almost all a little annoying, if solipsism isn’t your thing. Say this for Beyoncé though: even at her most egotistical, she’s strangely never less than utterly likeable. She might actually be the world’s most good-natured megalomaniac. Part 1 was probably more fun to experience at Manhattan’s Roseland ballroom than it is to watch on home video, especially if you own a copy of I Am Yours – An Intimate Performance in the Encore Theater, a 2009 DVD filmed in Vegas that included a scripted Destiny’s Child megamedley almost identical to this disc’s.
Part 2 is far more satisfying, even though Beyoncé may be overestimating 4 as the culmination of her career to date.
It’s all good until the closing Was Here, a self- celebratory anthem that seems to be arriving a few decades earlier than any superstar’s valedictory ballad should. The straightforward performances were fun while they lasted. – Chris Willman, Reuters
ISKYLANDERS: SPYRO’S ADVENTURE
THIS is the 11th Spyro game to be published since Insomniac let the little guy go. Most of the previous 10 games have been dispiriting affairs, lacking the charm and excitement of the original trilogy.
Skylanders (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac), created by the California studio Toys for Bob with help from Taiwanese developer XPEC Entertainment, is more than an attempt to reboot the character. Rather, it introduces 32 new heroes – and an entirely fresh approach to the running-and-jumping platform genre.
The software comes with three plastic figurines of its creatures and a “Portal of Power” that plugs into your console or computer. When you place a figurine on the portal, the character materialises inside the game. If the Skylander you’re controlling gets into trouble, you can replace him by putting a different model on the portal.
The Skylanders are divided into eight elements – such as fire, water or magic – and each one has different skills. The more you play with one creature, the quicker it gains new powers. – Sapa-ap