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Deus Ex: Invisible War (PC)
Deus Ex: Invisible War (PC)
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: £4.72

3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 4 Sep 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Deus Ex is an all time legend. If u play it these days the graphics are fairly poor and the storyline is too short, but the content and gameplay is great. After several years you would have thought that they would have made the game longer and ironed out the other imperfections, but its half the length, people are still insanely stupid, the graphics are ok but not great and the story is lacking in the depth and conspiracy that made its predecessor so great. The most shocking thing you find out happens very near the beginning and its that the place you work in has a different name. Universal ammo(?) is quickly drained. The skills system has been eradicated and you just buy biomods off shady black market dealers.
On to the good parts. The game is still addictive, more choices to make then deus ex and more conflicting goals from earlier on, has more expensive and classier areas rather than all slums and although it doesnt really stand up to deus ex, its a good buy compared to a lot of the other games on the market.
If u have deus ex, this is worth a play. If you dont, buy deus ex first as this gives away some of the plot.

FIFA Football 2005 (PC)
FIFA Football 2005 (PC)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifa scores high, 1 Jan 2005
So EA return with Fifa to battle out the top spot with Konami again. I have purchansed Fifa several times and it is getting better and better (which is a relief since 2004 and 2002 were RUBBISH!). People always seem to crash the gameplay. That is something that they can no longer do, as the gameplay is now fluid and slick, though still not quite as good as in PES4. However, when it comes to graphics, EA outdo themselves again with stunning pitches and player likenesses. PES still does not touch the graphics or the commentary of Fifa. The new skill button is not however improved from UEFA 2004. The skills no longer seem to work on players. But still, being able to play with real players with real clubs with real kits immediately helps Fifa move forward from PES4. Set pieces are also more accurate than in Pro Evo. All in all, this is a simply stunning game and for the first time, Fifa have outdone PES in my opinion.

FIFA Football 2005 (GBA)
FIFA Football 2005 (GBA)

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifa fun, 29 Oct 2004
Bought Fifa 2005 on GBA SP a few days ago. And after playing every game mode and enjoying them all, I'd like to say that EA have done well to create a game of this quality for a handheld console. It's a lot harder to make a good footie sim on GBA than on larger consoles and that is the reason it's getting four stars rather than one or two, as I'd give it if it was on a PS2.
This isn't really a football sim, more of an entertaining arcade football game. It is quite easy to score goals and you can bang five or six past a team on professional quite quickly. The throw ins are very inaccurate and you will give it to the other team 7 times out of 10. Free-kicks are also extremely hard to score (I haven't scored one yet) as when you try to shoot you just loop the ball into the keepers hands. Penalties are also quite hard to score, and I have scored none of the three I've taken. The faces aren't realiseable either.
Those are the bad points. Now here are the points I have to praise EA on. They have made a fairly entertaining and addictive football game. The game modes, tournament, career, friendly and challenge are all entertaining and the challenges are a challenge. Though Rooney plays for Everton and Scholes plays for England, this game is fairly up to date with the teams. Before Pro Evo fans come out and start criticising the gameplay, I have to say that for a GBA game, the gameplay is fairly fluent and the one touch pass and shot is a great addition. A good game!

Cricket 2004 (PC)
Cricket 2004 (PC)

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the rest for SIX!, 8 May 2004
This review is from: Cricket 2004 (PC) (Video Game)
Having had Cricket 2004 for a couple of months now, I'd like to comment on how superb this game. I bought Cricket 2002 and found it a complete joke, so I wasn't sure whether buying this was the best idea.
However, once I got out in the middle, I found out that this is about 10 times as good as Cricket 2002. This is a proper cricket sim, rather than a smash every ball arcade game. The graphics aren't what you'd call stunning, but they are good and realistic, and most of the players are recognisable. Though the commentary is a bit repetitive, and contradicting of what has just been said, you can't always expect new comments every ball with computer games.
In my opinion, batting is the most vastly improved part of the game. The batter's confidence meter is a great addition as it makes the game more realistic. If you ever bat for your local club and have just come in, you know just how it feels to go out there and then having to get the ones and twos and the odd four before you start going over the top. The slogging version, once you are confident enough to use it, is also a lot better than before, for now you must get in the right position and time it perfectly to have it go for six. The batting is also more of a challenge than before, if your not on easy level, because you need to get into good position and time the ball well to see it race away. The keyboard layout, with w and s as back and front-foot shots respectively, and the arrow keys as the different shots, is a lot more sensible and therefore I have had endless joy batting in this game.
The bowling is also improved. The chance of bowling a no-ball has been decreased as the run-up meter fills more slowly. The swing and spin you can imply on a delivery is a lot better too, and the bowling marker is more controlled, allowing you to be more accurate.
Fielding is quite fun, once you get the hang of it, but sometimes, it is the best idea to let the computer do it, allowing you to concentrate on just your bowling and batting, without worries of catching, running people out and preventing extra runs and boundaries.
The different game modes let the gamer have a lot of different experiences in different places. It is nice to finally see and EA game that allows every domestic style, like FIFA, mixed in with all international modes, like RUGBY 2004. You have all the English domestic competitions, all the Australian domestic competitions, lots of different foreign tours (which are a nice new experience), the world cup, a world series and a test series.
Another thing, which EA are often good at including in their games, is Team Management, which allows you to create your own player. You can make yourself play for England as the best player in the world, and can have all your mates playing as well. Though it is a bit dissapointing you have to replace someone with your made up player, I suppose there isn't enough for everyone and, if you make a good player, the added quality is often worthwile.
This game does EA Sports proud. Loads better than the previous effort at a Cricket game by EA. All true cricket and gaming fans just have to get this game and I hope we shall see further updates in the future.

FIFA Football 2004 (PC)
FIFA Football 2004 (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be improved, 2 Mar 2004
Fifa returns for another year to battle it out with Pro Evo 3. It has all the licences blah blah blah and reading some reviews I decided to have a go with Fifa and the off the ball controls which would be interesting to use.
Fifa has made a decent effort on the graphics. They aren't perfect but you can see a similarities between the top players. I am an Arsenal fan so I can't comment on the lower leagues.
The shooting is not very challenging. Just tap the shoot button when at the edge of the ball and the ball seems to go right for the bottom corner as an unstoppable shot.
The skill button doesn't do any skill. From my point of view even with the best players you can't skill up a player. I am also finding it boring that Fifa seem to have this facsination with step-overs and are not interested in other sorts of skills such as lollipops and such.
The off the ball control I will admit was a nice addition and I hope that Fifa will expand it with 2005. I also hope that we might see a counter offer in the transfer market, so you can hassle a club for a player. It was good to see that a club can reject you so you cannot make the absolute dream team with Zidane, Ronaldo and Henry and co which means winning the league is more challenging.
The gameplay has been critisized. It is actually quite fluent at times and you can put together some good movement and put through great through-balls.
Overall: Fifa have improved this model from previous editions. I think that the online play was a nice idea and the off the ball play was too. I do however hope to see an improvement in the little bugs that there still are in Fifa. I'll give it 4-star despite the bugs because for big football fans it can be addictive.

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (PC)
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (PC)

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HP Flying slightly low, 14 Jan 2004
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
When I got quite a bit of money for Christmas, I decided to spend it on a few video games, of which I had recieved none. One of the ones I had picked was Harry Potter Quidditch.
There are some games meant to take a gamer a while to complete and give a gamer a challenge. Though there are loads of Quidditch cards to collect to unlock all the teams and levels, this game does not give the gamer any challenge at all if they have experience using a keyboard or mouse.
Though this is fun temporarily, it is not one to buy if you want to be able to play it for a long time and not get bored.
The scenery and different stadiums can sometimes stun you e.g. the Japanese Stadium I'll admit is well created, but the teams barely put up any fight. On Nimbus Two Thousand level in the world cup, which isn't the easiest level, I scored 300 odd points compared to Bulgaria's 30 until the snitch arrived. Bulgaria are the only team you need to unlock to play, so you'd have thought they'd have put up more fight.
Though this might impress at first, you won't enjoy it for to long, so don't spend your money if you play games quite consistently

Finding Nemo (PC)
Finding Nemo (PC)
Offered by Games Heaven
Price: £19.99

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nemo's lost, 14 Jan 2004
This review is from: Finding Nemo (PC) (Video Game)
I'm afraid to say that though I found the film throughly entertaining and humorous, this game just simply didn't work for me. All you had to do was click to go in several different directions and then use a touch of logic and you'd have virtually completed it.
Too easy for me and my brother and not enough game, too many clips.
After an hour or two, you'd have finished playing it if you're older than 5 or 6, and after a few days I didn't bother playing it at all.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PC CD)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PC CD)
Offered by GameExplorers
Price: £16.49

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENCHANTED!, 4 Jan 2004
This is the second Harry Potter game and is much more fun than the first. It is also more of a challenge and can not simply be completed in a single day. The new way to learn spells is much better if like me you have a stiff mouse. The fact that you choose when to play Quidditch is much better if you fancy a rest from spells and challenges and the Duelling Club is a nice addition to the game to win beans and then to trade them with Fred and George and their colleagues for Quidditch equipment, Wizard Cards and potion ingredients.
Bad points - NONE! No bugs and it can only get tiring if you can't complete something and keep trying (something that I have done on other games) which doesn't really happen because although things are a good challenge they are never extremely hard to do.
A brilliant game and a must buy for HP fans.

Rugby 2004 (PC)
Rugby 2004 (PC)

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not superb, 24 Oct 2003
This review is from: Rugby 2004 (PC) (Video Game)
Being a great rugby fan myself and having being looking for a rugby game for ages, I was delighted when I saw something was coming out. My jubilation increased only slightly in the 5 weeks I've had this game. Once you get used to it, it isn't to bad, but things could certaintly be improved.
One problem is how much time is wasted after a conversion (you have to wait for ages for the players to get to the halfway line and then they waste another 2 or 3 minutes).
The kicking is unrealistic. When attempting a drop goal with Jonny Wilkinson right infront of the posts he can very well miss it. The goal kicks take ages to set up and on the World League choice (which I quited quickly because of the poor kickability) is almost impossible to score even with a perfectly placed kick.
Quite often I have found, when doing quite well, the game freezes on me. Because of this worry, I've had to save after every game which wastes time. Although I could say this bug has improved a little, it is by no means perfect yet.
The graphics aren't bad for some people like Wilkinson or Johnson, but for some people they're an absolute joke. After a penalty or conversion, the pitch looks comical and after a try is scored it's the same celebration again and again and again.
The team choice is pretty poor. They call it the Rugby 2004 season which means Wasps, who won the Zurich Premiership, should be in the Heinieken Cup instead of 11th placed London Irish (who are called London exiles).
Having said that, the gameplay is reasonable. The rucks are pretty realistic as are the scrums.It is also possible for a person to get to grips with very quickly. The passing is pretty good as are the breaks.
Though it is hard to beat a fullback one-on-one since you only need to run into someone to tackle them, tries are pretty easy to score, almost too easy if you like a challenge.
My final complaint is this game is much to easy once you've got the hang of it! I battered the All-Blacks in 5 minutes a half on medium level.
This is a decent game with pretty good gameplay and SOME okay graphics, but if you'vebeen saving up for a long time, see if you can get something else better first and if you can't, by all means by this game!

Cricket 2002
Cricket 2002

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, poor and poor, 11 Aug 2003
This review is from: Cricket 2002 (Video Game)
As a cricket and PC games lover, I was looking forward to playing Cricket 2002. Having played a few EA Sports games, I was shocked by the poor quality of Cricket 2002. The batting is impossible (every time you play an aggressive stroke, you're out caught), the bowling is hopeless and it takes so long to load (for some games it might take a while if it is a really long or usually good part, but good?)! If you were looking forward to playing EA's latest version of Cricket, I have to dissapoint you and adise you to stick with a different cricket game.

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