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Prometheus Review

I finally got around to seeing Prometheus. It was well worth the wait, I saw it in 3D on the big screen at the RAI in Amsterdam. This was during IBC2012 (International Broadcasting Convention). I saw it on a laser projection screen in Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby 3D.

All this means that the quality was incredible. In terms of the actually movie I really enjoyed it. I have been a fan on the Alien franchise for a long time, even suffering through Alien Versus Predator 1 & 2, and the horror that was Alien: Resurrection.

Anyway I have always wondered about the giant in the chair from the original Alien film, now I know, well just about.

Even with the plot holes, and unfortunately there were a few, Prometheus synced up with Alien and Aliens very well. I don’t want to post too many spoilers but if you want to get some answers on the origins, then go and see Prometheus.

While it answers plenty of questions that have remained unanswered for over 20 years as a film it stands up in it’s own right fairly well. There is plenty of substance and character interaction to carry the film so that the excellent effects and 3D don’t feel like the end all of the film.

That said the effects are remarkable, which the filmmakers decided to showcase by filming many shots of Charlize Theron’s long, flowing hair. Considering that the film takes place over about 48 hours, she changes her hairstyle a rather inordinate amount of times. Still it looks very pretty in high-def 3D.

Later on there is an almost obligatory race against time to save the human race. While this is important to the overall plot it is somewhat clichéd, with a sequel in the works I think this will become even more of a major plot point.

Some of the characters feel familiar, such as Elizabeth Shaw who is quite reminiscent of Ripley. However this doesn’t come off as a carbon copy rather as a nod to an iconic female protagonist.

In true Alien style there are some genuinely creepy or horrifying moments. The sort of moments that do the face huggers and chest-bursters proud. Prometheus is an entertaining Sci-fi thriller that as a stand-alone film would have been found wanting but when synced with the Alien series pulls together rather well.


Dead Space 2 Review

This is a review that I wrote a while back for 

Dead Space 2 is one of my all-time favourite games and this is one of my best reviews (even if I do say so myself).

Just when it felt safe to switch on your console again, Isaac is back, and he’s carving his way through another Necromorph outbreak. Dead Space 2 picks up three years after it’s predecessor, and finds our plucky, and very disturbed hero neck deep in reanimated, murderous corpses. The popular gameplay of strategic dismemberment has been retained from the first game, so it will feel very familiar, however there have been some inspired new additions to the ranks of the undead, watch out for the stalkers (the clue is in the name).

Isaac’s no errand boy in this one, there is an actual sense of the engineer hiding behind the plasma cutter. While the game play is no great improvement on the original, it’s hard to argue with the powerhouse that was Dead Space. There are many genuine, standout moments, including the emergency ejection sequence when Isaac needs to get back to the fight in a hurry.

Visceral Games have obviously paid attention to the criticism of their audience, as within in the first 30-minutes you see Isaac’s face and hear his dulcet tones, and then see him flee in terror.

The survivalist element is downplayed somewhat, in favor of giving Isaac more firepower and an improved right hook that floors a rampaging necromorph. There is also a very strong psychological element, voices whisper Isaac’s name from the shadows and the talon-tipped corpses remain just out of sight as they stalk you in darkness. While this was present in the original it has been amped up to a whole new level.

New weapons and equipment have been added to the inventory, these allow for different strategies, and give Isaac the firepower he needs to survive. Some old favorites have been retained, including the ever-reliable plasma cutter and the industrial saw ripper.

One of the better additions of the game is the inclusion of an online multiplayer. While it suffers from some connectivity issues, and the game types are limited, the team-based showdowns are very enjoyable, and make a welcome addition to an already tremendous game.

Dead Space 2 does what every good sequel should do, the action is tense, the story is immersive, and draws from the original. Visceral and EA have outdone themselves. Be prepared to very creeped out.

Issac Vs a Necromorph

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