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Mr. O. C. Kinchin "the edible poet" (Oldham, UK)

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Stuntman: Ignition (PS2)
Stuntman: Ignition (PS2)
Offered by Quick Discount Sales
Price: £3.20

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says sequels aren't worth looking at?, 6 Sept. 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As a fan of the original Stuntman way back in my youth, I was excited when I heard about this project. 3 days of playing later and I am not disappointed.

There is plenty of depth to this game rather than just the career level, which sees you trying to complete 6 films with 6 scenes in each film.

Depending on how well you complete a level, and there are numerous assessment factors here, will earn you between 0 and 5 stars. In order to access the next level, you need to gain at least 1 star, however the more stars you earn the more bonus items you unlock. Some of the later levels can only be unlocked by gaining more stars to increase your overall rank as a stuntman.

The levels themselves are well thought out and it is fairly easy to learn the routes you need to take. The graphics are absolutely spot on, the ways items receive damage or explode is very lifelike and can sometimes affect the way you drive near/at/through them.

The vehicles all handle differently, and what a variety of vehicles there are. In the original they were mainly 4 wheeled cars of some type. In Ignition we see cars, monster trucks, motorcycles, lorry with trailer carrying a scud missile and plenty more.

Completing missions with a high enough star rating will sometimes also unlock different items to use in the other challenges, which are so varied that there is not space enough here to go into.

Not content with all of that, but the multiplayer mode is pretty spiffy too, granted it is either via on-line or playing one at a time trying to beat each others stunt run on both scenes from the game or new scenes just for the multiplayer, but the variety of routes and human element is enough to keep this from becoming too dull.

All in all, a great sequel. They took the concept from the original and added some much more. Well worth the full ticket price.

The Spook's Battle (Wardstone Chronicles)
The Spook's Battle (Wardstone Chronicles)
by Joseph Delaney
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to replace Harry Potter?, 10 July 2007
Having been stuck in an airport for several hours a couple of years ago, I stumbled across the first in this series of book that deal with the 'adventures' of Tom Ward. A young boy who is apprenticed to a Spook.

This is the fourth in the series and is arguably the best yet. There is a lot of fast paced action, with wonderful narratives and colourful descriptions. Delaney certainly has a way of lifting the characters out of the page.

It was a long year waiting for this one to come out, I can see it being an even longer wait for the next book. Some of the hints at the end of this book foretell some great episodes in this series to come.

Shorter than the Harry Potter books, this series is a lot more accessible to people with a shorter attention span. Note that I did not say a younger audience, as some of the situations could be scary for an advanced writing age younger person, however teenagers and adults will really appreciate the shade and tone in the writing.

The Warriors (PS2)
The Warriors (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £34.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute, 7 Mar. 2006
This review is from: The Warriors (PS2) (Video Game)
What better way to doff one's hat to unarguably the best gang films every made that with this game.
Graphically it screams at you with every move, the faces of the characters are instantly recognisable with their film counterparts. Cut-scenes between the action are a mixture of excerpts from the film and new action shots, which all give this game the feel that you are really involved on the action.
Starting off a couple of months before the famous meeting that the film starts with the game eases you in with a really good tutorial that follows a new gang member going through his initiation.
The difficulty levels ramp up at about the right level, and depending on how well you complete a level, how many secondary objectives you achieve and points to score, determines how much bonus stuff you unlock. This feature increases the lifespan of the game as you are always replaying levels to try and achieve a new high score and unlock that last bonus character.
There are lots of levels to unlock as well as a 'rumble' mode that has many different ways to play.
I am unable to fault this game except to say that it would have been nice to have it all accessable over one giant map, a la San Andreas. All in all a great game

Medal Of Honor
Medal Of Honor
Offered by John Seth Smith
Price: £44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Goldeneye on the N64, 18 July 2000
This review is from: Medal Of Honor (Video Game)
What can I say? After spending loads of time playing Goldeneye on the N64, I thought I was going to be let down by Medal of Honour. But I was surprised. Not only is the control system good and the multiplayer excellent, the game itself plays exceptionally well. The storyline doesn't interfere with the game, in fact it helps it run smoother. A must have for all the family. Especially once you have access to the American film mode, which convert all the German speech to American English with a really bad German accent. Fun and action cunningly combined into a great game.

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