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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Platinum edition - Xbox 360
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Platinum edition - Xbox 360
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $27.93
81 used & new from $11.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far Too Short, November 24, 2010
Much like the first FU, this game is a lot of fun to play through. The action is intense and the scenery is beautiful. For the duration of the game, there is very little to complain about. But the the duration is enough of an issue to bring this from a five star game to a two star game for me. How can a company possibly justify a full priced game that has five-six hours of content? This should have been DLC to the first game, not an entire sequel.

Aside from that unacceptable failure, there is also the issue that the story continues to unravel much as it did in the second half of TFU. By this point, the story is breaking canon with almost every turn, and seems to be getting so far off track that it's hard to imagine it returning to a place that can mesh with the original trilogy. Perhaps at the end of the third FU we'll pull back and everything will be in a snow globe in Darth Vader's hands. That's about the best we can hope for at this point.

Rock Band 3 - Xbox 360 (Game)
Rock Band 3 - Xbox 360 (Game)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Addition to the Rock Band Series, November 24, 2010
Like any new thing, Rock Band 3 takes a little getting use to, especially after two years of Rock Band 2. But once I had played it a week, those changes seemed minor and have ceased to be any issue for me. At it's core, this is a very well done addition with many new songs, new ways to play instruments, and of course the keyboard.

I can't say that the setlist is everything I could have dreamed of. There are a fair number of songs up so far that I'm very "meh" about. However, I'm sure there are many people who enjoy them, and the variety can only be a good thing. The new format is one that I like, where you can earn credit to your achievements in any mode. It's a very nice change to the game, as well as the ability to have more choice in what you will play in each setlist.

Two minor complaints I do have with the game are worth mentioning. One is the visual effects during many songs. Instead of the traditional band performance with a stage background, many songs now have visuals attached that will cause the background to fade, to turn bright red or sometimes many bright colors, and there are a handful of songs that also use a strobe-light type effect which is very annoying. However, as I said, it is a mostly minor issue, but one that I wish I could change. The other issues is the inclusion of several Spanish songs. So far, neither have a bad sound, however for someone who doesn't speak Spanish, it is very difficult to sing the songs well. This seems like a poor selection for the game as I imagine the majority of the player base do not speak fluent Spanish and could struggle with them.

Darksiders - Xbox 360
Darksiders - Xbox 360
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Price: $24.29
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, November 19, 2010
This review is from: Darksiders - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Darksiders isn't a terrible game. The problem I have is that it doesn't do anything well. The story is flimsy and basically tacked on to justify slaughtering bland and lifeless demons and angels, the graphics are acceptable enough but offer nothing worth actually stopping and looking at for a moment, the controls are functional but in some cases very inefficient, and the gameplay is about what you expect from a hack and slash.

I can deal with a game that borrows from other games, even to the point of copying those games IF it actually manages to incorporate those stolen ideas in a refreshing or compelling way. Darksiders fails to do this. It's like playing through a copy and pasted mishmash of other games' ideas. If Darksiders had come about a decade ago on the last generation consoles, it would have probably been considered a pretty amazing game. Instead, it just feels like a tired retread of everything we've seen and done before. It was a good clue about the quality of this game when it dropped in price by $20 in less than the first month. But I had hoped that perhaps there would be things I found to love in it anyway. But there just aren't. So cardboard cutout characters, mindless button pushing, and a lack of anything compelling in the story make for a mediocre experience.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Xbox 360
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Xbox 360
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $13.07
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, March 28, 2008
Sadly, this game does not live up to the first Vegas at all. Perhaps, if this had come out a year ago, it would have seemed like a great game. But for today's games, it is just sub-par.

The graphics are improved over Vegas 1, so that is one of the few pluses to the game. The other really good feature is that you can create a character and play as that character in every mode. Truly a cool feature that I hope more games will use. However, the SP mode is fairly boring and visually blah. There are also frame rate issues that crop up on a couple of levels in the SP mode. The way the story is wrapped up felt cheap and made the entire story less meaningful.

But really, most of us got R6V2 for the MP. And that is what makes it most disappointing. Because the MP guts what was great about the first Vegas. The levels are far too small. In the original, it was easy to go 20 minutes on an Attack and Defend. In the newer levels, 5 minutes seems to be the average. Because of the size of the levels, the 'tactical' aspect has been lost too. There are very few places to duck down and defend a room from. Instead, you're mostly either standing and waiting, or running and shooting wildly inaccurate weapons at each other until one of you dies. This is really the biggest letdown for me. I was looking for more of the same in MP and instead, it is not enjoyable at all. Add to that the poor matchmaking and lag and it's just not a fun experience. It's not the worst game by any means, but it doesn't live up to the first Vegas at all.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Limited Edition)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Johnny Depp
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Awful mess, December 18, 2007
When I reviewed the second film, I hated it. It was total garbage in comparison to how great the first one was. I must make a correction. The second can't be 'total' garbage becuase it turns out that this third installment actually makes it look like high art in comparison.

This movie is simply a mess from beginning to end. The characters continue to act nothing like the characters in the first film and several potentially messy issues from the second film are simply glossed over, with the audience expected to just accept them. Anyone who believes that Elizabeth was truly only playing Captain Jack in the second film is blind, and if the director intended it to look that way, it says more about his directing ability than anything else.

A half an hour circling around fighting? By the end of the scene, I was just glad that it was finally done. And the entire implementation of Davey Jones just finally shows how poorly it was instituted in the second film. I simply found myself not caring in the slightest about any of the characters. Poor Will is a footnote in this story, Elizabeth is even more unbearable than in the second, Jack is mindless and virtually pointless, poor Norington...That guy is turned into a joke here. Even Barbosa, who I loved in the first film, is underplayed and ultimately boring.

Add to that the stupidity of the main story line and the preoccupation with the least important parts of the story, and you just have an awful mess.

F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon - Xbox 360
F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon - Xbox 360
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great...For the Last Generation Consoles, December 10, 2007
If this game had come out for the PS2 or Xbox, I would have given it five stars. It is everything that was awesome in FPS games a couple of years ago. However, the graphics and gameplay do not live up to the current generation of gaming consoles. It is enjoyable enough for those who really need an FPS fix (I don't know how anyone could need that right now) but I've found that I don't care about the story. I'll pick the game up now and then and continue it, not really caring what I have forgotten about the story. The slow-mo affects are well done, but not unique either. In short, nothing really new, but a decent game if you can pick it up cheap and want some horror-action to distract you for a bit.

Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed
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Price: $19.96
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful But Repetitive, December 10, 2007
This review is from: Assassin's Creed (Video Game)
This game is gorgeous. When you climb up somewhere and sync...It's just breath taking. The same goes when you come to a city for the first time. The world is truly immersive and huge with everyone reacting to you. And it is a lot of fun to wander around the city just climbing and jumping all you want. But after doing that for a bit, it gets rather boring.

Once you learn the block/parry counter attack, the game is basically holding the right trigger and hitting the X button at the right time to dispatch pretty much all but 10% of your foes. Another 5% are dispatched with assassinations which look really cool. However, it's kinda silly how oblivious people are in this game. I can kill a Templar from behind with guards three feet away and they won't realize it for several seconds, by which time I have taken out at least one ore two more of them. And finally, there are about 5% more enemies that pose some sort of challenge.

Speaking of enemies...I find it annoying that if you gallop your horse too quickly, guards will suddenly yell, "That's him!" and try to kill you. The whole "socially acceptable" actions thing is a cool idea but it's implemented poorly here. It needs a lot more work.

This is the game in short:
1) Go to part of a city by horse
2) Defend a few people to get them on your side
3) Climb buildings for good views
4) Go to meet contact
5) Pickpocket for info, harrass for info, eavesrop for info
6) Kill target
7) Repeat

It's a great idea for a game, and I see possible things that could be great. But frankly, this game gets to be almost more of a hassle than anything else pretty quickly as you're stuck doing the same things over and over just in different places. It's beautiful and the freerunning is fun. But beneath the pretty shell, it just feels empty.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Xbox 360
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Xbox 360
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Price: $23.98
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, With a Couple of Issues, December 10, 2007
CoD4 is a solid game, I can't see any argument about that. The game looks beautiful, runs smoothly, and has a very engrossing story. As much as I have loved the other CoD games, their stories were never as gripping to me as part 4 has been. The online play is my favorite thus far. The challenge system allows for continued enjoyment and Prestige mode makes it actually worthwhile to play through many times. I'm on my second time in Prestige mode and plan to keep going. I love that all the accomplishements are gained in the campaign mode, so people who don't want to tolerate immature and foul-mouthed children insulting them can actually play and gain the gamer points if they want.

But there are two serious issues which have been brought up. The most glaring is the lack of co-op. This is truly dissapointing and I can't imagine why this was not included. It's simply a standard that I am starting to expect in my FPS games. This is my reason for cutting a star off the rating of an otherwise almost perfect game.

The second issue is the length. It is a bit short. However, this is remedied in two ways. First, play the game again on the hardest setting. Wow, it is a challenge on that setting and it will take you much longer, even if it is a frustating kind of time consuming experience. And second, play online. I play multiplayer a lot in this game because I love it. And in the multiplayer mode, you'll find all the time you could want to spend on this game.

In short, a game that is close to flawless. But the couple of issues it does have do hold it back from achieving the greatness it could have been. With word out that IW won't be doing CoD5, who knows if they'll have the chance to perfect it in the future?

Price: $4.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Change Up, January 19, 2007
This review is from: Comatose (Audio CD)
This is still obviously Skillet, but there can be no mistaking that they have changed up yet again. From grunge rock, to Orgy-esque electronic rock, to really hard rock, to Comatose which is a bit hard to peg. Skillet is still firmly in the rock arena here, but the sound is so much more slick and produced than what we had in Collide. The guitars are not nearly as driving or out in front. And that's an alright change. John's also moved back from the screaming that, at times, threatened to overwhelm Collide.

The lyrics are worth noting as well. Not a criticism, but an observation. There are still many spiritual undertones and expressions, but I was struck in listening to this album just how easily several songs could be interpreted without God at all. I can imagine several of these songs playing on the radio and listeners believeing that they were hearing your typical rock love song.

It's a good album that should please anyone who's been with the band for the long haul, and hopefull will attract a few newer fans as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Orlando Bloom
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Price: $13.58
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8 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pale Imitation of Pirates of the Caribbean, October 2, 2006
Something awful happened when they were working on this movie. I can't begin to dissect exactly what was most responsible for this wreck masquerading as a quality movie. Perhaps it's the shadows passing as characters who were once enjoyable. Maybe it's the obsession with fulfilling every cliché that could be fit into a movie. It could be the reliance on stunts and action over a coherent, or entertaining, plot. Perhaps it's the stupidity of the Elizabeth character that annoyed me throughout. I don't know.

Whatever happened, it's clear that everyone involved with this movie was interested in an easy paycheck. No one seems to have even tried. It's as if the whole project was run on the assumption that a good first movie would carry this one far enough. Sadly, that is exactly what has happened. But this film is an absolute and total waste of time, money, and energy. Everyone involved should be embarrassed for having taken a part in such an awful excuse for entertainment.

The only reason it gets two stars is out of respect for the outstanding original movie and the hope that third will recover and give us a satisfactory ending.

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