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Pieces (Ft Plan B)/Eastern Jam
Pieces (Ft Plan B)/Eastern Jam

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately a winner.., 29 Sept. 2008
Already got the first single off the album which is definately highly-antipiciated for me anyway.. I can't wait. This song, whilst relatively short (it's 5:12, but the radio edit runs much shorter), is definately a great track with the added Chase & Status flavour with some lines from Plan B who looks to also bring his trusty acoustic guitar into the mix as the song gradually changes with a bit of Drum n Bass, then a bit of guitar and a bit of rapping off Plan B, basically what to expect from Chase & Status, definately a decent pick for the first single off the new album. I urge people to go on their Myspace and check out Smash TV and Take Me Away from the new album too.

Fantasy Black Channel
Fantasy Black Channel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.64

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lack of new material doesn't make this bad, 24 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Fantasy Black Channel (Audio CD)
Now, like many bands (i'm thinking Hadouken! here), their debut album isn't exactly all-new material, these younguns from Castle Donnington set together to release their first album, with an all-too familar track listing, I mean, nothing you haven't yet heard isn't here, including popular singles amongst early fans such as "Space And The Woods", "The Bears Are Coming", "Bathroom Gurgle". This album is most definately one of the high points of newer and british music, basically grabbing the finer points of Gary Numan, Justice and The Klaxons, this is a record that will not be forgotten any time soon.

As of yet, i'm yet to think of an album that can better this one. Exceptionally good work. Very recommended.

Everybody's Golf World Tour (PS3)
Everybody's Golf World Tour (PS3)
Offered by GamePC
Price: £17.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said PS3 can't be a party console?, 20 Aug. 2008
If your a fan of arcade titles or fun multiplayer titles, then this game NEEDS to be in your collection.

An excellent masterpiece of an arcade game, basicaly ticks all the boxes, the graphics are exactly what you'd expect, they are cartoony and unrealistic.. just like the gameplay (that isnt a bad thing).

The gameplay itself is just easy to learn, basically, it's just a press X at the right time affair, this isn't a bad thing, as I don't want aload of extensive golf knowledge just to play this. If I wanted to do that, i'd probably pick up a PGA Tour game or whatever they are these days.

This game really shines in multiplayer, it's pretty much born for it, either way, if your not a fan of Golf, you might actually end up enjoying this game.

Live & Kicking
Live & Kicking
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and Unappreciated, 16 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Live & Kicking (Audio CD)
Nonpoint are most definately one of the best of todays Hard Rock/Nu-Metal acts, the Nu-Metal act is mostly played out these days sadly, but Nonpoint's energetic sound and well written lyrics definately pull that card out as if it's fresh and original, especially their heavier stuff easily comparing to todays heavy metal acts such as Machine Head or Hellyeah easily enough.

The energetic and raw sound of Nonpoint live is superbly captured here, the sound quality could be slightly better but this will most definately not dissapoint, luckily like other DVD/CD releases the setlist for this gig is superb, no songs from Development though sadly, but popular songs such as Bullet With A Name, Alive and Kicking, What a Day, Endure are all present and correct in fashion you couldn't really think of correcting anywhere, for a fan of Nonpoint or just a great energetic live gig, this is one to pick up.

Btw, the crowd popped massive for What a Day and Past it All.

Resident Evil 4 (PC DVD)
Resident Evil 4 (PC DVD)
Offered by Digitalville UK
Price: £7.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh good god. What in the hell happened?, 19 July 2008
Resident Evil 4 was one of the finest exclusive titles to appear on the Gamecube... oh wait! What happened to the Capcom Five?

Flashback to 2005/2006, Gamecube fanboys were full of it over the Capcom Five, 5 games exclusive to Gamecube.. yeah two of those five titles were the fantastic Resident Evil 4 and Viewtiful Joe. They both landed on PS2 anyway (hah).

When Resident Evil 4 was released on PS2, because the Gamecube was the higher spec machine, the textures were blurrier, the models had less polygons and the in-engine cutscenes were converted into just FMVs instead. Yeah this is all well and good, but the PS2 version was the one ported on PC... nice going Capcom! We could of had the better gamecube version which if ported correctly would of been fine on most peoples computers... but yeah...

What we get is the blurry textures, the lower polygon models and FMV cutscenes on our powerful PCs.. great.

That would be bearable, but it doesnt end there does it.

The resolution choice is just laughable, Widescreen is included, 1280x800.. okay thanks, what about 1280x720.. or my HDTV's optimum resolution 1440x900. excellent. So, on my PC monitor which is fullscreen and runs at 1280x1024, I set my resolution to that.. what do I get? I get the widescreen version running with matte bars.... okay.

If you don't know what i'm talking about, get a film on DVD or something, and put it in your PC, run it in Windows Media Player and fullscreen. You know how movies are always in widescreen because of cinema format? Well you get black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Resident Evil 4 is just like that. Yeah it's okay when i'm watching a film (not that I watch widescreen films on my fullscreen PC monitor, I watch them on a widescreen TV), but a game? Seriously no thanks. I mean, what PC game DOESNT have a real 4:3 mode? honestly! Alot of people don't have or have the desire to upgrade to widescreen PC monitors.. especially not at the time of this games release, so why bother letterboxing instead of including a 4:3 mode, it's just pathetic and gives a rush job illusion.

If only that was the end of it, if you play PC games on a keyboard & mouse, and want to do the same for Resident Evil 4, well.. tough luck. Resident Evil 4 has no mouse support, your left to just using your keyboard to aim... yes, in 2007, you play a game and use your keyboard to aim. You BASICALLY need a gamepad to play this, the gamepad I used to play this travesty was the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.. that works quite well, but when I play PC games, I WANT to use Keyboard & Mouse! god!

Remember how Resident Evil 4 had awesome lighting and nice day & night effects? Yeah that must be too taxing on todays modern graphic cards. Lovely dull shade of GRAY in the sky where the SKY should actually be. Pretty much takes away the atmosphere of the game.

Does it get any worse than this? Yes it does. Remember how I said that the videos in this game are just FMVs? Yeah this was fine on Playstation 2 so cutscenes could have the higher polygon models from Gamecube (what does it matter? I mean, look at Metal Gear Solid 3, that had in-engine cutscenes with PS2 quality graphics and I didnt see anyone complaining), they are encoded.. in 4:3. Yes, the ENTIRE game has no 4:3 option, it's always widescreen or letterboxed.. and the videos are in 4:3.. head exploding much? So, when you play letterboxed, the videos appear fullframed on your fullscreen monitor.. or, your videos appear stretched whilst the rest of the game runs fullframed on your widescreen monitor.. gah!

So.. what else sucks about this? People with modern graphics cards and sound cards could turn on AF and AA and make some of those models appear smoother right? Nope, this game doesnt support AA or AF... or EAX or Dolby Digital. You get bad graphics, bad sound, bad controls, bad videos, no 4:3 support. This port is just horrendous, seriously, it is SO bad. Avoid this and buy either the PS2, GC or Wii version.

Sony SIXAXIS Controller Twin Pack (PS3)
Sony SIXAXIS Controller Twin Pack (PS3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, 3 July 2008
Now the DualShock3 is hitting stores on friday, these things can be acquired for £40.. they won't be around long so if you need new controllers, buy.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Offered by GamePC
Price: £9.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Place for Hideo, 3 July 2008
Note: This Review may contain Minor Plot Spoilers.

For the first time since 2001, Kojima has released a canonical sequel to the contraversial Metal Gear Solid 2. Following years of contunity that dates back to Solid Snake's original mission on the MSX console in the Japan-Only Metal Gear released in 1987, the following is what seemingly his is last mission.

Picking up directly after the Big Shell incident (Metal Gear Solid 2), the government has invented the SOP (Sons of the Patriots) system, to create super soldiers, improve techinque and supress emotions to turn them into ultimate lifeless killing machines.. this is where the cast of characters comes in.

Liquid Ocelot (Revolver Ocelot with Liquid Snake's personality and traits) plans on hijacking SOP and use the world at his control, obviously, someone has to do something about this, who will this person be? Solid Snake.

Due to the process that Solid Snake was created in (he is a clone of Big Boss/Naked Snake), his cells age with Big Boss', meaning despite is real age of 44, he is nearly late 60's/early 70's. The returning cast of characters is nearly spanning the entire series, with the return of Raiden outfitted to look like Grey Fox, Naomi Hunter, Hal "Otacon" Emmerich, Vamp, Mei Ling, Meryl, Rosemary, Roy Campbell and some more that players will surely be familar will be familar with.

Solid Snake (now codenamed Old Snake) begins his mission outfitted like a member of the Malitia (which is a rebel army fighting the PMCs), soon we get too see the Solid Snake we all remember though, outfitted in the new OctaCamo suit, which is slightly like the camoflauge system from Metal Gear Solid 3, it works in pressing against an object will give the camo suit that texture and pattern, it's very effective and a great way to add extra features to the long-running series.

Locations around the game and codec sequences, characters etc. are all going to give gamers memories of eariler titles, such as a return to Shadow Moses island, a boss being a fistfight (the third time in the entire series, first off with Grey Fox (MG2SS) and then Liquid Snake (MGS)), and the return of a legendary icon.

For the first time in the series, players are given the chance to actually pilot a Metal Gear, players will take control of Metal Gear REX and engage in a boss battle with Metal Gear RAY with Liquid controlling it.

The Boss Battles are back, Players will use Snake to take on the new Beauty & Beast Corps, Vamp, a bunch of Suicidal Gekkos with Fortunes Rail Gun, Metal Gear, and finally Liquid Ocelot ending one of the most cinematic expriences in a video game ever.

A new feature that hasnt been seen before is the inclusion of Drebin Points, they can be used to launder ID guns picked up off the battlefield, and buy new guns. In a game that is so packed with Espionage rather than straight-up killing, Metal Gear Solid 4 packs an impressive selection of guns that is probably bigger than most first person shooters. Snakes gun of choice this time? An M4A1 customized to how you want it (slightly like the Call of Duty 4 Weapon Customization system), and an handgun named "Operator", the M9 is back filled with tranquilizer, and other weapons are availble at your disposal, Shotguns, SMGs, multiple handguns, missile launchers, the Rail Gun, a matchlock musket, the Patriot from MGS3, the SOCOM from MGS1 (apparently), and "The End's" sniper from MGS3. DP will buy all these for you and add alot of replay value.

The last thing? The cutscenes. Yes, one IS 90 minutes! The best advice? Get comfy, they are fantastic. If you skip them, you will miss out and not get the full experience. The installation is 8 minutes in length too, but this isnt really that long.

Metal Gear Solid - Platinum
Metal Gear Solid - Platinum

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the first title in Metal Gear.. but the first game that brought the series attention, 28 Jun. 2008
Prior to this game (there are 2 eariler games available on the MSX computers, and a spinoff on the NES), Metal Gear wasn't quite the household name, the original Metal Gear did manage to be an unexpected million seller when it hit the NES in '87, despite not being Kojima's original Metal Gear game.

This game takes into account the playing style of Metal Gear 2 which was original released in 1990.. 8 years before the release of this game and launches it into a whole new 3D world, with series mainstay Solid Snake making once again his return to active duty as s group of terrorists using the "FOXHOUND" organization name (this unit was disbanded shortly after Metal Gear 2, and reinstated in MGS4 9 years prior to these events). The terrorists are fronted by the mastermind known as Liquid Snake, a genetic clone of Big Boss who constantly refers to Solid Snake as his brother. Along side him, other characters you will have to fight through include Revolver Ocelot, an expertly skilled shooter who always uses an SAA in battle and enjoys torturing people, Psycho Mantis who has the ability to read peoples minds (a very good boss fight where you must remove the controller to stop Mantis reading your mind), Sniper Wolf, a female seemingly cold-blooded character who has to be fought at distance, and Vulcan Raven, a slow moving character but enjoys the use of a heavy machine gun very well in which the player must use mind games, speed and techinque against Raven instead of firepower.

Despite being sent in on your own, Solid Snake is backed up by radio support. Many figures return from the eariler Metal Gear games, Roy Campbell takes his position once again to assist Solid Snake, survival expert Master Miller provides support on fighting, joining the team is seemingly-british scientist Naomi Hunter who is reponsible for many events during the game and the foster care of Grey Fox/Frank Jaeger and Mei Ling, top-class designer of weaponry and support items used during the mission. A rookie soldier and Colonel Campbell's niece named Meryl Silverburgh joins the lineup to assist Snake in fighting, last but not least, Hal "Otacon" Emmerich who has now became a major character in the series, a developer on the new Metal Gear REX who can help Snake destroy it.

Unlike the previous two Metal Gear games (probably due to hardware limitation), the games emphasis isn't entirely on action this time with a very good plot unfolding in intense action scenes, even with todays standards the PSone graphics during these scenes isn't offputting and still engages players in the excellent plot and storytelling with diverse voiceacting, lifelike characters, many unexpected plot twists and a fabalous soundtrack, Metal Gear Solid is definitely a game that will not be forgotten about soon after playing. The ending and cutscenes will make you feel as if it's not a game your watching, yet a movie.

Metal Gear Solid is one of the finest pieces of art created this generation. You owe it to yourself as a gamer to pick it up and play it.

Intellimouse Ps/2
Intellimouse Ps/2

5.0 out of 5 stars The original Intellimouse, 24 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Intellimouse Ps/2 (Accessory)
This mouse served me well those years back.. when perhaps Quake 3 was the norm? Built solid like a brick, with the new PS/2 standard and a scroll wheel. It was quite defintely the mouse to have. Went will with my PC that was 1.2ghz P4 hahah, top spec at the time!

Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hit and miss above average affair, 22 Jun. 2008
Despite not having played this until a long time after it's release date, the game... whilst a good game, isn't really one to showcase what the PS3 can do. On first try it reminded me of the troubled PS2 shooter Killzone. The game is a simple linear affair, grab your gun, plow through the Chimera (the enemy, cliched-gentically modified humans that are superior to you.. damn), Checkpoint Reached, level over. Yeah it's not going to win any awards for originality, it's just tried and tested. Doesn't make the game a bad game, just not a great game either.

The weapons is where the game shines, there are examples of weapons that are done creatively, a bit of a throwback to the old days of Quake II and Duke Nukem 3D where you would get totally over the top weaponry.

For anyone who doesn't know yet, the game takes place in 1940's Britain, the locations of Britain and portrayal of olden-days Britain is done extremely well, with great level design taken in approach too. No offence to you Americans but it's nice to see a game in Britain :) The dull-washed out feeling in the colours is a nice touch to the games setting.

A thing that does take this game from 3 stars to 4 stars is easily the co-op, from my days of playing Halo on Xbox, and Halo 3 especially, the co-op mode was damn fun, especially with 4 people and here it's just as great. Gotta love some co-op action

This is a good game that can be enjoyable for a while, but it's not perfect and nothing mindblowing. Since the price these days is cheap for this game, it would be worth buying.

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