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FIFA 10 (Nintendo DS)
FIFA 10 (Nintendo DS)

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No different AT ALL to last version, and NOT the game in the Amazon review., 2 Nov 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: FIFA 10 (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
If you are the owner of FIFA's last nintendo DS release, FIFA 9, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.

The Amazon review and description here is for the console versions i.e. Playstation/X-Box etc. The actual DS game is an EXACT replica of the previous game.

What's most upsetting, is that EA haven't even bothered to iron out the obvious problems with it's previous effort. These are:

1) Be A Pro (taking sole control of an individual player) scoring system

- Pressure button / tell a team mate to shoot confusion

In defensive mode, holding the A button puts pressure on the opponent in possesion, and can be used to tackle. However, if possesion switches, and you suddenly find your team are on the ball, the A button you are pressing changes to telling your team mate to have a crack at goal which, if he is in any position other than directly infront of goal (when he would shoot anyway) you get a severe point penalty in your performance score for your stupid suggestion.

So frustrating - you have a good score, playing well, working hard, (a good pass or shot / tackle etc might get you 0.2, 0.5) but get caught out with the button confusion loses you 2 whole points! WHAT?

2) Sliding tackles

- Utterly, completely, impossible. You have to time them to within a mili-pixel, or you will either miss (and concur another bizarely harsh point penalty if you are in Be a Pro mode!) or it will be a foul. And guess what? The refs haven't played FIFA 9/10 on the DS and have no sympathy for this tackle glich - it's a red card 99% of the time. Even the computer can't escape this tragic function.

3) WI-FI play

Besides being the slowest online experience ever (think about having to press pass perhaps a minute before you want to) you can't even save any customisations to your online team - it's set to a default formation and squad selection. Because of the painfully slow wi-fi and strict management time limit, you can never sort your team out in time. Annoyingly, the default isn't even a decent formation or line-up, has players out of position, and top players not even making the bench!

The many gliches spoilt the last versions chances of being a great game - a lot of the gameplay is great fun, and makes for a strong football experience.

To release a new version, pretend on here it's completely different, yet it's identical to it's predeccesor INCLUDING all the gliches, is insulting.

Shame on you EA, and shame on you Amazon for fraudulantly advertising a product as something it isn't.

Oh, and the previous reviewer who gave it 5 stars? He/she hasn't even played the game. Ignore.

The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
by Alister E. McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

18 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense. Once again religion just cannot offer constructive arguement, 21 Jan 2008
Laughable, hypersensitive, hysterical and basically re-writing Dawkins points to make them easier to argue against, or ignoring them entirely. Hopeless.

On a side note, why is this book suddenly cropping up on the bookshelf in shops next to Dawkin's The God Delusion under 'D' in the science section of non-fiction? It would be amusing if it wasn't so sinister and deliberate. Does Dawkins stock his book alongside The Bible? And zealots like this say Richard is insensitive. Let me point out to you:

1) Alister McGrath's surname quite clearly begins with an 'M'. 'D' is quite a way from 'M'.

2) This is in no way 'Science'. It should be filled in the 'fiction' section, along with it's author's precious inspiration of outdated propoganda 'The Bible'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gliches Galour - Avoid, 18 Jan 2008
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
If you want a product that will freeze your DS, have to endlessly wrestling with, upgrading, patching, and launching across the room in frustration - this is the product for you.

As standard, it can play only a very small percentage of 'homebrew' games, and none of the top ones. The magority of games will need to be 'patched' before you can use them - a bit of a chore - and even then they may not work.

The standard player on the device makes your favourite band sound like they are playing a paper-and-combe version of their song - and this is if you are lucky enough to find an MP3 that works with the device. Endless attempts to get even low bit-rate or 'shop bought' MP3's concluded each time in my DS freezing or crashing, leaving me concerned with what it may be doing to my Nintendo.

It may boast touch screen interaction, but this oddly is the ONLY way you can opperate it - want to change a track on the move (if you were lucky enough to find tracks that might not freeze the system)? Well, you are going to have to get the DS out of your pocket, open it up, get out the stylus....hey, but I never even got this far to be annoyed about it.

The card reader is also cheap and nasty - the SD card doesn't click into it with a litte spring action loader; no, you have to cram that baby in there, and it doesn't even seem to sit straight. I resorted to using another reader/writer which I was fortunate to have.

Forget it. The makers of this device don't give two hoots about you, or their product and are impossible to get a response out of.

When you buy something for a purpose, you expect it to at least make an attempt at meeting your requirements. A device for playing MP3's and homebrew games that doesn't play MP3's or homebrew it me, or is that sort of, well, useless?

Cheap, tacky, poor interface, temperamental, poor quality playback and virtually incompatible with everything.

Spend the same money on a cheap MP3 player, or get a DS storage device which includes Moonshell. The cost isn't worth the 100 attempts to get it to do anything it's supposed to.


Tenchu: Dark Secret (Nintendo DS)
Tenchu: Dark Secret (Nintendo DS)
Offered by MEGJOR123
Price: 5.41

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like the original console games? Forget this..., 30 Dec 2007
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I loved the original Playstation game, and thought I couldn't go wrong with picking up another version of the franchise for the DS, looking forward to how the stylus and split screen might be put to use in such a stealth-based tactical game.

It was very dissapointing to discover the answer to the above question is 'not at all'. But worst of all, this plays nothing like the original at all - it's not first person, for a start, and plays more like a poor version of an 80's above-viewed cheap arcade game. There is no interaction with buildings or thier roofs, and there isn't even the option to 'creep' about; you just run about at one stupid speed. Not very 'ninja' really.

Finally, the fighting is cheapened by having only one chopping action. Even if you sneak up behind someone - the animation doesn't change; just a stupid same old swing of the sword, and a same old silly death. If the graphics were just everso slightly poorer, I could imagine playing this exact game on a ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 - it's that unsophisticated.

Avoid. A real turkey.

Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sigur Ros? What?, 7 Mar 2005
This review is from: Folly (Audio CD)
Nice enough mix of songs, hardly groundbreaking though. Most of them trot allong quite pleasantly, but don't develop in anyway and certainly sound nothing AT ALL like Sigur Ros. If anything thier sound fits in with 60's psychedelia, and is far more star-gazing then shoe-gazing. Nice work, but nothing worth getting excited about - we are still waiting for the ground to be broken this decade.

Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little nugget of surprise, 8 Dec 2003
This review is from: JJ72 (Audio CD)
With Muse's career hitting ceiling at the moment it's easy to forget about these guys. To be honest, I did. It was god knows how long ago this album came out, and I can't help but think that at the time, I thought them annoying, and ignored it.
But shuffling through a box of CD's in a Pawn shop in Brighton I came accross JJ72's debut for 3.50 and thought, well why not. After listening to it, I stopped thinking why not, and starting to think why I hadn't bought it before. Okay, it slips easily into the catergory of Placebo-esque teen angst post grunge rock, but it's done brilliantly. It's a debut, so some things can be forgiven, and the fact that this album has a certain depth to it for me dismisses any idea that they are trying to be another Manic Street Preachers, it seems they are concerntrating to hard on being themselves.
Melodic, dark, sincere, and full of emotion, this variation on the the soft-loud-soft formula works, if not mostly due to the guys vocals. It definately whiffs of a 'finding our feet' album, and yes, all the usuall comparisons will be drawn, but a great listen and full of promise for future ventures.

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