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Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Edition (PC DVD)
Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £10.49

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A successful mix of old and new, 1 Mar. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I never had a lot of the problems that other gamers reported with Empire. My main gripe was flickering graphics and crackly sound, despite my high spec/more than enough computer.

However, there is an instantly noticeable difference when at first you enter the world of Napoleon. Loading times are greatly improved, the page doesn't stutter when you move across the map, sound and graphics are impeccable, and this is on the highest setting. So the gameplay is much smoother and more enjoyable.

I love the attention to detail they have added on musket fire; it looks much more realistic and a cloud of smoke gradually gathers above a units head after several volleys. Also, units are much more reactive, not delaying so much in moving from one place to another.

My favourite alterations are the battle map which is a more detailed version of the maps from Medieval and Shogun. The HUD covers less of the screen thanks to better organisation. Your position on the battleground seems to have a greater and much more realistic effect on the outcome of a battle (positioning and terrain on Medieval 1 was crucial, but seemed to be less important since Rome).

The positioning of armies on the campaign map is also more important on this game; armies are susceptible to attrition damage if they are stationed in harsh conditions.

The 'quickview' screen which comes up in the heat of battle is very useful, letting you know important battle events and allowing you to be led straight to the location if clicked upon.

I particularly like the increased usefulness of spies; being able to sabotage an army is a great addition that can allow you to prepare better for important battles.

Diplomacy has improved vastly since the days of Medieval but I still think there is room for improvement. You are less able to call on allies to aid you in battle or to step in and help nations fight against their enemies.

Overall, gameplay, graphics, variety, historical content, and all the nice little touches combined, it is probably the most complete game of the series, which after the failings of Empire is a great tribute to CA and Sega.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition (PS3)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition (PS3)
Price: £36.11

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant beyond imagination!, 27 Jan. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Usually when a game has a story, you expect that the game will have limited playability, you will be forced to stick to specific tasks and have limited abilities.

This, however, is a game that will let you stray just as far as you like from the story and do your own thing! And it's not so GTA in it's approach either (limited side stories, things to do), but in actual fact you could spend hours running from (and slaying) city guards having committed a bunch of crimes. You could master the guilds of theivery, mages, fighters, and others. You could wander into the woods risking life and limb against the wierd and wonderful array from creatures to collect ingredients to mix your own potions which you can then sell on or use to manipulate your abiltities to whatever end you choose!!! It really is that open!

I have clocked up 140 hours of play since I bought this game, and I still can't say the end is in sight. And the thing is, i'm still as addicted now as when I first started. At the £40 I paid for it, I couldn't say any other game i've played on could offer such good value for money.

You begin the game by choosing your race and modifying your look, which is great. The map on first glance is large, but as you explore more, you begin to realise that the map is, infact, huge, due to the abundance of 'other worlds' such as the forts, caves and oblivion gates.

For anyone with a PS3 (not as grand on other machines), this may have been one of the first games to be released, but this could well be the best game on this console for a long time to come.
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Amistad [DVD]
Amistad [DVD]
Dvd ~ Morgan Freeman

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sympathetic view of slavery, 6 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Amistad [DVD] (DVD)
I really enjoyed this film. The historical representations of the different nations and races I think are very accurate too. Slavery was a brutal trade and I think this film encapsulates the ferocity of its methods very well. It had me moved quite a few times with excellent performances from Matthew McConaughey and even more so, Djimon Hounsou. As mentioned in previous reviews, there are a number of movie cliche`s, most obvious, the struggling young lawyer who wins a major case. Also, certain scenes seemed to be over edited. Cinque`s testimony didnt seem as if it was all there. However, a great watch which really grabs your enthusiasm as well as your sympathy on many occasions.

Price: £6.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POD are back!, 26 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Testify (Audio CD)
With the release of their Warriors Vol.2 EP late 05, I had high hopes for Testify, and I was not disappointed. The one thing about this album that I love above anything else, is that Sonny's lyrics totally fulfil the title of the album, devoted to telling all about his faith.
On the musical side, I adore the harmonics in songs such as Goodbye for Now, and If You Could See Me Now. I can't help get completely lost in the rythms of these tunes. On the heavier side, Lights Out, Teachers, Roots In Stereo and Sounds Like War totally rock my world! These tunes have the power to lift and energise you in your lowest moments. Testify boasts tremendous variety aswell, switching between hip hop trends such as On The Grind, hardcore metal and lighter tunes including some reggae.
I think this is probably their best album to date. It definitely improves on the previous Payable On Death, and even rises above Satellite. This album will probably appeal to music fans from a number of genres, so check it out, you could find yourself a new favourite band!

Wilkinson Sword Telescopic Digging Fork     225582
Wilkinson Sword Telescopic Digging Fork 225582

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars forking brilliant, 6 Nov. 2005
This garden fork has surpassed all my outdoor expectations. Not only does it have 4 prongs, a handle, and ... the bit in the middle, but it has a little catch on the handle which makes the bit in the middle shorter or longer! So whether you're a short *rse or a lanky larry, you can always have great telescopic fun in the garden! (works terrifically with the garden knife and other garden cutlery).

God of War (PS2)
God of War (PS2)
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £22.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your place on the throne...God of War, 26 July 2005
This review is from: God of War (PS2) (Video Game)
When I first heard about this game, it was the Greek mythology bit that really drew me to it. I am a fan of all the ancient stuff and its about time such a game was made. Once I got onto the games website and began to search it, it took me through all the different places that appear in the game and showed some great little sequences and historical pointers. Everything about this game was begging me to buy it, and I couldn't resist.
The game contains nearly all of the mythological creatures of Greek history and there is no end of fun trying to slaughter them all. From the simple soldiers of the undead to the deadly blade of a turned-bad god, all is fanastic.
The opening sequence throws you straight into the drama and the story ends before you can understand it. If you have played the game, you will understand. There are sections along the timeline of the game that reveal more about the past of Kratos (the gods chosen one) and how he got to that point that we see 20 seconds into the game.
In terms of action, it is absolutely superb. Everything goes into making the heart pump 200% faster than is healthy! The graphic detail is better than any other game I have played. The music changes according to your situation and the events that are taken place, and it unconciously adds suspense and panic into the action on screen. In every room, every bridge and every open space, there is an abundance of enemies to face. No matter how many times you stab a minotaur in the head, it never gets boring. Each enemy has a great way of dying! You can rip the heads of medusas, cut undead soldiers through the middle, tear the wings off vampire-like creatures and so on. Also you can earn points for combat that allow you to upgrade your blades and god powers, creating new moves, new specials and handily adding to your life bar.
What I love most about this game is how each corridor, path or room that you pass through has a specific purpose. There are no bits that are stuck in there to fill time in or make it look a bit better. And on several occasions you will find yourself in a room that you thought you had left well behind several hours earlier. The puzzles quite are more than anything, fun. They are not stupidly easy, some take some thinking but then again they arent throw your joypad on the floor hard either. The structure and compilation of each surrounding has been thought through very well, which is admirable.
Finally, on completion of the game you are rewarded greatly by the gods! God mode is unlocked, there are a series of videos and take-outs to view on the games making etc... and there is a great little challenge where you have to pass 10 levels with specific targets to meet and stuff to do. On completion, it opens more stuff such as alternate costumes, just as completing God mode does. Plus some extremely exciting hints for a God of War 2 to be released in the future!
I love this game and if your a fan of action, puzzles and great stories, this is a must-buy. It has kept me hooked for hours with my eyes dropping out just eager to get to the next stages. I would even consider it to be THE best game that I have played on any console. Addictive, fun and gory!

The Usual Suspects (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]
The Usual Suspects (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: £2.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crippling, complex, and cheap!, 7 Jun. 2005
This is a first class film. If you havn't seen it, do so now!
It follows the story of Verbal Kint; one of a gang of 5 criminals. Verbal tells the cops the story of a criminal mastermind named Kaiser Sose and the job he and his counterparts are asked to carry out. But the narrative takes a 'crippling' twist as time passes by.
Brian Singer has done a truly marvelous job on this one. Not many directors would have been able to integrate the technical aspects of this film with the complex narrative quite so well.
At the current cheap price, it is worth buying even if you havn't seen it before.

Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *chants* FEEDER-FEEDER-FEEDER-FEEDER!!!!!, 15 April 2005
When I began following Feeder back in 1997, I was instantly excited by the rythmic chords ringing through my ears.
After 5 albums (+2 B-side releases) and many gigs, in my eyes, Feeder are a band that will simply never be beaten on the quality of the sounds they produce. This latest edition of their work moves further from the highly emotional 'Comfort in Sound' to produce a really rocky, but at the same time, a mellow and relaxing aura. Recently I heard a man say that Feeder had gone soft. I would personally like to detach his ears from his head, if Feeder are soft now, then they always have been (radioman, tinseltown and swim for instance are no less soft than frequency and dove grey sands).
To finish, you should buy this album, and then, if you havn't already, go and see them live! No other band that I have witnessed can stir its loyal supporters up so well! Long live FEEDER!!!

The Battle Collection (Medieval Total War & Viking Invasion Double Pack)
The Battle Collection (Medieval Total War & Viking Invasion Double Pack)

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval has the edge, 15 April 2005
A marvellously compiled piece of genius. The total war series is by far the most entertaining of its genre. The empire mode is simply brilliant, with new things popping up throughout either the expansion or the demise of your lands. The battle sequences require sound tactical thinking and a certain amount of wit to defeat your opponants - use to the best of your advantage the landscapes, and your armies skills.
A definite improvement to its predecessor, Shogun, being more complex and generally better in graphics. There are many points about the latest addition, Rome, that if were included in this would make it virtually unbeatable such as the high involvement in politics and seige weapons. However, I still believe that Medieval takes the edge over Rome because of its sheer entertainment value.

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