of this album, I can name five tracks that I truly enjoyed listening to: Spitfire, Hotride, Girls, The Way It Is and Shootdown. The rest I either didn't care for or thought they were, quite simply, rubbish.
Those that are good are great. But many of the other tracks here suffer from a highly repetitive nature, coupled together with uninspired beats and general monotony that ends up leaving you feel somewhat cheated.
The general sound has been classified as 'Electroclash'; basically a trashy sound using samples that have been mangled and distorted in that unique Prodigy way (one of the main highlights being a 're-make' of the famous bass line used in Michael Jackson's 'Thriller').
What we have is an album that will take several listens to fully appreciate. Some tracks I know for a fact that I will never like, but there are some great tracks as well (Hotride being a particular favourite). But you're expecting classics such as Firestarter, Smack My B*tch Up and Voodoo People - well, prepare to be very much let down.
A fan since the beginning - feeling extremely disappointed.

Meteora (Enhanced UK Version)
Meteora (Enhanced UK Version)
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £14.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good - but not quite up there with Hybrid Theory, 28 Mar. 2003
It's a welcome return of the lads from Linkin Park and for those expecting the usual blend of heavy guitar, rap and general loud and heavy rock, you will not be disappointed.
The album opens with a thirteen second intro followed by two cracking openers; Don't Stay and the recent single Somewhere I Belong. Early appearances from these offerings suggest a contender for a 'classic' album, but for me the next two tracks slow the momentum, bringing that feeling of 'missing out on something'. Luckily though, the pace is picked up again with Easier To Run which, although not the heavy fast paced rock you might expect, still provides another quality offering which could be rated up their with the first two tracks (excluding the intro).
Faint is an interesting number; the first fifteen seconds offer a breakbeat style intro which leads into a quality rock track with the usual shouting / rapping vocals in the same vein as that of Hybrid's In The End.
Unfortunately however, the next two songs drop the momentum again, which is disappointing as it leaves the listener with an appetite for more catchy choruses and heavy guitar. From The Inside just about provides this as a song similar to that of Easier To Run.
Nobody's Listening moves the band into a hip-hop style territory incorporating flutes and other instruments, but dropping the heavy bass for a short time at least. This provides the setting for the instrumental number Session; more a showcase for the DJ to show off some scratching ability, supported by a funky drumbeat. Numb finalises Meteora in a way that, as hard as it tries, might leave the listener feeling slightly cheated. It tries to be Pushing Me Away from Hybrid Theory but can't quite find the climax its looking for.
I found Meteora an enjoyable album but personally found Hybrid Theory a much more fun album to listen to. Hardcore Linkin Park fans will no doubt lap up this offering but for me, although there some stunners, it didn't quite hit the mark that I'd hoped for.

100th Window
100th Window
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive Attack produce the goods once again!, 13 Feb. 2003
This review is from: 100th Window (Audio CD)
Yes indeed; those into dark, atmospheric soundscapes are in for a real treat on this helping. Despite the missing elements of Mushroom and Daddy G, this album still manages to perfectly compliment a - so far - pretty much flawless Massive Attack back catalogue.
With the current UK music industry focussed so much on anything with the word "Pop" in the title it makes for a refreshing change to hear an album that concentrates on the other end of the musical spectrum. Although those who loved Mezzanine for it's grungy rock guitars may be disappointed to find that the tracks on this LP rely on more bassy and darkened soundscapes. However the introduction of vocals from Sinead O'Connor as well as those from regular contributor Horace Andy aid in adding further chilling and errie elements to the record - to brilliant effect!
Stand out tracks for me were 'What Your Soul Sings', 'A Prayer For England' and 'Special Cases', all of which contribute to yet another superb album from the Massive Attack stables.

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