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XCOM Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360)
XCOM Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360)
Offered by TopWare Interactive
Price: £9.49

0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too hard, 5 Jan. 2013
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This game is no fun at all. I don't know how the experienced gamers out there have coped with it, but for the more casual player such as myself it is a complete no-no.

The missions, beyond about the first three or four, are too difficult; even on the easiest setting you're massively outnumbered by the aliens, and your own troops are rubbish. Your soldiers rapidly get shredded (they wound very easily, and are not much more difficult to kill outright, no matter how much care you take in providing them with cover,) and none of them can shoot for toffee; there's a good chance that they will miss, even at point blank range. In the meantime, there are too many missions for your tiny force to cover, and within about the first month of operations you find that members of your alliance whom you haven't had the chance to help are already panicking and starting to desert you.

I persevered with the thing for about two days, after which I have had to give up - when you start to swear at the Xbox because of the sheer impossibility of something then you know it's time to throw the game in a dark drawer and forget about it, before the controller gets chucked at the telly.

All in all, the hardest game I've ever played by a wide margin - either there's something wrong with the difficulty settings on the copy I've bought, or the balancing of the game itself is all wrong. Either way, unless you are very good indeed at this sort of thing then I suggest that you avoid it like the plague.
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Life on Earth [DVD] [1979]
Life on Earth [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £19.44

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing after 25 years, 18 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: Life on Earth [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
First broadcast way back in 1979, Life on Earth remains the single most impressive achievement in the history of wildlife film-making.
The series offers a broad overview of the whole history of life, beginning with the very earliest cells and leading right up to the appearance of man, using footage of various living plants and animals from around the world to illustrate each major episode in the story. For anyone with an interest in nature, and who would like a good introduction to evolutionary biology that is both stunning and superbly explained, you can do no better than this incredible series.
It is true, as many reviewers have pointed out, that the content of this DVD shows some signs of age. This is inevitable when you remember that it is separated from us by 25 years of filming technology and scientific knowledge. Most noticeable to me is that the colour print is not as rich and vivid as a contemporary film, but then again the clarity of the pictures remains remarkably good with only a few short sequences seriously falling below par when compared with a recent film such as Life of Birds. For example, there are some underwater shots in one of the episodes that can't really hold a candle to the crystal clear material that we're treated to in the Blue Planet. The onwards march of scientific research means that, very occassionally, some of the information in the films might be considered out of date, but this is rare. Finally, there were no computer graphics to speak of 25 years ago and some of the animated sequences that are used in particular to illustrate features of ancient, long extinct lifeforms do look very dated. If the series were to be remade today then it would be augmented with much more sophisticated reconstructions.
However, when all of this is said and done, the two essential elements of this series still never fail to impress. These are the presentation of David Attenborough - always clear, authoritative and compelling - and, of course, the wildlife photography itself.
It is first and foremost to David Attenborough and the BBC that we owe our thanks for the fact that most British people's impression of the natural world about them includes many of the creatures and environments with which we are familiar today. If all we were fed was the kind of cutesy baby animals and crocodile baiting fare of the Disney variety then the effect that this might have had on environmental awareness and charitable giving to green organisations can only be guessed at. And besides, given that the spectacle and drama of the best wildlife films is often far better than most of what you see on TV and down the cinema, we would also have lost a great source of entertainment. Even if this kind of thing were all that the licence fee was spent on, it would still be worth every penny.
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