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Hawaii [DVD]
Hawaii [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marco Berger
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.11

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romantic drama about social classes and what makes us equal, 19 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Hawaii [DVD] (DVD)
Let's face it: the vast majority of the "gay themed" movies are quite bad, more like excuses to see hot guys kissing and/or having sex. If that's what you are looking for, then go look somewhere else. "HAWAII" is not "gay themed" in that sense. It's a movie with homosexual protagonists.

And it's not that it is short on homoeroticism, because there's plenty of it here. In fact, a key point of this movie is Berger's masterly use of male eroticism in a way I haven't seen before, not just to please the viewers's senses, but as an actual element of the narrative.

"HAWAII" tells the story of two childhood friends that meet again in their thirties/late twenties. Their lives are quite different, as they belong to different social classes. A strange play starts between the two, fueled by sexual tension and the desire to control the situation. But the intimate moments they share, and the memories of their childhood, gradually reveal their feelings for each other, and put their differences to the test.

There's a lot more to talk about, but I don't want to spoil anything. It's surprising how a simple story like this can become a movie with so many layers of meaning. It's better to watch it several times, because there are so many details that will probably go unnoticed at first.

Just a warning: the start of the movie is a quite slow prologue in which nothing interesting seems to be happening. Don't worry and keep watching it. It's worth your time.

One of the best movies I have seen in a while.

Need for Speed: The Run (Nintendo 3DS)
Need for Speed: The Run (Nintendo 3DS)

2.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a while, but not exactly a good racing game, 8 Oct. 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I'll start by saying that this game is fun and entertaining, at least for a while. But there are some things that ruins it. I think EA didn't want to spend a lot of money in this production. so they hired a team to do the cheapest game possible. Here are some things that I don't like about this game:

- Feels more like an action game sometimes. You are not just racing, you have to destroy other cars, avoid being shot and complete some very stupid "mini-games" using the touch screen.
- Story mode is short. It only lasts four or five hours. But overall is actually quite fun.
- The story is so incredibly bad... but I guess you are not interested in this game because of the story.
- Roads are mostly long straight lines with almost no curves at all. There are some curves, but they are so soft that, with a few exceptions, you can take them very easily.
- Bad and repetitive music. I guess if you like this kind of music ("Fast and Furious" style) you will have a different opinion, but there are only a few songs and after a while it starts to be annoying.
- Bad graphics. I've read some comments saying that this has better graphics than "Ridge Racer 3D". Well, it doesn't. "The Run" looks like a cheap DS game with some lightning and blur effects that are supposed to make it look better, but in fact make it look quite bad. They even affect negatively the gameplay: sometimes it's hard to distinguish the cars that are coming towards you because the headlights are so bright and the blur effect makes it difficult to see in the distance. "Ride Racer 3D" looks more like a Dreamcast game, with more detailed cars, a richer color palette and far better textures.

So I think this is probably the worst option if you are looking for a racing game for your 3DS, but at the same time it could be a nice addition if you already have "Mario Kart 7", "Ridge Racer 3D" and "F1 2009", three games that are definitively better than this one.

EDIT: A few days has passed and I think maybe I was a little too harsh with this game. Graphics are not "like a cheap DS game", I was exaggerating, but I still think they are not better than in "Ridge Racer 3D". The problem with the gameplay is that it is not very "replayable".

Ridge Racer 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Ridge Racer 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by HitariShop
Price: £23.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic arcade style from the nineties, 22 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent racing game for the Nintendo 3DS, and even now in 2013, two years before it's release, it has no clear competition, except for "Mario Kart 7".

"Ridge Racer 3D" keeps the essence of the original arcade game from the nineties, where you need to drift at high speed in order to go from the last position where you always start, to the first one. This is different from modern approaches to arcade racing games. In "Ridge Racer" the learning curve is slower and you will need some time to understand how to master the car. I wouldn't say it's "hard" (and I usually don't like difficult games), but certainly it's not a piece of cake. In this version there's an alternate control for drifting that makes things a little bit easier, but still you need to memorize the tracks.

Speaking of tracks, there are 15 in total (most of them recycled from previous games), but you can race them in inverse mode, and contrary to other racing games, they feel like different tracks when you do.

Although you have a local multiplayer mode (no online), it seems clear that this game was designed for a one-player experience. The main mode is a Grand Prix that consist of a series of events divided in several races, where you are required to finish in a certain position (one of the first three, one of the first two, or as the winner). Completing an event will allow you to pass to the next one and give you some "cash" that you can use to buy new cars. This game mode alone is pretty long, but you can also play a single event (you can configure how much time you want it to last), or a single race. There's also a "time attack" mode to try to beat your records.

The game looks really good. It has the quality of a Dreamcast game with some more modern lighting effects, and it runs smoothly even with the 3D activated. There are certain nice touches like helicopters and planes flying around. The music and sound effects are good to, except for the annoying female voice that speaks to you during the race (fortunately you can turn her volume down).

I really like this game, more than I thought I would. I've never been a big fan of the "Ridge Racer" series, but I have played the original in the first Playstation and "Ridge Racer DS", and this one is definitively better. It's the same formula but with improved mechanics and looks. I have also "Mario Kart 7" and "F1 2011" for the 3DS, and "Ridge Racer 3D" is a good complement. I recommend it for those who are looking for a good racing game for their 3DS.

I don't give it five stars because only a few tracks are actually new, but this is not an inconvenient if you haven't played other games of the series.

FlingSmash plus Wii Remote Plus (Wii)
FlingSmash plus Wii Remote Plus (Wii)
Offered by HitariShop
Price: £43.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, it's a good game., 12 Dec. 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Let me start by saying what this game is not about:

- shaking your Wii remote nervously
- playing like the tennis game in "Wii Sports"
- making the ball bounce just for the fun of it

There's a good chance that if you play in any of those or in similar ways your Wii Remote Plus is going to stop working properly, or you will start failing to complete the levels.

"FlingSmash" requires calm and concentration, and a little bit of strategy.

I think the idea works, and very well, and it is well developed. Levels are fun to play (most of them) and present different mechanics so is not always the same. There is also a multiplayer mode that is even more fun, and a collection of minigames that you have to unlock.

And don't worry if you are left-handed: there's an option for you.

What surprises me the most is how well the motion controls work. You don't even have to calibrate the MotionPlus sensor when you start playing like in other games because it calibrates automatically when you point at the "sensor bar". You have an indicator at the bottom right corner of the screen that tells you how the game is interpreting your movements, and it's pretty accurate. If for some reason (read above) it starts doing weird things, just point the remote at the "sensor bar" for a second and it will correct itself.

That's how every game with motion controls should be.

I have never complained about the calibration of the MotionPlus because I don't find it so annoying like other people do, but after playing "FlingSmash" I'm sure things could have been done better.

I understand why this game was replaced by "Wii Play Motion" as the incentive to buy a Wii Remote Plus, because "FlingSmash" is not very friendly for casual playing. Also, I believe some people think this is just cheap entertainment and don't take the time they need to understand how it actually works (and I'm talking specially about professional reviewers). Sometimes it can be a little bit frustrating when you get too excited while playing, and that's why I don't give it a 5 star rating in "fun", but the game doesn't deserve the harsh criticism it has received.

So the game is good, but... is it worth the price? It includes a Wii Remote Plus, so I think yes. If you are not interested in a new Wii Remote but are bored of shooters, adventures and action games that are all essentially the same, then I would also say yes, this is worth the price. For the rest, probably no.

Personally, I love this game and wish to see a continuation. It's funny, it's colorful and, overall, a very positive experience.
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Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (Nintendo 3DS)
Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £17.37

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Using the true potential of the 3DS, 6 Dec. 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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I don't get some of the complains about "Spirit Camera". This is an AR game that makes use of the gyroscope of the Nintendo 3DS console. Of course you can't play this in the dark (otherwise AR won't work), and of course you have to stand up and move (that's the point of using the gyroscope). If you don't like the idea, why bother buying it in the first place?

Once I've said that, let me start with my review.

This is a well executed attempt to bring a more extense AR experience into the 3DS catalog. It offers a good combination of different gameplay mechanics, with just the right dose of dialogues and video sequences in order to maintain a good flow and avoid becoming tedious. The "story mode" is short (about two and a half hours) but you can play it again with a new level of difficulty, and you have a good amount of "minigames" to enjoy once you have completed it. So is not that short overall, but maybe it's not worth the price for more than £15.

I'm not a fan of the "Project Zero" series or the japanese horror genre in general, but I find this game very enjoyable. It's probably not going to frighten you but it has several moments of tension and some imaginative ideas.

A good game that uses the Nintendo 3DS potential to give players new and fresh experiences.

Rivstart: A1+A2 with CD
Rivstart: A1+A2 with CD
by Paula Levy Scherrer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook, 17 Nov. 2012
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Yes, it's not for learning alone, it's not designed for that purpose. This is for learning with a teacher and a group of students. So if you plan to start learning swedish by yourself, you better look for something else.

But that doesn't mean that the book is bad or flawed. It's actually quite good. It has a grammar summary at the end that you can consult when you need to, a lot of texts to read and practice listening, and a good guide to swedish pronunciation. In fact, I think it is a good choice for self-taught students who know already a little swedish (at least, A1 level) and want to improve with everyday vocabulary and expressions.

Magic Moving Images: Animated Optical Illusions
Magic Moving Images: Animated Optical Illusions
by Colin Ord
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A curiosity, 17 Nov. 2012
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Yes, it's small, You can actually see that in the "product details" section. But there's no need for something bigger, the trick works anyway. And it's a good one.

This book will keep you amazed for several minutes the first time you see it, then it will be just something to show to your friends and family. But I think it's good for the price.

Navir Space Wonder Gyroscope
Navir Space Wonder Gyroscope
Price: £7.50

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but fun and amazing toy, 6 Nov. 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is an excellent toy for kids and adults too.

It's a simple demonstration of one of the most important principles in physics, which makes it more fascinating. But even if you are not interested in the science behind it, it will keep you amazed for a while. I bought it initially for my 11 years old nephew, who enjoys a lot playing with it and learning new tricks. And I ended up buying one for me too! Now we have four.

This is a high quality product. It's well built and resistant, and requires little maintenance. However, I have noticed that some keep spinning longer than others. Instructions come in several languages, including English, Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish.

I totally recommend it. It's fun and educational, and it's made in Europe.
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Pandora's Tower - Special Edition (Wii)
Pandora's Tower - Special Edition (Wii)
Offered by Catvertrieb
Price: £63.55

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game that requires a lot of patience, 24 Oct. 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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The fundamental idea is good, the art and designs are really beautiful and well made, and the music is delightful. But this reminds me the old games of the "8 bit" era, when every time you failed you had to start over from the beginning. Fortunately you can save your progress in "Pandora's Tower", but you will have to try and go back several times as you explore the towers and learn how you can get to the last room faster, and avoid Elena's transformation into a beast.

The control scheme is very strange and sometimes I press the wrong button, and the camera not always works well. Game progress is monotone, and some bosses are really annoying (I almost gave up with one of them).

So, why I rate it with four stars? Because despite all of that, I still enjoyed it, and that means something. The level design is great and you feel compelled to try again and again. I recommend it if you have patience and like challenging games that borders on the annoying. It's not the kind of game I usually like, but I didn't know "Pandora's Tower" was like that, so I warn you.

Tournament of Legends (Wii)
Tournament of Legends (Wii)
Offered by shamimak
Price: £3.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely good, 4 Sept. 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is definitely not the best fighting game in the market. Even for Wii you can find better alternatives if you are looking for a good representative of the genre. It looks weird and voice acting is cheesy. But all that doesn't make this game bad. In fact, it's quite good, strangely good.

"High Voltage", the developers, have created an unique combat system that initially seems shallow and boring, but after a few matches you'll begin to get it: it's more about strategy and timing than learning long chains of buttons. And it's actually very funny and even challenging in the upper levels of difficulty. I like when game designers try something different, and I like even more when that actually works, and in this case it works. I'd like to see this combat system or an enhanced version in another game. My only complain is that there is not enough content: only ten fighters and two gameplay modes, that's all. But for the price it has, I think is a good product.

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