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Generation Kill [DVD] [2008]
Generation Kill [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alexander Skarsgård
Price: £13.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Jarhead than Band of Brothers/The Pacific, 28 May 2014
This review is from: Generation Kill [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I watched this HBO miniseries, admittedly, expecting it'd be similar in spirit and style to their World War II miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific. It is nothing like them, it's more of a docu-drama, and while it has some good moments, it's mostly very dull.

This series revolves around a platoon of U.S. Reconnaissance Marines in the invasion of Iraq who have a Rolling Stone reporter embedded with them, and most of it seems to take place in humvee patrols and briefings (zzz) with the odd spate of 'action'. For a series that is based on a true story, the charactarisation comes across as very unconvincing. I'm not really shocked at their indifference to the politics of the war (most young soldiers aren't very politically tuned in), but rather their indifference to seeing suffering around them, and even after being involved in combat, they seem to move on as if nothing has just happened, and the messing around with prisoners and the wrongful shooting of Iraqi civilians at road blocks after one of the Marines blatantly disregard protocol (Episode 5 or 6) which goes unpunished despite the fact he just committed a war crime, if this is supposed to be an accurate portrayal, it doesn't show the US forces in a particularly good light, does it?

Apart from that a lot of it is laddish banter, singing pop and country songs together and the usual U.S. mlitary/Marine slang ("Devil", "POG", "Hodgie" etc) which gets a bit annoying and overemphasises the fact that, yes, they're bored and tired. And I think, really, stuff like this just goes to show that conflicts like Iraq shouldn't be considered real wars, a conflict/police action at best. The simple act of people shooting at each other doesn't constitute a war, and yes, 99% of those who served in Iraq really did not experience any 'intensive' combat.

I suppose one of the saving graces of this series is the Sergeant Major and his inaudible hillbilly accent, and his lectures and near-heart attacks when some of the Marines fail to abide by the grooming standards or lose their equipment , it's a pity he didn't get any more screen time.


Wentworth Prison Season One [DVD]
Wentworth Prison Season One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danielle Cormack
Price: £12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Season 2 and 3.... A must watch for fans of "Bad Girls"!, 22 Feb 2014
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I never watched the original "Prisoner: Cell Block H" which is what this Drama is based on. It is, as the name says, set in "Wentworth Prison" in "Block H" and I believe the characters are loosely based on the originals, but that is as much as a comparison as I can say. However, I do tend to love Prison Dramas; I'm a fan of Oz, Prison Break and Bad Girls, and now the Aussie "Wentworth Prison" can be added to that list.

If you enjoyed Shed's "Bad Girls" on ITV back around 1999-2005, particularly the first few seasons before it got a bit too soapy, then you will definitely enjoy this. This is very violent, gritty and bloody - but at the same time compelling. And it grabs the atmosphere within 5 minutes of the first episode. Without giving away too many spoilers, Danielle Cormack's character - Bea Smith - arrives at Wentworth Prison on Remand for the Attempted Murder of her husband, quickly she finds herself caught between a "Top Dog" rivalry and turf war between the young, angry "Franky" Doyle (Nicole de Silva) and the middle aged but brutal and callous mob wife, Jacs (Kris McQuade) and learns the hard way about prison life and must learn how to survive and hold on to her sanity.

The 10 episode serial goes through a range of gripping plots and turns and ends with quite a brilliant finale. At the time of writing this review a second and third Seasons have been commissioned, and the second is being shot. All I can say is, I can't wait!


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3)
Offered by Clearance Game Deals
Price: £10.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.. shouldn't have the Metal Gear title at all, 26 Jan 2014
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Firstly, I must say that I'm a huge Metal Gear fan. I've been following the MGS series for a long time, and the reason I am a fan of the series, first and foremost, is the brilliant story/narrative and the themes explored, but everything in Metal Gear - the characters, the humour, the gameplay, and everything is what makes the series what it is, and it is what makes it unique.

Metal Gear RISING is something almost completely different. The title tells us that, it's not Metal Gear SOLID. It's not even the same sort of game. It's a slash-em-up with very basic stealth elements which features Raiden, of MGS2 infamy, as the main character in a post-MGS4 world now working in a PMC. The main story itself isn't interesting, really. Nor are the characters, in fact most of them are downright terrible, and the themes/setting of the game are just.. bizarre, and farfetched, even by Metal Gear's standards, it crosses over into the futuristic sci-fi territory, far more than any MGS game ever did. In actual fact it feels like a parody of Metal Gear more than anything.

The enemies.. they're all cyborgs, you gotta slash them up. All the bosses... yup, cyborgs too. The "Metal Gear" in this game is bigger and more fierce looking than ever. There's only two characters in this game which were in any of the Metal Gear Solid games, most of the characters are new, and just bizarre.

I haven't played this game since I purchased it a while ago and have already forgotten most of it. If this was called something else I honestly would never have bothered playing it.

The only saving grace for this game is the quality of the Codec conversations, surprisingly, an area where MGS4 completely failed.

For any Metal Gear fan who hasn't played it, if you keep in mind that it's not canon and just a spin-off, and turn your brain off, it is worth buying as a cheap appetiser for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain, but don't be surprised when you play it once and put it back in it's case and it ends up being nothing more than a part of your Metal Gear Collection, I doubt I'll ever buy the inevitable PS4/XB1 sequel.


Prison Break - Complete Season 1-4 (New Packaging) [DVD]
Prison Break - Complete Season 1-4 (New Packaging) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wentworth Miller
Price: £46.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant TV serial. Too bad about the final season, though., 30 Aug 2013
Not due to personal experience, of course, I'm a big fan of prison-related Film, Books and TV, fictional or non-fictional, I like everything from the classic "Shawshank Redemption" to "The Great Escape" to "Midnight Express" to every episode of the gritty late 90s/early 00s British ITV women's prison TV drama "Bad Girls". I'm also a fan of conspiracy thrillers, so FOX's "Prison Break" was naturally always on the to-watch-at-some-point list, having heard a lot of good things about the serial over the years.

Lately, I finally managed to watch the series, every episode from the beginning "Pilot" episode to the 90 minute special/finale "The Final Break", and what a journey it has been! "Prison Break" comprises of four seasons which aired from 2005 - 2008, while the fundamental plot is the same, each season is based on a different story arc.
*Minor spoilers*

The first series (2005) is set in the notorious Fox River State Penitentiary based in Illinois USA, where the softly-spoken empathetic but highly intelligent structural engineer Michael Scofield, played by the devilishly handsome, Drop Dead Gorgeous Wentworth Miller, gets himself deliberately imprisoned in the aim of breaking out his brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), who has been framed for the murder of the Vice President's brother. The first series is by far the best and strongest of all four series. The acting is superb, the plot is well paced and intense, and you really cannot watch one episode without wanting to watch the next. The finale is an epic climax.
(*5/5)

The second series (2006) takes place after the Break, just like in the first series, the plot is fast paced and gets even more complicated, as the FBI and other authorities and media are hot on the tail of the Fox River fugitives as they race across the U.S. in search of a fortune and of course south of the U.S. border into Mexico and beyond to evade the authorities and avoid recapture.
(*4/5)

The third series (2007) is pretty much "Banged Up Abroad" Prison Break style. Michael Scofield and some of the others end up in complicated circumstances once again, and end up incarcerated in the notorious Sona Prison in Panama. While this series comes across as rather contrived at many points, that is easily forgiven by the welcome return of the series 1 prison grit and brutality and the fact it keeps the momentum from the previous two series going.
(*4/5)

The fourth and final series (2008) is where Michael Scofield and friends work to take down the organisation responsible for their troubles and the conspiracies which shadow the series. To be honest, I really dislike this series. This is the series where the penny drops. The plot completely loses it's momentum and urgency, and is really doomed from the start to finish. The plot and character contrivances from the third series become unbearable. Scofield and his friends are no longer fugitives in a desperate situation, they're suddenly the A-Team or something. Former minor enemies/joke characters are suddenly and bizarrely either the best of friends/heroes or standing side by side with the arch-nemesis. Then there is the brutal overuse of Hollywood-style cliches - men in suits wearing sunglasses engaging in urban gun-play where the protagonists magically seem to dodge bullets/capture attempts from enemy goons and cops, car chases, too many damsel in distress moments, too many soppy moments, plot holes and an unnecessary retcon. Zzzz, it just gets really boring.

The finale "The Final Break" - a 90 or so minute special is a cute homage to series 1 and will leave most fans in tears by the conclusion (me included). I personally felt this special was best off being treated as a what-if, spin-off special, and I actually thought it was at first, but in actual fact it's the real final episode of the series - and when you look at it from that perspective it is really unnecessary and again, very contrived.

Apart from the finale this series has nothing really to do with prison, is a pee poor thriller and just a disappointing end to an otherwise great serial. I actually think it should have ended after the third series and that maybe the story was concluded in a feature length film or something.
(*1/5)

I will most certainly be watching series 1-3 again at some point in the future, but I won't be watching the fourth again.

To conclude: I would recommend "Prison Break" to anyone that's a fan of the prison/escape or thriller based genres - be it Shawshank Redemption or 24.


Waterloo Road Series Seven - Autumn Term [DVD]
Waterloo Road Series Seven - Autumn Term [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amanda Burton
Price: £15.86

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea how this drama still manages to win awards. It's gone down the toilet., 4 April 2012
The Autumn Term of Series 7 alongside Series 6 are the weakest in the series, and whilst the current series with Michael Byrne is the best the series has been in a long time, I have been massively put off with the ridiculous fact they are moving the series to SCOTLAND for Series 8 which is quite frankly jumping the shark.. since when does a school move from a Greater Manchester town to Scotland with some of the same teachers/pupils? Never. That's over the top, even for a drama like this.

I enjoyed Waterloo Road from Series 1-5, even if it did always have the problem with leaving big plotholes such as characters randomly disappearing, retroactive continuity, characters changing personalities and unfinished storylines (i.e. the aftermath of Finn and Amy's suicide pact at the end of Series 5), it was always quite enjoyable, but the more series SHED makes, the harder it becomes to overlook these flaws and the writing is becoming ridiculously laughable. Several teenage pregnancies, repeated plotlines (Chloe and Donte = Vicki and Ronan), stupid explanations for why characters have to leave.. Bex Fisher arriving in Year 13 halfway through the year after being missing, yet somehow manages to win a university place.

The move to Scotland will be the death of this series and to be honest, I don't care. SHED Productions have always made enjoyable dramas such as Bad Girls and Footballers Wives which always tend to get OTT during the later series, but they never reached this point of pathetic.. I'm surprised this series still manages to get views and awards and hasn't been axed by BBC One yet. Perhaps when it's axed we can see SHED move on to a newer, fresher drama... hopefully.


Metal Gear Solid HD - Collection (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid HD - Collection (PS3)
Price: £15.85

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classic PS2 games and a masterpiece PSP game on one disc for <£30? Nice., 4 April 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection is what it says on the tin. It's a collection of some old classics, brushed up in HD and put on one disc (two on the Xbox 360), not much more nor less really. However, it's an opportunity for not only hardcore fans (like myself) to reconcile their love with these games but a great opportunity for those who missed a few of the games or are simply new to the series and have heard all about Metal Gear and want to give the series a try for themselves, and at a good price.

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
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Originally released in the UK in March 2002, this was the sequel to the critically acclaimed PSOne game, Metal Gear Solid which came out in the UK in 1999 and the first Metal Gear entry on the PlayStation 2. This game is divided into two chapters, the Tanker (which is more of a prologue) set in the year 2007 and the Plant/Big Shell set in 2009 chapters. In the Tanker chapter you play as Solid Snake who is now a member of the UN recognised anti-Metal Gear group, Philanthropy who, with the backup of old Shadow Moses (see: MGS1) colleague and friend, has been sent to investigate and expose the development of a new Metal Gear project being developed by the U.S. Marine Corps, of course all this goes horribly wrong. The Plant/Big Shell chapter is set two years later and you play as newbie green agent Jack or "Raiden" as he's codenamed to dismantle a terrorist threat and rescue the U.S. President, or so he believes.
The graphics of MGS2 was quite simply stunning and the best ever when this came out, and today in 2012 they still stand their ground, especially with the HD lighting although it's obvious the textures are from the PS2-era. The gameplay and camera feels outdated compared to later entries, but it's faithful to the original MGS1 and introduced new gameplay mechanics such as first-person view/shooting, hiding in lockers, tranq. gun, hiding guards bodies in lockers and toilet cubicles, etc.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
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This was originally released in the UK on the PlayStation 2 in March 2005. Rather than a sequel to MGS2, it's a prequel to the entire series set back during 1964, the height of the Cold War between the East and West, and is appropriately themed.. given that the MGS series have strong storylines which are usually very political and lets not forget the espionage aspect of the stealth genre. In this game you play as Naked Snake (later known as Big Boss), a former US Special Forces "Green Beret" who is a founding member of a new CIA unit called FOX headed by ex-SAS man, Major Zero, and is sent on the debut mission to rescue a Soviet scientist in the prologue chapter (Virtuous Mission), which ends up going wrong of course.
This is the Subsistence version of MGS3, NOT Snake Eater, despite the name. You have the 3D camera (with the option of using the original Snake Eater camera)and you can play the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake in the menu, however there is no 'Snake vs. Monkey' like in the originals for some reason. The HD lighting in this game makes it a lot more beautiful than it originally was, and it makes a good change that it's ran at 60fps rather than the original 30fps which is noticeable playing the game - it's the best version of the game yet.
This is my favourite game in the series and one of my favourite games ever. The game features quite a few environments, but it is primarily set in a Soviet jungle and features "survival"-based gameplay.. you hunt animals for food and you have to patch up your wounds from insect bites, stings, leeches, gunshots, burns, etc. The storyline is not as cyberpunkish/complicated as MGS2's, being that it's set several decades beforehand, but the storyline is the most beautiful in the series, the whole game pays a lot of homeage to 1960s movies and the intro/theme song ("Snake Eater" by Cynthia Harrel) is James Bond inspired.

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
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This is a fairly recent game, it was originally released in the UK in June 2010 on the PSP. This is set in 1974, 10 years after MGS3, and you yet again play Naked Snake/Big Boss who is the commander of a small private army known as Militaires Sans Frontieres (MSF) based in the Barranquilla Coast, Colombia. His second-in-command is a Japanese-American former member of the Japanese Self-Defence Force and now-mercenary known as Kazuhira Miller, or just "Kaz" (he is the man Liquid Snake murdered and then impersonated in MGS1, as explained in the timeline). They are approached by a supposed university professor and a 16 year old student who request their services in freeing neighbour country Costa Rica from an unknown armed group who are being backed by the CIA, Big Boss is given a personal motivate when he hears a Walkman tape with the voice of his former mentor, The Boss (see: MGS3) talking to an unknown British woman and wonders whether she might still be alive. Like all Metal Gear games, the storyline gets more complicated.
I enjoyed this game when it came out on the PSP nearly two years ago and still do, but out of the three in this collection, it's definitely my least favourite. However, it does look beautiful pepped up on the big screen with the assistance of HD, which is a good feat considering the game was intended for a small screen, however the graphics make it obvious that it's not a PS2 game, the textures are quite blurry and pixelated, the game also retains the comic-book cutscenes from the PSP version which disappointed me because I'd heard they were being replaced with CGI ones which are in the game, but minimal (only at the end and 1 or 2 other parts of the game).
This is different to all the other MGS games in which it has RPG elements. You have to recruit soldiers by effectively kidnapping them and "convincing" them to join, when they join you can sign them to any part of MSF you want. The Combat team, the Research + Development team, the Mess Hall team, the Intelligence/Reconnaissance team and the Medical team, depending on their skill-sets which vary a lot and are ranked. Most of the soldiers you recruit are useless so they aren't any good as you progress through the game, so you have to rely on unique (storyline)characters and POWs which you find around the place, as well as the 'recruit option'. It's a bit like the old Pokemon games really. Fundamentally, it's a Metal Gear Solid game, in the storyline missions you can only play as Big Boss and alone. Despite some of it being jungle environments, you don't use much MGS3 style gameplay except for camouflage. What I love about this game, which bugs me in MGS2/MGS3, is the shooting style (over-the-shoulder and you can aim whilst shooting, rather than stopping and shooting in First-Person View) and how you can crouch-walk. But for some reason you can't crawl through ducts anymore or use lockers, which was a bit of a shame.

So that's all three of the games in this collection summed up, I recommend this collection to all and any Metal Gear fans and it's a great opportunity for those thinking of giving the Metal Gear franchise a go, which you'll either fall in love with, or not like, depending on your tastes in gaming. If you're expecting a mindless Call of Duty shooter with glitzy graphics, turn away. If you're looking for a series with arguably one of the best plots in gaming and a unique gameplay style and a sense of humour, definitely give this series a try. The downside to this collection is that it doesn't include the original Metal Gear Solid or the other PSP MGS, Portable Ops. Another plus, though, is that this is also an opportunity for Xbox 360 owners to play the series and it will also be coming out on the new Sony handheld; the PlayStation VITA.


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £12.38

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but is it as good as the others? That's debatable., 3 Dec 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I am an 18 year old female fan of the Metal Gear saga, which is ever since I bought MGS2: Sons of Liberty for PS2 back when I was 12 in 2005, then I got MGS3 later that year, then The Twin Snakes to substitute for MGS1 because I needed to make better use of my Game Cube, then I got Portable Ops in 2007 when I got a PSP, and I also got Peace Walker, which came out in June this year. I've beat them all numerous times, and they are all epic (except Portable Ops tbh). I love the storyline, the humour, the gameplay, the atmosphere. Everything. I'm an MGS nut, totally. Hideo Kojima is a genius storyteller for the most part. Now, finally I've been able to get this. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots. One of the most hyped PS3 games, with A* reviews all over the internet, and one I've personally been waiting to play ever since I finished MGS3 which is now, scarily enough, been 5 years. I missed this game due to the fact I only got a PS3 last month for my birthday and I've been busy over the past two years, but I managed to avoid most spoilers and such to the game, which was well, because I was tempted several times to read the plot on Wikipedia or watch a walkthrough on YouTube.

Like the previous games, MGS4 is graphically amazing! The textures on clothing are so good, the environments are very life-like, the frame-rate is really good, and the lighting is actually breathtaking. Granted, it's not actually the best looking PS3 game, which is actually capable of a lot, but it's pretty damn good. The effects are really good, too. As I said about the environments, yeah they feel more alive, in Act 1 & 2, there is literally a war going on all around you, and it mostly feels quite realistic and unpredictable. The outcomes don't appear to be scripted meaning anyone and anyone can die, and it can effect the outcome of the environment you're supposed to be sneaking around in, so if more PMC troops die, you have a harder time getting around - but hey, it's good to know you can take sides! The warring groups are between Private Military Contractor soldiers and local rebels. The differences is are obvious, like the PMC troops have better weapons and equipment, whilst the rebels have a lot of stereotypical rebel weapons, like AK's and Uzi's. I'd give the environment/graphics a collective 10/10.

The music in MGS4 is also awesome, but arguably, not quite as good as the previous games. Harry Gregson Williams returned to make some of the music, and it's brilliant, but I can't say most of it is anything I'd do anything for just to listen to to. Not like MGS1's 'Encounter' theme or MGS3's Groznji Grad 'Alert' theme. In some instances, I would say the music can be a little of Hollywood arch. Especially in the boss battles, and many of the action scenes. Of course, it's not heard of for MGS to be a bit movie-like in regards to that, but it is very prevalent in MGS4. The sound effects are as realistic as ever, and the voice acting is typical MGS quality (imo which is good). Going back to the 'alive environment' thing, the soldiers this time around seem a lot more aware of each other. There's no longer as much of where you tranq a guard, and his/her comrade turns a blind eye, or just wakes him/her up again as if she or he just dropped there asleep for real. Still, the soldiers themselves still don't remember being tranq'd.

Onto the gameplay. Well this is definitely an MGS game, but if I'm honest, it feels as if they geared too much towards towards action-based gameplay, rather than stealth. This is NOT supposed to be Call of Duty! Why do we need a massive selection of weapons and modifications for them? One of the things I loved about the previous MGS games (MGS1/MGS2/MGS3) is that everything was procure-on-site, and you started off with no/minimal weapons, and as the game you progressed and things got a bit more difficult, you could then acquire things like rifles and rocket launchers and the such. In MGS4, you can just buy or unlock weapons/weapon ID's off a character called Drebin for a certain amount of points. All that aside, sneaking around battlefields is pretty exhilerating, and rather.. quick-paced. Although I personally miss sneaking around more relaxed, unsuspecting environments of the previous games, but an actual battlefield is unique. Of course, that's only for the first two parts of the games. Other environments include a quiet European city at night, aboard a ship (well it's like a ship) and a welcome return to a place from the past :). MGS is quite known for unique boss fights, but to be honest, there's nothing new offered in this game. The elite 'freak' team this time around is four women who have been traumatised by war and are fitted out into special suits and fitted with special nanomachines which give them advantages in battle. They are called the Beauty & The Beast (B&B) Corps, which is a reference to the fact they are beautiful inside their suits but 'beasts' on the outside. The fights are just brauny shoot-outs and only one of them requires proper strategy or skill, but I won't go into more, before I spoilt it. This game is not all that difficult. I'm not an expert game player, but I finished this on 'Solid Normal' and 'Big Boss Hard' without breaking into too much frustration. Gameplay-wise. I'll give this a 8/10.

Now, for the storyline/character development/inside humour, which are my favourite parts of the MGS experience. Most of you probably know, but this game takes place in 2014. 5 years after the end of MGS2, 9 years after the end of MGS1 and 50 years after the end of MGS3. Even though it's been only 5 years since Solid Snake's last major mission in MGS2, he appears to have aged very rapidly. He now resembles a 75 year old man, despite being only 44 years old. This is due to his cloned heritage, the fact he is not a normal man. His DNA was manipulated to stop him from ever ending up in the hands of the enemy, because he was cloned after a man who was once known as the greatest soldier of the 20th Century - Big Boss (the protagonist of MGS3), meaning he has fighting and soldiering literally in his genes. He is sent on his Final Mission, with the assistance of his good buddy, Otacon and old commander, Roy Campbell to put a stop to, and kill, his genetic brother Liquid who appears to have completely manipulated Ocelot's body at this point (see MGS2), who is planning a massive insurrection. I must say the story and characters are not as good as the previous games tbh. There is not as much suspense, and it's as Hollywood esque as before. I'm also slightly disappointed at some of the fanfiction elements, especially in regards to two characters who I will not name that appear in the game, and some of it I must admit is cheesy, and there are no major twists (the one that supposedly is was poorly executed). But it's not all bad. I'll admit some parts of the game were nerveracking and even emotional and even had me in tears. In regards to storyline/characters, I'm obviously a bit mixed and waffled. Another thing I'm a bit disappointed about is the lack of interesting/humourous Codec conversations, which I loved in the previous games, especially MGS3. But there are fun secrets and unlockables to search for, such as iPod songs, etc.

I'm in my third playthrough of the game now, so it is still quite addictive, there are quite a few flaws, yes. But perhaps I over-anticipated this game a little, because afterall, I did wait a few years to play this and I'm overlooking the many good qualities of this game. It is another masterpiece, but I can't help but feel as if Kojima was under too much pressure when making this, and was expected to tie up so many loose knots from previous games. It certainly did, as there's almost no feeling of "wait, why WAS this?" except for certain post-MGS2/pre-MGS4 plot regarding Raiden, but then again, Metal Gear Solid: Rising is on it's way for Xbox 360 and PS3 which stars Raiden and is set during that period, so that's a good thing.

Overall? Good game. I'll give it a solid 4 stars, but I'm sorry I can't quite give it the full 5. Onto the next MGS!!!!


Metal Gear Solid - Peace Walker (PSP)
Metal Gear Solid - Peace Walker (PSP)
Offered by GameExplorers
Price: £14.90

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join Big Boss in his third adventure in this PSP masterpiece, 12 July 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I'm a big MGS fan, who owns every MGS game there is, so I knew what to expect from MGS: Peace Walker, and I must say I'm absolutely thrilled with this game. Japanese Director, Hideo Kojima and his team have went all out to make MGSPW just as good, and as deep as the console MGS games with the amazing story, amazing gameplay, great graphics, the humour and the replay value. This is something which very much disappointed me in the previous MGS game on the PSP; Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops which Kojima didn't direct. MGSPO had a flat storyline, absolutely no replay value and awkward controls/camera. However, you'll be happy to know that Peace Walker has learned and improved from Portable Ops!

Storyline & Characters: 9/10
Anyway, MGSPW is set in Costa Rica in the year 1974. Ten years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3, and four years after the events of Portable Ops. Big Boss a.k.a. Naked Snake has established a small private army named 'Militaires Sans Frontières" or just simply MSF, which is based in Colombia who intervene in random conflicts throughout Latin America. A university professor called Galvez and a young girl called Paz approach Big Boss and his second-in-command - Kaz Miller - to help them free Costa Rica from a strange armed group which has been present in Costa Rica which has no military to defend itself. The girl also is posession of a tape which has The Boss talking to a British woman. Is The Boss still alive? Big Boss and his army set out to find the truth. As with all MGS games, things are never what they seem.. people are never what they seem, and there is of course sideswitching and revelations to be made. Admittedly, one such twist is rather unsurprising.. but the last phone call in the game is very surprising and unexpected. I won't spoil much on the storyline and characters but I think they deserve a nice 8.5/10. There isn't as much noticible character development in MGSPW, but in the characters that are developed, the Briefing Files provide some rather interesting conversations, which really bring the Mother Base to life.

Gameplay: 10/10
In Peace Walker there is a hell-of-a lot to do. The game has a mission-by-mission design, which I don't like, but it's bearable. However, the missions are very beautifully designed for a PSP game, while in some missions you don't have many objectives, others are rather long. The boss fights in MGSPW are VERY challenging, and there is a scene where you have to do some intense button-mashing.. so if you're crap at it like me.. have your pen/spoon/whatever ready! A feature which returns from Portable Ops is the recruitment system, which is made easier in Peace Walker with the Fulton Recovery System. You recruit enemy soldiers into MSF, and they can be used for a range of things depending on their skillset. You could have them on the frontline fighting in the Combat Unit, developing new weapons and equipment in the Research and Development (R&D) Team, healing the sick and injured in the Medical Team, and keeping morale up and keeping everyone fed in the Mess Hall Team.

The R&D Team can develope hundreds of different kinds of weapons/items and at different ranks, which include handguns, machine guns, rifles, rocket launchers, grenades, radars, goggles, and of course.. the legendary cardboard box! Yes! Now the R&D team can create a Cardboard TANK!! Lols. I'm reviewing the single-player version of the campaign, however, you could also get a friend with Peace Walker and play the campaign in CO-OP mode, which is supposed to be fun. Gameplay: 10/10

Graphics: 9/10
This game pushes the PSP to its limits, and I must say the PSP at its limits is capable of some very beautiful games. Hell, MGSPW is actually better looking than 80% of PS2 games. The character models are very fluid, and the environments (which includes jungle) are very beautiful. Unfortunately MGSPW uses a lot of comic cutscenes (a returned feature from Portable Ops), so the game doesn't completely utilise those graphics, which they could have certainly done. The beach parts of the game look beautiful too. The sand and water are very much lifelike. There's also a good draw distance, and NO popup.

Music & Sound: 8/10
The sound-effects in Peace Walker are great, and the footsteps are quite realistic and so are the gunshot sounds. The background music in most areas is also really good, and the game offers a great soundtrack, including a great theme song (Heavens Divide). Not quite as good as the console games of course, but it's still flippin epic! Another improvement from PO is the dialogue. There is a LOT more of it in PW than PO. Rather than the mute Codec conversations, there's actually full voice-acting in this game. Unfortunately, when you interrogate an enemy soldier, they don't speak.. text just comes up. But overall, it's good.

I reccomend MGSPW to ALL MGS fans, even those who were disappointed with Portable Ops. I also reccomend the game to ANY PSP owner looking for a great game for their console. It's WELL WORTH the price. On an additional note, there is rumours of a sequel to Peace Walker coming out on the PlayStation 3.. so MGS fans should definitely play this game or at least watch the story on YouTube if they have no access to a PSP. It's important to the series.

Toodle pip!

*DECEMBER 2012 EDIT*

There is indeed a direct Peace Walker sequel on its way. It is called Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and will be coming out for PS3 and X360 sometime in 2013 or 2014.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £22.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Gear Solid 2 :D Must play, 2 Aug 2007
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Metal Gear Solid 2, is a sweet game in my opinion, the gameplay is good and the storyline is EXCELLENT. It's like a movie with it's cool and intense cutscenes(some may citicise this, but I personally love it).

The game is fairly old now, 2001 and it's only around now, with Xbox 360/PS3/Wii on the market, is it really beginning to show its age.

This is my first MGS game and it was addictive as f***, all the MGS games have been addictive. I finished it well over 7 times ^_^

Story:(9/10)
The storyline in MGS2 is EXCELLENT, very intense, descriptive, suprising plot turns and this and that, it shouldn't really be called MGS2 story, the "Metal Gear" story if you like, but MGS2 contributes an important part.
It's a continuation from the original Metal Gear Solid(1998-PS1) Which I had not played when I played this, which made it all the more confusing, so I'll sum it up.

Solid Snake and Otacon(two characters from the game) have gained intelligence that a new type of Metal Gear(Military bi-pedal tanks, which the story is based around) is being transported, and is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Marine Corps, now originally Snake is to infiltrate the tanker it is being transported on and get stuff about it.(not gonna get too into it). That's the plot you are introduced to, but it changes and gets more complex. etc But I found it really good..

For another section of the game, you play someone else, Raiden, not exactly as good as Snake, he's a "rookie" but he too IMO has an interesting story build.

Gameplay:(8/10)
MGS2 is a stealth action game, which doesnt mean you run around with a gun and shoot all the guards to hell(you could on an Easy difficulty I suppose or if you were good xD).
The walls, cardboard boxes, tables and lockers are your best friends, these can hide you.

It's up to you whether you want to kill the guard, or pass him by without him ever knowing.

Graphics:(8.5/10)
If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have gave it a 9.8 or something, the graphics are VERY good and very detailed, though todays standards it seems dated, but MGS2 looks very nice, facial details and such are all well done, and the graphics are the exact same in cutscenes AND Game.

Camaera:5/10
I HATE MGS2's camera, its not designed for a 3D game, but it takes away some of the stealth aspects and is very jerky, you can see guards that are behind things and such, all because the camera is in the "air".
I got used to it though, xD but still -.-

Overall:9.5/10.
MGS2 is an excellent game and you must try it, hell it's not expensive anymore, you could perhaps grab it for £3-£10 New or Used. Its 15+ BBFC Cert is well deserved I suppose, but then again I was under 15 when I fell in love with it so Idc xD.

MGS2 was my first MGS game, I have also played Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid:The Twin Snakes(remake of MGS from PS1)

MGS3, I liked even better than this, MGS:TTS wasn't really impressive, it was too easy and not as much storyline pump as the other two games..But it was still enjoyable enough to finish over once.

MGS's "rival" is Splinter Cell, in my opinion, I hate that game, others may like it, but I find it very boring and just bleh.. Just me.
It's much more realistic, but to hell with realism, I like balanced mixtures of stuff like cyberpunk and realism.

Unfortunately there's not as many games like MGS x.x
The Cipher Complex game coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3 looks like what I'm looking for, but I'll wait til that comes.

And speaking of which, MGS4 is also on its way, which is a direct continuation from MGS2 (MGS3 and MGS:Portable Ops are prequels, but benefit the story just as much) MGS4 will be out on PS3 somewhere towards the end of the year, if not, early 2008. I'll have to give this one a miss, unless they make it for '360 which they won't because its a PlayStation exclusive franchise -.- Rawr.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this did help you xD ;] Ciao.


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £9.96

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST METAL GEAR GAME YET,SHOULD BE MORE GAMES LIKE THIS., 4 Feb 2006
To me its better than BOTH its predesessors:Metal Gear Solid(and The Twin Snakes) and Metal Gear Solid 2.
In this prequal you play an ex-US Army Green Beret called Jack who is sent to the jungles and mountains of Tselinoyarsk in "The Virtuous Mission" and is codenamed:Naked Snake.He HALO(High Altitude Low Opening) jumps off a FOX and USAF gunship all the way down into the jungle and from there he goes to do his mission:To resque Russian scientist:Mr. Sokolov AND eliminate a Nuclear weapon of Mass-Detruction.As with all Metal Gear games the story gets twisted and turns as it unfolds.
The new survival techniques are great:Snake has to be his own hunter,doctor,cook and protector as he is alone the best help is verbally off his command team.He hunts animals to eat them,he cooks his food,well eats them Raw to refurbish his stamina,and protects himself not only by fighting and gunning his enemies but by stealth as well,things like sneaking from tree to tree(there is also two INSIDE missions,so you can use traditional Metal Gear stealth like hiding under cardboard boxxes,hiding in lockers,under tables etc.) but by camoflage by equping the right camoflage clothing and facepaint he can coceal himself under large grass,against cerain colour backgrounds,agianst trees.He has default camoflage but you can unlock certain special camo uniforms off bosses(i.e. a fireproof camo) and you can download camofalge off the internet too.the new fighting system is great too:Close Qaurters Combat or CQC is good it really packs the punch on enemies,Snake needs his CQC knife to perform most of it if Snake is running with only his fists,kknife or handgun he can use this to knock down his enemies.Or CQC can be used in stealth mode if he sneaks up on a guard with his knife he can interrogate him or give the guard a big surprise slam.I enjoyed this game with friends Daniel,Lewis and Kalcie and lasted 7 WEEKS,i never got to play it with them but we talked about it in school:Daniel likes EVA the best,i like Snake the best,we talked this and that about the game,i.e. that LONG LADDER that takes a year to climb up into the mountains I really MISS this game.
The theme song "Snake Eater" is alright,and unlike most i actally like the Bond-esque.Its painful to play this game now after its got old,just with those school memories i try to bring it back,i hope that 007 From Russia With Love is like Snake Eater in a certain way.
Bye.
P.S:Metal Gear Solid 4:Guns Of The Patriots is coming out for PlayStation 3 soon,but i am HOPING that after MGS4:We will get to play as Naked Snake in MGS5,And set in the jungle,return of the survival system,also a return od EVA and The Sorrow and Revolvr Oceelot i can actally see Hideo Kojima doing this and i am hoping they will.It will be set in 1968 would be my biggest guess for a date if they do.Snake Eater according to the credits MUST have a big aftermath so Snake must have went on another mission despite losing his right eye,If my wish comes true i know that SIGINT will not be there as after Snake Eater he joined ARPA,But Para-Medic did not form that paramedic system in Washington untill 1970,Major Zero and Snake did not form FOXHOUND until 1971.And between 1964 and the `70`s there is a big leap so Snake MUST have went on another mission.So lets hope That Metal Gear Solid 5(Snake Eater 2 or a nother name) does turn out to be as i said.


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