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Aaron Alexander James "A.A.James" (Chesire, UK)

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Stacked (PC)
Stacked (PC)
Offered by Satsumo
Price: £5.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for learning early on and intermediately., 13 May 2009
This review is from: Stacked (PC) (Video Game)
Console Poker on the whole has been quite immpressive in my opinion. It's hard to think of a particularly bad one, looking through the eyes of the beginner, I'm unfortunately a slightly advanced player who has hit a learning block.

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu has been my favourite of all poker games, all though the characters are so ridiculously easy to read the game is still quite intuative. One of the greatest things about the game is its ability to show you how much each hand is going to cost effectively as opposed to just showing you a number and your player then pushing chips into the table that miraculously replenish a second afterwards. Intead it gives you a side bar that shows your action relative to your chipsize.

I'm Not going to bang on this game for long because it's an old game, and lets face it, nobody cares what I think. So I'll just say this, Daniel Negreanu is probably one of the best candidates to be a sensei of poker, and this game proves it, the game has a "ask Daniel" button which gives decent advice... most of the time in any given situation. However calling off two thirds of your stack pre-flop with K6 off suit is bloody moronic... but Daniel knows that so maybe sometimes the game just buggers up. I don't know. It was also a shame that there was such a lack of pro's on this game, but I decided to let that go on day one, because the game is such a good interactive teacher.

Beginner and intermediate players, this is a poker must have. Better than any book.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 [DVD] [2007]
The Hills Have Eyes 2 [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Michael McMillian
Price: £2.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and cliche, yet still inticing, 24 Jan. 2009
The idea of a horror movie is some what lost on me. I thought the idea of a horror movie was to be scary, that never seems to be the case, uncomfortably gory and sexually disturbed seem to be their only defining characteristics these days. Maybe I'm missing something, that's why I write this reluctantly. If those two characteristics are what make a horror movie enjoyable, then add this to your colletion.

The hills have eyes 2 is based on a secret army base riddled with mutants that were thus created by nuclear testing. This film follows the same scenery and formula as the first film, but instead of having a helpless family stranded up there, the films main characters are a fresh unit of america's most idiotic and useless marines, but at the end of the day they still all have M14 rifles, which takes away the helplessness factor that defined the first film and made it a good watch. Still, having said that, when the guns are taken away from them, which happens a lot, the sense of helplessness is back, yay!

The characters are all cliched but still a couple of them are likeable, you have the rambo character, the leader who is impossibly awesome, the future leader, the two wimps the selfish bastard etc. etc. you get the point. So, it's not to difficult to work out what happens to who and why, but having said that, the fact that you know what's coming gives a strange sense of unease.

The film follows the same structure as the old one, including the arbitrary beginning, the developing characters and the rushed, anticlimatic, dissapointing predictable ending. Although this is the case, I still enjoyed this film for the most part. The only major problem I had with it was that it was trying to be a war film and a horror film, and getting lost at times as to which it wanted to be most.

The script is the same corny one-liner fest. However, there was one line that was excellent and well delivered 'I killed someone once, it was easy; that's what makes it dangerous.' After that good script writing went out the window, but I don't think that matters so much in a horror movie. This line of critique leads beutifully into cast. In the first ten/fifteen minutes I was shocked, the acting was really good the editing was a bit jumpy but it worked, and the pacing was excellent. Great! Then all the good actors' characters were killed off and I was left watching a group of young, fresh faced dissapointing replacements. I'll let that slide though for reasons I have already said previously.

Is it a decent film? Not really, but it could have been, and as a horror movie... I don't know, if it was aiming for discomfort and anticipation, with a few jumpy moments, then great it gets an A for effort. If however it's supposed to be scary, then it didn't work. Is it worth watching? Yes, it was enjoyable and an easy watch and didn't outstay it's welcome. If you liked the first film, then this is not as good but still worthy of your time.

Far Cry 2 (PS3)
Far Cry 2 (PS3)
Offered by PROGAMES
Price: £7.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions are good..., 23 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Far Cry 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
The first Farcry game was one that bored me, but I thought as a game it had potential. So, when farcry two came out it was only natural to find out if it has improved. The answer in short, Yes, but in long, this may as well be a completely different game. instead of being some flashy gun toting charcter who gets chased by zombies, you choose from a range of grizzled veteran mercenaries and live in a war torn land in africa.

Once you've chosen your character you get a pretty impressive cut scene where you are a passenger in a taxi, he explains the land to you while propoganda is playedon the radio. At the end of the journey though, you contract malaria, and nearly die. It then becomes apparent why you are on war torn african country, and that is to kill an arms dealer. the second scene is with said arms dealer and yet again it's pretty well scripted and acted.

After said arms dealer has left you to die, the game really starts, he dissapeares and your old boss is unreachable. So, you start your job as a mercenary doing odd jobs. These come in four categories, blowing up a weapons crate, which conveniently drives round in a circle, until you blow it to hell. Jobs for one of the two factions who's leaders just happen to live in the same town. Assassination jobs which come from a tower or a job for a buddy that increases your reputation.

Buddy? I hear you ask, yes buddy throughout the game you meet the other mercenaries that were available to choose from at the beggining. What they are basically for is that if you die they act as a get out of jail free card, but apart from Josip, I've found them pretty pathetic shots, and every time I see Warren Clyde I want to shoot that Charlie Sheen look alike in the face. Anyway... All of this so far has impressed and the game has been playable for hours, but then doubt started kicking in, the repetition got to me, and my sense of achievement, that is all so important in a game was evaporated. Also, whenever I had to do a mission the enemies annoyed me, they managed to see you from 100 miles away even if you are hiding behind the largest tree, and they drop everything just to run you off the road. Forgot to mention, their are vehicles but all FPS's have vehicles now adays. As the game progresses the sense of achievment doesn't really come back until you finally meet up with the arms dealer again, the plot takes a massive twist, and I was both appaled and smiling with glee at it.

Whether or not to get the game. Yes, it was a nce experience and provided days of entertainment and after a break probably will do again. Though if you hate guns jamming and the idea of having to take malaria pills all the time, then maybe not because both things happen a lot. It is a vast improvement on the previous game and is a pretty excellent FPS. If you like this kind of game then get it.

World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets (PS3)
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets (PS3)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the intended audience, 22 Jan. 2009
First of all, I hate it when people leave a review saying it's great or it's rubbish. That tells me nothing, a review is not an opinion it's a breakdown of a product.

So, Battle of the Bracelets, the... third installment (I think) into the WSOP series. Despite what the others said I believe this to be a vast improvement and seperate game to Tournament of Champions. The graphics are considerably better, but still lacking for a PS3 game. The players are slightly more challenging but still very predictable, but that's a good thing because a poker game on a console is aimed at beginners not seasoned poker pro's, pub regulars, and other self-proclaimed 'good' players. If you are just starting out, or you've even been playing for some time (not too long) and want to improve your game then this is perfect and a lot cheaper then trying to learn in the casino or online, because you don't learn until you start losing. If you are confident in your gameplay then don't bother with this it's too easy.

Phil Hellmuth is your teacher this time instead of Fergusson, eventhough Fergusson's teaching was more wholesome Hellmutrh does bring in some interesting points.

A major downfall in this game is the play time, it's so slow even for a poker game. Also adding this new blackjack mini game was pretty poor. On top of that the online play is dire I was on there 5 minutes and didn't see a hand, literally and I joined the hand while it was already on the river.

Buy this game if you liked the previous one or both, and want to learn more about the game. If you are unfamiliar with poker then either buy the previous installments first o go for Daniel Negreanu's Stacked. On a personal note, I learnt how to play poker with one book and the console games and I've made some good money on the game sinse. If you already know your poker then don't buy this game... wait if you already know your poker then why the hell are you looking for a poker game on a console anyway. If you have no interest in poker then don't buy this game either.

In short this game is intended for learning purposes and putting into practice what you know, if that's what you want then great, go buy this.

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