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Call of Duty 3 (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty 3 (Xbox 360)

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 steps forward, 3 steps back, we come together coz......, 23 May 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This was made by a different development team than cOD2, and it shows. It's a step back in terms of quality and also quantity. I'm not an online type of guy so this is purely about the single player campaign. It starts off like all these types of games start off with, a small training stage and them you're thrust into the hell of world war 2. So first off the good points.

1. Lots of different guns, nearly all of them have a different feel to them.

2. The ability to throw back enemy grenades is great.

3. The world blurs as you use your sniper scope, brilliant.

4. Superb tank mission, and driving the jeep is good fun.

5. The level set in a forest looks really good and lush.

6. Some intersting achievements.

And now the bad.

1. Seems a little short.

2. On rails shooting segments, yeesh!

3. Enemies will constantly respawn until you cross over a magic line - so no distant sniping hoping for an easy way in.

4. Parts of COD2 were extremely thrilling and exciting, running between various events, this game doesn't come close to the thrill of the previous game.

5. Cut scenes! I've seen it twice already! Enough!

6. 'Get out of my way!' Your 'team' will constantly get in front of the perfect sniper shot, and even trap you against walls etc. I found the scenery could be a little 'sticky' in places.

7. Getting shot by enemies that are through a closed doorway. You cannot shoot them back, and ther door only opens after you've completed a task.

8. At least a couple of levels are just no fun to play.

So to wrap up, if you enjoy this type of game then you will get some mileage out of this, (the harder difficulties will have you swearing like a sailor.) but just bear in mind, COD2 is the superior game.
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Stylus Set (Nintendo DS)
Stylus Set (Nintendo DS)

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the price., 25 Nov. 2005
I have to give this 5 out of five mainly for the price. They do the job, are nicer colours than the ones packaged with the DS and they actually seem to fit in the back of the console a little more snug as well. From the 2 that originally came with the system I lost one on an aeroplane and my cat chewed the end of the other one so it wouldn't fit in the back anymore. Anyone with a DS knows they're easy to lose so how can you say no to some nice looking backups?

Conker: Live & Reloaded (Xbox)
Conker: Live & Reloaded (Xbox)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost great, but shows it's roots., 23 Nov. 2005
I never had the pleasure of playing the original Conker on the N64 so this review will not be helpful to anyway wanting to know any differences. I have however been playing video games since Ghostbusters of the Commodore64 back in '84 so I know a thing or two about games.
The first thing that struck me about the game was the astonishing graphics engine - everything looks amazing with great animation and impressive draw distance. The attention to detail is almost draw dropping, as for instance, Conker leaves footprints when he runs through mud and has at least 10 different animations just for when he stands still for too long. One stage set in a nightclub has Conker slowly building up a dancing speed before resorting to the 'stacking shelves' dance, oddly for a video game this bit is actually funny. The sound too has many high points, while the music is cool and very jaunty the voice acting can at times be truly excellent. Attention to detail here as well makes it a cut above most other games. One early stage has you helping out a female bee, and as you get closer to her you'll notice the music change from the usual instrumentation to a lovely buzzing version of the main theme.
But now I'll get to the actual gameplay, while it's extremely enjoyable it suffers from being a slightly older game in many ways. The controls are generally fine but on many occasions I found the jump button not working at a time when I really needed it to work resulting in some annoying falls and deaths (Conker cannot fall very far without serious injury.) But the most annoying thing are the occasions where you just don't know what to do next. For example, one part of the game has you planting a bomb to get rid of let's just say 'a certain type of character', the instruction you're given is along the lines of 'plant the bomb and then run like hell. This is what I did - I planted the bomb and the game was taken over by a brief cut scene where molten lava was seen to be rising through the level, once gaining control I legged it back the way I came not wanting to be caught up in it. It took me about an hour to work out what to do next. It seems 'run like hell' means run the way of the explosion as apposed to run away from it. That may sound simple but I really had no clue. I probably spent too long explaining that but scenes like that happened more often than you'd like.
As for the comedy displayed throughout the game, apart from a handful of dialogue and graphical scenes the game suffers the same as any other 'comedy' game ie it's not actually funny, Conker as a character is annoying and you really haven't got a clue as to why your doing all these comic puzzles, almost as if it's completely out of context with itself.
The game is certainly worth a rental first as in general it's a lot of fun to play, but because of some difficulty spikes (witness the amazing but frustrating jet ski race) it will have you tearing your hair out on occasion. It's worth sticking it out however to witness the final third of the game where the guns come out!! I'm giving the game 3.5 stars.

Lola Versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One
Lola Versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One
Price: £5.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That good, 10 Aug. 2005
This is the Kinks at their best no question.
It starts off with a fine country vibe with gentle lyrics about wanting to be free before bursting in with the electric guitar and shouting about all the constraints Ray Davies found were wrong with the music industry. A wonderful justaposition considering the freedom real music can bring you. Infact most of the album is Ray Davies pushing against the system in which he'd found himself at the time. Basically, 'my music earned 'X' amount of money, how come I don't have it?' The songs are all fantastic, from Daves seriously rocking Rats to Rays heart broken This Time Tommorow, you barely get time to breath with all the musical frustration thrown at you. But that shouldn't put you off, this album is amazing and also includes the hits Lola and Apeman, a wonderful way to round off a brilliant musical diatribe.

Much Against Everyone's Advice
Much Against Everyone's Advice
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars grower., 14 Jan. 2005
I first heard of Soulwax when I saw them support The Wannadies?! They clearly blew them out of the water, and every other band that followed them on their many festival appearances that year (2000). After getting this album I had to wonder whether I had been a bit too drunk on those occasions. It seemed to contain none of the power that I had remembered, and I was disappointed by how flat it all sounded. Anyone who's seen them live will contest that the human breakbeat solo of the recorded version of Too Many Dj's pales in comparison to what they did live.
Despite this I still listened to the album (rarely) because I really liked one or two songs off of it. Then by late 2001 I realised it was getting played at least a couple of times a week (Just kind of crept up on me.) so I have to admit it, every cut on this record is really good and as a whole I love this album. It still pales when compared to their live work, but they are an exceptional live act - kind of remind me of The Who who are my favourite band, I love every album but none of them match up to my live recordings.
If you like guitar music with intelligent lyrices, then you need to own this record.

Any Minute Now
Any Minute Now
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.24

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Given time..., 14 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Any Minute Now (Audio CD)
This is actually Soulwax's 3rd proper album, not a huge number considering how long they've been around, but the 2 Many DJ's monicker seems to keep them very busy. I'm a huge fan incidentally but my first listen to the music on this record left me feeling cold. Apart from the first track and the genius NY Excuse it just seemed like bare bones, the songs were there but stripped of any kind of likeable coating. It gathered dust for a while and I forgot about it. Then I bought a copy for a friends birthday as she was a big fan of the band as well, she raved about how brilliant it was describing it as 'Techno Punk'. I figured I could do worse than give it another go, so I did and now I love it!
It puts me in mind of the 2nd Joe Strummer and the Masceleros album, in the way that it's not the songs themselves that are important but the sound and the feeling of it all.
Basically this album is a real grower, much as the last album was only a bit more industrial sounding. As for the 'Techno Punk' monicker, yes, I'd agree with that.

Doom - Collector's Edition (PC CD)
Doom - Collector's Edition (PC CD)

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for PC's, 13 Aug. 2004
Ok, by todays standards it looks terrible, blocky and a little jerky and it's not a 'proper' 3D game either. So why 4 stars?
This is as pure as gaming gets! Addictive in the way you wish most FPS's were, and the music is great too.
Is that it? Yeah basically. Enough weapons to keep you interested (dig the chainsaw on episode 2) and lots of blood, even if it is blocky close up. This will also most likely run on any spec PC which you can't say about most modern shooters.
You have no excuse; just get it and shoot!!

Kingdom Hearts Platinum (PS2)
Kingdom Hearts Platinum (PS2)
Offered by findprice
Price: £16.94

3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the Megadrive., 27 Mar. 2004
Indeed, bring back the Megadrive because that was the era to play quality games based on Disney characters. This era it seems, is not.
What initially seems like a great idea (Square doing a Disney RPG) does actually start off quite nicely, with decent music and wonderful cartoony graphics for the introduction sequence. This then leads on to a little section on an island where you walk around and interact with a bunch of your friends. Finally Fantasy X fans should enjoy seeing a very young Tidas and Wakka during this bit. It's all very nice without being in the least bit spectacular, and you may find yourself enjoying its innocence. It's when you get into the real meat of the game that you'll come across problems that ruin the game.
Combat can be difficult and occasionally hit and miss, especially when you've targeted an enemy you didn't intend to target and the camera goes totally insane. The camera basically takes a point away all by itself, it'll get stuck in scenery and then flip over your head 180 degrees leaving you totally disorientated. And all because you were standing on a wall mounted platform and wanted to see what was in front of you. Also centering the camera involves 2 button clicks, game designers should realise that we need to be able to centre a camera with 1 button press only!
Also, some of the levels are very badly designed, which can cause a little confusion, whereas some levels are incredibly boring - for instance the Hercules level.
The in between mini game of flying your ship between levels in dull and unnecessary, despite looking initially interesting.
Having 2 NPC's (Donald and Goofy) to aid you is a very good idea. You give them basic commands as to what to do in a battle, executed via a very badly designed menu system. However you'll have to heal them constantly as their AI is terrible.
If you're a huge Disney fan then try before you buy. Seeing and interacting with Tarzan, Jack Skellington etc is great fun in itself however the game does itself no favours in inplementation.

The Hobbit (PS2)
The Hobbit (PS2)
Price: £13.80

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally a mixed bag., 16 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Hobbit (PS2) (Video Game)
To mop up any confusion this is not a remake of the old 8 bit text RPG from the eighties (real shame) this is a brand new 3rd person action platform adventure with you in control of Bilbo Baggins
It's a game I really wanted to like more than I actually do, because there are several niggling problems.
1. Hobbit's have very small legs - Is a platform game really a suitable genre? Perhaps not, Bilbo cannot jump very far, and despite having a great walking stick/pole vault type super jump you will often find yourself falling to your death. Either via a chasm, or into a river. (Bilbo can't swim!!)
2. Bilbo isn't very 'hard'. Despite having three different weapons, walking stick, Sting (yes it glows brightly when goblins are near and helpfully lights the way in dark caverns) and throwing rocks, Bilbo has no block feature to speak of. Your offensive attacks increase in power and style as you progress, but most battles with three or more enemies will have you running away (you can't run very fast at all BTW) quicky hitting the target button throwing a few rocks then repeationg the procedure. This becomes more apparent the deeper into the game you get.
Despite these flaws, what this game does right, it does great. Most of the levels are huge, and you can just do the basics, or search around everywhere looking for more bonuses, graphics are pleasant all round (look out for that camera though) with some luscious cut scenes, and the music is truly fantastic and really sets the mood. It really depends on what you want to get out of it, if you're into great exploration then the game will last twice as long and present you with great satisfaction as the end level screen adds up your totals. If however you're easily put off by less than perfect controls and programming then steer clear. But for any hard core Tolkein fan, the opening level some justify the price alone.

Price: £6.57

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A transitional period., 21 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Liberty (Audio CD)
Previously capable of writing some of the catchiest songs around, Duran Duran hit upon a somewhat dry patch here. Some possibly good songs marred by lacklustre performances and production, with Hothead and Venice Drowning providing enjoyable moments of distraction. Album opener Violence of Summer is however one the best songs any form of Duran Duran has ever recorded. Not the best D2 album including Warren on guitar, (Surely that would be the Wedding Alum, or maybe even Pop Trash) but maybe worth a listen every now and again to remind you of how diverse and genre stepping Duran Duran have attempted to be in 20 years of music.

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