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EyeToy Play with Camera (PS2)
EyeToy Play with Camera (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £19.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EYETOY, 3 Aug 2003
Right. Chuck your analog controller in your 'Unnessecary Pheriphals' drawer (you do have one, right?) because you'll never need a handset again. Eyetoy: Play is a collection of 12 minigames, multiplayer capabilities, a video messaging facility and a special 'Playroom' mode that are all triggered by your movements. How is this achieved, I hear you cry. Well it comes with an EyeToy, a small camera that plugs straight into the USB port of your PS2 and shows you onscreen. That's right, your're the hero! You're the game's main character! How cool is that?
Even the menus are navigated by waving your hands over motion-sensitive icons, although a controller can be used to select stuff.
One flaw, though, is that some games are very easy to cheat at. Want to get the high score on 'Wishi Washi' ? Walk close to the camera and move your thumb around a bit. However, you'll mostly want to play EyeToy with your mates, so cheating isn't too acceptable then.
Another flaw is that your street cred is on the line whenever you play with the curtains open. What if the postman comes and sees you waving your hands around like a loon? I got seen playing by a friend, and it took a long time to convince him that I wasn't crazy.
But the fact is, anyone can play on EyeToy. Even your grandma can play easily (as pictured on EyeToy's packaging). This game won't keep you occupied for as long as, say, Final Fantasy X, but it is a bucket of laughs and is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I reccomend this game to anyone with a PS2, as it is a great package.


Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Offered by funfair games
Price: £2.50

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ENTER THE MATRIX........ AND BE SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED, 22 Jun 2003
To begin with, let me just say this: if you want to give Enter The Matrix a try, rent it first. That said, I can continue with the review.
Enter The Matrix is basically the movie tie-in for The Matrix: Reloaded. It runs parallel to the movie, continuing scenes from the big screen on your small screen. Unfortunatly, you can't play as Neo, Morpheus or Trinity. You can choose from two new characters, Niobe or Ghost.
The gameplay is OK, but very linear. Once you've completed the first block of short levels, you've seen everything. I'm not saying the game isn't long, it's just very repetitive. You mainly have to beat up some enemies using the 3000 kung fu moves at your disposal, but when the bad guys are as dumb as they are in this game, who needs that many? Each character has a slightly different path, but it's not enough to provide a fresh experience each time. Driving or on-rail shooting levels are sprinkled between on-foot levels, but feel cliched and often have you driving down a completely straight road.
Graphics are fairly decent, with well detailed levels and some excellent interactive enviroments. If you use your bullet time ability, well-modelled bullets fly towards you in slo-mo.
An upside is the hacking mini-game, where you use a virtual keyboard to unlock cheats, training levels, movies, pictures and more. But the best reason to own Enter The Matrix is the hour of extra film footage, shot specially for the game.
A lot of work has gone into this game, but another year in devlopment could have made it an instant classic. Like I said earlier, rent it first to see if you like it, and then the choice is down to you. Will you take the red pill...... or the blue pill?


Daredevil
Daredevil

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DAREDEVIL: ANOTHER MOVIE TIE-IN, 27 May 2003
This review is from: Daredevil (Video Game)
The graphics are pretty good, with text in the form of speech bubbles, written sound effects (such as POW!), and comic book style characters and scenery. Gameplay is repetitive, and based mostly on platforming and combat. At the end of a set of levels, Daredevil faces a boss, which is a classic Daredevil villain each time.
The main motivation for playing the game, however, is the secrets section. By scoring level points or acheiving certain feats in the game, it is possible to unlock pictures from the movie, comic covers, alternate costumes and more.
All in all, this is a decent handheld game, with addictive gameplay and over thirty unlockable secrets. Like platformers? Like fighting sims? Got a GBA? Buy this now, then!!!


Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Enter the Matrix (PS2)
Offered by funfair games
Price: £2.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTER THE MATRIX: THE FIRST EVER DECENT MOVIE TIE-IN, 28 April 2003
You've had enough of this. Every movie tie-in is rubbish and dull. But every cloud has a silver lining, after all, and Enter The Matrix may just be it.
The game isn't just based on The Matrix: Reloaded, it weaves in with the plotline. Certain scenes in the movie are extended. Good so far.
You can choose which character you take control of at the start of the game. You have a choice of Niobe or Ghost. The story and gameplay change slightly depending on who you choose. For instance, if you choose Ghost, you get to fight Trinity.
The fight sequences are stunning, combing uber-cool kung-fu moves with awesome gunplay. But the main attraction is Bullet Time.
"Hold on!" I hear you say. "Didn't Max Payne do Bullet Time in 2001?" Well, yes, but it was inspired by the first Matrix movie. So was every game of 2002........... And guess what? They did it rubbishly! But as this is The Matrix, you can give it a bit of an easier time. Just increase your focus, and hold down a shoulder button.Bullets slow to a crawl, enemies move at a snail's pace and you can pull off some fancy moves.
The driving sections are great as well. You control Niobe as you tear through the streets in your car. But there's more! You can prompt Ghost to lean out of the window and fire a machine gun. Later on, you even get to ride the Logos hover-craft, but I'm not giving away too much..........
Whether you're a fan of The Matrix, action or video games, then this is highly reccomended.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2)
Offered by GameGrab
Price: £9.11

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this game was a substance, it would be Solid(gedit?)gold., 30 Mar 2003
There are a lot of questions surrounding Metal Gear Solid II: Substance. Is it a sequel? Is it worth getting if you have Sons Of Liberty? Do you get to play as Snake instead of the idiotic, lady-man Raiden? No. Yes. Maybe, but it depends on your personal opinion. This game is like the Intergral game for Metal Gear Solid(on the PSone), except it doesn't need the origonal game to run. Substance contains the origonal MGS2(with Snake, not Raiden), over 100 VR missions, over 50 alternative missions and five new mini adventures called Snake Tales(coincidentally starring Snake.) You have all of this on just one double sided disc.
The game is just the same, so there is no need to go into that. The VR missions are a form realistic training. The alternative missions I can't say a lot on because I haven't played on them much. But I can tell you that some of them involve taking very odd photos............... The Snake Tales are five new mini adventures that instead of being like the movie-like main game, are similar to TV episodes. They take place in MGS2 locations and follow after each other in an interlinking story line. In case you have this game and are wondering how to get the extra features, they're located on the underside of your disc.
MGS2: Substance comes with a bonus DVD crammed with special features. All in all, this meaty package is an essential purchase for any fan of stealth, hooting or Metal Gear Solid. Are you listening to me? SNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKE? SSSSSSSNNNNNNNNNAKKKKKKE!


Top Trumps - Marvel Comic Heroes
Top Trumps - Marvel Comic Heroes

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MARVEL TOP TRUMPS!, 26 Mar 2003
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I was told by a friend that these Top Trumps playing cards were extremely rare. But upon visiting my local newsagent, I found a crate full of the things. I paid the £2.99 price and rushed the cards home, to discover that most of my favourite Marvel characters were among them. Spider-Man, Doc Ock, the X-Men and Captain america. They, along with others, are all included in this deck.
These cards are good for playing with when you have a few mates around, but are easily bendable, thanks to the thin material used. These cards do NOT help you enducation wise in any possible way.
All in all, these Top Trumps are a gem in the Top Trumps series.


Still Waiting
Still Waiting
Offered by LEWKS1973
Price: £1.26

5.0 out of 5 stars ' So Am I Still Waiting, For This World To Stop Hating', 20 Dec 2002
This review is from: Still Waiting (Audio CD)
Sum 41 have been around for roughly a year and a bit now, and in that time, they've given us pop-punk, rock and rap mixed together. Still Waitng is different. Very different. For the first time ever, Sum 41 present a metal song.
Still Waiting is a wicked song with excellent lyrics. It tells of what is going on in the world(I think so, anyway). It is a little shorter than I would have liked ( 2 minutes, 37 seconds) but it makes no difference. The bonus items complete the treasure chest, with the demo of All Messed Up, live version of Motivation and the CDROM video of Still Waiting.
All in all, this is an essential purchase for the average Sum 41 fan.


Behind the Mask of Spider-man: The Secrets of the Movies
Behind the Mask of Spider-man: The Secrets of the Movies
by Mark Cotta Vaz
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Film Unmasked!, 3 Sep 2002
This book is one of the best movie books I've ever read! It's packed to bursting with colour photos, story-boards, interviews and more!
All in all, you get more than your moneys worth if you buy this book. A must-have for any Spidey fan!


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