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Tomb Raider (PS3)
Tomb Raider (PS3)
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: 16.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the puzzling?, 20 Mar 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Tomb Raider (PS3) (Video Game)
First, the good points...

The game plays well. Controls are good, the flow is good, graphics are good and there are some spectacular moments along the way. This is a game obviously built by people who know how to make games.

But...

At the end of the day it's just another shooting game, much like shooting games I've been playing for twenty years.

There are loads of other titles doing similar stuff.

This just isn't the TR I know and love.
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Spider-Man [DVD] [2002]
Spider-Man [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Tobey Maguire|Willem Dafoe|Kirsten Dunst|James Franco
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.78

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a turkey!!!!, 29 Dec 2002
This review is from: Spider-Man [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Oh dear, where can I start with this one?
I have to say, I was looking forward to seeing this movie. Spiderman was always my favourite member of the Marvel crew, Sam Raimi is a director whose previous work I have enjoyed tremendously and Toby Maguire's performance in Plesantville was wonderful. With those sorts of ingredients, how could this movie fail?
Ah, well, a sense of fun would have been good. An interesting plot would have been a good idea too.
The problem, basically, is that there is nothing new in this movie. We've been there, we've seen it, we've bought the t-shirt. Nerd becomes reluctant superhero, superhero saves girl, superhero helps fight crime, superhero battles his arch nemesis... get the idea?
Sorry, but this is an extremely boring movie full of ideas that have long since had their sell-by date. These things were done so much better in the 1960s (perhaps Sam Raimi knows this which is why we get a blast of the old cartoon theme tune at the very end of his movie). It's time, I think, to leave superheroes back in the twentieth century where they belong, and time for the rest of us to move on.


The Business
The Business
by Iain Banks
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this really the business? Don't bank on it., 19 Sep 1999
This review is from: The Business (Hardcover)
Banks' tenth contemporary novel promises much, but delivers little. The basic idea of the book, a heroine caught up in a faceless, money making concern which is centuries old, is interesting enough. However, the story never really develops.
As we are taken through a world of high finance, it is immediately clear that we are not in familiar Banks territory here. And that could well be the problem. True, the book does contain moments of pure Banks (the Ferrari scene is a joy), but there is an overwhelming feeling that the subject being tackled is not compatible with Banks' writing style.
If the world of high finance is not what we expect from an Iain Banks novel, Banks certainly makes sure that there's also room for subjects which are obviously closer to his heart. I read recently that Banks collects cars, and classic cars are used throughout the book as status symbols of the fabulously wealthy. But here too there are problems. The number of references made to cars, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters is too much. The references become repetitive and irritating. The book is also littered with references to popular culture. With a protagonist like Prentice McHoan (The Crow Road) or Frank Cauldhame (The Wasp Factory), this is fine, but through the voice of Kate Telman, the references sit uneasily on the page. The result is that Kate, sadly, never really becomes a truly convincing narrator or heroine.
Having said all that, The Business still manages to remain an engaging read and it does contain some nice moments. However, in conclusion, Banks' obvious talents remain too constrained by a story that simply fails to rise to the heights of previous achievements.


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