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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
Offered by sellatronic
Price: £23.14

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST GAME ON 360 SO FAR !!!, 3 Sept. 2006
A Medieval GTA; May not sound too exciting? May not sound your 'cup-of-tea'? I don't know but what I do know is that when I heard about this game, I 'knew' I wouldn't like it! And then I tried it at a friends' house and found out that this game was the best game on this on 360. Until Elder I just couldn't imagine myself with a sword in my hand instead of a shotgun but this game changed my view completely.

The graphics, although not the best on the 360 are still good, especially for a free-roam. The water and scenery graphics are especially good. The shadows too are impressive. The charachter physics are a slight letdown as when the characters run in a 3rd person view or the horses trot, they look like they are moving in slow-motion. However, that is the only graphical fault I've identified in this game.

The sound is good, with excellent sounds of crackling fire, hustle and bustle of market places, and scenery soundtracks. The theme tune for the game is also excellent.

The storyline is brilliant with good combinations of myth, magic and action. The story starts with you imprisoned in a castle cell when the castle is infiltrated by assassins intent on killing the King of Cyrodiil. He tries to escape through a secret passage in your cell that leads into the sewers but the assassins catch up with him and kill him but just before he dies, he reveals that he has a lost son and that his amulet(The Amulet of Kings) must be taken to him so that the gate to an evil and cruel realm can be closed. You then escape and the story branches from there.

Gameplay: After you escape, you can leave the main storyline for a while and undertake other quests. You can join the Mages', Fighters', Thieves' and Murderers' guilds and complete awesome missions for them.

You can fully customise your character with armour jewellery etc and change the race and looks of your character.

You can improve your different skills such as fighting, magic, speed etc by just doing them or by paying people to teach you them.

Also, strewn over the map are sites to explore such as huge caves, castles, and deserted houses.

You can play in a 3rd person or 1st person view, you can ride horses and literally explore every inch of the map which is huge.

Just give this game a try. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

Definitely the best game on 360.

Far Cry Instincts: Predator (Xbox 360)
Far Cry Instincts: Predator (Xbox 360)

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but identical to old xbox version, 14 Jun. 2006
Far Cry I.P is a fantastic FPS with all the right combinations of tension, action and violence as well as a gripping and thorough storyline.

To begin with, the graphics. They are very slightly improved from the xbox version but are not very impressive for 360 graphics, especially when compared to something like Ghost Recon AW or Fight Night Round 3 but they'll do. Let's be honest graphics aren't everything. The water is especially good but the trees, bushes and general scenery is where the game's graphics are let down.

Secondly, the storyline. This is one of the better attributes of the game; it is gripping, enthralling and often utilizes the setting, weather and time of day to make it really atmospheric.

The basic story for the first game's missions (because it's 2 games in 1) is you are Jack Carver, a guy with a shady history who comes to the Jacutan Islands in Micronesia to escape his past. He buys a boat and uses it take tourists around the islands but one tourist is looking for more than just a picture and goes ashore. Your boat then gets blown up by hired militia and you have to escape onto the island. In your desperate search to find a way off the island you attract the attention of a disillusioned scientist and you become his test subject. The drug he gives you, gives you the powers of a predator and you must use these to find a way out.

The basic story for the second game's missions basically follows on from this and you are framed for something you didn't do, which annoys a few unfriendly pirates. Don't be fooled though - they don't all carry swords and parrots!! These pirates carry big guns. But beware, there is more to this than first appears.

Next, the gameplay. This is another big plus-point for the game. It's fun, action-packed and moves smoothly. You can also choose how to go through the game; blast your way through it, sneak through stealthily or have a combination of both.

Next, the sound. Nothing special about this unless you're playing with surround sound and even then it isn't jaw-dropping, but it's good enough. Bullets hitting trees, water, stone, earth etc sounds decent enough and the sound of the weapons firing is quite good too. The sounds of wildlife and your surroundings though are outstanding.

Next, the multiplayer and map-maker. The map-maker is a brilliant feature. You can create your own maps from scatch using different themes and scenery. It is probably the easiest map-maker ever and boasts a lot of detail. You can then play on these maps with your mate on multiplayer or submit the map to xbox live and let everyone experience your genius!

Lastly, the lifespan. This is perhaps the game's biggest attribute. Because this is the 2 games from the original xbox (Far Cry Instincts & Far Cry Instincts: Evolution) combined, (both of which were long games in themselves) this becomes one of the longest games I have ever played on. You don't get bored either, due to the brilliant variety in gameplay which means that this game is unbelieveably good value for money.

The only reason that I gave this game 4 stars instead of 5, is that it does not give anything more than the original xbox versions, it does not have any extras for the 360 and the graphics are barely improved.

If you played the games on the normal xbox don't bother with this game, THEY ARE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL! however if you didn't, and can appreciate a good game, then you would be mad not to buy this.

Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox 360)
Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox 360)
Price: £15.00

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic game, 31 May 2006
This game is a great acheivement by Eidos and IO Interactive. They have managed to create a work of genius that goes way beyond and Hitman game that preceded it or indeed, any game in this genre. They have managed to incorporate the right amount of violence, stealth and finesse that a Hitman game should have.

Firstly, The graphics. Not the best on 360 by any means but still frankly excellent, especially the lighting effects which are superb. The blood effects are also stunning, gory and yet not over the top. There are occasional glitches such as Agent 47 walking through a leaf but overall there aren't many graphical faults.

Secondly, The Gameplay. This is awesome. You can play the game extremely stealthy or blast your way through the missions; it's up to you. But be warned, your notoriety will sky-rocket and this will make it much harder to get though future missions un-noticed. Another great asset of this game is the way in which you can complete your assassinations in many different ways; there is always more than one way to kill your targets. The guards and police in the game also have unbelieveable AI (Artificial Intelligence) as this time they will notice patches of blood, bloodied weapons, they will investigate noises and become suspicious of you if you run or enter restricted areas.

Next, The Story. Absorbing and in-depth with a few suprising plot twists as well as the devatating end. Also, there is a traitor in The Agency (the company that employs you) and any missions you undertake could be a setup. There is also an assassin after you so you must watch your back in all the missions.

Next, The Sound. The music is incredible as it adds mood and feeling to a game that is so cold and callous. The sound effects of the different weapons, of bodies, of blood and stabbings is awesome.

And lastly, The Lifespan. This was the problem with Hitman Contracts; it was too short and, to a certain extent this problem still exists. It is just maybe 2 or 3 missions too short. However, there is excellent replay value for a few different reasons.

1. There are many different ways to complete the missions so you can go back and discover different paths and means to kill your target.
2. You can go back to try and acheive a better rating on each mission. (The best is Silent Assassin, the worst is Mass Murderer.)
3. You can go back and complete the whole game again on a new level of difficulty.

So as you can see, the replay value (Especially reasons 1&2) make up for the slightly short game.

Overall, this is probably my favourite game on my 360 so far and you would have to be mad not to buy it.

Fight Night Round 3 (Xbox 360)
Fight Night Round 3 (Xbox 360)

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome...Simply Awesome, 16 Mar. 2006
This game has to be one of the best games I have ever played. I am not usually a fan of sports games but this game takes me beyond any sports game I've played before.
Let's start with the graphics. They are unbelievably real (the second best so far on 360 after Ghost Recon). The facial graphics are fantastic as well as the graphics of the crowd and objects (Muhammad Ali looks exactly like the real one!). Also, the human physics are excellent and the characters move realistically. Very occasionally however, a boxer's hand will punch through his opponents head (literally).
Next, the gameplay. This is also brilliant; with controls being fairly easy to get used to. However, some punches require similar movements of the analogue sticks and you can often throw a punch that you don't mean to.
The sound. Fantastic! You can hear the crunch of every punch, the cracking of bone, the thudding of your opponent's body hitting the canvas. The soundtracks and music are also great (mostly rap) but I suppose that depends on your your musical taste. The commentators are good and are only very occasionally repetitive. My only other concern is the crowd. On the default setting the crowd are not nearly loud enough but this can be solved by pressing start in the middle of the fight, going to settings and turning the crowd volume to full.
Lastly, Lifespan and variety. The variety in this game is quite good for a boxing game as you can have multi-player fights, you can customize boxers and design your own boxers. You have the career mode where you can remake a legend e.g. Ali and you can make your own boxer and take him through all of the weight classes. As you take your boxer through his career there are trophies to win and competitions to win. To complete the game I think it would take you about a week of solid playing to complete all of the weights but the game could occupy you for weeks before you wanted another game.
Overall, I would say that this game has to be one of the top 5 games on 360 so far. Others being COD 2, Ghost Recon AW, Proj Gotham and Perfect Dark.

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