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Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (PC CD)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (PC CD)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Value For Money, 6 Sep 2004
If you have never played any of the Might and Magic series then buy this game and play it. If you have played the others and like them, then get this version. Therefore - pretty much everybody should buy a copy of this game!
Once you have created a party of four characters, you start off your adventure with just a few coins in your pocket and not a lot else. Your characters are weak and inexperienced and you have a huge world to explore. What do you do now? The answer - anything you want! There is no real restriction to where you can go or what you can do. There are a huge number of little quests to do, from finding somebody's lost ring to Slaying a mighty dragon. There is a set of "core quests" to fulfill, however the rest is very much up to you.
Action - 8/10
Graphics - 7/10
Gameplay - 7/10
Atmosphere - 9/10
Lastability - 10/10


Theme Park World (PS2)
Theme Park World (PS2)
Offered by total-gamer
Price: £17.99

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awkward and slow, 9 July 2004
This is a highly unimpressive attempt at a strategy game that fails to deliver any satisfaction. Having played on Jurassic Park, Operation Genesis for hours, I was looking for another strategy game of a similar type. This was a huge letdown.
You are the boss of a theme park and have to make the place a success. The game is very bright and cheerful but incredibly awkward to handle. You never really feel like you are fully in control of all aspects of the park and it is difficult to engage in the events that are happening.
Researching and buliding new rides was reasonably fun and arranging the layout of the park was a reasonable challenge, but beyond that there does not seem to be anything to keep your attention and when you have done this once, there is no desire to put yourself through it all again!
Action - 3/10
Graphics - 5/10
Gameplay - 3/10
Lastability - 2/10
Atmosphere - 2/10


Thief 2: The Metal Age (Sold Out Range)
Thief 2: The Metal Age (Sold Out Range)
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £7.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game - well worth a fiver, 9 July 2004
Very similar in gameplay and style to its predecessor, this game will have you gripped in its atmosphere and suspense.
You take the part of Garret, a professional and skillful thief on a personal mission to aquire wads of cash for himself. As with the first installment, his path to riches is stalled by the need to save the world from an evil cult that wishes to mechanise the world.
Too few games give you any feeling of suspense in my view, but Thief 2 delivers on this count. Rather than charging in, guns blazing, the game rewards stealth, patience and timing. Stay in the shadows, don't get seen, attack from behind, tread silently and if possible just knock your foes out rather than mutilate them!
I say - but the game and try it. Especially for just five quid.
Action - 8/10
Graphics - 7/10
Gameplay - 9/10
Atmosphere - 9/10
Lastability - 7/10


Jak and Daxter Platinum (PS2)
Jak and Daxter Platinum (PS2)
Offered by entertainmentshack
Price: £22.93

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun from start to finish, 22 April 2004
This has to be one of the most addictive games available. From the verybeginning you are drawn into the game and become completely absorbed inthe fun.
The control of the game has been fantastically thought out andyou will soon find yourself performing all sorts of tricks and stunts withrelative ease. The landscape is huge and it changes just enough to keepyou interested in your surroundings without making you feel like you arelost or confusing you too much.
Even the plot of the story seems to keep you relatively interested,although you do get the odd sneaking suspicion that ideas might have runout in the designing office at some points of the game.
Overall, superband highly enjoyable.
Action 8/10
Graphics 8/10
Playability 9/10
Atmosphere 8/10
Lastability 9/10


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PS2)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PS2)
Offered by GX-ENTERTAINMENT UK
Price: £12.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You want more but its not bad, 11 Feb 2004
Maybe its the scale of the book and the film, maybe its the hype of recent years but you expect everything about the Lord of the Rings products to be first rate and this falls way short of expectations. But if you can forget the fact that it is Lord of the Ring based for a few minutes and consider it as just another game, it is really not that bad; it looks great, it plays well and the atmosphere is very endearing. Its biggest letdown is the fact that you breeze through the levels without ever really being chanllenged and the fact that you want more interaction with the environment.
Initially taking the part of Frodo, you start the game in Hobbiton - a cute little village inhabited by hobbits. You are presented with a number of minor tasks to accomplish before leaving the village such as fixing a weather vane and finding some lost items for a fumbling hobbit. These are not challenging and are mainly tasks that accustom you to the controls. Soon enough you find yourself in a scrap and from that point, things get somewhat more sinister ...
You will change characters a few times, giving you a little variety in the gameplay. The graphics are great, but as mentioned earlier the enviornment is often so good that you want to explore it and will find yourself feeling quite unfulfilled that you cannot open that interesting looking door or pick up any of those potential weapons that are lying around.
It is definately worth a play, but dont expect to still be riveted to this game two weeks later, as you will have finished it long before then.
Action 5/10
Graphics 7/10
Playability 6/10
Atmosphere 5/10
Lastability 3/10


SOS: The Final Escape
SOS: The Final Escape

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but lacking suspense, 14 Jan 2004
This review is from: SOS: The Final Escape (Video Game)
This is definately a well thought out and original game, with excellent graphics and a few surprising twists and turns to the plot. However I simply could not get excited about it. The game feels very linear in that, although there are portions of the game in which you have choices that potentially lead you down a different path, there is nothing that can really go wrong and everything will always turn out OK in the end. This is a "Sunday afternoon with nothing to do" game!
Action 4/10
Graphics 8/10
Gameplay 5/10
Atmosphere 6/10
Lastability 4/10


Virtua Tennis 2 (PS2)
Virtua Tennis 2 (PS2)
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £9.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the cash, 14 Jan 2004
This review is from: Virtua Tennis 2 (PS2) (Video Game)
This is an instantly gripping game. There is no doubt that there has been a lot of effort put into the playability. The graphics and the feel of the controls are very fluid, helping you to become familiar with the skills quickly and yet with enough scope to allow you to develop some talent over time.
Career mode, which has the lasting appeal of the game, allows you to develop the skills of your characters (one male, one female) by playing several sub-games, each of which focuses on a particular skill such as stroke, volley, serve & footwork. Tournaments are played which advance your world ranking (the objective being to become world number 1) and give prizes of rackets, sports shops in which equipment can be bought, etc.
The look of the game is great. I am sure that the designers have somehow managed to give the character's some of their actual characteristics, for example the stance of Venus Williams, the way Tim Henman reacts after winning a shot etc, are all spookily accurate!
The only thing that keeps me from giving the game five stars is that in the later stages of the game where most of the skills have been developed beyond half way, it becomes unnecessarily difficult to advance further, thus making you quickly lose interest. Despite this, it is well worth anyone playing.
Action 7/10
Graphics 8/10
Gameplay 8/10
Atmosphere 6/10
Lastability 7/10


Thunderhawk - Operation Phoenix (PS2)
Thunderhawk - Operation Phoenix (PS2)
Offered by media-4-u
Price: £3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bored, Bored, Bored, 2 Dec 2003
As much as I forced myself, I could not bring myself to endure much of this game.
The controls are unnatural and awkward to get the feel of. A good control system should very quickly start to become second nature. You do not want to have to be thinking about which button does what or how to manouver in a certain way. This just did not seem to be happening and did not feel like it was ever going to happen.
Certain aspects of the game also seemed to be outstandingly easy whereas other seemed to be too difficult. An example being the enemy helicopters were very difficult to target without rockets, whereas the enemy motorbikes would target immediately and only take a few shots to kill.
I may be underestimating the latter parts of the game, as I could not be bothered to persist that far. There are too many good games out there to waste time on ones you do not enjoy.
Action 3/10
Graphics 3/10
Playability 1/10
Atmosphere 3/10
Lastability 2/10


Might & Magic VII: For Blood and Honour (PC CD)
Might & Magic VII: For Blood and Honour (PC CD)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All this for a fiver?, 1 Dec 2003
I cannot belive that this game is being sold for this little amount of money! It has got real depth and hours and hours of gameplay. If you have any inclination at all towards fantasy type games involving witches, wizards, warriors and the like then do not hesitate to part with a miserly amount of cash for this outstanding game.
You start off by forming your party of four, choosing the character's race, skill levels, abilities etc. and set off on an adventure in a vast landscape made up of various maps, towns, villages, seceret caves, castles, beaches with haunted lighthouses, dragons lairs. You will meet all sorts of monsters and rougues along the way, chat with friends, gather quests, trade goods, the list could go on and on. How you accomplish your goal is entirely up to you, and there are many many ways to get there.
No hesitation - buy it and play it.
Action 7/10
Graphics 8/10
Playability 10/10
Atmosphere 9/10
Lastability 10/10


Dianetics
Dianetics
by L. Ron Hubbard
Edition: Paperback

9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 1 Dec 2003
This review is from: Dianetics (Paperback)
Make no mistake - this book works. I first read it about 8 years ago after spending the previous five or six years reading all manner of books about philosophy, spirituality, buddism, meditation, psychology and new age thinking. The two ingredients which seemed to be missing from everything that I had read before was workability and objectivity. In other words, I wanted something that I could actually do and something which worked no matter whether you believed in it or not. On both these fronts, Dianetics delivers.
It was written in 1950 but is still as applicable today as it was back then, even if some of the references seem a little dated. The techniques, the concepts and the substence of the research that was done which lead to the formation of the subject are all valid and workable and have the ring of truth about them that is recognisable even before you have put it into practice.
This is a book that everyone should read and form their own opinions on. Better still, use Dianetics and form you own opinion - you will not be disappointed!


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