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Biffy Clyro - CD
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Biffy Clyro are a fantastic example of a group who are going from strength to strength, it's kind of scary just how good they are...but in a great way!
The album arrived first thing this morning and I was so excited, didn't expect it to arrive till Monday (thank you to my wife for buying it for my Birthday!!) and I had to listen to it straight away, nothing would stop me!
I loved Puzzle and for me that was the album that made Biffy stand out, yes there early stuff is good, but Puzzle was a great album and in my opinion much better than the previous offerings. It showed a very soft and emotional side, along with some songs that you just can't help but rock out to! I know a lot of fans dont really rate Puzzle and like the earlier stuff, but we all have different tastes.
It seems like such a long time ago that Mountains was released giving us a small glimpse of what was to come from them. Of course more recently we've had 2 singles released from the album, each showing us something completely different and individual.
So then, what about the actual album? Well I love it, without noticing I found myself constantly turning the volume up, nodding my head to every single song and singing along to the songs I knew. From the first play I just enjoyed every moment of this album, it's a fantastic album. Simon Neal's (the lead singers) voice is mesmerizing and as you listen to the album you are shown how versatile it is as it mixes in with the heavy riffs and the softer, personal moments. In fact it is so nice to see an album that does differ from song to song and doesn't really lend its self to only one style or sound which keeps you interested throughout. Too often do we see albums that have too many songs that sound similar and you sometimes have difficulty knowing where one song ends and the other starts.
This year we have seen some great music and albums released and this features up there with the very best of them and is bound to just increase the fan base for this group.
Go Biffy ;)
Batman: Arkham Asylum
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I have to say that up until a week or two before the release of this game I had tried to ignore it and leave the game alone. Previously the majority of any and all Batman games had been rather, disappointing to say the least! Batman is without doubt one of the greatest Super Heroes ever and no one has done him justice in a computer game!
Well my resistance to anything Batman related soon gave in as adverts and video's seemed to be everywhere I looked! So I started to read some reviews, watch some footage.....and drool with anticipation!
I pre-ordered the game without further delay and when it arrived it went straight into my PS3 and for several days I wouldn't respond to anyone unless they called me..."The Dark Knight".
Batman: Arkham Asylum is truly a fantastic game. The graphics are superb and some of the best I have seen so far. The attention to detail is great and the characters are truly brought to life. The game is easy to get into and the controls are straight forward which allow you to fully immerse yourself into the nightmare that the Joker has created for you!
Batman has plenty of skills on offer to fight off the inmates and villains that await him and on offer are a number of Batman's gadgets, with new ones and upgrades constantly made available throughout the game. The free flowing combat system is a revolution! You can bash away at one button or try to string together combo's while punching, kicking, throwing batarangs and beating your enemies to a pulp in a fluid motion.
My only problem with the game is that once I completed it I lost interest in it rather quickly! It didn't seem to have any replay value! Yes, you can go through the game and try to find all of the Riddler's trophy's and solve all of his puzzles and for some that will be enough, but for me it just didn't excite me. Everyone had been defeated, the Joker was back behind bars, all the locations on the level were unlocked and I wouldn't gain anything new from playing it again which is a shame. On another note it does have challenge rooms where you get to try and complete specific tasks, separate to the game and then compare your times with people online, but still I feel it was missing something.
Does this take away from the overall experience and reduce the rating, no! I still would easily give the game 5 stars because the story is great, you do feel like you are part of something and taking control, rather than sitting in the sidelines and it is a fantastic game and I enjoyed every moment of it. It is just a shame that things feel a little "empty" for me once it's completed, though I'm sure others will have different experiences with the game!
Buy it, play it.....just don't expect to play it over and over and for that feeling of amazement to last forever! But hey, I'm sure this isn't the last we have heard of Batman!
Muse - CD
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With Muse and each album they release I always think there is something so similar, but yet different and refreshing and so it was with the eagerness of a giddy schoolboy that I awaited the release (and purchase thereof) of their latest offering.
Even though I have been a fan of Muse since "Showbiz" in 1999 and had a wonderful experience of seeing them at Glasto in2000 I never know exactly what to expect from them. There had been a lot of hype surrounding this album and I loved the single "Uprising" which only excited me more and so what did I think after my first listen....not much if I'm honest! Hmmm actually a little disappointing, obviously there must be something wrong or I had the wrong CD! I checked and it was right, it was Muse - The Resistance. Feeling that Gremlins may have invaded my CD player I quickly put the album back on and realised (thankfully) that my first and foremost impressions had been completely and utterly wrong! Once I had gotten past the hype and expectedness of only "The Greatest Album Ever" out of my head did I realise what a gem this album is.
My problem was that although I didn't know what to expect, I had infact expected the album to blow me away before I even pressed play. Is this the greatest album ever, no! Is this the best Muse album yet....quite possibly it could be, it's certainly the most complex! When you really listen to it and realise what went into creating these majestic songs you start to realise how amazing they and Muse are! Take for example the three part ending to the album "Exogenesis" which used over 40 musicians in the recording process alone!
The Resistance a refreshing step forward and masterclass from Britain finest that will continue to amaze you and allow you to hear something new with each and every listen. Therefore this album easily gets 5 stars! Is every song worth 5 stars, sadly no...there are some slight weaknesses here (as there are with any album), but as an overall album and the fact that the majority of the songs are amazing it can't be given any less.
So just go buy this album and just enjoy it, that's what it's there for and that's what I am doing, enjoying it....a lot!
The Resistance (Limited Edition CD & DVD)
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So just go buy this album and just enjoy it, that's what it's there for...oh and I haven't even had a chance to watch the Bonus DVD, but I'm looking forward to a chance to!
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This game is just truly amazing and after playing it you can really see why it has quickly become such a popular game!
From the moment you set foot in the city of Rapture right till the very end it had me captivated.
In a world where we are becoming more obsessed with realistic games (only carrying two weapons, etc) comes a breath of fresh air! Fight it out in a unique under water world with various weapons and abilities that allow you to wreck havoc upon your enemies. For me the graphics were superb and brought this world to life, both in Rapture and in the ever constant Ocean that surrounds you. The controls are easy to get to grips with and the game is easy to play and get involved with, but of course it's never that easy and there is plenty to challenge you and keep you coming back for more.
One of the best things about Bioshock though has to be the story and the way that it is revealed to you through the game, it makes you want to find out what happened to this Utopia, why and where did it all go wrong for the citizens of Rapture. Throw in a few little quests, varied opponents and decisions that affect the story's outcome and what weapons, abilities and trophies that you acquire throughout the game and you have one of the best games ever released on any format!
I was so happy when this was released on the PS3 and although I haven't played the X-box version and so can't compare it, I thinks it's a game every PS3 owner should have! If I do have one complaint it's that there is a lack of a Multiplayer mode and online features, but still that doesn't stop this from getting 5 stars and Bioshock 2 will have a Multiplayer option....Excited a bit.....yes I am!!
Billy Talent - CD
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If I'm honest after my first listen to this album I was quite disappointed. I'm a huge Billy Talent fan and have followed them since the early days, therefore I was waiting and anticipating this album.....and it just didn't thrill me in the way I wanted it to, but after listening to it a few times I found my first impressions and thoughts change and I realised just what a good album this is!
However I feel that the previous albums as a whole are a lot stronger and that in places it does seem a little weak and too similar to all of their earlier work, though don;t get me wrong this album is great and has some fantastic songs, "White Sparrows" and "The Dead Can't Testify" are two of the stand out tracks.
So anyone who is into Punk/Rock music should give this album a try, even if you haven't heard any of the earlier stuff by Billy Talent this is a great album to start with. And if you have heard any of the songs and didn't like what you heard, then give it another try, it's really worth it!
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Well I don;t think I need to talk about the film at all, It's a classic and without doubt a great film with a great cast.
With the recent release of the Ghostbusters game and this film on Blu-ray there has been a lot of interest in the Ghostbusters films again, so how does it hold up on Blu-Ray?
Well as some people have already pointed out it does appear grainy at times and you would expect the movie to be much better in quality, but when you remember how old the film actually is and the way it was shot you cant really complain because that's just the way film is! Taking that into consideration it doesn't actually take away from the experience of the film (personal views!), added to the sound and a movie that is just so much fun to watch you cant go wrong with this.
Could they have done better with the extras and actual box....yes and who knows what may be released in the future, but I don't think that is any reason to complain.
Just buy it and enjoy it and laugh out loud at some very funny men running around catching ghosts!
Jessica Alba in High Definition.....Do you really need any other reason than this?
Sin City isn't a need or even a want, it's a must have! I have to say I was blown away by this film and the quality of it. I've been a big Fan of Sin City ever since I saw it at the cinema and the chance to get it on Blu-ray was one I could not pass up, especially at such a good price! The picture and sound are both fantastic. Because the actual film was shot with Digital cameras you lose none of the quality and it looks so fresh and sharp!
So for your well spent money you get 2 discs packed with extras and 2 versions of the film and although some have criticised the re-cut edition I found it enjoyable and just as entertaining as the original and are you really going to complain about getting 2 versions of a film for the price of one? I don't think so, especially with a film as good as this!