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Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £4.09

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really really good..., 6 Jun. 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
This album is really really good, and I don't even like Coldplay much. It's just really good to listen to. Favourites of mine are Talk, Speed of Sound and A Message.
But please, let's stop comparing it to OK Computer. As great as it is, X & Y is no OK Computer.

Speed of Sound
Speed of Sound
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £5.96

8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 30 April 2005
This review is from: Speed of Sound (Audio CD)
Sounds a lot like other Coldplay songs. That is to say, dull. There is another sound here; almost a U2 quality, but that's not exactly something to write home about.
Coldplay ought to rename themselves Dido II, 'cause their songs are about as interesting.

Tyrannosaurus Hives
Tyrannosaurus Hives
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.98

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk for the new age. Forget the American trash., 1 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Tyrannosaurus Hives (Audio CD)
I got into The Hives when I first heard Hate To Say I Told You so. I quickly bought the fantastically titled 'Veni Vidi Vicious', and enjoyed every single second of it. Eager for more Hives, I rushed out and bought Tyrannosaurus Hives as soon as I could.
How thankful I am that I did.
Put simply, The Hives are the best punk band around. I know some hardcore punk fans will hate me calling them that, but believe me when I say I'm a massive fan of almost all punk music, from The Stooges to the Pistols.
Anyway, back to the CD.
What you've got is 40 or so minutes of pedal to the metal, balls to the floor songs. Not a beat or chord out of place. Which is great, because the songs here are so GOOD. From the awesome thrashing of Abra Cadaver (another fantastic name) to the staccato soundings of Diabloic Scheme, this album threatens to burst throught the roof of the room you're listening in and take over the whole world.
It really is that good. Buy it now.

Command &Conquer Red Alert 2 Gold Collection + Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge (PC)
Command &Conquer Red Alert 2 Gold Collection + Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge (PC)

1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More than a little bit rubbish..., 20 Jun. 2004
This is what happens when a good development studio gets bought out by a massive publisher and is forced to rush out a new game in less than a year.
Actually, I'm not being totally fair. Red Alert 2 was probably in development for a reasonably long time. There's a strong art style and the storyline has a basic structure.
Praise ends there, however.
The graphics are horrible. The buildings don't look too bad but when compared to the cartoony units and terrain they look totally out of place.
The gameplay takes so many strides backwards that it actually lies some way behind the original Command and Conquer in its refinement. The entire game relies on you using tank rushes. There are some vaguely useful units that don't require you to rush, but they're almost exclusivley slower and less effective than just building up a big army of tanks and moving into the enemy base (with the exclusive exception of the Kirov rush, which invloves building two or maybe three Kirov Airships, moving over an enemy base and levelling it, giving the opponent virtually no chance to survive since Kirov's take so little damage from even the most powerful anti-air units).
The special weapons in the game are also terrible. The Soviet Nuke warhead can destroy entire bases in one shot if used properly, whereas as the Allied weather machine is about as useful as a chocolate kettle in the middle of the Sahara desert. The Chronosphere and and Iron Curtain remain from RA1, but now affect entire groups of units to make tank rushing all that much easier.
The force specific units de-balance the game even further. For example, the French Grand Cannon and Iraqi Desolator both effectively make you invincible, by stopping virtually all tank rush attempts in their tracks. That is, until your base is levelled by a nuclear strike. The other units are virtually useless, aside from the US airplanes which are effectively an Allied version of the Kirov airship.
Take my advice; buy Tiberian Sun. It's much, much better.

Homeworld Cataclysm Xplosiv Range
Homeworld Cataclysm Xplosiv Range

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but it's still lacking, 7 Jun. 2004
Let's face it, watching space battles is awesome.
Relic new it when they made Homeworld, and Sierra knew it when they forced Barking Dog to make this cash-in.
Don't get me wrong; Cataclysm is a good game. Everything about Homeworld is in here, and in some cases the graphics have been improved a little, but there's just something wrong.
The Beast don't seem to fit in with the rest of the Homeworld universe. The interface has been overcomplicated and looks tacky compared to Homeworld's. The storyline is nothing like as good.
Worth buying if you enjoyed Homeworld (and Homeworld 2), but if you have a choice between this and number 1, then you'd be stupid to pick this.

Raw Power
Raw Power
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The musical equivalent of a two finger salute, 7 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Raw Power (Audio CD)
That's what the opening of Raw Power is like on your head, the first time you hear it. Indeed, every time you hear it. The enormous powerchord opening of Search and Destroy is quite probably the single best opening ever to grace the world of CDs.
Raw Power continues the trend. From Gimme Danger (which the band apparently somehow passed off as a ballad to satisfy the record company) to the guttural half-screams of Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, this album doesn't let down for one moment.
Penetration is the trademark Stooges sound. Addictive riff with a keyboard (or rather, according to the 9-page interview with Iggy included in the case, a celeste) accompaniment.
I could go on and describe each track in exquisite detail, but it's not required. Suffice to say, Raw Power is the loudest, brashest album ever. Scare your friends who claim to like rock with this album, cause they sure as hell never knew it got this loud.

Time Is Running Out
Time Is Running Out

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in The Groove? I certainly am..., 29 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Time Is Running Out (Audio CD)
Make no mistake, this is a fantastic single. Time is Running Out is a brilliant single. Nothing you wouldn't expect from Muse - well matched Bass riff and stratospheric vocals.
The Groove, however, is a totally different kettle of fish. Lord only knows (with the exception of the band themselves, of course) why they didn't release The Groove as the A-side and Time is Running Out as the B-side, because it's quite simply the best song they've done since Plug In Baby. The backing guitar is multi-layered, offbeat but rhythmic. It's genius songwriting. There's not much more that can be said but that.

SoulCalibur II (PS2)
SoulCalibur II (PS2)
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Price: £9.68

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEE!, 6 Dec. 2003
This review is from: SoulCalibur II (PS2) (Video Game)
This game is awesome. Basically, you pick a character (who has a weapon) and then blat every other character on your way to total blateration.
Since every true gamer knows that graphics are the most important aspect of any game, let me reassure you that these ones excite me. Deeply. Everything about them is fantastic - crisp textures and tons of polygons. A gamer's wet dream (sort of).
There are almost billions of game modes, including such favourites as Extra Time Attack and Extra Vs Team Battle, but also including exciting new variants such as Arcade and Vs. They all give you tons of stuff to do - I've been playing my copy for nearly three years solid and I've unlocked everything.
There are a multitude of different weapons for each character, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses, such as 'effective against nostrils' and 'unable to attack when facing northwest'. This adds totally hidden depth to the game, and it's many a time that I've tried to use my weapon to clobber in an enemies ears to find out that the weapon I'm using 'only works against elbows'.
My only criticism of this game is that there are three different versions, and I want Spawn in all of them. Spawn is the king.

Shogun: Total War Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Shogun: Total War Gold Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £6.84

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most refreshing RTSs in years, 25 Nov. 2003
this game is great fun. You can either play through a campaign (which only takes a couple of days on and off play) or jump straight in, and start killing Japanese people straight away.Seeing your big army run into the other army (usually smaller, since I can't win if their army is the same size or bigger) and start hacking them to pieces is good fun, and there's a real buzz when your strategy (run at them and hack at them 'til they die, in my case) works the way it was meants to. Battles can easily last an hour if both sides are well matched, with morale changing and groups of people routing and rallying as the battle swings from side to side. You'll actually cheer when your group of 3 Samurai manage to single-handedly route three units then kill the enemy general.
My only real complaint is that there's little else to do unless you know someone else that has it, since there's no-one playing it online any more. If you do know someone else with it, though, be prepared to lose the next two weeks of your life through continuous playing. A real gem. Buy it NOW.

The Ring [DVD] [2003]
The Ring [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Price: £3.22

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent horror film, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Ring [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The Ring is certainly one of the most terrifying films to come out of the US of A for a long time. Based on the Japanese horror classic Ring (which itself is based ona slightly less classic, obsscure Japanese book Ringu), the Americans bringing it kicking and screaming into 2002 with a big helping of special effects, and a big removal of elements that they feel the Americans will not understand (read: a lot of the more interesting bits).
What we have here is a brilliant, scare-per-minute Hollywood film. The cinematography is good, the storyline well planned and the scares, well, scary. From start to shocking finish this is a spine-tingling ride of a film.
Comparisons between this and the Japanese film of (almost) the same name are due, however, and the American one comes out worst of the two. Much of the brilliant cinematography, 90% of the plot and the final shocker are all lifted straight from the Japanese masterpiece. Some of the scares are in different places but they're all basically similar, and the original film has a certain something that very few films (The Shining, The Exorcist, and of course Ring 2) have. They instill you with a sense of dread, and from start to finish (and for a good time afterwards) they leave you scarred. The Ring (USA style) simply does not do this.
The film is, however, a good film on its own merits, and certainly the best remake in the recent deluge to come out of Hollywood. It isn't, however, the classic that the original is.

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