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Battlestar Galactica: Razor [DVD] (2007) (Tv)
Battlestar Galactica: Razor [DVD] (2007) (Tv)
Dvd ~ Edward James Olmos
Price: £3.93

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And the point is?, 7 April 2008
I had no idea that this film was being made until i suddenly saw adverts appear on Sky shortly before it was premiered. I have been a long standing fan of the series so i watched it without hesitation.

It was a reasonably entertaining ride, filled in a few small holes in the back story, but nothing that really needed filling in or infact had even appeared to be noticible holes before the film is watched.

The whole point of the film(aside from a money making scheme) appears to have been to deliver to the viewer(the characters remained blissfully ignorant). Something which was completely and utterly pointless, speaking personally it was something i already suspected. I won't divuldge the details of what was revealed as imo it would ruin it for those that aren't already suspecting it.

So to summerise, it's an okay film, but is not worth watching and i would infact recommend that you don't watch. If i had not already suspected what they revealed then i would have much rather waited and been suprised by it in the upcoming series. The only people i would recommend to watch it are those who are purist fans and feel the need to see and know everything about it.
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Stargate: The Ark Of Truth [DVD]
Stargate: The Ark Of Truth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Browder
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £3.52

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but rather rushed., 7 April 2008
I saw the film a few weeks back on television. I have rather mixed opinions about it, i will avoid revealing any details for those who haven't watched it yet.

This film had alot of different story threads to tie together so it's not suprising that it felt a little rushed. To me they progressed far too quickly through the story in an attempt to cover everything, thus scanning lightly over things that should have been done in greater detail. I have found in the past this has a habit of happening when long running tv series are concluded with films.

For example, whilst they did a brief amount of explanation of the gap in the story from the end of the series(i loved the end episode btw, though it did obviously need tying up.), but this to me felt a bit glossed over and fudged together. I was left with the same feeling about much of the film.

The reason for this feeling i believe is because when they finished the series they didn't know that the series would be discontinued(So i've read on several websites anyhow). This left them clutching at straws for the film, having to introduce new things that had no background and build up supporting them. Such as the Ark of Truth itself(we hadn't heard so much as a whisper of it's existance before the film, whereas it normally would have been introduced and steadily progressed towards whilst revealing more detail about it). They probably already had the ideas of the film in mind, just given the time restrictions on a film length were unable to introduce them properly.

That was my main gripe with the film and probably is the source of most if not all of my negativity about it.

That out the way the film is an enjoyable watch, a must for fans of the series so that you can see how the threads tie up. Bare in mind for the real die hard fans out there i think the film will leave you wanting and a bit disappointed about how everything was tied up. But for casual fans and those who want to see the film as a stand alone item it's well worth it.

Hope this review has helped.

World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)
World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)
Offered by New2Used UK
Price: £39.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time consuming but great..., 13 Dec. 2007
I've had World of Warcraft since a couple of months after it's release(late in writing a review, i know.) and i am still playing it now.

For those of you who are new to mmorpg's(massively multiplayer online roleplaying games), this game might not be the best introduction. However it is better for new players than many games out there. Guild Wars was my first mmorpg experience(i have tried many others aside from World of Warcraft and Guild Wars) and i have to say i found it early on to be more forgiving and easier to enter for new players. World of Warcraft on the other hand, once you have some experience in playing mmorpg's is far more rewarding. This said, World of Warcraft isn't difficult to get to grips with, but if you plan to ask other players for advice in the chat channels rather than discover for yourself then i recommend playing the Horde faction. Horde players are often older, more mature and alot more generous and friendly than Alliance players. The are many players, generally younger ones, who are rude, selfish and generally obnoxious. But on the other side there are also many friendly, helpful and genuinely kind individuals.

Graphically the game is good, especially once you get into the expansion given areas if you so choose to purchase it. Do bare in mind that as a game which is a few years old, it's graphics aren't quite state of the art anymore. The graphics do also bare a slight cartoony feel which may not be to everyones taste.

The sound is good and well implemented, it does however feel a touch repetative in places and the messages the characters say when you try to use an ability but don't have the energy/rage/mana can get annoying, especially if you're feeling lazy and just hit the button repeatedly whilst waiting for them to regenerate.

Gameplay wise the game is very good, especially after the most recent patches which make leveling easier by increasing experience gain from quests and reducing amounts needed overall. You may find repetativness in some areas with the kinds of quests you are asked to do, kill x number of this, collect x number of these are the norm.

Dungeons or instances as you will come to call them once you begin playing are both imo one of the best and one of the worst things about the game. In order to get the best items, you really need to do instances eventually progressing ro raids(bigger, harder instances with greater numbers of players in a team). The drop rate on items in instances and the larger raids, leave alot to be desired. You can find yourself doing an instance a dozen times and never getting the specific item you want from a boss there, simply because it either didn't drop or when it did somebody else who needed it beat you on the dice roll. This said, most people do tend to manage to get the items they want, in the normal instances at least. Either from going with lots of pugs(pick up groups, groups of random players), or with friends/guild members.

To conclude, if you want to get the most out of this game it is a time consuming process and be prepared to invest many, many hours in order to reach maximum level and also get the items you want. The game however is rewarding and mostly entertaining, you can also meet some truely wonderful people playing(i myself have already made some very close friendships thanks to this game) provided you are willing to tolerate the... not so wonderful, to put it politely. The fact i am still playing this game after several years speaks well for not only the game, but for many of those playing it whom i have met.

Hope this review has helped. :)

Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, but insane bugs., 19 Nov. 2007
I had high hopes for this game and in some aspects it delivered yet in others it was a complete failure. Warning: Partial spoilers ahead in Storyline section, may want to skip that bit if you intend to get the game.

Graphics:- I won't go in to a great amount of detail here, it's a next gen game so good graphics are to be expected and they are indeed delivered.

Sound:- I think the sound was great quality, well chosen and very good voice acting. Atmospheric music, if a little repetative in places, especially in combat.

Gameplay:- I think the combat system is done well, if a little sluggish at times. It left me feeling that at times, particularly when facing many opponents, that the ability to successfully counter an enemies attack was more down to chance than any real degree of skill because sometimes even with perfect timing of a counter i would still get hit and as a result generally take 2 or 3 more hits after that whilst the character recovered. The characters movement, both on foot and whilst scaling building and jumping across rooftops was very well done and accurate for the most part. A few times it felt clumsy when jumping from one hanging ledge to another, so that even with holding the B button to grab on it would miss and i'd fall a long way hurting myself(inspite of being well within reach as far as i could tell).

Storyline:- I think the sci-fi aspect of the storyline was not needed. I personally feel that the story would have been much better if they had just focused on the historical aspect of the Assassin, rather than having it as a view of genetic memory. The part of the story set in the Crusades was of good quality and fairly entertaining, the part set in the present however was a bit fragmented leaving me a bit apathetic towards it though i will grant it was fairly original.

Other:- IMPORTANT, the game has some serious bug issues, involving falling through graphics, horses getting stuck in places whilst you ride them etc. I personally played the game all the way to the final mission over the weekend without a single bug until i encountered the above mentioned bug on the final mission. Whilst travelling along the path towards the final assassination target i would either fall through the graphics and keep falling until i died and/or my character would 'clone' itself, giving me a second version of myself that copied my actions, if either got hurt this injured me and this made it impossible for my to continue with the mission.

Having spoken to friends online who also have the game i have found out that i am not the only one with this bug. Some people encounter it earlier, others don't encounter it at all, though the place i encountered it does appear to be one of the most common places. Also so far as i can tell once you encounter this bug it seems to corrupt your save file, meaning that no matter what you do, you cannot progress past that point without the bug occuring and preventing you completing your objective. The only possibility i've been informed of is to start a new game, which is by no means a guarantee it will not occur again. This was a tremendous disappointment as i had been enjoying the game greatly up until this point.

This is a great game and is well worth playing if you are willing to risk the bugs and all the frustration it entails. Bare this in mind.

Hope this review has helped. :)
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Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by trguk
Price: £8.94

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good diversion..., 8 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Halo 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I wasn't going to get this game originally because i haven't been a huge Halo fan having played and completed the first two. But i was browsing games in town for something new to get and thought why not?

This game is good and i recommend it for any fps or Halo fans, even for people who aren't usually fps fans(like myself) it can prove a good few hours of entertainment.

I found the story had better pulling power than the previous Halo games, which as a non fps fan i had to be in the mood to play. This one however i found managed to keep me playing for a longer period in one go(something which for me is quite rare with fps games). Good story, good challenge and well implemented overall.

I found a few nagging little things the first time i completed it which caused me a few unwarrented deaths, mainly to it's failure to explain quite what i was supposed to do. For instance fighting a scarab for the first time it was only after a fair few wasted rockets that the npc's pointed out i needed to shoot the legs to allow me to board it. This niggles can be forgiven though as the game allows you to keep playing pretty fluidly.

The major flaw from my point of view was that the single player campaign is very short, i bought it mid morning and had completed it the first time on the hardest difficulty(Legendary i believe it's called) by 11pm that evening and that was with taking a couple of hours break twice to do some other things, eat etc. This was a little disappointing and i would have liked them to put more effort into making the single player campaign longer as some of us don't want to play multiplayer online. I will say that i expect your average gamer will take longer to complete it so it may not be an issue for you.

The niggles and the shortness are the things that keep this game from getting the full five stars, those aside well worth playing.

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