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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake returns for more action, 16 Mar. 2002
OK, let's get this out of the way beforehand. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is the best game ever made. Although many have their favourites, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Half Life and Code Veronica, MGS2 is better. It's the biggest achievement in computer gaming since Pong and Space Invaders. What we have here is not simply a computer game, but an interactive medium so much like a film it's staggering, the only difference is you get to control the Rambo, the John McClane of this film, be it Snake at the start, or new boy Raiden later.
As another reviewer quite wrongly said, the cut scenes do not in any way hinder the action, they are there to enhance the story. Indeed, this game is much more solving the conspiricies within the plot than it is shooting people and blowing stuff up. If this is your sort of game and you are annoyed at having to sit through all ten minutes of some scenes, then you are playing the wrong game. You want GTA3. So, that aside, what makes it so good? Well firstly it's such an original concept and a brilliant idea you'll never become bored with the gameplay. The graphics are not just up to the standards of anything a Pentium 4 or an X Box can throw at you, they surpass them. Until the X Box uses it's full potential or we see the likes of PS3, these are the best visuals you can get. Every item is detailed, from sinks to bottles of wine, chairs to door handles. Almost everything you see can be turned on, broken, shot out or used as a hiding place, which gives a feeling of such a huge playing world you won't know where to start.
Characters returning from the classic first installment include Snake, the Colonel, Ocelot and the Ninja, although his identity is not Grey Fox. New characters include the formidable Solidus Snake, Fortune, Raiden and the beautiful Vamp. They add to the atmosphere and create an unparalleled realm, lasting over 16 hours.
So then, to the negative points. Well, the only one is that if you are impatient you may find some cut scenes a bit overlong, although you have the option to skip through them all and carry on the mission. Surely, though, this is not the point and defeats the whole object of the game. Finally, once you have played through the game four or five times, you have to ask yourself a question: How could this game possibly be improved? Then you realise there is only one possible answer: PlayStation 3. That is why, until the next installment of the Snake series, this will stay as the greatest game ever made.

Silent Hill 2: The Official Strategy Guide (Authorised Collection)
Silent Hill 2: The Official Strategy Guide (Authorised Collection)
by Piggyback
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide to an essential game, 25 Dec. 2001
Silent Hill 2. For those who have completed this evil game the very words will send a shudder down your spine. This is by far the best PS2 game available, surpassing Half Life, GT3 and even the astonishing GTA3. The graphics are unbelievable, the atmosphere is scum and the challenges are taxing, if you don't put it on easy that is. This guide is not recommended if you have yet to complete the game as it would spoil the "fun", but serves as a great guide to make sure you do not miss a thing, and get all four sickening endings. Big colourful pictures, clear instructions, detailed maps and all the secrets make this essential.
If you own a PS2 you must have this game, if you don't then buy a PS2 from Amazon and buy the game. Then get this guide.

Gran Turismo 3: A Spec (PS2)
Gran Turismo 3: A Spec (PS2)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best racer ever, 31 Oct. 2001
This game is two things to play. Firstly, it is by far, and I mean a mile and then some, the greatest racing game ever. The graphics are Claire Redfield beautiful, the playability is infinite, and the host of tracks, cars, races and contests will keep you, as it kept me, stuck to the screen for weeks. If you played it non-stop for a week like me take my advice; keep your hands cold, as my hands got so hot and sweaty the joypad melted into my grasp, at a cost of £20 to buy a new one.
The second thing, however, is that Gran Turismo 3 is very flawed. For a start, the arcade mode is a bit dull, and there aren't as many cars as GT2 (the cars availble here though are much better). The problem with buying new cars has also not been fixed since the original GT, where once you've bought a new car for, say, 100,000 credits, the retail value to sell it on is something like 6,495 straight away. Absolutely stupid. The biggest flaw though is the AI. The review on the box says "drivers act like real racers", but as in the first two games, each of the five cars stick like a magnet to the racing line. OK, so maybe that's how to get the lap done quicker, but it's boring. And they still collide into you, I assumed that if I slowed down in front of a racer, he'd swerve out and overtake me. But no, he just ploughs into your car, not leaving his pre-fixed racing line for one second.
The good thing about this game is that the positives out number the flaws very convincingly, which makes GT3 the best racing game ever, and the joint-best PS2 game with the also gob-smacking Code:Veronica.
But this review is not about Resident Evil, it's about racing. And Gran Turismo 3: A Spec is all that and a bucket load more. Buy it, play it, live it, love it. Do it. Do it now.
Tom Chisnell.

The Sopranos: Series 2 (Vol. 3) [DVD]
The Sopranos: Series 2 (Vol. 3) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Renzulli
Offered by That's Entertainment - CDs & DVDs
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over!!!, 13 Feb. 2001
Well, at last we get the chance to order the sequel to the best TV series of all time, The Sopranos. Having watched each and every episode when on the TV, and then buying the Series 1 boxset from Amazon, at a very good price, I've been waiting and waiting, apparently "The Sopranos will return in the autumn", so Channel 4 say. So take advantage of this exceptional price and pre-order the entire second series as they appear on this site, and fill your collection of videos / DVD's with some of the best...ever!!

Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica (Dreamcast)
Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica (Dreamcast)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game of the series?, 28 Nov. 2000
Anyone who has played any of the Resident Evil series, from the original gore fest of the mansion lab, through the RPD station and the sewers, up until the destruction of Racoon City and the seeming end to the T- and G-virus', will know how great these games are. Everything that was there from these games, the graphics, the gameplay, the suspense, and best of all, the zombies, has been flawlessly ported over to the Dreamcast, with not a single mistake. The story again centers around Claire Redfield, and her brother Chris. As Claire, for the first half of the game, you must escape the prison she's been put in, solving riddles and picking up more clues as to the story of the new T-Veronica virus. The latter part of the game involves Chris landing on the island fortress, and searching for his sister. The way in which you search through the aftermath of what happened after Claire left is brilliant, you think you know where you are but then are thrown off completely by something different. From the unbelievable opening FMV (the best FMV ever??) through the dark and dingy tunnels and rooms, to the shattering climax with the ultimate creation, you won't be able to put this game down until you've finished. At first I clocked up around 8 hours gameplay, then 5 hours, then 4, so there's loads to do. As for the supporting cast, well it's amazing. From the lonesome Steve, through the psycho Alfred, up to Alexia herself and one of Chris' worst enemies from previous times, they all play their part to develop more of the story, which was missing from the Nemesis game. As for the main two, well now you can see what Chris looks like in true 128-bit glory, and as for Claire, well she's never looked so attractive. Again, the acting will never win any Academy Awards, but hey, it's got to be better than the infamous "hold your fire, I'm a human!" from Resident Evil 2. To summarise, this game is one of the very best on offer for the Dreamcast, for any platform actually, and whereas it has some flaws, as all games do, it's still worth £30 of anyone's money...

Fight Club - Two Disc Set (1999) [DVD]
Fight Club - Two Disc Set (1999) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by RevisionNet
Price: £7.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last great film of the century..., 17 Oct. 2000
Each decade of recent times has it's films to remember it by. The 70's, we had Taxi Driver, the awfully dull Star Wars, the amazing Straw Dogs, and of course Zombie Flesh Eaters. Then the 80's with Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. Then the 90's, and just as we thought there would never be a better film than Goodfellas, along comes Fight Club to upset it all. Everything about the film reeks of black humour, the settings, the dull lit house, the dialogue, from start to finish you'll not know whether to laugh or cringe at the crudeness. Every technique David Fincher could think of is throw in and crafted beautifully to make one of the greatest films seen anywhere before. Think all the atmosphere of Taxi Driver, all the comedy of Lock Stock, and all the finese of Goodfellas. Mix it all together, add Edward Norton and one of the most talented actors of recent years, Brad Pitt, and you have simply, Fight Club. Buy this DVD now before it goes out of stock everywhere...

The Killer [VHS] [1989]
The Killer [VHS] [1989]
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: £9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo at his pre-Hollywood best..., 5 July 2000
This review is from: The Killer [VHS] [1989] (VHS Tape)
Before the rest of the world were introduced to John Woo via Hard Target, Face/Off and, ahem, Broken Arrow, there were a few films he made in Hong Kong which nobody had ever heard of. The Killer is one of these, and if everyone was to watch this film it would most certainly be mentioned in the same sentence as Die Hard and The Matrix. Though sometimes brutal and over explicit on the bloodshed, The Killer is a fabulous and perfectly shot film which shows you that not all assassins live by themselves, have no life, and love a green pot plant like it was their only friend... The one thing I did notice with the balletic gun scenes flawlessly executed by the brilliant Chow Yun Fat, was that he very rarely reloads his weapons. Whereas this is in no way important to the plot, it caught me as strange to see that, in the scene near the beginning of the film, he reloads about once, whilst managing to shoot multiple enemies with 11+ bullets in the most exquisite manner (surely a head-shot would do for each and save time...?) This aside, when compared to many Hollywood action films of recent times (Steven Segal please step forward) it is unbelievable to think this film goes unseen. Along with Face/Off and the shockingly brutal Bullit in the Head, The Killer ranks as John Woo at his absolute best. Big up yourself, John.

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