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SimCity 4 (PC)
SimCity 4 (PC)
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £7.64

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very impressed, not very happy., 11 Jun. 2003
This review is from: SimCity 4 (PC) (Video Game)
I've been playing this for a week, and so far all I can do is go deeply into the red in a very short space of time. There may be graphical enhancements, but these take a toll on the best of machines - the current machine which is barely a month old is having a hard time of it. And I have NO IDEA what the patch on the official website is supposed to do, apart from ruin the graphics.
Seriously considering reinstalling SC3 - haven't played it in years, but was very happy with the quality of the graphics and gameplay
Oh, and this time the music is really bad - import your own mp3 files (it doesn't understand shortcuts)
I'm frustrated and intrigued by it - but the most intriguing thing is what is different from SC3...
... Oh yeah - importing your sims. It brings nothing to either game and would appear to be just another marketing attempt to link two great games which still have nothing fundamentally in common - at least nothing that works well.
In summary - horrific hardware requirements in all departments, seems very hard to play successfully, and not a lot of difference over its predecessor.
Oh, and maybe it's me, but I think its traffic rules are beyond rocket science. Build bus stops - nobody uses them. Build subways - more of the same. Highways - never had enough money to try it.

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Journey, 2 Feb. 2003
Mr Theroux has managed to combine the uncertainties of a premature sense of old age with an objective and experienced view on Africa, and without losing the opportunity to describe the beauty of its landscape and people. I have been truly moved by this book, which brought into question my own views from personal experience. His descriptions of Eqypt resonate vividly with my own experience, a beautiful and vibrant country, hampered by beauraucracy, baksheesh and the uncertainty of current times. The Kenya and South Africa I experienced where inconsequential business trips to beautiful places, unfortunately with the business traveller's view of little more than the hotel.
I was intrigued by his ability to know or meet people almost everywhere he went - this is obviously a man who loves Africa and its people. Questioning everything, and coming to conclusions that would surprise most people I feel that this book is more than a story about a journey - it highlights the dilemma of the first world's 'involvement' with the modern Africa today.


38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best record I have?, 15 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Lemonjelly.ky (Audio CD)
You know when something just fits - I've had this for a long time now and it's still my favourite, something to come home to relax to, something that my friends go 'Oh, what's this?' when I put it on and a regular feature on the daily commute.
It's just so much FUN!
Staunton Lick is the best - it just grows so well - and impossible to turn off when it comes on. King Rahm - beautiful. Homage to Patagonia - twinkly. In the Bath - gorgeous.
These guys did a great job. I'm envious of their ability to actually find a new twist on music. Sure, they're going to be lobbed into the chillout section, but it's not quite right - they're far more into having fun than lying around listening to banal washy chord changes.
I hope that they're still doing the gatefold sleeve - it cost a lost money originally, but I think that they've probably recouped the expense - it's so bloody good.
A complete package. And the penultimate track (which I'm listening to now) - Cole Porter meets the dancefloor is my take on it.
You will not regret buying this album if you've got this far.
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Reich: Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Reich: Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Price: £9.13

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Reich to buy, 14 Dec. 2002
I have a lot of Steve Reich, and hardly listen to any of it at home - it is very intense and requires a lot of concentration. I would say that I find it more suited to the public performance - it is not background music. However, this has a musicality about it that is engaging and mesmerising.

Programmed to Love
Programmed to Love
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.30

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete work, 14 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Programmed to Love (Audio CD)
You will have heard Bent already - they are the sort of band that produce music that the good TV and advertising people pick up on. It's fantastic - easy, tuneful, haunting, complex (which I know contradicts the easy). One of the few albums that I will actually listen to all the way through - a complete work with no bum tracks. Something to come home to and relax with. Great song titles. I love the bonus track (although recording the five minutes of silence before it kicks in on my MP3 player is a bit of a waste.
If you've bought any compilation with a Bent track on, and like it, you will not regret exploring them further.
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