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M. Gardner "Afro Matt" (Somerset, England)

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Tenacious D
Tenacious D
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.07

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just a tribute, 21 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Tenacious D (Audio CD)
This album is not for the faint of heart. For many, the comedy will be a touch too crass and lewd; but for the rest of us this offering from Jack Black and Kyle Gass should be placed high upon a pedestal and saluted. Comedy albums are dangerous. Often the band is a one-hit-wonder and then sinks without a trace. Not so with Tenacious D, mainly because they actually ROCK!!!! Finally an album that is genuinely funny and fulfils its promise to 'rock your socks off'. Who on this earth could not fail to be swayed by the gem that is 'Tribute', weep as Black tells how 'Kyle Quit The Band' or chuckle at 'Drive-Thru'. But this album is also educational....I can now inwardly sing, kick ass with karate and do a pushup with my...yes, well. In short, if, like me, you are a fan of silly humour, want to rock hard or simply need a pep-up in your otherwise bland cd collection then go out and immediately buy this cd.....hell, whoever you are go out and buy it! Spread the word of the D, purge the unbelievers and listen to this kick-ass record. Get it in...NOW!

Sing The Sorrow
Sing The Sorrow
Offered by westworld-
Price: £3.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn Up The Radio, 18 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Sing The Sorrow (Audio CD)
You can't really express this album's greatness in words without simply repeating the word 'sensational' over and over again and gasping liberally in awe, but i'll try. To put it mildly, this is one of my favourite albums and i rate it alongside Metallica's Black Album - it sits right next to it - THATS how good Sing the Sorrow is. You can't really categorise Havok and his band into any preset strain of music, and that's why they are so good. The originality, the lyrical genius, the riffs, the chanting, the gothic ambience; everything just sucks you in until you're gone completely. If you aren't chanting in time to Misaria Cantare or punching your fist in the air to Dancing Though Sunday by your second play, then something's just inherently wrong with you. This album has everything - gripping choruses (This Celluloid Dream), poignant ballads (The Leaving Song), and don't forget some hardcore thrash for good measure (Death of Seasons). In short, get up, go out, and buy this album. It's lifechanging...really.

Enter the Matrix (GameCube)
Enter the Matrix (GameCube)
Offered by trguk
Price: £41.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but........., 28 May 2003
Enter the Matrix was meant to take movie tie-ins to a new level. The story runs parallel to that of the awesome film The Matrix Reloaded and it does fill in a few gaps where some may be baffled. You play the part of either Niobe or Ghost, and the game varies ever so slightly depending upon which one you choose. This raises my first complaint. The obvious main character would have been Neo. True, he has godlike status now, but who would really have passed up the opportunity to fly, fight 100 Agent Smiths at once and mix in heavy melee weaponry with a bit of Tae Kwon Do? There's no justice - you se it in the movie, but you can't do it in the game!I must confess, though, that initially the feeling is good. The first time you run up a wall using 'focus' and somersault off while firing an MP5 is greatly satisfying. After the 100th time however.....The hacking aspect is a welcome addition, allowing for the unlocking of cheats, FMVs and even a slightly mediocre multiplayer. The driving sections are a little disappointing it must be said except for the first few times one pilots the Logos. This may sound slightly unfair, but when one considers how long we had to wait for a Matrix game it seems frustrating that Shiny wheeled out a game with below par visuals and AI. The objective driven nature is slightly uninspiring, almost without urgency. If, however, one can forget about visuals, and excuse the AI, then the game can be a fairly enjoyable slice of escapism. The movies rewarded at the end are worth viewing, but i would advise a cheat book handy if you get bored of the repitition. a good game to sample therefore, but perhaps not the best one to buy.

Rise Of Nations (PC CD)
Rise Of Nations (PC CD)

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game splicing at its best, 28 May 2003
Rise of Nations is a curious game in that it is so large that it spans both globally in-game and categorically when one considers its genre. The influences of its predecessors Civ II and Age of Empires are readily apparent, indeed the game is almost a polished mix of the aforementioned games and also Empire Earth. The superior graphics and delightful unit animations emphasize RoN's visual prowess. The real innovation lies in the Conquer the World campaign. A 'Risk' type map of the world allows nations to use any possible means to gain as much territory as possible. The multiplayer is excellent, fronted by GameSpy, and many a gamer may expect to lose their afternoon attempting to expand their nation's borders. If there are shortcomings, then they come in the form of the scenario editor. Several significant attributes have been excluded, but the developers have promised more soon. In short, Rise of Nations is a credit to the RTS genre and a must for any strategy fan. With far more going for it than aginst, it will keep you coming back for more.

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