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Into the Pit / Under the Earth
Into the Pit / Under the Earth

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Performance, 24 May 2011
I like discovering new music and was recommended this by a friend. I was skeptical at first because I am not really into heavy rock but the fresh new sound created by this group blew me away. The lead vocalist has a fantastic voice that really develops the atmosphere while the instrumental sections are masterfully performed. I am looking forward to their first EP and expect great things.

My verdict...a must buy!

Brink (Xbox 360)
Brink (Xbox 360)
Offered by * The Game Monkey *
Price: £2.47

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brink - An example of a wrong FPS, 17 May 2011
This review is from: Brink (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Where to begin with Brink as a game? Bullet point form I think!

1. Graphically poor on the Xbox
2. Story broken into mission with Team Fortress air but doesn't work with this game and quickly becomes confused
3. Easy is Hardcore
4. AI is shocking, rarely where you want them and never doing what you need them to do
5. Enemy AI is overpowered on easy, prepare to die multiple times
6. Online suffers from lag and jerk moments
7. Objectives in choke points cause no end of frustration (when considering the above)
8. Spawning of enemies is too quick, you rarely gain any ground
9. XP system good but becomes tiring to get all the items
10. Need to compete challenges before starting Campaign to get all mods and guns (can't emphasize this enough!)
11. If you want to be a female character you can forget it, this is a men's only game!
12. Character is only an gun which you can dress-up, I felt no connection to him throughout the game
13. SMART system works sometimes but environments rarely set up for its use and its underused anyway

Well 13 problems, unlucky for some and also for this game. My recommendation, don't buy! The amount you save on broken controllers, TV's and stress management sessions can go towards a whole host of much better games!
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Stargate [DVD]
Stargate [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kurt Russell
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 2 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Stargate [DVD] (DVD)
Fans of the critically acclaimed Stargate series who wanted to know how the Stargate Program and the war of the Goa'uld began should seriously consider adding this DVD to their collection.

Kurt Russel stars in the prequel to the TV series alongside James Spader and charts the discovery and activation of the alien ring. Upon reaching the other side, the first SG team discover no way to gate back to earth and set about finding out about the planet they are on with a discovery that puts the whole of humankind in peril.

The plot is sound and the acting at times is a bit wooden but veterans of the SG-1 series will notice the mannerisms of Jack O'Neil and Daniel Jackson which transfered over to the small screen.

In summmary (and forgive my corny wording), a good movie beginning for those wishing to start their journey through the Stargate and a good bargin for those who are already members of their own private SG team!

Assassin's Creed II XBOX 360
Assassin's Creed II XBOX 360
Offered by Gleam Retail
Price: £15.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the darkness of gaming, leaps an incredible game to assassinate the competition!, 7 Jan. 2010
Perfection. It's not a word I use often. None of us are perfect and life in the present climate is far from it, but perfect is the word I would use to describe Assassins Creed 2. Ubisoft Montreal looked at the first Assassins Creed as one would look at a dirty and lazy dog, they loved it but it could be cleaner, faster, and above all, better.

If you have played the first game at all you will know what I am talking about. It was all too samey, you turn up in a city, then pickpocket, beat-up and eavesdrop on the local residents until you have enough information to start your assassination mission. Jumping in water was out of the question as you character died almost instantly upon putting a toe in, and the A.I wasn't the smartest in the world which made the game all too easy. The second game is a whole new breed of action/adventure game.

Swimming has not only been enabled but it is an essential part of some escapes. The A.I is varied in its type and the tactics are a whole lot smarter. The story is so much richer with a surprise twist at the end which opens it up for the last in the trilogy to be made. But most importantly, the repetitive nature has gone! Each mission has you using your mind to work out the best plan of attack, whilst in game puzzles will lend hours of head scratching and internet checking. However, this only lengthens the game which makes it more enjoyable and the atmosphere of 1400's Italy is well represented, you even get to go to Carnivale!

All in all this is well worth the money that it is now and I wouldn't be surprised if it goes classic! Buy it now, you would be mad not to!

Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
Price: £14.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tougher than a Dragons Hide, 19 Dec. 2009
When I brought this game I expected a new role-playing game with as much scope as Mass Effect and the intricate story-line as well. Both of these I got but I quickly found that this game is exactly the same as any other Bioware have released, just in a new setting with a different story.

The customisation of the main character reminds one of Oblivion and the initial stories come in a very set format, you are either human, the repressed and racially abused elves or the dwarves of the middle ages.

Initial gameplay is useful and works you into the mechanic of the game well and you meet a rich tapestry of characters, who are voiced by some very well known actors (e.g Kate Mulgrew - Katherine Janeway ST Voyager). However the game drops you right in the deep end at certain points. Currently you are fighting some difficult mages who are flinging some semi-dangerous spells at you in a very accurate manner and the next minute you are all by yourself against that same number of people. People will say that this requires tactics, but in a universe where your hit rate is determined by a invisible die, tactics go out of the window. The main character you create is too easy to kill and the number of times that the AI have all gone exclusively for the main character are countless. The auto-save is another feature that will catch you out. It will lull you into thinking that it has your back and will save before any section that is likely to give you trouble, in reality it will save only the once (although you will not notice this as you will be too busy doing quest related actions). After that time, and it may be a long time, you will encounter a problem and die, only to realise that the last save made was over an hour ago.

It appears that Bioware, just stalling for time before their release of Mass Effect 2, have released a game that is like Frankenstein's Monster. You will recognise elements of all the classics from Bioware in here, elements of the highly acclaimed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect and also some others like Final Fantasy.

For all my moaning, this isn't a bad game, some screen shots are breathtaking and the interaction between characters is unlike any other game, however I would only recommend that you buy this game if you are a hard core gamer with the patience to repeat sections at least 10 times before completion, and the foresight to save every 30 seconds.

Worth it? Probably, but for a much lower price (and be prepared to return to your local trader if you are not satisfied!)

Teeth [DVD] [2008]
Teeth [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ John Hensley
Price: £3.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy, even darker intentions!, 4 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Teeth [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Teeth is a comic look at a myth which has haunted mankind (or indeed womankind) for many years. The story focuses on one Dawn O'Keefe, a teenage girl for whom chastity is everything, until she discovers a horrible secret inside of her. After a few unpleasant sexual encounters she starts to uncover more about her curse, and by the end she even wonders whether her curse is a gift. There are some hilariously dark scenes as she goes through her experiences and the depiction of a stereotypical man (as a sex obsessed pervert) is satirical. Well worth a look, but be careful, it may put you off your girlfriend for a little bit!

Cloverfield [DVD]
Cloverfield [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lizzy Caplan
Offered by LOVE DVDS
Price: £1.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to form!, 4 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Cloverfield [DVD] (DVD)
I brought this DVD recently for two reasons, one was that I had never watched it before, and the other was because I wanted to see what all the bad press was about. There are varying reports about the plot, the media used and the fleshing out of the characters, a Marmite situation if you will. On the whole, I thought this movie was really good, the characters acted as though they were actually in that situation. The jerky camera angles just added to the realism of the whole experience and the plot was as true to the sci-fi horror genera as it could be. Great movie, although I would stress that you should rent it first, just to make sure you really do like it!

The Mutant Chronicles [DVD]
The Mutant Chronicles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Jane
Price: £2.84

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Overall But Was It Worth It?, 26 July 2009
This review is from: The Mutant Chronicles [DVD] (DVD)
I had heard a lot about this movie and was surprised when it did not have a cinema release. Despite the great influx of horror movies, there has never been one that truly captures the "Mutant" genera since the 1990's. Set in the distant future, WW3 has broken out between the four major corporations that now run Earth. The movie sees an ancient alien machine reactivated after many years to bring untold suffering to mankind in the form of mutants. An unlikely band of humans from all the represented corporations lead by a monk are brought together to fulfil a task set years ago to destroy the machine. The plot is sound and has a good premise in relation to its budget. The budget is also an issue when it comes to quality of visual, some scenes seem more realistic than others and it is very difficult to become involved in the dialogue between characters which is incredibly 2D at times.

However, I must say that it is well worth watching, the special effects are quite something and the general gore and war scenes are enough to keep the die hard fans of the genera interested...for a while. Worth it? Probably, but I would wait to find it in a bargain basket or at a lower price!
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Dead Space (Xbox 360)
Dead Space (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £7.41

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror and Fear...and that's before you step out of the airlock!, 18 May 2009
This review is from: Dead Space (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
When I brought Dead Space I was rather sceptical. I have been a huge fan of Sci-Fi games but have been somewhat let down by the completely fictional story they sometimes provide. I was all geared up for the same experience with Dead Space...until I started the game! What grabs your attention first is the real sense of complete and utter dispare which the graphics and audio soundtrack provide. Dark hallways and shadowy rooms all have you reaching for your side arm to defend yourself against the terrors of the USG Ishimura. The plot is intricate and very deep and much more realistic than a game like Mass Effect (another great game) and the levels have you working to achieve tasks that are essential in maintaining the ship whilst defending against the hordes of infected crewmen. The controls work perfectly for the 360 and the camera angle is just right to get the most out of the combat which has a diverse and colourful array of weapons for use in individual situations. This game gets you to think on your toes and put yourself in the position of the protagonist. However, if you are after a game that will have you leaving the light on to go to sleep every night for a week then look elsewhere, at most Dead Space is jumpy thriller with a few scenes getting the heart really going. In all Dead Space is a classic for the 360 and has opened up a whole new world of potential for the gaming industry. Give it a go, I assure you you won't regret it!

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