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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm [DVD] [2005]
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Benjamin Melniker
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hand drawn animated films, 15 Mar. 2007
It does tread on the same ground as Batman Begins - how he became Batman and began training etc but technically this came first. If you have had the pleasure of watching the animated series when it was on in the early 90s then you know what to expect.

A dark storyline, great visuals and excellent voice acting (particularly from Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker). As you can pick this gem up relatively cheap - what have you got lose? The chances are you'll agree at how good this movie was for its day and still is.

Final Fantasy VII Platinum
Final Fantasy VII Platinum
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £87.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you give this anything less than 5?!?, 14 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Every now and then I get that feeling of nostalgia, wanting to remind myself of the gameplay and particularly the storyline of 7. This is the only game that has caused this. Simply put it is the greatest game ever made. FF8 and 10 were better developed and in many areas surpass it but 7 remains a classic and will always have a special place in my heart. The only reason future FFs are any good is because they built on the structure that 7 established and all other RPGs owe a lot to this game.

How can the millions of people that bought this game, the 100s that reviewed it as perfection be wrong? They're not!!! 5/5 and then some.

The graphics have obviously moved on but look past that and you will find beauty and majesty in the way this game plays and pans out. If you haven't played this game and you're a fan of gaming - give it a few hours of your time and escape into the world of Cloud, Sephiroth and co. You won't want to leave.

Fight Club - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Fight Club - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £4.22

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finchers the man!, 8 Mar. 2007
This film bombed at the box office but has since broken even through DVD sales from good word of mouth. Modern day cinema - average action films, and cheap tacky comedies rule the box office. Films like this one deserve that top spot but unfortunately this one passed many by.

Bought to you by the same director of se7en, Panic Room, The Game and *cough* Alien3. Fight Club is a true original classic that cannot be praised highly enough. Just the visual style alone, with its dark and grimy aesthetic is reason enough to own this film. Add to that a cracking story, with a fantastic twist, hilarious black humour and quality performances from the main stars. How can you not be entertained?!

The success of a film and the reputation of its director is largley influenced by how successful the film is - lets rally the troops and show the world that Fincher is up there with the best of the best. Zodiac is out soon....
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Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Offered by NEENUK
Price: £11.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars up there with the best, 6 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is the culmination of many previous Final Fantasies and Vagrant Story that was released on the Playstation. Rival kingdoms, air ships and petty thieves are all very reminiscent of FF9. Magicite, Espers, the Empire and underground resistance groups coming together to go against them is very FF6. In one sense this is great as you have essentially the FF6 story but told with all the panache that a next gen system can offer that the SNES couldn't.

But on the other hand, you can't help but think the story has been told before. As another reviewer pointed out, it is more politically driven rather than character driven which is annoying because it is the characters that make or break a final fantasy in a lot of cases.

Graphically, the early hours are dark and gloomy, dungeons, sand and stone architecture which suits the context of 'ye olde cities and castles', but a more vibrant colour palette would have done wonders. These do come later on in the game but its a little off putting to begin with. This does not mean that the graphics are not suberb, the CG sequences are vintage SquareEnix and the in game graphics are a notch better than 10s but this is mainly due to being in control of the camera, so you can pan under your character to check the buildings and surrounding areas and get more of an appreciation for the amount of detail that has gone into this game.

The battle system is where this game comes into its own, sorting out your Gambits (simple algorithms like IF hit points fall below 50% THEN cast cura ELSE attack), including your own player means that if you don't fancy fighting yourself, you can just wander upto enemies and your characters will do all the work for you. This only gets annoying when you are wanting to retreat for whatever reason and your allies continue to battle away.

Overall, it kills any competition, the graphics, sound, voice acting and (if you liked FF6 and 9s) the story, which is far deeper and impressive than any other RPG out there but I personally preferred 8 and 10s storyline more. It is only because it is in its 12th incarnation that its hard not to be overly critical but compare it to any other RPG out there and it wins hands down.

Go buy and immerse yourself in the latest of the greatest game series ever.

Final Fantasy VIII Platinum
Final Fantasy VIII Platinum
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £84.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series, 16 Feb. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having finished Final Fantasy 6-X2 and at least sampling all of the earlier ones - this is my favourite outing of the series. The story is the main reason I play an RPG and despite the age of the game and the fact it originally appeared on the PSone - it still stands up today. It has everything from rivalry, hatred, romance to the inevitable end of the world storyline.

I have observed that most fans would argue that this is one of the weakest in the series but I fervently disagree with those accusations. 9 had interesting characters, but the story, main enemy and music were all below par. 12 is looking too familiar as well- Rival nations? Voluntary kidnapping of a princess? Where have I heard that before... wasn't that 9?!

7 was the game that got me into FF but it was 8 that sealed my love for RPGs and was the first game that amazed me with both the graphics, music, story and overall impact. It ironed out the minor annoyances from the previous game, such as enemies not adapting to your level, in-game graphical consistency issues, and a more coherent plot.

If you haven't tried Final Fantasy before I would recommend 8 or 10, and given the fact that 12 is about to be released here in the UK, now is as good a time as any to get into Final Fantasy.

Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £41.94

11 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the game people make it out to be, 18 Dec. 2006
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I have to say that being a huge rpg fan that this would be at least a fantastic experience, especially given the raving reviews many people have given it. The developer Level5 who worked on the dark cloud games and published by the mighy SquareEnix...

If you like running around for hours picking up crates and smashing them, having a main character that doesn't speak, samey looking cell shaded graphics where trees, houses and characters are just copied and pasted everywhere, a story that doesnt kick in for hours and hours and is just about wandering aimlessly to various locations (well unless you can count trying to find some wizzard as having direction) ...then this is the game for you!!!!

This game is cliched in every respect and should have had gameplay aspects such as the relentless random battles that dont give much experience ironed out during development. The final fantasies have evolved to a supreme being, whereas the dragon quest series seems to have stepped backwards in all the important areas of an rpg - the story and battle system.

Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £10.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first, 30 Nov. 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Recently finished this game, have to say that people were commenting on how easy it is to complete... on the whole it is easy and more about putting the hours in than having to repeat bosses etc but towards the end I did find myself struggling in places ie one of the members of organization 13 just before the main boss(es). You should still play this in hard mode though as otherwise you'll fly through far too quickly.

Most things have already been discussed but I must reiterate how good this game is. Yes there is button mashing for the most part, but the story, graphics and sound far make up for some of its more shallow gaming aspects.

The brave move to have Roxas at the beginning part of the game only really pays off when you find out who he is and what his role in the overall story is. So stick with it and all will be revealed and although i had my suspicions, it is still told very well as we've come to expect from the masters of RPGs.

Heres to Kingdom hearts 3..... and lets hope director Tetsuya Nomura is willing to carry on being involved.

Black (PS2)
Black (PS2)
Offered by Digitalville UK
Price: £14.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning, 27 Nov. 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Black (PS2) (Video Game)
As a fan of the timesplitter games, this seems a lot slower paced but more realistic in its aesthetic and layout. There are occasional non-linear paths but on the whole it is A-B-C.

Graphically, it looks superb but yes the AI is pretty lame and the fact you can't save mid level is a little frustrating at times, given there are only 8 and they are quite large.

The single player is all you get (though there are multi difficulty settings if that floats your boat) which for a fan of playing with your mates, it is a tad disapointing. That is why it remains inferior to other FPS games, i'd rather be playing with a mate and kicking his ass than playing against some dumb AI.

Beautiful and worth owning as it is a cut above most other FPS games but not as fun and original as it could have been.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Burton
Price: £2.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it should be done...!, 25 April 2006
Originally, having watched the Japanese import, the subs didn't make a whole lot of sense - even if you'd finished the game several times. However, having recently purchased the region2 version, the dubbed english makes much more sense now, and even if you haven't played the game, on the dvd there is a summary of the videogame featuring a lot of the fmvs and in game sequences that progress the story.

Graphically, puts pixar to shame and even the last final fantasy film. Musically its fantastic with Nubuo, the guy responsible for the main ff games has contributed. And finally, as mentioned the story, doesn't develop the characters too much, just sets itself up for set pieces (which are fantastic) but there is enough there to warrant re-watches and the graphics alone do this too!

worth every penny as a fan or not. nuff said.

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