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Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
Offered by The Outlet Shop
Price: £11.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Why Capcom?, 16 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Resident Evil 5 (PS3) (Video Game)
I'll start by admitting i haven't finished this game, but in my opinion, i don't need to to get my point across.

I rented this game for just 3£ from a local game store, and i'm glad i didn't invest in a game which was top of my list pre-release for years. To say that about a Resident Evil game is extremely disappointing.

I've been a fan since the first RE game and am a huge fan and supporter of what changed for RE4, which i consider to be one of the best games i've played. Two things matter to me when it comes to games, fun and replayability, and if those two things are there in a game, then it will be a hit. Well RE5 has neither, and apart from RE0 as the RE games i've played (i haven't played Wii's games), i don't think i could play it twice even if i managed to complete it.

The issue i have with RE5 is this new ally and her part in the gameplay. I only care about single-player, things like Multi-player and Co-op should be bonuses to any game, if it carries more weight than that then the game doesn't interest me. RE5 is a disaster then because there is no single-player. Only Capcom can explain to me why they decided to make it the way it is, but if you aren't playing with a friend or stranger, you're looking after the AI-controlled Sheva, and too often during the game (during the hardest sections) it is frustrating and there's no fun. You're not working with Sheva, you're responsible for keeping her alive throughout the game, that's how i'd describe it. Why?!

Anyway i won't waste my time with the game, i'll leave it to those who do enjoy it, those who probably didn't like Resident Evil before. Maybe it's unfair for me to assume that, but i can't imagine any of those who have played RE since the beginning enjoying this.

However, Resident Evil is a huge title, and there will be another game, so i hope it will not provide the same disappointment.

Dead Space (PS3)
Dead Space (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £9.98

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good!, 1 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Dead Space (PS3) (Video Game)
I couldn't have asked for a better survival horror game than this! I find the latest games have been less fun, maybe too serious, not since Bioshock and Resident Evil 4 have i enjoyed gaming as much as this. Granted survival horror is my type of thing, but i consider this as good as both of those and thats saying a lot.

The gameplay is great, i didn't find it repetitive or easy, the tools (weapons) are solid, and i particularly enjoyed stasis, kineses and the zero-gravity zones are very well done. There's a lot of "jump" moments and times where you don't want to enter a room. Not since the older residents evils have i had that problem, that was when i was 12ish, now i'm 20 and it takes a lot more to do that! The monsters are great, much more variety than i was expecting, and the bosses are big. But the best thing about it is the story. It really is film worthy. And i actually enjoyed Downfall, the poorly animated movie released just before the game, about events before the crew of Kellion reach USG Ishimura, because of the story.

I really look forward to the next game/s to follow on, as there are questions to be answered, especially after the last moment of the game.

Bioshock - Limited Edition [Tin Case] (Xbox 360)
Bioshock - Limited Edition [Tin Case] (Xbox 360)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!, 22 July 2008
I don't know why but it took me until a couple of weeks ago to buy this. For less than 15£ from a seller on here, Bioshock is easily the best buy for my Xbox360. And i'd argue its the best game of the console altogether.

The game starts with you floating in the middle of the atlantic ocean, watching the tail end of a plane sink to the depths. Immediately you want to know what this is all about. You swim to a conveniently-near lighthouse, and inside is a bathysphere, the door to an underworld city called Rapture. From there on you find yourself in a horrific world, where you have to do fight with equally horrific creatures, and put your trust in one of the few sane people remaining, and in ADAM - a mutagen, giving you powerful abilities such as telekinises and freeze.

The story is brilliant, you'd struggle to find one better. Throughout the game you learn about what Rapture is, who Andrew Ryan is, and why everything has gone very wrong. You then have to make your own choice which affects the difficulty of the game, and the ending. Again this is about the ADAM. Eventually you learn the truth about how you found Rapture, or how it found you.

I just expected a FPS with a decent story, but its so much more than your typical FPS. The fact that you never see the face or hear the voice of the sole playable character didn't bother me at all, and maybe its because that person is you, especially given that your choices affect Jack and what he becomes at the end. Along with MGS4 i consider this to be my best experience on either console. But in terms of gameplay and great fun, this has to be #1 for me. I could play this for hours, i don't think i've ever been as disappointed for a game to end as i did here. But having spent so little in comparison to CoD4, MGS4, GTA4 and all the other big name titles, i am extremely satisfied with Bioshock.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, Breathtaking, OTT... Everything!, 18 July 2008
I'm not going to write much, the other 100 reviews will tell you all you need to know. If you're reading them then you're either considering buying a PS3, or the game as you already have the console - if you do, what the hell are you waiting for?!

But for those of you who haven't a PS3, if you know what MGS is, you will not regret buying a PS3 just for that reason, i did just that. And the experience of completing the final chapter of legendary soldier Solid Snake's life will never be forgotten, and will never be repeated.

If you don't know what MGS is then as a game this is still brilliant, but like the major criticism you may get annoyed with the cutscenes.

But personally, i couldn't have asked for a better conclusion and like the large majority of MGS fans, want to give big thanks to Kojima for his efforts. Truly Brilliant!

Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.09

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed, 18 July 2008
This review is from: Alone in the Dark (Video Game)
With these fantastic new consoles come out, i am awaiting a ground breaking game, something never seen before, and something that couldn't ever be forgotten. So far i've had the joy of playing MGS4 and Bioshock both of which i couldn't be more pleased with. But i'm looking for innovation, for something different, and for a few months i really thought AitD would provide it. Having looked at demos explaining real world rules etc, i was confident, until a day before i bought it. I read a few reviews from pros and it just didn't sound good. Still i bought it, and have completed it once, and not touched it since, nor do i expect to. In the end, difference is risky, what you can be sure of with this game, is its not like any other, its not another FPS thats for sure, and its not like your Silent Hills/Resident Evils, but the execution has let down these ideas, and in terms of fun, this game provides very little.

Whats right with it? Well as i've said its different, the use of fire in the game is brilliant, probably the best you're likely to see, and sometimes it can be breathtaking (particularly when absailing down a cliff/building or driving through the city as it crumbles around you) - the picture/sound is top notch.

Whats wrong with it? Short answer? Too much.
Frustration is a word i caught before writing this, and i think that says a lot. I bought this on its release and completed it this week, and one of my criticisms was lack of challenge/short, so it didn't take me that long for those reasons. Playing for hours upon hours is what i could do on Bioshock, but on AitD, not unless i wanted a headache. For fun value, its just not good enough, and at best worth the 2/5 i've given it. The only time i really felt i was enjoying the game was when i needed to use fire to get passed a stage (creating fuel trails and setting alight, that sort of thing).

Monsters - dull, and not enough variety. I can think of 4 regular opponents, they were: 4claw creatures (like Half-Life2), aggresive humans and the ones you couldn't kill: a dark blob that you just defend against using a light (usually a torch), and something in the ground that you just had to avoid.

Again it wasn't challenging enough. Sure you die a lot, at the beginning for the usual reasons with a new game, or during sections which you're having to make quick decisions etc, but as a challenge, it just wasn't hard enough. I felt it was short. And the ending was dreadful - there's two and neither are all that great, normally i'd expect a final battle but there wasn't one. As a result the story that was fine up til that point, was ruined and could no longer be considered a positive in my view.

Overall, the game is worth praise for trying something different, but the many faults cost the game a lot, and disappointed best describes how i feel after completing it. I'll give it a 4/5 for gameplay, but a 3/5 wouldn't be unfair. I have decided not to take my expectations for the game or the hype into account with this vote, if i had, the marks may have been much worse.

Hopefully Alan Wake (released 30/09) will make up for this disappointment. If not, Resident Evil 5 will be amazing, there's just a long long wait for it.

Ray Quinn
Ray Quinn
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.71

8 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A new low for the music!, 20 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Ray Quinn (Audio CD)
Having watched X-Factor up until the last week, for a reason which will become apparent later, and having heard this album reached number 1, i felt it was necessary those who have listened to the album make comments about the travesty that is Ray Quinn's debut.

First of all, the songs of the album are all copies, which is explained and is obvious and to some may seem acceptable. Well it isn't quite frankly, and if you didn't see X Factor, you wouldn't have taken much notice of it. But to me, it shows a serious lack of effort and thought. Ray relied upon swing songs to make his way to the final (reason for not watching it), and his dancing which was the only decent part of a rather bland performer. Once the boy makes a record or in this case a no.1 album (disgrace), it becomes apparent how little talent this boy has, and how he should never have been allowed to even make an album. What's even worse, is the songs which he performed in the show from his album, he actually performed better vocally on stage than he has in a studio where help can be offered to less than average vocalists. The first song is typical of this, a serious lack of a finale and in all seriousness, a lot of the rejects of X Factor first round could've done as much and sounded as good. Most songs are like this throughout, if i'm being honest, i had to leave the room after a while. With every song Ray sounds like he has just eased through, singing songs easy for his voice, and never sounding like more than enough effort has been given, and for a boy with such an average voice, serious effort is necessary.

To be fair, if there is anything i can say that is considerate, it would be that this is not my type of music, and even the melody and orchestra backing frustrated me. To me its just far too boring. But even if i don't like this music, i know when a copy is no match to the original, is Ray good to Elvis, certainly not, and anyone who suggests he's done that song his way is simply covering the cracks. As for the rest he's pretty much copied the swing classics as they were sung, just not anywhere near as well. Another thing i must add is the management and guidance Ray was given in the making of his debut album. I can imagine, having seen Simon during the show, that he would've cared far more for his winner, the hugely talented Lionna, than his runner up, which was just a way of Simon boasting that the final had two of his group in it. I can imagine Simon would've told Ray to keep with his swing, and just left him to it. That's harsh but its probably true, as everyone can see, Ray is no match to Lionna, or Ben for that matter, who at least made an effort with his album.

Sometimes i seriously worry about the tastes of people in this country. I'll accept my younger sister would buy his album, even if i don't understand how she can find him exciting to listen to, but a lot of people bought this album, mid week figures i believe said 150,000 well its just wrong.

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