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Home (Uk Cd)
Home (Uk Cd)
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but something missing..., 25 Oct 2005
This review is from: Home (Uk Cd) (Audio CD)
Difficult to pin down what I find wrong with this album, but there is just something missing from it.
Maybe its the back to back tracks of Buachhaill On Eirne and Old Hag. In the former you get a beautiful modern interpretation of the music. This is then followed by Old Hag which is basically 'diddly-dee' music with no spin on it.
Problem is I compare this album to Brian Kennedy's Songs albums which are also re-recording of traditional songs and just find them more complete than this album.
This album is defintely unlike the previous Corrs offerings.

Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)
Football Manager 2006 (Mac/PC CD)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll still enjoy it, but..., 25 Oct 2005
...but why am I having to download a patch for the game within 2 days of it being released?
This is more a piece of advice, than a detailed review, for prospective buyers that you'll need to get hold of the patch when you buy the game either on a magazine, or have the joy of downloading a 90Mb file!
The release should have been delayed to include these updates - minus 1 star.
As for the game, if you liked the previous CM or Football Manager game then of course you'll enjoy it. Not spent enough time with it to find out if its dramatically different from FM2005.

Scandal Takes A Holiday: (Falco 16)
Scandal Takes A Holiday: (Falco 16)
by Lindsey Davis
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form, 18 Sep 2005
Last couple of Falco books just haven't quite hit the spot for me, but this time around this one hits the mark.
The salty setting seems to encourage the author to more salty conversations and language than seem the norm for the Falco series. The story certainly zips along, suprisingly, considering the whole clan are in this one, plus the usual other characters.
Read, and enjoy!

Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
by Tom DeMarco
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to give to your manager..., 30 July 2005
Excellent read!
Very easy material to read and understand. Its obviously a pet topic for the author as you feel the points he makes are coming from a personal perspective. Often spills over into some soap-box ranting, but this prevents the material from being dry management material.
Definitely one of those cases when you've read the book try to get your manager to read it, and then their manager, and so on. Maybe then some of the good, sensible, and obvious ideas might appear in your workplace.
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Chris Sawyer'S Locomotion (PC CD)
Chris Sawyer'S Locomotion (PC CD)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: 6.00

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed views..., 9 Nov 2004
The other reviewers have pointed the features of the game, and its short-comings - primarily that its really Transport Tycoon in a form which runs smoothly on XP.
I agree that when I first started up the game I too was disappointed that things hadn't moved forward a great deal, and in some areas backwards - not sure how well the Rollercoaster Tycoon interface works with this game especially with track building.
But to take another view at the game it is still addictive, and simple enough in concept, and operation to enable the game to be dipped in and out of - no 200 page manual and 40 key combinations required here!
At the end of the day if you're into strategy games, and aren't looking for 3D graphics, surround sound, and multi-player facilities then you can't go too far wrong with this game.
Looking forward - how about passing this game over to the Frontier team for a bit of spit and polish just like what has happened with Rollercoster Tycoon?!

A Question of Blood
A Question of Blood
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on top form!, 17 Jan 2004
This review is from: A Question of Blood (Hardcover)
Maybe its because its been sometime since I read the last Rebus book, but to me this one is a step up on the previous one which seemed to have a bit of a bored style about it - maybe Rankin was a bit more interested in the premise behind this latest Rebus book.
Can we still call them Rebus books anymore? The other characters, and especially DS Siobhan Clarke are grabbing more and more of the story. Is Rankin getting ready for the day he has to retire his main character?!
In summary, if you liked the previous Rebus books you'll enjoy this one.
For someone who hasn't read Rebus before you can read this one, but you will miss out on the history of the characters.
Only negative point is this series of books is not doing much for Edinburgh's image!

Closer (U.K. Version)
Closer (U.K. Version)
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.87

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!, 17 Jan 2004
This review is from: Closer (U.K. Version) (Audio CD)
I'll leave it to the other reviewers to describe the album in detail.
My own contribution is this album is better than his first, which takes some doing! Very good blend of music choice without having to resort to anything too commericial.
Russell Watson clone? Not likely, but if you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.

Madden NFL 2004 (PC)
Madden NFL 2004 (PC)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very slick!, 17 Jan 2004
This review is from: Madden NFL 2004 (PC) (Video Game)
Its quite sometime since I played an American footie game on the PC - sticking to the safe world of Champ Manager. Thought I give this version a go after getting Tiger 2003, and seeing as it was cheap!
Imagine FIFA soccer, but with American Football as the game. Can't fault the game so far, other than it can eat in to your life (just like Champ manager then). Its also rekindled my interest in the sport, and the strategy involved of the plays, etc.
Owner mode works well, but does it really add a huge amount to longterm interest in the game?!
Only sore point is the new playmaker facility - need specialist equipment to make best use it which I have yet to get my hands on!
Overall, very polished and enjoyable, but what will they do for 2005?

Need for Speed Underground (PC)
Need for Speed Underground (PC)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 2.47

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect...., 17 Jan 2004
This is a fun, polished, non-realistic racing game, with added longetivity of having a form of career mode in it - what is with EA games that they must all have this now?!
In terms of the graphics, sound, etc this game cannot be faulted. Suprisenly for me its kept me pretty hooked to date, even though there is a very limited number of tracks. Its certainly not the tweaking of the car colours, etc that does it - certainly a gimic of an idea!
Bewarned - you will need a modern graphics card, and the most up to date drivers. Plus, you'll need the patched version of the game.
So, why no 5 stars? In summary because of the following:-
- only one location, and its all at night;
- once the races are all completed what's going make me play it again?
- too easy! I wouldn't call myself good at these arcade games any more and I haven't found a stage I can't complete fairly easily.
Overall - very good, but not perfect.

Port Royale
Port Royale

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern 'old fashioned' game, 26 Oct 2003
This review is from: Port Royale (Video Game)
To start with I never played Pirates, unlike the other reviewers.
I bought this game, without a review having been posted here, simply because it came across as a modern interpretation of the classic buy low-sell high trading game, but in a 'real' setting. I was getting tired of all the other frills of the resource gathering games, and sci-fi settings. Plus you don't need arcade type reaction skills here.
In summary it is exactly as I originally thought. You can get all the way to the highest level without a single sea battle, attacking a township, or following the simple character story.
The interface is slightly misleading at times - especially the sea battle phase.
Like many of these games the challenge comes from starting with nothing and a single ship, and building things up. Once you reach the point where the money is flowing in then I kind of lost interest in it, but it did take a little time to get there.
Needed more variety in the missions, and bit more of a solid story, such as once you become governor controlling your town...

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