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Shadow of a Dead Star (Wonderland Cycle)
Shadow of a Dead Star (Wonderland Cycle)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think cyberpunk...think cybernoir, 18 July 2011
This is a book that surprised me at every turn.

It starts in what seems like a familiar high tech future, but the tone and style immediately marks it apart from other works in the genre almost from the first page.

As I said in my title theres a lot more noire then punk in the cyber and the take is fresh and interesting.

More importantly the central character is incredably well realised and detailed - a living breathing person that you come to strongly root for in the course of the narative.

And what a narrative - as intricate as it is gripping, with a denouement that I would not *think* of spoiling.

Fast paced, clever, endlessly imaginative and fresh.

Suffice to say I can't wait for the next book!

Go - buy!

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PC DVD)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PC DVD)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A faithful port - with the all the associated pros and cons, 12 May 2003
Metal Gear Solid 2 on the PC is indeed nothing more then a port of MGS2 on the PS2 (or more acurately of the xbox, which ports from the ps2).
If you already own the game on either of the other formats there really is no point getting it...but if you don't (as I didn't) it is a chance to play this spectacular game without having to buy a console for the priveledge.
As it is a console game it is much more natural to play it with a decent joypad (well worth the investment for maximum ease of play) but the keyboard is still playable (it just takes some getting used to).
Yes the install is large (though not much more then most recent games - and hard drive sapce has never been cheaper), yes its on one DVD rather then multiple CDs (a blessing or bane depending on whether you own a dvd-rom yet) and yes there were some early graphics compatability problems with the radeon chipsets (a patch to fix all that is now available from the american website).
But once you get past initial difficulties you have MGS2 on the PC almost exactly as it was on the console - a very very faithful port of this excellent game.
If you have a PS2 or xbox then I'd recomend getting it on that instead - but for those of us that don't this is really too good an opportunity to find out just what all the MGS fuss is about.
And boy is it worth finding out - roll on MGS3!!

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