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XIII (GameCube)
XIII (GameCube)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A large chunk of cell shaded history in the making, 6 Jan. 2004
This review is from: XIII (GameCube) (Video Game)
XIII is, without a doubt, one of the best FPS's of the year. As the game starts, you find yourself awake on a beach, with the FBI claiming that you shot the president, and they certainly have enough evidence to convict you. But you have had a sudden burst of Amnesia, and you cannot remember anything, not even your name. All you have is the number 'XIII' tattooed onto your chest. As you play the game, the plot unfolds before your eyes, and within 34 graphically impressive, challenging levels, you eventually work out your past, with a series of amazing cut scenes, that you actually look forward to seeing.
Despite being an excellent shooter, you can see the amusing side to it. The deaths of the guards are often quite funny, with pop up boxes occasionally popping up and giving you the death from a different angle if it is a particularly good one. A similar thing happens when you manage a good headshot. Three boxes appear at the top of the screen, showing three different stages of their death.
When there are noises in the game, it portrays it with large onomatopoeic words. For example, a particularly large explosion will be accompanied by the word 'KABOOM' in large letters. This can also be used to enhance the stealth element of the game; as, when you stand behind a wall, you can see the 'tap-tap' of the oncoming guards footsteps, meaning you can jump out at just the right moment, and, for example, knock him over the head with a chair, or shoot him with one of 15 weapons, or 8 interactive objects in the game. The game uses the Unreal engine, meaning that some stunning water and lighting effects can be seen in the game, nicely enhanced for the GameCube version.
To sum everything up, this is a brilliant game, which will last you a long time if you play it on 'normal' mode. It is definitely well worth your thirty quid. Buy it now.

Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure
Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure
Offered by Ewkamultimedia
Price: £31.88

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This game is awful..., 2 Dec. 2003
I have just 4 words...Don't buy this game. Don't feel tempted by the licensed name on the front, it is really not worth getting. The graphics are slow, and the polygon count is minimal. The textures aren't any better, and the challenges are all repetetitive and very boring. After fifteen minutes on this game i switched it off. I havn't played it since. In fact, i took it back to the shop. Oh well, at least it means that i don't have to look at it anymore. So press the 'back' button on your browser now before you accidentally buy it. Do it, do it now!

F-Zero GX (GameCube)
F-Zero GX (GameCube)

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this game now, this will be the best game you have got, 11 Nov. 2003
This review is from: F-Zero GX (GameCube) (Video Game)
F-zero x, on the N64, was an excellent game. For the power of the machine, it ran quickly and easily, and its only downfall was the distinct lack of backgrounds.
Sega certainly had a lot of pressure on them to perform with this version, and they definitely don't disappoint. This game IS Incredible.
Where to start? Well, probably on the excellent Grand Prix mode. Up against 29 other racers, you compete for first place in one of 3 cups, each containing 5, unique courses each. In the first cup alone, you come across a huge power plant running off trees, a level on which lightning is striking all around you while you race through the heavy rain, and, of course, good old port town. Everything has been updated, and now the backgrounds are there, you can appreciate that they are truly stunning. Unfortunately, at the speed that you move at, you will not have time to look at the backgrounds unless you watch the replays, when you realise the attention to detail is incredible. Complete all three cups on standard mode and you will be rewarded with 5 new, excellent levels, a challenge, but well worth it.
There is also an excellent story mode in this game, taking captain falcon through some very difficult missions, all clever in their own way. Mixed with some very good cut scenes, this is certainly one of the games strong points.
These are just 2 of the secrets that F-Zero GX holds. It also has time trials, practices, craft designers (where you can build your own craft), logo designers (which you can put on the craft) and many more. This game is huge, and how Sega fitted it all into Gamecube's shiny little disk is incredible. The frame rate is a constant 60FPS and it is a joy to look at.
But before you decide to buy this game; be warned, it is extremely difficult, but hugely rewarding.

Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer (GameCube)
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer (GameCube)

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great. But doesn't appeal to a wide enough audience!, 5 May 2003
Surfing. It's not most popular of sports. There is only a limited ammount that you can do on a wave. And, alfterall, they are only waves.
Luckily, Kelly slater's manages to make things a bit more interesting. With about 20 different locations throughout the world, all totally different to each other, and water graphics to die for, this game is almost perfect. But the problem is, it's just not quite perfect. Afterall, they are only waves.

SSX Tricky (Gamecube)
SSX Tricky (Gamecube)

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one EA, 5 May 2003
This review is from: SSX Tricky (Gamecube) (Video Game)
This is an excellent game. I picked this up for 20 quid on import and so i wasn't expecting miracles. It managed to suprise me though. The first half an hour or so is used getting used to the controls and admiring some excellent graphics. Mixed with an excellent soundtrack. This is all i really need to see. The rest doesn't need to be said. The above ARE the makings of a great game! Buy it. You'll be happy.

Burnout (GameCube)
Burnout (GameCube)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twice as good on Gamecube, 21 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Burnout (GameCube) (Video Game)
Burnout on Gamecube dominates the driving genre. It has excellent Graphics and the courses layouts are all truly excellent. It has an amazing sense of speed and all runs smoothly, even if you are travelling at 150mph throgh a motorway full of cars, all as impressive as each other. Every car around you reflects it's surroundings realistically, but moving at such speeds often means that you do not have time to admire the awsome graphics.
Many people complained that the crash replays were just annoying, but a good crash looks incredible as you flip through the air at high speed, causing huge pileups as you go. At the end of the race, the game adds up the damage cost, and puts you on the 'worst drivers list' if yours is the highest.
So what is the point of burnout? Contrary to popular belief it is not just about crashing. It is a real racing game, with options for Championship, single race, head to head, time trial and Special. In Championship, you race a varying ammount of courses(usually 3) against 3 other cars, where you must finish in a set position. If you complete all three in under 4 attempts then you open up new courses and new modes of play. Single race is very similar yet it is just made for racing, not for opening up new courses etc. head to head is the multiplayer option and in time trial you race on your own to try to get the fastest time. As for special, you can open up 2 new modes of play from championship for it. Face off, where you race another, usualy faster car, and if you beat it you get it, and Survivor, where you must try to complete a race without crashing.
So, this just about sums Burnout up. It is an amazing game that is quite challenging for begginers, but experts will find it tough.

Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game you'll ever play, 11 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Super Mario Sunshine (Video Game)
OK, first impressions. Mine were, Mario, that's a kids game, why are we getting that with our gamecube? But we still got it, and i was amazed! firstly, it's not a kids game at all, it is a piece of entertainment. There are about 7 main levels, wait, don't leave, i know it doesn't sound like many, but within each, there are about 10 sub-levels, which often include things like surfing around a course in the harbour in a certain time, or going going around in a theme park. If you don't feel like doing that, you can just mess around on the main island. Also, the graphics are smooth and clear, and i know what a bad game is like. The draw distance is amazing too. The magazine Games Master rated this 95% and thats one of the highest scores a game has ever been rated in the magazine. As i said, the Graphics are some of the best ever, with the water effects around the island like nothing else. There are waves, and the water twinkles realistically, making it look just like a tropical island. This game is worth your money, as it is certainly one of the best games ever.

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