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The Shadow

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  1. How come I am stupidly excited about this release, when I don't even own or know anyone with a next-gen console?
  2. I know I know, it's from Riverdance, but you can't beat Davey Spillane playing uillean pipes.
  3. Saw them at Koko the other night when they filmed album Chart Show or something. The last song they played was excellent, can't remember the title. Nice, epic track.
  4. I got a Thompson Top Up TV Anytime box as Xmas gift. It has got to be the worst piece of kit I've ever seen. In the last six weeks I've had to put up with the box crashing almost once a day when deleting recorded content. It's also missed a number of recordings, with a simple "Recording Failed" message, no other reason. Whenever trying to Ffwd or Rew through content, the box will regularly lose track of its position and jump backwards to a random point in time, by as much as an hour or more. As for the actual content delivered via Top Up channels, these are ropey at best. Apart from a few decent series and sitcoms (which can be bought for less on DVD) the rest consists of average at best documentaries to some rubbish makeover / reality TV crap. they also deliver programmes one can find on any of the other Freeview channels, such as CSI, Spooks and Criminal Minds. But quite possibly worst of all is that of the few series actually worth watching, on a number of occasions they have simply stopped them halfway through, and a few times episodes have been skipped, sometimes by what appears to be a whole season. Looking on forums these problems seem to be experienced by a huge number of subscribers. Your money is better spent wiping your backside with it.
  5. But coolest cover band has got to be
  6. When I saw the thread title I thought it better be Far Corporation. It's pretty much Toto really, David Paich, Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather and current drummer Simon Phillips - great drummer. Listen to him on Big Country's We're Not In Kansas track, awesome. Not Mike Portnoy-awesome, just passionate and driving. Great vocals as well, great rock song.
  7. The Shadow

    What if...

    Being dead doesn't help of course. What is Trent Reznor working on? Speaking of the two of them, I loved both versions of Hurt, the NIN song Cash covered. Completely different feel but great both ways. What was Steve Vai's role in Halo? Did he just play on it or was he involved compositionally?
  8. I've got all those apart from Tides. Will try them out. Thanks!
  9. I recently had the urge to deviate from my normal prog CDs and try something a bit different: I bought about 30 disks in the last month, these are my favourite five: Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites Great Danish band - I see there's been a topic on them. As a result also bought Frengers, which is a more poppy accessible album than this, but also good. Kashmir - No Balance Palace Another Danish band, apparently hugely successful there. This one has guest appearances by David Bowie and Lou Reed. Oceansize - Everyone Into Position Manchester band, so much better than Oasis. Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky Scottish band - great anthemic tracks, with some occasional oddness inbetween. Their next two albums get progressively weirder and more mixed. Good stuff. Dredg - Catch Without Arms Very melodic Californian rock band, moving away from their more hard-edged earlier sound. Some input into the album from ex-Queensryche man Chris Degarmo.
  10. Hmm, might give that a go, although I'll wait till it's cheaper. As for Rugby Challenge's graphics, they're pretty ropey, not something I expected from a game in 2006. But then again I'm not much of a graphics whore, so it doesn't really bother me. IT bothers me when the animation affects the gameplay though, as with the sidestep animation and when your player freezes midstride because he's about to be tackled by an opposing player...
  11. Yes, Soong's impressions are pretty much spot on. In theory nice features are the pass left/right on the shoulder buttons, as well as the ability to view the pitch from a variety of angles, left/right, up/down closer/further etc. However, the pass buttons do suck seriously, and with sidestep being a quick left shoulder / right shoulder button sequence, the two get muddled. You need to pass ages before the tackling player is anywhere near you, so it is just a case of trying to fling the ball side to side as quickly as possible, giving you no opportunity to draw in defenders with a delayed pass. If you eventually end up in a one-on-one situation with a defender, the sidestep works OK, except that it triggers an animation which takes about 5 seconds to get out of, by which time another defender has caught up with you. Kicking is too quick to do with any accuracy, apart from when you're roughly in the middle of the field, in which case you can kick a drop goal with a reasonable success rate. Conversion system works quite well. It's also virtually impossible to win the ball from the opposing team, or for them to win it from you, unless you have a pack of forwards that's a lot stronger than the opposing team. Once you have the ball you can pretty much keep on recycling it endlessly, you're bound to win any rucks and mauls, and handling errors are few and far between. The previous rugby game I played was some PC game that came out in the early 90s. It's not progressed much since, and that was a hell of a lot more fun.
  12. With a good review on today's GameCentral and Play.com selling it for £17.99, I'm very tempted to get this. Anyone played it / care to comment?
  13. The above bit is a lot easier if you just roll backwards, rather than turning around. I finished all the Challenge of the Gods bits the other day, numbers 8 & 10 were bastards. Now halfway through the game in God Mode and loving it. It's a bit like Halo in Legendary, the game really comes into its own on this difficulty setting and you really have to be on top of the fighting as one or two hits from enemies will kill you. Good stuff.
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