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Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: £12.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mechwarrior-like game, 13 April 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Parkan (Video Game)
Parkan seems to be Russia's answer to Mechwarrior. In this game, which is a hybrid of FPS and RTS type gaming, you play a lone soldier stranded on an alien world, fighting alien forces.

Your character is wearing a high-tech exoskeleton/armour equipped with a laser/sniper gun and a missile launcher, making life a bit easier. Also, spread across the various territories you will enter, there are various bases and structures that you can take over, allowing you to build "warbots", which are basically mechs and robot vehicles of various types that you design yourself. Some are basically robot cars and tanks, some are walkers very much like those you see in games such as Mechwarrior. Some are flying units, allowing you to get to places of maps that would otherwise not be reachable. They can all be equipped with various types of missile launchers and laser weapons, pretty much like your own armour.

They also come in various sizes; some might be very small, scouting type units, while you might also build really large warbots that have a cockpit allowing you to enter them and control them yourself. But all of them can operate on their own, and be given specific orders, so effectively you have a robot army fighting for you, which is pretty cool. Depending on the type of warbot, some of them can even take over enemy (or previously unclaimed) buildings. You take over enemy structures by going to a green platform and standing on it for a number of seconds, until you hear confirmation that the building is yours.

As for the buildings, there are various types, allowing for the building of different types of warbots, or are for resource gathering. There is a command base from where you can control your army, give them orders and all that Most of the structures have a command room and a repair room, allowing you to repair your armour suit and recharge your missile launcher. This repair room can also be used by your warbots (at least those that aren't too big to enter bases).

So this is what the game is pretty much about: you explore the map, take over buildings, blow away the enemies. There is both a single player campaign and multiplayer support. The campaign mode was fun but a bit short; also, I never quite figured out what I was supposed to do in the last mission, although I did finish it. I think? Maybe something got lost in translation, I don't know. I never tried out multiplayer, so I have no idea how well that works.

On the technical side... The graphics are colourful and fairly detailed though nowhere near "state of the art". The environment tends to look a bit blocky close up.

Also, the game occasionally crashed on the system I had at the time. For example, when you take over buildings, be sure to go to the green platform, and not the red one. I hadn't figured that out when I started playing it, but the red one is the repair platform, and not the command platform you need to reach. Not having reprogrammed the building to be mine, standing on the red one would just crash the game. Not a problem once you figure out how to play the game, but then it also occasionally crashed at seemingly random moments as well, like when you're in the middle of a battle or whatever.

Overall though, I had a lot of fun with this game. If you like games such as the MechWarrior series, this might be worth checking out.

Akira: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Akira: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £41.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magnificent, 1 Aug. 2005
A truly magnificent soundtrack for an animated film which is by itself a masterpiece. Then again, maybe this score is part of what made it great to start with...
Make no mistake, though - this is no "easy listening" kind of music! Don't play this as background music, because this soundtrack demands to be heard.
But it's worth it. All of it.

The City
The City
Price: £8.21

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album, 23 July 2005
This review is from: The City (Audio CD)
Allegedly inspired by a visit to the city of Rome, this is an interesting album at the least.
In my mind it evokes a day in the existence of an unspecified major city, with its daily traffic rush, the clashing of many different cultures and subcultures, to seemingly small things like a man buying a sandwich on his way to work, or a woman on the phone with a friend or relative, chatting away...
Just as his phenomenal Blade Runner album evoked the near-future world of LA, "The City" is similar albeit set in contemporary times.
I highly recommend this album to everyone!
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Blade Runner: Orchestral Adaptation
Blade Runner: Orchestral Adaptation
Price: £10.65

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate rendition of Vangelis' flim score, 23 July 2005
For many years this was THE official Blade Runner soundtrack album, since for reasons which are not very clear, an actual Vangelis album did not appear until 1994, which is a good 12 years after the movie was first released.
This rendition of Vangelis' music by the New American orchestra is by itself not bad at all. It's pretty short though and leaves out a lot of music while at the same repeating some of the major musical themes, such as the brilliant End Titles.
But what's on it is really not that bad. Now that we have a real Vangelis soundtrack album, this has become a curiosity album, for the BR fans out there who want it all.

Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent science fiction movie, 20 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Equilibrium [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Highly underestimated cross of sorts between "1984", "Fahrenheit 421" and "The Matrix".
Christian Bale once more confirms his status as a more than capable leading actor and action star.
Highly recommended!

Angels & Demons Revealed [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Angels & Demons Revealed [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Patrick MacNee
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining pseudo-documentary, 19 Jun. 2005
Entertainingly crafted pseudo-documentary connected to Dan Brown's book, that reveals to us the supposed history of certain secret societies such as the Illuminati and the "Priory of Sion".
It should be taken with more than a grain of salt, however; the priory, for example, has been known to be a hoax for many years.
Still, it's quite entertaining if you like to indulge in conspiracy theories.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Akio Ôtsuka

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent work of animation, 13 Mar. 2005
Absolutely gorgeous sequel to the 1995 cyberpunk anime classic "Ghost In The Shell", itself based on a manga by Masamune Shirow.
Once again we meet up with the members of Japan's "Public Safety Section 9", a special Japanese government anti-crime agency. Major Motoko Kusanagi, who was the first movie's main character, has seemingly disappeared after the events in that movie, and focus has shifted to her old comrade Batou, teamed up with agent Togusa, investigates a series of incidents involving androids gone berserk.
The visuals are beautiful, very rich & detailed 3D CGI backgrounds combined with more traditional cell animation, while the atmosphere created by Kenji Kawai's haunting score is incredible. His score for Innocence was meant as an extension of the original movie's score, which is by no means a bad thing.
People expecting an adrenaline-pumping action fest might be disappointed. There is action, and when it comes it is fast, brutal & violent, but this is not what the movie is about. It moves at a very slow pace, while characters indulge in heavy-handed dialogue, waxing philosophical and quoting sources ranging from biblical psalms to Milton and Confucius, among others.
This will no doubt put off some people, but it's refreshing to see a movie that doesn't regard its audience as brain-deads who can only understand one-liners.
On a more negative note, this American DVD has annoying subtitles, that take up too much space, getting in the way of the image; what's more, they seem designed for the hearing-impaired, which I guess is most considerate, but which is normally saved for a separate sub track. It's just annoying for everyone else.
Still, this movie is well worth it.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (PC CD)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (PC CD)
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: £9.92

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, great fun, but too short!, 14 Nov. 2004
After having seen the online trailer, and having read some of the reviews out there, I just *had* to have it.
The game is great fun. Graphics are colourful and detailed, there's lots of action, the music is appropriately bombastic, and there is a good single player story - which brings me to the game's biggest flaw: the single player campaign, while fairly good, is just too short. For anyone not into multiplayer gaming, this might be a disappointment.
Still, it's great fun while it lasts!

Emperor: Battle For Dune
Emperor: Battle For Dune

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Dune strategy game, 14 Sept. 2002
Excellent 3D RTS game by Westwood Studios.
Based on the Dune novels, and borrowing concepts & visual elements from the David Lynch movie.
In the distant future, 3 Great Houses fight for control of the desert planet Arrakis (AKA "Dune").
Gameplay is flawless, with a polished, intuitive interface similar to previous Westwood RTS games. It looks beautiful, and the 3D works great without getting in the way of a good game.
Also, the game has not 1 but 3 different soundtracks (one for each House), each done by a different composer.
The missions are separated by wonderful cutscenes, advancing the plot and (de)briefing you as the campaign progresses.
What more can I say? Long live the fighters!

The Best Of Jon & Vangelis
The Best Of Jon & Vangelis
Price: £4.57

41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classics, 18 July 2002
Near the end of the 1970's, Jon Anderson, of "Yes" fame, teamed up with Greek virtuoso composer/performer Vangelis for a series of albums.
This 1984 compilation album contains a great selection of some of their best songs taken from several of them.
As an introduction to the work of Jon & Vangelis, this album is excellent. Highly recommended.

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