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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the sequel to the very well received Call of Duty 4 which was released in 2007.
The story line continues from its predecessor with the Russians about to attack the USA you must stop them! This time the game introduces new playable heroes, this was interesting as you get to see main characters from the original Modern Warfare in a whole new light. Soap Mac tavish is your commanding officer for most of this game and it was great to see him given personality and a voice after playing as him in the original game.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most easy and accessible games to have fun with, you don't need to be a shooter addict to quickly pick up the weapons and fire off precise headshots thanks to the games pretty generous auto aim. The guns are some of the most satisfying to use in any game and all feel powerful and weighty.
The game is not all about the shooting, it's also in the variety of things you do. Modern Warfare 2 ups the bar for excitement as it throws many different things you may not expect in to the mix. One moment you could be racing for your life to make a jump to a helicopter, calling in a Predator Missile, piloting a snowmobile over a treacherous mountain, ripping a knife out of your own chest, and that's only the beginning of what the game offers you.
Modern Warfare 2 also introduces one of the finest multiplayer experiences on any platform. Brand new to the game is the Spec Ops mode where you can go on different missions, the co op missions are great fun to play and there is a star based scoring system which keeps you coming back to try and attain the full 3 stars.
The main multiplayer mode is more fully featured than Call of Duty 4 there is so much more to do! This time you have to level up to level 70 and there are a whole bunch of different titles and callsigns to unlock as well as a massive list of challenges to complete, then there's prestige mode. Gameplay has been made even more hectic with customisable killstreaks allowing you to call in UAVs, Helicopters, and do you remember the level in Call of Duty 4 when you piloted the deadly AC 130 gunship, you can now take the controls this time in multiplayer if you are skilled enough!
If you need a new shooter to play and haven't yet experienced this one, you really are missing out as this is one of the finest games this generation.
Philadelphia is a cheese spread that is made by Kraft.
The tub seems to be new as it is oval shaped and coloured in silver with the PHiladephia logo on top along with informing me that it is the original Philadelphia and not one of the light varieties. I say that this is new because I have normally bought ones that come in a rectangular tub with a clear plastic lid.
Inside the tub you will find it full of a light colour cream cheese, the smell is particularly nice reminding me of natural yogurt mixed with dairylea cheese but the odour is quite faint and you normally wouldn't get a whiff unless you want to.
The cheese spreads taste is brilliant, it is subtle and light with a slight cheesy taste and a hint of creaminess that makes it delicious on a piece of fresh toast or used to liven up a dull ham sandwich. The texture is really smooth and if you find that the sandwiches you make are a bit dry a bit of this will really make it moist and delicious.
I find this to be far nicer than other cream cheeses such as dairylea and laughing cow as the flavour is not overpowering and the Philadelphia cheese itself is far smoother and lighter.
Though it is innocent in taste looking at the nutritional information reveals that just adding a dollop to your sandwich costs you 10% of your daily fat allowance so I can see the appeal in going for the lighter versions.
A 30g serving will provide
Energy: 72Kcal (4% GDA)
Protien: 1.5g (3%)
Carbohydrates: 0.9g (less than 1%)
of which sugars: 0.9g (1%)
Fat: 6.9g (10%)
Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a fighting game for the Nintendo Wii.
The game this time has a proper (sort of) story mode in the form of the Subspace Emissary mode, here you will journey through platforming levels and face bosses just like the adventure mode of Super Smash Brothers though in this mode there are far more cutscenes, the story is pretty silly really it follows the plot of the Ancient Minister as he tries to destroy the world of Smash Brothers! It will keep you amused for a while though!
Smash Brothers Brawl brings in a lot of your favourite Nintendo characters including quite a few new and unexpected additions to the series, Mario, Luigi, Bowser and Peach all return representing the Musroom Kingdom, Fox Mcloud of the Star Fox series, Lucario, Pikachu and the Pokemon Trainer represent for Pokemon, Samus is back too. Sega have also kindly allowed Sonic to be in the game and Konami have allowed Solid Snake to enter the arena! So that Sonic Vs Mario argument you used to have can now finally be settled!
The game supports multiple controllers, you can use the Wii remote, Wii remote and Nunchuck, Gamecube controller or the Classic controller whichever you prefer. I prefer the Gamecube controller as I am used to playing Smash Brothers Melee!
If you play alone you can do the Subspace Emissary story mode, Solo mode which allows you to take on a series of opponents and some challenges like breaking the targets or hitting a sandbag like in previous titles and finally face off against the boss Master Hand who returns from Melee! You can also face off against the computer.
Multiplayer is far more enjoyable as it allows you to team up with your friends and all brawl in the games crazy power up filled environments! The basic brawling involves a number of special moves mapped to the B button and basic attacks on the A button. You can also do smash attacks which are mapped to the C Stick (yes I use the Gamecube controller for this game!). You must get your opponents % as high as you can then smash them off the stage to score points!
The game introduces a Smash Orb that you can now hit to unleash a super move! Some characters like Link will unleash a devastating sword attack that will basically net you a free kill but some like Snake have even better abilities and can jump in a helicopter and gun down enemies, or like Sonic go Super Sonic and fly around destroying everything!
Graphics have been upgraded from Melee on close inspection the characters really look amazing and the stages are more interactive than ever!
If you thought Super Smash Brothers Melee was good prepare to have that feeling all over again, its time to Brawl!
Super Mario Galaxy is a platforming game for the Wii developed by Nintendo.
Super Mario Galaxy story starts with an invitation from Princess Peach to go her castle to celebrate the Star Dust Festival with her, predictably once you get to the castle everything goes wrong for Mario. Bowser arrives in his space ship and takes the castle with Peach in it away, Mario tries but fails to leap on to the castle and save Peach. He wakes up on a planet and meets Rosalina who tells him that if he helps her restore her observatory he will be able to rescue Princess Peach! The story is quite good with more story than previous Mario titles as you can find out about Rosalinas past.
The Observatory is the games mission hub and initially it is mostly powered down. As you play you will travel into the rooms of the Observatory each containing its own separate Galaxies to travel to. The final Galaxy in each room will unlock a Grand Star which will power up the other sections of the Observatory for you to explore and progress in the game.
The planets you travel to in Mario Galaxy are really interesting, you will be able to run around the full planet even underneath which can lead for some dizzying but fun moments! Mario has all his regular platforming moves, his triple jump, ground pound . The Wii controls are well used well , Mario has a new spin attack that you can activate by spinning the Wii remote and balance on balls by tilting the remote, you can also balance in races which is really nice. A second player can also help out Mario by shooting star bits at enemies and can also freeze them so if you are new to the game a second player can help you out considerably.
Mario has gained a lot of new powerups and moves in this game, you can turn into Bee Mario which allows him to fly for short distances and climb up honey walls, Rainbow Mario which is Mario's indestructible form where he runs really fast and can destroy any enemy, Boo Mario can float and he can pass through solid bars and walls, Ice Mario which lets Mario freeze his path so you can walk across water and fire, Fire Mario lets Mario shoot fireballs and Spring Mario where he bounces and he jumps really high.
Graphics are just about the best you will find on the Nintendo Wii, the detail in the characters and environments are excellent. The music is some of the best in the series and the catchy tunes will stay with you.
Super Mario Galaxy is an excellent new Mario adventure for the Wii, I'd even go as far to say it's his best yet!
Wii Play is a minigame collection for the Wii developed by Nintendo.
Shooting Range is a game where you simply aim at the targets on the screen and press either the A button on the remote or the B trigger to fire a shot, you must make sure you hit all the targets like cans, Frisbees, UFOs but you must avoid shooting the Miis that come up on screen!
Find Mii is one of the more boring games of Wii Play, here you will see a bunch of Miis on the screen at once all doing various different things and moving around and the game will challenge you to find a specific one kind of like a Wheres Wally comic book. It can be pretty hard and usually isn't very fun.
Table Tennis is another poor game, you don't actually have to hit the ball at all you just move the Wii remote from side to side which allows you to return the ball and you keep going as long as you can. It might be fun if you haven't played Wii Sports tennis I suppose!
Pose Mii is one of the more interesting games as you must use the make the right shape with the buttons on the remote then angle the Wii remote correctly so that your character lines up with its outline. This helps you get to grips with the twisting motion control that the Wii supports.
Laser Hockey is basically the classic game of Pong with some updated graphics, use the motion controls to control your paddle and hit the ball so it doesn't go into your goal but scores in the opponents goal, it is simple yet it can be quite fun!
Fishing is one of the more tedious games, you try and hook a certain fish on your line then yank back on the remote to catch it. The remote doesn't seem to sense depth very well so if you are trying to catch a fish at the back of the pond it can be frustrating.
Billiards is just basic pool and it works well, you use the cue ball to hit the other balls and pot them. You can do shots of different power and the ball physics are quite accurate so you can definitely have some fun with this game.
Charge is a game where you ride a cow, it is quite fun as you must tilt the remote to steer and mow down scarecrows to get points then flick it up to dodge fences that get in your way. It is rather short though.
Tanks is one of the better games, here you control a tank you drive around and must shoot all the other tanks to win by aiming with your Wii remote, there are quite a lot of levels to complete too so you can keep coming back to this one!
None of the games is the most fun you will play and the graphics are very basic but the game does come with a free Wii Remote so you can justify Wii Play as buying a Wii Remote with a £5 game!
Wii Sports is a sports game for the Wii developed by Nintendo.
This game has no storyline or anything it is simply a minigame compilation which allows you to play several different sports games using the new motion controller of the Nintendo Wii.
In tennis you can play either singles or doubles, you don't control the movement of your character just the tennis racket which you can swing either a forehand or backhand stroke. You can also toss the ball into the air and hit it to serve. The power of your shot is also determined by how hard you hit. It can be really fun in doubles mode with your friends. Tennis is playable by up to four players.
In baseball you hold the Wii remote like you would a baseball bat, it is actually very precise and it detects every little motion that you make, when the ball comes you must swing the remote at the ball and hopefully hit it well enough to score a home run! If not you can hit it and your characters will run a little around the field. You can also pitch and you can do a number of different types of throws but the remote is less accurate and you must press the buttons to curve the ball. Two players can play baseball.
Bowling is much like the actual thing (apart from the heavy bowling ball!) you hold the Wii remote as you would a bowling ball and then you pull back and then roll the ball down the alley to see if you can get a strike! You can also tilt your character with the directional pad to aim shots more precisely. There is actually an exploit I have found that when you flick the controller really hard you will nearly always get a strike! Bowling is playable by up to four people.
Golf is one of my least favourites, there are three different levels to play with each having more hazards as you get go up in difficulty. You hold the Wii remote like a golf club and try and hit the ball but any sort of power and your shot will go all over the place! Unless you are very restrained you will not get anywhere in this mode and since when do you tap the ball to drive it 300 yards! You can play Golf with up to four people.
Boxing is probably my favourite of the Wii sports here you hold up the Wii remote and Nunchuck like you would your fists and then you can swing at your opponent, you can also hold your hands up to block them and weave from side to side to dodge their blows. It is really fast paced and exciting but can be quite tiring you really do get quite a good workout! Boxing is playable with 2 players.
The graphics are quite basic as the game uses your Mii characters and bland environments.
This is an excellent game to get you started with your Wii, best of all it is free!
The Nunchuck controller is an add on for the Wii Remote.
The Nunchuck controller is a strange kind of half banana shaped device which is perfectly designed to slip in to your hand. It is a glossy white colour like the Wii remote and it looks alright apart from the fact that it has a great big wire on the end of it!
To use the Nunchuck you will have to plug it in to the Wii remote, so if you don't have one of those you have no need for this, see you can work some games with just a Wii remote but the Nunchuck doesn't work that way. It doesn't require any batteries of its own it will take power from the Wii remote.
The Nunchuck itself features a motion sensor like that of the Wii remote and can be used in games like Wii Sports to be your second hand in the boxing game or in other games you can use the Wii remote and Nunchuck in tandem to simulate running and other two handed actions. The motion sensing capabilities of the Nunchuck are far lower than the Wii remote however and it is usually the cause of frustration when the game doesn't sense the correct action!
Most games however just use the Nunchuck as a means to move your character around the screen as it contains a control stick on the top like a standard controller which is a good use for the controller.
To get the most from your games you will probably need to buy a Nunchuck as some games will not work without them and you will need one to go with each of your Wii Remotes.
The Wii Remote is the controller for the Nintendo Wii.
The Wii remote itself is a baton shaped piece of plastic, it is nothing like a conventional video game controller in terms of looks. IT is more like a TV remote but a lot thicker, which is because of all the technology packed inside it! It is a stylish white colour and has the Wii branding at the bottom
of the controller.
A Wii remote you get with your console will be synced to your Nintendo Wii but a new one will need to be synced, this is a fairly easy process you simply press the sync button which is underneath the battery compartment on the controller and then press the one under the SD flap of your Wii. The controller is now synced and ready to use.
The Wii remotes main feature is the motion sensor that it houses within its body, this controller can be used for a number of things, you can use it like a pointer to aim in shooters or select items from menus but can be used perform motions to imitate actions like running, climbing and so on. Tilt it sideways and it becomes a steering wheel, the possibilities for this thing are endless!
The Wii remote also features the standard rumble feature that will vibrate the controller when you do things in games. The controller can also be plugged in to the motion plus accessory and Nunchuck controller.
The one bad thing about the Wii remote is it will consume batteries rather quickly so I suggest that you get some rechargeable ones if you want to save some money in the long term! The motion sensor can also be problematic at some times.
The Wii remote is a good controller that is easy for anybody to pick up and play with.
The Wii is Nintendos fifth generation of home consoles.
The Wii itself is a very nice looking piece of technology, the console itself is a reflective white colour and is very clean and cool looking. The console has lots clever door on it to hide away all the ports so when not in use you can maintain the clean look. The DVD drive on the Wii even has a blue light which will glow if you receive a message or when you start your games. This machine is really classy like the DS lite a far more attractive design than previous efforts such as the Gamecube.
In the box with the Wii you receive, the console, a Wii Remote, a Nunchuck Controller, a Sensor Bar, a plastic stand for the sensor bar, a two piece vertical stand for the Wii, composite video cables, power leads and a copy of Wii Sports. The Wii console includes absolutely everything you need to get started and have some fun!
The Wii has many new features, first of all it has built in Wifi which allows you to connect to WiiConnect 24 this service allows you to access the Wii channels which include News, Weather, Wii Shop channel and online services. The console also has built in memory so you don't need to go and purchase memory cards though you can expand the consoles memory and view your photos on your TV with the SD card slot, the Wii also has a new interactive motion controller system which immerses you more in games.
The Wii also has Gamecube controller ports and memory card slots so you can use your existing accessories with it and it is fully backwards compatible with all the titles in the Gamecube library.
There are many good games available for the Wii inlcluding Super Smash Brothers Brawl, the next online enabled instalment of the fighting game, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Link goes on another quest, Metroid Prime 3 Samus returns for more puzzles and shooting fun, Mario Kart Wii the next exciting instalment to the racing series and many more.
The Wii does have a few downsides, one is you will often find many third party titles which happen to be rubbish minigames not even worth your time! Even though it does have a DVD drive it won't play DVDs and the Wii has noticeably worse graphics than both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Still there are many new games that you will have fun playing on the Nintendo Wii.
Pokemon Diamond is a role playing game for the Nintendo DS.
Pokemon Diamond brings you to a whole new region, the land of Sinnoh you begin as a new Pokemon Trainer who is given a Pokemon after saving Professor Rowan. Your Pokemon journey then begins and you can journey all around the land collecting the Sinnoh Gym badges and eventually battle the legendary Elite Four trainers. The game also introduces new villains to the series Team Galactic who have a unique evil plot of their own which I won't spoil as it's the only new bit of story in the game!
If you have played a Pokemon game in the past, be it the original Red or Blue to the later Ruby and Sapphire for the Gameboy Advance this story will be pretty familiar to you!
The region of Sinnoh has 100 more Pokemon for you to find and capture for yourself which brings the total number of Pokemon now available to almost 500! They have also brought back the day and night features of Gold and Silver but expanded upon it with more times of day available, each time of day brings out new Pokemon so you will need to be playing all day to catch 'em all! The Pokemon contests have also been expanded upon with an extra stage where you use the touchscreen to perform moves with your Pokemon and place items on them to make them look nice and wow the judges!
You are also given a Poketch which is basically a mini computer type thing that takes up the lower screen when you are wondering around which you can use to do things like a coin toss, use a calculator, view your clock and so on.
Pokemon battles are the same as usual you can participate in standard battles which are one on one Pokemon brawls to double battles which is two versus two. Each Pokemon you have can learn up to four different moves at any time. You can now also select attacks with the stylus though you may want to just use the buttons as they work just fine too.As you train your Pokemon they will gain levels and may evolve to powerful new forms!
Graphics have been slightly improved with buildings and some objects now being rendered in 3D, Pokemon battles and characters are still all 2D however. The music is all new and very catchy.
If you are a Pokemon fan with a DS then grab this game and go on another Pokemon journey!
Mario Kart DS is a racing game for the DS developed by Nintendo.
The game has no story at all to it, it simply brings you all the Mario characters and presents them to you in a fun racing game! There are many different events for you to compete in however, Grand Prix, Time Trials, Vs mode and Mission mode.
Grand Prix is probably where you will spend most of your time, here you can pick from a series of Karts either 50CC, 100CC or 150CC this will control how fast your Kart goes with faster Karts being trickier for you to handle.
The characters on offer range span the entire list of Mario games you will be able to control characters such as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser while some less familiar faces also make an appearance like Dry Bones and Waluigi. Each characters gets a few different Karts to choose from including the classic Kart to racing cars to prams! The game also brings back old favourite tracks from the NES, SNES, N64 and Gamecube versions of the Mario Kart games and includes new ones like Delfino Square and Luigis Mansion.
The gameplay in Mario Kart DS is strongly relient on powerups, every track has a series of power up blocks which you can drive through to obtain power ups. You can items like shells which come in different varieties green you have to aim carefully to hit enemies, red will home in on the nearest foe and the new blue shell will always go for the leader! You can get mushroom turbo boosts, lightning clouds which turn everyone but you small, a bullet bill which will rocket you through the field to defensive powers such as bananas so you can make people slip if they come near you!
The racing is fast paced and always kept interesting because of power ups, the game also includes a powerslide mechanic where you can slide and if you can slide well enough you will get a turbo boost so it is vital for winning the more tricky races!
Graphics are superb, with crisp and detailed characters and tracks. The music is fun to listen to and the characters all have voices now!
If you like Mario Kart racing this game adds many new features that will make you fall in love with the series all over again.
Trauma Centre Under the Knife is an action game for the NIntendo DS developed by Atlus.
The game puts you in the role of Doctor Stiles a surgeon at Hope Hospital, you follow Doctor Stiles as he journeys from being a medical professional to an internationally renowned surgeon who is recruited by the Caduceus company as there is a new virus called GUILT that has broken out and you are the only surgeon to have ever cured it. The story is actually really interesting though it is over the top at many points.
Trauma Centre makes excellent use of the DS touch screen interface to let you play the game and it really becomes immersive as it feels like you could actually be performing these operations yourself.
There is a wide variety of surgical instruments you use and the game does a good job of training you so that you know what to use and when, you have the scalpel which you use to open the body to gain access to the inside, the sutures for sewing up wounds, the medical gel and syringe which keeps patients alive and heals wounds, the surgical drain which can be used to get rid of excess blood, the laser for burning out tumours, the forceps to remove things like glass from a patient and finally your bandages which are used to complete a operation.
To succeed in Trauma Centre you have to keep your patients heart rate up this can be done by injecting them with a syringe of medical gel or applying it to wounds, the heart rate will slow if you don't complete the operation in a certain time and if it stops you have failed.
The game does a really good job of easing you into the world of Trauma Centre as you will start off with just stitching a simple cut and bandaging it but the difficulty does ramp up significantly with sections that require you to treat multiple GUILT victims in a set time.
Graphics are good with a simple 2D anime style that really fits the nature of the game, the music is really intense too and keeps you focused.
Trauma Centre Under the Knife is a really unique and fun game which is a must play for DS owners.
Mario 64 DS is a platforming game for the Nintendo DS developed by Nintendo.
The games story follows Mario who has been invited to Princess Peachs castle with the promise of a tasty cake but his friends Luigi, Wario and Yoshi go along with him. Yoshi waits outside but Mario and friends don't come out so he goes in to investigate. When he gets there he finds it empty apart from Toad who tells him Bowser has stolen the Power Stars and locked up Mario and his friends including Princess Peach, you must rescue them all!
The castle serves a hub for the missions you will go on in the game, to go on missions you go up to the portraits in the castle and then you can jump into them to enter the levels. Each level has a star in it and it is your goal to collect the stars and the more you collect the more of the castle will be available for you to explore until you can finally confront Bowser and rescue the Princess.
The game has you jump around the levels and avoid or defeat enemies, the goal is to make it to the Star. There are several types of missions to go on from races, dodging obstacles, collecting items, swimming and so on.
The game has several playable characters, which is exclusive to the DS version. You will start off as Yoshi who can hover in mid air for a while, use his tongue to eat enemies and turn them into eggs which he can throw at other enemies he can also get the power flower to spit fire from his mouth. Mario can gain various powerups that enable him to float around and even fly around the environment along with his wall jump and. Luigi has the power to turn invisible and can walk on water. Wario is the strongest and can destroy certain objects and can turn metal with a flower power up.
The graphics have been improved from the Nintendo 64 version quite significantly but the music remains largely untouched but still sounds excellent.
Mario 64 DS is a lot of fun and there are many stars for you to collect as well as bonus minigames you can play, this is a must buy for DS owners.
DS Lite is a restyle of the DS handheld made by Nintendo.
The Nintendo DS lite looks considerably better than the original model. It is very noticeably smaller and sleeker the lower part of the console is a lot slimmer than the original model. The outside finish is now glossy white plastic which looks far more elegant. The inside of the console has been made from a matte finish. The Gameboy Advance slot now has a neat little cover which makes a single colour when closed, very nice. This redesign is really a major upgrade the DS lite is far more attractive than the original console.
The DS lite handheld is packaged with the handheld unit, the protective cover for the Gameboy advance port, an extra stylus, the charger, instructions and a code for Nintendo Stars.
The DS lite has been upgraded with far brighter screens which allow you to see your games better in daylight as well as being slightly sharper, though the unit is smaller the screens are the same size as the original DS.
The stylus is now bigger than the original DS and is more comfortable to hold, it is also made from a slip resistant material which is better than the original DS stylus as that would slip quite easily.
The DS Lite is compatible with all exisiting DS software and Gameboy Advance games though when you do play a Gameboy Advance game the game cartridge will stick out from the DS lite a little bit so that is why you have the cover for the Gameboy slot.
The DS line up is very good and has many Nintendo franchises from The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass which is another adventure with Link, Pokemon Pearl where you train Pokemon, Mario 64 DS a remake of the classic Mario for the Nintendo 64 and Mario Kart DS an excellent Kart racing game.
The DS lite is a great redesign but it is no longer the latest model as they have released the DSi which I don't have yet to compare it with.
The DS (or Dual Screens) is a handheld made by Nintendo to followup from the Gameboy.
The DS handheld has changed quite dramatically from the Gameboy, most notably it has gained a second screen. The design isn't the most visually appealing especially compared to the later releases. The console comes in a matt silver colour with the back of it being black. The plastic doesn't look very good and the unit itself is quite bulky .
In the box with your Nintendo DS comes the handheld console itself, 2 Nintendo DS stylus, the power adaptor, instruction manuals and a code to register the console and gain some Nintendo Stars. Everything you need to get started apart from your first DS game!
The big new feature with the DS is it comes two screens with one of them being a touch screen, this allows you to more directly interact with your games, by stroking your puppy in Nintendogs by rubbing the touch screen. In more traditional games it can simply be used as a handy map or inventory for example.
The Nintendo DS has full backward compatibility with all exisiting Gameboy Advance games (sadly no support for the original Gameboy and Gameboy Colour) which you can choose to play either on the upper or lower of the dual screens. Playback is smooth and works with no issues, if you were using the original Gameboy Advance console your experience may even be enhanced by the backlit screens that the DS has.
The Nintendo DS now has a very strong lineup of titles from Nintendo, from New Super Mario Brothers a remake of the classic series, Pokemon Diamond the next instalment in the Pokemon franchise. The console also has very strong support from third parties with games like Final Fantasy being remade exclusively for the system.
The Nintendo DS handheld is an excellent piece of technology which offers exciting new ways to play your games.