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Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (Xbox 360)
Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (Xbox 360)

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shizzle!, 12 Oct. 2010
To like this game or not to like it is really to be honest- going to be, as always, a matter of opinion. Konami may not have pleased long term fans of the series with open landscapes and lush environments (no real castle environments- well not like the older titles) but what they have done is brave to reinvent the series in such a way that your either going to love this game or hate it.

Graphics

Graphics are crisp and environments are lush- ranging from forests to ice caverns to swamps- there really is a eye candy world on offer here and set your hd tv to full hdmi capability and your doing a little "hell yeah" dance inside- ok well maybe thats just me- but my point is it looks real nice. The voice acting and orchestral score is spot on as well, with dramatic scenes matched superbly with the soundtrack and voice acting from the likes of patrick stewart and robert caryle. To be honest the gameplay flows so well with the cinematic sequences and qte events that you feel really attached to the story and it becomes like a movie that your fully engaged in.

Gameplay

Fans of games like prince of persia, shadow of the colossus will notice here some gameplay elements will have been (ahem) taken and put into this game. You can do one of two things here...You can either let it massivley bother you and say the developer didnt really invent for themselves and should have done this and that.... or you can actually just enjoy the superb mixture of gameplay mechanics that have been created, even if ideas have been borrowed. Just play a game for what is was designed to provide- FUN. And thats what castlevania does- provides loads of it. Fast paced action.

Gameplay mechanics

The only gripe that some may have here with castlevania is it can be a tad linear with the option of just one path (sometimes two) to your destination/goal. However, downloadable content has supposedly been promised for this title from the developer, so we wait in joyful hope for that. The camera is also fixed throughout the game with no player control. This didnt really bother me too much throughout to be honest and it seems pretty intelligent- repositioning itself when needed. One playthrough on normal difficulty is going to take you around 15-20 hours but the beauty of this game is after each chapter completion you get a special TRIAL- with asks you to do a task to get a special acheivement. This may be from beating a boss in under 2 minutes or destroying an environment quickly- i dont want to spoil things here but the TRIAL mode basically warrants a second playthrough of the game so value for money is pretty decent.
Controls are simple and effective, allowing you to power up your characters special attacks later in the game with simple control combos that work very nicely. You should ever be having any difficulty pulling off combo moves or battling the undead with the simplified controls here.

Sound/ Story

This is real simple- it is awesome. A superb orchestral soundtrack backed with superb superb voice acting. Story is very strong with plently of twists and turns and a very good ending. Keep watching after the credits for more!!!!!!!

OK THE negatives...

The only negatives you may notice in this game are sometimes it can suffer from the occassional drop in framerate. I did discover if you change your hd setting to 1080i it can reduce this A LITTLE but you'll really want it set to 1080p for picture clarity. Frankly the framerate drop isnt that frequent so its all good- but its really something konami should have rectified before the game going gold. The camera as mentioned before, may be a gripe for some, but to be honest its not that bad at all.

All in all, in my opinion Castlevania was really worthy of the £40 i spent on it on its release. It wasnt really a game I was looking forward to or excited about I must admit, mainly because of it being massively overshadowed by other games around its release (i.e medal of honor, forthcoming call of duty etc etc) . But seriously dont miss this one! It just goes to show that if you look hard enough you find a gem once in while amongst all the crap that gets released.

In a nutshell Castlevania is = devil may cry meets prince of persia and shadow of the collossus came along for the ride.

98/100
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Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
Offered by VGP_VideoGamesPlus
Price: £22.98

6 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete rubbish...., 8 Oct. 2010
This game is such repackaged rubbish its amazing how people (and yes i bought it and im ashamed-but i sold it the day after) are still falling for this linear and boring garbage. The first halo was absolutley outstanding and the second one was hours of fun too- i remember so enjoying those titles. After that it went downhill and the developers just got greedy. Halo Reach in my opinion is really the bottom of the barrell. Enough said.


Kuon (PS2)
Kuon (PS2)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Large environments (better use your map), hardly any save points and very very dark with only a torch to light the way - BRILL!!, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Kuon (PS2) (Video Game)
Kuon is a game that will require a lot of patience. People looking for some all out booming horror adventure like resi 3 will be dissapointed here. Kuon requires more patience from the player than just gung ho action. In fact its not that type of game at all. Koun is in fact waiting to be found if you have the time to put into it. The main area of the game 90% takes place in a gigantic japanese house to which you are sent to investigate the weird things that are taking place there. You play as one of two sisters and when you finish one story you complete the adjacent one before unlocking the final mode to discover the secrets of the game. The areas in the game are VERY VERY dark with only a lantern to light your way, giving it a real frightening feeling as you literally have no idea whats round the corner. One part of the game sees you walking down a long corridor and it gets progressively darker as you go. Thinking theres going to be something pop out at you at the end-oh no..kuon doesnt work like that, the scares are soo must more imaginative . Save points are very few and far between, so be prepared to play for long strecthes. Sometimes even up to 70 mins before the next save point (unless you go back) . Oh and by the way if you die its straight back to the previous save point, theres no checkpoints here people! like i said it really adds to the tension of the game being a horror survival. I dont really want to give any more information away as its more of a 'the less you know the better' title. The only gripe some have is that its a tad short and the controls are a bit flimsy but I have to say this didnt really seem to bother me as I thought they were fine.

Graphics 3.5/5
Sound 5/5
Gameplay-4/5
Tension 4/5


Shank [2010] [Blu-Ray]
Shank [2010] [Blu-Ray]
Dvd ~ Ashley 'Bashy' Thomas

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Tosh, 11 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Shank [2010] [Blu-Ray] (Blu-ray)
Loved Kidulthood, Bullet Boy etc , all those gritty U.K based dramas. Shank unfortunatley fails on every level there is. For those intrested on the blu ray picture- its very good and crisp but for some bizarre reason theres no subtitle option for the film and I hated that. Its always good to be able to catch every part of the dialogue and this is hard especally in the narrative parts of the film where you cant really make out what the main character saying half the time unless you have the volume stupidly loud. As far as the film goes, it was just depressing and very predictable. Bullet boy had a real point to the film that hit home, same as Kidulthood. Not this. I couldnt help but think it was just a bunch of stupid kids running around an estate trying to outdo each other on the "i look harder than you do" level. No real character development, or a good display of londons backstreets or different cultures. Could have been sooo much more. A dissapointment and a shame really.

Blu ray picture 5/5
Story 1.5/5
Acting 1/5
Replayability 0/5


Domin-8 Me!
Domin-8 Me!
by Sessyu Takemura
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 11 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Domin-8 Me! (Paperback)
really good hentai and uncensored. a must buy for all hentai fans. features normal 1 on 1, group and a few extras i wont spoil


Clock Tower 3
Clock Tower 3
Offered by marxwax
Price: £42.97

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete and utter tosh, 11 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Clock Tower 3 (Video Game)
I bought this as I wanted a different survival horror game I had not previously played. Ive managed to complete most of the resi and silent hill games and thisgame being made by capcom I thought Id give it a whirl. I understood before buying this that there was relativley no real combat in the game and more of a "run and hide feature". That intrigued me. Oh dear... how silly I was. The game starts off ok and the graphics are decent capcom old school horror rendered backgrounds. But its the gameplay that lets this down so badly. The constant running and hiding while some maniac boss chases you gets very tedious and more so when you need a little time to figure out a particular area or puzzle. For example you'll enter a room first time and have a look around. Walk into another room and trigger the boss character- youll find yourself running around for ages untill youve figured out how to actually defeat it or move onto the next area. Im all for a bit of a challenge but this takes the michael. Its just no fun running away constantly around and around the same area with some tedious repetitve music to boot. Ive just discovered theres a similar game that Capcom released with the same format called Haunted Grounds or something like that. God help us all...
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