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Metal Gear Solid 3 is the best in the series to date. Forget the soliton radar, it doesn't exist. This game is set in the 1960's. That means that nanomachines, radar and hi tech mechs are out and chunky and unrelyable thermal goggles are in. This game evokes memories of the original Metal Gear series, especially if you play it on Hard difficulty. It is no longer a case of infiltrating buildings, you must infiltrate jungles and swamps getting past the soviet troops who have infinate ammo and very big machine guns. But you have lots of camoflauge suits and can collect more throughout the gam as well as weapons and equipment. Another new feature in this game is the cure menu, which is uses for treating injuries. Being slashed by an enemy with a knife can leave you with a massive cut which will bleed. Being shot with a shoutgun will now leave bullets in you, and a whole host of other lovely little injuries. Food is now an active part of the game, with the amount of animals on screen just waiting to be eaten, but be warned, they can go off and give you food poisoning. The plot is as tight as ever with Naked Snake infiltrating russian territory to assassinate Colnel Volgin and The Boss as well as other characters. This game is truly better than MGS2 and even veterans of Metal Gear Solid 1 will struggle with this title. But the hardship is worth it.
Metal Gear Solid 2 is probably the weakest of the series. It starts off well with Solid Snake infiltrating a tanker two years after the events of the previous game, Metal Gear Solid. However, a third of the way through the action resets and you end up controlling new character Raiden, who is just a bit girly. (He's a platinum blonde with long hair.) After this point, anyone who played the PSone MGS (or the Gamecube remake Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes) will probably shout "boring" and switch off. The one thing that makes MGS a good series is it's plot driven narrative. Long cutscenes and real characters. Except on the plant chapter the terrorists are nothing more than copies of MGS' terrorist group. Although there is a reason given much later on, it is boring and predictable for fans of the series. Substance itself is more of a 'sorry' from Konami, with five separate "Snake Tales" which are mini missions involving Solid Snake. And these are much better than the original game because they are short. There are no real cutscenes, just pages of text for story building and one or two boss battles modified from the main game. But they are brilliant as they are hard. There is no radar at all, forcing players to rely on their wits to get through. There is only one difficulty setting - and it is hard. The VR missions are just not the same though, they are a let down compared to MGS1's VR missions. There are some good modes later on, just it is to much hard effort and work to unlock them. In short, only play this game if you can get it cheap enough. It is not worth nearly as much as MGS1 or MGS3.
This phone is a definite improvement over my old phone. I have had it about six months now, and it is still a joy to have. Let me explain why it is so good when compared to my old phone. My old phone was an Alcatel E252 on Orange. This means that it is nothing more than a large pager. Getting a signal was like trying to find a single mis print in an entire encyclopedia. With no dial tone the only notification you got to the progress of the call would be when it would beep loudly at you and display the text 'redialling'. If you had bothered to set up the re-dail function, otherwise it would just disconnect with no warning. And I might as well have put any message I wanted to send in the mail, it would have actually arrived on time, unlike my texts from an Alcatel which went when they felt like it. The Sagem MYC4-2 is a breath of fresh air when compared to this. It grabs signal from anywhere and holds onto it like a dobberman pincher holds onto a bone. Sending a text takes all of five seconds, and even that is a joy! The MYC4-2 is quite good, but in order to paint an accurate picture of it, it would be best to describe what is NOT there, something that the retailer that sold me the handset should have done. It doesn't have bluetooth. It doesn't have video recording capability. It doesn't have a very good camera. And music tracks last all of thirty seconds. Now on to the good bits. The MYC4-2 has a dial tone which is comparable to a landline phone. It's external aerial might look like an eyesore but it is worth having it there. The flip side has a monochrome LCD display and a light. The light can be programmed by you to show different colours when different events take place. The LCd shows who is calling you or how many texts you have. If you've just pressed the send key on a message and you close the flip - it'll still send the message, and the LCD will give you the progress of the message. And when it is turned of and connected to the power cord to be charged, the LCD shows a bar dipicting the battery. The phone is available in other colours - mine is a jet-black one. And is available on loads of networks. The range of functions is brilliant - if you do want to take pictures, you can edit them with simple editting tasks built into the phone. The phone might appear to be rubbish when compared to more modern phones like Apple's iPhone and most Nokias. But this is the Mini Cooper of the mobile world. Small and sleek, but just as hard as anything else you want to throw at it. Which brings me on to another thing - toughness. Most mobile phones are either wafer thin and shatter to a million pieces if they so much as drop a couple of centimetres in a padded room. The Sagem MYC4-2 could be fired from a tank - and still work! There are only a couple of issues I have with this phone:- 1) Sagem didn't include a USB cable in the package. 2) Sagem charge silly money (£25) for a USB cable to connect your phone to your PC to share or back-up files. (And the phone itself only costs around £20) 3) The music record function is great, but Sagem seem to want to make it rubbish by limiting record function to 30 seconds of music and 1 minute of a To-Do reminder. 4) The pre-set menu backgrounds are rubbish and there is no way to change them for your own images. Having said that, it is still a good phone, with a battery life of at least 72 hours when left alone, and makes my Palm Zire PDA look weak. And they cost the same amount of money.
This is the best Tomb Raider to date. Crystal Dynamics have reimagined the original 1996 Tomb Raider and given it a new lease of life thanks to the PS2. As anyone whose played the original PSone Tomb Raider's will tell you, they were not big on making a lot of sense plot-wise, and boss battles invariably involved you up against another character with your guns. This game is the remedy to that. Let me explain, in this game, boss battles come in two forms, a button-pressing cutscene similar to Legend's cutscenes and the traditional gun fights. Lara will fight human enemies in the cutscenes and all other boss's in the gunfights. The boss' themselves have had a revamp, with the Lost Valley's T-Rex being double the size it was in the original game and the infamous doppelganger being even more detailed. Just like last year's Legend, this game relies on the collection of artifacts and relics to unlock extra content. This content is really detailed and the unlockable commentary in particular is very funny. The gameplay itself has been polished and Lara's new moves like the wall-run and the ability to stand on the top of tall poles is great. Puzzles are now more about pressing the right lever and running like mad as opposed to collect the keys. In fact, there is only one key you need to collect, with only one other key puzzle in the game. Lara herself is more detailed and the plot has been considerably tightened. Gone is the Cowboy character from the original, with bad guy Larson stepping in. Natla has lost her texan accent and the other enemies no longer act like wooden stereotypes. They each have their own unique story and their own personality. The game relies much more on the psychology aspect. I will not elaborate as it would ruin possible enjoyment, but it clearly shows how Lara became the psychopathic killer she is in Legend.
This laptop is amazing! I would like to make it very clear that I do not work for Packard Bell - I have just owned Packard Bell computers since I replaced my Amstrad. I am also not very good at quoting figures but what I do know is this is one of the fastest computers that I have ever used, if not THE fastest computer I have ever used! The hard drive is reasonable as it is a commonly known fact that laptops have smaller memory when compared to desktops. But my desktop which I still sometimes use is comparately useless. If the Packard Bell EasyNote MZ was a Porsche, my desktop - a Packard Bell iConnect is a fiat panda - with no petrol tank! It is very easy to use Windows and the laptop has a lot of processing power under its cover. One of my sister's friends tried it and was amazed by how quick it was compared to his own laptop, despite the fact that mine was the cheaper of the two! There is only one problem with the laptop - the battery. The standard battery that is supplied by Packard Bell is not good enough if you want more than one and a half hours battery power for light tasks - and that amount of time falls fast if you're burning CDs or DVDs. But you can find a lot of places on the internet or around that stock cheap batteries for this laptop.
Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas is the biggest game in the world. It will make all your other games look worthless. The game follows the story of Carl Johnson who is travelling from Liberty City to attend his mother's funeral after her murder. On his way from the airport, he is stopped by the corrupt Officer Tenpenny and dumped in Balllas territory, the game flows beautifully from there. The game is so open-ended in its approach to gameplay that its an example of how powerful current consoles are. The entire world can be travelled around with almost no loading and the background scenery changes with time and there are loads of radio stations to listen to. The early missions take you through most of the moves of the game like jumping over fences, fighting and sprinting. However, if you want to sprint, you had better be in shape. There are gyms all over San Andreas where you can build your muscles and improve your stamina in order to hit people harder with you fist, sprint and swim fast and keep running. But if you eat too much food at one of the many resturants, CJ will get fat and will be at risk of a heart attack and not be able to sprint very far or climb high fences. This level of cutomisation is also visible in other areas of the game. You can change the clothes on CJ by visiting clothes shops and buying clothes or going to the barber and getting a new cut or the tattoo parlour to get the symbol of Grove Street tatooed on your back. These actions improve another stat; respect. If you look like a gangsta with a gangsta physic, cut and clothes, then you will earn the respect of your homies. However, if you're skinny, have a bad haircut or dress like a geek then all you will earn from your homies is laughter. If you want to do any of the things listed above then you're going to need money which can be found in a number of ways like completing missions successfully, mugging people and (after being unlocked in the first Ryder mission)burgling other people's homes and selling the swag. The vehicles vary from BMX bikes to pimp cars to trains to boats to planes. Almost every vehicle you see is nickable. But in order to use some vehicles(like planes), then you need to build some stats up. Again, the stats area comes into it. If you spend a long time riding a bike, then your bike stats increase. It's the same with any vehicle you can get into. The graphics look really sharp but be warned, one of the glitches is that if you spend a lot of time on the console in one burst then the graphics will weaken to the point of you not being able to see anything at all. This can be remedied by going into a building then exiting it. Most buildings like the 24/7 shop, CJ's house and the various pubs contain mini-games that can be played as a normal game by walking up to them and pressing the triangle button. This game is one of the best games ever created and is sure to be a classic for the rest of time.
007 Racing brings 007's most dangerous car chases to your PlayStation. Drive cars from classic Bond Movies like GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies in a unique plot with beauitful but deadly Bond Women, classic villians like Jaws and all new enemies, unique to this title. Gameplay takes you around locations like a castle to a submarine deck to an airport as you try to find out who is trying to poison the world with a deadly virus. The game encorporates many features like two-palyer modes and unlockable cheats as well as an emersive single-palyer story mode. This game would appeal to anyone who likes the car chases in the 007 movies and the driving levels in the other 007 games.
007 returns in his most dangerous mission to date. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to investigate Malprave Industries when CIA agent Zoe Nightshade goes missing whilst investigating Identicon, a subsidery of Malprave Industries. You get all the usual firearms and Q-Branch gadgets like bonds Laser secreted in his mobile phone. The graphics are quite good although Bond looks more like Roger Moore than Pierce Brosnan but other than that its a beautifully crafted game with loads of playability. Another great point about 007 titles is beautiful but deadly Bond women and the usual cheats like unlimited missiles for exceptional performance in the missions. It might be easy to get Platinum medals in the early missions but it will get harder as you go up. In all, I would recommend this game to anyone who likes the Bond series of films/games. Agent Under Fire is guarenteed to leave you shaken but not stirred.
Lara Croft is back in action in Egypt. The game starts with her as a young girl with Werner Von Croy teaching her how to move in the vast empire that is Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. Then we go into a tomb and Lara unwittingly unleashes evil that pocesses Von Croy. This game would be suitable to anyone who likes the previous Tomb Raiders or the Indianna Jones films/games. With enoguh gadgets to satisfy anyone, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.
This is one game everyone should buy. Its graphics are amazing with extremely great graphics and storyline. The game casts you as Sam Fisher, an agent for an NSA Sub-agency called 'Third Echelon'. Sam goes in to find two missing CIA agents, Alice Madison and Robert Blaustin, who were last seen in T'Bilisi, Georgia. Soon after embarking on your mission, you discover that there has been foul play and must find those responsible and bring them to justice. The game boasts a mixture of stealth missions (where more than three alarms ends the mission) or all-out warfare missions (one's where there are no alarms). The weapons are really good and you have enough gadgets to ensure a safe passage through any level. There are quite a lot of moves, but you don't really need to read the manual, as there is an in-game training area, where all of the key moves are explained. On the whole, this game is great for those who like stealth games and are fed up of the Metal Gear Solid titles
Okay, here is some things to do before playing this game: 1) Kiss goodbye to your friends, family and girlfriend. Why should you do that? Because the Italian job is the best game ever for the PSone. Playing as Charlie Croker and his gang, you speed around in Land Rovers, Mini-vans, sports cars and the famous mini-coopers around a sixties London and Turin. This game plays similar to DRIVER 1 which is good as it has the same graphics. The missions always start with a breifing and then you just follow the arrow to the destination before the timer runs out. Instead of having the cops ram you or shoot your tyres, if the cops get too close they'll read your license plate. If they get the whole thing then it's game over. The game also features a free-play mode as well as three different races.The game is best played with a negcon racing wheel as you'll have more control. All in all, if you don't own this game, then you should, your life will be worth living with this game.
Why is it that we, the gamers can't stop using games with violence. The answer is, we love them. That's why I am highly recommending Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. The best game from Lo Interactive in 2002. In this game you play as Codename 47, a genectically engineered freelance assassin. At the beginning of the game, 47 is in hiding in a church in Gontranno, Sicily. After you're best friend, Father Vitorio is kidnapped by the mob, 47 comes back out of hiding in an effort to find him. During the course of the game, you go around dealing death (duh, you're a Hitman). There is an open variety of guns to choose from including handguns, shotguns, Uzis and machine guns. You also get your hands on a cross bow, a sword, a fire axe but the most rewarding weapon of all is your fibre wire. The object of most missions is to kill a certain character. You can get through the level by just killing that character, but it's a lot easier to kill everything that moves. But doing this reduces your rating. (You are ranked by your use of Stealth and Aggression with the later deducting points. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants lots of variety from a game.
Yet another great game from Acclaim. Aggressive Inline allows you to play as real-life characters and improve their abilities as you play. You can also unlock hidden characters by completing the levels. In order to complete the levels, you must complete all the challenges in that level. Some are hard, some are really easy. There is a challenge for everyone. The most common challenges involve getting a certain number of points. For completing challenges, you are given rewards. Each challenge is given points according to how hard it is. Getting 8 of these points unlocks another level. Get another load of these points and you get editor pieces for your own park and special loading screens (that look like comic book drawings). Another great feature is the ability to improve your characters statistics. These are things like Grind and Jump. One way to improve these is to do tricks with high scores. Or you can complete a level. In every level there are three collectable items, a key to unlock a hidden area in another level, a special trick in the form of a characters head (not always the one you're playing as), and a statistic that levels it up. I would recommend this to anyone who likes skating games. There is a 15+ rating, but there is no swearing.
So, Spiderman is out in the cinema and on the PS2. This game is centered closely around the movie. The main baddie is the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), but there are a variety of baddies from the cartoon versions of the film, (Vulture, Shocker, Scorpion and Uncle Ben's Killer) The game itself is quite challenging but easy to follow. There are levels where Spidey is inside buildings, roaming around areas of New York, chasing baddies and there is a stealth level, Breaking and Entering, that sees you trying to infiltrate OsCorp. This game is most suited to anyone who likes the cartoons, or liked the movie
Electronic Arts has a reputation for producing high quality games. They keep on living up to their reputation. Theme Park World is an excellent game with really emersive gameplay. The game features two modes, the 'Practice Park' to let people experience the thrill of running a Theme Park without having to pay the bills. The other mode is the main game, where the objective is to make successful Theme Parks. There are four main 'themes', Prehistoric, Halloween World, Space Zone and Wonderland. Between these there are three 'subparks', e.g. Space Zone: The Final Fronter. The main objective in any park is to complete three main goals, to attract a certain number of visitors to your park, to stay in business for a number of years and to make a certain amount of profit within an 12 month peroid. The actual figures start low but increase as you go through the game. When you complete your goals you earn 'gold tickets' which allow you to buy other parks and with four tickets, a virtual camera that allows you to explore your park and see what the rides are like. There are also 'floating tickets' which are awarded for completing a set of secret goals(e.g. having loads of security cameras, having lots of features, lots of toilets, lots of bins.) These function the same way as gold tickets. The main viewpoint is overhead but you can tell how the visitors like your park by looking at their thought bubbles. In order to make your park a huge success, it is necessary to employ people like guards, cleaners, entertainers, researchers and mechanics. I really enjoyed this game and would recommend it to anyone who dreams of owning their very own theme park.