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Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)
Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)

28 of 123 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depending on what happens next. . ., 13 Feb. 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Anybody else sense a great con going on here?

Admittedly, the advantages of this system are great. Blu-ray DVD? They aren't cheap. This is a plus. Obviously.

Gameplay-wise, which let's face it is what the majority of people are buying this for, what the hell is the logic of expending damn-near £500 when the same gaming satisfaction can be achieved from the other new generation consoles?

If the Blu-ray DVD player on this thing is even half as "good" as the regular DVD player on Ps2, then damn-near £500 quid will be damn near £500 quid well wasted!!!

If you want a Blu-ray DVD player then why not just buy one? At least a dedicated one will run what it is supposed to. If pure gaming is what you are after, other offerings are CURRENTLY on the market at best part of one third the price!

If file compatibility is your thing, why not buy a home PC?

Call me old-fashioned, but should a GAMES console not purely and simply... run games?

There are a myriad of devices out there that are 100% dedicated to the tasks that this device claims to do in one and though some are more expensive than this is, at least they are solely dedicated to one thing.

As I said, think DVD player on the Version 1 Ps2.

I may be proved wrong, but it really does depend on what games manufacturers do with what is (partially) available to them on this system.


Marilyn Manson - Fear Of A Satanic Planet [DVD] [2006]
Marilyn Manson - Fear Of A Satanic Planet [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Manson
Price: £12.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even though unauthorised, 26 Feb. 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Being a long-time fan of the Reverand Manson, I found this documentary DVD to be extremely interesting and enlightening despite the fact that it was not authorised by Marilyn Manson, his manager or his label- a fact that did concern me when it arrived.
Despite this, the DVD offers a wealth of information about the man who was to become one of the most feared and revered rock stars of modern times and tracks the whole course of his career from a frustrated Florida rock journalist to the scourge of right wing and parent groups worldwide.
There are a number of interviews to be found on the DVD namely with members of the original Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids, Manson biographer Gavin Baddeley and the head of the Church of Satan, the Reverand Stephen Johnson Layba. Combined with a concise and interesting narrative, these interviews cast a great deal of light over the Marilyn Manson phenomena dispelling many of the ridiculous myths that have arisen surrounding the man and his music.
There are also a small number of both visual and audio interviews with Marilyn Manson himself in which he speaks of his art, the reaction to it and why he feels it is important in contemporary society.
So, all in all, unauthorised as it may be, Marilyn Manson- Fear Of A Satanic Planet is an excellent DVD and a superb purchase for any fan of Marilyn Manson or anyone just needing a good DVD. It is a fascinating and informative account of how little Brian Warner from backwater Ohio became the spokesman for disgruntled and "disposable" youth worldwide.
5 Stars indeed.


Personal Jesus
Personal Jesus
Offered by Buks4less
Price: £2.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 18 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Personal Jesus (Audio CD)
I tell you, i was real worried about Marilyn Manson for a while what with all the rumours of suicide and quitting music.
But lo and behold, The God Of F**k has done it again!!
Not only has he returned but he has returned on sensational form with this cover of the Depeche Mode classic.
Once again, instead of covering a song, Marilyn Manson has worked his magic and turned a rather harmless tune into a hammering industrial metal anthem working into it his own ideas and messages (cameo appearances from Dubya in the video, the baby Jesus smashing to release currency.) Sensational.
Political, heavy and an all out F**cking rocking song.
With this uder his belt and talk of a new album, my fears for Marilyn Manson have well and truly be laid to rest as he returns fighting as hard as ever!
Long live the God Of F**k!!!!


Alien vs Predator [DVD]
Alien vs Predator [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sanaa Lathan
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.96

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turkey? Pah!, 20 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Alien vs Predator [DVD] (DVD)
I would just like to say that this film f***ing rocked. It was one of the best film releases of 2004.
Granted, for those of you out there that judge a film on script and the like, this is maybe not for you. However, if you do like a well-scripted film with oscar winning performances all round, why the hell would you go and see a film entitled Alien Versus Predator in the first place? It's an action film, who the hell cares about the script? You're there to see explosions and violence and people being bumped off in truly vomit-inducing ways, not tear-jerking performances or class A scripting. Get a grip!
Although the scripting and the acting were a little weak, this film is still amazing. The CGI effects and the live-action sequences are astonishing, especially the showdown at the end. Both inkeeping with the timelines of both parent franchises, this film brings two of the greatest movie aliens in history together in a battle royale that will leave you baying for more.
For those of you wanting a well scripted film, maybe you should avoid this but lets face it, a film is meant to provide an escape from reality. A brief 100 or so minutes where the real world ceases to exist. This film will certainly do that for you and certainly wont disappoint.
Turkey? Yeah, whatever.


Saga Frontier 2
Saga Frontier 2
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £59.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much overlooked classic, 9 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Saga Frontier 2 (Video Game)
SaGa Frontier 2 is and RPG that i feel has never garnered the recognition that it deserves. I read a lot of articles about it which rated it as 'average', a mere bank balance-builder for Square in view of the Final Fantasy X project.
Those articles were wrong.
As with previous (so far unreleased) offerings from the SaGa franchise, SaGa Frontier 2 allows the player to follow the adventures of more than one character throughout the game. This gives it a greater replayability value than other more linear RPG's but also allows the player to tackle the game and discover different facets of the storyline, some being unique to one scenario.
The graphics admittedly are beginning to show their age but with the use of vibrant colour and beautifully constructed pre-rendered backdrops, SaGa Frontier 2, despite its' age, still manages to present a polished and extremely detailed graphic interface for the player.
The story is also one of the more interesting I have encountered in an RPG with one element running central through the narrative of both characters (one an Anima-less prince battling against his father's rejection and the other an Indiana Jones style treasure hunter.) Early on in the story, a powerful and mysterious relic called the Egg surfaces and eventually it becomes a battle against this Quell (powerful magic artifacts) and the evil it is unleashing.
The skill system is also more developed than that found in other contemporary RPG's and in most cases, the player can choose to battle his or her opponents as a team or using a single character. Using option 2 and entering a one-on-one duel will leave you in a very short space of time with exceptionally powerful characters (which is good as the final battle was one of the hardest I have ever fought)
Adding to the sumptuous pre-rendered backgrounds and the involving gameplay is one of the most atmospheric soundtracks ever to grace an RPG and gives SaGa Frontier 2 that little extra dose of polishing that makes it the truly unforgettable experience that it is.
Since it is getting harder to get a hold of, I would recommend anybody who enjoys a time consuming, well laid out RPG to buy this game. It truly does deserve five stars if not more.
One of the best RPG's I have ever played and certainly up there with such titans as Final Fantasy VII.
Average? Pah!


Holy Wood
Holy Wood
Price: £5.98

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely breathtaking., 24 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Simply, without a big long spiel, this album is quite possibly one of the most stunning rock albums ever to grace the earth. Holy Wood is 20 tracks of music that is so wonderfully intense that it leaves you baying for more.
Fans of Marilyn Manson and anyone who has ever felt disaffected or dismayed with the state of the world should sit down and play this album with the volume as high as it can possibly go because it is quite literally a big middle finger on a CD in musical incarnation.
There is nothing on this album that Manson doesn't cover; gun-culture (namely the blistering attack on it in the powerful 'The Love Song'), obcession with celebrity, assassination (Kennedy, Lennon, etc.)
Some of his most powerful work to date can be found on this album, especially with regard to the anthemic 'Disposable Teens', a fist hammering industrial ballad devoted to the disposessed and unwanted.
Not all of the album is heavy and there are also some really beautiful tracks in which the melancholy and possibly even the hurt of Marilyn Manson himself seem to shine quietly through the lyrics (mind you, having just been blamed for the Columbine massacre, who wouldn't be upset?) An excellent, haunting example of this would be the powerful 'In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death'
Musically diverse and with a huge number of obvious and more subtle facets, this album is everything that a Marilyn Manson fan could ask for and stands out as a powerful statement against the throw-away and often cruel society in which we live. With tracks like 'Disposable Teens', 'The Nobodies', 'President Dead' and many others, I would think it fair to say that this is quite possibly the most powerful Marilyn Manson album released to date and will certainly take some effort to beat.
Marilyn Manson, the essence of the message summed up on one CD. If you haven't already, you REALLY need to buy this album. Powerful, bold...you certainly wont be disappointed.


Xplosiv Hexen 2
Xplosiv Hexen 2
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £9.45

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby at all., 10 May 2004
This review is from: Xplosiv Hexen 2 (Video Game)
HeXen II: The Serpent Riders go out in style!
With Quake powering this game, what could possibly go wrong? In answer: nothing, that's what.
If you've played Hexen, you know the format: levels based around a central hub, mana, weapons of exceptional power that have to be reassembled before they can be used, artefacts, and, of course, a sumptuous array of puzzles to get your teeth into.
I know that compared to modern games, Hexen 2 is looking dated now but I would seriously urge you to make the effort and buy it (come on, it's less than a fiver for crying out loud!) the rewards you will get are pleasing to say the least.
The basics are: free the world of Thyrion from the grip of Eidolon, the last of a trio of demons called the Serpent Riders (those who have played Heretic and Hexen will know what I am on about here)
The levels are huge, based around a central hub. No brainless key-fetching here, Hexen 2 makes you think to progress and takes on more than a few RPG qualities (character class, level gains, stat gains etc)
Depending on how good you are at solving puzzles, Hexen 2 will either provide you with a short experience or a long one, one of the biggest boons of the game. The gameplay is addictive and, on higher spec machines, the graphics can be tweaked to breathe a little "modern-ness" into them for those of you who judge a game on it's appearance.
Seriously, old it may be, but Hexen 2 is still worth a look. It is cheap now and, if you are bored and looking for a decent game to pass carefree time, Hexen 2 is it. Go on, buy it. You know you want to!


The Golden Age of Grotesque
The Golden Age of Grotesque
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.82

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 5 May 2004
Anybody that says they don't like this album because it is "too commercial" is an idiot and a big one at that. Any Manson fans that say that, you are even worse idiots. Anyone who claims to be a fan of Marilyn Manson should know that one of his most interesting "science projects" was to infect the mainstream with his music and dominate it. The Golden Age of Grotesque, with its' industrial rock polishing makes it a worthy step in the direction of that goal.
The songs on this album are terrific, you can tell you're in for a treat as soon as This Is The New **** kicks in and it just gets better and better.
Essentially, yes, this is a rock album and distances itself from the dark, gothic offerings of the past (namely HolyWood; another superb album by the way) This is all part of Manson's master plan and all you folk out there bleating and saying he has run out of things to say are going to get a big shock in the future. The science experiment has worked, Manson has infiltrated the mainstream and now that he's there, there will, hopefully, be no shifting him! As long as there is stupidity in the world, there will be Marilyn Manson!
Another extremely satisfying offering from possibly the best musician alive! 5 Stars just aint enough!!


Final Fantasy X Cheat Disc
Final Fantasy X Cheat Disc

13 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless., 28 April 2004
I always thought that the point of an RPG was a challenge. Final Fantasy Xis a challenge. Why ruin a fantastic gaming experience with askill-dulling piece of crap such as this?
In fact, why even BUY a gamelike Final Fantasy X if all you want to do cheat?
Anybody who buys thisshould be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and should also be banned fromplaying RPG's for the rest of their lives.
Cheat disc, pah!!
Pointless.


Best Of Blood 2
Best Of Blood 2

2.0 out of 5 stars NOT a superb sequel to the original Blood, 20 April 2004
This review is from: Best Of Blood 2 (Video Game)
I am sorry, but this is in no way shape or form a fitting sequel to Blood.It is shallow and quite frankly boring in places. Although not exactlyrestrained with the violence, the original game managed to justify it witha good story (with more than the occasional nod to the genre of horrorfilms. Finding Jack Torrence from The Shining for example) Where Bloodpulled this off, Blood 2 fails dismally.
The controls were at firstfrustrating to master then non-responsive. The number of times a BoneLeech sucked my brains out because I couldn't get Caleb to jump ended upsomewhere in the thousands.
A truly uninspired and under-developedsequel that does nothing but shame the name of the original.
Thank god they didn't make a Blood 3.


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