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Dead Space 2
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Not many people bought the original Dead Space game, which is a shame as it easily knocked Resident Evil off it's pedastal with it's brilliant mix of horror and action. Dead Space 2 expands on this and more. This is the perfect game for horror fans!
It takes place 3 years after the first game on a gigantic spacestation called 'The Sprawl'. The alien necromorphs have once again attacked and it's up to Isaac Clarke to stop them. However, Isaac is not only battling the aliens this time, he's also battling with himself- Isaac is now suffering from dementia following the events of the first game and frequently has hallucinations throughout the game. Needless to say, it all makes for an extremely disturbing experience.
I won't go into the storyline anymore, you really do need to experience it yourself, it's stunning. As for the gameplay itself, there's really nothing to complain about. Controlling Isaac feels even more fluid than it did in the first game, and he now has several new abilities and weapons up his sleeve. Remember the kinesis ability from Dead Space? You can now use this to rip the limbs from dead necromorphs and hurl them at your enemies, impaling them. It certainly helps to save ammo, especially on the higher difficulties!
While I'm on the subject of difficulty, it should be noted that in order to have the perfect Dead Space experience, you should first play through on Survivalist mode. There are four difficulties- casual, normal, survivalist and zealot. Plus, once you finish the game, you unlock hardcore mode. I'll let you find out for yourselves what that's like. It seems normal difficulty has been toned down a bit this time round, to allow for more accessibilty, but you really need to start the game on survivalist mode, otherwise the scares simply won't have the same effect.
All in all, this is an amazing game. If you enjoyed the first one, it should be a no-brainer. Pick this up! Even if you didn't play the first game, there is an introductory film to let you catch up on the events of Dead Space. There is simply no excuse not to buy it. One word of warning though- you may develop a slight fear of needles after finishing it...
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I've never watched a horror film before that's affected me as much as 'Inside'. The recent 'Paranormal Activity' came reasonably close, but this is a whole different beast. In terms of actual blood and gore on show, it's pretty much what you'd expect from an 18 rated film these days.What puts this above other such examples in the genre is the situation in which we see this gore. There's a constant feeling of hopelessness for the protagonist, and you will certainly feel and intense hatred for the villian within moments of her first scene. Some of the sound effects on display are extremely effective, and may even be on par with those on show during the famous shower scene in 'Psycho.'It's really difficult to explain why this was so disturbing without giving away the plot. All I'll say is that if you think you've already seen the most shocking horror film ever, you probably haven't... until you see this.
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Dead Set, whilst good in 5 parts, is certainly best viewed in it's entirety- over 2 hours of non-stop zombie action, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.It's safe to say that it's a cross between Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later, but rest assured, the humour is very subtle and does not ruin the overall intensity of the programme.Due to it's length, Dead Set really does a good job in allowing you to sympathise with the main characters, which makes several moments in the story all the more shocking, without giving too much away. The ending certainly won't be to everyone's taste, but I loved it.The design of the zombies themselves is flawless, paying homage to George A Romero's pale-faced, gormless walking corpses. These zombies, however, certainly don't walk; they run, and I mean really run. This adds significantly to the intensity and neverending dread.If you enjoy zombie films, you will love Dead Set. It sticks to the formula of "if it isn't broken, don't fix it", so if you are a fan of zombie films, you won't find anything new here, however you will certainly be pushed to find a more emotionally draining horror on the market. Absolutely brilliant.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
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A considerate amount of hype prepared The Force Unleased to be the saviour of Star Wars games- possibly even knocking Knights of the Old Republic off the top spot. But it wasn't meant to be.It starts off reasonably well, with the player taking control of Darth Vader, tossing aside Wookies with the force as if they were ragdolls. But the quality declines when in possession of the main character Starkiller. Travelling across various planets in search for the last remaining Jedi, the gameplay soon proves to be a plodding, tedious affair. Invisible walls stifle your progress, and using the force grip inevitably leaves you open to attack. But worry not, The Force Unleashed is one of the easiest games I've played, even on Sith Lord difficulty.If you are a hardcore Star Wars fan, by all means rent out this game simply for the storyline. It takes place between Episode III and IV, and admittadly, the gameplay is fun enough to carry on through to the final cutscene (of which there are two, but let's not spoil that).
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Complete Seasons 1-7 Box Set (39 Discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of few TV shows that manages to grip millions of viewers from it's pilot through to the finale. There are many memorable episodes- "Prophecy Girl", "Halloween" and "Villans" among many more. The character development is sublime, and while there are a few episodes of questionable quality, the overall quality is unstoppable, and any any fan of Buffy, or indeed television as a whole, owe it to themselves to own this fantastic collection.