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Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Dec. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fallout 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Haven't enjoyed a game as much as Fallout 3 for a long time. Only Bioshock probably comes close in terms of immersion. You might (eventually) get bored of a (gorgeous) world filled with wonderglue, metal crates, and surgical tubing but it'll probably take 120 plus hours before it all feels a bit samey.

I'm about to start my second playthough, and am looking forward to building a BIG GUN!! character rather than the stealthy, rifle specialist I used first time round. HAVE IT!!

Oh and the 'slow mo' VATS system never gets old, and sometimes is even laugh out loud funny!!!

A definite recommendation.

Clutching At Straws
Clutching At Straws
Price: £8.87

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great drinking album!, 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Clutching At Straws (Audio CD)
Despite its strong theme of alcohol misuse running throughout, this melodic, deep and moving record actually lends itself well to a listen last thing at night with a good single malt in hand!

One or two tracks just don't fit. These will stand out to you and you'll skip them. The rest is pure genius; timeless, and accomplished. A great album, with a surprisingly 'light' yet technically brilliant and intricate sound.

This album should never be confined to history. Fish and the boys did good here.

Shooter [DVD]
Shooter [DVD]
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Price: £2.72

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very bad movie, 3 May 2008
This review is from: Shooter [DVD] (DVD)
You'll be dissapointed if you shell out your hard earned for this pile of crap. There's one scene where Wahlberg looks noticeably embarrassed to be delivering such contrived and cliched one liners. The movie is utterly devoid of any real purpose, the plot is full of holes, and the whole thing has been done so many times before, and usually so much better.

Seriously, avoid this. Treat yourself to Enemy of the State which is a much slicker, better paced action movie.

13th Star
13th Star
Price: £17.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish sings too!, 17 Feb. 2008
This review is from: 13th Star (Audio CD)
Its not all talking - the big guy sings well, but well within his more than ample range. Fish has managed to restrain the sharp edge which usually elevates him above his band. He's a team player now. And a good thing too, as this is one of his most complex and melodic offerings since Internal. The musicmanship on this offering is awesome, and creates a sound which is retrospective - the title track has Floyd and Genesis familiarities, but is also grungy - you could imagine Ozzy singing on Track 2 for example...

I'm a huge Marillion fan, but this album wipes the floor with Somewhere Else - H and the boys should sit up, take notice, and lose the complex global / political undercurrents that seem to dictate their writing these days. It seems there's no substitute for an angry Scotsman with a broken heart....

Five stars.

Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Price: £24.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 28 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Bioshock (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This is Game of the Year. Period.

The sheer brilliance of this game will hit everyone at some point. But in any case, enjoy the moment when you realise that for the last 20 minutes of play, you've been sitting open mouthed in awe. For me, it was around the time I hit the Fort / Atrium area.

Absolutely stunning. A must have.

Price: £8.92

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's still got it...., 27 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Brave (Audio CD)
Bought an IPod today. Sentimentalist that I am, I thought for a while about the first album that should go on it.

So I dusted Brave down. And I can only say that this record is still truly special. I think it's been described by the band themselves as a Christmas cake, full of hidden bits and bobs that reveal themselves over time. Well it was fantastic in the 90s. And like the proverbial Christmas cake, its just got better, better, and better with time...

Lyrically, and musically, this record still rocks, still moves, still takes you back to the day...

Buy it. Put it on your Ipod. Play it loud with the lights off.


Somewhere Else
Somewhere Else

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great so far......, 10 April 2007
This review is from: Somewhere Else (Audio CD)
Well i'm on to my third listen now and I have to say that the band seem to have achieved the most wholesome sound since Brave- the album smacks from start to finish of 'togetherness'- with everyone showcasing their musicmanship without self indulgence. For me, particular highlights are Marks melancholy keyboards on the albums title track, with the song building to a great crescendo thanks to both of the Steves. The hairs really will stand up on the back of your neck when you play this loud with the lights off. The haunting qualities of 'A voice from the past' keeps a sublimely strong middle section of the album going; this is pure Marillion- charged with emotion and barely restrained angst. Track 8 'The Wound' is perfectly placed to rouse you from your deep reflections in time for the albums optimistic and intricate ending, before track 1 kicks in again almost seamlessly.

Marillion are at their lyrical best when they have a point to make, or a message to put across- the words from Somewhere Else are frequently simple and provacative at the same time. This makes (IMO) the track 'Most Toys' a square peg in a round hole on this release. Lyrically and musically it is clumsy, and is a distraction from the immersion that the rest of the album offers, more of a B-side offering really....

So its a great, great 14th offering from the lads, and the good news is that sleeve notes promise a 15th next year!

Hats off to Marillion. I mean it!

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