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Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)
Xbox 360 Console Core System (Includes: Xbox 360, wired controller and composite TV connection & SCART adaptor)

14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose Core., 10 Jan 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If you are trying to decide between this £0.00 package and the £0.00
Just stop and think about it.
The premium pack:
We'll take the xbox itself and the wires as done as they're in both packages.
okay this pack has:
A wireless controller- Cumbersome and generally very annoying. Twice as much as a wired controller plus you're paying for batteries and/or a recharger.NOT WORTH IT.
An ethernet cable- Correction: An ethernet cable that is far too long to do anything with unless you happen to have your main phone line in your bedroom. This is a pointless piece of equipment and without a router or a very small house, it is useless and you will be forking out another 20 quid for a decent length cable.NOT WORTH IT.
Xbox live membership- Now this depends on your gaming status and social status as really the point of this is to chat with your mates and have some games with them. If you are one of the few who have at least 5 friends with this console and xbox live membership then good on you. However if like me you only know a couple of people who have it and it would be alot of hassle to get everything connected and buy a wireless bridge/router then this is also NOT WORTH IT.
The hard drive- Ah the hard drive. Well, if you're worried a 64mb card (priced 0.00) wont be big enough for you're game data, then worry ye no longer as quite simply it will be more than enough. If you want to waste time connecting it to you're computer so you can convert movies and put them on it and make playlists for a GAMES console, then go for the hard drive. If you just want to get up and running and dont plan on putting loads of tracks and videos on your xbox then this again is NOT WORTH IT.

The core system:
the extra with this is a wired controller.
basically for £80 cheaper you're saving on bin liners as all of the extra stuff with the other package is unnecessary rubbish that you do not need if you actually want to play games on this thing.
The wired controller is also a massive benefit as you dont have to pay for batteries and unless your gaming room is some grand hall then this is all you need. Wireless controllers are a total waste of money and just another marketing trick used by the producers to get us to spend twice as much for our pads.

Conclusion:
If you're a total plonker who is only really bothered about talking with mates and watching videos on the console then waste an extra £0.00 on the premium package.
If you're a clever little chappy get this one and use your well earned £0.00 to get yourself a 64mb card to get you going and i also suggest dead rising (you can get it for £0.00) and obviously gears of war (£0.00).
Then for the same price as the premium package you've got yourself 2 excellent games while the morons who've wasted on that sit there twiddling their thumbs waiting for pay day to afford a decent couple of games.
By the way its well worth the money. The console is amazing (and i used to be a ps3 fanboy =P).


Yoshi Touch & Go (Nintendo DS)
Yoshi Touch & Go (Nintendo DS)

13 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT, 19 Aug 2005
I bought this game hoping for an improved clone of Yoshi's Island with some new touch screen capabalities. I was extremely disappointed as I leafed through the instruction manual to discover the terrible titles, "Time attack mode", "Marathon mode", "Challenge mode" and the dreaded "Score attack mode". I nervously switched on my DS in the vain hope that it was more than the manual had shown, however after a cursory glance at the title screen and a few minutes play I slowly underwent the painful realisation that this was a terrible game. To start with, only 2 of these modes are available and as you may have guessed, they are the worst 2, marathon and score, to unlock the other modes (all of which offer as much enjoyment as a deflated beachball in a small kitchen) you first have to accquire the high score in the other two modes,the 2D graphics are poor, the sound is shocking and the over-the-top use of the touch screen just doesn't seem to work as well as in other games (e.g Kirby Canvas Curse). The painful fact of the matter is that, as my title implies this could have been a great game. The touch screen capabilities are innovative and well thought of but it appears the designers just gave up and shoved what they had made so far together to create if you will, a half-eaten casserole of a game. No story, No variation, No fun! Don't make the same mistake I did and waste £25 of your hard-earned money on this clothes peg of a game.If you really want a game that makes good use of the touch screen then wait for Kirby Canvas Curse or order it from America as it is a much more enjoyable game.


Ratchet & Clank 3 (PS2)
Ratchet & Clank 3 (PS2)
Offered by RevivalMedia
Price: £30.39

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST PLATFORMER ON THE MARKET, 19 Aug 2005
Gameplay-9/10
Both Ratchet and Clank are playable characters (giant clank is also available for one mission(for those of you who don't know him think king kong crossed with a robot)), ratchet being the predominant character goes through the usual shoot 'em up style of level and clank's levels are more puzzle-based where you have to think through some not too taxing problems using a gun that fires bananas(buy the game to find out more). About 20 different weapons are available to purchase each bearing severely different characteristics, for example the quack-o-matic turns enemies into ducks whereas the plasma whip slices through your enemies like butter, each of the weapons begin at level 1 and upgrade as they are used, when they reach level 5 they transform into a different, more powerful weapon which entices players to use all of their weapons to raise their abilities.
Lifespan-7/10
Not much replay value, however plenty of side-quests and unlockable costumes might help the in-depth gamer to squeeze a few more hours of gameplay out of it. Obviously if you have a network adapter then the online mode can offer many more hours of multiplayer gameplay with up to 8 players, however a non-online multiplayer is offered with up to 4 players(with a multitap) being able to play in Deathmatch, Siege and Capture the flag modes.
Graphics and design-9/10
For a platformer these are brilliant, a variety of colourful interactive backgrounds are used to excellent effect throughout the game. The cartoon style graphics are utilized very well both in-game and during the cut-scenes. The characters are innovatively designed along with all the weapons and gadgets.
Overall
Insomniac have truly made a classic here, for once(bar Jak & Daxter) a challenging platformer that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Tons of enemies, tons of big guns and tons of weird and wonderful environments make this a brilliant game. The combination of puzzle, platform and shoot 'em up gameplay creates a memorable experience and has been very well generated by Insomniac. Even if you've never played a R&C game before you will find this game instantly playable and fun. BUY IT!!


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