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Sennheiser PMX70 - Sportline Stereo Neckband Headphones
Sennheiser PMX70 - Sportline Stereo Neckband Headphones

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't wear em anymore because they hurt the hell out of my ears!, 25 Feb. 2008
I've had these earphones a couple of weeks and after initially thinking they were very good I have since developed very sore inner ears where the curved ear piece pushers back on the ear from the pressure of the head band.

I will try and return these to either amazon or seinheiser and will report back!


Halo - Classics (Xbox)
Halo - Classics (Xbox)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterchief needs you!, 11 Sept. 2004
Well... HALO, where do I start... 10 levels, close to 20 hours of game play for the moderately skilled games player (ands that's on normal, legendary will chew you up and spit out the fat!), one Master Chief and two guns. Sounds like your standard FPS...far from it, this isn't your average point and shoot foray. HALO encourages the player to use their environment for cover to battle against an intelligent foe.
The AI in HALO presents enemies that react realistically to your presence, shouting to alert nearby troops then tossing sticky plasma balls at you before diving for cover behind a nearby boulder. The enemies you face don't run blindly unto their death they use cover and fight, when in numbers they try to flank on your position, when alone they run away for backup.
The level design presents some large scale lush landscapes contrasted with the eerie sci-fi symmetrical architecture of the alien interiors that extend deep into HALO itself. These environments are brought to life with lush beaches, towering leafy trees, grassy hills all rendered beautifully up close and from afar, which is a testament to the power of the X-BOX GPU especially for first generation software.
Some people may have a problem with the repetitive architecture presented throughout many of the HALO's levels, especially prominent with 'the library'. Although this could also be seen as a master stroke in the level design as the repetition aids the player's path and knowledge of ones environment. This is essential for combat during the interior environments, given you a familiarity with new areas, which in turn means it's possible to use and refine your tactics for assault.
The B movie plot materialises as a surprisingly griping narrative that when fused wit the great level design for the most part keeps things moving swiftly on. HALO manages to deliver on all fronts and raps up with a satisfying ending.
One of the greatest testaments to HALO's quality is the replay value on offer. This is mainly due to the difficulty levels available (easy, normal, hard, and legendary) catering for all levels of gamer. Completing the game on normal is challenging enough, hard is where many will fall but legendary turns even the first levels into an epic struggle for victory.


Doom 3 (PC)
Doom 3 (PC)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £12.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you afraid of the dark?, 31 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Doom 3 (PC) (Video Game)
Picture this... sitting in complete darkness, alone in front of your monitor, mouse, keyboard and 5.1 surround system, creeping around in a vividly detailed, beautifully realised, industrial sci-fi world...
Oh yeah theirs more darkness hear as well... hellish groans echo through the cold steel corridors... the structure creaks, distant sounds knocking and banging, mocking whispers in your ear sending your imagination wild with thoughts of what lurks in the shadows... are you scared yet... you will be!
This is what DOOM3 does best; it presents a simulation of fear while keeping the gamer on their toes all the way to the end. Yes its true this experience is not without its flaws, dumb enemy AI which seems about as complex as the original, enemies run at you firing wildly, tactics are simply run.. zombie.. argh.. bang.. zombie soup!
The aspect of the game that shines brightly in all this darkness is the presentation. Everything involved in the experience from sound to the graphics, even the voice acting which is plentiful (in the form of log discs left behind by the victims of HELL) does a descent job in depicting a situation where things have gone a little wrong.
The quintessential roller coaster of horror would be true of this state of the art FPS, but it's also a slightly flawed gaming experience. With the competition heating up for the title of No.1 FPS, DOOM3 could be left in the radioactive fallout of titles such as STALKER and Half-Life 2.


Game Pad: P2500 Rumble Pad
Game Pad: P2500 Rumble Pad

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emulator heaven!, 20 Aug. 2004
I've had my grimy mitts on most of the official pads out there and got to say the N64 pad was the best along with the Dreamcast due mainly to the analogue sticks, which does seem to make or break pads these days...er Playstation anyone. 3rd party pads always seem to lack the intuitive design in aesthetics and ergonomics, and as the PC market has no official controller (possibly soon to change with the introduction of Microsoft's adapted XBOX pad) it seems to suffer from these same problems. Though Saitek does seem to be rolling out some admirable efforts.
The P2500 is a very nice little pad, playing emulators is a total joy, I spent hours sifting through battling my way through old snes and mega drive games until my eyes bleed... well almost!
No problems with anything here... oh there is one... the rumble on this thing is unusable unless you would like to induce a case of vibration white finger.


Blood - The Last Vampire [2000] [DVD]
Blood - The Last Vampire [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ YŻki KudŰ
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.98

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Anime veterans view on a misleading title., 8 Dec. 2003
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Right… after reading the reviews here I just had to have my two pennies, as a lot of the reviews were so off the mark. I consider my self an experienced anime Otaku (or fan for the linguistically challenged) after 10 years of viewing this magical art form, so hopefully my opinion will be of some value.
Ok this short story (just over 40 mins, without credits, despite what most people say) has a lot going for in terms of modern day anime, the excellent sound design (nice 5.1), decent combination of cel/cgi animation (note one scene where Saya doesn’t quite stay fixed to the cgi background; when the camera pans over the air base), and cool character design give this project IG title some appeal, which is why I decided to purchase it.
The major downfall of Blood is that the ending will leave viewers thinking they have bought part of a series (almost felt like an episode of the Animatrix, part of a greater project). If this was a reduced price DVD then maybe it could be excused, but the length, lack of depth and a slightly bewildering ending leave something to be desired!
P.S. This has nothing to do with Ghost in the Shell (despite some obscure link not worth the front cover credit)!!!


Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ellen Burstyn
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £7.25

5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't beleave the hype!, 26 Nov. 2003
Watched Pi and thought it was fresh, intelligently scripted, had a visual style reminiscent of Eraser Head/Tetsuo Iron Man, which was great and lead me to seek out Requiem. Well… I wasn't quite prepared for the complete bleakness this film had on offer, it left me paranoid and unable to sleep. Don't get me wrong I love extreme cinema (man bites dog great) but this was just difficult to watch, I tried watching it a second time but just had to switch off, friends of mine all had the same experience with the film. It left them wanting to cut off there own heads, just to stop the strange feeling Requiem leaves you!
I think Aronofsky's Pi was genius, a hard movie to follow, but here his style seems to have obscured what could have been a great movie, if only it was less bleak.


Metropolis [DVD]
Metropolis [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rintaro
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £9.45

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis... its a bit gorgeous!, 24 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Metropolis [DVD] (DVD)
Having only just rekindled my interest in anime I decided to buy Metropolis, due to Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement. I loved AKIRA for its character design, beautiful detailed city scapes and cool plot (if a little confusing to most) and I still think it stands as one the greatest animated films to date.
Metropolis is just a sublime piece of film. It may take 10 minutes for the viewer to get used to the big contrast you notice between the 40's (taken from Osamu Tezuka’s original manga Metropolis) style cell animated characters fused into the ultra modern backdrops using CGI for the most part, after that period it just gets better and better. The inspiring score sets the mood perfectly with 20's swing music, the odd splash of jazz and the song 'I can't stop loving you' at the climactic conclusion is just a heart braking sequence.
The characters are brought to life with fluid animation to rival Disney and pretty good voice acting, which all gives you a great affiliation with the characters. Watching the extra's you can see the care and attention that has gone into this project from Otomo’s screenplay and Rintaro’s direction, who was a big fan of Metropolis creator Tezuka and admits this could not have been made if he were still alive.
Metropolis is a classic piece of modern anime, watch it, love it, and watch it again!


Metropolis [DVD]
Metropolis [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rintaro
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £9.45

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis DVD, 24 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Metropolis [DVD] (DVD)
Having only just rekindled my interest in anime I decided to buy Metropolis, due to Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement. I loved AKIRA for its character design, beautiful detailed city scapes and cool plot (if a little confusing to most) and I still think it stands as one the greatest animated films to date.
Metropolis is just a sublime piece of film. It may take 10 minutes for the viewer to get used to the big contrast you notice between the 40's (taken from Osamu Tezuka’s original manga Metropolis) style cell animated characters fused into the ultra modern backdrops using CGI for the most part, after that period it just gets better and better. The inspiring score sets the mood perfectly with 20's swing music, the odd splash of jazz and the song 'I can't stop loving you' at the climactic conclusion is just a heart braking sequence.
The characters are brought to life with fluid animation to rival Disney and pretty good voice acting, which all gives you a great affiliation with the characters. Watching the extra's you can see the care and attention that has gone into this project from Otomo’s screenplay and Rintaro’s direction, who was a big fan of Metropolis creator Tezuka and admits this could not have been made if he were still alive.
Metropolis is a classic piece of modern anime, watch it, love it, and watch it again!


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