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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Xbox 360)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Xbox 360)
Offered by smeikalbooks
Price: £4.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a toughie, 20 Jun 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I was a fan of the Quake series right up to Quake 4. By then shooting hadmoved on, and Quake just hadn't seemed to realise that. Super-speed just didn't work well with complete freedom of movement (as opposed to the four-direction system of Quake I and II), and of course there was the complete awfulness of the stroggification. It was sort of funny in Quake II when they wandered around going "THE HORROR!", but there's a line in the sand, you know?

Anyway, I decided to give this game a rent, because I'm into team games. Let me start off with the good. The variety is excellent, being a Strogg is refreshingly different from the old bullet-firing humans. The overall look, seen by some to be too "brown" works for me; it sets a gritty scene. The vehicles are imaginative and useful, and the way objectives are actually built is very cool. Generally the game just reeks of "cool".

Now onto the bad. There are far to many gadgets. A few gadgets are cool and fun, but too many and you get a complicated mess where each team member is taking part in a different style of play. Also, the gadgets and guns are spread out confusingly; for example, you'd think engineers would be fit for fixing and anti-tank missions. Nope. Engineers fix, and otherwise are regular guys. The soldier class has the rocket launcher, but you need to pick it from your inventory (took me a while to figure this out). Gadgets are nice, but too many and it just messes up the battlefield as too many team-members are dicking around with toys rather than fighting!

I said the vehicles were fun. They are, but driving them is a nightmare when you start out. You get used to it, but it's never as simple as it should be. Also, the cool class-developing system from the PC has gone. WHY? That would have made this game so much better!

And my biggest problem, the thing that stopped me buying this: SPEED. What. The. Hell. Were. They. Thinking.

It's like running on ice! OK, it helps you get into the fight quicker, but once in there it's incredibly confusing. When the enemy are at long range it sets up to be a nice fight. At medium range things are getting runny, but still you get "oh sh-" moments when a tank appears and you leg it for cover as a shell explodes at your feet. Then it gets to short range and the whole thing falls apart. You can hear Benny Hill's tune in your head as you madly swivel the Left Stick, trying to aim before eventually succumbing to the temptation to hold R Trig. You hit your own guys, you hit their guys, and you basically wait it out for a minute or so and see who wins. Here the strategy disappears, unless you have a guy a sensible distance away who can still aim.

The speed kills this game. Well, it doesn't kill it, just mortally wounds it. It is still a lot of fun, especially when you try to keep it a ranged fight, but up close (and many parts of the map are tight corridors and tunnels) it just becomes Quake III with objectives.

Picture it: you're a nasty Strogg, hiding in a bush near the gate the humans have to blow up. Three guys appear and set up. Shouldn't be too much trouble, you think, they have their backs to me. You open fire and kill the guy that was planting the charge. You turn to get the other two, but they are skidding wildly around, back and forth, left to right. You fire for a minute or so, and they continue this, one medic skidding over the dead guy and healing him; great, three un-hittable targets. You hearing Benny Hill yet?

OK, that's a little exagerration, but movement is still a problem. I see three guys, there's one of me. They drop to their knees and begin to fire. I stay on my feet and strafe like hell; I win. It kills the strategy.

All in all, this is a good game with a huge flaw, but a good game nonetheless. It can't compete with the sound, intensity or sensible speed of Bad Company, but after a year has passed and Bad Company has begun to get a little tiresome, you may see this in a bargin bin. You may buy it. You may slot it in to your 360, appreciate the love and attention that was put into it by the developers, tolerate the ridiculous movement and get a few weeks of fun out of it before returning to Bad Company. It's worth that, and it could have been worth so much more.

It saddens me, it really does. To see something so trivial and avoidable nearly destroy such great promise. If you do see it for a tenner, give it a chance; there is fun to had still, I promise you.

Frontlines: Fuel of War - Special Edition (Xbox 360)
Frontlines: Fuel of War - Special Edition (Xbox 360)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 19 Feb 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Unlike most I actually liked the single player, apart from the goofy graphics.

The MP demo made me seriously question whether or not I was going to buy this. The drones are alright, but they are pretty much useless for spotting enemies. The little red markers fade almost instantly, and they generally never change the gameplay as much as the adverts would have you believe.
Vehicles are now almost totally useless. Every anti-armour guy starts out with a lock on rocket launcher that can have it's trajectory changed, so you can get tanks from behind buildings and the like. This means that vehicles can't dominate the battlefield, which is good I agree, but they hold no power anymore. One of the cool things about Battlefield: MC was happily capturing an objective before having the whole plan ripped apart by an enemy tank, forcing you to change your tactics and desperately try to C4 it or non-lock on rocket launcher it. In this its a simple case of popping out a rocket launcher and blam! Gone. Easy. These rockets can also lock on to helicopters, which makes them less of a tactical advantage and more of an annoying noise taking two soldiers from your war effort as they speed around the map, desperately trying to avoid rockets.

The most annoying thing for me though, is the unbalanced weapon system. The RSA weapons have a lower rate of fire, which is supposed to balanced out by slightly higher bullet damage. The problem is that troops can move quite a bit faster than your aiming recticle, so the WC weapons always win out in a one on one battle. I've played as both an believe me, it is VERY hard to lose as the WC.

However, 50 players in a match is just too tempting to pass up, so I will buy it.

Starship Troopers [DVD] [1998]
Starship Troopers [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Casper Van Dien
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.03

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film, but insult to the novel, 23 Oct 2007
I start off by saying that, as films go, this is great. The acting is suprisingly good, and the action sequnces are a true sight to behold. A real fun film.
But if you read the novel and were expecting something similar you will be disapointed. This film is a completely biased swipe at militarism, with Nazi style uniforms and uncaring officials thrown in at every oppurtunity.
The book is a clever insight into a militaristic society, carefully examining it's pros and cons.
For example, in the film, the soldiers are encouraged to shoot their wounded. The Federation in the book often goes to extreme lengths to save stranded and wounded. Also, there is a reason service is voluntary. The Federation in the film seems to be completely over-the-top, and it seems odd that with such a government service isn't mandatory.

There is of course the degrading of the MI to simple foot-soldiers, but I find that adds to the realism of the film.

Still worth watching. Try to forget about the novel if you want to enjoy it though.

I'd just like to mention that Paul Verheoven didn't even read the book.

Madden NFL 08 (Xbox 360)
Madden NFL 08 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Clickforgamesltd
Price: £6.82

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 29 Sep 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is so much better than the same old Fifa that gets churned out with slightly better graphics each year. It makes you think tactically and actually captures the spirit of the sport, unlike the afore-mentioned tripe.
Playing with mates is a great laugh, especially when you see the look on their faces after a beautiful pass followed by terrible defending, resulting in a skillful and well-deserved touchdown.

This game does not dissapoint.
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Hostel (Unseen Edition) [2005] [DVD] [2006]
Hostel (Unseen Edition) [2005] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Jay Hernandez
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars JESUS F**KING CHRIST!, 27 Sep 2007
First off I'm gonna say that this is not that gory. There isn't that much blood, but the way it's delivered is disgusting.
You can really feal the fear and (almost) the pain. This isn't like Dusk till Dawn or the other films that are just bags of reddish water exploding to the hysterics of anyone watching.
It's great for a sleepover. Every voice in the room moans in disgust and every head turns away during "the Tendon Scene". But don't buy this if you intend to watch it on your own. It's just sick.

Dead Rising (Xbox 360)
Dead Rising (Xbox 360)

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For a laugh, 18 Sep 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is sorely missing a fast travel mode. true, the zombies are slow but having to travel so far to and back from places is very annoying, and the feeling of isolation soon gets to you, even though it's only a game.
I would have preferred a game like the Dawn of the Dead remake, with the emphasis on guns and fast-paced action, but I suppose it doesn't matter.
The point is, have amate round and spend the time exploring new ways to kill zombies. Having a few friends their really shakes the virtual dread.

Also, it's WAY TOO DIFFICULT once you get to the real missions.

Xbox 360 Halo 3 Spartan Wireless Gamepad
Xbox 360 Halo 3 Spartan Wireless Gamepad

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAME PRICE!, 18 Sep 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
On amazon this is the same price as the regular controller. At other shops it is never more than £5 extra. It looks great, a nice change from the white that swiftly turns to dirty cream, and will stop confusion when taking it to mates houses.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 9 Sep 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
It really is amazing how much more comfortable this is. I was chatting with a mate for half an hour and when I took the wired headset off my left ear was aching all day. Clip this on and it's great! You don't have to take it off to go to the kitchen or anywhere else and it's cool letting a friend talk while you play without fumbling and having to set right beside them. You remember when you first got a wireless controller and whenever anyone walked in front you would move it to stop it snagging when you didn't need to? It feels just like that.
Unfortunately my friend trod on mine in a huge hiking boot, but it does mean I can get the Halo 3 one!

The Mummy [DVD]
The Mummy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Boris Karloff
Price: £4.18

2 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh., 1 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Mummy [DVD] (DVD)
Just because a film is old it does not make it a classic. There are some truly terrific old films, most of them better than the constant bile we get churned out month after month from companies more intersted in money than film, but this is not one of them.
First off, the effects. Definitely the best part of this film, with well-crafted scenery and good make-up. A refreshing change from the non-stop CGI of today.
The acting? Terrible. Absolutely terrible. The script is badly written and the actors never seem as though they are there. The first mummy "attack" is laughable, a stupid-sounding brief yell followed by a completely unconvincing display of madness.
The directing is awful, with odd camera angles and dire scene transition. The last movement from the end scene to "The End" screen is a perfect example, and made me laugh out loud.
For a real classic, try Cassablanca. For a mummy film, get the 1998 version. It's well-acted and directed, which is more than you can say for this.
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Medal of Honor: Airborne (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor: Airborne (Xbox 360)

4.0 out of 5 stars Looking good., 31 Aug 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Great gameplay. Controls are a bit odd but I expect I'll get used to them. After the brutal realistic war visuals of COD 2 the graphics seem a little too shiney, but MOH is different from COD, so I'll just get by with those.

Oh, and for the people a few reviews below below:

We have played the DEMO. It is out in 7 DAYS so that is a finished version of one of the levels. We are showing what we think of the gameplay and visuals, which is what a review is for. You are wasting review space and star ratings by rambling on about how you must be right. THIS IS NOT A MESSAGE BOARD.

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