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Red Dead Redemption
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This is a superb game. I couldn't get on with GTA IV, but the whole notion of an open world suits the setting of the wild west. I am only 34% (after more than 20 hours of play!) through the game but the story is great, scripting superb and game mechanics top quality.
My only gripe is that I bought the game with limited edition bonus content. The idea is that codes are e-mailed after purchase but I haven't had them. I have phoned Play and was told it would be sorted but still no codes. The issue here is that I can't/don't want to send it back and the automated returns system doesn't cover this eventuality. Anyone else have same problem? Any one know what I should do other than keep phoning?
The game it self is one of my favourites, up there with Bioshock 1 and 2, COD and Uncharted.
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This film is a fantastic example of how to adapt for the screen. An amazing novel, The Road could not be translated directly to film without parts of it being too uncomfortable to watch. This does the job brilliantly, faithful to key moments (especially dialogue) and reworking others to fit the form. This should have been Oscar nominated - this is actually proof that the whole Oscar sham is meaningless - and Viggo Mortenson should have challenged Jeff Bridges if not taken it himself. It was Jeff's year, by not nominating Viggo it was a hell of a lot easier to give it to him.
That said the film is truely horrifying and uplifting in turns, avoiding mawkishness. The horror may still not be to everyone's tatstes. A must see, if not a must buy - my copy is on order.
Altered carbon was an incredible first novel that introduced readers to both Morgan's hard bitten protagonist Takeshi Kovacs and the world of the protectorate: a place where death is a thing of the past for those that can afford it. In Broken Angels Morgan has expanded his vision and tackled a very current issue in the shape of warfare, its causes and effects. Although the story takes its time to unfold, Morgan's ideas and narrative style are still in place and the ideas he explores get that much bigger and ambitious. The novel rockets towards a riveting and, as is the style of Morgan, violent page turning conclusion. A must read for fans of Altered Carbon - Morgan is rapidly climbing my favourite novelist list.