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Sega GT Online
Sega GT Online
Offered by total-gamer
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just got better!, 29 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Sega GT Online (Video Game)
Sega GT 2002 was a cool game. I have spent the sort of number of hours playing it that I'd rather not admit to!
GT Online is better. You get everything from GT 2002 with extras. I don't have broadband so I actually bought this 'online' game to play 'offline', kind of stupid - perhaps - but it's worth it.
There's more parts with which to upgrade the wider selection of cars. There's a new group of cars too, the 'Vintage Classics', the old torpedo-shaped LeMans cars like Bugatti's Type 59, Mercedes W25 and Auto Union's infamous Type C Streamliner. These can be raced in a new single event of their own, and there's an "American Muscle" event for the expanded range of muscle cars too.
There's more supercars, more concepts, more for every class, plus some nice new tracks. The actual number of new tracks is a bit of a proverbial red herring! All the original tracks have been replicated backwards, so they have officially been counted as 'new', but there are two completely new tracks which are very nice indeed.
Also, all of the original tracks have been revised from the texturing point-of-view, generally for the better, so there's a little more colour in them now.
There's some new modes outside of the GT 2002 'Career', and these allow you to unlock cars and earn a little money for the career mode, so the game's different areas are more interactive.
Something to be aware of is the game-data transfer feature; we are told that saved game data like customised cars and money, from any Sega GT 2002 save-game, can be transferred to GT Online and used. This feature only appears to actually work in your multiplayer 'online' account, so for the single player game, all you will get out of it is 100,000 in credit, unless your ballance is lower than that in your GT 2002 save-game.
You won't get more than 100,00 either. The new music feature isn't worth writing home about either, but neither of these aspects particularly matter because it's still a 5-star game, better than Gran Turismo, hands-down.

Crystal Planet
Crystal Planet
Price: £5.17

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 stars?, 5 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Crystal Planet (Audio CD)
Crystal Planet is beautiful! Everything on this album deserves more credit than it often gets, and this relatively recent album shows that Satriani is still one of the best.
This album also represents a kind of turning point, where Satriani starts to explore with newer ideas, and uses more technology and electronic management to record and produce the record.
There's definite differences between this and previous albums like 'The Extremist' and 'Surfing With The Alien', but by no means in a bad way.
Satriani still makes room for showing off his often-unbeatable talent, whilst writing perfect musical structures at the same time.
Some of the favourites of this album are 'Raspberry Jam Delta V', 'House Full Of Bullets' and 'Crystal Planet', but there are a few absolute gems that are less well-known: 'A Train Of Angels', 'Lights Of Heaven' and 'Psycho Monkey', for example.
Satriani manages tone, rhythmn and ballance between instruments with wizardry............basically, if you don't have it, GET IT NOW.

Live And Beyond
Live And Beyond
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.29

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well what do you think? it's fantastic, 1 May 2002
This review is from: Live And Beyond (Audio CD)
This album is simply fantastic - almost as good as Venus Isle. I just got the US version released on Favored Nations - this has slightly nicer packaging, but the content is the same.
And the content is astounding. There's THAT unique Eric Johnson tone, and i knew that a Johnson live album would be a real gem after his other-worldly performances with Satch and Vai on the G3 live album.
This comes together to make a very CREAM-esque album with long, long solos and it is, yet again, made aparrent who many of his influences are.
If you're looking at Johnson for the first time, get this or Venus Isle, but make sure you're into REAL guitar music, and you like fluid, lengthy solos with a smooth, aquious tone (possibly a valve-state amp).
The album is produced by Johnson and Richard Mullen, with great band performances from Bill Maddox, Chris Maresh, Steve Barber and guest performances from Malford Milligan; it contains 10 tracks, with total play time of 52 minutes.
If you're already a Johnson fan, you should have got this right after you got Venus Isle - what are you waiting for? Just buy the CD!

Devil's Train
Devil's Train
Offered by roundMediaUK
Price: £9.63

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sardinas is very promising, 8 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Devil's Train (Audio CD)
Firstly, Sardinas plays as the support artist for Steve Vai, in concert. If you know anything about Vai, you'll know that that is a very hard position to earn.
Sardinas puts absolutely everything into his music, especially in concert, and it really shows. If you like Vai or Satriani then you'll almost certainly like this guy. He is very tallented and is fast becoming accostomed to playing technical guitar.
Be warned - if you have stumbled across Sardinas in a Blues search, you need to know that this is solid blues-rock, with LOTS of effort and LOTS of good sounds.
Tracks like "Aggrivatin' Pappa" are a good indication of the caliber of music that Sardinas is capable of, and show that his technical guitar skills are fit to see him becoming very succesful, very quickly.

Alive In An Ultra World
Alive In An Ultra World
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £26.28

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This almost captures Vai in concert!, 8 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Alive In An Ultra World (Audio CD)
i guess the thing you don't get from just listening is seeing the god-of-guitars facial expressions, but this album is the closest and best you will get to live Steve Vai.
Each track is written according to the country it was written for, ie. The Italian track sounds like it's from Italy, English from England, and so on. This is some of the best guitar music that he has ever played...
If you like Vai, you'll love this. It's worth nothing less than five stars. Five BIG stars.

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