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Reviewer:
Talicus
Reviews:
0
Votes:
23 (96% helpful)

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  1.  Wonderful extras make this version a must-own

    Posted: 

    Having already bought the 2 blu-ray disc (and dvd / digital copy so you can watch the movie on other media-players) in the United States when it was released, I can tell you that the extra blu-ray disc is well worth getting, as all the extra's on it are amazing.

    There are loads of extra's on it, both for youngsters and adults. For the kids, there's a quiz about which states of the United States go where (which I consider to be quite hard for European kids, so I'm not sure if they'll leave that in) and a quiz about what European country lies where in Europe.

    For the adult viewers, there are loads of interesting extra's to be found, especially if you're interested in 3D animation techniques. There are 8 documentaries to be found on this disc, including a trip to the real Paradise Falls, loads of background detail, about life at Pixar studios and much more. Believe it or not, but these extra's are actually fun and dynamic, so you don't have to worry about it being boring or monotonous.

    And on the first blu-ray disc (which owners of the original blu-ray release should already have experiences) there are 2 brilliant Cinematic shorts, alternate scenes, some more background stories and of course the movie in glorious 1080p high definition!

  2.  Great game, but there's nothing "ultimate" about this box

    Posted: 

    I'll try to be as brief as possible.
    As a racing game, it stands out from other racing games because of it's extreme speed, relatively little time in between races due to the free-roaming aspect, and (whilst very arcade-ish) solid controls. The graphics might not be superb on screenshots, but when you see everything racing past you at who-knows-howmany miles per hour, you know you've reached the full potential of your PS3 (or 360 if you get it for that system).

    Now, about the "ultimate" box. Apparently little people realise that most of the gameplay aspects available on the ultimate box are downloadable free of charge (in fact, they are automatically downloaded as soon as you pop in a copy of the original Burnout Paradise). There are a few things that you have to pay for on the regular Burnout Paradise, but even if you buy the original Burnout Paradise and download all the extra content found on this disc, it's still hardly cheaper than buying this box! Not to mention that not all the DLC is worth it in my opinion, but I'll leave that up to you.

    In short, great game, but there's nothing "ultimate" about this box.

    Game itself: 4/5
    "special features" of this box: 1/5
    Overall (not an average): 3/5

  3.  An all-time classic platformer that rivals the Mario-series

    Posted: 

    As some of you may already know, this game is a remake of a classic on the previous Nintendo console, the Nintendo Gamecube. Unfortunately, the Gamecube was unsuccesful, so Nintendo decided to port some of their best titles to the Nintendo Wii, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (DKJB) is one of them.

    The game's gameplay mechanics are quite easy to explain, yet they work extremely well. For starters, it's a platform-game, which basically means that you try to make your way from the start of a level to the finish point, while making your way past various obstacles.
    Your second goal is to get as many bananas on your way through as possible, preferably in a "combo" (a long streak of banana-grabbing whilst jumping) and by making Donkey Kong clap near the bananas, you get an additional score-bonus.

    Platform games, and especially platform games in which you have to collect certain objects, rely heavily on decent controls. Luckily, NPC! DKJB has almost perfect controls, however, you will find that the controls are still subject to debate on many "professional" reviewers.

    Many of these reviewers have played the Gamecube version before playing the Wii version, and they are having a hard time moving from the Gamecube control-scheme to the Wii control scheme.
    In the Gamecube version, this game was bundled with "bongo-controllers" which basically only had three buttons: left bongo for moving left, right bongo for moving right, both bongo's for jumping and a sound-sensor so you can actually clap your own hands if you want Donkey Kong to clap your hands. This worked very well, and I can realise that once you have played this game through it's original unique control scheme, you feel disappointed having adapting yourself to these "regular" controls.
    However, this does NOT mean that the Wii controls are bad or "not fun", as described in some reviews. As I have said before, the Wii control scheme works really well, and is just -different- from the Gamecube version, but not worse. In the Wii version, you simply move around using your nunchuck, and clap using the motion sensors, which is very responsive.

    Next up is the presentation. The graphics are amazing, especially considering that the Gamecube version was made so many years ago. This version features widescreen support, which makes the game look even better.
    Also, I'd like to point out that the soundtrack of this game is amazing. In fact, it is the most epic I have ever seen in a platformer, and that includes 10/10 titles such as Super Mario Galaxy. I know that most people do not really care about the soundtrack when buying a game, but it is definitely one of the best parts of this game, they are extremely memorable and they really keep you going throughout the game.

    Now, on with the difficulty. I have seen many reviewers complain about this game being too easy. In my opinion, that's only because they have not really experienced the game as they should have. Yes, it is really hard to die, but dying is not what determines the difficulty here.
    I have played through the Gamecube version three times getting all the crests (these crests represent a ranking in each level, think of them as medals), and this has always been challenging yet extremely rewarding.

    Let my finish this review by talking about the length of the game. According to some reviewers, this game is too short. In my opinion, this game being so short is what makes it brilliant. There is never a dull moment in this game, and while you COULD finish this game in 5 hours, getting all the crests will keep you going for hours and hours on end, and this is the only game I have ever played that I played through again after finishing it.

    This truly is a brilliant title!

  4.  Great game, but there's nothing "ultimate" about this box

    Posted: 

    I'll try to be as brief as possible.
    As a racing game, it stands out from other racing games because of it's extreme speed, relatively little time in between races due to the free-roaming aspect, and (whilst very arcade-ish) solid controls. The graphics might not be superb on screenshots, but when you see everything racing past you at who-knows-howmany miles per hour, you know you've reached the full potential of your 360 (or PS3 if you get it for that system).

    Now, about the "ultimate" box. Apparently little people realise that most of the gameplay aspects available on the ultimate box are downloadable free of charge (in fact, they are automatically downloaded as soon as you pop in a copy of the original Burnout Paradise). There are a few things that you have to pay for on the regular Burnout Paradise, but even if you buy the original Burnout Paradise and download all the extra content found on this disc, it's still cheaper than buying this box! Not to mention that not all the DLC is worth it in my opinion, but I'll leave that up to you.

    In short, great game, but there's nothing "ultimate" about this box

  5.  UK Only

    Posted: 

    For any possible importers out there, please note that this game only features British exams, so it is not really suitable for people in other countries (for example, where people drive on the right side on the road).

    As long as you know that, you'll find out that this is actually quite a good game.

  6. Monopoly

    Monopoly

    Nintendo Wii

    1 New from  £71.10  Free delivery

    Available  used  from  £14.97

     Nothing special, high price, and you probably own it already

    Posted: 

    Well I know that Monopoly is a pretty fun board game, so if you buy this game you know what to expect. However, the game has it's flaws as well: There is NO online play on ANY version (which would've greatly increased replay value), the minigames are not all that fun and rigged (it's harder to win if you're in first position), and the game is quite slow paced (slow animations, etc).

    It's alright if you don't own monopoly one way or the other, but seing as most of you already own the game in a different way (board game, DVD-game, pc game) I'd advise you to spend your money on another Wii game.

  7.  Amazing simple yet effective game, but not the best version

    Posted: 

    Puzzle Quest is a great way for both "casual" Bejeweled fans to enjoy a deep story with an amazing battle system that puts you Bejeweled skills to good use, or for "die-hard" gamers who wish to put a little bit more thinking into their RPG's. The game features a lengthy campaign mode in which you will defeat enemies (mostly quest based, some "random" encounters) by lining up 3 jewels of the same type. This will level you up, give you stats points (which can be put to use differently depending on which character type you have chosen at the start) and unlock special skills which can be put to use after lining up a certain amount of gems.

    All in all, there is nothing wrong with the concept and it's a great game on the DS because of it's touchscreen, and also playable on PSP, XBLA and PS2 although it's slightly slower.
    While the Wii version is far from "unplayable ", it requires some precesion with your Wii Remote to line up the jewels correctly, which can be annoying for the more stressed gamers. There's not a very severe penalty to not lining up jewels correctly, but it's quite annoying if the computer enemy can complete a great combo because of a Wii Remote screw-up. Also, some have complained that the text can be a little bit hard to read at times, but I haven't encountered that problem with my Wii, being hooked up to a HD TV with component cables.

    In short: Great game, must buy on any system, but get it for another system if you can and if it's the same price.

  8.  Very nice if you do not own the Playstation 2 versions.

    Posted: 

    I personally think of Capcom as one of the best, if not the best, 2D action game publisher of all time.
    This collection gives you some of the best games Capcom has ever released at a low price. The only thing that might hold you back from purchasing this title is dat the D-pad on the old PSP (not the Slim&Lite!) can be pretty awkward, so if you'd rather play on a different system I'd suggest you pick up the Playstation 2 versions of Capcom Classics Collection, as all the games featured in this title are in either Capcom Classic Collection 1 or Capcom Classic Collection 2 as well.

  9.  So much value for so little money...

    Posted: 

    I bought this when I first bought my Xbox, and I never regretted it.

    With this, you can buy maps (as mentioned below) or entire classic games such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Rez HD and Ikaruga for just 800 points (or even less in some cases!)

    It's a must for everyone who likes simple yet fun to play games!

  10.  Great looks, great controls, great online play, ok tracks

    Posted: 

    I was psyched about this game from the moment it was announced (years ago now). When I finally got the game, I was overwhelmed at first. The looks are awesome for a handheld, and it gives you the real "feel" of a Mario Kart game, something Mario Kart Double Dash (gamecube) did not manage to do for me.

    While playing the game, I did encounter a few flaws though. To improve the length of the game, they awarded a ranking system on your races, which (if good enough) will be displayed on your online profile. Unfortunately, getting a triple star rating was nearly impossible to get, because your rating can be reduced by the items of computer players. If you get bombarded with "blue shells" by the CPU, you can kiss your three star ranking goodbye, no matter how well you play.

    Also, whilst all the new tracks are definitively fun, they are less memorable than the retro tracks, mostly because they wanted to "reinvent" the Mario universe, instead of using locations from the Mario platformer games. They didn't do a bad job at it, but it could've been better.

    Last but not least, "power sliding" or "snaking" has become crucial to getting a good time on your racing, and staying with the competition online. This was a real let-down for me, because having to hold the shoulder buttons whilst pressing left and right feels way less fun than actual racing, and good snakers can easily outrace the competition that do no "snake".

    Nevertheless, playing with friends is incredibly fun, and the length of this game will keep you amused for hours.