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Giants Citizen Kabuto (PC) 30/12/2000

A giant in its own right

Giants Citizen Kabuto (PC) The genre busting strategy come action come first person shootem-up come driving game that is Giants is perhaps the greatest piece of software ever to have come out of the barn sized doors at Interplay publishers. OK, so the competition isn't that strong, with Sacrifice being the only title (and a similar title at that) which springs to mind. The game is awesome. Graphics stunning (IF u have the hardware) and the level design is spot on. The three playable sides are well balanced but radically different and all require very different approaches to play. If you haven't already had the brilliant idea of leaving your pc and running to your local store and buying it, do so NOW. (alternatively by it online and never leave the comfortable warmth of your property)

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC) 12/12/2000

Multiplayer Perfection

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (PC) Being the next in line in what is perhaps undeniably the greatest series of strategy games ever you have more pressure piled on you than a small mouse squished underneath an elephant. To make matters worse the previous release (Tiberium Sun) hadn't been AS great as many had hoped- though it still kicked butt. Putting the CD into my computer it would only be a matter of time before I knew whether son of son of son of son of son of Dune (the game that sprouted the C&C series years ago) would live up to its vintage. And boy does it! The graphics are crisp, though still in the 2Dish voxel (3D pixel) stylee, the controls are spot on as usual (with various new commands now on offer and some of the new units and structures will blow you away! The game's single player missions are fairly short and if you're used to this type of game you'll probably finish both sides fairly quickly unless you start out on a high difficulty right from day one. The game could have done with being longer, but the missions are good and the story, as ever, is wicked. The multiplayer is when the game comes into its own, specially if u have a hispeed connection (or LAN) and a good oponent to challenge. The maps are varied (and u can produce infinite random ones) and the selection of units makes for a great choice of tactics. but BEWARE, air units (especially air ships) are incredibly powerful so be careful when you defend your base. One piece of advice is really all you need, if you like strategy games ...

ignorethefrogs.co.uk 12/11/2000

Not your typical humour site, this one's good!

ignorethefrogs.co.uk The opening page tells you this isn't going to be your typical humour site, far from it! This page is a member of 'the save the Earth from the forthcoming frog invasion web ring' and that pretty much sums up the sight. Rather than a series of unconnected jokes and mediocre cartoons this site jumps in with paragraphs of text, which if you read are surprisingly funny. The layout needs some work, but there is a promise that this is taking place as we speak, and some of the bright colours make it hard to read. With a section where you can report your own sightings of frogs, frog related material and pretty much anything else you feel like, it is no surprise that it is rapidly achieving World-Wide cult status. Don't be surprised to see the frogs ribbiting there way into your lives as they become this years alternative to the Hamster Dance. Christmas Number 1 could be in their sights.

Website - computerandvideogames.com 12/11/2000

Simply the best! Get ready for your new homepage!

Website - computerandvideogames.com If you're looking for a site with all the latest news, previews, reviews and competitions this really is the best out there. Updated on most week days you can be sure that if anything is going on in the world of computer gaming you can read about it here first. The only problem witht the site is that other sections, such as the previews area, are updated much less regularly. This is probably as the site is connected with several magazines (Nintendo Official Magazine, Computer And Video Games etc.) and they hope you'll buy these to get your monthly dose of upcoming games. I have visited many other sites and none have succeeded in surparsing it. There are other good ones, www.ign.com being high up there, but a combination of good presentation, good writing and of course up to date info means that this is a really worthwhile site. I like it so much that is now my homepage- every time I log on I see the latest gaming news and then head out into the depths of the net. I would recommend you too set it as your homepage, or at the least give it a quick visit.

The Nutty Professor 2 The Klumps (DVD) 11/11/2000

The hamster moment, what a classic

The Nutty Professor 2 The Klumps (DVD) Eddie Murphey, Janet Jackson, a pumping soundtrack and a man sized hamster that aint very good at recognising female humans. What more could you want? The first film was good, though i didn't find it as great as many did. this one on the other hand was pretty impressive. The storyline was ok, though not amazingly strong, and there were some classic funny moments. If you haven't seen it be quick before it leaves the cinema, or get it out on video as soon as it is available. The Nutty Professor is funny, easy to get into and has some greta twists but if comed isn't normally your thing I don't think you'll undergo an amazing transformation. I loved it, my friends did too and I reckon most of you guys will too. Its worth getting the soundtrack TV as that also is great!

Forever - Spice Girls 11/11/2000

Good things come to those who wait?

Forever - Spice Girls When Spice World was released by the Spice Girls about 3 years ago few people would have reckoned on the followup album not being released until the end of the year 2000, but for one reason or another this is how it has turned out. The album gets off to a cracking start with R'n'B track Holler and continues on a high note through track 2 to the third song 'Let Love Lead The Way' (my personal favorite). 'Brilliant' you think, its as good as an album 3 years in the making should be. Unfortunately not. Later songs fail to spark any sort of rela intrest and occasion are almost dire. There are some nice tracks with some catchy sections, but nothing that stands out as a potential future hit. Who knows what they'll find to release as their next single. The last track 'Goodbye' (christmas No1 two years ago) is certainly a high note to go out on, but a couple of good songs don't save the album from falling into the trap of 'mediocre'. Maybe they should all stick to their solo efforts, which have for the most part been far better.

Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank 11/11/2000

Past their sell-by date?

Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank Perhaps I'm past my Steps liking days, or perhaps Steps are just past it, but this album failed to tickle my fancy in the same way the first two did. First i ought to point out that I don't actually own the album, but I have listened to all the songs on it. Second I ought to say that I love Steps' new single Stomp and previous hits Better the Devil you Know and The Summer of Love, but other than these corkers- the album fails to deliver. There are balads and even a bit of reggae, what is the world coming to? With any luck they'll move swiftly on to their next album and not spend ages releasing singles off this one.

Nintendo Gamecube 15/10/2000

The Dolphin's Dead, long Live Gamecube

Nintendo Gamecube Nintendo was once the greatest console manufacture on planet Earth. Today it still is- but Sony for some reson is hugely more popular. All is not lost! In a year or two's time the greatest piece of hardware on planet Earth will be released, the Nintendo Gamecube. Once known as the 'Nintendo Dolphin' the console was officially named Gamecube about two months ago, and at the same time the cubular box was shown to the world. We also saw some highly impressive demos, much better than anything the PS2 has. The games will not come on carttridges like previous Nintendo consoles but instead on small specially designed DVDs. This will allow large sized games, cheaply, whilst still helping to fight crime. The controller too deserves praise, though it is a little strange looking. The only problem with all this? It wont arrive on British shores for at least a year, probably two. Nintendo don't have the greatest history of keeping to release dates, the N64 slipped by over a year. All I can say is PLEASE PLEASE release it SOOOOOON Nintendo!!!

Nintendo Gamecube 15/10/2000

The future is coming... (soon)

Nintendo Gamecube Nintendo was once the greatest console manufacture on planet Earth. Today it still is- but Sony for some reson is hugely more popular. All is not lost! In a year or two's time the greatest piece of hardware on planet Earth will be released, the Nintendo Gamecube. Once known as the 'Nintendo Dolphin' the console was officially named Gamecube about two months ago, and at the same time the cubular box was shown to the world. We also saw some highly impressive demos, much better than anything the PS2 has. The games will not come on carttridges like previous Nintendo consoles but instead on small specially designed DVDs. This will allow large sized games, cheaply, whilst still helping to fight crime. The controller too deserves praise, though it is a little strange looking. The only problem with all this? It wont arrive on British shores for at least a year, probably two. Nintendo don't have the greatest history of keeping to release dates, the N64 slipped by over a year. All I can say is PLEASE PLEASE release it SOOOOOON Nintendo!!!

Nintendo 64 15/10/2000

It should have won...

Nintendo 64 The Nintendo 64- twice the power of the Pony Graystation but for some reason no where near as popular. What went wrong? It deserved to win! As far as I can tell the big difference came because a) Sony was willing ti shell out huge amout of money to advertise their products and b) because of the cheapness of making CDs (rather than cartridge) hundredsn of developers were willing to rush hundreds of games onto the shelves. The Nintendo 64 ended up therefore having the best games around, but the Graystaition had about a hundred times as many. Unfortunately in the computer games industry quantity not quality seems to reign on high. Oh well. With the release of Graystation 2 and the forthcoming Nintendo Gamecube we will undoubtedly see once more Sony making an inferior product more succesful than it deserves to be. You just can't win.

Star Trek 8 - First Contact (DVD) 15/10/2000

Assimilate This!

Star Trek 8 - First Contact (DVD) We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your vessels. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Riveting stuff. No really. Regardless of your opinion on Star Trek, or sci-fi in general, this is a movie you've gotta see. Too many times Star Trek movies have given up on action and settled for long speeches instead, this time however there is a noticeable difference. Though BT might claim otherwise alot of the time it is bad to talk, this is one of those cases. Gone are those overly important technical difficulties, that jargon even the writer didn't understand and the emotional conflict no one cares about nor notices. For once action is on the cards. Spectacular special effects contribute to an experience I would say is one of the best EVER. On the big screen it was fabulous. On your TV it certainly wont disappoint.

Mario´s Time Machine (PC) 14/10/2000

Once apon a time...

Mario´s Time Machine (PC) Once apon a time this game was considered state of the art. Today nobody in their right mind would consider playing it but if, and this is a BIG if, you can track down a copy its certianly worth a quick play. The graphics suck. I mean you can't even hope to argue otherwise. But then it isn't the graphics you play for. Role Playing in its purest form- you transcend time and space tracking down clues and solving riddles. i myself, and the younger members of my family, once spent hour apon hour playing this game. It is about time i fished it out again and had another go. Stuff 3D graphics, its gameplay I'm after. Not recommended for people over the mental age of 10

Mario Kart 64 (N64) 14/10/2000

Better than sex. (maybe)

Mario Kart 64 (N64) WASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUP with you if you haven't already got this game? People tell you the most fun you can have in a game comes from Perfect dark, Zelda or maybe even Quake 3, but they are all wrong. The secret to eternal happines lies within the small rectangular box of Mario Kart 64. Invite all your mates round (it helps to have at least 3) and watch as the best multiplayer experience known to man opens up in front of your eyes. The one player mode is also good, though has been surpased since its release by many other single player titles. it may lack the brutal violence, harsh language and sexy charecters that some games may have but the cute mascots and crazy toy-like weapons can't dampen the mood of total ecstasy the game creates. Better than sex. (maybe)

Games Workshop - Warhammer 14/10/2000

New and Improved?

Games Workshop - Warhammer Saturday 7th October- Games Workshop Store- Watford- 11:35am The new version of the immensely popular Warhammer was mine just ours after it was released. The box comes with everything you need to start the brilliant game of fantsy battles and, though I have much of it already, I was excited at what my box contained. Anyone thinking about playing a desktop war game should forget the rest and buy this, a great introduction to what can be a very complicated world. Orcs and Goblins, Empire, Skaven, Bretonnians, Lizard Men- the list of possible amies goes on and on and whatever your play style is one will suit you. If you haven't got Warhammer yet get the starter box, if you have just get the new rule book, a very good value perchase that I wholeheartidly recomend.

Rollcage Stage 2 (PC) 14/10/2000

Blow Your Mind!

Rollcage Stage 2 (PC) The original Rollcage is high up on my list of favourite all time games and when I saw the sequel, so imaginatvely entitled 'Stage 2', going for a bargain 15 quid I wasn't going to pass up the chance to enter racing heaven again. The sheer speed of the game blows your mind, and when you're hurtling along the ceiling of the track launching rockets at passers by it has a tendancy to blow other things too. The graphics are crisp and were pretty much cutting edge when the game first came out early in 2000. I dunno if it has really improved on the original much- of course there are new tracks, new weapons, new cars- but where as the original was something new this is essentially more of the same. A few new modes add a twist to the play and if you are really good (and I do mean really) you can unlock some VERY fun mini games- shame only the gaming elite will ever see the best of them.
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