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Infinite Space (Nintendo DS)
Infinite Space (Nintendo DS)

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars diappointed, 18 Sept. 2010
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you play a little fella stuck on a planet who wants to explore space so badly that he employs effectively a human trafficer to get him off the planet and find him a ship so he can explore space.
the first main trouble is defeating the guys who control his planet and save his sister.
the rest is for you to discove as you play the game!
the good.
the cut scenes look awesome,and the intro movie is really very impressive.
the scale and scope of the game is suitably huge for a game with the title infinite space.
the bad.
pretty much everything else about the game is poorly executed.
the in-game graphics are pretty dismal and very very repetitive.
despite having a pretty good battle system and actual control and graphics for these sections are terrible.
the in game sound track is dire,and the sound effects during battles especially sound more like cars scraping against walls than laser canons ripping through spaceships.
and the plot adavancement is ridiculous,i had to visit the same person a good 10 times to finally get them to say the right thing to move the plot along,and its these parts of the game where it gives you no dorection at all other than wander around the same few spots and speaking to the people again and again.
and the constant death is also very very very very annoying,there is no way around it this game is nails,and its unforgiving learning curve isnt helped by the lack of a continue option,or a fleeing the battle option,if you get cought in a batte you are there til death or glory,and unless you have ground out a good 15hrs of gameplay in each section chances it will be death.
and its the unforgiving nature of this game that drove me away from it.
i would suggest if you like RPGs stick to the square-enix and level 5 titles as they are rightly seen as the masters of the genre and this game proves why some people shouldn`t step into the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars frantic, 18 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Radiator (Audio CD)
if you like the idea of the prodigy fighting it out with the misfits then you will love this electro-punked up outfit.
they take big punky noisy riffs and sprinkle them with beats and an industrial rumbling bass and huge catchy choruses.
what the do so well is despite having a very abbraisive spound overall,oweing much to the monster guitar sound,is wrap everything up very delicately with some great catchy vocals.
every song has an awesome chorus or a brilliant guitar hook to get your teeth into.
this is where they succeed in winning you over,add to that a very palatable sense of urgency and energetic enthusiasm flowing through each and every song and we have a winning formula.
they take their foot off the gas here and there and sucker you in with some delicate slow moments only to hit with you with a huge chorus that could over-run russia.
its a shame that they went their separate ways,but as it is we have one near perfect brilliant album that shamefully most people wont ever hear,do yourself a favour and grab it now and remember the dearly departed radiator,but whilst you are there revel in the genius within

Strictly Diesel
Strictly Diesel
Price: £4.94

3.0 out of 5 stars they got better, 18 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Strictly Diesel (Audio CD)
arriving on the scene with the stamp of approval from fear factory hopes were high for spineshank.
they would deliver on those high hopes,but it wasn`t until their second album "the height of callousness" and its follow up.
unfortunately this is the predesessor to those albums and its more than a little disappointing.
its stuck very firmly in the nu-metal mould and as such time has not been kind to it,there is the odd flash of greatness here and there,grey and 40 grit are great tunes but there is alot of filler and a hell of alot of bland obvious nu-metal that it all blends into one large blob of whiny vocals mixed with needless shouting.
add into the mix the token band nu-metal cover,this lot felt the urge to wreck while my guitar gently weeps,and it is truly a horrible version of the song,and you have a cliched and generally uninspired mix of songs.
if you are a completist then you will buy this anyway,but if you only have a passing interest in spineshank then i would suggest starting at album 2 and not looking back

MTV WWF Tough Enough
MTV WWF Tough Enough
Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £3.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor, 15 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: MTV WWF Tough Enough (Audio CD)
did you ever want to make a mix tape of bad nu-metal songs form the end of the 90`s?
well save yourself the hassle and just buy this!
seriously this collection overall is pretty poor,there is the odd moment of glorious retro class witness the joy of reliving drowingpools bodies at full volume.
but then it is stuck with poor offerings from alien ant farm and papa roach and an assorted collection of middle of the road american blandness and you see why its not really up to much.
the only thing worth buying for is the excellent drop the bombshell by powerman 5000 as its not available elsewhere.
so if you are a powerman fan then this is worth getting,but if not i would say avoid or cherry pick the songs from itunes

Sin City
Sin City
Price: £11.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sin tune-tastic, 15 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Sin City (Audio CD)
do you like nine inch nails?
do you like marilyn manson?
do you like snake river conspiracy?
if you answered yes to any of the above this album will be right up your street as it effortlessly blends the best bits of the aforementioned bands into one brand new slice of sleazy industrial metal.
with beats flowing thick and fast underneath grinding guitars with jens sleazy lyrics slathered on top and you have a recipe for victory!
but far from being a one trick pony they manage to mix up the styles and pace thorughout the album as they veer form the aggressive opening 1-2 of sin city and terrorvision to the slower and extemely catchy asphyxiate only to retutn back to rampant aggression for razor cuts straight away afterwards.
finishing on the creepy and atmospheric crucified to round out every side to the songwriting bow and you have just lost 45 minutes of your life,but in a very pleasurable way.

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Price: £7.24

4.0 out of 5 stars noisy, 15 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: COMPASSION FATIGUE (Audio CD)
you will know if you are going to either like or love this album within the opening 15 seconds of pressing play.
the idiots and its simplistic pulsating riff will grab you by the side of your head and make you bounce about like a 4 year old.
what hate gallery do so well is bring a nice shot of punky steel into some big rock tunes and deliver it with a cool sheen that just blitzes you into submission through hooky riffs followed with driving verses into continent shifting choruses.
janne jarvis has a wonderful gravelly voice with just the right amount of emotion tinging the edges to keep him firmly in the punk mould of delivery.
in short this is the best album the backyard babies haven`t made yet!

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo DS)
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Tracymuk
Price: £37.99

5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 15 Sept. 2010
having not played any of the previous dragon quest titles i approached this legendary series with high expectations especially after reading all of the positively glowing reviews of this title.
they were not wrong!
ok so the basic plot then,you play as a celestrian who you can name and dress and style as little or as much as you like, who needs to deliver some love the love you recieve from mortals to a greater god to open the doors to paradise.
along the way someone trashes the joint and you are flung to the mortal realm without your wings or your halo.
your job is to find out who wrecked your home in the "starry skies" and return the world to safety.
such a mommoth task unsurprisingly leads to a tremendously large and varied game.
you will meet many characters in a tremendously realised and detailed world filled to the brim with varying levels of beasties that you can actually see! so the random fights of yore that can bog you down in needless grinding are gone!
but if you choose to avoid those fights you will miss out on valuable experience points.
the main plot is huge,and then you add in the wedge of side quests and you are looking at easily 100 plus hours of gaming.
if you like RPG`s i cannot recommend this enough,it is easily the best looking game on the DS with a wonderful soundtrack and a very quirky sense of humour(not enough games have one of these) thats very very british!

Blood: The Last Vampire [DVD]
Blood: The Last Vampire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gianna Jun
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.02

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid, 30 Mar. 2010
after watching the excellent and what felt painfully short manga of blood the last vampire a few years ago the prospect of a longer full movie version seemed almost irresistable
but have they managed to recreate it well? nope they really haven`t
the plot concerns a young girl who runs about hacking up vampires for a shady organisation called the Council and in the film she is charged with offing the final and most powerful of all the vampires
the good: not much really
the soundtrack is quite good,thats about it. oh it ends eventually too
the bad: where to begin.....
the acting is atrocious,the script didn`t help the actors much either but somehow they manage to ham-fistedly stagger through it looking a little embarassed
the woprst offender is Larry Lamb doing a terrible american accent that he should hva eknown better than to take on
the direction is heavy handed and the fights look clunky and badly focussed
the FX are laughably bad,the GCI beasties look like Ray Harryhausen stop motion beasts from the Sinbad films,actaully scratch that,the Sinbad monsters looked better
eveything about this film smacks of desperation and hoping that people will watch it based on the attractive girl on the front as there really isn`t much else to hold the film together.
with the action looking like a cross between sub-standard matrix/blade hack and slash rubbish there is very little this film does well
in all honesty just avoid it and buy the anime,its a much better investment

Sick Nurses [DVD]
Sick Nurses [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dollaros Dachapratumwan
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £10.09

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars giggly nurses would be more appropriate, 17 Nov. 2009
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what we have here is a good old fashioned tale of revenge
the film is set in a hospital,the doctor and his 7 nurses make a sly bit of money on the side by selling dead bodies for the parts,after a disagreement one of the nurses decides she is going to blow the whistle on them
unsurprisingly they are less than keen on sudden moral change of direction and they decide to do the most sensible thing they can think of at this point in time
kill her
with her dying breath she utters an ancient curse and vows revenge on them within 7 days
the film focuses on the last 25 minutes of the seventh day when she returns to exact her revenge on the reamining six nurses
whhere this film succeeds is its breathless pace,inventive and creepy direction,atmospheric soundtrack,a great black sense of dark and morbid humour and some great perfomances from everybody involved
the plot is pretty basic but its there to serve as a platform to ramp up the tension and some of the nastiest deaths i have seen in some time
add to the film an ingenious twist and you have a short but very effective piece of asian cinema
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Chanbara Beauty [DVD]
Chanbara Beauty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yôhei Fukuda
Offered by UK_Media_Offers
Price: £5.90

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss, 17 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Chanbara Beauty [DVD] (DVD)
another in the long line of videogame to film adaptions chanbara beauty is based on onechanbara for the ps2 and 360 and wii
the game is a sub standard hack and slash effort that involves you running around tokyo hacking up zombies as a scantily clad heroine
the film stays staedfastly close to this plot but has someone else do the running around for you
plus side you avoid getting playstation thumb,bad side the film is ultimately a little dull as its just the same thing repeated for 90 odd minutes
the story for what little there is of it is effectively the world has been turned into a zombie playground but a mad professor and only one girl and her red bikini and sharp sword can save the day
along the way her fat helper(they always have fat helpers in these films with the attractive women!) and a girl with a double barreled shotgun that never runs out of bullets will shot and slash their way across the city to stop him and avenge some dead members of their respective families
yes it all moves very quickly but the over riding feel of it all is style over substance,if you scratch the surface there is just an empty vacuum with no ideas underneath
the hack and slash zombie film was perfected many moons ago with versus and this is just a sad slow pretender to its throne

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