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Xbox 360 Console (20 GB Hard Drive)
Xbox 360 Console (20 GB Hard Drive)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft's second outing, 27 May 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Some consumers may already feel shortchanged when Microsoft decided to move to focus on the 360 with the Xbox having not been around that long. The main problem that seems to have surfaced with Microsoft's latest console is its reliabilty.

Many people have had to return the console with the well known Red Ring Of Death issue. The 360 now has a new falcon motherboard which supposedly allieviates the issue but only time will tell. Without a doubt the 360's build quality is not as good as its competitors plus the fact it's so noisy which will drive some people mad.

The games are good with the likes of Halo 3, Mass Effect and others. That is one of the advantages of the system with some top titles being available thanks to its longer time on the market. Plus you have the best online service in Xbox Live. Yes, you do get your fair share of idiots which is a shame but don't let them spoil your fun.

The Xbox 360 is a good console but has the most uncertainty hanging over it. Will Microsoft ditch it soon to compete with blu-ray and take care of reliablity issues? Who knows, but the other two consoles are definitely safer bets if you want a console to last you longer. If you don't get a 360 the only thing you're really missing is Live so if online gaming isn't your thing the 360 isn't worth bothering with.
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Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)
Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paying For Potential, 14 Aug 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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The Sony Playstation 3 has come in for some heavy criticism since its launch and rightly so. The audacious price point has turned away many gamers at least until the inevitable price drop. So for £400 what exactly are you getting?

One of the first things you'll notice is the machine is well built runs quieter than maybe you'd expect. Out of the box you've got one wireless controller plus a 60GB hardrive. For the average gamer this should suffice unless you're going to be putting lots of music on it etc. Sony have changed the handset for the Playstation 3 taking away the dual shock functionality in favour of motion sensing directly copying another company's idea. It's a great feeling to have a Playstation controller in your hands without wires although you do have to charge it with the supplied USB cable but the bonus is it's included which helps. Battery time is average and not any worse than its competitors.

One of the most important things is obviously the games available to play on the system. That is something right now the PS3 lacks in. The PS3 hasn't been out all that long so you can't be too critical yet. However talk of programmers having a hard time working with the system is worrying. If you're wanting a complete home entertainment centre then the PS3 isn't a bad buy. You can play DVD's, CD's and the new Blu-Ray format on the console. Whether you want Blu-Ray is another matter entirely but the console's success relies on it and if it bombs then Sony goes down with it.

---Good Points---
+ It's the only console that's region free
+ Untapped potential

---Bad Points---
- Price point
- Lack of games

The Sony Playstation 3 is a good console and has the graphical prowess of it's nearest rival. The problem is it dosen't have the games and personally as a gamer that's what matters most to me. I don't care about movies etc. I want games. The PS3 has a lot of potential and if Sony decide to cut the price and when the games start to come out they can turn this thing around. But if you're wanting a console straight out of the box with lots of games you're better looking at the other two. The PS3 is what might be in the future rather than what's now which is a little dissapointing considering the price point. 8/10. Thanks for reading John Mitchell.

WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 (GameCube)
WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 (GameCube)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best wrestling game ever, 24 Sep 2005
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WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 is the follow up to Day Of Reckoning which while fun was ultimately flawed. Day Of Reckoning 2 is a better game in a lot of areas which I'll get into later but first I'll tell you about the various game modes.

The main mode in Day Of Reckoning 2 as last year is the Story Mode. This year's Story Mode is different with you just coming off a WWE Championship win you lose the title and story mode kicks off with you trying to regain the title. The story is longer and better in my opinion and the plot once again is excellent. But yet again THQ have not adressed the problem of choice so you have to go through a set path every time and there are no superstar voice overs. The second one dosen't bother me too much as I'm happy to use my imagination with the text. However Smackdown ring announcer Tony Chimmel does give voice overs for the superstar entrances which is a nice touch and much appriciated. Raw's announcer Lilian Garcia is absent from the game but I think Chimmel is better anyway. Back to the story mode you have to create a superstar which is a downer for you if you want to be say Triple H and beat everyone into oblivion. I think it's okay though as the create a superstar mode has been massively improved. You can now create women wrestlers although they cannot take part in season mode. There are more moves, items etc. to use this time around. It does take a long time to put different items on your superstar though which is annoying. You can also choose a call name so your wrestler will be introduced like opponents. Exhibition mode features aswell were you can have any match of your choice. There is no Elimination Chamber or Guest Referee again but you still have great matches like Royal Rumble, Hell In A Cell and other matches to choose from so it's not too dissapointing.
So has Day Of Reckoning improved over it's preddecessor? A resounding yes is the answer. DOR2 is MUCH better than DOR with a host of new features are noticeably improved from the plastic nature of the first game. As is says on the box the graphics are scarily "lifelike" and you will be amazed at times of the amount of detail put into every single wrestler. There are some clipping problems but nothing too bad. Also to make an appearance is the Stamina Meter basically as you strike or grapple your opponent your meter will deplete. This does add stagegy to the game and is another welcome addition. While I like it I think it could have been implemented better as it isn't majorly involved you'll still have to keep an eye on it but you should most of the time be okay. To recover stamina you have to stand prone and it will gradually build back up. The A.I has been tweaked for the better although still in tag matches the opponent never seems to tag leaving you to easily beat them without breaking a sweat. Also a handful of new superstars including Eugene, Christy Hemme, Muhammad Hassan, Heidenrich, Snitsky and the list goes on. The roster is obviously out of date with no Ken Kennedy or Matt Hardy but this is to be expected.
---Key Areas---
Graphics 10 Perfect. This is one of the best looking titles on the Gamecube.
Sound 08 A major improvement over last year. There is now no more repetitve rock music. Instead you get generic music and it's no where near as irrirtating.
Gameplay 09 Out of all WWE games this is where Day Of Reckoning wins hands down. It's great to play as this time the game has a little element of strategy to spice things up.
Lifespan 09 Will keep you going to next year for sure. Longer and better season mode. And exhibition matches with your mates or on your own are always fun.
WWE Day Of Reckoning 2 is a massive improvement over DOR. The best wrestling game I have ever played with fun and inituve gameplay, stunning graphics and Stacy Keibler what more could anyone want?! 10/10. Thankyou for reading.

WWE Day of Reckoning (GameCube)
WWE Day of Reckoning (GameCube)
Price: £25.97

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamecube Grapplefest, 15 Sep 2005
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Throughout all the consoles lifecycles the WWE games have always featured and generally been good games. Day Of Reckoning is exclusive to the Gamecube and it's a great wrestling game.
WWE Day Of Reckoning features many game modes the main mode is Story Mode which is the main feature in wrestling titles nowadays. The Story Mode of Day Of Reckoning is the best of any wrestling title, storyline wise. You have to create a superstar and make them look like yourself or whatever you want. Unfortunately you can't create a female wrestler which is dissapointing. Once you have created you superstar you'll be taken from the bottom eg. on Velocity to the very top winning the WWE Championship. The story mode does have flaws though. Firstly if you lose a match you have to try again until you win. Also about the only choice you can make in the mode is whether you want to go to Raw or Smackdown. However there is incentive to play through the mode as you can unlock items as you progress including arenas, weapons and movesets for your created wrestler. You'll also be given key attributes which you can upgrade as you progress throgh Season Mode. You also have Exhibition mode in which you can have a match of your choice including most match types like Hell In A Cell, Cage, Royal Rumble and so on. The only notable exception would be the Elimination Chamber which is not included.
WWE Day Of Reckoning also plays well with a momentum shift feature which is excellent. When your wrestler has been beaten up and is low on spirit press B+A and your wrestler will perform a move which will completely turn the tables. There are again downsides with a bit to much button-mashing for anyone's liking. If your wrestler is down on the mat you'll have to mash at the A button then you get up and your opponent slams you to the mat and the process continues until you can get out of it. You also have two counter buttons at your disposal L for strikes and R for grapples. Still on the whole Day Of Reckoning is a worthy WWE game on Gamecube.
---Key Areas---
Graphics 06 Not a strong point of the game the wrestlers look like plastic.
Sound 04 Repetitive rock music which quickly gets annoying.
Gameplay 08 The momentum shift system is great and apart from the button-mashing everything's fine.
Lifespan 08 You will have great fun with the exhibition mode even more so with friends. The Story Mode is only really worth one play through due to the repetitive nature of it.
WWE Day Of Reckoning is an entertaining wresling game that does almost everything right. There are problems like the button-mashing and Season Mode being limited. But on the whole any WWE or fight fan should enjoy this. Happy grappling!!! 8/10. Thanks for reading.

WipEout Pure (PSP)
WipEout Pure (PSP)
Offered by 666 Media
Price: £3.95

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wipeout on PSP, 7 Sep 2005
This review is from: WipEout Pure (PSP) (Video Game)
Wipeout Pure is a racing game set in a futuristic world where you control ships. The main goal is to win races earning gold medals to unlock items. There are a number of different teams you can go as ranging from favourites like Feisar to the less known Harimau. This game looks really good on the PSP but I don't feel it plays all that well. The A.I is stupid. In Tournament mode you'll always have the same ship second place which I find really annoying. I mean this is probably a common problem with most racing games but this is 2005 and I think A.I should be better than this.
Apart from the Tournament mode you get single race where you race a single race. Zone where you are in a ship and your goal is survival clear as many zones as you can before it blows up. Free Play play any course of your choice just for fun and various multiplayer wireless modes which you can only access if you have a wireless router which is costly. Upon first play Wipeout really grabs your attention with the superb graphics and atmospheric music however this dosen't last there are simply to few courses and the game soon gets very repetitive and you might get to the stage wher you can't be bothered.
Graphics 09 Beautiful for the PSP
Sound 10 The sound is amazing the dance tunes really go with the game and create atmosphere.
Gameplay 06 Race win medal. Repeat.
Lifespan 05 If you can access the multiplayer features this could last you longer but on your own it soon gets dull.
Wipeout Pure is a mighty fine looking game for your PSP. However I feel there are better racers out there as the limitation of courses and poor A.I soon begin to grate. If you like arcade type racing and can access the multiplayer features it adds value to it. But if your looking for proper value for money and a steller racing game on your PSP there are better options. 7/10. Thanks for reading. John Mitchell.

Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)
Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic, 22 Aug 2005
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In the World of gaming some games will be remebered as all-time classics. Tomb Raider, Perfect Dark, Halo etc. Resident Evil 4 is one of those games. Basically it's unmissable. Resident Evil was a franchise which was ultimatly becoming dull, repetitive and boring. But the team at Capcom decided to freshen thing up a bit with brilliant results. No longer set in Racoon City you are Leon Kennedy a rookie cop out to save the U.S President's daughter Ashley. Leon is a likeable character and you will enjoy playing as him some people would compare him to say Dante from the Devil May Cry series. There are a lot of different characters in the story ranging from wierd. A small man with a pirate hat?! To a man with a agenda. Sadler the evil leader of the Los Illuminianos. Basically when you get to the Island all is not as it seems men and women run to you hurtling axes and knifes your way. These are part of the Los Illuminanos. The people of the island were expermented on and had parisites injected into them. Eventually the parasite takes over and controls the body. Lovely, eh? The boss fights are memorable like Metal Gear Solid's. The boss battle's are great and satisfying to beat without ever being soul-crushingly hard. The over the shoulder view of Leon is something new and inventive for a third person action adventure and it works really well. I've always hated previous third person action adventure games because of the garbage views and this makes up for it in some style.

The game looks stunning and is one of the best looking games around from the somke from your gun to the scenery. The Story is good and upon completion you will unlock two new game modes. A game with Ava and a Mercenaries game wher you have to shoot as much goons as you can for points in a time limit setting. Both modes are fun and offer replay value. You will encouter many enemies on your quest including a man withn a sandbag over his head weiding a chainsaw like the madman he is. This can result in a gruesome instant death. You also come across village-folk. Guys with rail guns, and many more. The weapons are no dissapointment either with handguns, shotguns, rocket launchers and my personal favourite the broken butterfly. You can also go to a trader and upgrade your weapons or buy new ones a nice feature. However it is painfully difficult to find ammo for the cool weapons so you'll have to use your ammo sparsly. The story mode will take 15-20 hours to complete and has varying difficulty settings as I mentioned earlier the game has good replay value. The structure is good with the game being challenging without ever being unfair after hard bits you can normally find a typewriter to save at they pop up fairly frequently.
+ Smooth textures and it looks stunning
+ Music to keep you on your edge. Also the music goes all nice when your close to a savepoint
- Hammy Capcom voice acting
+ The over the shoulder view is great and one of the best things in games in years
- The camera view may not be for everyone
+ Gripping story
- 15+ hours which may be too short for some

All in all Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games you'll find this generation. You'll enjoy every second of your 15+ hours with it. Even if you don't have a Gamecube this is worth buying one for. This is the MVP of the Gamecube and it's damn good. 10/10. Thankyou for reading.

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (Xbox)
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (Xbox)
Offered by GameExplorers
Price: £5.24

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one does it better, 10 July 2005
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This game is one of the best racing games I've ever played. Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition is a racing game with the added bonus of being able to "mod" your car. The game is officialy licensed by DUB magazine which specialises in car products. The game is set out into three main modes. Arcade Mode where you can race without restrictions and Career Mode where you travel across three cities San Diego, Atlanta and Detroit. You are a street racer trying to make a name for yourself. One of the good things about the game is being able to start with a good car. The Career Mode is extremely fun largy due to the structure of it. You can go anywhere and choose which race to race first. Races differ from City Races for hard cold cash to specific club races meaning only one car type can race eg. Luxury Sedan. The variety on offer is another plus point for the game, the modding options are litreally endless from the colour of your rims to a nice spoiler on your boot. The X-Box Live mode is largely dissapointing not because it's not necisarily good but because there is never anyone online. The game also boasts 50+ cars and you can mod them all if you do so desire. The gameplay is a winner for Midnight Club 3. The handling is fantastic as you feel you are in control of your car at all times. One slight niggle is the dark surroundings crashing into a wall at 180mph isn't very fun. However as Midnight Club 3 has a gentle difficulty you can ease yourself to the front of the pack with a last second victory. Sweet.
Plus Points
+ Endlessly fun racer
+ Loads of cars and options
+ Decent Soundtrack
Minus Points
- Clunky menus
- Cops
- Graphics could be better
All in all Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition is one of the best games I've ever played. A lot of people will be put off by the gentle difficulty being a little to easy and it hasn't got the cars of say Gran Turismo. But that dosen't matter because Midnight Club 3 gets the key fundementals right and it's extremely fun. 10/10. Thankyou for reading. John Mitchell.

Forza MotorSport (Xbox)
Forza MotorSport (Xbox)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £14.49

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Racing Perfection?, 21 May 2005
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For years way back since the original Playstation Gran Turismo has been a game that shocked and amazed with its outstanding graphics and great gameplay. Microsoft have took notice of one of Sony's killer apps. So to go directly in competition with Sony's racer us X-Box owners have Forza Motorsport. One of the first things you'll notice about Forza is the forgiving handling which is welcomed compared to Gran Turismo's hard handling. Forza has a selection of 200+ cars on offer ranging from manufacturers from Ferrari to Nissan ans Acura to Ford about every manufacturer you could think of is in there.
In Forza Motorsport you have 3 game modes Arcade Mode where you take on arcade races but they do have a purpose just like the career races. The Career Mode is the core of the game and mush like Gran Turismo Mode on GT4. You will go about entering races for credits in Amateur, proffesional, point-to-point, championship and endurance races. The system is based on credits so the more credits you earn the more you have to spend on upgrading your current crop of cars. The Career Mode is split into various serieses so say your in a Mazda Miata series you have four or so races win them all and you win a car. The car custmisation is great you can fit turbos, rims, reduce the weight of your car even create your own decals and take it to X-Box Live.
The game however does have its flaws the music for a start is rubbish. Thankfully you can rip custom soundtarcks to your hardrive. The lack of tracks is very noticeable you will be racing the same course over and over again. The lack of depth may also dissapoint you.
Graphics 9 Top notch although GT4 looks better and it's got less graphics power.
Sound 4 All the engine sounds are there but the music is awful.
Gameplay 9 Forza excels in this area and is a lot more forgiving than Gran Tursmo which is welcomed.
Lifespan 10 An enourmous Career Mode and X-Box Live enabled this will keep you going for months.
Forza Motorsport is indeed the answer to Gran Turismo. If you want an authentic racing sim on your X-Box look no futher. 9/10. Thanks for reading. John Mitchell.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Xbox)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Xbox)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £24.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splinter Cell Same Old Theory?, 24 April 2005
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is probabaly one of the hottest games releases this year. Splinter Cell has been massively succsesful and this is its third incarnation. In case you don't know you play Sam Fisher a Splinter Cell who must infiltrate and take down your enemy at all costs. Basically the plot is always good and voice acting is impeccable. Splinter Cell always wins over MGS in sound capabilities. The graphics are excellent I can't emphasise how nice they are. But you've got to come to the question is Splinter Cell getting a little samey? Yes and no. The new close combat moves like punching your enemies or knifing them is new. You can choose whether to use lethal or non-lethal attacks. The game claims multiple route's it's basically the same route really and no less linear. The game also features online co-op and Teammatches which are okay but the main game is better. Splinter Cell chaos Theory is okay but it should have been better. If this is Sam's last adventure it could hurt the franshice badly remeber Kurtis Trent? Anyway no suprises here it's the same old Splinter Cell. 7/10.

Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
Gran Turismo 4 (PS2)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £21.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best racer ever?, 24 April 2005
This review is from: Gran Turismo 4 (PS2) (Video Game)
Gran Turismo 4. That's all I need to say and people will go out and buy it on name alone. Gran Turismo 4 claims to be the best racer ever and it can back itself up with 700+ cars and 50+ tracks. The question is are you going to use every single car? In my opinion Gran Turismo 4 subsitutes realism for fun and this can detract from the overall experience. Sliding off tracks again and again you'll have to have the patience of Cliff Richard to not be frustrated by this. Gran Turismo 4 was also meant to have online play which it didn't live up to aswell. GT 4 still has an impressive array of modes like Gran Turismo Mode which is excellent. In conclusion though you can't think that after the wait they coudn't have done more still this is not a bad game it's not brilliant either though and if you're looking for the best racer out there at the moment it's Project Gotham Racing 2. 6/10.

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