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      31.12.2007 11:53
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      Great game.Just buy it for the graphics!

      "Easily one of the most anticipated games for this year!...Assassin's Creed is an incredible experience unlike anything else available right now and we're thrilled with the buzz and attention the title has received," shared John Parkes, Ubisoft EMEA Marketing Director. "It's exciting to push the industry with such a breakthrough title in terms of technology, design and story."!!!

      For long time - maybe a week! - I was avoiding this game as I thought from the way it was advertised, promoted and marketed it would have been one of those games that you have to pay a "fortune" (£37.99 amazon.co.uk) and the outcome to be just another average game. But I was wrong!

      Manufacturer's Description:

      "Assassin's Creed is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Our story follows a disgraced master Assassin (ALTAIR) who embarks on an epic quest to restore his status within the Assassin Order. After failing to assassinate the Templar Leader (ROBERT DE SABLE) and recover the legendary Templar Treasure, Altair is demoted to Uninitiated (the lowest rank in the Assassin order).
      SINAN, Leader of the Assassins, offers to him an opportunity to redeem himself. Altair must venture out into the Holy Land and assassinate men said to be exacerbating and exploiting the hostilities created by the Third Crusade. In doing so, he will stabilize the region, allowing Sinan to usher in an age of peace.
      And so Altair begins his missions.
      Along the way, however, he will begin to discover that his targets are bound by more than just a shared interest in personal gain. They seem to share membership in a secret society - a group all too familiar to the Assassins. And they are not simply looking for profit. "

      My Opinion

      The scenario is fantastic. The designers' claim is that is based in a real historical period and in real political powers that acted in the Holy Land during the Crusades. They refer in the research they did on the time period, the architecture and the life conditions. I think that is only fair to say that they have put a lot of emphasis in the authenticity and the "sense" of history even though I haven't checked the credibility. I am sure that someone that has more time in his hand will do that sooner or later!!!(It's a matter of life and death you see!!!)

      The Assassins to my opinion are a combination of ninja and knights, who punish the bad guys and keep the balance between the powers that want to influence the area(Saracens, Crusaders or the local people)

      The hero of the game, Altair, is a talented assassin but he is very haughty and this comes out when you play which is impressive. He is very strong character maybe a better version of Prince of Persia kind of guy with far better acrobatics and he is far more realistic. While you are playing the game you cant help but notice that he is really impressive. The way he moves, his facial expressions, his enigmatic appearance are just great!
      The design of the levels is very impressive too. Very realistic reproduction of places (3 towns in Middle East) based on historical evidence. (Still I cant confirm it!lol) Especially Jerusalem is fantastically designed. Low houses, nice architecture
      with loads of hidden yards that can be very helpful during the game and the defence system of Jerusalem (the walls are really impressive)

      GAMEPLAY

      The tutorial is essential in order to understand the game. Watch it!

      The game play is not as straightforward as I was expecting. After the tutorial you have two missions to accomplice. One was very easy, the other more complicated but it was very useful introduction to the game. That helped me to face the real enemies in the "real" game more effectively!!

      In the real game now, the handling of Altair is very easy but is getting more complicated further in the game so don't be disappointed at the beginning.

      Your first proper mission starts from Fort Masyaf. All your missions, 9 in total, have to do with , well what the title says - Assassinations! You visit different parts of the 3 main towns and you try to locate and kill the person/s.

      I liked the fact that the targets are very different to each other. Sometimes you have 3-4 targets in one mission. You are going to the local Assassin office (!) and you take some information to help you locate the whereabouts of your victims. Then you are going in the town trying to locate your target. Tip: If you go to the top of some houses you will be better able to locate the place to continue your research.

      The research is great part of the game and the most fascinating. You collect information by listening to peoples conversations, by stealing documents, interrogating people who work for your target, by negotiating with informers who sometimes they send you into some mini missions in order to give you the information.
      When you have some good evidence of where your target is, you have to go back and report to the Assassins office, and get their approval for your plans. Then you go out in the town again, trying to accomplish your mission by avoiding the guards of the victim and finally kill him.
      The unexpected elements are many in this part of the game even if you have completed the game before. I have completed the game in two different ways up to now even though the missions were the same!!

      The disappointing point though as it concerns the gameplay was that there are not many differences in the way Altair is doing things. There is not great variety.
      (I have to mention though that I came to this conclusion after I completed the game. I didn't't notice it while I was playing it.)
      All the things I mentioned above regarding the missions can be accomplish with the same mechanism which reminds me an arcade game! Or with a way that doesn't fit to the realism of the game and the heavy, dark atmosphere of it that comes along. Let me explain what I mean: In order to obtain a document lets say, you have to lock on the person it has been suggested to you kind of thing. Then you hear on a small dialogue which informs you what the person carries and then you following him until you find the right opportunity to take it from him. That lasts seconds. The dialogue lasts longer!

      After a while the whole procedure becomes mechanical and the worst is that you have to do that even with characters that have nothing to contribute to your mission. Total waste of time. In the best case, they are giving you a tip or a warning.
      Also, something that I found unrealistic was the fact that Altair, in order to follow someone he had to wait for monks to passed and hide among them when he could just cover himself with a monks dress and go or kill a lonely guard and take his clothes.
      WHAT I LIKED

      When you coming out to the streets of Masyaf and see how alive is the town and the crowds is an amazing experience. So vivid, so realistic. The best graphics I have ever come across.
      When Altair is visiting Damascus you will realize that the experience is so convincing....the sound of the town, what is happening in the town, you can almost smell the kebabs!!
      When you climbing to the tallest buildings by using the curves of the design of the buildings, and you are reaching the top, the view of the town is fantastic.( When you do that do a leap of faith. Don't be scared as it doesn't hurt! Its very liberating!

      I liked Altair. He is Very dynamic and his style is so very cool. The way he walks among the crowd, the way he rides the horse when he travels between towns. Just makes you wonder how they can do that? How can they make it so realistic ?

      I liked the way the crowd reacts to what you are doing. Most of the time the reactions are very funny but being concentrated on the mission you can miss it.

      OVERALL OPINION

      Assassin's Creed is a very cool game. OK the assassinations and the mechanisms of the game are not always fantastic but the scenario is very interesting and the design is fascinating, very realistic. Handling Altair is very simple and becomes more complicated when he is fighting. Everything is context-sensitive, which makes it amazing game to play.
      Highly recommended to all.

      Thank you for reading...

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      • Dogs Life (PS2) / Playstation 2 Game / 86 Readings / 83 Ratings
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        04.12.2007 05:27
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        An excellent game that will provide hours of entertainment

        A Dog's Life is a 3D action adventure game based on a dog - an idea that I haven't come across in any other game!

        If you exclude the first versions of the Commandos series on PC's and the Dead to Rights, very few dogs have appeared -even in the role of a helper of the main hero.

        THE PLOT

        The user is taking the role of Jake. Jake is a small but very clever dog the lives in a classic country house of the west states of America. Jake is in love with Daisy (how cute!) and when she is been kidnapped and taken away in a small truck, a big journey starts for Jake as he goes to find her.

        But he soon realise - very clever dog indeed! - that Daisy was the last of a series of kidnapped victims which the bad Miss Peaches is responsible for. Jake is going to travel in 18 different places and that small but very energetic dog will become the hero of his generation!


        Jake can do all the classic acts of a dog: he can run, he can jump, he can dig the ground, he can steal and carry objects, he can make a series of tricks, he can fight, he can run after cats. Even he can "mark" his territory and follow tracks and smells! Aren't these amazing? You have to see that. It's really funny!

        The smells are tracked down with the help of "Smell-O-Vision": the view turns in first person view and the environment appeared some colourful clouds. When Jake passes from these clouds, he is recording the various smells and when he collects a specific number, a fight/competition is activated. In this competition the enemy is a leader-dog of the area Jake is in.

        In Dog's Life appeared 20 different kinds of dogs with different obviously characteristics and abilities. On the first competition, Jake tries to pull a robe with his teeth towards him. In the second competition he has to run through a specific area, eat at least the half of the goodies he will find on his way and be first and on the third competition has to do the tricks that the "enemy"-dog is doing first. If Jake-that means you-manages to win in anyone of these mini-games, the dog-leader-of-the-area he will be humbly submitted to Jake and has the right to control him. The benefit is that now you can go in places that Jake couldn't go before because of his size mainly, he can do things that couldn't do before and he can feed himself better as the other dogs are bringing bones to him!!

        In every area Jake will meet with lots of people which they assign him a mission. In most of the cases I have played up to now the mission is something like, you have to find a missing object. By looking at the steps of the person who lost the item usually is very easy to find it. There are cases though which Jake has to do lots of tricks before he finds the thing he is looking for.

        A very interesting aspect of the game is that you as a user you have to look after Jake. Jake's capability on the missions and mini-games depend on how well fed he is!! So you have to make sure that Jake eats well and often and also that he is going to the loo without of course "polluting" the area that he is in!! It stressed me out in several occasions!

        GRAPHICS

        As it concerns the graphics, Dog's Life has great variety of places that look really nice. Jakes travels through valleys full of flowers, Ski centres up on mountains and in big cities. The colours are vivid (or are my screen?) and there are some special effects as well when it goes in the "Smell - o - vision" mode.
        I have to mention here that Jake's moves are looking great. He is moving as a normal dog! (that is because of the R-TAG technique which Frontier Developments has develop-obviously! Don't ask me what that is as I read it in the instruction booklet and I didn't have the urge to do some research on it, but I know one thing: It makes Jake moving like a dog! Real dog that is!)

        SOUND

        As it concerns the sound it was good but not impressive. The music in the game play is good and happy. The sound effects are very very good. Especially the sound of Jake's body activities-if you know what I mean! - will cause a lot of laugh!

        OVERALL OPINION

        Dog's Life is a unique in its league game. It's a game that the whole family can enjoy and really have fun with. Everyone that looks for an unusual game( refreshingly non violent, bloodless and silly and funny!) have to consider it.

        PRICE : £23.99 - Amazon.co.uk

        Highly Recommended!


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        • FIFA Manager 08 (PC) / PC Game / 82 Readings / 75 Ratings
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          18.11.2007 04:28
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          An interesting approach by EA but still an alternative to Football Manager

          Football Manager 2008 is the King in the jungle of the manager games, but that doesn’t mean that FIFA Manager will not try to challenge their superior position so again this year they try their luck with the FIFA Manager 08.

          AT a Glance
          At a glance it seems an interesting alternative in its category that means a football manager tycoon game. FIFA Manager makes sure that highlights the reasons that make it different from its competition from the beginning of the game when you have loads and loads of interesting and more than satisfactory options to play with.

          So you can seat on the bench of your favourite team, you can try your luck as an manager of your national team, you can become a football player (try Beckham – its great!) or you can congregate your dream team and try to manage them! You even have the choice to be player and manager at the same time – if the digital manager you choose is between the ages of 8-40!!!Really cool option to think about! Its very clever. After you make your choices your career can start.
          I have to mention here that the choices you are making on the initial screen are very important as they will define the role that you are going to play as a manager or coach or a captain of the team and a programme does the management for you (!) if you choose to be a coach or football player.
          This is what makes it different from football Manager 2008 BUT its my biggest objection/negative thing I have to mention about this game. If it’s about managing a team (FIFA MANAGER 2008 it says on the title) why does it giving you the option to be something else and have nothing to do with the management of the team/players??

          INTERFACE – ABOUT THE GAME
          Nothing new really in comparison with the FIFA Manager of the past but that can be a good thing as it didn’t take loads of time to acclimatise myself with the “new” version.
          If you haven’t played it in the past you will have no problem whatsoever to get into the game as the keys and the menus are very user friendly and with some practice you will be ready to play.
          I found the vertical menu on the left very practical with the automatic hiding that offers useful links and advices and it doesn’t take any space.

          FIFA Manager 2008 in not about only your and you team’s activities in the field but also in the activities outside of it. That means that if you have chosen the “hard way” with absolutely everything to pass through your own hands then you have to deal with the sponsors, merchandising, with the tactics that you are going to follow with the teams, regular coaching transitions, contracts, technical team, academies, facilities, press conference and generally …everything! The very practical and user friendly menus can make this a piece a cake for you – rest assured!
          You can still have personal life as a manager as in the previous ones and you can create a family before or after the beginning of our career. You can spend as much time as you want on doing your hobbies, you can buy all the luxury items you like as well!

          You can watch the matches in four different ways : 3D match mode, text mode, videotext mode and instant results.
          The 3D match mode transfers you in the field and broadcast the game by using the “machine pattern” of FIFA 2008 : the courts, the players, the gameplay,narration everything is “FIFA products” which is probably a positive point!
          The environment and the atmosphere are satisfactory and the football grounds are spot on. I thought that the realism during the games was limited and pixelised on many occasions but apart of these all were working fine!

          The text mode it reminded me the mythical Championship Manager with written notes and comments and you have loads of info, reports και statistical analysis. The interesting thing in this mode is that you can intervene as a match is taking place and you can chose between two options that one of your players have which at times is really handy!

          The videotext mode it will remind you as it did to me TV teletext and simply informs you about the score and the instant results mode is only taking you to the screen with the final results. Its seems boring but again is about the options you have made at the beginning of the game.

          The training of the team is pretty cool. Nothing spectacular but good. You can help one of your players to concentrate on improving an area that needs improving and you can also create your own unique tactics. You an use the Match Analysis Tool (MAT), a useful tool that can give you ideas and suggestions about your players (e.g sell them!) or how successful are the tactics you are having.

          The most interesting part of the game that has taken all my valuable time is the out of the football ground activities. The public relations, the merchandizing, the tickets, the facilities etc.
          This aspect of the game is unique and none else is offering it – not even the Football Manager.
          As an example, your comments on the press can play vital role on the atmosphere that your team has as well as the conversations that you can have personally with the players of the team. You can tell them what you want from them and how you plan to use them in the future. The first time I made use of this, after a few matches a player “approached” me and he wanted to know if I am in his immediate plans as he felt his talent has been neglected! Fascinating!

          For your club to be ok, financial stability is needed. That means for example that you need to strike good deals with the sponsors. You have the option to sell the name of the football ground that you are using – see Chris Moyles Stadium of the Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club!! If you see that you are ok financially leave these to your assistant and get involved with the team- tactics, training etc depending on your initial options.
          Your information regarding issues of your team is coming through
          in-game internet sites and newspapers!

          In comparison with the previous FIFA Manager, the 2008 version has more than 2.000 extra pictures of players and the addition of the Australian, Irish and Czech Republic championships. No bad addition but you will never go through all these!It is good I suppose to have options!!!

          INSTALATION ISSUES
          A problem that I had during the installation of the game is that when it was the time for the element «Ankaragü.tga» to be loaded, a message cropped up asking me to put the DVD in the Drive!!! While the DVD was in the drive! I didn’t do anything and the installation was aborted! It freaked me a little bit. I did it again and the same problem appeared. Before I take it back and demand a refund I did some research on the internet and I realised that was a frequent problem of FIFA Manager 2008! The suggested solution (copy all the files from the DVD to your PC and rename the «Ankaragü.tga» to «Ankaragu.tga»and that’s it!) worked for me and after a game I forgot all about it!


          OVERALL OPINION
          Generally, its a little bit better than last years but it cannot stand against Football Manager if we try to compare it. The way I see it is a brilliant alternative to Football Manager with the unique features of becoming a general/technical and marketing manager as well as the 3D coverage of the matches and the very interesting player editor as strong points.

          Purchased from Amazon.co.uk:£24.97 – there is a £0.01 - £0.03 variation in the price from retailers like game.co.uk and tesco.com or even cheaper on eBay.co.uk if you fortunate!

          Thank you for reading!

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          • Rome: Total War (PC) / PC Game / 56 Readings / 46 Ratings
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            Do you remember Shogun: Total War? What about Medieval: Total War? If you had the opportunity to play both this games then you will find Rome: Total War as a fantastic continuation of the same game play. Shogun was great, Medieval added a few things that made the game play interested and now Rome has improved vastly in graphics and in the technical department and made the playing experience a really enjoyable one.

            PLAYING THE GAME

            The game play is separated in two areas. One, in which you can expand your empire in the world map, use of the resources of your states so to have financial and military growth and also to make allies and invade the areas of the enemies.
            The other is, every time you have to battle to expand your empire or defend it, the action is moved in the battle field and you have to define your tactical mode in real-time.

            You are around the Mediterranean and the coast of North Africa and West Asia. You are having under your control one of the 3 Roman families (Julii, Bruti, Scipii) and your aim is (the others families are doing the same) to influence the Councillors, to gain the throne and rule this big empire.
            The three families are allies at the beginning, they have the same military power and they have different responsibilities. The first family is defending the empire from the Galatians and the German barbarian tribes. The second family fights the remaining of the Greek city-states and the third tries hard to defeat the Carthaginians.

            Later the fight for power and authority in the midst of the Councillors, it will lead in a civil war and there you have the opportunity to rule of the rest of the Roman families that they have the same target. I hope I am not making sound complicating as it is really straight forward!

            In single-player mode the campaign lasts something like 270 years and it covers the period from the beginning of the Roman empire! What you have to do during that period, is to obey the orders of the Councillors. Some of the assignments I have taken on is to take a city, to make business with a next door country, to destroy the business relationships of the enemies etc. You have the choice to obey the councillors or to disobey. But if you obey and succeed, then you enjoy many privileges. Your family wins money or a special army unit and the most important the influence of the Councillors as they start liking you!!

            ABOUT THE FAMILY
            The family you control is a very important part of the game. All men and women are connected between them in various levels as relatives (uncles, aunties, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters etc) Every member has its own unique characteristics such as good leadership-so he is good for the army or management skills –so he will be good to be in a city to help and control the economy etc) The members of the family are grown in numbers due to marriages and births and reduce due to death.
            Every city that is under the occupation of your family, needs a governor otherwise you can’t control the growth of the city in military or financial level. Practically that means that there will be a growth but you can’t control it as you don’t have a governor who will take your decisions about your needs in training army, buildings etc. I tried hard without a governor and I didn’t have the growth that I had after I put a governor on. So put a governor!

            In addition to that I have to mention that the each member of the family has some helpers who offer different services to them and all can be controlled by you! The first time I played it I thought it was strange and I couldn’t see how they help but they do. And that is what I like in this game in comparison with other strategy games. It allows you to be involved in the everyday life of a household lets say and you look after specific members of the family and you can see what contributes to their growth. Also every member of the family has a photo - appears when you click on them. As the years are passing, the picture shows them older! The first time I noticed it, I was amazed! What a detail!

            Also your family can employ murderers, diplomats and spies. The murderers can kill members of the other families that want to take the power, the diplomats can create hidden and open alignments with other countries or Roman families and the spies can go undercover-of course!- in opposed cities to the check their numbers and open the gates so you can get in when you have the city under siege! Cool hey?

            Except the single player campaign, it has multiplayer capability in LAN and over the Internet. Up to six players can battle with common target or against each other in random maps.

            GRAPHICS
            The graphics are impressive. The soldiers have amazing details and they move harmoniously despite the fact that they are so many on the screen! Some other details like the dust of the road as they walking and also lighting και shading effects create a realistic environment!

            The campaign is taking place in a realistic and “live” map of the Mediterranean which is much much better that the plain maps of the Shogun and Medieval. The 3D map is divided in counties and every county has a capital. If you win the capital that means the county belongs to you.

            Something I really liked in the graphics, are the clear details of the ground, the sea and ships, the life at the ports. During the winters the snow covers the bigger part of Europe so the movement to the northern Europe and the battles there are almost impossible. Its funny to see the soldiers struggle! Also you can put army in the forest so to have sudden attacks in places. The way they disappear in the forest is just fantastic!

            Also the details in the battles are absolutely amazing. So clever! You have to see it to understand what I mean. Especially, the battles outside the walls of a city!

            MUSIC
            The music is really good. Its epic music mainly and accompanies the action on the screen very nicely. While you are on the main map though, the music is repetitive as you stay there longer. Maybe they could add some other music just to have variety and not get bored of the tune.

            The sound effects are really good as well. The sound of the steps of the army as they attack makes the place to tremble and the shouts on the time of the attack cover every other sound. Scary!

            WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
            You are in the Mediterranean sea and the sea battles are commencing but you can do nothing about it, you can’t control them, they happen automatically and you know if you win or loose from the way your ships look! That is really bad as generals and army units are moving around with ships or the Governors and you can’t do anything to protect them. Only to send many ships together and pray that everything will go ok otherwise its catastrophic as you have to start all over again. The first time that happened to me, I wasn’t happy.

            Also another weak point I found in the World map. In a couple of cases as I was attacking the capital of a county, the enemies were doing nothing to stop me!! When I was attacking their ports they don’t stop me as well! And also, I haven’t seen an enemy attacking my ports yet! Am I doing something wrong!!??

            PRICE
            £17.99 MX2.co.uk with free delivery. BARGAIN!!

            MY OVERALL OPINION

            Rome: Total War is a great game. I will recommend it to everyone. If you like strategy games this is one for your collection. The available information that I have as user in this game and also they interesting strategies I can develop in a map and field of battle, makes it really enjoyable to play. You can be on it for ages without being boring at all which is great when you need time for yourself to just crush in front of the computer and play play play until you drop!

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            • Il Divo - Il Divo / Music Album / 36 Readings / 29 Ratings
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              My wife was going on and on about how wonderful this new group-IL DIVO- are in their video clip on Classic FM TV so I logon to 101cd.co.uk and ordered it for her, the day that their cd was released.(1st of November).
              (£8.95. They accept paypal.)

              5th of November and the cd still not with us.

              This afternoon I had to go for some shopping to the local Asda and as I pass from the cd section I saw their cd so I decided to buy it there and then (with £9.77) and surprise my wife. I thought I could cancel my order as after 5 days I think their service there in 101cd.co.uk is really slow.

              I picked my wife with the car. I had the first track on the cd player. She was really happy and she was quiet all the way home listening to them. 7 hours later, the cd is still playing in the house non stop. We prepare our meal, listening to it, we eat with it, we drunk our coffee with it. We did everything with it!

              Its so easy listening, so relaxing, so smoothing, soothing, comforting like none of the cd’s I have heard before. I am addicted to Il Divo now along with my wife!

              WHO ARE THEY?

              David, Sebastien ( looks so like my brother!), Urs and Carlos. They come from Geneva,Paris,New York and Madrid. Good looking guys and they look and try to be cool, divos (male divas in Italian you see) I like their style. They are not as the pop boy bands. They look serious and respected.

              All of them had their own careers, before they join this scheme and all of them were quite happy with what they were doing. But they left everything to form this band. How wise that proved to be!

              THE CD

              The picture on the front, demonstrates their coolness and in the booklet the rest of the pictures build this image. Also in the booklet you will find the lyrics of all the songs. I tried to give it a go (to sing!) with one of the Italian songs but my Greek accent didn’t go down well according to my wife! Anyway, you can follow if you feel like.

              The SONGS

              Unbreak my heart(Regresa A Mi)
              What a song this is. What a tasteful version of the known song. That song made my wife to like them, and their video clip was the most wanted on the classic fm tv last week. Warm and clear loud voices make this song to stand out and its an excellent introduction to the rest of the Album. *****

              Mama
              If you leave away from your mother and you have long time to see her, this song can easily bring tears to eyes! A song written by the Swedish Quiz & Larossi that has fantastic, thought provoking lyrics. The combination of good lyrics and the divine voices of the Il Divo made this song one of my favourites in the album.*****

              Nella Fantasia
              Ennio Morricone and Il Divo! Fantastic song. It takes you away. In this song, the voice of David stands out! What a voice!*****

              Passera
              Another Italian song that if you allow it, it can take you to the narrow roads of Florence and Venice. Very romantic song. I liked it very much.****

              Everytime I look at you
              Romance in all its grace. Soothing song, that took me away as well. In this song the voice of Sebastian stands out more. I think Sebastian is the less opera-voice of the band and can do really well as a solo pop singer.****

              Ti Amero & Dentro Un Altro Si
              Time for Urs to show us what his voice's like and what a result in both songs! He has a great voice ,powerfull and steady.These songs were so relaxing, so comforting. Really nice songs. They will touch you.****

              The Man you love.
              I find myself singing it to my wife! Excellent song, fantastic lyrics and music. When the lyrics turned to Spanish I just said to my wife:’ This is how you make a perfect song to sound even better’. Very nice, romantic and touching. A man will definitely sing it to the woman he loves. One of my favourites.*****

              Feelings
              Written by a Swedish in English originally and it performed with Italian lyrics. Another romantic song.*****

              Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui & Sei Parte Ormai Di Me
              Two excellent songs, louder than the rest of the album and more opera-like songs. That doesn’t mean that they weren’t good. They were great. I think Il DIvo help a lot in making opera more appealing to the masses. The voices of Carlos and David are really fantastic when they perform the extended part of the lyrics. They keep going forever!****

              My Way ( A Mi Manera)
              Better than Frank Sinatra? Different. But very very nice version. I really liked it.*****

              OVERALL OPINION.
              I will recommend this cd to all. It’s a classic cd. A cd that you can put on repeat and never get bored of it. I am listening to it for 7 and a half hours non stop and still goes great. Buy it from 101cd.co.uk for £8.95 with free delivery if you don’t bother as of when you will have it. 5 days after I paid, I still wait for my copy which I decided to give to my mother-in-law as a present. She has joined the club as well! Also play.com for £8.99 with free delivery too. I haven’t seen it in cd-wow.com.They don’t have it! What are they doing?

              At the booklet,at the end they have several thank you’s. I liked the last thank you to Simon Cowell.
              “ ….This is the achievement of your vision. Thank you for daring so big.”

              …I am doing the same! Thank you Simon!



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                The DVD "Norah Jones - Live In New Orleans" features an intimate concert performance recorded in New Orleans in August 2002. Who is She Norah before she became famous was a member of a group called Laszlo. Later she joined a NYC groove band Wax Poetic. Then success knocked at her door as she is signing with Blue Note Records in 2001 and building a buzz around her young and the same time, mature voice. In February 2002 Norah released her debut album 'Come Away With Me'. "Come Away With Me" won eight Grammy at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City! Norah won five awards - Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for "Don't Know Why"), Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for "Don't Know Why") and Best Pop Vocal Album. In addition, "Don't Know Why" won three awards for Song of the Year, Best Producer, non-classical and Best Engineered album, non-classical. She did massive sales but what I really like about her is that she wasn?t influenced by the fame and lights of publicity. At an MTV interview she said: ?I know I'm lucky, but I think my career has been going too fast sometimes. I've definitely learned to say no to a lot of things, and it's been good for me. This year (2002) has been crazy, and I've learned that when I start to feel overwhelmed I definitely need to stand back and say, 'Wait, maybe this is kind of going too far.' " In the ?LIVE in New Orleans? DVD you can see the truth of her words. Very simply dressed, anxious about her performance and when she starts playing and sing?simply amazing! The date and the place of the concert Saturday, 24th of August 2002 at The House of Blues in New Orleans. Not a big place. Very small I should say and very nicely filled. No standing people and really nice atmosphere. No many lights but not completely dark. (If you want to have a look at the place of the concert you can go to http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans/ ) How it starts The DVD starts with some scenes with the people who waiting for her concert outside the House of Blues, they say from how far they have come and how they love Norah Jones. (Only for a couple of minutes) and then goes to show some scenes from the preparation and the rehearsals of the concert. The Songs After taking her place behind the piano and say hello to the audience she makes the perfect start: ?Cold , Cold Heart.? Really nice song and excellent first song for her concert as the audience warmed up really quickly. It created nice atmosphere. After, she introduced her Handsome Band to the audience (Adam Levy: guitar, backing vocals, Lee Alexander: bass, Andrew Borger: drums, Daru: backing vocals ?..and continued with the ?Nightingale?. Isn?t that a fantastic song? With this song I understand better why many people say that Norah Jones has a smoky voice. Continues with ?One Flight Down?, ?Seven Years?, ?Feelin? The Same Way? ?Comes Love? Between the songs talks with the audience, gives some background of the songs, makes mistakes and correcting them with laughs. The audience must felt really great being there that night. Then she continues with ?Something Is Calling You? and ?Come Away With Me? Its not difficult to see that the audience is already away with her. The most fascinating thing though is that if you watching that DVD with no lights, just few candles, you can feel yourself going away as well? fantastic performance in that song. She continues with ?What Am I To You?? ?Painter Song? ?Lonestar? ?I?ve Got to See You Again? Her performance in this song is out of this world. You need to hear it. I can?t describe it? And she is closing the concert with ?Bessie Smith? and ?Don?t Know Why?
                .By far one of the songs that you will never forget. The whole concert last only 67 minutes. Not much, I will agree with you. But these are 67 minutes listening to very high quality music and songs by the divine voice of Norah Jones. Special features Nothing special really. Bonus Encore track ?Tennessee Waltz? and the music video of the Come Away With Me. Also Dolby digital 5.1 surround audio. Price I bought it for £10.99 from CD-Wow. It reached me in 5 days. Also you can order it from www.norahjones.com for $15 which I think is cheaper!! Overall opinion. Norah Jones- LIVE in New Orleans is a DVD that you must have. She is performing all her songs with feel, passion. You even are able to notice her freckles and how humble and sweet is her appearance. It?s great DVD for making atmosphere especially when is accompanied with candle lights and wine. It?s perfect for background music . It?s perfect company when you are alone in the house as its not only a cd. Whenever you turn your head towards TV or screen, she will be there singing. Nice supplement when you have friends for dinner. Perfect for those moments in life that you need to escape. Thanks for reading...

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                • Vegan / Recipe / 23 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                  t; br> Briam is a traditional Turkish dish but the Greeks love it as well. Cooking it is great fun and its very nutricient meal for the family,IF the family likes cooked vegetables. If they don't like them, because is a different way of cooking them, you are not going to loose anything by trying it. They might like them this way! You need : 1kgr of potatoes cutted in big/fat chunks, 1kgr of aubergines in big/fat chunks 100gr of cougettes cutted as well in big/fat chunks 100gr okra, 2-5 leeks cutted in rings 100gr peas 1 green,1 red and 1 yellow pepper cutted in rings, 3-4 carrots cutted in rings 3-4 onions cutted in rings 4-5 leeksas well. 1kgr of tomatoes without the skin and raffly chopped A hand full of corriander and pepermint finely chopped Also you need half of a water glass of olive oil ( greek olive oil tastes better ofcourse!) Salt and Origano How You Are Doing It First turn the oven to 200 or to 6-7 if you have gas( that gas oven is making my life difficult). In a big bowl put all the ingrediens in, except origano and you are mixing them well.Make sure that the olive oil has gone everywhere. In an average size oven dish, you put all the ingrediens, you add at least 2 glasses of water and as much origano you want. (I prefer the whole dish to be covered by it! ) You cover the dish with foil and you are cooking it for an hour. After, you uncover it and put it back in for 15-20 minutes. When you see that the vegetables have taken a nice browny colour you are taking it out. It's been served better hot as well ascold and first thing in the morning(as my brother do) if you prefer it!!! Serving Suggestion (NOT for Vegans though!For Vegeterians maybe!) Go in your local market and find some good Greek bread( if its to white on the top and very soft needs 10-15 minutes in th
                  e oven.(Obviously the baker is no t Greek). Buy some strong feta cheese(Dodoni £9.99/Kgr at Sainsburys(£1.20 in Greece!!) or feta Total £1.99/pack) cut it in big slices and put it on a plate with lots of olive oil and origano. Also make some tzatziki ( cucumber,garlic and greek yogourt dip). Its a dish with lots of juices(thats why you need good real bread and not the plastic one that the supermarkets sell),very very tasty and I think you will agree, very very easy to make. Try it! Thanks for reading...

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                  • As Good As It Gets (DVD) / DVD / 11 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                    skip this first bit to be able to read the review with capital letters intact. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. <
                    br> Yesterday a friend brought a DVD to watch after our diner. It was the AS GOOD AS IT GETS with Jack Nicholson, that he just bought it. He has seen it at least 20 times and he was happy to see it once again with us. So we prepared our popcorn (sweet and salty),jelly babies, ice cream etc. and we watched it. The Plot A very cynic writer suffers from really bad illnesses and has as a hobby to insult everybody around him. He lives alone and it seems that he doesn't have any friends or family and he is absorbed in the writing of his book. In a house near by, lives a single mother who is trying to raise her asthmatic child with many difficulties. She works in a coffee shop that the writer is visiting often and she is the only one who can really serve him as she has the same behaviour with him, really! Next to his house lives a young and talented artist with his dog,his impossibly sensitive dog name Verdell( a Brussels Griffon). One night he was beaten very badly and he had to go to the hospital and he left the dog with the writer! (Jack Nicholson) It is the perfect pet for a meticulous, antisocial writer like him because is small, sensitive, quiet, polite and very very cute. He couldn't resist! As the time is passing the dog manage to slowly build a small bridge between the writer and the artist and made him to open up a little bit. The dog did well on this section as the writer was that much changed that he fell in love with the single mother. Really the dog open them up and change their lives really! DVD Features Comments from the director ( James L. Brooks) , filmographies of the actors, and the movie trailer. Not very impressive features I have to say. Price £11.99 at CD-WOW.COM Overall Opinion I would recommend this film to everybody. It's romantic comedy and melodrama at the same time. It will touch everybody. I know
                    its an old film (1997 was produced I think) but it's a good one. I don't like Jack Nicholson when he is mad in his roles (see my review on Anger Management) but this one turned out well. He is really good and sensitive and real character. The rest of the actors are : Helen Hunt (she is really good), Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr (so funny)., Skeet Ulrich .All of them though did very well. Once again I would say that its a very special film. It will touch you and make your life better at least for two hours and how many films can do that really? Don?t miss your chance to see it. Trust it for your entertainment because its AS GOOD AS IT GETS!

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                    • Book Clubs in general / Media Store / 11 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                      Do you like cooking? Do you want to please your guests with amazing foods? Do you want to be close to all the new books for cooking? If yes, this book club is for you! What it is It is a book club that sells books mainly for cooking. I joined that club on January because I like cooking and I always want to do adventurous things in the kitchen! That club is very helpful to me because it doesn?t mix other books in it so it?s easier for me to decide the book or books that I am going to order. Only books for cooking. They have great variety of books. The same books that are out in the market, here you will get them between £3 to £10. Most of the reductions though are about £5. This is not bad if you really want to buy that book. How you Join That?s the best part! You go to www.tasteonline.co.uk and request your introductory offer. The introductory offer is 4 books in £0.99(!) up to £2.50. You are giving your details and you don?t pay until the books have reached you and you are satisfied with them, which I find great. The books I order were : 1.How To Be A Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson(that was for my wife) 2.Delia's How To Cook Volume 1 3.Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson 4.How to Eat by Nigella Lawson. Also they sent me for free the book: Recipes for The Nation?s Favorite Food (Britain?s top 100 dishes) which was great. (As I noticed at their website, the free book of the introductory offer this period is The Naked Chef . Really great book.) When the books arrived in perfect condition and in about 20 days, I really was happy for my decision to join this club. What is the commitment? They want in a year to buy 5 books. I like cookery books so for me it?s not difficult to buy these 5 books. I have checked for myself that their books are cheaper from the shops so I?m not seeing it as a burdensome ?task?. If you are not going to buy anything in a year, they will charge you the
                      full price of the introductory offer. To make sure that you are going to buy something they have the Editors Choice to recommend to you. What is that? The Editor's Choice is one book or rarely more than one book, that the club?s editors recommend for their outstanding interest and superb value for money. You have to place an order, either for the Editor's Choice, or for a suitable alternative, before the "Decide by" date. This is shown on all invoices and statements that are sent out to you, as well as on the web site's home page. It?s by far more easier to do it online, as If you don?t like the book they suggest you just press a button and that?s it! If they will not receive an order from you by the ?Decide by ?date shown, they will assume that you would like to receive the Editor's Choice and they will send it to you. I don?t really like that but I can cope with it as I have mention I like that kind of books. The editor?s choice I have to admit that is not bad at all. Three months now the books that they have chosen are really good and interesting How you can cancel your membership? If you have fulfilled your commitment, you are entitled to cancel your membership. You can do this by writing, a month in advance, to the Customer Service department. But If you want to leave the club before completing your commitment, as I have mention previously, they have the right to charge the full price of the introductory parcel less any amount paid to date, in addition to any outstanding balance on the account you have. How can you contact the club? The best way for me is via internet. They have set an excellent site, very friendly for the user. If you wish to contact them through email, they promise that they will try to reply within one working day. Alternatively you can call the club directly on 0870 165 0253. Other features of the club The magazine they send every month is very informative and t
                      empting you to buy them all. Really good presentation. They also send you a list of all the best sellers of the market in cheaper prices but I am not buying from them as I can find them cheaper on Amazon. The Taste club has teamed up with Video Direct to offer members access to every Video and DVD on UK release and there is no postage and packing to pay. It?s not as cheap as the CD-wow but in their bargain section you can find DVDs from £7. Also Taste has teamed up with Fonetastic Mobile for some brilliant mobile phone offers. The truth is that they are not making a member discount on the phones. They just re-direct you to fonetasticmobile.co.uk Overall opinion I recommend Taste club to all those that they don?t have cookery books or they want to start collecting all the new recipe books that are available in the market in really very nice prices. Ideal for those who start their own household now or in the near future and they can?t take with them the recipe books of their mothers. Thanks for reading, Vass

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                        Even though I like playing games, I have to say that I don?t have the time to do it. And when I am in mood to play a game, I choose something that is very easy to play. Card games like FreeCell, Hearts or something like that. One day,as I was visiting one of my friends in his house , he was playing Splinter Cell on his computer. It was strange to see a 35 year old guy being so exciting while playing a game. He explained it to me and I wanted to give it a go. After trying it for a little bit it won me. And here I am writing my opinion about it. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell has won many awards since it came out for Xbox my friend told me. So it?s PC version was awaited by lots of people and I am glad that they did it. The Game You are Sam Fisher, a mysterious agent of the secret services and wanted by CIA . You have lost all your contact with the others secret agents .Your scope is to find the missing agents, to collect information and of course not to be found by the CIA. As always the government knows nothing about your existence. You are not going unprepared though. With you in this mission you have all the latest spy gadgets such as cameras, special guns that release gas, hearing aids so to listen better, night vision aids Frag grenades , mines, camera jammers. There is great variety for you to choose from. I have never been bored playing this game as I find it really interesting and very enjoyable and rewarding! It?s quite easy to follow the game and it?s philosophy mainly because you always start from a point A to end at a point B. So you are not going to be mislead by any chance. (It has happen to me so many times that it discouraged me to play complicated games. The card games are so much easier!!) Lighting It?s an unusual feature to mention but it has to be mentioned. The way that this game is lighted is absolutely fantastic! For instance the shadows in t
                        his game are so true that I think that are real in my 21?? screen. But I reckon that they put much emphasis on that because Sam (that means you) has to use the shadows so to hide and also to shoot at the lights so not to be found! I really liked that. Controlling The control and the way you move generally at Splinter Cell is not very easy. I have to say that it took me some time to find my way around. It became easier after few hours playing! In contrast with the Xbox version-the friend I mention before has both of them and he informed me- the PC version helps you more to find your way around mainly because of the use of mouse. Even the speed that Sam walks or run can be controlled by the mouse wheel. Maybe that is one of the points that I found it difficult to get use to the first time. The second time it was easier. The more you play , the more you handle it better and more effectively. Graphics Excellent feature of the game. The graphics are very interesting and colourful. I don?t want to forget to mention the shadows-again! The details of the characters, the details of the rooms, the buildings?really good. Sounds Another great feature. I have been scared so many times by the different and so clever positioned sounds that I had to pause and compose myself. If one of your friends has this game, borrow it and check that for yourself! I found it really amazing. Price £21.99 Amazon.co.uk. Comparison with the competition I believe that the only game that can be compared with Splinter Cell is Metal Gear. But in my opinion Splinter Cell will win at the points...The graphics are fantastic, the sounds are amazing and I have to mention it again, never before in a game, shadows are as realistic as in this game. Try this game and live the experience... Thanks for reading.

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                          When I first heard about Angel of Darkness I thought that it would be a title that will resurrect the tired Lara Croft and allow her to go back to the very top as most favourite hero of a game. The movie was about to be out on June and Angel of Darkness to follow but it didn?t happened. The new Tomb Raider came out after the movie and disappointed everyone really. Lara Croft was known for her physical abilities and her body maybe, but not for her character. In Angel of Darkness though lot of emphasis have been placed on the promotion of her character. You come to know her more which very nice!? The Scenario After many years of doing nothing, Lara Croft is in Paris and talking with her friend Dr. Von Croy.. Dr. Von Croy is working for a man named Eckhardt and his mission is to find 5 art paints of the 15th century. The legends call these paints Obscura and are connecting them with mysticism and black magic. The join of the five paints gives power that many bad guys would love to have. Slowly slowly Dr.Von Croy and all that are with him are been murdered and Lara became a witness of Doctors death. French police thinks that Lara killed him and they try to arrest her. From that moment on Lara is trying to clear her name and to find the solution of the mystery of the paints. I have to admit, the scenario is great. Really interesting. The presentation of the scenario is through cinematic cut scenes with atmosphere that reminds of of film noir, with new characters and clues that are been inserted just to confuse you and make the solution of the mystery even more difficult. The cut scenes are using the graphics engine of the title so to be entered smoothly at the game play. For the fist time in the history of Lara Croft, Lara has a character. She is not the without-a-soul hero but she is full with emotions. She very angry and you can see that in the way she expressing herself. She is giving you the impression t
                          hat she has lost her patience That is what is my opinion worth mentioning about the positive additions on Angel of Darkness. We live in 2003,but the biggest part of the gameplay is the same with the Tomb Raider of 1996(!) with very few additions CONTROL Once again the mega problem of Lara Croft. She moves like a robot almost! From the first moments of the gameplay, when you attempt a few things in a tutorial type of thing, the problems are obvious. Lara should be more athletic with her new moves.In contrast is so fast that makes the moves almost impossible! Also, always there is a delay between the press of the button and the action of Lara and almost never done the same time. The moves are so fast that even the turning of her body caused me trouble! If you make the comparison with Ico or Metal Gear Solid 2 as it concerns the moves, Lara is disappointing! And I haven?t mention the way that the camera works! Even though there is a specific button to correct your view, the time that your view changes, the camera goes in places that put Lara in the opposite direction then the one that you had choose!! That is definitely bad as you loose time to correct it again and some times again and again. Even though she very hard to move, she has greater variety of moves. Lara can climb at balconies, move silently and parallel to the walls (in an attempt to imitate Solid Snake?) In my opinion though the most of the stealth moves are extremely slow and they give the impression that they have put in more frames that are needed.( I am not an expert but these things are pretty obvious and you demand as a user to have something better than that. And it?s not something difficult because other games have it already!) In addition I believe that the stealth moves are not helping you that much. Also something else I noticed is that the enemies are quite stupid. Lara can move silently towards a man, stand next to him shoulder to
                          shoulder and he can see or feel her! Even if he spot her, she will win even if you don?t move her!! That?s tragic! Also, the system of automatic shooting is unmistakable even when that enemy is behind a wall! A new thing that is being added and I want to mention is that Lara can hung from a balcony let?s say only for a short period.( there is a small meter on the screen that tells you how much she can stay like that. The more she is doing it, the more she can do things like that. But again that?s at times stupid. Lara open a door after a lot of try, and her strength is bigger that before! Where is the logic in this? For the first time as well the user will be able to control another character except Lara. Kurtis Trent is his name. The control is the same but the most of the time when Trent is the protagonist the game play is transformed in survival horror as hundreds of enemies are trying to stop him. GRAPHICS Very weak point this for the game. There are so many bugs that my untrained eye has catch that made me wondering: the producers had done a test before they took it out in the market?? When Lara is passing through a door her clothes are different! Other time Lara is passing through solid walls! Or the bodies of her enemies are disappearing after the fell on the ground. But at the other hand the textures and the design of the levels are fantastic, with great variety and realism. SOUND At times the sound stops without any obvious reasons. But except that, Angel of Darkness supports Dolby Prologic II and it creates great atmosphere. The music is really good and the sound effects are very realistic. The actors that gave their voices to the heroes have are talented but at times the tone of their voice and their expressions are exaggerated. OVERALL OPINION In my opinion Angel of Darkness creates more problems to the franchise of this game. But generally speaking It?s not a bad game .It?s still Lara Croft.
                          But there is nothing new and very exciting on this version of the game, so you can wait until June 2005 for the new version. If you are a fun of Lara Croft though and you can?t wait until 2005,then go and buy it. It worth it. For the rest of us I suggest ?Tetris?? Thanks for reading...

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                          • Vegetarian / Recipe / 9 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                            I am not vegetarian but I love this pie. Spinach-pie (Spanakopita in Greek) is one of my favorite. The way I like it best is the way my mother is making it. I have made it several times myself but I can?t beat my mother's who is coming from a place in North Greece that the people there are famous for their wonderfully made and delicious pies(Ioannina- lovely place). Here is the way I am making it: Spinach-pie (Spanakopita) You buy 1 kilogram spinach. Wash them well and coarsely chop. After that heat the spinach in a large frying-pan over medium heat with 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. In a big pan, with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in it, put 1 large onion, finely chopped and 4-5 spring onions, finely chopped. They will soft in 5-6 minutes in medium heat. Then,add the chopped spinach a handful at a time. Cook until the spinach is wilted. You will notice that a liquid is released after 5 minutes or so. As soon as you notice that, increase the heat to high and cook, stirring often, until the liquid is evaporated and the spinach is almost dry.It will take 7 to 10 minutes. Then stir in: 1/4 cup fresh dill and/or chopped fresh parsley (depends what you like) After two minutes take it from the heat and let it stand until cool enough to handle. Then squeeze to remove the excess liquid and leave it. In a bowl, lightly beat 3-4 large eggs and add the cooked spinach mixture along with: 250-350 kilogram feta cheese, crumbled. 5 tablespoons grated kefalotiri (Greek grating cheese you can find it in Sainsbury?s. If you can?t find it, Parmesan cheese or a medium cheddar will do the job.) 1/2 teaspoon salt ( if you use ASDA feta DON?T add salt as it is very salty. The Original Greek Feta (FAGE) that is been sold in small packs everywhere it?s ok. Recommended by me is Feta Dodoni but its very expensive I think.£9.99 at your localSainsbury?s) Some black pepper
                            A Pinch of freshly grated or ground nutmeg After you have done that lightly oil a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Melt 8 tablespoons butter. Unroll on a dry work surface 1 pound phyllo dough (thaw it if frozen) Trim 2-3cm (1 inch) from the edges of the phyllo dough. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo in and up the sides of the prepared pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Top with 6-7 more phyllo sheets, brushing each one lightly with butter. Spread the spinach mixture over the layered phyllo. Because the spinach will release some juices when heated, I will suggest to take a hand full of rice and spread it around the pan. Then top with 7-8 more sheets, brushing each one with butter, including the top sheet. Roll the overhanging phyllo from the sides so to make a ?border? all the way around. With a thin, sharp knife, cut the pie into squares or diamonds, but DON?T cut through the bottom otherwise the filling will leak onto the pan.(It will come out messy after) Take the pan with the spinach-pie and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. That will help the mix to keep together and the phyllo to set. (My mum is taking it straight to the oven but I am not that confident!) Preheat the oven to 180. (I think is about 7-8 in the gas oven.) And put the pan in. Bake the spinach pie until crisp and golden, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes. Cut the squares or diamonds right through to the bottom and serve.(I like it cold as well) Working with phyllo Phyllo, literally leaf in Greek, is available frozen in most grocery stores or fresh from Greek and Middle Eastern bakeries. It is essential to keep the thin sheets from drying out. If using frozen phyllo, thaw it slowly, without unwrapping, in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Once it is thawed, unwrap the phyllo and remove only the number of sheets required for the recipe; rewrap the remaining sheets in p
                            last ic wrap and return to the refrigerator or freezer. My mother is making her own phyllo every time she makes pies but I don?t have the patience to do it. The difference between the frozen and homemade phyllo is tremendous ?for me - in taste. And it?s coming out thicker as well. Try it! I hope you enjoy doing it and eating it.

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                            • Bare - Annie Lennox / Music Album / 10 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                              28.08.2003 23:22
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                              ??And love don't show up in the pavement cracks I can't even cover up my tracks I'm going nowhere and I'm light years back..? Great cd to listen to, when you feel down. I just realized that today as it?s not one of the best days for me. Anyway?I am listening to this album now so it?s the best time to write an opinion on it. The cover. If you can cope seeing this goddess to throwing away the make-up from her image, coming out with open, uncared, wounds, then this album will touch you.(?Its made to touch you because is hand made, builted with human materials that have been gathered after the demolition of an old house, with hard work and endless hours of loneliness??) Who has to buy it If you think that pain is none of your business and you don?t want to see how many different colors are coming out of Annie?s painted colourless lips, then this album is not for you. It?s only for everybody else. It?s for those who have been in love, who are in love,for those who have cried,have been betrayed, have been hearted...for those who have lived their lives that is. Why to buy it Very nice vocals and lyrics.How often do you find good ones? I have to remind you Annie?s voice here. Unique voice who knows what is soul, who knows how cold the streets of the city are. That unique voice who knows how to light a fire in your hearts fireplace or the candle in the darkness. Do I sound a little bit sad? Songs that I noticed ...It?s because I am listening ?The Saddest Song I?ve Got ?. It?s the one of the best sad songs I have ever heard! It takes you to a different world. ?Pavement Cracks? in another one I like. ?Oh God?, the beautiful ?A Thousand Beautiful Things?, ?Bitter Pill? and ?Loneliness?. Lyrics that I like ?Oh God Where are you now? Dear God? Oh How can I Survive? Will I make this drop, this dive? But
                              if you hear me If you can see me... I know I can't be that strong 'Cause everything I ever did went wrong Everything I ever did went wrong Oh God Now where do I come in? Gone and broken everything So I hope You'll understand If someone needed a helping hand It must be now It must be now? (Have you heard Annie Lennox praying? You are going to hear her in this album. So nice...) Overall opinion: Bare-Annie Lennox is an album that you are going to look for it as water in the desert the day that life will not treat you nicely and you want someone, a friend, on your side to sing with you. So if you are asking me : ?shall I buy it?? I ?ll say Yes because that day is always coming... Thanks for reading...

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                              • Nokia 3650 / Mobile Phone / 8 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                                25.08.2003 19:17
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                                That is the ultimate mobile phone.The design and the features are outstanding! MAIN CHARACTERISTICS: I don't know what to mention first! Colour Screen, Polyphonic Ring tones, Integrated digital camera, video capture and playback, picture messaging The battery Standby Time is up to 200 hours and the battery Talk time is up to 240 minutes. The Size [in mm] is 30 x 57 x 26. The weight is 130g (maybe a little bit heavy but is full of goodies!!) It has memory capacity of 4mb that you can upgrade it with a memory card witch is fantastic.The potential is great. Some other features are : Integrated hands-free speaker, Midi and WAV ringing tones, Ringing tone composer, Photo album, RealOne player(that?s cool), Infrared, Bluetooth, Support for Java MIDP 1.0, Voice dialing,Voice recorder. (No. It doesn't make coffee(!) and doesn't doing the dishes(!)but apart from these it can do everything!) GAMES: The biggest surprise for me was the games! That phone is a real game station! The screen is not small at all, to enjoy a good game of rally with excellent graphics! For those times that you don't have something else to do and want to "kill" some time playing a game. Its a really cool feature. THE PRICE: From my research I have found that the best deal in the market at the moment is £59.99 with £21 per month line rental at VODAFONE 100 minutes X-NET and 50 free test messages(fonetasticmobile.co.uk)If you can be patient and wait for a couple of months you definitely going to buy it cheaper as the competition between the many companies is massive. WHY THIS AND NOT THE OTHERS: There are many mobile phones in the market but I will compare it only with Nokia 7250 which i believe is in the same range. The others are just mobile phones! Many feel that is better because is smaller. My humble opinion is that Nokia 3650 is b
                                etter. Even though the Nokia 7250 has a colour screen and integrated camera, the unique difference with the Nokia 3650 is its unique appearance ? featuring a circular designed keypad with five-way scroll key - but it also possesses the ULTIMATE camcorder and video player. A TINY DISANDANTAGE: The cool keypad is a different Keypad. All these years we have use to use the specific type of keypad that all the mobile phones have. At the beginning you will find it really difficult to write a simple text message!It will take a bit to get used to. Also I have to mention the keypad has a "plasticy" feeling at the beginning that you will start get use to in about an hour-approximately! Nokia 3650 is a different and cool phone, for different and cool people.

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                                • FIFA Football 2003 (Xbox) / Xbox Game / 3 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                                  ?EA FIFA 2003'', was the title of the new game that friends brought me to try. I really do like football, to play, to watch and as the years are passing I enjoy even more when I play it on the computer, X-box or PS2.(so much less tiring!) So I was eager to see what different that game has to offer from the previous series. In advance I knew that the game will be brilliant as the quality of the games from this particular company is top and always is giving you hours and hours of entertainment. Imaging the following scene: you have friends around and you want to play this game with them. You are choosing the multiplayer option and start playing. Very soon you can find yourself arguing with the decisions that the referee made for an offside (?..Cooome on ..you need glasses of something?..? or on a penalty . Of course that can lead in a real major argument with the other player which can result to cut your relationship with the other person. Very dramatic and sad but it had happened to two of my friends! Of course my friends are ok now. So I knew that this game will be fun but I wanted to see what kind of new features they have add to make it different from the rest of the series. I was hoping not to be just a ?face lifting? of the 2002 edition with some new songs and renewed roster in the menu. GAMEPLAY The game is based on ?the total control of the ball?. Surely it?s a tactic that makes it more realistic than ever before. Probably that?s why they have at the front players that are great controllers of the ball. Such as Edgar Davids (who knows how to keep the ball and how to pass it with mathematical preciseness)Ryan Giggs and Roberto Carlos. That means that you have to forget the case that you hit the ball towards the opposite goalposts and always another player of your team was there to take it and proceed. Now it?s different, more realistic and you will be able to see many lost passes , fo
                                  olish goals because of the goalkeeper who now has to actively do something either with his legs or hands(not just stand in frond of the ball and the ball rolls in his hands etc as before). With few words, with FIFA 2003 we have situations that mirroring the true nature of football. Now you have to think how much power we are going to put before pass the ball, the angle etc. Things that can be controlled with less or more press of the buttons and good use of the arrows. Especially at the fouls or corners we can even choose a specific spot on the ball that we want to hit! (a small screen appears with a ball and we place the target on the spot that we want) So as it concerns the game play the creators of Fifa 2003 have done great job as the football player is free to create personal fantastic goals and not goals that are pre-manufactured which were ok but this now is much more fun and gives you great satisfaction as your goals are unique! BUT ?the total control of the ball? as you can imagine is not something easy to learn. Especially at the beginning its very very difficult. We have to think though that everything in life is difficult at the beginning. As the time is passing you will feel more comfortable ,you will discover new tactics and these will make you shout very proudly ?I am fantastic player!!!?. Something else that I liked very much is when I was in front in score with 4-1 in a case, I noticed that that other team changed its tactic and system.I scored once again and they changed it again and again. The game is taking the initiative and makes changes for better results .That is really good feature! Graphics The graphics on 2002 were almost perfect. In this version I think they touch the perfect. Total realism and emphasis in details (especially for the moves of the players or for the crowd and grounds etc.) Twenty of the most famous European football grounds(why not a Greek one??) are inc
                                  luded in the game, made to look like exactly the same with the real ones even in to the smallest details and 18 European football teams (where are the Greek ones??) they have made so perfect that you are able to see clearly the players at last! ( Veron with his earring, Beckham with the World cup haircut, Davids of course with his glasses etc. You can see the crowd, the advertisements on the outfits of the players and so many other details and all that together with the very professionally TV cover of the game with the beautiful replays and highlights after the end of the first half and the game. Sound The sound is as perfect as the graphics. Very nice pieces of music carefully selected from artists like Kosheen, Safri Duo, Ms. Dynamite, Fat Boy Slim, Antiloop etc., which definitely sound very pleasant during the period that there is no action. It?s very nice as well the fact that you can hear the authentic songs of the 18 teams during the game. What I liked very much was when I scored as a visitor, the crowd was frozen! And when the ?local? team did something good, then it started shouting again! That was really nice! As narrators, the classics Ally McCoist and John Motson, who are giving us all the statistics and comments on players with incidents that have to do with them such as Beckham?s red card on the game with Argentina etc. MENU You can choose a game between the 18 European teams or a friendly game with many other teams from all over the world ( there are two Greek teams only! PAOK from Thessalonica and Olympiakos which probably pay for being there!-not fan of Olympiakos!) or you can choose to play with a nation team. You can also choose between 15 championships throughout the world to play for a season or to play in European Champion's Cup, World Tour etc. If you choose championship you have the option to manage 8 different teams which in combination with the multiplayer , it
                                  can give you and your friends really good fun as there is plenty of competition there and many surprises. Small Problems that I noticed First if after a pass you don?t move your player the opposite side players are not moving!! They stand and stare at you! That?s not very realistic to me! Second, I found it amazingly difficult to push the ball in to the net with the head after a corner !One of my friends has done it once and he can?t remember how he did it. It shouldn?t be that difficult! (or Am I that hopeless??) Overall Opinion If you exclude this two small problems and the fact that they have Olympiakos as representative of the Greek football teams, FIFA 2003 is once again the best game for those who like football games The fact that the graphics are perfect, the sound very good and the feeling from the game play is creating an unusual realism, gives answer to why the series EA Fifa is the top selection in that kind of games. Reduce the lights in your room, turn on the volume and let yourself to be part of the magic world of football. Thanks for reading?

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