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J. STEWART "heresjohnny" (Brighton UK)

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Chris Addison Live [DVD]
Chris Addison Live [DVD]
Price: 3.00

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Average and Annoying...., 8 Dec 2011
This review is from: Chris Addison Live [DVD] (DVD)
In the current climate of stand up comedy Chris Addison does not stand out from the crowd. It almost seems that that an incredibly annoying student has got up on stage before the main act and you half expect a bouncer to suddenly appear and drag him off. Another comparison would be that he reminds me of that type of person who at a party has to constantly keep cracking jokes because they are nervous and not happy in their own skin. He leaps around the stage in his flowery little shirt, waving his hands around like a demented chicken. Some of material is original but outweighed but very average garbage you've probably heard a million times from far better acts.

If you enjoy Chris Addison on Mock the Week you may enjoy this. Although I enjoy MTW I do find it slightly pathetic sometimes as all of comics who appear on the show (including Dara) are so so desperate for attention and self promotion. It's basically a poor mans Have I Got News For You.

There are far better and more original stad up DVD's out their at the moment. To name just a handfull of the best - Micky Flanagan, Greg Davis, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, Angelos Epithemiou, Jim Jefferies and Tim Vine.

Don't waste your money on this light weight.

Micky Flanagan Live: The Out Out Tour [DVD]
Micky Flanagan Live: The Out Out Tour [DVD]
Dvd ~ Micky Flanagan
Price: 6.80

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Go 'Out Out' If This Show Were On Telly, 7 Dec 2011
If you're serious about your stand up comedy or just want a bloody good laugh buy this right now! I haven't seen Micky live as both times hey has come to my home town (Brighton) he sold out before I had a chance to buy tickets. I laughed nearly all the way through this DVD, one particular comment about the Royal Wedding and a skiing holiday had tears in my eyes.

I should point out that if you like safe comedians (Michael Mcintyre) you may be slightly offended by some of the swearing an quite honestly that is your problem, because you are letting it deny you the pleasure of watching one of the best stand ups around in Britain and very possibly the world today.

Dungeon Siege III: Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Dungeon Siege III: Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Price: 15.73

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baldur's Gate Comes to Xbox 360!!, 29 Jun 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
To begin with I am staggered to see the amount of negative press this game has received. I think far too many people were expecting another instalment of Dragon Age or Oblivion and I for one am happy it wasn't. When did RPG's start taking themselves so bloody seriously???

This game is not perfect but it feels like a trip back to days when fun gameplay and imagination were a bigger part of gaming rather that amazing motion capture and voice acting with adds nothing to the actual gameplay.

Anyone who loved and enjoyed any of the Baldur's Gate games will love this game. Top down view loads of equipment and gold to pick up and trade for better equipment. Fantastical monsters such as giant spiders, cyclopses and skeletons. Endless dungeons mountain passes, caves, creepy forests, castles and more to explore.

The storyline is your usual fantasy which involves Kings and Queens, betrayals, revenge and mystery.

The fighting system can be compared to Dragon age in the way that you have access to 9 abilities which range from defensive to aggressive, all of which can be activated during battle. These include surrounding shields, fireballs, sweeping blades, decoys and fiery hell hounds which leap at your enemies.

The negatives (which I should address to make this a fair review). The inventory system is a bit long winded and could have been easier and faster to navigate, but it's not confusing.
The dialog scenes are akin to Mass Effect and Dragon Age 2 but the quality of the animation is not great but it gets the story across and does not effect the gameplay.

I've just finished the game on normal and loved it, now I'm starting again on hard with a new character and an entire new selection of weapons and skills.

To round up if you were a fan of Baldur's Gate buy this game!! If not give it a go but play it for at least a few hours until you have started to open up more characters, equipment and areas. Also take it with a pinch of salt and take it for what it is, a heartfelt RPG that feels like it was lovingly created by people who truly love games, and not a multi billion dollar company that is only interested in profit margins.

Red Faction Armageddon (Xbox 360)
Red Faction Armageddon (Xbox 360)
Price: 7.01

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun But Very Flawed..., 20 Jun 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is based purely on the single player campaign.

To start off I was a big fan of Red Faction Guerilla so I was looking forward to more of the free roaming, building bashing, driving off cliffs and generally causing havoc. Unfortunately the free roaming element has gone, RFA is a fairly linear game that directs you on a set course with not much chance of exploring or backtracking.
In RFG you would arrive on areas that were practically small villages of buildings you could have endless fun smashing to pieces or tearing through with a mech, in RFA there seem to be very few areas that you can totally destroy, and as most of the game is set in underground caverns (which gets very dull after a few hours) there is no chance to knock down huge towers and building.
There are no in game challenges as in RFG, no destruction mini games or timed races. There are a few sections of the game that let you drive vehicles, but again they feel very linear and uninspired and involve nothing more than shooting endless hoards of very similar enemies.

I found the storyline in RFG to be much more engaging and well thought out, you became interested in the characters and their relation to each other. In RFA we are given the story in small cutscenes but it is so dull and bland with very average animation and voice acting that you really don't pay much attention to it. By the end of the game I was skipping the cutscenes just to get back to the action, which wasn't a problem as the storyline is so predictable you can see what's coming hours before it happens.

The new weapons and tools in RFA are a welcome addition, sadly they are vastly underused. To have a tool that gives you the ability to rebuild the destroyed scenery opens up a whole world of possibilities, unfortunately it is used for mainly for repairing gaps in the floor or fixing machinery. The other weapons although interesting feel unnecessary because for most of the time (as with the magnet gun) there is no need to use them. I got through most of the game relying on the trusty assault rifle and the rocket launcher. The magnet gun (as with the nano forge) could have been used so much more for problem solving or building.

The enemies you come across are very unoriginal, I appreciate that it's hard to be original with some many other games on the market in this genre, but the same old half insect half alien creatures that jump from floor to ceiling and spit laser beams and bombs is very boring. The AI is practicality non existent as most enemies just come charging at you.

To sum up what we have here is a game that just feels very lazy and badly pieced together. There are some fun elements but the dreary level design and monotonous gameplay out weigh the good. It feels like a watered down version of Gears of War with some interesting weapons and tools thrown in at the last minute.

Rent or wait for the price to drop, not worth the hard cash.

Too Human (Xbox 360)
Too Human (Xbox 360)
Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: 8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Know What It Is...., 9 Sep 2008
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Too Human (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I haven't followed the long build up to this game at all, but now finding out how much back history the development had I'm hugely disappointed.

The game feels like it doesn't know what it's supposed to be. It's a mix mash of other games with a decent story line shoved on top, think Mass Effect crossed with Devil may Cry with a hint of Gears of War and a dash of Halo, then change the main characters into Gods (That look very human).

Now you'd think with elements coming from such well established games, where could you go wrong?


The fighting system is archaic, it almost goes back to the days of titles such as Final Fight on the SNES. I found it starts to get very repetitive very quickly.
To control the fighting system all you have to do is simply push the left control stick towards the enemy and then the next enemy, so you can play it one handed if you don't jump around, I actually answered the phone and carried on playing... and was winning!!!

The weapons upgrade and equipment selection are a little hazy there seems to be loads of different types of armor and weaponry but not much to suggest which to chose for which situation, except the strongest or most powerful which leaves you with loads of equipment you feel you should be using somehow.

The overall style of scenery in the game is basically Mass Effect with some slight an some big changes, you return home to your city between missions to upgrade and go through endless cut scenes.

The main character is basically Master Chief with a sword and more emotion, plus a story about revenge for his dead wife.... very new concept.

When you die (as I think another reviewer has mentioned) you HAVE to sit through a tedious sequence of some angle/robot/thing come down and pick you up and carry you off, which you CAN'T skip.
This happens every time you die, so you're invincible, you start off from almost where you dropped dead, this makes the whole game feel unchallenging and very easy and there is no reason to be careful.

The camera view I've found really irritating, it decides where it wants to go and there are no controls to rotate it yourself, there is a button to align the camera but there is no free view to have a good look around.

Another reviewer likened the graphics to a PS1... Which is rubbish the scenery is beautiful, costumes weapons skin textures look good, and this overall is what let's this game down. Yet again we have a game that has been overdeveloped and stylized to death and what we are left with style over content, it look beautiful plays like broken piano.

Huge let down, rent or borrow from someone if you feel you have to, don't buy! 2 from me for the story and graphics maybe the sequel will find it's feet? Fingers crossed!

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