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Do I Wanna Know?
Do I Wanna Know?
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous, 21 Jun 2013
This review is from: Do I Wanna Know? (MP3 Download)
Nothing has made me happier than this repeated return to form from one of my old favourites! Here's hoping they keep up the great standards set forth by R U Mine? and this phenomenal song!

ArmA 2 (PC DVD)
ArmA 2 (PC DVD)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, but not much else, 29 May 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: ArmA 2 (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I wish I could review this better, however having played it I feel that much is sacrificed for the sake of realism. The game is realistic, have no mistakes there, but the gameplay is buggy, online modes have huge lag even with 10MBps connection and the creators have added ridiculous tiny factors which, instead of enhancing realism, inhibit it. For instance, the way the scenery blurs when you move or look around quickly, while sounding like a fine idea on paper, becomes very annoying, very quickly, especially when you realise it's completely unnecessary: when our eye sees something moving quickly, even on a screen, it appears blurry anyway. This is simply one needless tweak amongst countless others which quickly dampen the awe of the massive map and realistic tactics and gameplay.
The AI on the other hand, is very realistic and other things like more sophisticated wounding and medic systems than other games are good enough, but all of this is ruined by the simply awful, inaccessible and unnatural control scheme, all of which combine to make playing ARMA II more of a chore than a fun experience. If you want realism and nothing else, buy this, if not consider one of the multitude of other war games out there. The only reason I haven't returned this is the hope that the Project Reality mod for Arma II might prove to be a better game; to be honest they managed to make Battlefield 2 a better experience than a professional game design company like Bohemia did with Arma.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but it's lost the chaos theory magic, 27 May 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a great game; the mechanics work well, the gameplay is fluid and it has a decent story for a shooter. I'd love to give it 5* but unfortunately the developers don't seem to have put much effort into making the levels on the main single player story seem at all natural: enemies come in waves as you approach trigger points and the levels fast become linear 'corridors'. There are also apparent problems with drm and connection although I haven't experienced any of these.
On the bright side, there isn't a more fun game out there at the moment, especially in deniable ops or co-op modes, it looks alright (however the facial animations aren't up to much) and the cover, mark and execute and stealth mechanics all work perfectly, truly immersing you in the game. Just a shame the series has lost the atmosphere and feel of chaos theory (and it must be said some of the difficulty too).

Red Steel 2 with MotionPlus Accessory (Wii)
Red Steel 2 with MotionPlus Accessory (Wii)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the funnest games on Wii, 16 May 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Although the missions can get a bit boring, this game is one of the best I've played on wii. It uses motion+ controls brilliantly and apart from some fairly repetitive missions at the start of the game (go there, kill some grunts, come back etc.) I'm having difficulty actually finding any other flaws. The missions get better further into the game and the graphics are incredible, especially for such a low-powered console as the Wii. There's little in the way of actual plot here but it compensates for this with the sheer fun to be had gun(and sword)slinging your way across the wild west, even more so with the addition of motion plus. It is also one of those choice few games which have managed to cross the hardcore/casual boundary and it can be enjoyed by anyone.
So overall Red Steel 2 is what Wii owners across the world have been waiting for; a swordplay game which successfully utilises the wii's full motion sensing capabilities, but this game is so much more than just that; it will pave the way for a whole host of new motion plus adventures (Zelda Wii 2 anyone?).
I know I'm hoping for a Red Steel 3.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PC DVD)
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (PC DVD)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £3.99

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, If you play it right, 11 Oct 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a great game and is alot of fun, especially if you get together with friends for the multiplayer campaign. However, you might find it a little frustrating if your'e used to the more fast-paced Battlefield and COD games as it requires a high level of patience (even more so if you decide to play on hardcore mode) and you will die ALOT if you just run in guns blazing all the time. That said, it does manage to immerse you in the action of the larger battles and the more open layout (You're given an objective and can complete it in any way you want) gives an overall exciting experience.

I haven't played much of the onlline PVP mode yet so I won't talk about that but my experience of the Coop mode is good with virtually no lag (although I have very good internet connections).

Basically, don't buy this if you're looking for an on rails arcadey shooter, but if you're open to a relatively new style of wargaming (or if you've ever played the Project Reality mod for BF2) this is a must have and can be played on many levels, whether you try to wipe out your enemy with sheer force or go the more tactical route.
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