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Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Price: 12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Mortal Kombat Ever!!!, 1 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mortal Kombat (PS3) (Video Game)
Mortal Kombat had become a troubled game franchise.

Back in the day, when I was a teenager, and much to young to actually play these games, I was a huge fan of the first three games.
Everything about those games: the violence, the way the fighters looked, the Fatalities, the story, the gallons and gallons of blood, ...
have I mentioned the violence?
Everything was so over the top, it became hilarious.

But after Mortal Kombat 3 things changed, Mortal Kombat became the laughing stock of fighting games.
It tried to enhance it's status by changing to a 3D kind of gameplay which only failed and failed even worse after each effort
it's developer tried. Things got even so bad that one of Mortal Kombat's parents decided to distance himself from the series,
later their publisher filed bankruptcy and it even got to the point where Mortal Kombat lost it's most important feature: it's gore.

But all of this is Past, Mortal Kombat is Back!!! And how...
Everything that made the franchise good has been made better, much, much more better.
Everything that was bad is aboard a rocket speeding towards the sun.
The fighting is smooth, balanced, immensely enjoyable and there literally are tons and tons of cool stuff to unlock.
Mortal Kombat is a game of a past generation, the way it's made is a love letter to all it's true fans, but the way it looks, sounds and feels
truly is next-gen. Unreal 3 powers the game which says more than enough about how much larger than life the graphics are.
The sound department also classifies as simply amazing, the sounds of bare fists crushing jaws is chilling each and every time you'll hear it
and the music is like it always was but now nicely arranged with lots of instruments filling the room with the sounds of breaking bones
and hectolitres of blood splashing their way on the pavement.
Mortal Kombat is one of the most violent games ever made, maybe the most violent, so mothers beware and politicians sharpen your knives.

Mortal Kombat also is some of the most fun things to be enjoyed, loaded with content and the pure excitement of humiliating your friends
with one its many mind bending awesome cool Fatalities and X-ray moves.

It doesn't happen very often that you get so much fun on such a little disk.

Wireless Microphone (Xbox 360)
Wireless Microphone (Xbox 360)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 35.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible production value!!, 1 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Although I prefer SingStar over the Lips, I have to say that the quality of which those microphones are made is beyond imagination.
Still, I believe that the actual mic parts are of a higher level on the SingStar mic's, the overall build quality of the Xbox mic's
is one we are used of Microsoft: sturdy, solid feel and every part fits perfectly in the design.

The flashing lights and the "motion sensitivity" are nice but do not really add anything.

Lost Encyclopedia
Lost Encyclopedia
by Tara DiLullo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect gift for Lost fans, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: Lost Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
I bought this for a house mate whom is not just a Lost fan.
He is a Lost geek.

When I gave him the Lost Encyclopedia he immediately started reading it and went in some kind of state which
I can only describe as slightly demented. A bucket and a heavy duty cleaning cloth were in order.

I have not read the Lost Encyclopedia myself yet, but judging from my friends behavior and the words and sounds coming
out of him, this could be heaven for everyone who loves the Lost series.

SingStar Dance - Move Compatible (PS3)
SingStar Dance - Move Compatible (PS3)
Offered by Monsterbuy
Price: 15.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for camera usage, 1 May 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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As far as I know is this the only SingStar which supports the Eye camera, correct me if I'm wrong.

It is that same camera support what makes this game a very funny experience.
The soundtrack certainly is one of the worst in my opinion, with the opening credit song being one
of the most annoying songs I've ever heard. But all of this is very personal, I can imagine and respect that some
people will enjoy those songs. Taste is a very subjective thing.
The beauty of SingStar lies in the downloading of tracks and thereby customizing the playlist to your own taste.

Where SingStar Dance makes the difference is the ability to make some hilarious video clips with your friends and/or
to laugh with each other in the replays, such fun!!! Also the dance part is the icing on the cake, with friends.

Those last two words are the true heart of SingStar: with friends.
Excellent for a party, just make sure to set the right atmosphere since not everyone will dare to sing,
so try to make a fool of yourself first :)

Have a Blast!!!!

The Prodigy Experience
The Prodigy Experience
Price: 8.18

3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing expanded, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: The Prodigy Experience (Audio CD)
This album came at a very cheap prive so I shouldn't complain.
Certainly if you know that it is one of the best albums in it's genre and that this album
brought an entire revolution to the dance scene.


The version I got delivered had nothing expanded:
No Remixes & and No B-sides!!!!!!
Just the original album as I allready had...

Still good though

Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion
Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar Galactica's Third Season Expansion., 1 May 2011
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is one of the best board games I've ever played.
It's obligate to buy this second expansion if you love the series and of course the board game.

The Exodus Expansion adds: (*minor spoiler)
-3 new, exciting and Very different scenarios
-a whole bunch of new cards: Crisis, Loyalty,... (*and the All new Ally Cards, Crossroads cards, ...)
some of which a very powerful
-4 new Characters, whom add a nice variation
-a new game board (*called the Cylon Fleet Game Board)
-86 new tokens (*among which a 3rd nuke!!!)
-among some extra Cylon Raiders, there a now (*4 Mark VII Vipers!!!!!*)

237 new components excluding the manual.
I know, geek heaven.

Exodus truly feels as a great expansion on what already was an excellent board game.

There might be one thing though: it really feels like there will come a fourth expansion.
I've discussed this issue with some friends and they all have that same feeling.
So be warned to keep an extra space for a possible fourth box and most of all:
Do Not Play the Exodus Expansion before you have finished at least the third season of Battlestar Galactica.

Have fun!!!

Telephantasm [2CD+DVD]
Telephantasm [2CD+DVD]
Price: 13.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best retrospectives ever!!!, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: Telephantasm [2CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
Back in the Grunge days everything you heard was Nirvana. But there were some other bands from the same scene that were certainly as good.
Soundgarden was and is for my concern the greatest band from that era. The musicians played with hearth and soul, and Chris Cornell's
incredible voice just made this entire package complete: a band who was justified to call themselves Soundgarden.
Those guys had a patent on creating moments where you could feel the earth bursting open and sending us all back to the stone age,
with dinosaurs.

This retrospective is all I expected from it.
24 tracks made in Earth's core spanning their entire career plus a DVD with 20 video's. All of this presented with some very nice artwork,
which, perfectly suits the atmosphere Soundgarden's music creates.
The sound is as good as it gets, sending your ears to some kind of rock nirvana (pun not intended).

The only complaints I have is that "Jesus Christ Pose" is a live version on the album. Luckily the original version is on the DVD.
But still, if you know how incredibly orgastic the original version sounds, that live version just never gets ten miles near that
original geniality. The other complaint is the cardboard design which you can fold open in four sleeves. Although that's good for the environment,
it also is a labour to get the CD's, DVD and booklet out of their respective sleeves without tearing those open.

Even if you already have some Soundgarden albums, this is worth the purchase. The sound is perfect and the inclusion of the video's is very nice.
Just be carefull when you handle it and forget the live version of "Jesus Chirst Pose", it's not bad but the version on the DVD is what this
stellar song is all about.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Xbox 360)
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Xbox 360)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: 15.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed: Convertible or BurnOutrun, 23 Dec 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Need for Speed (NfS) is a gaming franchise that isn't considered as one of the best although it outsells it's competition with millions.

What the franchise needed to achieve a true grade A quality it compensated with a oversaturated inclusion of popular culture.
While 2010 NfS release could be just one other yearly NfS game which lures its buyers with flash and style but eventually disappoints everyone looking for a race game with fine handling and a true feel of racing, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is nothing like that.

EA already realized that things needed to change and so they did that with NfS: Shift. But now they have gone even further, EA gave the assignment to not one but Two of their most talented teams: Criterion and DICE!!!

Criterion, mostly know for their arcade racing excellence series named Burnout, handled the game itself.
DICE, mostly know for their Battlefield series but also loved for their fantastic Rallisport Challenge games, handled the scenery.

The result of this marriage is one VERY beautiful racing game.
The cars look amazing, especially thanks to good usage of lightning, the game world is lush, rich in detail and variated.
The racing is fast, faster and sometimes fastest with no hiccups or slowdown.
And the handling?
Yes, the handling is good, it is tight but it has at the same time this arcady looseness.

The game does nothing really new although. Yes, you get to play as cops as well and you get to use things like road blocks and spike strips.
NfS: HP's most important feature is it least visible. What sets Hot Pursuit apart is its "tension" in the races. No matter how good you drive the AI will always be perfectly able to keep up and/or keeping in front of you, even if at moments where it just seems impossible.
It is only in the last miles that the AI suddenly holds back and lets you miraculously win.
This "thing" results in mixed feelings, on the one hand it makes every race an exiting event but on the other hand it really feels as if the game itself is cheating like no one ever did before.
Another thing that might discomfort people is the fact that there is an immediate overkill of convertible cars in NfS:HP's garage.
I personally do not like convertibles myself but in all honesty I have to admit that, combined with the long winding straights and variating scenery in this game, the convertibles make the game feel like another great arcade racing game classic: Outrun.

So it is a fun racing game with very beautiful graphics, insanely fast cars and equally fast tracks.
It is nothing new under the sun and players who tend to re-start a race when they can't reach first place after two or three corners are set on the wrong foot because the game decides itself for some part if it lets you win and when it will let you take the advantage.

4 stars

Split/Second (Xbox 360)
Split/Second (Xbox 360)
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: 10.46

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Bomb, 23 Dec 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Racing games have two groups:
-The ones where you have to follow the rules of racing and gravity.
-The ones where the game itself doesn't take those rules that serious.
Split/Second belongs to the latter group.
Most of the games in that sub-genre, the "Arcade racer" have this one or more little gimmicks that set them apart from their competition.
Most of these games have their song sung out pretty quick, but the levels they do not have in matter of deepness they try to compensate with a little more of that magic thing called Fun.

Split/Second just has one trick up its sleeve: it puts you on race tracks which are littered with bombs and all different kinds of sabotaging material.
You as the player can build up a meter by drifting, drafting, jumping, ...
That meter, once filled to at least one part of its three segments, then can be used to trigger one of these bombs.

For example: You're racing on third place with one segment already full, the racers at the first and second place are in plain sight and the game suddenly prompts you... With the right timing you press the corresponding button.
This results a dump truck to blow up spectacularly taking the first one out and having the second car crash in to it, with a great reflex you realize to avoid the mayhem of burning rubble which flies in all directions and with great confidence and terminal velocity you take the lead.
Only seconds later, suddenly you see a train speeding on a bridge next to you, the train gets out of control and crashes. In it's rage the train wreck obliterates the bridge it is riding, it destroys the track your driving, changing its course for ever and sends a 50 ton train wagon with love to you.

The experience described here above Is Split/Second nothing more and especially Nothing Less. What it does, it does incredible. It is a Jerry Bruckheimer movie in a racing game, it is a pure and unbridled Fun Bomb.
Both the single player and online multiplayer are absolute fun which is an achievement on its own but the game also has a split screen multiplayer and enjoys a very nice presentation.

-It looks and sounds excellent, the lightning is out of this world without being overkill and the sound of a burning car swooshing over you while you try to avoid it is a thrill on its own.
-The cars all drive different, the handling is really great, some models are just screaming to be made in real life.
-The racing is fast although there is no boost-button in this game.
-Amidst all this afore mentioned chaos the game is easy on the eyes due to some revolutionary design choices.
-The game menu is entertaining and especially the after race menu is a delight: it lets you chose right there which race you want next in your campaign, instead of taking you back to the main menu and giving you two loading screens.
-FUN, alone, with friends and online.
-Excellent single player.

-The music might get a little boring after a while.
-You Will crash, burn and say very bad words many, many times, but you will love it.
-Do not play this game when your girlfriend decides to tell you in cryptical coded language that she wants a baby, you will probably not hear the message and hence cause great distress at your home.

Although it might appear that Split/Second just has one thing, it is one very good racing game for fans of both the genres, because it delivers what both should: a very big package of fun, precision and damage control.

4.5 stars

Halo Encyclopedia
Halo Encyclopedia
by Tobias S. Buckell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Halo Bible, 23 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Halo Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
I still remember playing Halo: Combat Evolved for the very first time. Just before that moment I've never even touched an Xbox controller, I just couldn't believe that Microsoft's black box could produce a better experience than SEGA with its Dreamcast or Sony with its Playstation 2.
I was terribly wrong. Playing Halo changed my perspective on video games for ever. That same day I bought myself an Xbox and in the weeks and months and eventually the years that followed Halo became my favorite game franchise.

That is because of two reasons:
-First, the games have an enormous level of polish, wether in the sound, the graphics, the music and, of course, most of all the terrific gameplay.
-Second, the universe that the makers created was straight from the start incredibly rich, layered and ready for exploration.

This is where the "Halo Encyclopedia" comes in.
Halo Encyclopedia is nothing less than the "Halo Bible". The contents of the book are enough to make every Halo fan drool but it is also a great purchase for somebody who doesn't understand the story very well.
It can be used as a guide to discover the magnificent richness of the Halo Universe, or as a proud statement in a special place at your Halo shrine.

Halo Encyclopedia is a love letter to one of the best story's ever, the book has an excellent overall quality: good format, sturdy feel, nicely written and illustrated with amazing detail.

The best part of all this goodness is the fact that this very very nice package comes at a very very nice price here at Amazon!!!

Five Stars!!!

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