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Mario Strikers Charged Football (Wii)
Mario Strikers Charged Football (Wii)
Offered by Super-bargains
Price: £24.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Silly, 4 Jun 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Firstly I would just like to say why I like the game I why I believe that it is worth buying. The gameplay is so intense, the action never lets up, it is so much fun to play, especially with the online feature or with another player. I always find myself cheering like mad whenever I do score a goal, and I did love the tutorials and the whole league system.

However, I don't know how this game can be called a football game. The only resemblance that this game bears to football is 5-a-side football but with absolutely no rules. It's more of a cross between Super Smash Bros. and a normal football game, without the referee of course.

Scoring is a huge problem. Firstly you never have enough time to let your captain have a charged strike at the goal. Whenever one of your other players shoots at the goal, 99% of the time it gets saved. If your opponents do the same, they seem to score about 50% of the time. Your opponents captain never seems to try to use the charged shot feature which means that you always seem to win the 'Brick Wall' trophy at the end of every cup for conceding the least amount of goals. That coupled with the inability to score means, that your opponents always seem to win by scoring last second goals.

On some maps huge fireballs rain down rendering half the 'pitch' inaccessible. Or sometimes a laser appears which eliminates between 4-6 players on the pitch for the whole match. Which means that your opponent can have 2 players on the pitch for a couple of minutes whilst you have none!

When changing players, it is true that the player you want to switch to is never the one that is picked which is very frustrating at manic moments. Plus it seems to me that my defender is my best scorer. My two wingers don't have the shooting ability like the game said they would.

Contrary to what you may have heard, this game is not made by Nintendo, but by a Canadian developer, which I think is important because it is missing that `Nintendo' feeling of quality.

As I said, this game IS a huge amount of fun, and at the end of the day that is all that counts, but be warned that is isn't for everybody. Older gamers might find it too childish. Try before you buy.


Programming Windows® (Microsoft Programming Series)
Programming Windows® (Microsoft Programming Series)
by Charles Petzold
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide to Programming in Visual C++ Maybe..., 28 Aug 2003
But Programming the Windows API independently it is not. First of all the writer barely mentions explanations to certain aspects of the code and then talks about simple things for ages. For instance he does not tell you how to make a Dialog Box without using a *.rc file that appears in Visual C++. So Borland C++ users (such as me) and left short of what to do since all of the code over the internet is Visual C++ based only.
However, at the end of the day this IS the best book for the Windows API. The examples that come along with the code do actually work, and everything is explained simply to the reader.
5/5 stars if you are using Visual C++, but if you using Borland C++, be very, very wary.


The Secrets of Tae Kwon Do
The Secrets of Tae Kwon Do
by Jennifer Lawler
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, an enjoyable read, 29 May 2002
From the start I found this book to be very easy to get to grips with. It simply describes the basics of Tae Kwon Do including it's history and it's moves. Tae Kwon Do places the emphasis on kicking rather than punching with a few locks and throws included. This book plainly displays how to perform all of the moves with excellent photos of different angles showing how to perform them.
If you are a beginner in TKD then I can extremely recommend this book to anyone starting out in this fantastic martial art.


Drunken Master [DVD]
Drunken Master [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Chan

0 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just... How Much Longer... Will this go on?, 10 May 2002
This review is from: Drunken Master [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this DVD and Armour of God with high hopes for both. Unfortunately, I found both films to be quite dull and boring and no match for a Bruce Le film. The action scenes were not fast enough to make the film exciting in any way. The quality of the DVD was not good either.
This was one of JC earlier films so obviously not quite as good as his modern day ones.
However, I can STRONGLY recommend Police Story by JC, a classic.


Armour Of God [DVD]
Armour Of God [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jackie Chan
Offered by Rare Dvds
Price: £24.99

4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Awful Film... Sorry Jackie, 17 Mar 2002
This review is from: Armour Of God [DVD] (DVD)
This has got to be one of the only films I have watched in a long time where I have actually said to myself, How much longer is this going to last? Incredibly boring, with but one fight scene at the end of the film. It does have that Jackie Chan humour to it and apparently a lot of scenes have been cut from even this version of the film, but even so, it does not live up to expectations.
What were HKL thinking when they released this DVD, there is a strange blue line down the right hand side of the screen when the DVD plays, this is unlike HKL usual quality.


Beginner's Chinese Script (TYL)
Beginner's Chinese Script (TYL)
by Song Lianyi
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Difficult for Beginners, Otherwise Superb', 25 Jan 2002
Although this book is good, it is difficult for the beginner unless you take your time and read very carefully. I do recommend 'Teach Yourself Beginner's Japanese Script' by the same people. It also contains a lot of chinese 'Kanji' (characters) but explained much better, therefore a better introduction to Chinese Script. Although this book is worth purchasing as well.


Game of Death (2-Disc Platinum Edition) [1973] [DVD]
Game of Death (2-Disc Platinum Edition) [1973] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.91

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Dissapointing, due to Bruce Lee's absense', 10 Jan 2002
I found this film quite dissapointing due to the absense of Bruce Lee due to his untimely death shortly before he began filming. His part is played by someone else who throughout the entire film wears dark glasses and hides himself from the camera. Although Bruce did manage to appear in the EXCELLENT fights scenes at the end of the film. The bonus footage is vast and contains students of Bruce Lee's 'June Keet Do' and a great biography of his life, with some superb deleted scenes especially the 'GreenHouse' fight. Since Bruce could not help in the making of this movie, it's true meaning has almost been lost. Bruce said that this film has certains 'layers' and that you could just follow the normal plot or look deeper yourself to find more. Overall, a superb film, yet the absense of Bruce is a shame indeed.


Doom (GBA)
Doom (GBA)

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'A excellent GBA title, but raises a few questions', 26 Dec 2001
This review is from: Doom (GBA) (Video Game)
Why buy this GBA title? If you are reading this then you no doubt have a PC and even the slowest of PC's with a low spec. can run the original and better PC version of Doom.
I am not saying that this is a bad version. But this GBA version has a sloppy frame rate but superb sound effects. The graphics are also good, but the screen resolution just isn't high enough really. Some levels do have some areas missing or edited, no doubt to save on ROM size or something.
At the end of the day, buy the PC version of Doom for £9.99 anywhere, on budget. It's better in everyway.


Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Enter The Dragon (Uncut) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Bruce Lee
Price: £7.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A Superb Martial Arts Film, With Equally Good Storyline', 15 Dec 2001
This is a superb Bruce Lee film, although I thought there were not many fight scenes with Lee in it, the scenes are good. It is re-watchable over and over again, and features many actors. Since I am now studying Shotokan Karate, I find this film a great inspiration, Superb!


Karate-do: My Way of Life
Karate-do: My Way of Life
by Gichin Funakoshi
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A superb biography of Gichin Funakoshi', 8 Dec 2001
This book is a super biography of today's master of Karate, Gichin Funakoshi. Even since his death in 1957 he has helped Karate to be exported throughout the world. It makes for a VERY interesting read. A must for those interested in not just the combat of Karate, but the Spiritual side of it too.


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