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Doom (Xbox One)
Doom (Xbox One)
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Boom, 30 July 2016
This review is from: Doom (Xbox One) (Video Game)
Finally a rare, and long, single player campaign.

Although of these types of games it isn't the best, it certainly isn't the worst, as with the other original xbox game which I think was better, it's made the same mistake that game had. Too much health and ammo scattered around, making the campaign fairly easy. Also you couldn't progress through most of the game without having to kill all the enemies before the door opens, which got fairly predictable as the game went on. It's no surprise that more enemies and more varieties of them appear, but while I wouldn't say it became a chore, as it was expected, it just ceased to have much interest as it progressed. Here's another switch or door, and here's another load of enemies to kill. I didn't mind, it was just rinse and repeat throughout the game with not much variety, except for the environments and hardware, which was great.

The ending wasn't much to write home about either. A case of 'that's it then?' after all that, after everything I've just gone through, well, ok.

It is good though, and as I say, rare to have a long and decent single player campaign. More would be welcome.


Mirror's Edge Catalyst (Xbox One)
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (Xbox One)
Price: £32.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a run through., 11 July 2016
Welcome to the world's cleanest, shiniest city. Whoever's the cleaners are for this place, can someone send them round to mine, thanks.

Although the graphics are not necessarily the best I've seen for next-gen consoles, it is a good looking city, albiet not that big compared to other open-world games and not that diverse.

It's a good game though, if you mainly follow the plotline, thin as it is, which feels more like a first episode of a series, as the ending was very mediocre, no great climax, just a kind of 'end of part one' or come back after the ad-break. It was almost as mediocre as the main villian, the bland, one-dimensional personality vacuum that is Kruger.

Don't bother with the end credits as well. Normally I like to leave them till the end. Not here. They literally go on forever, so right click to skip through them, and even then I thought they'd never end, but they do, leaving you with all the side missions and the run of the city. A highlight is unlocking the gridnodes. More of these would have been welcome.

It's worth a play though, but once you've done everything you want, there's not much to come back for.


Quantum Break (Xbox One)
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
Offered by EVERGAME
Price: £25.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Quantum broke, 2 July 2016
This is an interesting concept, being more of a movie-type game, although it does get rather convoluted, but I think that can be forgiven considering it's about time-travel.

It's a fairly run-of-the-mill, nothing special, until it realises that even on 'hard' setting, it's been rather a breeze, because then...

It cheats.

In the final section, you are easily dealing with the soldiers, then it just kills you out of the blue without warning, so doing this bit is rather like a lottery, or playing a fruit machine, where it will let you win once in a while.

Worth playing though.


Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One)
Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An elite sniping game., 11 April 2016
Finally, a shooter, or game of a similar ilk that doesn't have the main character committing genocide, by just having wave upon wave of cannon fodder enemies to shoot. This requires actual stealth to complete, mostly, and is all the better for it. It's not particularly long though. The cut-scenes are short but there's no meaningless weapons to upgrade or parts to collect to construct things with. Thankfully it's more simplified and lets you just get on with the game, and a good game it was.

Of course it's not perfect. The enemies are pretty much all the same, and they're not exactly mensa candidates.

I can't claim to have been a fan of it's previous game though, v2. It was ok, nothing special, but this made up for it though. Recommended.


Among The Living [DVD]
Among The Living [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Marivin
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Among the boring., 1 April 2016
This review is from: Among The Living [DVD] (DVD)
With a storyline that can be written on the back of stamp and a tall bloke in white make-up, you have this mediocre offering. It makes an effort, takes itself much too seriously, and sets itself up for a sequel which I can imagine being more of the same of this bore-fest. It gets slightly 'scary' if you like in the bedroom scenes, but that's about it. Seen it all before, seen it done much better.


Olympus Season 1 [DVD]
Olympus Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom York
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars E for effort, 22 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Olympus Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
It's hard not to compare this to Game of thrones or Spartacus, as it doesn't hold a candle to them, but it makes an effort, and an effort is all it is.

It reminded me of 'Atlantis', another fairly mediocre series with special effects knocked up on some student's old laptop, and a made-for-tv cheap look about it, but you can't knock them for trying, and I'm glad they did, makes a change from all the police/military/politics shenanigans of a lot of other series. This is ok for sheer escapism, and the acting wasn't the best. The main lead wasn't well cast. It reminded me a series from a few years ago 'Sinbad', where the main lead in that was also mis-cast, providing us with a wet fish who couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag.

The storyline, for what it was worth grew more and more bonkers as it went along, making less and less sense to the point where I stopped caring and stopped trying to understand it. What we get is a lot visions/hallucinations/alternate realities and when it gets to the end, it seems to want a second series, and if there is one, unless it ups it game I won't be in a rush to watch it, (still haven't watched Atlantis series 2 yet, but if there's nothing else to watch.....)


Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £38.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Getting silly now., 9 Mar. 2016
Although I'm all for the evolution of gaming and not letting a series go stale by churning out same-old same-old, the call of duty series is taking one serious swan-dive. They are gradually getting worse and this proves it. It's basically become a sci-fi shooter, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it seems it can't decide what it wants to be and doesn't blend the war and sci-fi shooter well at all.

What we have here is a convoluted load of nonsense proving that game storylines are always awful, and I don't know why the makers of these don't really allow you explore around. Enemy numbers get rather ridiculous as they seem to constantly spawn, so you have to plough on through without taking your time to browse around. Still though, not the worst game in the world, but most certainly not the best. I'm glad I only borrowed this.


The Green Inferno [Blu-ray] [2015]
The Green Inferno [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Lorenza Izzo
Price: £9.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This inferno has been extinguished., 22 Feb. 2016
What a disappointment 'Green inferno' was. There was a good opportunity to make a good cannibal film and it ends up as just a fan-fiction love letter to the far superior 'Cannibal holocaust'. Although Eli did follow it up with his only good, and best film, 'knock-knock', this seemed to be just a less than average TV movie. 'Must try harder'.


Bone Tomahawk [Blu-ray]
Bone Tomahawk [Blu-ray]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £13.43

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The hills have..........cliched blokes in grey make-up, 22 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Bone Tomahawk [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
'Bone Tomahawk' isn't a bad film, but it just gets a bit sub-par 'The hills have eyes', and then it just ends. Worth a watch though.


Quell
Quell
Price: £1.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Quell = Greatness, 12 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Quell (App)
Need....more...........quell.....Honestly, it's been a while since I've been truly hooked on a game and all of the quell games have managed just that. Now that I've played through them all I'm still having withdrawal symptoms. Anyway, for the price you pay they are an absolute bargain, and I certainly hope they make more.


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