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Eli Lieb
Eli Lieb

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eli Lieb's Debut, 2 Nov. 2012
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This is a fantastic original debut album from american singer/songwriter Eli Lieb.

The electronic tones and dream like melodies are reminiscent of Lights' album The Listening, whilst Eli's raw vocals are comparable to Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars.

It's an extremely well written and produced record, and seems to get more meaningful and melodical the more I listen to it. Highlight tracks would have to be All I Wanted, Place of Paradise, Tidal Waves, Ghost and Undone. However, all the songs are clearly performed with a lot of passion - there are definitely no fillers on this album.

For those that like this, Eli has a lot of great covers on youtube which you can also download on itunes. His voice lends itself to various styles of music, which again is evident on this album.

I really hope to hear news of a second album soon - this guy can really sing.

Resident Evil 6 (PS3)
Resident Evil 6 (PS3)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £10.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resident Evil Returns!, 2 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Resident Evil 6 (PS3) (Video Game)
There's been a lot of hype leading up to Resident Evil 6, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

This game does not disappoint, there's a lot of bang for your buck, with four stories told through interlinking campaigns. There are also extra modes; fan-favourite "The Mercenaries" and newbie "Agent Hunt", which allows you to join a player's campaign as the enemy.

Like Resident Evil 5, the story can be played with online co-op, or single player with an AI partner, which for the most part is helpful. They will actually point you in the right direction if you get stuck, and are pretty handy in a fight.
Each campaign is of considerable length, with about 7-10 hours of gameplay each, depending if you're into collecting all the extras. The good thing too, is the replay value. With the addition of Skill Sets, it's fun to play as each character several times over to experience different play styles and bonuses. Online really adds more fun to the game, too.

Leon is paired with Helena, another government agent. The gameplay pays real homage to the old Resident Evils, keeping a suspenseful, yet exciting atmosphere. Helena is a fantastic character, with a past fitting of the rest of the roster. This segment of the game is slower paced and very dark, playing more on tension than action.

Jake's campaign is another triumph, told in a completely different style to Leon's. With the addition of Sherry (from Leon and Claire's outing) as a playable character, and one of the best Resident Evil monsters since the Nemesis, this part of the game is so fun to play, and very well paced.

Chris's campaign is more action orientated than the others, but still very well thought out. Joining Chris is Piers, a soldier in his squad, and a character that ends up dealing with a very broken down captain Redfield. Whilst this campaign is very enjoyable, the lack of ammo seems an odd development choice, as there needs to be a lot of shooting going down. Also, Chapter 4 loses the initial excitement and Neo Umbrella's soldiers can become a pain to deal with. Overall, it's saved by chapter 5.

Ada has her own, solo campaign. This is based around her interactions with the protagonists throughout the rest of the story. Playing this is only possible after completing the others, and wraps up the story very nicely and explains any unanswered questions.

Considering the size and content of the game, Resident Evil 6 looks amazing. There is a very slick and attractive quality to it all, oozing a cinematic level of design. There are a few lazy textures now and again, though barely noticeable. The music is also incredible, the best to date in the long running series.

A great Resident Evil game from Capcom, Resi 6 surpasses all my expectations, and I will be playing for a very long time.
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Dead or Alive 5 (PS3)
Dead or Alive 5 (PS3)

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOA Still Alive!, 29 Sept. 2012
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It's been a while since a Dead or Alive game has been released. That time could hinder a game series, however DOA5 proves how time away can make for an impressive comeback.

This is still DOA as fans know it; it's visually beautiful, fluid and addictive to play and has a kick ass soundtrack. The one thing that has been greatly improved however, is the story. There's an actual story mode involving every character that is for the most part very entertaining. The best scenes come from Kasumi and Hayate, Tina, Christie and new guy Rig. The voice acting is particularly convincing for these characters, and the action scenes are awesome.

There's a lot of other offline modes to enjoy too, and again, it really feels like they've been thought out. Each type of play has a tier system to work through, increasing difficulty each time in a way that gradually builds your skills up instead of throwing you in an impossible fight from the off.

Online is fantastic, probably one of the most enjoyable fighters to play online. There is again, a variety of modes to play and they're all very polished. All modes can be played in Solo or Tag battle, too.

A nice extra bonus is the addition of a few Virtua Fighter 5 characters, adding nicely to the modest but well designed roster of old and new DOA fighters.

DOA5 is by the far the best in the series, and to be honest, there is only one flaw that slightly hinders the experience. The graphics are generally stunning, but there is a lack of consistency. Character models are the best I've seen in a fighting game to date, but stages can look very rough around the edges and a little rushed, which is a shame because they are very well designed. There is also the odd frame rate issue, but again, nothing that damages the gameplay too much. These are things that could be fixed with a patch.

Overall this is my favourite fighter to date, I'd say it easily stands up to Tekken Tag 2 and Soul Caliber 5, and is already my most played out of all three.
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Silent Hill HD - Collection (PS3)
Silent Hill HD - Collection (PS3)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £18.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Controversial Masterpeice, 4 Aug. 2012
Any fan of Silent Hill already knows about the issues plagueing this collection's launch. However, these issues have now been dealt with for the most part, leaving a game that does justice to two of the most intruiging horror releases ever.

Silent Hill 2 has been regarded as one of the best video game releases of all time since it's debut back in 2001. It's graphics were revolutionary, it's story was one of the first to feature such a psychological twist and it's soundtrack was both haunting and disturbing.
So over a decade old, this game still looks damn good, and it's plain to see that textures have been upgraded and sharpened. However some exteriors look very dodgy, with blocky textures and rough shadows. This really doesn't ditract much from the experience. What is an issue, is the rendering (or lack of) the pre rendered cut scenes - they really don't look as gorgeous as they once did and it can be jarring to have a sudden switch between in engine graphics to the movie sequences. Character models look great from a distance, better than before even.
Gameplay wise, the controls are relatively basic, but can be awkward - this hasn't changed since the game's release, and really helps make the game so atmospheric. Modern gamers probably wont like the control scheme, but there are options to change it slightly.
In terms of audio, games don't get much better than Silent Hill 2. Theme of Laura and Promise are two iconic tracks to the franchise, and fit so perfectly with the games suppressive, moody but exhilirating ambience.

Silent Hill 3 is another cult classic. It takes all the successful parts of it's predecessor and combines them with a more vibrant character, Heather. The story is very suspensful, and paced a little faster than Silent Hill 2, however not quite as memorable.
Firstly, this game is graphically superb considering its age. It even gives some current-gen games a run for thier money. Bar the odd close up, this game looks smooth, sharp and runs with only a few minor frame rate issues. Sometimes it's hard to remember you're playing a 10 year old game!
Gameplay is almost exact to Silent Hill 2, but slightly more action orientated, with faster enemies and an emphasis on melee combat. It actually makes the game a lot more tense than its counterpart. The design of the game is perhaps less metaphoric and more literal, again hightening the intensity.
Another fantastic soundtrack, and the first in the series to feature lyrics in the main theme, You're Not There. There are some very haunting moments as well, and the music is very diverse.

Since the success of the recent patch that fixed the main issues with this re-release, this is one of the most played games on my shelf. Silent Hill looks and plays better than ever, and is a testement to the horror game franchise. I just wish they would go back to this formula, the series has suffered over the years.

If you loved the originals, its the right time to re-experience them in thier HD glory. If you're new to Silent Hill then keep an open mind and enjoy these very atmospheric, disturbing games. Gems like these don't come around very often.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars - Evanescence -, 22 Oct. 2011
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It's been a long time since an Evanescence album has been released, so my anticipation and expectations for this album were really high.
I'm happy to say that this album is so passionate, driven and creative that I wasn't the slightest bit dissapionted - this is Evanescence back with a vengeance.
What You Want is a great opener; it gently eases you into the albums new electonic tones which become more evident in later tracks such as the ethereal Oceans, the pensive Swimming Home and the powerful Sick.

Amy's voice has matured, and the programming really reflects this. Her voice still soars above the music, sounding much more raw than previously. This time, however, the sound doesn't seem focused on her voice. Its more a record that signifies the band as a unit. The new line up is in my opinion the best yet, it sounds like they had a lot of fun making this album.

Higlight tracks would be What You Want, Made of Stone, The Change, My heart is Broken, Lost in Paradise, Sick and Oceans. The bonus tracks are also just as good, the most memorable being Dissapear. Secret Door is stunning, and feels like a fitting ending to the record. Amy's vocals really shine on this dream-like track.

I love this band, and I hope they go from strenth to strength with thier music. The themes used are so interesting in the songwriting and the lyrics are thought provoking. All in all, a great new entry and a bit of a re-invention for the classic rock group Evanescence... roll on the tour!

What You Want
What You Want

5.0 out of 5 stars They're Back!, 21 Aug. 2011
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It's been a long time coming but Evanescence are finally back with thier debut single, "What You Want" off of thier new album.

The song is very heavy, probably thier heaviest yet - with some very catchy vocal melodies and guitar riffs.

Amy's vocals once again soar beautifully over Terry's guitar work and the new members are all sounding epic. A lot of passion has gone into this.

They're on tour in november and if this song is anything to go on it's gonna be thier best yet.

Amazing return for this very talented band.

The Unforgiving (Special Edition)
The Unforgiving (Special Edition)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks, 28 Mar. 2011
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The Unforgiving is the 5th studio album from Within Temptation. As expected, this album continues to adapt and expand the group's sound. Whilst The Unforgiving has a more commercial vibe, it still retains the feel good syphonic traits from previous albums. This album is a happy medium between The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything.

Sharon's vocals are once again astounding. We hear a lot more lower, darker tones to her voice here, revealing a much more raw and animalistic quality. She does however still use her full range, soaring over melodies on Faster, Sinead, Lost and Iron.

The introduction of the new drummer is very apparant, once again adding a harsher more raw dynamic. The beats on this album could be compared to the likes of Nightwish or Epica.

Musically the band retains its orchestral trademark, whist fusing some retro 80's pop riffs with some very catchy synths. Tracks like Sinead really prove that the band is not afraid to step out of its comfort zone and try something new successfully.

Another great album from Within Temptation. I cannot wait until the tour!

Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3)
Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £10.30

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3's Best Shooter, 25 Feb. 2011
Killzone 3 sees the return of Sev, the Helghast and all the adrenaline charged gunfights the series is famous for.

The story is solid, but will be confusing for newcomers. The protagonists are as likeable as ever and the game runs smoothly despite the odd pause. Graphically, its superior to most FPS games and whilst not the prettiest of the PS3, it looks epic and atmospheric.

Playing with Ps Move is initially awkward, but after a few minor tweaks via the in game menu, feels natural and is really addictive. It actually works better than with dualshock.

Like many, I'm not playing in 3D, but the functionality is there and should look amazing if the 2D HD graphics are anything to go on.

Multiplayer is really fun but is tempremental at launch, so hopefully this will be fixed.

The best Killzone game, and probably the best first person shooter this generation.

Silent Scream
Silent Scream
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Goth Pop, 21 Feb. 2011
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There's been a gradual uprise in female fronted gothic bands over the last decade, many following the same musical idea, ultimately failing to create anything new.

Here we have Elysion with thier debut album. It's all very familiar at first glance, but give this album a couple of listens and it's uniqueness soon comes through.

The vocals are solid and mesh fantastically with the music. The music is very dark, but catchy enough to warrant further listening. For a debut effort, this is promising stuff. This is the band Serenia could have been.

Whilst not quite as good as Evanescence or Within Temptation's latest material, Elysion have had a fantastic start to thier career and could potentially gain a big following. Fans of the above should really enjoy this album.

Resident Evil 1-3  [Blu-ray]  [2007] [US Import]
Resident Evil 1-3 [Blu-ray] [2007] [US Import]
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Price: £49.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Triple the Action, 20 Feb. 2011
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Resident Evil has now spawned 4 brilliant movies, each one vastly different from the last. This blu-ray boxset includes the first three films remastered in HD.

The quality is fantastic and works flawlessly on UK Blu-ray players for any in doubt.

The first film is more of a horror film, but the series gradually becomes much more action orientated. Milla is a great leading actress and has created a character who deserves her place among the series favourites like Jill Valentine, Chris and Claire Redfield.

The films see great actors like Ali Larter (Heroes) reprising the roles of familiar faces from the games and actually doing the characters justice.

A must have for Resident Evil fans and a fun, energetic series anyone can enjoy.

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