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Far Cry The Wild Expedition (Xbox 360)
Far Cry The Wild Expedition (Xbox 360)

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS ADVERTISED! Not all games are included on disks!, 12 Mar. 2014
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Far Cry 1 and Far Cry: Blood Dragon do not come on disks, you just get 2 pieces of paper with download codes on them. Very, very, very disappointed!

Yes, you do get "access" to all four games, but I waited 10 damn years for Far Cry 1 to be released on consoles and I wanted it on disk as that's how I prefer to own my games. All I get is a piece of paper with a code on it? Crap.

If you already own Far Cry 2 and 3 it's cheaper if you just download Far Cry 1 and Blood Dragon from Xbox Arcade, rather than waste your money on this.

Plus the console port of Far Cry 1 is a fairly poor. Lots of graphical glitches, minimal customisable options and poorly explained controls - to select your weapon you must hold LB, but nowhere in the instructions does it say this. I also seem to remember the PC version having recoil on the weapons, but there is no recoil whatsoever in this version.

Hard to recommend unless you can get this really cheap and you've never played the Far Cry games before - just make sure you buy a copy with unused download codes!
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Heartbroken & Homicidal
Heartbroken & Homicidal
Price: £16.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A half-great, half-rushed effort from the demonic duo., 22 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Heartbroken & Homicidal (Audio CD)
After the phenomenal success of the almost-classic 'W.I.C.K.E.D' last year, Twiztid return the very next year with new LP. With the relentless touring that accompanied 'W.I.C.K.E.D' it's a miracle they're back with a new release so quickly, and that may be a cause for concern for some, myself included.

'Heartbroken & Homicidal' shows some really great promise, but it feels very rushed in places with too many filler tracks that sound like they would usually end up on a tour EP or DJ Clay mixtape, and the tracks are REALLY short, barely breaking 3 minutes! With a few more months of hard work, this could have been an absolutely stunning fusion of hip-hop, horrorcore, rock and (gulp) emo... but the album they've released just doesn't feel quite finished. And yes, the name 'Heartbroken & Homicidal' does sound a bit Emo, and yep, there are one or two very Emo sounding tracks on this record! Singing female vocals and lyrics about being dumped are here, although not enough to ruin the album, thankfully!

It's far more accessible than 'W.I.C.K.E.D' with many up-tempo tracks and much less horror influence in both the lyrics and instrumentals. It's hard to tell if they opted for a quick release to make the most of the success of 'W.I.C.K.E.D' and the huge boost in notoriety of Insane Clown Posse and the Juggalo movement over the past year, or they just got a bit lazy and considered 'Heartbroken & Homicidal' good enough to throw out so quickly. Either way, this album is good enough to recommend to any fan of Twiztid, but like so many albums released by Psychopathic, you just wish they spend a little bit longer in the studio to release a true classic, rather than yet another half-classic.

Track breakdown.

1. Spiderwebs - A great, spooky sting-based intro quickly gives way to an excellent heavy verse, with some nice chugging guitars, but a very poor chorus hook spoils an otherwise great opener. 7/10

2. I'm Just Saying - This is just a decent skit. It should be on the end of a song, not it's own track. The first evidence of filler on the album. N/A

3. What I'm Feeling - Some really great verses by Madrox and Monoxide giving everyone the middle finger, nice beat and it comes across as a great Twiztid track. The chorus hook isn't great, but it's decent enough not to ruin the song. 8/10

4. Apple - This is Twiztid in full flow! A brilliant chorus hook and great verses accompany a great, up-tempo instrumental. Lyrics are generally about living in the world right now. Classic Twiztid! 9/10

5. Circles - A full-on Twiztid rock track! You'll either love it or hate it. Very reminiscent of 'Who Am I?' off 'Mutant Vol. 2' I love it, Madrox kills it! Classic! 10/10

6. P.S.A - Very poor. I don't know how this track made it on the album. Lyrics are pretty much nonsense, there's no flow to it and the chorus hook is bad. 1/10

7. It Don't Matta - Not bad I guess. Pretty upbeat, but this is a filler track, make no bones about it. Decent, but forgettable. 5/10

8. I'm Stuck - Another track that doesn't really take off like a Twiztid track should. It's better than 'It Don't Matter' and feels more like a cut from 'W.I.C.K.E.D' but it's not amazing. A shame, as this track has great potential. 6/10

9. Heard Enough - Back on track now, this one gives the record a nice injection of Twiztid magic after the previous 3 so-so tracks. It's a slow track, but has a good hook and slightly creepy vibe on the chorus. Nice booming beat and it fits in well with the 'Heartbroken & Homicidal' theme. Good song. 8/10

10. Please - A pointless filler skit. Kind of funny, but it seems to just be here to make up the number of tracks, should have been on the end of a song, not it's own track. N/A

11. Cyanide - Yeah! Proper Twiztid! A brilliant, rocking track that really sums up what they were trying to do with 'Heartbroken & Homicidal' It's just a shame it's so short. 9/10

12. Set By Example - Oh dear... here is the first "Emo" song on the record. It's not the worst song in the world, but I'm not feeling this at all. Very little rapping on this one, just singing. Don't like it. 2/10

13. What Ya Really Want - A poor "sex" song. It's okay, but it's quite slow and doesn't go anywhere. Uninspired hook and some emo-esque lyrics. Skip this one. 4/10

14. Keys To My Mind - Good track. A great arrangement with lots of changes in flow but it's too short. Good shiz though! 8/10

15. All The Rest - The last song. They play the Emo card again on this one, but do it perfectly this time. This is a great ballad to finish the album on, like 'Woe Woe Woe' and 'Darkness' but more chilled-out with some nice rhodes keyboards. Really good song! 9/10

Recommended, but it could have done with a couple more months in the studio to make this a classic.

Meat Weed America [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Meat Weed America [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Fringe cinema at its craziest - not for everybody!, 12 May 2010
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Meat Weed America is the sequel to the 2006 film 'Meat Weed Madness' - a film released to minor cult success on the Troma Entertainment label. The fact that this "film" is distributed by Troma should be a very big clue as to whether you're likely to enjoy this bizarre mess of a movie.

If you are familiar with Troma's own 'Toxic Avenger IV - Citizen Toxie', 'Terror Firmer' or 'Poultrygeist' you'll know what to expect from this film - full on, fast paced, low budget, surreal, offensive, pornographic, satirical and gross cinema, the kind of movies you never would have thought even existed had you not seen them with your own eyes! The only things that set this film apart from Troma's home grown (if you'll excuse the pun) movies is that Meat Weed America was made on a much lower budget (we're talking micro-budget here, almost homemade quality production values) and it makes far less sense than even Troma's (usually quite confusing) movies.

The plot (such as it is) revolves around the residents of Meatweed Manor, a bunch of spaced-out inbreds from the deep south who smoke weed made from human flesh, and their attempts to thwart attacks from the evil 'Bin Smokin' and his Jihottie terrorists. There's also some kinky nuns who seek refuge in Meatweed Manor and some sub-plot about a member of the Meatweed family going to New York to become a model, or fight Bin Smokin, or something, I'm not too sure. It doesn't really matter anyway.

You see, this film doesn't rely on any conventional methods of filmmaking. The plot (although quite amusing) is not relevant to the intended viewers enjoyment of this movie in the slightest. This is 80 minutes of unintelligible performance art, pornography and gross-out comedy. It's very unlikely that you'll have much of an idea about what's going on for the majority of it's running time, and I don't think you're actually supposed to! If you can acknowledge the fact that this movie is intended to be a crazy mess of random ideas and porn, then you can let go of those Hollywood ideas of what films are "supposed" to be and enjoy this VERY wild piece of work ...and I imagine that being under the influence wouldn't hurt either!

The battle at the end is excellent by the way, it's completely daft! A bunch of drunk twenty-somethings running around a field with plastic swords and laughing makes for great entertainment in my book! I have never seen a film take itself less seriously than this. Bravo!

Recommended for fans of: Troma movies, sexploitation cinema, outrageous and funny performance art, Peter Jackson's early work, weirdos, fans of 'head" films, people who like fringe cinema, cainheads, etc.

NOTE: This DVD (like all Troma films) is region free, so will work on any DVD player.

WARNING: Most normal people will hate this film, so approach with caution. This is VERY niche.

Sonic Gems Collection (GameCube)
Sonic Gems Collection (GameCube)

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor deal for Gamecube owners., 28 Jan. 2010
Why no Knuckles Chaotix?!?!?!

Anyway, the three main games on this collection (SONIC CD, SONIC FIGHTERS and SONIC R) are definitely worth getting your hands on if you were/are a fan of the classic Sonic games from the 90's.

SONIC CD is excellent and is the best game on here. It's not quite Sonic 2, but it's a little known classic. 8/10

SONIC FIGHTERS is a stripped down version of Virtua Fighters 2, but with characters for the Sonic universe. It's not a bad game, but it's a bit slow and simple by todays standards. Still, it's very good fun in short bursts. Seeing as it was only made for the arcade it's simplicity makes sense. 6/10

SONIC R is a roapy racing game from the age of the Sega Saturn. Although it's often dismissed as total crap by critics and fans alike, it's actually not too bad. If you don't expect too much and give it a chance it'll entertain you for a few hours. Sonic R was not made by Sonic Team and it does show, and yes, the soundtrack is as bad as they say! The game is by no means awful though. 5/10

What really lets this collection down are the GameGear games. Aside from Sonic 2 and Sonic Triple Trouble, they are terrible! I won't even bother mentioning them, they are that bad...

Gamecube owners never got the 6 GameGear games on Sonic Mega Collection, they were only on the PS2 and XBOX version of Mega Collection - Mega Collection Plus. So why aren't they on here instead?! Where the hell are:

Sonic 1
Sonic Chaos
Sonic Blast
Sonic Drift 1
Sonic Labyrinth
Mean Bean Machine

The latter three may be poor, but Sonic 1, Sonic Chaos and Sonic Blast are excellent!

And why no Knuckles Chaotix?!?!?!?! Grrrrrr.

Poor show Sega.

Big Fat Important Movie [DVD] [2008]
Big Fat Important Movie [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Kevin Farley
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.21

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If FOX News made a film, this would be it., 15 Jan. 2010
Look at the cast! It MUST be good, right?! Wrong!!!

Don't be fooled by the fact it's directed by the (usually) brilliant David Zucker and stars Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer. This movie is absolutely terrible, it's shockingly unfunny and unbelievably right-wing.

After a mildly amusing opening 10 minutes, the film descends into a barrage of awful political pot-shots at the American left. By halfway through this film you will be in no doubt that you are just watching cringeworthy right-wing propaganda. I wouldn't actually care about that if the film had some cleverly crafted jokes to back up its political statements, but it doesn't... AT ALL! You can only make the joke about Michael Moore being overweight and self-important once, but that's all this film is! Endless, really bad jokes about Michael Moore being fat and self-important.

To draw a comparison with another comedy that satirized American politics and succeeded, Team America. That film ripped on EVERYONE and did it brilliantly. No political views were left unmocked, and it actually made you laugh at your own political views, as well as others. Big Fat Important Movie is just a series of awful "gags" and right-wing statements. What makes it even more dire is the fact that it never backs up any of its statements, leaving it bereft of any integrity whatsoever.

Anyway, what I think this film was trying to do was to endlessly mock the political left to the point where it just seemed ridiculous, but it completely backfired in this instance. This film made me cringe, and not in a good way.

Oh yeah, Bill O'Reilly has a cameo in this film ...TWICE! Nuff said.
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Pariah (Xbox)
Pariah (Xbox)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £4.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable 'Halo' wannabe, 2 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Pariah (Xbox) (Video Game)
On first playing this game it seems that no expense has been speared on trying to make Pariah 'Halo 2'. And after a fair few hours of playing the game I've realized that is exactly what it is! This game copies 'Halo' so completely that it's cringeworthy. And unfortunately, although it looks like a lot of time and money has been spent of the development of Pariah, it is quite soulless and flawed.

The graphics are fairly good, but the Xbox seems to struggle a little. Credit to the developer(s), there are some very nice set-pieces and visual effects to be found. However, the graphics are the highlight of the game in my opinion, everything else is either slightly flawed or broken.

The story makes no sense what so ever, and as a result it means the game doesn't pull you in and you don't care about who you're shooting or saving... because you don't really know who your shooting or saving! You will find yourself in what looks like a massive 3-way battle/war at one point and you just kill everybody, and you don't even know who ANY of them are!!! Whoever wrote the story for this game (Hollywood scriptwriters apparently) did a very poor job. Bottom line; You're in outer-space, you are a man with a gun who keeps crashing his spacecraft, you are helping a woman who has a virus (or something) and you have caught it too, and you shoot random people.

Pariah's weapons are underwhelming, I only really liked the machine gun and grenade launcher. The rest of the weapons are a bit dull or just don't work very well. The rocket launcher in particular is dire, I've lost count of the number of times I've watched my rocket fly straight through the target and explode somewhere in the distance.

The vehicles are pretty pants too, but luckily there's not too much driving to do in the game. Just think of Halo's vehicles and the way they are controlled, then imagine the same vehicles and control system but not as good, that about sums it up.

Enemy AI is passable. It is sometimes quite taxing, other times very stupid. Nuff said.

One big flaw which lets Pariah down very badly is the outrageous number of glitches in the game, it's unreal! It's the one thing that lets the game down more than anything else. Your vehicles will get stuck on invisible barriers in mid-air, you will find yourself stuck in the scenery, whole groups of enemy's will just disappear, rockets shoot straight through gun turrets, there are invisible barriers EVERYWHERE, etc.
One thing that really annoyed me (although not actually a glitch) is the way you climb and descend ladders, it uses an outdated control method which only works for ladders that go straight up, descending can be irritating and there are ladders that go up AND down in Pariah! It's yet another oversight in a game which could have been amazing, but just feels rushed.

It's still worth a blast if you really love Halo, but Pariah never manages to be anything other than average.

* Good graphics
* Some stunning set pieces
* Some fairly good shooting... in places

* Loads of glitches
* AWFUL story
* Silly control oversights
* Boring vehicles

Bang Pow Boom
Bang Pow Boom
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.16

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ICP album yet?!, 1 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Bang Pow Boom (Audio CD)
FINALLY! Insane Clown Posse release an album to match their best Jokers Cards from the mid-90's!!!! This album is the absolute bomb!

Mike E Clark's production is stunning, the sheer range of musical styles on this record elevates ICP way beyond what 99% of rappers are putting out these days. This has to be the most original and entertaining hip-hop record I've heard in years! I even think this album will appeal to non-Juggalos and Juggalettes.

To put it simply, it's just a really, really, REALLY good album! There's not even any filler here, although 'Juggalo Island' kinda reminds me of a kids TV show theme tune, but I say that in a nice way :) I can't recommend this album enough, buy it NOW!!!!

Boy With the X Ray Eyes
Boy With the X Ray Eyes
Price: £5.80

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid glam album you really should own!, 31 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Boy With the X Ray Eyes (Audio CD)
If there ever was an album that could be called a forgotten classic, this is it. A glam-space-rock masterpiece!

Since that Jeans commercial with the speeded up 'Spaceman' bit in it, Babylon Zoo were doomed as a "serious" rock band and have been made a laughing stock and the butt of many a joke ever since. For the life of me I don't know why though, this album is really strong.

Actually, this album isn't just good, it's REALLY GOOD! The speeded up 'Spaceman' bit lasts mere seconds and bears no musical resemblance to the rest of the album, this is rocked-up Bowie on steroids! Putting the album on today (2008) and playing it loud, it almost sounds like it could be from the future. The crunchy, fuzzed-up guitars have a very unique sound to them which still stands out today, and it may surprise you how heavy they are - and as a result how heavy this record is. This is unmistakably a rock album.

All the songs are very strong, although 'Is My Soul For Sale?' feels a little out of place, but that is the one exception. The lyrics touch on some fairly deep topics, especially in the song 'Caffeine' - a prime example of how this album has real depth, both lyrically and musically.

Trivia: Marilyn Manson's 1998 album 'Mechanical Animals' unashamedly ripped-off the sound and look of this album, lyrics, beats, riffs, and even image, it's all there.

For fans of: David Bowie, Mechanical Animals, T-Rex, Placebo, anything Glam-rock.

Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! AVOID!, 22 July 2008
If you like dirt biking DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!

Everything about this game is awful. It looks and feels like a sub-standard Playstation 1 game from 1995. It is DIRE!

The handling and physics are non-existent. It's laughable ...but not if you've paid money for this game! The graphics are like a VERY bad Playstation 1 game, it's abysmal...

Word cannot describe all the flaws in this game, EVERYTHING is flawed! That's all you need to know!

If you want a bike game for N64, buy Excitebike 64 or Top Gear Hyperbike. Do not buy this! You have been warned...

Beetle Adventure Racing
Beetle Adventure Racing

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy racer for N64!, 20 July 2008
For anyone who doesn't know anything about this game, it's best described as a cross between Mario Kart/Diddy Kong Racing and a full-on arcade racer - Top Gear Overdrive comes to mind ...but this is much better!

The whole feel of the game is very solid and could easily be passed off as an official Nintendo game to anyone who didn't know otherwise. The graphics are superb, very cartoon-like, packed with character and are still quite impressive today. The courses are absolutely MASSIVE and have an insane amount of short-cuts - finding them all can take ages, but it's damn satisfying when you do! They also each have a great cartoon vibe about them, be it a tropical island, ancient Egypt or a haunted wood.

Speed-wise, it starts off quite slowly (no faster than say, Mario Kart) but soon gets a hell of a lot faster once you start to progress through the tournaments. The game ends up being one of the fastest racers on N64 by the final tournament!!! The controls are also very solid and the cars are great fun to drive!

A great final touch to this game is the inclusion of 'boxes' - Each course is littered with boxes that contain points. These boxes are usually tucked away in bushes, alleyways, and the many secret shortcuts on each track. Collect the full 100 points worth of boxes on any one course and you'll be rewarded with a bonus, usually crazy cheats! This works really well and requires you to learn the courses inside out, including finding all the crazy short cuts - which are the most exciting parts of the course!

Highly recommended!

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