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Benjamin Wilson "dd528" (Glasgow, Scotland)

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Black Secret Technology
Black Secret Technology
Price: £14.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original and best, 18 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Black Secret Technology (Audio CD)
After becoming disillusioned with the state of house as it got dragged into the mainstream, Gerald Simpson continued to show he was the innovator he had always been and came out with this masterpiece. After his early jungle experiments on Juice Box Records (compiled as 28 Gun Bad Boy, which is unfortunately out of print as I write this), Black Secret Technology has a fair claim to being the first major milestone record in the genre. It has yet to be bettered. Simpson's research of indigenous African rhythmic patterns, combined with his own natural affinity for dance music really shines through. I've never heard another album that does so much with rhythm..not even in jazz. If you like your jungle, and don't have this record, then you should definitely look into it. Even better, this 2008 reissue is completely remastered, replacing the washed out bass of the old CD mix with low levels that you can actually hear. Turn it up and enjoy!

Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VI

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, what can you say?, 13 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Final Fantasy VI (Video Game)
This game is wonderful. There are very few games that are better than Final Fantasy 6 (although IMO Chrono Trigger and FF7 are).
The story is wonderful and incredibly involving. Although Terra is the main focus of the story, other characters such as Locke and Celes are wonderfully developed. The game world is the best of the fantasy-oriented games in the series. Also ther errr... world-shattering event that takes place part through the game truly changes your perception of how epic a story can be.
A special mention must be given to the fighting system in the game. The development of character's skills through Espers is perhaps the best system the series has seen. Some people may be disappointed at the lack of a job system (which was scrapped after FF5) but the Esper system is really better, I think. Battles themselves flow very well and are enjoyable.
The graphics in FF6 are the best the SNES ever saw. There are a whole range of tricks including trasparency effects and even pseudo-3D on the world map. Most spells (especially the Espers) are brilliant, although they will always pale in comparison to the later games, especially with the recent release of FF10.
The sound in the game is perfect. The music has to be the highpoint of Uematsu's career and Terra's them is the most beautifully crafted piece of music in any game, ever.
So, should you buy this game. The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, as long as you have a vague liking for RPGs, don't mind losing a few dozen hours of your life, and have no problem with the 16 bit graphics (although the newly added FMVs should keep you happy in the eye-candy department).
Basically this game will be one of the best you have ever bought, perhaps even life changing. I think that FF7 is the best game ever but this isn't far off. Deep, intense, mindblowing and very ocassionally traumatic, this isn't a game, it's an experience.
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Final Fantasy Anthology (PS)
Final Fantasy Anthology (PS)

22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm..., 13 Oct. 2002
All the above reviews sing the praises of Final Fantasy 4 and 5 and they are totally justified in this. I personally have played FF 1-10 (unfortunately not tactics as I have been unable to get a copy) and I think that 4 (especially) 5 rank up there with the best of them.
For those of you whose only experience of the series has been on the Playstation, you really don't know what you are missing. The early games are up to par with the later ones and in many ways are better. Final Fantasy 4 and 5 both have involving stories and great gameplay (the job system in 5 is one of the highlights of the whole series).
But, whilst any RPG player worth their salt will gain much enjoyment from them, I wouldn't suggest them for everyone. If you are not really into the genre, then you may not have the perseverance to stick them through, as they have aged slightly since their release. In this case, you might want to go for a more modern and action oriented RPG, such as Baldur's Gate or the sublime Vagrant Story. Also, if you are into RPGs, but don't have FF6, then I would buy that first. Of all the FF games it is my second favourite and the sheer quality of its story and gameplay makes it the easiest introduction to the older games.
Anyway, 4 and 5 are both top games and you will have difficulty finding a better RPG for your money.
Finally, a word to certain fans of the series. Please will you stop putting FF7 down. Whilst 8-10 are not what they could have been, I rate 7 higher than any of the games in the series. It has (in my opinion) the most invloving story, encompasses the best environments and has better humour, narration and styling than any of the others. Also, Sephiroth would beat Kefka any day...
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