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Battalion Wars II (Wii)
Battalion Wars II (Wii)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gaming Gem, 17 Mar. 2008
I'm a wee bit surprised this game isn't selling as many copies as I think it should be, because it is a great game. I've only had it for a couple of days and I am really enjoying it. The unit selection is a bit fiddly to begin with, but you'll get used to it.
Depending on what unit you control, will also decide the controls, which I think is a nice addition to the game. With some units you will use the control stick on the nuchuck to move them. While with the aircraft, you control the height by moving the Wii remote up and down, and turning them involves turing the Wii remote left and right. While the control stick controls the speed.
One of my favourite moments has to be when I first got to control a fighter airplane. Within five seconds of taking control of one for the first time...I crashed it. A few times when I have completed a mission, I see one of the grunts doing a wee dance, as if to say: Oh yeah, we win, you lose. Thats one moment I really like.
While it may not look it, the game is tactical. Each unit has it's own strengths and weaknesses. e.g. Anti Air untis will make short work of your aircraft, so you'll want to keep them clear of them, while your ground units pick the Anti Air units off. Or a submerged submarine is attacking your Battleship, you'll need to send a frigate, or your submarines to take it down.
There is a lot to this game, and I can see myself going back to the campaign mode again and again, just to get an S rank on each of the missions.

Captain Morgan's Revenge
Captain Morgan's Revenge
Price: £12.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIRATE METAL!, 21 Feb. 2008
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I heard of this band a couple of weeks before their album was released, and they are fast becoming one of my favourite bands. The whole album from start to finish is bloody brilliant. When I listen to an album, I sometimes sing along to one or two of the tracks. First time I listened to this album, I sang along to each of the tracks, and that is something I rarely do. But if I was to choose one track on the album as my favourite, it would have to be the title song: Captain Morgan's Revenge. While all the other songs on the album are fantastic, the title song is the one that really stands out for me.
If you are a fan of Battle Metal, I would happilly recommend getting a copy of Alestorm's debut album. Judging by the calibur of Alestorm's debut album, from which I was simply blown away from the word go, and loved every single minute of it. I can't wait for the band to release their second album.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Offered by TastyMate
Price: £17.10

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Gaming Icons In One Brilliant Game, 19 Jan. 2008
For the first time ever, Mario and Sonic appear beside each other in a game, and it's a match made in heaven. Every character you see in the game, has been part of a Mario or Sonic game at some point. There are a few things that I like about this game.The first is the fact that you have 16 characters to choose from, and all their stats are different. Mario as per, is the all rounder, while Sonic is a Speed type. You can also play as your Mii.
With 20 events to choose from, you will find some you excel at, while others you have a problem with. You can also upload your scores thanks to the Wi-Fi connection and see how good you are. So if you ever have the best time, distance or height depending on what event. You have some bragging rights. Each character also has missions they have to do, this could be finishing in a specific place or reaching a certain distance.
There is a lot to this game to anyone who is willing to work for it. Believe me, your arms will be sore after you play this game for a while, but it's worth it just for the experience

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Zelda Game for the DS, 30 Dec. 2007
The Phantom Hourglass takes off where the Wind Waker left off, so anyone who has played the Wind Waker will feel at home straight away. Anyone who hasn't will get a brief story off what happened in the Wind Waker so everyone will know what the story is. It also takes a few ideas from Wind Waker; you will be sailing about in a ship going from island to island. And you can sort of play the pirate and go seeking for sunken treasure and haul it up with the salvage crane you get at one point in the game.

Like the Wind Waker, the Phantom Hourglass goes for the cel-shaded look. There is no doubt a few people who don't like the look of Link in cel-shaded, but seeing as Phantom Hourglass follows on from Wind Waker, I think Nintendo made the right decision going for the cel-shaded look once again. I feel that it's perfect for the mood of the game. If they went for the realistic look, it still would have been a great game, but it would have lost something if it wasn't cel-shaded.

It does take sometime to get used to the controls, you control Link by using the DS Stylus and using the Touch Screen. You use the touch screen for all actions; like moving Link, attacking enemies, aiming you bow or giving your boomerang a path to follow. Controlling the boat is very simple; you draw the route you wish it to take, and thats you. You even ahve the option of customising it when you get parts for it. I think that Nintendo made the right decision by not giving the game a control set for all the buttons on the DS. Otherwise anyone who didn't use the Touch Screen would have missed out on a unique experience and a great adventure.

The boss battles are as big and brilliant as always. Not giving too much away, my favourite battles is where the top screen is used as the bosses point of view. And you have to figure out how to defeat it. And the battles do take up both screens the first boss battle used the top screen for the map while all the action was on the bottom screen. Other boss battles will use both screens.

Both screens are used to the best of their abilities. The top screen is mainly for the map, while the bottom is where all the action takes place. You can also call the map to the bottom screen and write on it. So say if you get a piece of information you think might be useful; you just call down the map and make a note of it. Then send the map back to the top screen and your on your way again. Nintendo have made full use of this by having some puzzles that can only be solved if you write on the map.

Anyone who has played Zelda will love this game. Anyone who hasn't but love adventure games will find themselves at home here. The learning curve is perfect for the game as well. It's never too easy or too hard. In my opinion, this is a great addition for the DS, and another great adventure for the Zelda series

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo does it again, 29 Dec. 2007
Mario is back once again, and this time his adventure is in space. From the word go, this game simply blew me away. There are nods to the earlier Mario Bros. Games. At points in the game, if you have played any of the earlier Mario Games, you will hear and see nods to them.

The game takes the idea that Super Mario 64 had; collecting stars by doing various challenges. But now gives you an extra challenge; instead of working on solid ground, you will be shooting between planets as you search for each of the stars.

Mario also isn't alone in his adventuring, at one point Luigi will appear and at points in the game, will attempt to help Mario out with collecting stars. Only he keeps getting captured and you have to rescue him. Now and again when you switch on your Wii, you will get a message from Mailtoad in Mario Galaxy saying that Luigi has been captured. This is one of my favourite parts of Mario Galaxy, the fact that it will send you messages telling you if Luigi has been captured via the Wii message board.

Mario also gets some bosses to face in Galaxy. Not just Bowser, he is still there, but now there are other bosses you must face and figure out how to beat. There is also an extra challenge given by comets that will appear now and again and give you a task; this can be anything from getting a star in a time limit, or having to face faster enemies.
The power ups are back. Fire Mario makes a welcome return, and he has brought along some other power ups with him to help Mazza out on his adventure. Ranging from Ice Mario all the way to a power-up that you get after you beat the game for the first time. I'm not going to say what it is, otherwise it would spoil the suprise.

I'm only scratching the surface as to what this game has to offer. If I was to tell you any more, I feel it would spoil the whole experience of the game.

In my opinion, Super Mario Galaxy is not only Mario's biggest adventure to date, but the Wii's best game so far. This is one game that really shows just how powerful the Wii is. The only downside to this game is that at one point it will have to end. But you will love every single second you play it

Guild Wars Prophecies
Guild Wars Prophecies
Offered by Clatheto UK
Price: £10.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guild Wars, 16 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Guild Wars Prophecies (Video Game)
Guild Wars was my first experience into the world of MMO games. And it still remains a firm favourite with me even after nearly 2 years of playing it.
I like the fact that it's free to play Guild Wars, there is no online fee. So it's just a case of buying the game, installing it and your up and running. It's not one of those games that you want to throw out the window because no matter how much you play it, you can't reach the max level. You won't be spending months just to get your character to the max level, most of the time I can get a character up to the max level in about a month.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in MMO's, but doesn't want to fork out money each month just to play it

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Offered by TastyMate
Price: £19.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game on the Wii so far, 27 Oct. 2007
Metroid Prime 3 is the game every Wii owner should have. It is the best game on the Wii. The controls do feel a bit unusual to start off with, but you'll find yourself shooting enemies left, right and centre when you get used to the controls. The Wii is designed for first person shooter games, and Metroid Prime 3 is the game that proves this.
My favourite weapon of the game has to be the grapple hook. With the Nunchuck, you throw it at the screen, activating your grapple hook. And then pull the Nunchuck back and your grapple hook does the same, taking along whatever it is attached to. I love doing it whenever I get the chance to.
My favourite boss of the game is near the start of the game. You find yourself falling down a shaft and you have a readout which shows how far it is to the bottom; that is how long you got to beat the boss.
The game itself looks fantastic, rather than being situated on one planet, you have several and the odd spaceship to explore. Scanning is another key role in this game. Scanning is the only way to learn enemies weakenesses. You also get to learn about some of the history about some the of the races you will encounter.
There is one downside to this game though, at some point the game will end. But you'll love every single minute of playing this game.

Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Family Guy
Offered by Door2DoorEnt
Price: £4.20

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Guy, 21 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
The Griffin Family are back once again, and once again they are just as brilliant. There are jokes left, right and centre once again, you won't go through five minutes of Family Guy without a laugh. Peter's arch nemesis the Giant Chicken returns to fight Peter once again after losing to him in a previous fight. And the Chicken Fight is even bigger, and funnier than the last one.
Family Guy is completely mad, the cutaways are brilliant. But once again, this shows that Family Guy is adult humour at it's finest

Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Masta Track
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Guy, 21 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Peter Griffin and his family return for another series of Family Guy, and it's still as funny as ever.
The jokes come in thick and fast, not a minute goes by on Family Guy where a joke is done. I was doubled up in laughter after watching this season of Family Guy.
The cutaways are back again, but it wouldn't be Family Guy if it didn't have cutaways. And as per, they are still fantasic. The Gregory Peck's Kids cutaway being one of my favourite moments. Dont know how many times I have watched that cutaway, it just always makes me laugh.
Family Guy is adult humour at it's best

Mario Strikers Charged Football (Wii)
Mario Strikers Charged Football (Wii)
Offered by TastyMate
Price: £11.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario Football on the Wii, 21 Oct. 2007
I'm not a football fan, but with Mario Strikers Charged Football I've made an exception. It doens't play like regular football; no throw-ins, free kick, corners of penalties. There is only one objective, hit the ball in your opponents net.
You choose a captain, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, and then choose 3 others to be your teammates and then your on your way. Each match lasts 3 minutes so you got that long to score more goals than your opponent. As the game plays on, you'll get items to help you out and hinder your opponent. This can range from Red Shells which home in on nearby opponents, all the way to the super star which makes you invincible.
The Captains even have their own abilities to help you out, and they have the ability of doing a mega strike, which could score you up to 6 goals in one go. But even the captain on the opposing side can do this so be warned.
The game does come into it's own with the Wi-Fi option. You can face of against anyone else who has the game and battle it out in a best of 3 match, and your wins and losses are recorded as well, so if you have a lot of wins, you can show it to the world and have some bragging rights at the same time

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