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Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (Xbox 360)
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by GamersCorner
Price: £23.49

31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best RPG Of 2010, 29 Oct 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Dragon Age: Origins is a traditional RPG. The leveling up is very original, you have strength, agility, wisdom, constitution and so on. Then you have the skills and abilities that you can learn. The best part is how you even get distribute the skills and points party members earn when leveling up for them (or you can do auto level up), so there is a lot here for RPG fans. You also get to chose what party members have equipped, so you aren't just focusing on your character. For those of you who love hardcore RPG elements, it's all here. For those of you that only like small RPG elements, you can chose to auto level up your characters.

Gameplay:

Dragon Age: Origins has you running around, exploring areas, solving quests and killing. The exploration system works with you choosing which area to go to on the world map. Once you chose an area, you see a trail of blood move towards there from your current location, sometimes you may encounter other parties or creatures, while most times, you'll get to your destination straight away. Areas that you can directly explore contain many people to talk to and many side quests, although for me, the exploration in the game is nothing impressive and it doesn't try to be. Dragon Age is more of a story telling game with much combat. The combat is handled differently depending on what difficulty you play on, play on Casual difficulty and you only ever have to play as your character, play on other difficulties and you'll find you'll need to manage your character's party's tactics and even sometimes take direct control of them in battle. Tactics are things ranging from having a party member automatically drink a healing potion when low on health, to attacking the most powerful enemy. Using your character's or party member's abilities are fun and make a change from just clicking on an enemy and watching your character attack them and while they still does happen, abilities make sure that you control your character or party members even more while in combat. Abilities range from adopting to a defensive stance, to hacking and slashing at an enemy (rogue, warrior), casting a spell (mage), to shield bashing (warrior), using the abilities for multiple party members on a boss to take him down is a must do and boss fights are very fun. In my opinion, the combat in this game is very fun.

Story:

Typical and same old story. The world against an ancient threat. As a grey warden, you must form an army to battle the darkspawn (orcs), to gather this army, you must appeal to the races and groups on Thedas using ancient treaties that these races and people signed long ago (seems similar to the pact made between men, elves and dwarfs in LOTR), then you must battle the archdemon. Of course there is more to it than that and one quests involves you trying to a find an holy artefact with healing energy called: the Urn of Sacred Ashes (The Holy Grail). Dragon Age: Origins is inspired by many different things and what makes it good, is how it executes everything so well. I'd say the story is more about your character whose personality gets shaped throughout the game based on the dialogue choices you decide to chose for him/her. Characters you meet in Dragon Age are memorable and come out with some memorable dialogue.

I have many characters that I have made and I became attached to them, each have their own background (you play through it), personality and morals. My first character was a holy knight who sacrificed himself to save the world, one of my other characters was a ruthless sinner who murdered, cheated, lied and betrayed. While another character I had made was greedy and didn't mind doing a good or evil deed, as long as he got gold. While another learned blood magic (demonic magic) so he could destroy all evil in the world. He would do anything to destroy evil. Dragon Age really does allow you to create almost any character you can dream of. Your decisions throughout the game also have an affect on the world and these affects are told to you at the end of the game and imported into the upcoming Dragon Age 2.

Expansion:

Awakenings is the expansion to Origins. You become the commander of a fort, awakenings adds more skills and spells and items and all the things that have been added are very good, the spells are magnificent as well. However, the main storyline is rather short but on the positive side, the side quests are more interesting than the side quests in Origins and the places you get to explore are more memorable, at least to me. Being like Origins and offering you multiple choices of how to finish a quest, the expansion is replayable and will give you at least 30 hours of gameplay.

DLC:

Some are good, some are not. All DLC is bound to take up 10 - 15 hours to finish and maybe more if you want to go through all dialogue possible and read everything you find. I'm not sure if I would recommend buying the Ultimate Edition just for the DLC though, since some seem rushed to be honest. If you must get it just for the DLC, wait till the price drops even more.

Overall:

The Ultimate Edition contains two discs, Origins and the expansion and DLC disc. The expansion and DLC disc contain the expansion and DLC obviously, you then download them onto your computer and unlike that scam Bethesda did with the shivering isles disc version which needed you to connect to Xbox Live (but did not say on the box), the DLC and expansion disc for Dragon Age does not require you to connect to Xbox Live to download anything.

If you haven't purchased Dragon Age, purchase it now and get the full experience! It offers over a hundred hours of gameplay and even hundreds depending on how you play.

10/10

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Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
Offered by MDS Entertainment
Price: £12.99

6 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still Utter Rubbish, 23 Oct 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Fallout New Vegas is the new expansion pack to Fallout 3. Built on the same engine with very little improvements, it is what should have been the expansion to Fallout 3 instead of those little DLC discs that cost £10 and only added 3 hours of game play each. However, it suffers from many bugs and technical difficulties. This shows that the game was rushed. It is practically unfinished. Save files even become corrupted and that is one of the reasons I went and got a refund for this game, I also noticed after 2 hours that the frame rate got slower as well, the more you played the game, the more slower it got. What the hell? This is as big a mess as Fable 2 was! NPCs are still as dumb as they were in Fallout 3 and Oblivion and not much detail has gone into their faces and some NPCs even mutter out the same lines again and again and they get repetitive.

The combat is practically the same as Fallout 3, meaning that bullets nearly always miss where you are targeting. V.A.T.S gets weaker later on against many enemies rendering it useless. You would have thought that shooting bullets into a person's unprotected head at close range would kill them but no, not in Fallout New Vegas.

For those who want the game to be more harder, there is an hardcore mode which means you need to eat and sleep in order to survive, enemies are also much harder. Why not implement the eating and sleeping into the normal difficulty? Arx Fatalis required you to eat to survive and it never got annoying and I guess someone decided it would for Fallout Vegas which is why they implemented it into the hardcore mode which means that we need to fight high level enemies just to experience what should have been on the normal difficulty.

Anyway, the story line is as boring as the first and overall; I recommend you avoid this game. If you must get it, get it when it hits the bargain bin and when it is patched, because if you put 50 hours into the game, only to have your save become corrupted, you are going to be annoyed.

Why buy this game when there are plenty of better games out there that have actually been bug tested and aren't unfinished? If you have not already, get Mass Effect 2 or Dragon Age, Dragon Age may have some bugs but none are game killing and they aren't even noticeable. With Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition coming out on October 29th, I recommend you avoid this. There is also Divinity II - The Dragon Knight saga coming out in November which includes a new engine and the expansion.

One word for this game: AVOID.

0/10

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Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (Xbox 360)
Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by GAMES CONSOLES BARGAIN
Price: £14.15

0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, 19 Aug 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Bethesda are just rushing out games and ten editions of the same game nowadays. The result shows in Failout 3 that they never spend time with their games developing them, bug testing them or polishing them up. Failout 3 looks and feels very outdated on the broken engine it is running on. In summary this game sucks and the reasons why are below.

Gameplay:

Bullets don't move in a straight line and act as though the wind moves them. Seriously the shooting mechanics in this game are horrible. Even with the V.A.T.S system the gameplay is horrible. Shoot a guy in the head several times and he will not die. Meanwhile your character runs very very slowly and is only able to jump 1ft into the air making exploration a tedious chore.

Story:

The story was horrible as well as being a tired rehash of the same thing we've seen countless times before. The hero's father goes missing and he sets off on a journey to rescue him.

Conclusion:

Ignore the pathetic biased 5 and 4 star reviews. Those reviews don't mention how bad the gameplay is or how DATED and BROKEN the game engine is. The story can be summed up with this: Basically your dad breaks out of a vault you and other people are kept in to be safe and because of that everyone in there tries to kill you -blaming you for the temporary faults- even though they are still safe (pathetic or what?) and next you must escape and try to find your dad and what happens to him is quite predictable. The ending is rubbish.

Oh and the game world is copy-pasted all across and is pretty small compared to the original Fallout games which were LEAGUES BETTER THAN THIS both story and gameplay wise. The old Fallout games also offered more role-playing choices. Bethesda has destroyed the series. Anyone calling this game good hasn't played the original Fallout games or are incredibly biased to them and too suffocated in their fanboism for Bethesda to realize that this pales in comparison.

One word: Avoid.

P.S

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Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (PC DVD)
Fallout 3 - Game Of The Year Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £7.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage, 19 Aug 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Bethesda are just rushing out games and ten editions of the same game nowadays. The result shows in Failout 3 that they never spend time with their games developing them, bug testing them or polishing them up. Failout 3 looks and feels very outdated on the broken engine it is running on. In summary this game sucks and the reasons why are below.

Gameplay:

Bullets don't move in a straight line and act as though the wind moves them. Seriously the shooting mechanics in this game are horrible. Even with the V.A.T.S system the gameplay is horrible. Shoot a guy in the head several times and he will not die. Meanwhile your character runs very very slowly and is only able to jump 1ft into the air making exploration a tedious chore.

Story:

The story was horrible as well as being a tired rehash of the same thing we've seen countless times before. The hero's father goes missing and he sets off on a journey to rescue him.

Conclusion:

Ignore the pathetic biased 5 and 4 star reviews. Those reviews don't mention how bad the gameplay is or how DATED and BROKEN the game engine is. The story can be summed up with this: Basically your dad breaks out of a vault you and other people are kept in to be safe and because of that everyone in there tries to kill you -blaming you for the temporary faults- even though they are still safe (pathetic or what?) and next you must escape and try to find your dad and what happens to him is quite predictable. The ending is rubbish.

Oh and the game world is copy-pasted all across and is pretty small compared to the original Fallout games which were LEAGUES BETTER THAN THIS both story and gameplay wise. The old Fallout games also offered more role-playing choices. Bethesda has destroyed the series. Anyone calling this game good hasn't played the original Fallout games or are incredibly biased to them and too suffocated in their fanboism for Bethesda to realize that this pales in comparison.

One word: Avoid.

P.S

I don't view replies so don't expect any responses from me.


Mount & Blade (PC CD)
Mount & Blade (PC CD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: £6.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wage War, Siege Towns, Build An Army - Your Destiny Awaits You, 19 Aug 2010
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Mount & Blade (PC CD) (DVD-ROM)
Wage War, Sack villages, trade, build an army, join a kingdom and become a lord or be an outlaw - Mount and Blade offers all of these things; your story and legend awaits you in this RTS RPG.

Story:

The story is fairly simple. You make your own story. Will you start your adventure as a trader who will become the most famous and honored noble in the land? Will you start your life as a noble who will become the strongest leader with the biggest army in the land? Mount and Blade offers you many choices. You can even chose to join a war and sack villages and siege castles and forts of the enemy you are fighting against. Eventually you may retire and see what your character becomes from all the money and land he/she owns which was a system that could be found in Sid Meier's Pirates which Mount and Blade has borrowed ideas from. To many if you ask me - this game reminds me of Sid Meier's Pirates. The only difference is that you control the fighting you do in battle and it has RTS elements and is set on land with some other ideas (such as being able to loot villages).

Gameplay:

The combat is actually quite fun. Rag dolls are in this game as well. I once killed a solider while he was on horse back and he went flying off of the horse, landed on the ground and bounced up before coming to his final resting place. You must remember to block though and time your strikes. Fighting from horse back is the same as fighting on ground, apart from the fact that it is much faster. Needs more practice and is very invigorating and funny as you try to hit people while they are on house back as well.

5/5

RPG elements:

The RPG elements are pretty much like those found in old traditional Role Playing Games. You have strength, Agility, Intelligence and Charisma. Then you have minor skills and then weapon proficiencies.

5/5

RTS elements:

You have direct control over your units. You can order them to charge, mount up, dismount in case spear men are nearby and hold position and various other orders. You could just build up a massive army and not even issue orders but if you want to win battles that you have disadvantages too, then tactics are required. However, with a powerful character and powerful units, tactics aren't really necessary.

3/5

Overall:

Mount and Blade is an addictive game. You may get board quick or you may have countless hours of fun raising an army, making a profit from trading, battling, entering tournaments and arenas, completing quests or winning a war and gaining land as a result.

PROS:

Addictive, good ideas, RTS and RPG free roaming combined. Great combat. Good sceneries. Re playable. Different paths to take. War is fun. The important NPCs wage war against each other. Travel to each other's courts. Visit towns that belong to them. Kill and capture bandits raiding their land - you aren't the only one doing things in Mount and Blade.

CONS:

Dated graphics. Repetitive quests. You can never die if defeated in battle, instead you are always taken prisoner but this has some pros in its own ways. Dialouge is only written and not recorded and is quite repetitive. Traveling about can take long. It takes only 10 hours of game play to build an army big enough to siege a fort. You can't buy towns or villages. Captured enemies can only be sold, recruited or released but not killed.

Score:

7/10

A nice game with some good ideas. For the current price. How could you say no?

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Holy Bible [NKJV]
Holy Bible [NKJV]
by Thomas Nelson Publishers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and True, 10 Aug 2010
This review is from: Holy Bible [NKJV] (Hardcover)
The Bible is a collection of books written over thousands of years by different people from all walks of life who were responsible for writing the books in The Bible. The Bible was a huge influence on English literature (just like Shakespeare) especially the King James Version and still remains quite a influence even today. Yet there are some who dismiss The Bible or ignore the facts behind it.

Most criticism on The Bible started when Darwin published his book "On the Origins of Species" which would later become the holy book for atheists who formed an extremist sect known as Darwinism (the difference between a Darwinist and evolutionist is that the former devoutly preaches evolution while the later simply accepts it). Most of these Darwinists today are made at school when they are first taught evolution and noting that it contradicts the Genesis account of life, they dismiss the rest of The Bible as "superstitious nonsense" nevermind the fact that nothing in The Bible teaches superstition (belief in a god is not superstition and there have been many great minds in the past - and present - who believe in a god for logical and sound reasons). These extremist atheists ignore the narrative behind the whole bible as well as the archaeological evidence for many of the events.

Indeed, now there are geologists who have accepted that a flood did occur in the Middle East. This is not only backed up by geological evidence but by the stories/records from different religions and cultures across the world which pretty much have the same story. There are hundreds of these stories all with the same similarity of a man building a boat to protect his family and animals. One might say this just shows that story of Noah was inspired by an older religion/story (such as the Epic of Giligamesh) but considering this exact story is found in hundreds of other flood stories show that they most likely derived from an older oral tradition about a flood occurring that found their way into various religions and cultures.

A local flood certainly doesn't contradict The Biblical account of the great flood considering that most of human civilization was centered in the Middle East (where human civilization also begun and where the oldest traces can be found) and this would have been considered the "world" at the time.

Next up, we have Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam. These aren't the first humans and I don't believe they are the Biblical Adam and Eve but the science behind them is that all humans alive today can trace their ancestry back to Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam proving that it's not genetically impossible for humanity to be descended from two people and contrary to atheist claims, The Bible does not contend that Adam and Eve were the only humans created otherwise Cain would not have been able to have found a wife after being exiled and wouldn't talk about being fearful of people who might kill him. Of course all of this can be disputed unlike the next fact.

Biologists found genetic traces of Jewish Priesthood dating back to one man. In Jewish tradition, all Jewish priests (not rabbis) are descended from Aaron (the brother of Moses). Now scientists have found that Jewish men - in this priesthood lineage - share distinctive genetic traits supporting The Biblical account that priesthood is passed from father to son. This individual is known as Y-chromosomal Aaron who is identified as the Aaron from The Bible. This is significant in proving the historicity behind The Bible. Now if Aaron was real, who's to say that Moses wasn't?

Fast forward past a few books of laws, regulations and laws and we come to the Books of Judges and Kings were have shown to be historically accurate too. No historian or archaeologist doubts the existence of the historical kingdoms of Judah and Israel anymore and even most the constructions and fortifications ordered in The Bible be the kings have now been excavated (Tell Hazor Solomon gates, Tel Gezer, En Gedi temple) once again proving the historicity behind The Bible. Then there are other archaeological discoveries which confirm events recorded in The Bible such as The Cyrus Cylinder, The Moabite Stone, The Lachish Letters, The Shishaq Relief, The Nabonidus Cylinder and so on.

So while it's in debate that some parts of The Bible may be metaphorical, it's been proven without a doubt that there's also a great deal of truth behind it and many of its events.

Of course none of this proves the supernatural aspects. However we have the fulfilled Biblical prophecies for that. Atheists love to claim that there prophecies were written after being fulfilled but radio carbon dating of scriptures (such as the Dead Sea Scrolls) prove otherwise. The Bible accurately predicted the destruction of Tyre at the hands of Alexander The Great and contrary to atheist claims (who seemingly ignore history or who are just ignorant of it), the ancient city of Tyre was actually pulled apart by Alexander so he could build a causeway to the island fort of Tyre. In other words, the city was thrown into the sea (as accurately predicted in The Bible) and the old area that Tyre stood on was never rebuilt on. While there is a new Tyre, it does not stand on the old site and was not constructed using the ruins of the old city. This is just one of the many fulfilled Biblical prophecies.

Old Testament aside and now we come to the New Testament the most important collection of books for the Christian. The New Testament contains four gospels, all recounting the life, teachings, sayings and parables of Christ Jesus who taught of love, peace and forgiveness (something the atheist is unable to recognized in their brainwashed extremist mindset). Those who say Jesus didn't exist show their ignorance of history. The historical evidence for Jesus is so overwhelming that anyone who engages in some research on him will see that he did exist. Even secular historians such as Bart Ehrman (an agnostic) have come to this conclusion.

Historians near the period of Christ did mention Jesus as well as the early Christians. Tacitus, Josephus, Pliny the Younger, Thallus (cited by other historians for his account on Jesus back in 50 A.D). If Jesus didn't exist, there would have been people about in 50/60 A.D who would have said and who would have challenged the disciples. Atheists like to use the myth that humans didn't live very long back then (and while this was true for poor folk throughout history, it's not true for everyone) but if a 10 year old child was around back in 30 A.D, they should have lived around to 50 A.D or 60 A.D. In any case, instead of historians of that period (who should know the history back then better than anyone today) denouncing Christ as being fake, they are instead mentioning Christ in their records as Christianity eventually grew throughout the Roman empire (the very empire persecuting it) and eventually came to spread across the entire world. The martyrdom of the early Christians is also more than enough proof for the truth behind the miracles of Christ and his disciples.

Conclusion:

The atheists who write their little pathetic, infantile and emotional-charged reviews for The Bible clearly know nothing about narrative, context, archaeology behind it, outside sources, extra-biblical books or non-canonical books. All of the criticisms of God's actions in the Old Testament have been answered by Christian apologetics which go into depth with scripture verses revealing the narrative (i.e David's son dying is often seen by atheists and anti-Christians as God killing the children when it was actually David who condemned his son to death, by his response to Nathan about paying fourfold for the murder he had committed, in fact, it should be noted that four of David's sons died).

In the end we are in an era where scientific progress is being made in great leaps. Our knowledge of the cosmos is increasing and STILL Christianity remains the largest religion in the world with over 2 billion living adherents. Atheism on the other-hand takes up a small tiny percentage and is only large on the internet because it allows for a place for minority groups to gather. These extremist atheists - pretending to be scientific - prowl across the internet jumping upon anything mentioning God or religion but they're no where to be seen in real life.

And yes, as always, I won't be viewing comments. I don't have time to debate with those that don't listen and who are ignorant of archaeology, geology, theology, philosophy, literature, context, narrative and history.
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The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
by Hendrickson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and True, 10 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Paperback)
The Bible is a collection of books written over thousands of years by different people from all walks of life who were responsible for writing the books in The Bible. The Bible was a huge influence on English literature (just like Shakespeare) especially the King James Version and still remains quite a influence even today. Yet there are some who dismiss The Bible or ignore the facts behind it.

Most criticism on The Bible started when Darwin published his book "On the Origins of Species" which would later become the holy book for atheists who formed an extremist sect known as Darwinism (the difference between a Darwinist and evolutionist is that the former devoutly preaches evolution while the later simply accepts it). Most of these Darwinists today are made at school when they are first taught evolution and noting that it contradicts the Genesis account of life, they dismiss the rest of The Bible as "superstitious nonsense" nevermind the fact that nothing in The Bible teaches superstition (belief in a god is not superstition and there have been many great minds in the past - and present - who believe in a god for logical and sound reasons). These extremist atheists ignore the narrative behind the whole bible as well as the archaeological evidence for many of the events.

Indeed, now there are geologists who have accepted that a flood did occur in the Middle East. This is not only backed up by geological evidence but by the stories/records from different religions and cultures across the world which pretty much have the same story. There are hundreds of these stories all with the same similarity of a man building a boat to protect his family and animals. One might say this just shows that story of Noah was inspired by an older religion/story (such as the Epic of Giligamesh) but considering this exact story is found in hundreds of other flood stories show that they most likely derived from an older oral tradition about a flood occurring that found their way into various religions and cultures.

A local flood certainly doesn't contradict The Biblical account of the great flood considering that most of human civilization was centered in the Middle East (where human civilization also begun and where the oldest traces can be found) and this would have been considered the "world" at the time.

Next up, we have Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam. These aren't the first humans and I don't believe they are the Biblical Adam and Eve but the science behind them is that all humans alive today can trace their ancestry back to Mitochondrial Eve and Y-Chromosome Adam proving that it's not genetically impossible for humanity to be descended from two people and contrary to atheist claims, The Bible does not contend that Adam and Eve were the only humans created otherwise Cain would not have been able to have found a wife after being exiled and wouldn't talk about being fearful of people who might kill him. Of course all of this can be disputed unlike the next fact.

Biologists found genetic traces of Jewish Priesthood dating back to one man. In Jewish tradition, all Jewish priests (not rabbis) are descended from Aaron (the brother of Moses). Now scientists have found that Jewish men - in this priesthood lineage - share distinctive genetic traits supporting The Biblical account that priesthood is passed from father to son. This individual is known as Y-chromosomal Aaron who is identified as the Aaron from The Bible. This is significant in proving the historicity behind The Bible. Now if Aaron was real, who's to say that Moses wasn't?

Fast forward past a few books of laws, regulations and laws and we come to the Books of Judges and Kings were have shown to be historically accurate too. No historian or archaeologist doubts the existence of the historical kingdoms of Judah and Israel anymore and even most the constructions and fortifications ordered in The Bible be the kings have now been excavated (Tell Hazor Solomon gates, Tel Gezer, En Gedi temple) once again proving the historicity behind The Bible. Then there are other archaeological discoveries which confirm events recorded in The Bible such as The Cyrus Cylinder, The Moabite Stone, The Lachish Letters, The Shishaq Relief, The Nabonidus Cylinder and so on.

So while it's in debate that some parts of The Bible may be metaphorical, it's been proven without a doubt that there's also a great deal of truth behind it and many of its events.

Of course none of this proves the supernatural aspects. However we have the fulfilled Biblical prophecies for that. Atheists love to claim that there prophecies were written after being fulfilled but radio carbon dating of scriptures (such as the Dead Sea Scrolls) prove otherwise. The Bible accurately predicted the destruction of Tyre at the hands of Alexander The Great and contrary to atheist claims (who seemingly ignore history or who are just ignorant of it), the ancient city of Tyre was actually pulled apart by Alexander so he could build a causeway to the island fort of Tyre. In other words, the city was thrown into the sea (as accurately predicted in The Bible) and the old area that Tyre stood on was never rebuilt on. While there is a new Tyre, it does not stand on the old site and was not constructed using the ruins of the old city. This is just one of the many fulfilled Biblical prophecies.

Old Testament aside and now we come to the New Testament the most important collection of books for the Christian. The New Testament contains four gospels, all recounting the life, teachings, sayings and parables of Christ Jesus who taught of love, peace and forgiveness (something the atheist is unable to recognized in their brainwashed extremist mindset). Those who say Jesus didn't exist show their ignorance of history. The historical evidence for Jesus is so overwhelming that anyone who engages in some research on him will see that he did exist. Even secular historians such as Bart Ehrman (an agnostic) have come to this conclusion.

Historians near the period of Christ did mention Jesus as well as the early Christians. Tacitus, Josephus, Pliny the Younger, Thallus (cited by other historians for his account on Jesus back in 50 A.D). If Jesus didn't exist, there would have been people about in 50/60 A.D who would have said and who would have challenged the disciples. Atheists like to use the myth that humans didn't live very long back then (and while this was true for poor folk throughout history, it's not true for everyone) but if a 10 year old child was around back in 30 A.D, they should have lived around to 50 A.D or 60 A.D. In any case, instead of historians of that period (who should know the history back then better than anyone today) denouncing Christ as being fake, they are instead mentioning Christ in their records as Christianity eventually grew throughout the Roman empire (the very empire persecuting it) and eventually came to spread across the entire world. The martyrdom of the early Christians is also more than enough proof for the truth behind the miracles of Christ and his disciples.

Conclusion:

The atheists who write their little pathetic, infantile and emotional-charged reviews for The Bible clearly know nothing about narrative, context, archaeology behind it, outside sources, extra-biblical books or non-canonical books. All of the criticisms of God's actions in the Old Testament have been answered by Christian apologetics which go into depth with scripture verses revealing the narrative (i.e David's son dying is often seen by atheists and anti-Christians as God killing the children when it was actually David who condemned his son to death, by his response to Nathan about paying fourfold for the murder he had committed, in fact, it should be noted that four of David's sons died).

In the end we are in an era where scientific progress is being made in great leaps. Our knowledge of the cosmos is increasing and STILL Christianity remains the largest religion in the world with over 2 billion living adherents. Atheism on the other-hand takes up a small tiny percentage and is only large on the internet because it allows for a place for minority groups to gather. These extremist atheists - pretending to be scientific - prowl across the internet jumping upon anything mentioning God or religion but they're no where to be seen in real life.

And yes, as always, I won't be viewing comments. I don't have time to debate with those that don't listen and who are ignorant of archaeology, geology, theology, philosophy, literature, context, narrative and history.


Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (Xbox)
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (Xbox)

5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, truly Splendid, 26 July 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The Kingdom Under Fire series is definitely one the best game series ever made and both of the Xbox games have been superb. This is undeniably one of the best games ever made. You will not find another game that is able to blend so many features, elements and genres together and pull them of with the same level of perfection that The Crusaders and Heroes does. The people who dislike this game either haven't play it or couldn't get past the first level because it was too hard for them. Well the KUF games have always been difficult so real gamers should be able to handle them whereas gamers who play CoD and Skyrim probably wouldn't be able to as they're used to things being easy where the game holds their hands.

In summary: Kingdom Under Fire The Crusaders is an action, RTS, RPG. The recent Kingdom Under Fire (Circle of Doom) strayed away from the RTS elements though and just built the action and RPG elements up providing a rather mediocre experience gameplay wise (although the story was pretty good so long as you manage to understand it).

So what makes this game good? Firstly, it has a well written story which draws you in as it progresses and then ends with an epic finale. The characters are interesting and each have their own personality and goals which continue on through the series. The voice acting for the main characters is done well (also consider that this is English dubbing that is actually excellently performed) and emotions are displayed realistically. Secondly, the missions are simply great. The first two characters you can play as have pretty easy missions for the most part although later on they become harder. For the last two characters (Kendal and Regnier) the missions are much harder and require much more strategic thinking. This is where the game really shines as you'll be in battle fighting 5 troops at once (150 people). Meanwhile elsewhere you have to use some Paladins to heal some of your troops who are about to die, send some archers onto high ground to fire, line the spearman up to take down horsemen and call support troops over all while your character is in combat fighting. There is nothing better than doing things simultaneously which not only provides excitement but also gives you a sense of how war is: chaotic. Thirdly: the actual combat side of things is spectacular. Each hero has their own set of abilities and fighting style and playing as each one is enjoyable as the combat mechanics are solid. You really do get to control every move you make when on the battlefield as both your character and the troops that you command.

In short: The Crusaders pretty much has the same gameplay as KUF: Heroes: you fight in missions and then enter the world map where more of the story progresses and where you level up your character and your troops. The RPG system here is good. You can build up the resistances of your character and their troops, their statistics and buy new equipment for them.

Conclusion:

The Crusaders offers a unique gameplay experience by blending together three genres and executing them all perfectly which is something that not many other games have pulled off. The result is an amazing gem that must be played by anyone who owns an Xbox or Xbox 360 (yes, it's backwards compatible). Definitely the best game on Xbox.

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Risen (Xbox 360)
Risen (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gateway Gaming
Price: £14.49

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been The Greatest RPG For Xbox 360 - It Failed, 14 July 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Risen (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Risen is an RPG that is set on a island following 4 chapters. Like some other people here; I was weary of buying the game since people were saying it was bad and had bad graphics. Yet the game does not have bad graphics; the graphics are very good. Those PC and Xbox 360 comparison screen shots are fake. The only bad thing graphics wise is that mountains and trees and everything else really; all pop up. So if you were standing on a mountain cliff; you wouldn't see a huge landscape; you would see parts of the ground that traveled to a certain bit and stopped and from there you would see the sky underneath the ground and if things like this wasn't in the game; the game would have looked much better. Also they took out a lot of grass and plants in this version although that doesn't ruin the graphics. So the game hasn't got bad graphics: it has graphic glitches.

Anyway I decided to get this game after seeing that it was like a traditional RPG with a good menu system. I liked it. The music was amazing the rain was great as was the atmosphere. My character was weak at first but he never got knocked out; after 5 hours I had a hammer and good strength and I had killed someone living in a lighthouse and started sleeping in there; I felt part of the world. Eventually I went and joined the Monastery voluntarily and I became a great warrior with a two handed sword. This is when the game really picked up. Combat wasn't good, you had two swing attacks and then a finishing attack but at least it had been improved from Gothic 3. Also a trick you could do was where you did two attacks then pressed the block button then quickly pressed the attack button after that and you could keep attacking non-stop by repeating this process and most enemies wouldn't have a chance to attack back. If using this trick with your fists - no one wielding a weapon could block you and you could even kill Ash Beasts at LV 1. So I suppose it was a over powered trick that the company should have seen but they didn't. Anyway, if you wished you could level up in sword fighting, stave fighting or Axe fighting. At certain levels your character changes his combat stance and once you get to the final level; you can attack non-stop without using that trick, also you can do power attacks and you really do feel as though your character has improved. The RPG elements were great; they were what made each character different from the last since you can only truly master one attribute yet still gain good levels in other attributes. Alchemy was a good skill to learn (you can learn skills) and it was very useful since you can create potions that will improve your attributes for ever and when you searched for the ingredients you would actually pick them up just like you would get into bed when you went to sleep. Risen really made you feel like you were part of its world as you came back from looting a ruin and storing what you wanted in a chest in your house and going about selling other items; making a fortune.

However here is what ruined the game:

Pop ups, the stars. In Gothic 3; stars looked very good. In Risen: stars don't even look like real stars. The character face. The lack of armor (there is metal on the island and plenty of weapons; yet why so little armor?), the small island and the game killing bugs. The game can't be completed once you save it after finding the 3rd titan armor piece set near the end of the game because when you reload the save; the game never loads it up. So once you find that armor piece you have to finish the game without reloading a save after quiting the game. Bugs like this shouldn't have been ignored. The game seemed rushed after that. It is a pity. The game made you feel part of its world. The music was great, the atmosphere was good, the island had many interesting places to explore; swamps, mountains, plains, beaches, forests and more and the NPCs were intelligent and you could get the two main factions to attack each other. Yet the lack or armor, the small island and the game killing bugs ruined this game as did the combat also the fact that there are only two factions (guilds) with the mage faction being part of the Inquisition, also wasn't good. Gothic 3 had many guilds and a bigger world with pole axes and armor - there was no reason why this should have been smaller. Animals didn't respawn. Even when you had finished a certain chapter; NPCs who were important in that chapter were still invincible and could not be killed while others could which once again proves that the game was rushed. However, I don't agree with those saying that this is a wannabe Dragon Age. Since it is based of off the Gothic series (Which this company did help develop) which were created back in 2002.

If Risen did have good combat, no bugs and if the company polished the game more; then it could have been the greatest RPG for Xbox 360.

Pity; this could have been the greatest RPG on Xbox 360.

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XBOX 360 FABLE 2 - GAME OF THE YEAR
XBOX 360 FABLE 2 - GAME OF THE YEAR

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Terrible Game, 12 July 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Firstly what you must know about the Fable series is that they are all hyped up. Fable II promised that we could spend money in camps which would then make the camp more rich which would in turn build it up. Eventually the camp would turn into a village and should we help it by either spending money there or donating money to build it up it could turn into a town and one day even a city. However should you kill everyone in a camp, village, town or city eventually nature would grow over it and it would become abandoned. No such choices exist in this game. There is only one camp in the game that does something of that nature but instead of going through the process I described it is more or less a quest that you can accept or decline. Accepting it means giving 10,000 gold to get someone to build it up while declining means it will remain as a camp. Also it only turns into a town after you finish a certain point in the story and it only turns into a small village. Pathetic or what? Another system that does something of that nature as well is where regions charge more money for items and houses should you buy some houses there and do them up or where the regions charge less money for items and houses because you kill everyone there; who do re-spawn back and break the windows and doors which never get repaired but this still doesn't match what Fable II promised and the regions still look the same apart from the smashed windows and doors should you chose to break things. Another thing Fable II promised was that you will love the dog and not a lot of people did. The dog is an idiot, it gets in your way, it gets beaten up and when injured gets in your way even more. It doesn't help in fights; it only attacks an enemy when they are hit to the ground and sometimes it even attacks dead enemies which proves that the developers weren't really paying attention to how the dog fought. Interaction with it does nothing - there was no point of the dog in the game and honestly; the dog in Dragon Age is more intelligent than Fable II's dog and the dog in Dragon Age has some funny moments with your party members. The dog in this game is just annoying.

Now the combat; in the first Fable once the B button set on fire, power attacks made you unstoppable. If an enemy hit you while you performed a power attack, their attack wouldn't harm you and it would just bounce off. This added something unique to those playing the warrior. However they took this out in Fable; The Lost Chapters and it has remained that way even in Fable II. Fable II no longer offers you a power attack button or a block button and you also have to learn those two skills. So now fighting is just with one button and it is very boring. The fighting animations look glitchy as well. Fighting with a crossbow or gun is the same and requires you to roll often. The magic system is the worst magic system for a game and to cast lv 5 spells you have to hold the magic button for 30 seconds in which the enemy will have probably taken most of your health by then. Spells are boring and each spell is the same really. There are only 5 spells and each do the same thing; surround attack or ranged attack. All the spells that were in Fable are gone apart from two. So everything that was good for the first Fable; which was a bad game anyway, have been taken out making this game even badder than it would have been if the combat was the same as the first Fable.

The story is the same as the first Fable; you becoming a great hero and setting out on revenge. There are no twists and the ending is pathetic. You get one wish, you can chose what wish you want from three things and one can be obtained in the DLC so you might as well make one of the others and obtain what the other wish would have gave you in the DLC.

The first Fable offered consequence for your actions and of course that was a lie. In this and Fable you can kill as many people as you want then go and eat some food which makes you good again and everyone will love you. Be evil - nothing happens, people are scared of you, that is all but you can accept every quest and its not like people won't let you into towns or guards are ordered to kill you on sight. Be good and its the same as being evil - people like you; that is the only difference. The camp mentioned earlier on in this review is full of evil people and if you are good they still let you in even though they know you are going to kill them. Be good or be evil - people still stand at the doorway of your house and won't let you out. As an evil character you can kill them but as a good character you might not be bothered to eat 50 slices of excrement which you can buy from a trader to become good again so you have to scare them off somehow by using the battle cry expression, yet some won't even move which means you will have to kill them to progress. Speaking of NPCs they are dumb. As a person who is unknown they walk up to you even if you are in a part of the town region where no people are and they WILL FIND you and stand there for as long as you do; moaning. They do the same when you become famous and even get trapped in door ways. Interaction with them is the same as the first Fable and they repeat the same things over and over again. If you kill the people they share a house with and then come back later after eating 50 pieces of excrement and showing a trophy to them and even the whole town; they will treat you like a hero again. Pathetic or what? Eating one pie will make you overweight completely and eating some celery will make you thin again. This game is just pathetic in everything.

There are many bugs in this game. Two being game-killing bugs and others being where the NPCs vanish. Others include: Your child turning another color or changing gender or just vanishing altogether. Your wife vanishing, NPCs popping up from nowhere and many many more. The game killing bugs have been fixed but the others haven't so it is still a pathetic game. Also if you don't have Xbox live and you get this; the normal version then the bugs won't have been fixed. The bugs pretty much proved this game was rushed and just searching about its bugs will reveal thousands and thousands of complaints made on Lionhead's official forums and even other forums. The bugs even made news on game sites. Why buy a game that wasn't even tested? The bugs are so obvious that you can see the game wasn't even tested and no it is not acceptable so avoid this game and avoid Fable III which again promises things it will not publish. In fact the whole kingdom system for Fable III is just copied from Beowulf the game and Overlord I and II. Also Fable III is no longer an action RPG. Most of the RPG elements have been taken out. So that is another reason why you should avoid that game and you should also avoid this game.

0/10

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