Karl Franzmann

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (21 of 23)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,176,266 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 23
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
I'm a great fan of Peter F Hamilton, Nights Dawn triology was excellent, Pandoras Star, the stand alone books like Fallen Dragon, I've read them all and loved them.

This book started well, a deviation from his previous work, set in the near future and written as a traditional crime thriller.

As a whole, the book does hang together well and the ending, no spoilers here, caps off the story really well. Only as I was reading it I had the feeling that it takes a lot of time before things really get going. In fact, descriptions, characterisations and crimal deductions aside, nothing much seemed to happen for big chunks of the book. Perhaps this is a deliberate move on… Read more
Civilization IV (PC DVD) by Take 2 Interactive
Civilization IV (PC DVD) by Take 2 Interactive
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
First off, let me explain, I didn’t expect to be a critical reviewer; I have been a fan of the Civ series since I managed to almost fail my finals at university because of the original. Reading the information provided by the developers I was really looking forward to this reincarnation. On paper it had fixed the things that had grated on my nerves after hours, and hours, and hours of play time. Well no pollution actually (yes!). And of course added a few neat new things - what I guess is the real reason I was upgrading from a perfectly good game in the first place. First off, I've read the other reviews and count myself fortunate this game is quite stable on my PC. Apart… Read more
Max Payne by Rockstar
Max Payne by Rockstar
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There have been a number of comparisons to middle of the road, fairly mindless 1st person shoot 'em ups. Missing the point is a mild way to express my point of view.
Simply put, Max Payne is Goldeneye for adults. It is thick with plot and the experience plays somewhere betwen a game and a movie. It's less about enjoying bashing a key pad and more about enjoying an interactive story line.
Bullet time is a fantastic addition to the art of video gaming and I hope I see a lot more of it. If you have ever seen a John Woo film and enjoyed it, you will be particularly impressed when you see one of the bad guys spend a few fractions of a second frozen in time as you riddle his body… Read more