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Born To Run
Born To Run
Offered by Entertainment Direct
Price: £5.15

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock and Roll Classic, 29 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Born To Run (Audio CD)
In 1975, Bruce Springsteen released a masterpiece, which will go down as one of the greatest rock albums in history. Widley regarded as his breakthrough album, it produced eight songs of the highest quality; from the quiet harmonical and piano chords at the beginning of Thunder Road, to the pessimistic ending of the 9 minute epic Jungleland. 'Born to Run' varies in both its sound, and lyrical suggestions. Each song appears shorter and more 'to the point' than that of his previous work, and this is what has given it such a wonderful recipe for its well deserved critical and commercial acclaim. I would even go as far to say that his lyrics match that of John Lennon & Paul McCartney in their prime. That is how highly I value BTR, and both the content and delivery of the line in Thunder Road ("Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain") hit me hard.

Although, personally, I prefer his solo acoustic works on 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' and inparticularly 'Nebraska' as entire albums, take absolutely nothing away from a thoroughly inspirational and touching album that 'Born to Run' is. Some of his greatest songs can be found on here, and anyone who enjoys music should also enjoy the muscial delights which come with BTR. It has probally been said a hundred times before, but this is why Bruce truly is 'The Boss'.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
Offered by games.empire
Price: £10.95

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Warfare 2, 14 Nov. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
So much hype surrounded Modern Warfare 2, and the question was continually asked: "Will it live up to expectations?". Quite simply, it does. Tremendously so. Infinity Ward prove that they know what is required when making a superb action game, which MW2 is, and have once again increased the standard for first-person shooter's forever.

Campaign (although again rather short) is an absolute blast, picking up 5 years after the events of COD4. Now under the command of "Soap" MacTavish himself, you play through the story predominantly as Gary "Roach" Sanderson of Task Force 141, and James Ramirez of the Army Rangers. Settings are far more varied than that of it's predecessor, ranging from Afghanistan, Northern Russian, the United States and even the slums of Brazil. Wherever the story takes you, it doesn't let you down. Inparticularly the infiltration of the gulag, which was the standout mission for me. In terms of actual gameplay though, it is very similar to that of COD4. Is that a bad thing though? Of course not. High in quality and enjoyable to play, it provides players with intense, action-packed levels and engaging combat situations, and although the plot can become slightly muddled in places, it barely effects what is a thrilling campaign. However, there are a few subtle and interesting additions, most notably the slow-motion breach element, which can be found on several missions. The snowmobiles also I'm sure will be a hit with fans. Veteran is once again a difficult challenge, but COD addicts im sure will be up for it. Also, it was queried why the game was pushed up to an 18, and I myself was a bit puzzled by this. That was however until the mission entitled "No Russian" came along. The slaughter of literally hundreds of innocent civillians isn't exactly 'welcoming', yet contributes to the atmosphere of that mission, and provides the game with a much more ruthless feel.

Special Ops mode is arguably the most sizeable addition to the game, whereby players (either solo, split-screen or online) fight their way through story-related missions to earn stars (69 overall). These are usually no more than 5-10 minutes in length, yet prove surprisingly addictive and are certainly worthwile to play.

Multi-player, as COD4 did, will absolutely dominate until the inevitable sequel comes out a few years from now. Expanded greatly from the original, it goes into far greater depth, with the option of choosing your own killstreaks being one of the most ingenious ideas encorporated. New games modes are few and far between; 3rd person mode for some matches being the only major addition. The system is more complex yet more rewarding, and with ranks going up to 70 now, playing time for specifically online will be outrageously long. Better than COD4? Only time will tell...

On a personal note, it is very refreshing to be playing a game predominantly as a BRIT, rather than the macho Americans we seem to be stuck with endlessly. My only dissapointment was how the game ended. I'm not talking about the final mission as such, but more the unknown feeling of what happens next. Perhaps I'm being too padantic, but it is rare these days that games have a PROPER ending; i.e - no cliffhanger. Uncharted 2 is the obvious exception to this, and in that review I asked which of these two would be game of the year. And to be honest, I don't have an answer. What was your playing time on COD4? 'Cos it's gonna be even longer on MW2...


Red Dwarf: Anniversary Edition - All The Shows [DVD]
Red Dwarf: Anniversary Edition - All The Shows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Charles

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf: Series 1-8, 18 Oct. 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
At around £30-£40, this COMPLETE COLLECTION of every Red Dwarf episode is fantastic value for money! As for the contents, their isn't any extras, interviews or 'smeg-ups', just all 8 of the classic Red Dwarf series'.

The box though is surprising. At least A4 in size, and with pouches for the DVD's to go in, rather than actual boxes. 10 discs in total, one for each series, with series' 7 and 8 split up into two DVD's each. That's pretty much it, a MUST buy for fans of the series, unless you are really desperate for any additions. Otherwise, Red Dwarf at it's best!


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £9.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of the Year?, 17 Oct. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Where to start? Everything about this game oozes perfection. Visually stunning (and by that I mean easily one of the top PS3 games, only MGS4 truly rivals it), an action-packed and thrilling story, and the one aspect which Drake's Fortune lacked. Multi-player. Specifically online, which plays brilliantly. This has everything you could possibly hope for in a game, and not just the greatest PS3 exclusive to hit the shelves, but possibly the greatest next-gen game so far?

The single-player aspect of the game was always going to be something special, after the great heights which the first game soared to. Among Thieves doesn't just match the high quality of Drake's Fortune though, it goes a whole lot further. Much longer in play time (about 12-14 hours in length), and the characters still remain extremely likeable, particularly Drake, who shines again in his second outing as the treasure hunter. The concept of it all is similar to the first game; Drake, Elena and a few others against a dictator like antagonist with quite a few soldiers at his disposal, searching for treasure. In this case it is the "Cintamani Stone" which has come to their attention through the legend of Marco Polo. Clearly the story goes far deeper that that, and there are numerous twists and incidents throughout. Fighting your way through each level is an incredible amount of fun, and the way the game looks and feels is quite remarkable! Never have I played a game which is so engrossing, yet so beautiful. Every detail is perfected throughout, and the music, setting and visuals all combine to create a sensational rollercoaster ride.

As for the multi-player, well...wow! To be honest, I was sceptical at first as to how this would play out. I couldn't understand how they would be able to encorporate the great aspects of the story into a online battle. How wrong I was. The thing which struck me most was how "un-laggy" it was. It plays so cleanly and smoothly it's unreal, making for a stunning experience online. Maps are mostly levels from the story, although expanded to accomodate. The game modes are nothing new, but the way they play feel unique. For example, "Plunder" is simply Capture the Flag, which takes the games treasure hunting theme into consideration, and "Hold the Hill" is just King of the Hill. Old concepts, brought to life superbly by Naughty Dog. Co-op mode is also a new addition, which involves you and two others playing areas of the story, fighting off soldiers and completing mini-quests as you go. Fun, innovative and exciting to play, every aspect of the online mode is, surprisingly for me, finely tuned and a thrill to play.

You don't have to have played the first game (though it helps) to play Among Thieves. You don't even have to like this genre. Uncharted 2 plays like no other before, and will be regarded as one of the all-time greats, by fans and critics alike. Unfortunately, to answer my title question, this probably won't win game of the year. That title will most likely go to Modern Warfare 2, which seems harsh on such an undisputed classic that Uncharted 2 is. I'm running out of superlatives to describe this unforgettable experience, and so to conclude: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves...the thrill of your PS3 life!


Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £5.90

169 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bird is the Word..., 19 May 2009
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD] (DVD)
Family Guy. In its 8th season, but still the greatest show on TV. Although I don't think the writers will ever truly reach the heights which Seasons 2 and 3 were at, the jokes, gags and incidents are, in places, side-splitting. For Family Guy fans, or for those just simply interested in a hilarious and witty Animation, then every season is a must buy. Very few episodes dissapoint throughout the entire show, and thankfully, Season 8 is no exception.

There is still confusion which episodes are on which DVD's, so I will clear up what is what on the Season 8 DVD:

1. Back to the Woods (9/10)

James Woods returns to Quahog to seek revenge against Peter by stealing his identity and becoming Peter Griffin. Though Peter is left with nothing, he counters against his treacherous former friend by ruining the actor's career and public image.

(Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire have just finished slating Barry Manilow.) Few moments of silence...Joe: "I love Barry Manilow."

2. Play it Again Brian (8.5/10)

Feeling their marriage has hit a snag, Peter and Lois take Brian's offer to go with him for a relaxing vacation at Martha's Vineyard. However, as Peter gets drunk, Brian loses his self-restraint and professes his love for Lois. Peter and Brian must now test their friendship over the woman of their dreams.

(Lois asks Peter if he is ready to go out. Peter then appears in fishing clothing and equipment.) Peter: "Ohhhh...Right."

3. The Former Life of Brian (9.5/10)

Brian discovers that he is the illegitimate father of an old flame's unruly son, Dylan, who is dropped off at the Griffins' house so Brian can raise him. He manages to turn Dylan's life in the right direction, though Brian himself becomes a bit stuck-up as a parent, much to Peter and Lois' concern.

(Dylan has just beaten up the Evil Monkey.) Chris: "Yay! I haven't been in my closet for years...Boy, there is a lot of feces in here."

4. Long John Peter (9/10)

Peter steals a parrot and becomes convinced that he's a pirate. He becomes the scourge of the neighborhood, terrorizing every corner of Quahog until he accidentally kills his beloved bird. Meanwhile, Chris falls in love with the lovely vet intern Anna and turns to Peter for advice.

Peter: "Shoo' ite' agaaiiin!"
Pirate: "What? I didn't understand that."
Peter: "I said shoot it again, but I said it Pirate like."

5. Love Blactually (8/10)

Brian takes Stewie's advice to take things slowly with his new girlfriend, Carolyn, but things backfire and she ends up with Cleveland. Enraged, Brian does whatever it takes to get her back, which involves Loretta and a certain Mr. Glenn Quagmire...

Cleveland: (Whilst having sex with Carolyn.) "Ahh, ahh, ahh and boom goes the dynamite."

6. I Dream of Jesus (8/10)

Peter gets a record for the 1963 hit 'Surfin Bird', which begins to drive everyone insane, causing Brian and Stewie to destroy it. Furious, Peter goes to a record shop for another one, only to discover that Jesus Christ works there, and the two of them become friends...for a while.

Peter: (Talking about the record.) "I took it too bed, had sex with it, it fell asleep in my arms and this morning it's gone."

7. Road to Germany (8.5/10)

When Mort Goldman accidentally steps into Stewie's time drive, he is taken back to Warsaw, 1939. Realising this, Brian and Stewie make a desperate attempt to rescue him, even if it means heading into Nazi Germany...

Stewie: (Asked if Mort is a priest.) "Oh, yeah, yeah. I can vouch for him. He's molested me many times.

8. Baby Not on Board (8.5/10)

Peter gets a supply of gasoline for the year, so the family decide to take a road trip to the Grand Canyon. They pack up and hit the road, but it takes them a while to realize that they had forgotten to bring Stewie with them...hilarity ensues as they race back home!

Quagmire: (Asked if there's anything that doesn't give him a boner.) "When people say garbage instead of rubbish. Nothing happens down there."

9. The Man with Two Brians (9/10)

When Brian gets injured during Peter's version of Jackass, it is realized that Brian may be getting too old, so Peter brings home another dog: 'New Brian', prompting Brian to leave. However, this doesn't go down well with Stewie...

New Brian: (Talking to Stewie about humping Rupert.) "He just laid there and took it."

10. Tales of a Third Grade Nothing (8/10)

Peter tries to get a promotion at work, but is told he must repeat the third grade in order to qualify. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatra, Jr. returns to Quahog to buy the local nightclub with Brian and make it the hottest new spot in town, but Stewie has a few ideas of his own...

Tom Tucker: "Our next spelling bee contestant is Omar mahajareefa.. something..septembereleventhy."

11. Ocean's Three and a Half (10/10) - My favourite episode on the DVD.

Bonnie finally gives birth to a baby girl, Susie, whom Stewie falls in love with and tries anything to win her heart. Meanwhile, Joe borrows $20,000 from a loan shark to pay for Bonnie's medical bills, and plans to steal the money from Mr. Pewterschmidt to pay off his debt.

Brian: "Oh really. Music video. Working on a little video there, little erm...little music video. Little compilation of visual images to go with the song. Little 4 minute movie which tells the story of...
Stewie: "Yeah, that only works when I do it." (I love the 'Novel' sketch!)

12. Family Gay (8/10)

Peter takes part in medical experiments to pay off his debt, including one that which gets him injected with the 'gay gene'. Peter ends up in a gay relationship and leaves Lois and the rest of the family heartbroken, though they realize the most important thing is that Peter is happy.

Peter: (Asked by Lois if gay.) "Guiltyyyyyyyy!"

13. The Juice is Loose (6/10) - My least favourite episode on DVD.

Peter cashes in a raffle ticket from 1989 and wins a golf outing with O. J. Simpson. When he befriends Simpson and brings him home to meet the family, the residents of Quahog aren't so welcoming of the infamous running back and try to force him out of town.

OJ Simpson: "Hi, are you Peter Griffin?"
Peter: "That's my name, don't put a knife in it."

Special features: Includes commentaries on every episode, deleted scenes, and featurettes including footage from Comic Con 2008.

Overall, I hope my review was helpful and feel free to leave any comments. This is perhaps not the best season ever, but c'mon...it's Family Guy!
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Killzone 2 (PS3)
Killzone 2 (PS3)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £6.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathtaking Experience, 1 Mar. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Killzone 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Killzone 2 delivers in almost every way on the hype that has built up over the past year or so, and so the way we play First-Person Shooters may have been changed forever. From the superb and high quality campaign, to the simply amazing and unique online multi-player experience, which could steal many COD players from 'World at War' and even 'Modern Warfare'...It's opening video is truly unique, and although the game is broadcast in 720p, the graphics are second to none, with each level having it's own astonishing setting and landscape. Put simply, the visuals in Killzone are superb.

Gameplay may take some getting used to, but for veterans of FPS's (who I'm sure the game is aimed at, hence the 18 rating) it shouldn't take long, and then you are soon left drooling over many hours of a simply unforgettable experince. This is more than continued in the online multi-player, which can take players to a whole new level of gaming. FYI, there is NO offline split-screen in K2. Though this could be called a flaw, it's hardly a letdown to the experience. In my opinion, K2 online is a mixture between Resistance and COD, with it being mainly related to the latter. Although the ribbons and medals are similar to that of R2, they are much more thoroughly thought out and well-presented. Presentation is also one of Killzone's very strong points. Simple, yet still enough to give you what you need to know.

Overall, Killzone is a PS3 exclusive simply not to be missed. Unique in almost every way, this FPS is most certainly the future for all gaming. Sony, I salute you.


Skate 2 (PS3)
Skate 2 (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £13.05

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Going downhil..., 25 Jan. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Skate 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Skate was a reaction to sequels, a youthful breath of uncluttered thinking in the face of the incremental gimmickry that sent Tony Hawk tottering into stodgy middle age. That puts Skate 2 in an awkward position from the start.

The game's response is, unavoidably, that of almost any other follow-up: on top of the clean lines of the original, Black Box now lays on additions, refinements and rebalancing. To replace the shock of the new, we instead get the simple pleasures of more - even though the first game understood that bigger isn't necessarily better.

Alongside a welcome expansion of the original's tricks repertoire, the sequel enables you to hop off your board and navigate New San Vanelona on foot. As a selling point, the power to walk around in a game about skating is hardly the most seductive of hooks, and it's surprisingly awkward in implementation; characters turn like battleships and lurch uncomfortably between standing and running animations, both of which seem to have been mo-capped from eager Neanderthals.

But walking has its uses. Navigating tricky areas of geometry to get to the next objective is noticeably easier and, more importantly, with two feet on the ground you can now grab in-game objects such as benches and dumpsters and move them about to create the perfect line.

The ability to construct your own trick spot adds a low-maintenance puzzle element to many of the game's objectives, but it really comes into its own in the online modes, where obsessives can spend hours moving around the virtual furniture before sharing the results.

The game's admirable restraint stops you from chaining together anything particularly outlandish; instead, it offers the more rarefied pleasures of tweaking a layout until it's just right, optimising the distance from picnic table to bench and extending a trick run as far as it can sensibly go.

Elsewhere, however, the brand new Hall Of Meat mode suggests that the franchise's descent into dangerous slapstick may already have begun. While there's something unavoidably entertaining about sounding out the huge environment for the best perches to throw your skater from, before watching and wincing as they earn points crashing to the ground, the experience never really fits in with the rest of the game's sense of quiet style and, for all its face-grinding impact, the minigame lacks the explosive logic and arcade precision of a good Burnout crash junction.

New San Vanelona remains a breezy source of realistic tricking, and the ease with which the Flickit control scheme has evolved to incorporate new additions continues to mark it out as a modest classic, but Skate 2 feels like something of a dilution.

Despite the pleasures of returning to such a well-constructed sandbox that offers many distractions, Black Box's sequel ultimately struggles to offer any single compelling justification for its own existence. The execution is still sharp, but the game as a whole feels slightly pointless.
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Call of Duty: World at War (PS3)
Call of Duty: World at War (PS3)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £14.13

129 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULL GAME REVIEW!, 14 Nov. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
It's a very difficult job following on from one of the greatest title's ever to grace the gaming world (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare), but Treyarch and Activision have produced a master-class, which follows on proudly from it's predecceser.

CAMPAIGN:

The game's campaign splits time between two different fronts. For half the game, you'll play as an American Marine taking on Japanese forces as you push from their forward island bases all the way back to Okinawa. The other half puts you in Russian boots as you strike back against the Germans, pushing them out of the motherland and sieging Berlin. Like the previous game, the campaign jumps back and forth between the two perspectives.

The campaign provides a good amount of first-person shooter variety, but it excels when the levels are wide open and all hell is breaking loose around you. There are more than a few moments where you're charging against an entrenched enemy, and the game does a good job of making these moments feel appropriately chaotic. You'll also see the requisite vehicle sequence and some up-close indoor battles. Overall, a quality single-player campaign which will keep you going for hours.

MULTI-PLAYER:

Once again, the Call of Duty multi-player has the ability to leave you playing for hours on end without losing interest, and drooling for more action. In what feels like no time at all, you could check your score and find that you have played it for 5 hours or something!

Some of the major changes include:
- Rank 65 before Prestiging.
- Tanks available for some maps.
- 3 kills (Plane Recon), 5 kills (Artillery), 7 kills (Dogs).
- Different Perks and Guns.
- Different game modes/maps.

Overall, the World at War multi-player has stayed in touch with COD4, and is still very enjoyable to all who play it, resulting in hours on end of playtime. The new additions are very clever and there is just something about COD online. It can't be rivalled. There seems to be a touch of genius about World at War, and still you will find yourself desperately trying to climb up the ranks and get to Rank 65 on the 10th Prestige! It is just brilliant!

VISUAL/GRAPHICS:

Fire seems to be a big visual theme in World at War. Large portions of the campaign are devoted to running around with a flamethrower and burning as many Japanese soldiers as possible. You'll run through burning buildings. And if you play long enough, you'll be able to unlock that flamethrower for use in multiplayer. The fire effects, thankfully, are good enough to warrant their featured position. The flamethrower snakes around as you wave it and burns up most nearby grass and trees as you go. Creeping through dark, but still-burning buildings shows off the game's terrific lighting, as the soft glow of the flames reflects and flickers onto the nearby walls. All of the lighting, is done extremely well, and playing this on a HDTV will be truly stunning.

In conclusion, I think it's safe to say that everyone will agree on World at War being an extremely good FPS that had ticked all the right boxes. However, there will be divided opinion on whether or not it's better than last years masterpiece. My advice...buy World at War now, but keep COD4. World at War is extremely well made and should be bought by anyone who is as fan of the COD series, but COD4 is just too good to throw out or trade in and should still be kept for all the right reasons.

Hope my review was helpful and feel free to leave any comments.
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (PS3)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (PS3)
Offered by Clearance Game Deals
Price: £3.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Step in the Right Direction, 23 Oct. 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Certainly this seasons PES seems to have had a very mixed reaction and I was dubious over buying it. But after being disapointed by Fifa, I needed to have a footy game to last the year, and fortunately Pro Evo has not disapointed. Quite frankly, it could not have been worse than last years attempt and to be honest, I spent the first couple of hours putting my own songs in and having fun on the edit mode! The edit mode is a huge improvement on 08 and is very similar to the good ol' days of PES 5 and 6 the PS2. Simple and easy to use, the edit mode lets you change anything that isn't licensed to your own personal preference.

It has to be said that the songs in this game are not good, but thanks to the MP3 Library, you can put on any MP3 song you like to play in whatever mode you want. A brilliant addition. Unfortunately, one thing you cannot change is the commentary, which is dreadful. Since they have licensed the Champions League, why not use Clive Tyldesley and...oh wait there aren't any other decent summarisers (not including BBC Five Live's who are excellent!). This is one of the few annoying letdowns from PES.

Moving on to the actual gameplay...it's definetely a BIG step in the right direction! It's well-thought out, realistic, fun and and players reactions to decisions are very life-like. Scoring from outside the box is possible and free-kicks can be deadly. Goalkeepers can be dodgy and pull off wonder saves. I like this, giving it some realism but I know it's not everybody's cup of tea. Finishing from inside the box is superb, firing low into the bottom corner works a treat, although I have it a few corkers into the top peg! Overall the gameplay is smooth, slick and tidy, which could not be said for last years "joke"!

Graphics...all in all pretty darn good. Probably slightly better than Fifa's although there isn't much in it, but what gives PES the edge is the strips. I know out of the Prem only Liverpool and Man Utd are licensed, but you can alter the others badge's and sponsors to make them look very life-like, and it's results are brilliant. Others top European teams such as Real, Barca, Inter and Juve all look tremendous, I only wish that ALL the Champions Leauge teams were actually in the game!

Online...this is mainly where PES was SEVERLY (and I mean SEVERLY!!) let down last year, well do not worry because this year it is a much improved package. After registering a Konami ID etc. you can search lobby's annd there are also online leaderboards which are terrific.

Overall PES is a much improved overall package, and is only let down by 1 or 2 niggly errors. Still a great game, and with a few more tweaks, could have been the best footy game to date. It's not, but is still the "Real Deal" footy game for 2009.


FIFA 09 (PS3)
FIFA 09 (PS3)
Offered by Vahvoo
Price: £2.20

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neat, Slick and Stylish...But Still Same Old Fifa, 4 Oct. 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: FIFA 09 (PS3) (Video Game)
Fifa 09. New title, same old story...

The thing that really annoys me about Fifa games is that people always say, "this one will be so much better than last year!", and in effect, nothing major has changed. There have been updates in transfers, new strips and different background songs, all which you would expect, but nothing major has changed. Graphics look the same, same stadiums, although the gameplay has changed slightly for the better, there needs to be more for this to be described as the greatest football game ever.

Every year when the new Fifa title is released, it is hyped as the best football game ever. Well, it should be shouldn't it? If it hasn't got any better then no-one would buy it. Improvements for this title are slim, but I will try my best to highlight them:

- New skills (backheels, outside of the foot shooting etc.) look very nice and it is now more realistic, especially in the air.
- Developed gameplay. Players can slide for the ball to intercept and the pass must be weighted to perfection.
- Celebrations (much like EURO 2008) are unique, so you can celebrate the way you want to.
- More recent songs.

On another interesting note, the Adidas Live system seems like a nice idea. Whether you will have to pay or not remains to be seen. But if they are including live with player updates and attributes based on how they are playing throughout the season, will this mean there is any need for a Fifa 2010?

So, to conclude, if you basically want an updated version of Fifa 08, then by all means but this. It does the job smoothly and efficently.

However, if like me you are tired of Fifa grinding out the same titles over and over, year after year, then go for something new, or just keep Fifa 08 and save yourself £40.

Hope my review was helpful, and feel free to leave any comments.
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