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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Limited Edition (PS3)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Limited Edition (PS3)
Offered by IDSS
Price: 3.99

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Game of the year, 26 Aug 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I am so pleased that I trusted all of the amazing reviews of this masterpiece. I was quite shocked to see that out of the 15+ reviews that I read over the past week or so, every single one gave the game 9/10 or higher. It got a stonking and respectable %94 from PC Gamer which for anyone who still reads that mag, wow!

It's well deserved. Deus Ex was my favorite game of the early PC gaming generation, and now I can safely say Deus Ex: Human Revolution is my favorite game of this generation. I bought both the PC version and the PS3 version because A) I wanted the steam goodies and B) the ps3 on my big TV looks awesome. The collectors editions and Augmented edition are well worth the money if you can afford either; sadly I can not.

The game is a prequel successor to a genre defining game - Deus Ex. Deus ex gave birth to the genre of open ended FPS-RPG. Games like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect could not have achieved such greatness if it was not for the masterpiece that was the original Deus Ex. Now it's back, and just as good as the first. While it does not do much to innovate the genre, what it does do is excel at just about everything else. Stealth, action, gunfights, story (easily the best part, but I will get to that later) and overall package is incredibly fun. The beauty of this game is that you are never forced to play a set style, you can complete the entire game without killing a single enemy besides a couple of main story baddies should you please - or you can slay them all in various ways with many amazing weapons and 'augmentations'. Augmentations are neuro-mechanical enhancements to the human body and the main driving plot of the game.

Story - in a nutshell without spoilers - You play Adam Jensen, a Neo-from-the-Matrix-style hacker / security chief nerd who just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when a group of shady government spec-ops types smash up a laboratory working on the latest cutting edge human upgrade tech. The technology of augmentation is dividing the world around you, those who can afford the upgrades and those who cant. The rich and poor divide is increased by various issues in the future world (2027). Adam's friends and coworkers are all slain during the attack on the company he works for, and he sets out to find out who did it and why. The ride is gritty, bumpy and full of twists and turns which are sure to keep you interested throughout the games 30 hour story. (I'd say around 45-50 hours if you complete ALL of the sidequests). Government conspiracies, futuristic technologies and memorable characters made me love the game so much.

Gameplay - Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2 with some Metal Gear Solid thrown in. You can sneak, shoot, hack and upgrade your characters various skills in whatever way you want. The story arc revolves around your moral choices similar to how Mass Effect worked - and it works tremendously well. The moral choices feel legit, and not gimmicky like previous titles. Overall gameplay is quite fast paced but incredibly challenging, giving you something new to play with around every corner.

Graphics - Perhaps the only lacking area of the game, but it still looks amazing. The facial expressions in some areas are what let it down, but since the game is so good in every other aspect it did not spoil it in the slightest. I will be honest and say the game looks around 2 years out of date - which is not that bad. That being said, the art work and environment detail is simply astonishing. The smallest things have been polished and detailed in every possible way.

Final notes - It's fantastic. The kind of game that comes around once every 5 or so years and blows everything else out of the water. After recent disappointing games of this year that I was looking forward to, it felt almost like a godsend. Cant praise it enough! Pick it up!
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Good Things
Good Things
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: 4.09

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, smooth, 4 July 2011
This review is from: Good Things (Audio CD)
Can not praise this album enough. Aloe is amazing, a much needed breath of air in the modern music world.

Great soul, great vibe, relaxing.. a good mix of upbeat and blues on what is probably my favorite album of 2011. Not sure why people are rating this lower, perhaps expecting something that was not intended to be here.

5 stars - best enjoyed laid back in the beautiful summer sunshine.

Alice: Madness Returns (PC DVD)
Alice: Madness Returns (PC DVD)
Offered by thesaverdeals
Price: 8.98

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game, amazon review system needs revamp, 26 Jun 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I'm tired of seeing Amazon users bad review games because of issues that are totally indirect to the actual game. This is a great game, just as excellent as the first installment a decade ago (American McGee's Alice). Just because your terrible system can't run the game, or because the piracy precautions are extreme, does not warrant you to be rating the game 1 star. It does not provide people with any benefit to buying the game based on reviews because your PC system is terrible. Oh, you dont have the internet? Seriously? in 2011, you are writing a bad review on a website that you ordered a game from.. on the internet... come on.

OK, now that is out of the way lets discuss the game.

Alice is back in wonderland. The game continues on from the first, almost immediately. Wonderland is one twisted place and filled with creepy creatures, excellent art style and some memorable characters. The gameplay is classic platformer, with some great combat and truly challenging areas.

The difficulty can sway a little, I did not find Nightmare that hard compared to the first game. Maybe it was dumbed down a little to appeal to a wider audience (but dont let this fool you, it is still a challenge to say the last).

Graphics are simply stunning on max, and very rarely do the graphical glitches that some complain about on the console versions appear in the PC version. It was running smooth as butter on my system with everything maxed out.

Final note ; Horror themed twisted fantasy platformer with some fantastic visuals and a great soundtrack. Has a disturbing story and lots of gore. Overall a very good adult themed platformer. Enjoyed it tremendously (takes around 20 hours to complete).
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L.A. Noire (PS3)
L.A. Noire (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 17.99

44 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Rain meets Boardwalk Empire, 20 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: L.A. Noire (PS3) (Video Game)
This is a fantastic achievement in the gaming industry. As far as it is possible to go with gaming story-lines, this takes the biscuit. I felt like I was watching a classic mob movie at times, and that is a great compliment to what Rockstar have published for us.

Just a quick edit to this review as I feel some people need to read a little better: Rockstar is not the development team behind this game. Team Bondi is. Rockstar just published and oversaw the development, and the game is built with the Rockstar engine. It's a crime solving open world game, not an action adventure / crime committing game like GTA. The world is free roam just like GTA, but the similarities stop there. This is a game for those who prefer a slower paced adventure, good story and atmosphere, and most of all a good crime thriller. It's not a bout explosions, stealing cars or blowing stuff up! So bare this in mind if you are looking for the typical Rockstar title. It's more heavy rain than it is GTA.

If you are a fan of such games as Heavy Rain, films such as Godfather, Goodfellas, or any Scorssese classic, this is your game. It's quite easily the best open world detective game ever created, soaked in atmosphere and takes place in an absorbing world. They have recreated the 1940's perfectly, down to the last detail. The soundtrack is fantastic, the dialogue is some of the best I've ever heard in a game... but most importantly, the new technology on display here is truly a revolution in gaming. Motion capture - or as folks in the industry are coining it "MotionScan". This wonderful technique captures the face and body of the actor playing the character in game from every angle with cameras, giving a near perfect display of human-like facial expressions... and it comes into play at every corner of this fantastic game.

You play the role of a hardened LA Cop, who works his way up through various divisions of the LAPD including Vice, homicide.. dealing with corruption, murder and all the various in-betweens. It's a gritty story, and even includes such real life cases as The Black Dahlia murders which I found a nice touch. At each crime scene, you will be hunting for clues, and can have the option to have help or go at it completely alone (though there is a significant difficulty gap between being helped by sound chimes and easier clues than going at it alone). You will be interviewing some of the most realized characters ever in gaming, using the fantastic MotionScan technology. You have to spot if someone is lying, and because the technology and facial expressions are so realistic I often found myself shocked how far we have come since I got my first gaming console in the early 90's. I can not explain how great it looks. Granted, its not flawless, but we are talking about a new technology that will most certainly become the new standard for facial expression graphics in every game to come.. as far as technological benchmarks go, this game is it.

In between the crime investigations there are a flurry of side missions and such, all which deepen the experience well. You can clean up the streets, drive cars, the usual stuff you expect from an open world Rockstar game. I've seen a lot of people asking "is this like GTA?" the answer is a profound No. If anything, it's more like Mafia 2, but about 100 times better. I enjoyed Mafia 2 also, just for the record.

Highly recommended for just about anyone who is a serious gamer, and even more so for people who are into 1940's era crime genre, and crime genre in general. There is something for everyone in this wonderful story. The only down side I could think of including here is that the game is often linear. While you can mess up cases if you miss clues, it doesn't really go further than a shouting and slapped wrist from your superior before the next mission rolls out. Oh well, it's as close as perfect a game could get in my opinion.

A true modern classic!
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God of War 3 (PS3)
God of War 3 (PS3)
Offered by Future Gaming UK
Price: 14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's OK., 2 Mar 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: God of War 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
Graphically stunning, but mediocre in every other way. Certainly has the best fighting mechanics of all button masher style action games, but that is not going to rack up points for me.

It's incredibly epic boss fights, over the top fighting and gore, irritating protagonist. That is really all the game has to offer, but thankfully it does produce a fun - yet forgettable - weekend gaming experience. Story is pretty much go here, kill him. Nothing more than that is relevant, it just isn't that kind of game.

This is the kind of game you play when your best friend is over with pizza.

Alan Wake - Limited Edition
Alan Wake - Limited Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good coffee, and the finest cherry pie., 2 Mar 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If anyone reading recognizes the title of this review, hat off to you and your taste.

Trust me, if you recognized the review title, you will think this game is worth every penny - and I agree with you.

Alan Wake has been a long time coming, and sadly it did lose a lot of my respect before it's release when they announced it was going to include the usual 'DLC episodic' rubbish. I really hate this trend. Anyway, that aside, on to the game.

In a nutshell: very intriguing sci-fi adventure, fantastic atmosphere, fantastic graphics, fantastic characters. Gameplay is nothing new, a few shoot and run levels but they break up this otherwise perfectly paced masterpiece.

Alan Wake is a troubled and stressed author with a lot of crazy fans. He takes a holiday from work with his wife, and they head to a sleepy mountain town called Twin Peaks. Sorry, I mean Bright Falls. And that right there is why I love this game so much. The same kind of quirky characters, the creepy goings on and the absolutely terrific atmosphere and story are 100% perfection in my eyes here. Gameplay is not so much about shooting, as it is about exploring and following the story through some of the fantastic characters in here. Graphics and such are top notch, same old same old.

It really is a great game. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you are a fan of Twin Peaks you will fall in love. Wonderful adventure and a very intriguing story.

Dead Space 2 - Limited Edition (PS3)
Dead Space 2 - Limited Edition (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 15.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but a solid game., 2 Mar 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been playing games since the late 1980's, and in my time I have played thousands of titles from every corner of the world, and just about every genre imaginable. There have been probably only a handful of games since Half Life 2 that I think deserved every penny, and this is one of them. Yes mainstream gaming is absolutely crappy for those of us who have been around longer, unless of course you like the regurgitated call of duty games and endless sequels and downloadable content rubbish. But give this one a chance.

Now that I've got that out of the way, the game.

Do you remember the first time you played resident evil? the corridor with the first zombie who is munching on the dead guy in the corner, creepily turning around with a blood smeared face? that feeling. I got that feeling playing this game. To sum it up, fantastic atmosphere, nothing new but very well made and worth the time for the few scenes in the game that are magnificent in my eyes. If you look past the cliche bits of mainstream gaming you will certainly enjoy it.

One last thing - thanks to visceral games for actually releasing something for 40 that I didn't finish in one night. This is a good 14 hours or so of play, maybe up to 20 on harder difficulties. Not exactly a final fantasy epic, but its still long by today's standards.

Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Offered by S6 entertainment
Price: 9.99

42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long wait.. it was worth it., 9 Oct 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Castlevania is a very oldschool series and one that will be remembered well through nostalgia tinted glasses of fellow nerds the world over. It's been a long wait for the series to make it's way to the PS3 generation in style; and it looks damn beautiful. If I had to rate this game on graphics and art style alone, it would be right up there with God Of War 3, Uncharted 2, etc. Breathtakingly good visuals and astounding detail.

Gameplay is a far cry from classic Castlevania, but it's a fresh breath of air on the series as a whole and I enjoyed it. Fast paced, brutal fighting mechanics and enough blood and guts to fill at least a few olympic swimming pools. But don't be fooled... this is not just another button masher or devil may cry / god of war rip off. Some truly great things about this game shine right out from the get go - Well known and respected voice actors (Luc Picard aka Patrick Stuart being one worthy of mention among others). Atmosphere is also top notch thanks to the great sound effects, and some very H.R. Tolkien 'esque environments and themes. Story and gameplay are varied and in depth, much more so than games in this genre I felt.

A very fine game indeed. A new look at a classic series, great graphics, great story with great voice acting to boot, great fun combat and challenging little puzzles, breathtakingly good boss fights and memorable environments... the list goes on. Must buy for any true gamer.

However, I always include things I don't like to my reviews....

Combat at times can get VERY tough and overwhelming. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I had to start over on a lower difficulty setting because I could simply not keep up (same thing on God Of War 3). Fixed camera angles are also a bit awkward at times but not game breaking. Story despite being well written and well told, is predictable. But as far as bad things go thats about it.

Overall it was epic. Took me around 18 hours to complete and I will be playing through again.
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The Lovely
The Lovely
Offered by Side Two
Price: 3.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands pink in a room full of black..., 20 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Lovely (Audio CD)
You may wonder why I chose such a random title for a review.. but to describe it otherwise wouldn't do it justice.

If you are like me, you will agree 99.9% of music today is terrible. It's been so long since I heard a voice this beautiful, and music this honest. No auto-tuned rubbish, no cliche ghost written songs about the perils of men or remixes of old classics. This is why it stands out so much. Everything today is so samey that I find it very difficult to find anything worth the time (Lungs by Florence and the Machine being the last album I liked.) This album and the lovely voice behind it are something fresh, something truly good.

I really can not recommend it enough. I first heard her on the advert for IKEA, with all the cats. Just a taste of this wonderful album. It will be the soundtrack to my sunday afternoons for many years to come.

5 Stars well deserved.

Demon's Souls - Black Phantom Edition (PS3)
Demon's Souls - Black Phantom Edition (PS3)

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest RPG's of all time, 25 Jun 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is without a doubt the best RPG on the PS3. Bold statement? Maybe so, but with two game of the year awards (gamespot and IGN) behind me it has backup! It was first released in Japan last year, as the developers didnt think the western world would receive such a difficult RPG well. Oh how they where wrong! After huge critical acclaim and sellout figures, it finally came to the USA where it repeated its success, and finally it arrives in the UK and EU.

Gameplay is somewhat traditional RPG / action, but with a twist that gives this game its edge; its brutally difficult. You have not played an RPG this hard, at least this generation. The enemies in the game vary in scale and type from skeletons and plague ridden prisoners, to giant fire breathing dragons. The game also has very unique and terrifying demons, one of which worth a mention is the amazingly creepy soul eating Mind Flayer of the Latria Tower. If you are a fan of the monsters in Pans Labyrinth, you will see a lot of similarities in art style in the enemies of this game. This game really has diversity in its enemies. And the best thing is, even the low tier grunts have the power to one hit kill you, so you never feel a time where you can let your guard down. What makes this game even harder besides its tough enemies is the fact that it gets harder the more you fail, but I wont disclose why as you will figure it out as you play. Yes a game that gets harder on its own, every time you die!

Storywise, (no spoilers) Demons Souls follows a simple yet interesting fantasy path. The great fictional kingdom of Boletaria has been overcome by an enormous mystical fog, that provides ground for the most powerful demons to take the souls of every living creature in the land. Our nameless hero, (you get to chose from a number of classes including Mage, Warrior, Knight, Thief etc) like many before him take the challenge of saving the land from the demons and ridding it of the demon at the heart of all the fog, known only as the Old One. And without spoiling, you are in for an amazing ride. The game is set out over 5 different areas, each of which has a very unique art style and totally different batch of enemies and demons. The other twist on this game is that you are supposed to die. And believe me, you will. When you die, your body is taken by the land and your soul is returned into limbo (the nexus). The Nexus is a sort of safe haven where your soul will remain trapped forever, and aided by a couple of friends in the nexus you must return to Boletaria each time you die to bring back souls.

One last thing I have to mention besides the stunning artwork, graphics and detail of the game, is the depth. Because of its difficulty and huge replay value, the game has well over 80-100 hours worth of play. Then there is the multiplayer aspect which adds another endless amount of fun. There are so many weapons, armours and secret items to find, forge and steal that you will always have something challenging and fun to do.

Overall, Highly recommended, this is one of the greatest games of all time and if you have not already, pick this copy up with the art book and sound track. It's well worth your money.
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