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SplatterHouse (Xbox 360)
SplatterHouse (Xbox 360)
Offered by JosephGaming

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes Gears Of War look like Viva Pinata.., 1 Dec 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Based on an old-school series of side-scrolling beat 'em ups, you play Rick; who has been left for dead and whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by a mad scientist named Dr. West. Rick finds himself in posession of a 'haunted' mask that transforms him into a beefed-up, sadistic psycho; now he has to rescue his girlfriend. This is pretty much all you need to know about the story.

Splatterhouse is quite possibly the bloodiest game I have ever seen; literally, as soon as the disc loads up you are bombarded with gore. When you begin a new game, it wastes no time letting you tear apart monsters limb from limb, spraying gallons of blood from their wounds. Blood also plays a big part in upgrading Rick's moves. Everytime you shed blood you earn BLOOD "points" which are then spent on new combos, extending yor health bar etc - a bit like God Of War.

The extreme level of gore on show is almost a little too much to take initially, but you become to accept it as time goes on. This presents a problem for SplatterHouse; once you've gotten over how disgusting the violence is, it struggles to shock the player any further. There's nothing especially great about this game and the whole thing can get repetitive, but if you switch your brain off and play in small doses you'll have some good blood-soaked fun.
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Stephen K Amos: Find The Funny [DVD]
Stephen K Amos: Find The Funny [DVD]
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 2.59

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great comedian, weak performance, 7 Dec 2009
I first saw Stephen K Amos on Live At The Apollo and I thought the guy was hilarious. After this I searched YouTube for more of his routines and was equally amused, so as soon as I saw this DVD on the shelf I bought it in a heartbeat. However, I am disappointed with this recording. Firstly, most of the routines are those he has done on TV before. Whilst this in theory isn't necessarily such a bad thing - I was pleased the "teeny tiny hot towel" and "Coon Cheese" routines were here - he doesn't seem to perform them with as much enthusiasm as usual. Also, too much of the show is spent talking to the audience. I appreciate that this is how Stephen likes to structure his performances, but the results are rarely that funny.

In a nutshell, his debut DVD release doesn't do him much justice. I still recommend you at least check this out if you are a newcomer, as you may be able to appreciate this show more than me. But if you come away underwhelmed, please don't dismiss him based purely on this DVD; I know he's better than this.
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1408 - Director's Cut Edition [2007] [DVD]
1408 - Director's Cut Edition [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.30

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the short story instead!, 2 Dec 2008
I read Stephen King's excellent short-story prior to watching this and found it very creepy. But because it was a very short story, I couldn't imagine it successfully being adaptd to the screen. I was right.

The first 30 minutes or so are good and stay true to the story and also do it justice, but it just goes downhill from here. This is probably because the book only makes 30 minutes or film, so the plot has been padded out; with the inclusion of a sub-plot involving the main character's dead daughter, a terrible cliche!

As a film in it's own right, 1408 is pretty poor. As an adaption of the story, it is possibly one of the worst ever made. Save your money (and one-and-a-half hours of your life).

Futurama - The Beast with a Billion Backs [DVD]
Futurama - The Beast with a Billion Backs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy West
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better.., 8 July 2008
This definitely improves on Bender's Big Score; the gags are more consistent, and Hermes plays a smaller part! There were several moments where I laughed like I did at the old episodes. But like the previous feature-length, it still isn't up to the 'pre-cancellation' standards. It does also drag on in the final 20 minutes as if the writers got bored.

Since like I said, this one is better, it's a comforting thought that this will likely be the case with the next two DVDs. Because it's still Futurama I will wait with baited breath. But ultimately, I think Matt Groening should just make Season 5!

Favourite Worst Nightmare
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Offered by Formats
Price: 13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow-up to Britain leading band, 11 Sep 2007
I am not a big fan of Indie music; I think this lightwieght sub-genre of rock has become bloated with samey bands making disposable music. Arctic Monkeys are amongst my very few exceptions to this potentially controversial opinion as they are the only Indie band I can imagine being remembered in another twenty years time. The first album wasn't perfect, but did present a distinct amount of character and raw energy that justified its high acclaim amongst its listeners. With 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' they deliver again with another collection of loud and uptempo tunes. My favourites besides the two singles are 'Teddy Picker', 'Balaclava' and 'This House Is A circus'. This album does have a few skippable tracks though, and never quite reaches the same quality as the best moments on the first album. That said its still well worth listening to

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker for Windows 95
Microsoft 3D Movie Maker for Windows 95
by Microsoft Press
Edition: CD-ROM

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST UNDERRATED THING EVER!!, 15 Aug 2007
Bold statement, but I first got into this brilliant piece of software when I was about 10. As soon as I got the gist of it, I was hooked! To this day (sad as it may sound), I still have a real soft spot for it. 3D Movie Maker is clearly aimed at kids, but beyond it's twee exterior is a truely expansive tool which is more sophisticated than first meets the eye. I played The Movies which was released not too long ago, but it doesn't hold a candle to this gem!

The lack of praise this program seems to have had is absolutley obscene. It's been well over fifteen years since it's release, and whilst the graphics are undeniably dated, that doesn't matter a bit when the software is still masterful and ridiculously fun. The saddest thing now is that it has become a rarity judging from the steep price tag on this site.

Silent Hill 4: The Room (Xbox)
Silent Hill 4: The Room (Xbox)
Offered by chilloutgames
Price: 24.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot this time, 26 Jun 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Silent Hill 4 is the most ambitious of the series but it fails to deliver the same level of dread. This instalment sees a man inexplicably trapped in his apartment where doorways to locations in the infamous town begin appearing in different rooms, and he must explore each of them to discover why he is trapped.

What seems like a refreshing new direction for this excellent franchise of games only sends it descending into obscurity, losing most of the scares along the way. Whilst the previous outings never made a lot of sense, that feeling of disorientation was key to the terror they delivered; and although SH4 can still be unsettling, it feels like a diluted spin-off of the Silent Hill series. It also doesn't help that you re-visit some locations through the course of the game; lazy design which suggests the developers selling out on the fourth chapter.

On it's own merits, SH4 is a half-decent game which remains entertaining right the way through. But for me, none of the sequels have matched the original, and when put next to that first horrific masterpiece of a game, Silent Hill 4 is mediocre.

Shadowrun (Xbox 360)
Shadowrun (Xbox 360)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun but not enough for the price, 7 Jun 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Shadowrun (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Shadowrun is being sold as the first 'cross-platform' multiplayer game, promising a potentially huge community. But is the game itself any good? The answer is definitely Yes. There is plenty of hours worth of fun to be had on Shadowrun. The concept of earning money throughout a match to buy weapons magic and gadgets really make this one stand out from the crowd; the best being the glider and the ability to teleport. It has 12 maps to battle it out in, all of which are very decent. There is never a dull moment in Shadowrun. However, there is only seems to be two game types: capture the flag and defend the flag, esentially. Whilst this doesn't necessarily taint the gameplay, for a multiplayer-only game there could and should have been more. If you are a dedicated multiplayer gamer though, this is unlikely to disappoint.

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