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Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty [PS3]
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty [PS3]
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £11.05

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, 9 Jun. 2011
I've been playing Ratchet and Clank from the beginning of the series and have always found the games to be tremendous fun. The characters, stories, crazy weapons and action sequences have always been very well realised and so i had hoped that "Quest for Booty" would be the same.

I downloaded a free copy of this from the Playstation Store as it was being offered as a gift from Sony after the recent security problems. I have to say i'm glad i didn't pay for it - why?

Well simply because this game feels like a slice of a full game because it's all over so quickly. There are hardly any worlds to explore (as in previous games), no shop to buy new weapons (shame) and virtually no Clank. I finished it in three sessions and it has to be the shortest game i have ever played.

But it's not all bad. The graphics are nice, the scenery looks good and the gameplay is fine. Those who have played previous games in the series will jump right in and anyone new to the game will pick it up straight away. The few weapons you do get work pretty well and there are a few fun puzzles to solve although they're not exactly taxing.

It's very well made but at the same time it feels rushed. I would have rather waited a little longer for a more wholesome game but i suppose it was free so i'm not exactly short changed.

It's a quick fix for fans of the series waiting for the next proper installment but newcomers would be much better off getting "Tools of Desruction" or "A Crack in Time".

Naty by Nature Babycare Wipes with Lotion -10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)
Naty by Nature Babycare Wipes with Lotion -10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)
Price: £22.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice product, 22 May 2011
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I recently had my second child (or rather my wife did) and being a modern dad i can honestly say i've changed my fair share of nappies. Being on a modest budget we tend to not buy the top branded baby products as they are quite expensive (unless they are on offer).

These Nature Babycare wipes are better than many of the other wipes i've used in the past. They are much softer than other wipes i've used and have a very mild scent to them which is quite nice. They seem to be less irritating to my baby than other products which is an important factor when dealing with nappy rash.

Price-wise they work out cheaper than the top brands although they are still slightly more expensive than the supermarket own brand. Perhaps the eco friendly nature of the product would make the slightly higher price worth paying but that depends on your budget.

My only gripe really is that the wipes are not as moist as other products and so sometimes i end up using more than i would normally. Overall though i think it's a good product and buying it as a pack of ten would no doubt be cost effective.

The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
Price: £9.40

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance., 31 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The King of Limbs (Audio CD)
I've been really surprised at some of the negative comments for this album on Amazon. I would have thought that anyone who stuck with Radiohead after Kid A to be really happy with this latest release. Those who are still waiting for "The Bends" part 2 will no doubt be disappointed.

It's possibly the band's most atmospheric and subtle album so far; each song has so many layers that it pays to keep listening. The experimental touches and electronic touches are nicely blended within the songs more so than before.

The rhythm section on most tracks really stands out particularly towards the first half of the album with live drums mixing with electronic percussion. "Feral" is more programmed and harks back to the "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" era which is fine if you liked that period (I do).

The single "Lotus Flower" just gets better with each listen and once you've seen the video it's hard not to think of that at the same time. Thom's vocals are fantastic and the nervous twitchy rhythm and deep bass line really stick in your head.

Generally people seem more struck on the last few tracks which are admittedly very good although I'd hardly agree that they overshadow the first half. "Codex" is a sad piano number with haunting vocals and eerie backing. "Give up the ghost" is even stronger with a lovely backing vocal and another great vocal part from Thom along with a gentle guitar melody.

I personally have no issue with the running time. 37 minutes is hardly an EP and there are countless albums by other bands of a similar (or even shorter) length. In contrast I always felt that "Hail to the Thief" was too long.

I believe that time will be kind to "King of Limbs". It really does get better with each listen and I think that many fans that weren't madly struck first time round will grow to like it. In this download era people are a little too hasty to delete stuff that doesn't immediately grab them. The thing is this album is subtle and needs a bit more of your time. It's really worth the effort.

Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010]
Oddsac: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Josh Dibb
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £11.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing and unsettling, 9 Nov. 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
After watching this DVD for the second time with my brother in law, he said, "it's weird because it is both relaxing and unsettling at the same time", to which i agreed. I think it's because in many ways it plays out like a disturbing dream full of strange imagery and interesting patterns. It seems to be telling you something but it's not really clear what that is.

I'm fairly sure people new to Animal Collective will find this a difficult film to grasp. It veers more toward the bands experimental side rather than their relatively more accessible recent material. Despite being released on DVD this is closer to an album than a film although it sits somewhere between the two.

To be honest i don't think there is a plot as such; it's more a visual accompaniment to the music but it does feature some striking imagery and dreamlike sequences. Highlight's include a vampire character floating in a canoe, Panda Bear thrashing a small drum kit on stone wasteland and a trippy psychedelic animated sequence that almost tips you over the edge. Sometimes it reminded me of a David Lynch film mixed with "Nosferatu"!

The music is fantastic and for me it's even better than the critcially aclaimed "Merriweather Post Pavillion". There's a nice balance between their melodic side and their more unhinged experimental tendencies. It has the tribal weirdness of "Here Comes the Indian" mixed with the dreamy vibe of the "Feels" album.

Fans of Animal Collective should buy this immediately and people who have an interest in psychedelia should certainly give it a go. It's very strange and difficult to describe but i find the more i watch it the more i seem to "get it" if that makes any sense.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake
Some Girls Wander By Mistake
Price: £8.27

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection, 23 July 2010
In my opinion most post punk bands released their best work in the earlier part of their careers. The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins and Killing Joke spring to mind.

The Sisters of Mercy were no different and this compilation pulls together the singles and EPs from 1980 to 1983 that were previously only available on vinyl.

The group's sound is characterized by Andrew Eldritch's deep voice, cynical lyrics and stripped down rock sound. The minimal drum machine rhythms and Craig Adams distorted bass drive the songs forward with real purpose. The guitar playing throughout is stripped back only kicking in where necessary.

I personally much prefer this period of the band to the later more commercial records. I just feel that the early records have more menace, intensity and atmosphere despite the smaller recording budget. I find Floodland a little overblown at times and Vision Thing never really did it for me.

Most of the tracks are really strong particularly Alice, Floorshow, Body Electric and Burn. Temple of Love is perhaps too long and I'm not sure about their cover of "Gimme Shelter" but the rest are very enjoyable.

I grew out of "Goth" years ago but this collection still has something about it. My only big complaint is that they should have extended the time period to include the "Body and Soul" EP as this included an excellent version of Body Electric plus a chilling track called "Afterhours".

Another Code: R (Wii)
Another Code: R (Wii)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 7 July 2010
This review is from: Another Code: R (Wii) (Video Game)
There aren't enough story driven problem solving games out there in my opinion. Since the Wii and DS have been around the situation has improved slightly and there's been the odd little gem such as Broken Sword, Hotel Dusk and Professor Layton.

With Another Code I was hoping for something challenging and inventive with puzzles and problems to test my patience but sadly this isn't the case.

The vast majority of the time you are just reading text (no voice acting) and there is very little to actually do. There are only a small amount of problems to solve and these are very simple to work out.

The story is ok and the graphics are quite pretty reminding me of a Japanese comic book. It's easy to get into too and the controls are not difficult to master.

If you want a story to read then this isn't too bad although I feel that I'm not exactly the target audience (the main character is a teenage girl). However, if you're looking for a problem solving game then look elsewhere as there is hardly any to be found! The box mentions the game being an interactive novel but it's more a case of 5% interaction and 95% novel!

If you want a good story packed with great puzzles then I'd go with Professor Layton, Hotel Dusk or Broken Sword instead.

Wings Of Joy
Wings Of Joy
Price: £10.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sadness, 28 April 2010
This review is from: Wings Of Joy (Audio CD)
I first saw Cranes on Snub TV years ago performing "Sixth of May". I remember being struck by the combination of brutal percussion, the funeral dirge of the guitars and the tiny fragile voice of Alison Shaw.

Being an angst ridden teen I was hoping that "Wings of Joy" would be like that all the way through and was a little disappointed when I discovered their music was often quiet and reflective too. This disappointment didn't last long as I grew to love both sides of the band and appreciate the way individual tracks complement one another.

On "Wings of Joy" Cranes were still interested in heavy blasts of guitar but had begun to experiment with keyboards and more complex rhythms. The title must be ironic as the majority of the songs are melancholic and haunting and yet they never feel overbearing.

Alison Shaw's voice will possibly divide people as it's quite unusual. You often can't tell what she's actually singing but her sad childlike voice works effectively with the troubled music.

Cranes softened their sound as they went on and these days make quite pleasant and dreamy songs but "Wings of Joy" is the one I keep returning to and I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of my favourite albums.

This may appeal to fans of The Cocteau Twins, The Cure and maybe even Mum (for a slightly more up to date reference).


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weird and wonderful, 3 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Toygopop (Audio CD)
This is fantastic.

Modified Toy Orchestra take old kids toys, rewire them inside and then create music with the strange new sounds that they make. Is it a novelty or a joke?

Actually no, it's really good. The compositions are fascinating, occasionally funny and sometimes a little disturbing. It's surprisingly melodic and atmospheric given the source material and it comes across as a strong and confident electronic album.

Seemingly random voices mix with disjointed percussion and warm keyboard tones. It's one of the most interesting, imaginative and rewarding things I've heard in ages.

This really stands out from the crowd being genuinely different and I can't wait for the next release. Highly recommended.

Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 8 Dec. 2009
Being a fan of both Batman and computer games in general this was always going to catch my attention. The story is based at Arkham Asylum and follows the events after the inmates break free and take over the island. Your role as Batman is to track down the joker and defeat his sidekicks whilst also rescuing prisoners.

However it's not as simple as that as you'll often need to solve puzzles and use stealth to progress in the game. Whilst there are plenty of full on battles you'll spend at least half the game exploring and working out how to take down enemies silently and without being seen. Enemies with guns can't be defeated in a direct assault and so you'll end up hiding in the shadows and swooping down at opportune moments to knock them out.

The graphics are highly detailed and imaginative and are a good example of what the PS3 can do. The orchestral score is brilliant and gives the game a cinematic feel. The voice acting is well done especially from Mark Hamill who plays the joker. The gameplay is just right and gradually gets more difficult as the story progresses.

Most of the henchmen look and behave in the same manner but the "boss battles" are more varied. All of these are good but the Scarecrow sections are incredible. During these moments Batman hallucinates and reality goes out the window!

You can search for riddles and hidden areas by using the detective mode where Batman scans walls for weaknesses or secret rooms. This mode also scans enemies and tells you how many of them have guns - useful to know before you attack.

I've been playing computer games for a long time now and I have to say this is one of the best I've come across. It's very well made and has obviously had a lot of thought put behind it. If I had one complaint it would be that you don't get to drive the Batmobile but there's always room for this in the sequel (which they'll hopefully make).

Highly recommended.

Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!
Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!
Price: £5.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction., 12 Aug. 2009
Killing Joke are very much underrated in my opinion and this compilation serves as an example of how powerful their music could be. It covers their early to middle period with a selection of mostly album tracks (they weren't really a singles band).

Their early post punk material is excellent mixing tribal drums, catchy bass lines and intense blasts of guitar noise to dramatic effect. Geordie's guitar playing is just incredible and I've not heard anything quite like it anywhere else. These early tracks have an intensity and atmosphere that really impress.

The mid eighties period showed them flirting with the charts and making more commercial and accessible music. Although not as powerful as the early period it did result in the rather excellent "Love Like Blood" which was probably their biggest "hit". The compilation ignores the unpopular "Outside the gate" album but that's no loss.

By the late eighties they'd become more aggressive placing more emphasis on the guitar once more. This style led onto what they've been doing for the last decade or so leaning more towards metal than alternative rock.

It's an old compilation and a more comprehensive career spanning collection is probably overdue but it does cover, in my opinion, their best period. My only criticism is that there are no tracks taken from the "Fire Dances" album which is a shame as it's one of their strongest releases.

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