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Lego Rock Band
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A lot of fun for both adults and children alike, and as my first dip into Rock Band or Guitar Hero type games I have no regrets and can toughly recommend it to anyone. The in game humour/cut scenes are great and the track list will introduce oldies like me to new music and also introduce my young son to 60s, 70s and 80s rock.
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More of the same but where Halo is concerned that is a good thing. You get the same great game play with great atmosphere (although I do miss the original music) and good (not as epic as the original Halo) story line as you have come to expect from Halo. The original Halo made me trade in my Playstation for the XBox and I have not looked back or regretted it since. I saw it as the first great interactive movie where not only did you get to watch a great action sc-fi story unfold but you played the main character too and what such fun it is. Each game in the series this latest one included delivers on all accounts. Be it on foot on wheels or in the air Halo Reach is a great shooter.
The two most notable new elements in Reach are the ability to customise the look of your Spartan and that unlike the other Halos where you are the only Spartan in the game in Reach your part of a team of Spartans (although you have no control over them which can sometimes be annoying particularly when you are trying to be stealthy).
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
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This is the worst game I've purchased in a long, long time as it is truly awful and not worth 35p let alone 35quid. The story line is boring and un involving, the graphics are equally rubbish, and the flight model is utterly dreadful as it feels like your in a submarine and not in a modern fighter aircraft. Anyone who gives this game more than 1 star needs to have their head examined as it is undeniably a pathetic excuse for an arcade flight sim - the original Hawx is 99.99% better in terms of fun, playability and value for money.Don't buy as there are far, far better places to dispose of your cash.
Battlestar Galactica: The Final Season - Part 2 (4 Discs)
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I wrote in my review of Season 3 that the series had lost its way and had become dull, less sci-fi and more soap opera, and having finally watched the final season (both parts) the writers clearly lost their creativity after two seasons and what could have been great is let down by a badly written (well acted) final 2 (or 3) seasons. What an awfully dull and disappointing ending to the series in the final episode. The final seasons reflects the current day (real) green religious movement that advocates that technology is bad for the human soul and how we should return to a simpler time and live like our stone age ancestors etc. One of the main characters is killed off only to reappear later as an angel (that is how ridiculous it gets).
Oh how the series had fallen during season 3 for it to get far worse during season(s) four.
Mass Effect 2
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There is a serious lack of continuity from the first Mass Effect which had a much more dramatic and purposeful storyline. This in effect makes Mass Effect 2 not so much a sequel but more a stand alone game as the main character goes from working for the Citadel Council the guardians of galactic peace to working for human supremacists. Supremacists who in the first ME were portrayed as an evil group involved in all sort of experiments that usually involved the great suffering of their victims. This dark and unpleasant Cerburus past is only vaguely hinted at in ME2 and as for the Citadel Council their mention in ME2 is hardly noticeable and I doubt Shepard would betray the Alliance let alone the Citadel Council and work so easily for Cerburus which is a group that seemingly has the funding and supplies of major galactic governments.
In their strive to correct the criticism of ME the developers have gone too far and lost is character customisation in terms of quantity of weapons and equipment and armour that they have literally undone much of what made ME great and I am inclined to revisit ME for replaying more than I am ME2 as you go from been able to customise all your characters in ME to only really been able to customise the player character in ME2. EA are clearly trying to cash in on the fan bases by making us customers pay for additional content much of which is rubbish considering the price. Don not get me wrong it is a good game, but there are a lot of elements of ME that make that a better and more involved game. I have no idea how the developer is going to link the story lines of ME which they have broken in ME2 for the finale that should be ME3. I can only hope they take a step back to ME to take ME3 forward as they clearly have not done this for ME2.
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Battlestar Galactica (2004): Season 3 (6 Discs)
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Season one drew me in, season two kept me watching, but by half way through 3 I got bored and nothing in season 4 (part 1) reignited my interest. As for season 4 (part 2) "The Final Season" (thank god, but explained later) despite having Sky I got totally bored with it that I stopped watching it after 4 episodes and I am no longer interested in the conclusion (did they or didn't they find Earth - I stopped caring!).
Season 1 and 2 were for fans (like me) of sci-fi, by the time they got round to producing season 3 and 4 they clearly aimed it at fans of soap operas and it became more Dallas/Eastenders than Battlestar Galactica (either original series or season 1 and 2). What a let down, more so since I made the mistake of purchasing season 1 and 2.
I may eventually buy season 3 and the full season 4 and watch the conclusion some time, but only when the price comes down further than it's current price.
The God Delusion
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I bought and read this book when it was first released as, despite my Catholic upbringing, I knew from a very young age that I was an aspiring atheist (although at such a young age I didn't know what or how to label my way of thinking other than as 'heresy'), and this was despite the school and church's attempts to 'brainwash me'. When as a child I asked both the teaches and priests to 'prove god to me' they were inevitably unable to do so and could only ask that I surrender my young, imaginative and intellectual mind to "faith", they couldn't even offer a rational and 'believable' argument why I should believe in god other than to say nonsense like 'god moves in mysterious ways,' 'only god knows' and 'you must believe else you risk spending eternity in hell'; or as Pascal once argued, it's better to believe just in case - but then Pascal didn't live in such enlightened times (hedging your bets is such a cop-out).
This book made me smile and laugh all the way through as it was extremely refreshing to see someone point out the blatantly obvious. And, I totally agree that both this book and atheism in general should be introduced into the curriculum of all UK schools, after all, this is the UK and not the USofA. Religion is a sign of how primitive we still are as a species and how far we have yet to go to free our minds of those people, and ideas that want to enslave and control our minds, our 'spirit' (in the humanist-existential sense not the mystical-religious senses) and our bodies.
All you have to fear is fear itself, and those that want to use your fear against you... read this book and spread the word!