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Sun Age (PC CD)
Sun Age (PC CD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: 8.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a lot better, 14 Feb 2008
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sun Age (PC CD) (Video Game)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This game is a missed opportunity. It could and should have been a solid S thatharked back to the early days of C&C. There are some fairly simple things missing that remove the enjoyment from playing and replace it with huge amount of frustration.

The story pads out the game pretty well and the lack of FMV cutscenes isnt a problem in the style the game has been done. The graphics are quite dated and could have been improved upon even using the 2D style of the game.

My biggest gripe with this game is the innability to press CTRL and a number key to assign a selected group of soldiers a number to allow you to quickly reselect that same group later. In the heat of battle having to individually select and reslect different groups to move them or change what they are targetting is really annoying. Also it is impossible to highlight a large group of your army and tell them all to move to a set location or fire on a set enemy. This means that when advancing you have to do it unit by unit so that by the time all your units have got in to position the first few have been decimated by fire from the enemy encampment.

This game started also contained a lot of bugs prior to me patching it, so if you are someone who for whatever reason still doesnt have an internet connection to download the patch stay away as I was unable to pause the game mid mission to save or take a break and the game crashed everytime i finished a mission. The patch stopped these bugs but it was annoying that the game was realesed in that state.

Even at this price stay well away unless you are a serious die hard fan of games like this!


Charlie Jade - Series 1 Vol.1 [2005] [DVD]
Charlie Jade - Series 1 Vol.1 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeffrey Pierce
Price: 21.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 13 Feb 2008
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I found this to be an interesting show but with only two episodes on the disc from Vine I am unsure if it would have gone on to really grip me or if my interest would gradually wane.

The show has a very film noir feel to it and that caught my interest and provided the show with a bit of an original feel when combined with the Sci-Fi storyline of Parrallel dimensions.

The acting seemed passable though not always brilliant. It certainly was never bad enough that it spoiled the show for me.

This is a unique show that will I beleive will have leave people loving it or being completley uninterested in it. If you are a SCI-Fi fan that is looking for something different and new then you could do worse than try this if not think about it before buying.


Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [DVD]
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by Entertainment Direct
Price: 2.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Simply hilarious, 13 Feb 2008
This is the funniest movie I have seen in a very long time and regularly had me laughing aloud. As with all sports\comedy films there are times where the plot is a little thin or has a gaping hole but you are usually to busy crying with laughter to notice it.

The acting by Vaughn and stiller is first rate and they portray their characters brilliantly.

The supporting cast does a good job in most cases and provide some of the laughs.

This is a very easy film to watch and enjoy i would recommend it to everyone, especially if you are a fan of vaughn or stiller


Deal Or No Deal Family Challenge [Interactive DVD]
Deal Or No Deal Family Challenge [Interactive DVD]
Dvd ~ Deal Or No Deal
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: 1.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faithful recreation, 17 Jan 2008
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This DVD game recreates the show very well. the multiplayer mode allows people to deal at different times and it is a lot more satisfying when a well timed deal nets you more money than your freinds/family.

the video moments with noel tend to get a little annoying after a while though when you have seen them a few times and can slow things down.

I would recomend this to fans of the show more than people who are just looking for a fun DVD game.


Fingers on Buzzers [Interactive DVD]
Fingers on Buzzers [Interactive DVD]
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 3.19

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and great fun, 27 Dec 2007
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Despite coming with extra kit to use that other DVD games do not have it is no more difficult to use, if anything once it is set up it is a lot easier.

On the DVD there is a simple animation and voice over that explains how to set up your controllers for use.

Once you have taken the few minutes necessary to set up the controllers you can jump straight in to either a short 6 round game or a longer 8 round game for 2 - 4 players.

To discourage people trying to randomly guess on every question you lose a 1000 points for a wrong answer and gain a 1000 for a right answer.

The quick fire multi player action is not the only thing that raises everyones competitiveness, there are also rounds that allow you to switch peoples scores round randomly and steal points from other players.

This game is great fun and there is a nice mix of questions so that everyone will be able to answer some of them and have a chance of winning.

I would recommend this to everyone who wants an easy game to play with freinds or family.


Fat
Fat
by Rob Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Briliant poke at an overly image conscious society, 19 Dec 2007
This review is from: Fat (Hardcover)
First things first. Yes Rob Grant is known for writing Sci-Fi books but this isnt one of them and never claims to be. It isnt set in a parrallel world or on a space station. It is set in the modern world, though maybe a year or two ahead where concerns on obesety have grown even greater.

This is a very well written and addictive book. I found myself trying to find even short moments to read a chapter or two.

The book tells the stories of three individuals, A morbidly obese chef, an anorexic young teen and a slick yuppie PR man (sorry conceptoligist).

The chapters about the chef were the ones that got me laughing the most, they seem to build to an inevitable climax and are so well written you cant help but laugh out loud(my wife actually sent me from the room as I was laughing too much while she was trying to watch something on the telly).

The chapters about the PR man tend to be used to carry Grants underlying message about how the science of dieting is flawed and in some cases dangerous. I am not very knowledgeable in this field so dont know how accurate the science is. There is still some humour in the PR man chapters but it is more subtle and not as prevelant.

The chapters about the teen girl are in places nothing short of heartbreaking and very nearly brought a tear to my eyes in some places.these chapters dealing with the difficult subject of a girl who has an eating disorder and idolises celebrities like courtney cox who she refers to as the dieting queen manage to contain some elements of black humour that lighten the tone slightly and also have a not very subtle sideswipe at the current culture of celebrity magazines using photoshoped pictures of super slim celebs.

The book could have gone on longer and the ending did seem slightly rushed compared to the time taken developing the rest of the story (hence 4 stars instead of 5), as I got to the end of the book I was worried about this but Grant manages to tie up the loose ends well and doesnt leave you feeling that he has missed anything out.

The three stories overlap each other to some extent (rather the PR man appears in the chef and teen stories) which serves to tie the three together in the book so you dont feel it is a random colection of three individual short stories lumped into one to make a book.

The character development of the PR man is exceptional and all the other characters are well fleshed out and complete.

buy it or borrow it this book is something everyone should read.


Marie Antoinette [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Marie Antoinette [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Dvd ~ Kirsten Dunst
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but lacked depth, 18 Dec 2007
This was a film my wife picked for us to watch together and was not something i expected to be at all interested in. The film was very watchable and managed to capture my interest enough for me to watch it without doing anything else at the same time.

The good points:

Kirsten Dunst. Always plays her roles well and is possibly the best actress hollywood has ever produced.

The settings and costumes. The costumes and locations succeeded in capturing the lavishness of the french nobility in that period and were suitable for the queen of excess that Marie Antionette was.

The storyline. The film was entertaining and was well paced to keep you interested and curious as to what would happen next.

The bad points: (including some spoilers)

The storyline. Yes i know this was under the good points as well but as entertaining as it was it also lacked depth in a lot of places. The motives behind the characters actions were rarely fully explained, for example there was little reason given for the lack of interest the Dophane(the future king Louis 16th) showed in intercourse with his beautiful Dophine(Marie Antionette). Also I was unable to spot any time when the parentage of Marie Antionettes children was questioned by the Dophanes brother who was in reality very publicly outspoken in this matter. There is also no indication of the Dophane's brother being very open and public with his desire to be king by any means (including questioning the father of the Dophine's children).

Overall:

A good film if you like this genre and can be mildly entertaining if you are not however not for those who desire intense historical accuracy and detail in their films.

i would suggest it is a film that is better suited to being rented where possible rather than being bought.


Hogfather (2-Disc Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Hogfather (2-Disc Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Arden
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: 3.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HO HO HO, 18 Dec 2007
Simply brilliant!

Usually books made into films are significantly dumbed down for the couch potato audience this one hasnt been, this is the most faithful film recreation of a book i have ever seen. The storyline and jokes all transfer brilliantly to the script from the pratchett book.

The cast is excellent and everyone plays their role to perfection. Michelle Dockerty is both beautifull and brilliant as susan capturing the dry sarcastic wit and cynicysm of the character excellently. I found myself genuinley disturbed and chilled by Marc Warrens superb realisation of the assasin Teatime. David Jason was possibly the perfect choice for Albert. Nicholas Tennant had the challenge of bringing accross Nobby Nobbs rather unique character with very little screentime or lines to work with and accomplished it seemingly effortlessly. Ian richardson done well with the task of speaking in capitals (the only person who might have performed the voice acting for death better is James Earl Jones).

The sets were good recreations of the books locations and were beleivable. The appearance of death was excellent, the pinpricks of blue light deep in his eye sockets were perfectly realised. Some have complained that his face was unmoving but he is after all a skeleton, he does not move his lips to speak as his voice does not really come from his mouth, after all he has no vocal chords.

This is a film that is very entertaining however it is quite complicated and strange in parts. My wife commented that it is the weirdest film she has seen though she isnt a Pratchett fan. It is a film that does require your attention if you have not read the book because as with most Terry Pratchett stories it has a tendency to leap between the different story threads of the various characters before bringing them all together in the finale. It is also very long however this is aided by the fact it is in 2 parts so you dont have to sit through the full film in one go.

I would highly recomend this to fans and newcomers alike but urge newcomers to give it the attention it rightly deserves when watching or you may lose the plot and get confused.


Night At The Museum [DVD] [2006]
Night At The Museum [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 1.90

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining, 14 Dec 2007
One of the first things i noticed about this film was the list of big names in the cast, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais & Dick Van Dyke (fortunatley Dick was not required to do his dodgy cockney accent for this film).

The film is based on a childrens story but is also a great comedy for adults to enjoy with Dexter providing quite a few laughs in the film. The acting in the film is all very good and you can beleive all the characters. The film balances the seriousness of its moral of a father being a hero and role model in the eyes of his son with the fast paced comedy.

The CGI in the film is also well done and not to over the top so that when you watch the dinasour running about you think 'look at that dinosaur running about' instead of 'thats good cgi of a dinosaur running about'

This is a very good film for the whole family I heartily recommend this film to everyone.


The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed
The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed
by Justin Pollard
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of useless facts, 10 Nov 2007
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Everyone knows someone who has always got a useless fact they can trot out, with this book you can finally outdo them at their own game.

The book is full of things that you never knew that you never knew ( and probably never really cared). you can either read the book cover to cover if you are someone that likes to know everything or you can handily jump to the questions that interest you from the great way that the book is organized into sections.

with Christmas fast approaching this would make a good present for the person you know who is full of useless facts if not just as a treat for yourself.


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