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The Crow: Wicked Prayer [DVD]
The Crow: Wicked Prayer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yuji Okumoto
Price: £4.92

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big names let themselves down...., 28 Nov 2009
First of all I have to say that I am a massive fan of the original The Crow and I will admit at first I judged this film against the original thinking it was just a remake, but after the first few minutes you soon understand that its not. However this by no means makes the film any better after it doesn't try to be a remake. I find it difficult to put into words just how bad this film was but I will try in order to help others avoid a similar waste of 2 hours of your life.
Now there are some big big names in this film - Tara Reid, Eddie Furlong (I think thats right), Dennis Hopper etc etc but if I were them, I would seriously regret being involved in this film. I think many of the actors did as well as they could with a very dubious script that lacked the same depth and darkness that has been seen before, but they all still seemed very rigid and one-dimensioned.
The characters themselves had no depth to them and despite what another reviewer says here, they are not developments of the previous characters since the previous characters are all dead! You never really got a good feeling for what these guys were about other than a very shallow view.
The film seemed very sporadic and lacked conviction in what it was trying to show along with inconsistencies on many aspects, including the powers of 'The Crow' and others.
As a character the Crow was acted in such a cringe-worthy fashion it made the film irritating to watch. He was neither dark, nor creepy, nor gothic.....just a very poorly acted version of a previously strong character. He did not give the impression of hatred or anything like that that another review said, instead he just made you think of a kid who got dressed up and thrown into the film and told to walk like a zombie, which coincidently he did even before he became the Crow.
In terms of the other characters Tara Reid and many of the others seemed pointless. For instance there is a scene right at the end where a bunch of mexicans go out to what I interpreted as a cross between a church and a strip club/brothel trying to take revenge on the Crow and end up shooting at another character from a hill, then stand and do nothing shortly after for no reason at all....very random and pointless! Tara Reid is her usual self as she is in everything else she has acted in, cardboard and pouty.
Overall the film was a massive letdown and I would hate to think that other people who may have enjoyed the other films would put themselves through this one.

Madden NFL 07 (Wii)
Madden NFL 07 (Wii)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £10.90

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take..., 21 Feb 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Madden NFL 07 (Wii) (Video Game)
This is a short but sweet review. Everyone so far has mentioned the controls and they are indeed inovative and get you in the action much more! As a player of the sport myself (and it is actually called AMERICAN FOOTBALL not AMERICAN "FOOTBALL" for everyone that reads the other review thats a little shallow minded on that front) getting used to them came easy but with the tutorials and having spoken to other people who have never really watched or played the sport, or the game before but own this, they say its easy to get into as long as your willing to put up with a few sessions of confusion to sort out at first. Don't get me wrong the controls are quite complex but don't approach this expecting it to be simple because its a complex sport, and a complex control system on any games console! And these controls are similar in many aspects to what a real player does in a game which is great!

The main difference in these controls (other than the obvious moving around bit) is that a lot more of the moves (such as swatting the ball as a DB) rely on timing more so than in other incarnations of the game. But the combination of the wii remote and nunchuck is worked well in my opinion.

Gameplay wise it features everything you'd expect. Your usual single game, franchise and the new superstar feature (with its positional specific cameras which is better than 06s version) so this will be nothing new to anyone who has had Madden 06 or 07.

Graphics are really nice and smooth. I can't compare them to Gamecube having never played that version but they are smoother than on PS2. The bit you don't notice is the detail of the sidelines and the stadiums. These are much more detailed and improved from the PS2 version particularly, plus the grass itself seems more textured. In my personal opinion I think this edition of Madden on Wii has concentrated more on getting the controls right and keeping the graphics reasonably seasons release I imagine will attempt to push the Wii's graphics capabilities more but we shall have to wait and see.

Another thing to note on this is how quick things load, there is very little time sat waiting for games etc to load which is very good.

Personally if you like the sport and want a game that gets you a little more involved then this is for you! New fans might like to try it as something different but if your not prepared to be a little patient then don't bother buying it! Overall an excellent game in my opinion.

Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Platinum (PS2)
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Platinum (PS2)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the best, but some major flaws!, 10 Aug 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Basically all I have to say on this game is that its still the most realistic football game I've played and based on that you should buy it! However you should be aware that the off-side ruling in this game is absolutely shocking. On so many occassions I've lost count I've had a player called off-side when the ball after it had deflected off the keeper or a defender, and the player was actually onside in the first place. Other than that problem (and the usual Prov Evo commentary) this is still a really good game. If you want the best football game, buy this.

Madden NFL 06 (PSP)
Madden NFL 06 (PSP)
Offered by sicodaddy
Price: £29.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the portable console...., 20 April 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Madden NFL 06 (PSP) (Video Game)
Having read the review by the person who gave this game 1 star I felt I had to put my opinion forward too. Similar to everyone else I recommend you don't take that reviewer too seriously (although there are some valid points I'll discuss shortly) as there are many features that make this game great.

The good parts for this game are the fact that it is a portable version of the PS2/PC/Xbox etc game! You can finaly take your Madden game on the road. Apart from that the basic gameplay is just as good as the others with the usual interfaces and some very good added features. A good example of this is the 'Assistant Coach' mode that allows you to sign free agents to your practice roster (which plays an integral part in the real NFL) and then you can train them individually in specific drills to improve their abilities and then sign them to your roster! Which is very useful for developing your overall team (and gives you a similar eliment to what the real NFL has with sending players off to NFL Europe to tone their skills). I also like the WiFi online play...although as yet I havn't been on when anyone else has been online which is a shame!

On the down side there are a few gliches. The less major one is occassionally when kicking the meter doesn't load properly - although this is easily solved by simply pausing the game and then resuming...simple! A bigger gliche though is in the defensive AI (which is where I semi-agree with the 1 star reviewer). At times when a reciever is running a deep fly pattern (running straight down the field!) then the defensive AI can get pretty aweful...the Cornerback or Safety who is marking the WR runs along side and then gradually drifts away, opening the WR up so that all he has to do is catch the ball and he's away for a touchdown. This can get very annoying when you are on Defense, although when on Offense you can use it to your advantage! Another problem that sometimes crops up is when attempting to put touch on the pass using the analog stick to lead the WR...this often ends up in a wildly overthrown or innacurate pass which gets infuriating, but is easily avoidable!

Overall this is a good game that is a definite consideration for any Madden fans who want to take their games on the road. It does have its minor problems but overall this is very good and Im sure 07 will be a big step up as EA now have the basics for the PSP down and working well...lets just hope they don't do what they did with the XBox 360 and ruin the game to make a deadline!

House of Flying Daggers - Limited Edition packaging (Exclusive to [DVD]
House of Flying Daggers - Limited Edition packaging (Exclusive to [DVD]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 29 April 2005
I believe that this film really has some of the most incredible filming and use of colour I have ever seen. As a fan of this type of movie I have seen other films, such as Hero that use colour very well, but this one is simply amazing. The story line is perfectly complimented by this use of colour, sounds (to work with the blind character) and the skill of the actors involved. Over all an excellent film (even though I've only really ranted about the use of varying colour!), although I believe you have to be a real fan of these types of movies to truly realise the skill and craftsmanship that has gone into this film, but a good watch for all.

Bon Jovi (Guitar Anthology)
Bon Jovi (Guitar Anthology)
by Bon Jovi
Edition: Sheet music

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tab for any player, 2 Aug 2004
This item is perfect for all types of guitarist. It will make an interesting if very difficult introduction with some of the songs for beginners, a nice challenge for medium skilled players and just a great anthology of songs to learn for an expert. With chords, tablature and lyrics this book is ideal not just for the lone player but also for bands looking to learn the songs. As a playerr myself I have learned all the songs in the book and I still keep going back to them because they are just so much fun to play.

Chaos League (PC)
Chaos League (PC)

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy sport taken to a new level., 2 Aug 2004
This review is from: Chaos League (PC) (Video Game)
Many people who write reviews before a game is released go purely on what they expect to see in the game. With the luck to be involved in the review scheme for Chaos League I got hold of some review code and I havn't been able to stop playing since!
Firstly: Gameplay - This game, like almost every other sports title has the return potential as it really has no end. You can embark on a vigorous Championship campaign, fighting it out to get from the 3rd division into the Premiership, or you can simmply play a one-off exibition match. The best thing about the Championship mode is the ability to build up your team, buying new players, improving abilities including new skills for old players and signing Heroes to battle it out for your beloved team. This level of control over your team makes it YOUR team, even down to the name of each player if you like! YOU have ultimate control of almost everything. A player can also enter the scenario field where they are set up with a situation and a certain goal to achieve. This keeps a certain challenge to features other than the Championship which basically gives Chaos League a simply immense level of gameplay! This level of gameplay is pushed even further with the use of drugs and bribes along with drug tests! Before a match a player can pay for one of his team members to be doped up to the eyeballs and become even more powerful! The thing to watch is the drug test as your opponent can test players, as can you, to see if they are drugged in which case they will be banned if they're spotted! Briding the ref lets you get away with dirty tricks such as kicking players while they're down.
Graphics - Graphics wise this game makes great use of the powerful graphics engines available. The pitches are smooth, the players are smooth and their actions are smooth. Overall the graphics are very tasty indeed. As you would expect with a fantasy game, realism in't exactly of the top order so many players have muscles more exagerated than a WWE wrestler! But what thats what makes the game individual and thats what you'd expect from a fantasy game with half-lions, Minotours, Trolls and Orcs to name but a few!
Controls - The controls are simple to learn if your prepared to spend a little time expirimenting. The best option when playing a game is to select the turn-based option over real-time as this gives you up to 40 seconds (depending on your choice) to select your moves. This gives you a good chance to experiment and really learn how to control your players - failing this you could always read the instruction manual!
Overall - This game, as many Games Workshop fans will realise, is heavily based on the GW game Blood Bowl. All I can say about this is that it provides a new perspective on Blood Bowl which will draw many Blood Bowl fans towards it especially as it is a 3D PC game that is an awesome competitor to the very old and rare original Blood Bowl PC game. The graphics are lush and a treat on the eye, the novelty is neverending, the lifespan of the game is immense and this is basically a great new take on the sports genre that should not be missed out on by anyone!

Madden NFL 2004 (PS2)
Madden NFL 2004 (PS2)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £17.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike that ball baby 'cos this is the best!, 27 Dec 2003
This review is from: Madden NFL 2004 (PS2) (Video Game)
What can I say, this game is brilliant. Not only have the graphics been improved slightly over 2003 but also the gameplay has been refined making it much more like the real action on the gridiron.
As I have played American Football myself and a huge fan of NFL I can safely tell you that this is just like being on the field! The passing system is much harder than 2003, faithfully recreating the difficulty that a QB faces when sat back in the pocket looking for the open reciever. This means that a player has to pay much more attention to the players surrounding him and also the covering players on the defence as these are much more tuned to reading the play and making a good call to bat the ball down or take an interception. In terms of the passing using the fast/low pass (holding the pass button) or the looping pass (just tapping the pass button) comes into play much more than it used to and can be indispensable in lobbing a Linebacker or firing a hard pass on a screen play. The playmaker option when at the line of scrimmage before the snap is also very useful. In this mode by simply flicking the right analog stick you can stiwch the route of a particular reciever to exploit miss-matches in coverage. Also pounding through the A gap with the running back is much more realistic and much easier. You will find that unlike 2003 our your O' line is much better at creating the path for the RB to take as you would mostly find that in 2003 you would hit the line of scrimmage and then thats the end of the play. The playmaker mode when at the line of scrimmage also comes into play on running plays too. By flicking the right analog stick you can switch the side that the RB of FB is going to run, exploiting gaps in the line and in the linebacker coverage.
In terms of defence the gameplay is again much more realistic. The playmaker addition will let you dedicate your defence to the run (immediately switching control to a Linebacker) or to the pass (switching control to a Free Safety)which means that you can be much quicker in reading the play. All the Defensive Backs are much more intelligent in terms of blocking and taclking within the coverage chosen by the play which is a good improvement as it means you can rely on the computer more to cover the Wide Recievers wihlst you concentrate on sacking the QB! The only gripe I have with this game is in terms of defence. This is a problem that has been the thorn in the back of all Madden titles I have owned - the fact that if you havn't got a good tackle ability or agility your player, when performing a diving tackle, may not even dive in the right direction! This I don't like because since when does someone dive sieways when the player they aim to tackle is right in front of them!??!
The addition of the Owner mode is fantastic, adding a deeper depth to the franchise mode as you can choose prices, advertising, stadium improvements and much more, even down to hiring your own coaching staff! Also the pre-season training camps are a fantastic addition as this allows you to develop some of your players in the mini camps that have been in the last few editions of Madden NFL. Madden cards have still put in an appearance and are still a fun mini-game/collectable on the side, something to let you take your mind off the game a bit after a hard fought victory in the Superbowl!
Overall 10/10, A*, fantastic, awesome new edition to the Madden NFL series that is by far the best NFL experience on PS2 and from a players opinion, a fantasticly realistic experience to play!

AFL Live 2004: Aussie Rules Football
AFL Live 2004: Aussie Rules Football
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £22.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 27 Dec 2003
This is the ultimate AFL game for the ultimate AFL fan. I am a big fan of the sport and find that this game simulates the on-field game incredibly well. The graphics and gameplay is smooth and refined. The gameplay is also srealistic even with the simplistic control system that the game uses. If you are a fan of AFL then this is a must buy and even if you aren't this will be an interesting experience and well worth buying even if the rules do confuse you a bit to start with, you will get used to them quickly!

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