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Reviewer:
Prostanc3
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  1.  Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition - Review

    Posted: 

    Package:

    The packaging was a standard DVD game box with the manual included, I am aware a lot of people are having issues with the metal box version giving most people who do not have a duel layer DVD-ROM a data4.cab error so I advise you to go for the standard box version as I had no issues when installing this.

    First Impressions:

    I installed the game with no issues as the computer I was using had the recommended specs or higher however for those who may not meet the recommended specs it does run a test to tell you if your computer does not meet the minimum/recommended specs, the game opens in to a very nice though slightly pixelated cinematic but do not let this put you off! The menu is fairly easy to use my only grudge being if you try to change a key to another that is already assigned it makes you assign a new key to that which you have just tried to change which can throw you in to some crazy key changing frenzy so I recommend sticking with the defaults.

    The Game:

    The game is single player only offering no multiplayer mode, I began to play the game and after a few minutes of playing I twigged that although I could hear sound effects I could not hear any dialog from the characters even though I can see them speaking, this is a known issue and was easily resolved by turning down my sounds hardware accelerator to the 'basic' mode (quite a few articles are available on the internet about this and the ubisoft support is generally quite on the ball in my past experiences.

    There is currently no patches released for the game though I feel that may change soon due to the dialog issue I have mentioned above, graphically this game is superb as a new release considering the amount of flexibility you have being able to climb over any roof/wall visible I have only spotted one glitch which was very minor, however at the expense of superb graphics and movement freedom the game is slightly one track where you are expected to gather information by either eves dropping on a conversation or picking someone's pocket then you go and assassinate the bad guy!

    Another thing that gets quite repetitive is the combat as once you've got to grips with the combat system its very easy to take on armies of enemies, I find you can just stand and block and use the counter attacks as they hit you which usually leads to a pile of dead enemies after a minute or two.

    Although the combat and game play is fairly repetitive this is still a very fun game which offers hours of enjoyment by either going on a mad rampage trying to slaughter an entire city (including innocents) or sticking to the missions and being a good maybe not so law abiding citizen...

    Analysis:

    The game is quite system hungry so I definitely recommend checking the specs required by the game and the specs of your computer before buying, for anybody who played the Xbox 360 version you will not be disappointed by this PC release of the game, the graphics are nice, game play is smooth and it features one of the best character movement systems I have seen in a game.
    I can't help but wonder what this game would be like online but unfortunately this may be something we will never see, this is however one of the best games released in the last couple of years in my opinion so definitely worth a try even if you are a die hard online gamer.

    Packaging: 8/10
    Graphics: 10/10
    Playability: 10/10
    Game Options: 9/10
    Online Play: 0/10

    Overall Rating: 10/10

  2.  Duffy - Rockferry Review

    Posted: 

    Unbelieveable album, never been in to this kind of music myself but this is certainly a taste of something great, really enjoyed and 100% recommend this album to any all around music fan.

  3.  Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warefare Review

    Posted: 

    Package:

    The packaging was a standard PC game DVD box containing the manual with the CD key printed on the back... nothing special... No complaints.

    First Impressions:

    I installed the game with no issues during installation or load up, when you first hit the single or multiplayer game menu you have a wide range of options, the interface is fairly easy to use and navigate though some of the options made even me go "what does that do?!?" (Keep in mind I have played Call of Duty from day one of the first games release) but with a bit of digging around in manual and on the internet you can soon find what everything does.

    The Game:

    The single player game consists of a number of difficulty modes and even if you aren't used to playing First Person Shooter games I highly advise you to go on at least normal setting as the AI improves and is well worth that extra damage and more intense gaming experience it provides.

    The single player game delivers a good couple of hours game play that really does leave you thinking about the game after you have finished it, I was pleased to find that although it had its all out crazy battles it also had missions where you required to be stealthy and pick your shots carefully which was nice to see from a First Person Shooter release along these lines.

    But the online play is really where Call of Duty 4 out does itself offering a rank system where you will unlock fun challenges, new weapons and perks that enable you to do such things as hold more ammunition, drop a grenade when you die or even sprint without making too much noise.

    Multiplayer also offers a game mode named hardcore where players are more easily killed and there is no radar so its down to your eyes and ears to know where your enemy lurk, there was a minor issue with the sniper rifle not doing enough damage or being accurate enough when the game was first released but this issue can be fixed by applying the available patches.

    Analysis:

    The graphics are brilliant though very system hungry, I run a quad core processor 2GB of RAM and an NVIDIA XFX 8800 series graphics card and that runs it perfect on the highest available settings, All in all Call of Duty 4 is a great release and a must have for any gamer!

    Packaging: 8/10
    Graphics: 9/10
    Playability: 10/10
    Game Options: 9/10
    Online Play: 10/10

    Overall Rating: 10/10

  4.  Age of Empires 3 + War Chiefs Expansion Review

    Posted: 

    Package:

    I received the game in no time at all as is usual with play.com, the first thing you are met with is the half hearted packaging although not the worst packaging I have seen its still not what you call ascetically pleasing, it comes in a thin cardboard box with the 4 CDs in those little tacky white paper wallets however all manuals and quick reference guides where included so I was prepared to overlook the bad packaging.

    First Impressions:

    I installed with no problems and proceeded to start the game, as I entered video and game setup for the first time like most gamers do when they get a new game I was surprised at how many options there actually where, what can only be described as a "quality" job has been done with the interface options.

    The Game:

    As an AoE fan I was sceptical about what to expect from AoE3 after the disappointing AoE2 release, the graphics are great quality and massively improved from AoE2 while still keeping that important original feel, I have yet to find any glitches in the graphics which is a near unbelievable for an RTS game,

    AoE3 has introduced something in game called the 'Home City' (which has a number of benefits earned through levelling it up by playing skirmishes) which allows you to send shipments of resources, troops and special upgrades to your town center after earning a relatively small amount of EXP during a single game through killing enemy troops or capturing treasures,

    There are several campaigns available to play offering many hours of game play though they do start of relatively easy, but I advise even the most seasoned AoE player to do the 'Learn to play' as there are differences and new things that will catch you out, the skirmishes are a little more intense than in previous releases due to the addition of trade routes and native camps (war chiefs expansion) which really adds something special to the game,

    Analysis:

    Though disappointed with the packaging I was far from disappointed with the game which has offered hours of fun game play with fantastic online support available however skirmish mode does get a little repepative after a while as the computer AI is fairly limited and after several games you can find ways to easily cripple your enemy fairly early on meaning you have to take it online to keep it fun.

    Packaging: 6/10
    Graphics: 9/10
    Playability: 9/10
    Game Options: 10/10
    Online Play: 9/10

    Overall Rating: 9/10