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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Limited Edition with Comic Booklet ( Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [2014]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Limited Edition with Comic Booklet ( Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Garfield
Price: £12.50

6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch and weep, Spider-man 3!, 21 April 2014
Before the reboot; Sam Raimi's swansong for the webbed one was judged a weak movie largely because there were three supervillains shoehorned into one movie. Oddly enough, Director Marc Webb (Love the name!) took the same idea for this film, but actually managed to do it right. (Also worth noting for comparison: Spidey's girlfriend hasn't been kidnapped once.)
For the most part, I thought Amazing-2 was improved from the first film; the ongoing stories are well developed, newer characters don't just feel like they've been shoved into the plot for convenience and the film paves the way for a lot more story to come. With the plot-twist-tragedy of Gwen's character; even though I knew it was coming (whether this film, or further into the series) it was still very sad to witness. (No doubt Andrew's performance here was given an emotional assist due his off-screen relationship with Emma.)

Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Price: £12.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the trilogy, 9 Mar 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Mass Effect 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Okay, the first game was an amazing rpg adventure; though it did suffer a bit from repetitive sidequests. A la, go to planet, do X go home, on to next planet. Mass Effect 2 made the missions a lot more diverse in both appearance and activities. The main missions have been shortened compared to the previous game, but you're compensated by the greatly increased number; some of which are -to a degree- optional to the player, should you wish to press on with the main gameplot, rather than fulfilling every single sidequest.

I've played through the game several times without encountering any serious bugs or glitches such as the saving problems, so I assume these have already been patched.

For anyone who's played the 360 version; the PS3 release has a few subtle differences; firstly that with the advantage of a blue ray system, the game will fit onto one disc to save the need to swap between levels. On the DLC front, most of the ad-on extra games are built into the disc at no extra cost. Plus included in the truly enormous amount of DLC weapons and armour, the PS3 store offers up gear that had previously only been available for pre-ordering or from the collector's edition on the 360 version. Always wanted the Collector/Terminus/Inferno armour? Well it's available as DLC. Also included is the motion-comic that allows the player to set up the game to cover what decisions they may have made in part 1; although with the recent introduction of Mass Effect 1 to the Playstation 3, this option has become less useful/redundant now.

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £11.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate game for replayability., 22 Dec 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I won't sum up the plot of the game, since that would spoil the experience for new players. Suffice to say, this game was made for a #lot# of replaying. I know there will be people who'll pick a single way of playing, complete it once and not bother again; but there's no real way to enjoy and immerse yourself in this game without a good half-dozen playthroughs at the very least!

The sheer number of character & dialogue options, teammate interaction and gameplay choices make this a game that literally begs for replaying just to see how different events and conversations turn out, depending on what you/your companions say. And for those who've played through the original, there's the bonus of being able to carry over game saves into the new one; allowing you to continue your adventures with the exact same Comander Shepard you created originally.

True, the game will have flaws/things that people will miss from the original. But then, everyone plays their games in their own way, so it wouldn't be possible for the game designers to completely satisfy everyone.

The biggest flaw I can find (If you can call it that?) is that there is so much additional material which can only be accessed via X-box Live. Which I suppose can simply be an incentive for the real fans to get even more out of their gaming experience.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sideshow's latest, but not greatest., 10 Dec 2008
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Sideshow has made quite a number of Jedi figures now, but aside from Asajj Ventress, this is their first female Jedi, and one of only a few that appeared in the films.
Firstly; Aayla is remarkably 'screen accurate', that is to say, her appearance, clothing and lightsaber, all appear as they do in the film. She even comes with her own hooded Jedi robe, though I don't remember seeing her in one onscreen. The figure itself is extremely posable, so she can be placed in any number of fancy poses and she can stand well on her own, though there is the obligatory Sideshow display stand, just in case.
One thing I did notice with this figure is that unlike her Jedi brethren, (Anakin, Mace Windu, Obi Wan, Qui Gon, etc) Aayla's extra accessories are rather thin on the ground. Each of the aforementioned figures at least comes with a communicator, underwater breather and hologram disc, regardless of whether the character was seen with it on film or not; as well as several spare hands in different poses.
Aayla's only extras are her lightsaber, in lit and unlit modes, and a spare 'Force-wave' hand. A bit of a let-down considering the price of the figure.

Ultraviolet [DVD]
Ultraviolet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Milla Jovovich
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £2.65

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Milla was wasted! (pun intended.), 23 Mar 2008
This review is from: Ultraviolet [DVD] (DVD)
What was she thinking when they offered her this role? After the Fifth Element and her (so far) Resident Evil/Alice trilogy, it seems as though Milla is getting very typecast as women with genetic super powers, mutations etc. Milla aside, to me at least, this film seemed to make little-to-no sense. The story has points that aren't addressed, and questions that are not so much unanswered, as ignored. The hemophages (posh word for vampires) have a limited lifespan, yet it's somehow impossible to eradicate them??? For the action in the film; much of it plays off in ridiculous ways, akin to playing a computer game, set on 'easy', with a cheat in place for unlimited ammo. (Milla's character, Violet, has 'magic' pockets, in which she can literally carry like a zillion guns.)
Most of the sets used in the film would be fantastic if they weren't nearly all CGI, (I thought only George Lucas did that?) sometimes to the point that it feels like watching a bad cartoon.
So, to sum up; unless you're a hardcore fan of the director, Kurt Wimmer, (Equilibrium was so much better.) or of Milla Jovovich, I wouldn't recommend Ultraviolet too highly.

Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £16.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When's the movie coming out?, 27 Feb 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Okay, I'll try not to drone on about the near limitless plus points I feel this game deserves, since; with a hundred reviews already, I imagine most of them'll have been covered by now. I just want to give my own little view, so here goes: You know those sort of games, where by the time you've gotten to the last couple of levels, you've acquired loads of cash/equipment/weapons or whatever, but are past the point where any of it is useful? Well, Mass Effect has the answer!
Once you have completed a game, either as a custom made character, or the game's own original avatar; you get the option to 'restart', using not only the same character, but with all your skills, money and every piece of equipment you still had upon completion! How cool is that!? As each play-through is slightly/greatly different, depending on how you play, you could continuously play using the exact same character every time. Or if you're like me: create a whole gang of different avatars, using as many of the character-based options available.
True, the game isn't perfect; once or twice the game has frozen on me, but providing you save the game on occasion, any problems like that are more than easily overcome. My biggest gripe with the game is that now I'm hooked on it, the sequel's not out yet!!!

Blood Ties - Complete Season 1 [DVD][2006]
Blood Ties - Complete Season 1 [DVD][2006]
Dvd ~ Christina Cox

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope it keeps going!, 10 Feb 2008
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I read the first five 'Victory Nelson' stories years ago, and was pleasantly surprised when I heard that they'd decided to make the fantastic books into a TV show. As soon as I got the DVDs I immediately speed watched through them, loving every enthralling minute.
Translating the first book to the pilot episode was especially good and 90 percent of the book's story can be seen onscreen; the few things they altered, I can either live without, or consider merely simplifying the story (ie, the continued presence of Coreen, the exclusion of Tony from the story, etc.)
My only real gripe with this set is that, as usual, the UK DVDs have no extras; no trailers, interviews, not even subtitles. My biggest surprise is that the series hasn't been released on DVD in America yet, so it's possible that the later release will include something from the afforementioned goodies. If/when this happens, I suspect I may get a set at that point...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

5.0 out of 5 stars Need More Stars!!!, 22 Nov 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Okay; let me first say that I didn't originally want to play this game. I was a fan of the movies, but figured what fun could a game be, that's set millenia before them? How wrong I was...

From my initial playing, I just *had* to keep going; re-playing, creating different games to see what different scenarios happened from different choices. I played the game continuously for a solid year! The amount of options available for character creation and development is astounding, and it's virtually impossible to see everything the game has to offer without many-many replays. Simply as a Star Wars project/product, I could almost rate this as better than the movies. *Almost.* And could not recommend this game any higher. I cannot think of a single thing wrong with this game, except to say that I hope that there are more *Old Republic* games in the pipeline, simply to continue a storyline every bit as fascinating as the one from the films...

Aeon Flux The Movie [DVD]
Aeon Flux The Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlize Theron
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Equilibrium meets The Fifth Element, by way of The Matrix, 9 July 2006
This review is from: Aeon Flux The Movie [DVD] (DVD)
After all the negative hype on this film, my expectations weren't high: So it was kinda nice to find myself actually enjoying the film in it's entirety. I haven't seen the MTV anime thing, so I can't do comparisons, but I thought the film deserved quite a bit more praise than it got. True, it's not exactly the most in-depth, epic storyline, but it is an interesting idea & well performed from everyone in it. I was pleasantly surprised to see Marton Csokas playing a major character after playing bit-parts (Fellowship, Bourne Supremacy) and bad guys (xXx, Farscape). And Kudos to Jonny Lee Miller in playing the bad guy; something I haven't seen him do before.

Bottom line: An enjoyable sci-fi yarn to fill ninety minutes or so & empty a bucket of popcorn. It ain't a franchise with 'Star' in the title, but then; what is?

Underworld Evolution (Underworld (Pocket Star Books))
Underworld Evolution (Underworld (Pocket Star Books))
by Greg Cox
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original!, 18 Jan 2006
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I loved the first Underworld novel (As well as the film) and have read & enjoyed it many many times. So when the novel for Evolution was due to come out, I had to read it. Once I started, I couldn't put the book down for more than a few minutes before I got drawn back, 'needing' to find out 'what happens next.' Greg Cox has done a wonderful job here, and his eye for descriptive detail is perhaps better than the previous novel. The main story continues pretty much where the first novel/movie left off, with Selene and Michael on the run from both sides of the vampire-lycan war; that Selene believes will want both of them dead. Unknown to her though, serious changes are occurring back at the Vampire's mansion. Where the last remaining Vampire elder has been unexpectedly awoken; and he is on a mission to free the most dangerous lycan of all time; his brother William. The only thing that stands in his way is the former Death Dealer and her newly created vampire-werewolf/hybrid boyfriend...

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