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Dead Men Walking (Warhammer 40000)
Dead Men Walking (Warhammer 40000)
by Steve Lyons
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mask hides emotion!, 22 Feb 2011
This book had great potential to explore the Death Korps of Krieg and understand their motivations. Sadly it does not do this. The Guardsmen are cold and unfeeling as the Necron, because they erm.. wear a mask. At that frankly is about it - along with a personality. In fact the interesting bits are about the PDF and smaller characters.

Some good action scenes but this book could have been much more.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm Expansion Pack (PC DVD)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm Expansion Pack (PC DVD)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there.. Good though, 15 Mar 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Having played through all 3 DOW games and enjoyed them I was looking forward to Soulstorm arriving on the scene. The change to fight across a series of moons and planets sounded good and with a couple of new races thrown in. Well it was something to keep me occupied.

First of all the negatives. There are some silly mistakes in the game - for example when playing as chaos the final piece of war gear allows you to ascent to Daemon Princehood. sadly the name Elphias the Inheritor is one there (character from Dark Crusade and not on this expansion pack).

Also, unlike Dark Crusade, the game does not appear to save your bases on territories taken over. This means you are permanently skirmishing and unlikely to play with top tech levels on the single player.

There are some complaints about the air units on this forum. I am coming around to them though - especially the Hell Talon. Also getting surprised online by a massed attack that wiped my base out has made me think of these as a little more than useful.

The game could be better and does not quite live up to Dark Crusade. More maps and units would be nice (Thousand Sons?) on the Single Player - also some of the legions acting more characteristically (such as the Alpha Legion).

However this is an expansion pack - not a ground breaker, and for that I will give it four stars. There are a number of online bugs - for some reason Relic are being really slow on providing patches for these. In all the game is really enjoyable. The new races are welcome additions - although I would have preferred a wider choice to play (Thousand Sons and the 'Nids').

However still a great game and worth the money. I look forward to the mods & patches.

Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD)
Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD)
Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: 29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Damn what happened to the past month.., 29 Jan 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this anthology from Amazon Market place. Having started reading the Horus Heresy books and fancied a go on the Dawn of War Series, I was not to be disappointed.

Ignoring usual Empire Earth / Age of 'all sorts' diplomacy, the simple aim of the game is to exterminate the enemy. You build bases and forces to launch an offensive and clear the map. Single player missions are quite good and the storylines detailed - my only complaint is that you are limited as to the choice of forces such as Khornes marines and the Blood Ravens.

The game picks up especially in Dark Crusade with a full world to conquer and even the medium levels very challenging (well for me anyway).

Tactics differ in each game. DOW & Winter Assault are quite defensive games and you have to use the old 'bite and hold' - especially with the Imperial Guard. In Dark Crusade this tactic is the best way to get a hammering as the enemy build enough to launch an overwhelming attack against you. Skirmishing is the order of the day.

The multiplayer and mod options.. well for someone who is a learner on the internet this is brilliant. Play with friends and download different mods to give yourself new forces (such as tyranids and different marine skins like the Thousand Sons) and maps. You can switch between Marine and Alien chapters too. Play against the PC with a friend or fight strangers online - this is really entertaining.

As pack progresses you gain more forces to use. Ignoring the mods that can be downloaded online you get Space Marines, Chaos Marines, Orks and Eldar from the first game. Then the Imperial Guard from Winter Assault, followed by the Necrons and Tau in Dark Crusade.

Well worth purchasing - although I had to buy the girlfriend Sims to distract her on the Wii to play this..

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
Offered by Digitalville UK
Price: 7.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word.... 'Great', 23 Sep 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Years ago I heard of this game - sadly a lack of money and a poor PC meant I could not try this before now.

This well deserves the game of the year title. The story is fantastic as is the skills, attributes and charater interplay. The games is completely playable and there is plenty of scope to branch out in the side plots: with jobs for hunters, elite assassins, racers and gamblers.

Despite the game's age it is still very very playable.

A classic.

Run Like Hell (PS2)
Run Like Hell (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: 24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential...., 15 Sep 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Run Like Hell (PS2) (Video Game)
Well the game is entertaining in places. It did have a huge billing on the time of release - and is a let down based on this.

The story line is pretty good and the graphics decent for the time. The game does not disappoint - just the hype.

Personally I would like to see RHL 2 - with the gameplay the decent plot it deserves. This could have being so much better - MAKE THE GAME WE WANT!!

Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
Offered by Rush Gaming
Price: 219.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well what are you looking for?, 27 July 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having come into some money recently that I could spend on myself, I decided to update and get one of the new consoles. I heard that the XBOX was great but prone to breaking / over heating. The PS3 is hideously expensive for one of my wage and I have heard good things about the Wii.

Well the graphics do not compare to the XBOX or PS3 - it is more like the Ps2 than anything. The difference is that the Wii is more fun. The controls do not take much getting used to and hey.. it keeps you fit too.

Games like Resident Evil 4 keep you on your toes. The boxing on sports is engrossing, alongside the tennis. I have ordered Scarface and am really looking forward to playing it.

This is a console for friends and entertainment. Simple to set up, easy to play and plain good fun.

God Hand (PS2)
God Hand (PS2)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ode to the fighting genre, 25 Jun 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: God Hand (PS2) (Video Game)
This game is fun

Need I say anymore? Well if you like fighting and gambling buy this.

The buttons are simple with not complex moves. There is a variety of bad guys to fight and some entertaining music as background. What other game gives you the opportunity to fight a great big fat hairy demon called Elvis to the backdrop of some bizarre tribute music.

The plot is simple. You are a wandering hero - given the `God-Hand' after your arm was removed in a pathetically one-sided fight. You are travelling with a girl called Olivia who nags you to save various villages and fight against the demons.

The controls are simple and good. Once the game gets going you can buy a variety of new techniques and power ups. For those you that want to expand your pounds there is a casino to visit to gamble away your money. As you progress so does the casino. There are fighting & practice rings to hone skills and win awards.

The game is very tongue in cheek, with nice graphics. It is at heart an ode to all fighting games and you are there to do one thing - fight. This is good entertainment.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (PC)
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (PC)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 22 May 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having recently updated a very old PC I thought I would try out this instalment of the Jedi Knight series - having enjoyed Outcast & Jedi Knight II.

This game is great. You have the usual choice of weapons - however as you have a light sabre from the off I kept hold of that. The levels are good, some quite lengthy and there are plenty of foes to hack through. There are also a large number of Dark Jedi to fight - which is great if you like to use your light sabre.

Perhaps the best thing about the game is the depth and variety that comes with this. You have a different light sabres and styles to choose from while you need certain powers to complete levels. There are monsters that you cannot defeat in battle as well - such as the mutant Rancour and the Sandworms.

All in all very entertaining.

Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure
Khartoum: The Ultimate Imperial Adventure
by Michael Asher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From another era, 5 May 2007
Asher has provided a fast paced, interesting take on the great Gordon saga. His contempt for the higher echelons the British Army echoes is strong again this book - along with his others. The book covers the start of the Mahdi and finishes with the funeral service held after Omdurman.

It was good to read a book where Gordon is held as an example and a hero rather than a delusional drunkard. It has become popular to attack the image of Gordon, who in all fairness was thoroughly stuffed by his own side from the start.

Asher also defends Wilson quite strongly saying he was unfairly held accountable for Wolsey's failings. Asher also provides a good account on the 'who was to blame' question.

All in all a great read with some terrific battle descriptions.

Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management: Principles and Practice
Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management: Principles and Practice
by Tony Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 79.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and of great interest, 1 May 2007
Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management aim is to show how to minimise the potential damage of disasters in both public and private sectors. It covers an impressive array of scenarios from construction, crisis management to the environment, disease and information systems. The book covers 728 pages in total ranging from practical planning aspects to case studies.

So how does this series of articles read? Very well is the simple answer to this. The structure is clear especially where discussing case studies. The event, damage and causation are discussed as well as lesson learned. The case studies are well described and written at a fast pace. Including these alongside practical `set up' issues frankly makes the handbook a good read. In particular I would cite the story of Mary Malone or `Typhoid Mary' - a healthy carrier of typhoid, and the chapter on human error.

Arguable for the specialist expert in a particular field, the book reveals nothing new. The communicable disease and environmental health chapter reads as standard for a nurse, while the disaster and emergency management systems section would be meat and drink for IT risk practitioners. The value of the book lies over the sheer coverage, depth and readability. Issues range from medical responses, to insurance, law and public enquiries as well as forensics and crisis management. The book covers these areas in good depth without losing its way.

The book would be excellent for the over general practitioner rather than those who concentrate on a particular aspect of disaster management. This due to the breadth of scope covered in the book. However use would be had for the pure specialist in order to see how planning and disaster affects other areas. Indeed the readability of the handbook would make the subject open to Risk Specialists functioning outside the disaster and emergency.

Most importantly as an Operational Risk Consultant in the Financial Sector was I to find this book of use in my chosen career? The answer is yes. Dealing with people, process and systems day to day the book expanded my own knowledge on system risk as well as human behaviour and management failures. I was to use aspects of the book during an interview on IT risk and Disaster Recovery to good effect.

My overall opinion is extremely positive over Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management but the price is currently too steep at 69.99!

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