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NHL 07 (PSP)
NHL 07 (PSP)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NHL back on form, 30 Dec. 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: NHL 07 (PSP) (Video Game)
Being an NHL fan, over recent years I have been a little disappointed with EA's offerings, and having not tried the 2K series, the last one I owned was back on the PS One. So I picked this up on a recommendation and several glowing reviews with more than a little trepidation. I need not have worried.

For those old enough to remember, this game brings back memories of the classic EA hockey on the Mega Drive, fast, furious and most importantly, fun. Presentation is the usual top notch EA stuff, fully licensed from the NHL to the German, Finnish, Swedish and Czech leagues to international, team entrances and all. Music is typical hockey rock, not unpleasant, and commentary is pleasant banter and factual insight from mainstays Houston and Simpson.

What is most important though, is on ice. Player animation is superb, and the action once you get going is fast, fun and frantic. Passing and shooting is instinctive and hits are big and satisfying. On the flipside though, if you want to play a more realistic, steady style of play, the game is versatile enough to allow that. Every conceivable option is adjustable, so it really is up to you how you want the game to play. The analogue nub too, oft criticised, is spot on, and players deke and pirouette effortlessly. Setting the shot aim to manual takes a little getting used to, but it pays off in the end, and goals aren't always easy to come by on higher difficulties. It seems that NHL is almost perfectly suited to the PSP, and, when, in my opinion, truly unputdownable handheld games are fairly hard to come by, this has nailed it. It has been in since the day I bought it.

I say almost perfectly suited, the main gripe I have, and to be truthful, the only gripe is that the load times are very long, but once you're in, it'll hook you. It brings back the days of fast, furious and frantic EA hockey, and that's fine by me.

Ross Noble - Randomist [2006] [DVD]
Ross Noble - Randomist [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ross Noble
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £14.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Randomist does it again, 14 Nov. 2006
This is Ross Noble's third DVD and his biggest yet. A four disc extravaganza from his Randomist tour which covers the UK, Scottish Highlands and Australia.

Included in the four discs are his homecoming show at the City Hall in Newcastle, Melbourne, Stoke and Birmingham (four shows no less)and a variety of backstage and on tour footage which offer an insight as to what life on the road is like with the Geordie comic.

On this tour, Ross appears to be on top form, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed so loud and hard at a stand up show. The best thing about Ross is that the whole show can be a build up to a joke that he starts telling at the beginning then delivers at the end, but the tangents and distractions that have him veering in wildly different directions through the course of the show have you splitting your sides and tears running down your cheeks. He takes us on a rollercoaster ride through his thoughts and impulses, and interacts with the audience in a way that I have seen few other comedians do.

Now you may think that with all the shows being from the same tour, then a lot of the jokes may be repeated, but in actual fact, mostly because of the above reason, very few actually are. Its great to watch each show and see vastly different content.

The fact that this release has four shows, tons of tour footage and hidden easter eggs that result in about 9 hours of some of the funniest stand up you will see this year and possibly the next and the next...mean that for this price, it's a must buy for any Ross Noble fan, or any stand up fan for that matter.

NBA 2K7 (PS2)
NBA 2K7 (PS2)
Price: £10.10

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro Evo with Hoops??, 8 Nov. 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: NBA 2K7 (PS2) (Video Game)
As with FIFA and Pro Evo, year after year 2k and EA go head to head with their respective NBA games, and, more often than not, EA ends up winning the chart battle. But is this right?

Thing is, comparing 2k7 to Pro Evo is not far off. Unlike Live's flashy, arcade, players skating on ice gameplay, 2k7 concentrates on a more sim approach, which, to be honest, feels a lot more satisfying to play. The players feel realistic and solid when moving, and the controls feel responsive and satisfying. In particular, the shot stick (right analog) is very effective when it comes to scoring baskets.

But don't be fooled, as with Pro Evo, you can't jump straight in. There is a learning curve, and the shot stick does take a little getting used to, but it really is worth it. Once mastered, control is fluid and responsive, and you will amaze yourself with some of the plays you pull off.

The presentation and graphics are top notch too, with a fully licensed NBA roster, All Star teams, and animated crowds. Commentary is a little sparse but player chatter and crowd noise mean it detracts very little from the atmosphere.

Final mention should go to the size of the game. From the various one-off game modes, to the gargantuan Association Mode(think Master League) this game will keep you occupied for months. Tons of options, a crib to decorate, it's all there. Simply put, this is the best b-ball game on PS2, and one of the best sports games I've played. A must have, especially at this price.

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