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As far as WWE Pay Per Views go almost every type of event has run it's course bar the Royal Rumble, that one is still cool, but the other one that isn't completley stale yet is Cyber Sunday. Originally named Taboo Tuesday this event is basically a card that create possible matches that the crowd text in to vote who fights who, or in what type of match they face off.
The 2008 installment was pretty cool, it opened with a high flying contest between Shelton Benjamin and the returning to WWE PPV R-Truth, formerly Ron Killings from TNA. IT was David v Goliath in Rey Mysterio v Kane next and although that might sound fun it had been done to death by this point and is nothing to write home about. THe Miz and Morrison then faced Cryme Tyme in a fun little brawl. And in a re-hash from 10 years ago The Undertaker took on the Big Show in a very slow plodding match.
The best parts of the even would be the great double Main Event for the two main belts in the Animal Batista v Y2J and Triple H vs Jeff Hardy. The comic releif was provided by the short but funny Santino v Honky Tonk Man.
For me the best match on the card was an unlikley one, Matt Hardy v Evan Bourne was high paced and really fun. Well worth it for that match alone.
Not a great event but a decent theme and some good matches, keep an eye out on Silvervision as if it pops up in the sale it could be worth a look.
Wrestlemania is always the best and biggest event of the year, but it's closley followed by Summerslam, this event has had some classic matches in the past such as Bret Hart v Mr Perfect, Bret v British Bulldog, HBK v Razor and hundreds more. This particular even from 2002 is in my opinion the best Summerslam since 10 years previous. There are some great matches involved, all big stars and great action.
The event kicks off with Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio, this was Rey's first big event with the WWE and he didn't diappoint, this was a wonderful macth, a mesh of technical wreslting and high flying action, this is 12 minutes that just fly past.
We move on to a brilliant match between Jericho and Ric Flair, this was mentioned by Jericho as a huge honour for him, considering the age of Flair at the time this is an excellent match. The only real lull on the card comes in the form of Test vs The Undertaker , there was storyline with the "Un-Americans" at the time and The Taker was fighting for the USA as the American Bad Ass.
The Main event was excellent, the Rock took on Brock Lesnar, Brock was still quite new to wreslting at the time and it was shocking to have him thrown into the main event for the WWE title, however he showed he wasn't out of place. For some reason the crowd completley turn on the Rock in this match and start cheering for Lesnar. INteresting viewing.
The best match on the card wihtou doubt is the return of HBK . He hadn't wrestled in 4 years due to a serious back injury, his match was a streetfight with HHH, no-one knew what to expect. What we got was 40 action packed minutes where the Showstopper was back to his best. This is worth buying for this match alone.
All in all a very good event and a a great DVD to pick up. Highly recommended.
This was a landmark year for me, faced with a choice of Fifa or Pro Evo, I chose Fifa for the first time ever, always a staunch Pro Evo fan I downloaded both demo's when Xbox Live put them up .It should be noted that Fifa only gave you 3 minutes while Pro Evo gave you 5minutes. It was hard to know how good Fifa actually was with such little play time however based on playing this demo, I opted for Fifa. I've now had it for 4 months and I am gonna trade it in for Pro Evo, not because I don't like it but i've played it to exhaustive levels and want a new challenge and having played Pro Evo I think it could be as good.
Graphics - Really good, It;'s a little dull looking at times but the players ahve all been well detailed, the presentation is fantastic , all the strips are perfect and the stadiums look cool . 8 out of 10
Gameplay - Brilliant, The comfortable style of play was what attracted me to this, it's not as easy as Fifa used to be to score goals but it is easy to get good at and really fun to play. Only critism is that you can't hit a rocket shot , every long dig seems to float. 8 out of 10
Sound - The best commentary on a football game, the best two guys on the job and there isnt too much repetition. Some good modern music in the menu screens too. 8 out of 10
Longevity - This is where it really picks up, you can play just about every league int he world and every cup from that country , plus you can play the "Be A Pro" season for 4 years as you control one players career looking for a better club etc. Plenty to do , the online game is a lot of fun too, just depends on your skill level but I've played it lots and always enjoyed it win lose or draw. 10 out of 10
Overall - The best Fifa game ever and possibliy the best football game on the market today. Lots to do, great look, great feel to it and excellent for any football fan. 9 out of 10
As a Bon Jovi fan from youth i'll always have a look at their new album when they bring one out, back at the tail end of 2002 they released Bounce, this was their first album in nearly 3 years and truth be told it was a pretty good effort, they clearly have moved on from the days of Livin on a Prayer and even Keep the Faith, they seem a bit more country driven than blues rock which they used to be influenced by. One wonders if Samboras drink and drug issues over the past 10 years have something to do with the change in musical direction.
The first single they released from this album was "Everyday" it was short and pretty heavy at the time, reminded me a lot of "It's my life" from the previous album. A good effort marred only by a terrible music video featuring Jon doing his best to show off ihs expensive dental work.
Other tracks I liked on this are "All About Lovin You" and "Misunderstood" , both Classic Bon Jovi ballads, a bit soppy but shows they can still churn out some good tunes when needed. The best track on the album for me though is "Hook Me Up" , it's heavy , upbeat and really well written, I don't remember it getting released over here but for me it would have been the first single released.
3. "The Distance"
6. "All About Lovin' You"
7. "Hook Me Up"
8. "Right Side of Wrong"
9. "Love Me Back to Life"
10. "You Had Me From Hello"
12. "Open All Night"
All in all this was a good return from Bon Jovi, they've released two albums since then that haven't came close to this albums quality , I'm not sure where Bon Jovi go now, but i'll stick on their old albums all the time and this is one i'd consider a good one. Will get better with age I reckon. Already I prefer this now to when I first heard it. I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
I've always bought the latest WWE game no matter how bad or good the game is that they churn out, just out of pure loyalty, I still remember the days of N64 No Mercy and WWF Smakdown Here Comes the Pain, so I live in hope that one day they will release a game on those levels. This installment isn't quite as good as either of those two games but this for me is much more fun than any game THQ have produced in the past 5 or 6 years. The main focus is on tag team action with all new tag team moves added and a roster with tag teams in it for a change.
Graphics - Awesome, i've played it in HD and i'm very impressed with how good all the wrestlers look and the arenas they wrestle in look amazing too, the zoom ins when a big move is it is cool too, brilliant animations of all moves. 9 out of 10
Gameplay - Better than the previous installments, I still think it could be done a little simpler but it's a mile better than last year, after 4 or 5 matches on Easy you'll get the hang of it and theres so many moves to do you always find something new. 8 out of 10
Sound - Excellent, I still don't really like the commentary in Wrestling games as they repeat constantly but this isn''t as bad as earlier editions and the menu screens finally have used WWE entrance themes instead of 2nd rate metal bands. 7 out of 10
Longevity - Theres a lot to do in this, the career is a bit long and unrewarding but there are 6 "Road to Wrestlemania" options to play through which should take you a good while, plus all the different match types take you a while to go through including the new Inferno match. Plus Online gaming is fun with this. 8 out of 10
Overall - I'm saying this is the best wrestling game released here in 6 years, looks plays and feels great, no perfect but as close to it as we've had in a long time. 9 out of 10
This was during the big Wrestling Boom period, WWF was everywhere at the time of both of these events. The Royal Rumble being the January showcase PPV from the company always features 3 or 4 matches followed by the 30 man over the top rop Royal Rumble, without dragging out and spoiling every match i'll cover the highlights and things worth watching about these two events.
1999 - The big story here was Steve Austin rebelling against the owner of the WWF Vince McMahon, Austin was number one entrant into the Rumble match and Vince number two, this was the first high profile collision between the two on PPV after over a year feuding. The story runs through the match and comes to a great climax. The other highlight of this event is the "I QUIT" match for the WWF title between Mankind and the Rock, this back and forth affair is most noteable for Mankind takig over 15 chairshots to the skull in succession. The undercard on this is just filler.
2000 - This was one of my favourites, it kicks off with the debut of ECW star Tazz as he takes on undefeated Kurt Angle. Has a great tables match between the Hardyz and the Dudleyz, some hot girls in a bikini contest (ruined by a 75 year old!) and the Rumble match was excellent, some cute spots included Too Cool doing their dance routine midmatch and an excellent photo finish.
You get about 6 hours worth with this set and it's all very good stuff, i'd highly recommend this set to any wrestling fan. Checkout Silvervision as they tend to sell these discs the cheapest.
To describe this game as an Adventure Roleplay I feel would be kind of inaccurate, Contra has way too much action involved to describe it as roleplaying. In fact if I was to describe it in short term i'd say Blaster-Shoot-em-Up. And a damn good one at that. Contra was a game that I first seen on the NES and it's made its way through Generations of console with changes to each apaptation. In an Old School style the game blasts you through level after level sticking to a pretty good storyline along the way.
Graphics - Yeah it looks pretty good , the fire looks real nice but the game suffers a little bit of slow down through the busy sequences with alot of explosions. To be expect from a game of this era though. 6 out of 10
Gameplay - Pretty good, utilizes nearly all the buttons on the pad with various moves and attacks, the first level explains the gameplay pretty well too. 6 out of 10
Sound - Raring rock riffs galore as you blast your way through hell, sure they aren't licensed but compared to most games this is quite refreshing. 6 out of 10
Longevity - After the first few levels it gets tough, at that point you'll know wether you like it enough to gut it out or chuck it out, could go either way though dpeending on the gamer. 5 out of 10
Overall - It's a prety good blaster game, doesn't live up to the cult Contra name thatt he NES version and SNES version garnered however. 6 out of 10
Sticking with the Puzzle game feel , I dug out my copy of Ballistic and gave it a whirl after all those years. This is an odd type of game, it's like a 3d version of Arkanoid where you use your balls (ooh err) to blast other balls of a similar colour to eliminate them from the puzzle, like any other puzzle game the game increases in speed and difficulty the further you get into the game.
Graphics - Hmm, it's just coloured balls, if the look of snooker impresses you , you'll be flabbergasted but theres really nothing much to see here, animations are all smooth though. 5 out of 10
Gameplay - As theres not a lot of manouvering in this game you'll find yourself just pressing X a lot, but still once you get the hang of it it can be pretty fun. 6 out of 10
Sound - Annoying, the noise when elminating balls sounds like the old electronic Battleship game , i'd say turn it off. 3 out of 10
Longevity - If you're good at it , it's reasonably addictive, once you are a few levels in though it just gets outrageously difficult which put me off sticking with it. 4 out of 10
Overall - It's an interesting take on a puzzle game that I hadn't seen in 3d before, it's worth a go althoguh you'd need to be persistant to get that good at it. 6 out of 10
Ms Pacman - If you play videogames and dont know the idea of Pacman games then you must have been living under a rock, for the uninitiated, this game is simple, move around the screen collecting/eating little white balls whilst avoiding the monsters that try to kill you. In an era of Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid, this was a bit simple for the Playstation game, but as Tetris has proved many a time, simplicity if done right can be much better than a technically detailed game which is overcooked.
Graphics - Sadly this is as plain as jane, I suppose the colours are all pleasing to the eye but this has a retro Atari feel to it throughout and thus I cant give it a high rating for look. 4 out of 10
Gameplay - Pretty good, importantly the gameplay is responsive and fast, after a few games of this you will begin to get the feel for it and the timing right. 7 out of 10
Sound - Usually this music is rife in PSX games and it annoys me, but somehow the simplistic plinky plonky music here fits the game, not bad. 5 out of 10
Longevity - Depends on the type of person you are, this much like Tetris can be very addictive, so i'd give it a 7 out of 10
Overall - Well it's not as fun or original as the first Pacman but it's a great little game nonetheless, Ms Pacman has done her brother (?) proud on this one. 7 out of 10
I'm shocked that this isn't getting 5 Stars everywhere, my only criticsm of this boxset is that to truly reflect all the great moments of Raw, they would need to release a 10 Disc set, and even then some good stuff would have to be cut. This is a review of some of the top moments from 1993 right up to and including 2008, so much good stuff here for a fan of the WWE like myself, I started watching wrestling back in 1992 so for me this covered everything, I can remember watching most of these thigns happen on Sky at the time.
The Early 90's part is fun, although cartoonish, this era did provide some great moments. HBK v Marty Jannetty was a masterpiece and won Match of the Year award at the time, The brawl between HBK and Mr Perfect was shocking for it's time. I still remember watching the Mr Perfect v Ric Flair loser leaves town match when I was a kid and the sheer disbeleif when a nobody called the 123 Kid defeated Razor Ramon.
The mid-late 90's is the best part of the disc, this covers D-Generation X , Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock, to wrestling fans I need not say anymore than that. The rise of the Rattlesnake and the Great One is brillaint to re-hash. Big props for the Beer Truck incident, and Pillman pulling a gun out on Stone Cold.
The 2000's is great too, some great matches like the Iron Man Match between Kurt Angle and HBK , The rise of Evolution, Edge becoming a star. Shelton Benjamins' great match, Edge's live Sex Celebration and of course the Raw debut and subsequent dominance of John Cena.
This is just awesome , if I could get 9 hours to myself I could watch this from start to finish. 100 out of 10!!!
Hell in a Cell, probably the most sucessfull gimmick match in wrestling history. A bold statement? Maybe, a lot of people love the ladder match and some hardcore fans prefer the all out no holds barred matches. And traditionalists may like the plain old steel cage. Although all those types of matches have a lot going for them, the Hell in a Cell match for me is the only one that seemingly every match there has been with the exception of one or two has been awesome.
The Undertaker features heavily on this disc, some awesome matches he had with Brock Lesnar and Edge , but for me the two most important Hell in a Cell matches were the first two which were on PPV, HBK v Taker was 35 minutes of sheer brilliance. Great action, big bumps, blood and shocker at the end. Contrast that to the Mick Foley v Taker match from King of the Ring 1998. There was only about 12 minutes of actual action in this one but it will be forever remembered for the amazing falll Foley took from the top of the Cell and then the Chokeslam through it.
There are other great matches on this disc too and without giving too much away there is a classic HBK vs HHH match here which shows how good these two are, and even Kevin Nash manages to get a rub from the Cell as his match with HHH refereed by Foley is even pretty watchable.
This is 9 hours long, thats insane, theres very little to fast forward on all three discs here and like many other WWE releases I highly recommend picking up this disc, buy it, it's a keeper.
There are some games that are ideal for handheld consoles, Role Playing games for me are perfect. I feel more comfortable sitting around playing this or on the train to work, especially when you don't even need to save your game with the PSP, you just turn it off when you can't play no more and back on and it's where you left it. Awesome, Breath of Fire is very like Final Fantasy, same magic potion fights and strange mystic dialouge but truth be told it's all quite intriguing.
Graphics - Pretty special, reminds me a lot of Devil May Cry on the PS2 at first, all characters are masterfully rendered and the environments are stunning. 7 out of 10
Gameplay - This is it's downfall, these games are hard ot control because theres so much going on plus theres little mini games for the fight sequences which aren't as easy to conrol as the actual game. 6 out of 10
Sound - Not bad, the cutscenes have good voiceovers so that can't be complained about, the music is the kinda medevil stuff you would expect. 6 out of 10
Longevity - Well I think I clocked out about 8 hours of this game and didn't quite complete it, i've no urge to start again but 8 hours+ ain't bad for a game nowdays. 6 out of 10
Overall - With games like Final Fantasy this will always struggle, on it's own it's a decent RPG but it looks average compared to the bigger and better ones. 6 out of 10
Elmo is back again, and after solving all my alphabet problems he's here to teach people how to add, subtract, divide and multiply in Elmo's Number Journey, taking the same route as the Letters game, you guide Elmo thorugh his merry little world where you encounter all his puppet friends and help solve math puzzles.
Graphics - Sweet, the colouring is wonderful and the sprites of all the characters look good, the background lacks a bit of depth but it is a kids game! 6 out of 10
Gameplay - Theres not a lot too it, very easy to play and only uses a few of the buttons on the PSX pad, great for kids as it's simple. 6 out of 10
Sound - Not as good as the previous game, not that the previous game was a Beethoven symphony but this one is really repetitive and quite dull sound-wise. 3 out of 10
Longevity - As each number puzzle changes each time you play it, it is a very good learning device for ids, they can replay over and over to help teach them math. 6 out of 10
Overall - As its not really as much a game as it is an educational program it's hard to rate as such, but it's easy, looks ok and does the job so i'll give it a 6 out of 10
It should be noted that I loved Pitfall when I was growing up, I had it for the Megadrive and always enjoyed playing it, so when it was released on the handheld I thought it was pretty cool, until I played it, The gameboy advance is a funny little creature, it throws up amazing games like Super Mario World and then theres game such as this, in comparison Pitfall looks about 10 years dated. I know it was never gonna have Mario budget but still.
Graphics - Awful, 8 bit graphics, evrything looks the same , poor colouring in which it alll mixes and looks like a bad painting from the 60's . 3 out of 10
Gameplay - Not bad but the aim of Pitfall is an "adventure platform" so its' really just walk, jump , shoot. Thats all there is to it. 5 out of 10
Sound - It's quite unfair to try and review the sound of GBA games as it's 8 bit midi music, turn them all off is my advice! 3 out of 10
Longevity - Well, if you make it past the 2nd level and haven't traded this in then you might as well finish it, thats about as much lifespan it has . 3 out of 10
Overall - A woeful game, I had hopes for it as i thought it would have been similar to the Megadrive version but I was sadly mistaken, this was pretty short of the mark for me. 3 out of 10
To be honest it took me a while to get into PC games, it was late 1998 before I received a gamepad so apart from games which were mouse controlled I was alien to platformers etc on the PC. But after I got the pad I dug in, Rayman Forever interested me, I picked it up cheap and i'd played the original on the PSX. It was the first great Platformer in my opinion on the PSX as it surpassed Crash Bandicoot for me.
Graphics - Excellent, the 3D yet cartoon enviroment was a joy to look at, the fact that the background is animated is even bettrer, lots going on and it all looks good. 8 out of 10
Gameplay - Not much to tell here, it's a side scroller so the usual controls apply apart from the attack buttons which don't take long to master. 7 out of 10
Sound - Quite good, with it being a PC they didn't need to rely on Midi tunes like the PSX one did, different tunes each level and none of them are offensive. 5 out of 10
Longevity - With over 40 new levels to play this will take a long time to get through, the only drawback is some levels are little same-ish. 7 out of 10
Overall - A brilliant platform game which looks good, is easy top pick up and play, pretty cheap and very enjoyable. 7 out of 10