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War on a Different Scale in Halo 3: ODST

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

ODST was a major departure for the Halo franchise, being the first Halo shooter not to feature Master Chief as the main character. The Chief has, from the beginning, been synonymous with Halo. Along with this character change comes a considerable overhaul of the campaign style for the expansion; structurally, atmospherically, and thematically. Read more…

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Categories: Essays

Alan Wake Review

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

“Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.” – Stephen King

Alan Wake is Remedy’s ode to Stephen King, and just about every twisty-turny pulp horror novel ever written. There are references to other literary giants, such as Lovecraft, as well as mystery TV shows such as Lost and The Twilight Zone. Alan Wake is a love letter to each and every writer who has produced a scary, supernatural horror story. It homages and utilises the cliches and genre conventions we expect. By creating something so rooted in supernatural-mystery literature and television, Remedy have created something new and unique, a flawed masterpiece. Read more…

Categories: Reviews