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Doom - Platinum (PS)
Doom - Platinum (PS)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Doom, Just Slightly Different, 14 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Doom - Platinum (PS) (Video Game)
I've always loved Doom. It was my first FPS, and it blew me away. Constant, fast-paced action. Who cares it has a wafer thin plot? It's got brilliant, thrilling level design and monsters who come at you from every nook and cranny. It's got surprises but doesn't need a deep plot for this. It just needs for you to pick up a blue key and the walls to suddenly raise, an array of wonderfully, creepily snarling demons to attack and adrenaline and sometimes fear to overtake you. The thumping, ever-changing, mood-setting soundtrack adds to the game. You may be in a dark tunnel with heartbeat like music pushing you along, or in a full-on bloodbath with roaring rock music.

Then arrives Doom on Playstation. Same gameplay. Slightly different level design. However it technically equals the game in that department, although I'm still fonder of the original. It's only pitfall is the music. It's slightly techno and can be good when it gets going but can be too quiet to provide atmosphere. Sound is quite creepy, however, and equals that of the original PC edition. It also beats it in value - 2 games in one! Ha!

Overall, Doom is a masterpiece, whichever platform you play it on (Doom 64, totally different game though, that story may be told another day....)


TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (PS2)
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (PS2)
Offered by GamersCorner
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever, 1 Aug. 2007
This series began as nothing more than a template for something amazing. With the first one, the single player was a souless kill fest, while the multiplayer showed great potential, even though the game had rather tacky graphics.

'Splitters 2 expanded on this, providing the most balanced and fun multiplayer for a long time, with a more expanded single player section. The graphics also evolved with this.

Now, Future Perfect. It's become another title in the EA Partners range. And you know what? It's done it good.

Firstly, to the multiplayer. Some complain that the weapons aren't as good, blah blah, but I think it's brillaint. Engaging and well balanced, it shows other games how to do it.

The singleplayer is wonderful aswell, with a nicely crafted and hillarious storyline. It is great fun aswell, and it challenges, although it is not of great length.

And of course, the Mapmaker! Better than ever, with the potential to create some awesome multi and single player levels.

So this is definetly one to purchase - it's the true 'Splitters experience.


Age of Empires : Gold Edition
Age of Empires : Gold Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Gaming Legend, 31 July 2007
This is a classic memory for me. One of the first games that got me into gaming, it enveloped me in the wonders of it's world. No matter that it was a 2D rts, it was involving and great fun. You can 'pick up and play', but you also need to learn how to master the game.

It's brillaince hasn't changed. Not because I'm looking through rose tinted glasses, but it's truly a masterpiece. Everythings melded together so coherentley, no, fantastically that it forms the greatest RTS of all time. I don't say this lightly, but it still blows me away. Well, it's one of the greatest - AOE II ain't bad either!


Riot!
Riot!
Price: £3.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing, 8 July 2007
This review is from: Riot! (Audio CD)
2007 Music. Great? No. It's been one of those years where e v e r y t h i n g sounds the same. What's the popular trend this year? Indie.

I love rock, indie, whatever, but I want something NEW. Then along comes Paramore. I heard Emergency a while back, loved it, but didn't really look into Paramore. Then came Misery Business.

I became hooked! I was looking up Paramore all the time, saving pictures to the computer! I was, and still am, addicted.

Why? Because the music is so fresh! Misery Business is catchy and exciting, but so are their other songs. They are all exciting, vibrant, but each has something special to make it their own. Really, each song could be a single, so I can't really pick out any songs in particular.

So I suggest, no, BEG, you to buy this. It's upbeat, extremely well done and absolutely amazing. Hayley, Josh, Zac and Jeremy, it's another job well done.


Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)
Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Step Forward, Another Step Back, 7 July 2007
The best FPS on Xbox. A breakthrough in gaming. And it's coming to PC! Exciting! It is. Except it kind of isn't.

You see, this is the same game released on Xbox, except with some new fancy multiplayer additions. It's the same game with the whole 'recharging health bar' thing, it's the same game with awesome vehicles, it's the same game with amazing weapons. And it's the same game with some atrocious level design.

You see, when you play this game you will find yourself enjoying it for a while. Wow, this is fun! This is so cool to drive! Etc etc. Yet then you will find you have gone down identical routes about five times. It gets incredibly samey, and even on normal difficulty it's pratically impossible, with it taking hours to slog through some repetitive levels.

The multiplayer is fun. It's got all the good stuff from the single player and some nicely designed levels.

This all adds up to a 'good' game. Not the best. It's fun. Not amazing. Halo 2 is better, and hopefully they hired some new level designers for Halo 3...


Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC DVD)
Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC DVD)
Offered by TnsDealsUK
Price: £3.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Pause For Breath, 7 July 2007
Half-Life 2. If you've played, or a interested in Ep 1, I'm sure you've played the Original. This is HL 2 on a high! It's fast, it's exciting, it's breathtaking! Journey with Dog and Alyx through City 17, to defeat the dictatorship of the Combine!

It's all exciting, it's nothing less than you would want from a Half Life game. It's not much more, either. It's short, it's snappy, so expect to be back to Counter Strike Source soon. But you will enjoy it, and eagerly wait 'til the Orange Box arrives in October. Which is quite a few months later than the original plan.


Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Price: £7.99

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Artic Hype Machine, 7 July 2007
The Arctic Monkeys. Sold the most amount of records in a day, a week, whatever. It did enormously well. This was due to the fact of some catchy singles, which were distributed through tv/radio/etc. Indie became mainstream.

Yet when you buy this album, you will find that the songs are of similar quality to the singles. "Great!" You may think. No. It gets quite repetitive after a while, and you will soon find yourself getting bored. It seems the lead singer does not have the ability to change the tone of his voice at all.

Not to say it's a total disappointment. There are some good songs...mainly the singles, but with some others like 'Dancing Shoes' and 'Mardy Bum'. But they're mostly slow and drab and....yawn....Try it if you want, you may enjoy it, but it's not a long listener.


Half-Life Generation: Half-Life, Opposing Force, Counter Strike, Blue Shift (PC)
Half-Life Generation: Half-Life, Opposing Force, Counter Strike, Blue Shift (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Amazing, 28 Jun. 2007
I've had this game for five years. Five long years. I've changed. So have my tastes. My love for this game has changed aswell. I love it more. I can now see much more clearly why it i so well rated. It's groundbreaking. An advance in FPSs. Halo rocks, but this is what changed the gaming world.

When Half-Life arrived, not much had been done with the FPS. It was all incredibly....similar. There had not been tons of changes since the arrival of Doom, apart from that much needed mouse look. Then came Half-Life, taking all the good parts of Doom, expanding on the graphics of Quake and adding a large dosage of new ideas.

An important idea was storyline. This doesn't have an easy storyline to pick up on. It looks incredibly simple on the surface, yet it is much deeper than it looks. Explore the game and you will find so much more.

Another thing was refining gameplay. It brought advances in AI and advances in ideas. Instead of just boring old kill the enemy and get the keycard: puzzles. Vehicles. Traps. It had everything to create the perfect experience. Not to mention the terrifying visual and sound experiences; this was one of the first games that made me jump.

Now Half-Life 2 has come and redefined gaming again. Yet don't forget about this one. Take your time to look back, as a game from 1998 still has the power to shock you, excite you and make you gasp in awe - all at the same time.


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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battlefield? Sorry, Battlefront, 17 April 2007
This is awesome. Before I start, I have to say that. It's got great graphics, very fast paced and easy to get into.

I also must say it's very much like Battlefield. Well...this could easily be a Battlefield mod. Whoever wasted their time making that Star Wars battlefield mod should have just waited for this because this is exactly the same, just in Star Wars locales. This also has a nice feature called heroes.

After killing enough enemies and so forth, you can become the Emperor! Or Darth Vader! Or...Each character has different moves, although they are all fairly similar. Except, suprisingly, the Emperor. He sucks.

So, to wrap it up, if you liked Battlefield, go and buy this. If you don't have online or many friends, you may eventually get tired of this. This is worth buying. I must say that. I whole heartedly recommend it to you, along with the original. If you don't have them both then pick them up now. I didn't regret it.


Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2)
Shadow the Hedgehog (PS2)
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £11.13

4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Sheep, 16 April 2007
Shadow the Hedgehog is the anti-hero of this piece. He has faced many a trial and tribulation. Even worse than the death of his love, he has been cruelly ridiculed by the critics. Yet here I come to save him from the menaces. I stand for Shadow!

I can't see why people don't like it. It controls as well as Sonic Heroes. Sure, some of the environments are glum. Sure, it isn't extremely deep. Yet it has lots of replayability and is extremely fun. That's what matters to me. I haven't had any camera trouble either. I can't see what people are complaining about. Shadow controls well, his vehicles control well and his guns are fun to use.

Overall, Shadow isn't revolutionary, yet it's fun! Here's hoping the next Sonic game will be just as good, hopefully even better. If Sonic Team take the best ideas out of the series, roll it into one big fat pie, along with the extra filling of even better level design, only brilliance can come! Also, anyone who has yet to play Shadow, take it for what it is. Don't expect revolution or evolution. Wait to the next game for the real cream of the crop. The Secret Rings is just the beginning of a new era for Sonic.

4/5


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