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The New Critical Idiom : Science Fiction
The New Critical Idiom : Science Fiction
by Adam Roberts
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well- executed, thoughtful, informative overview of SF, 25 Feb. 2005
Roberts attempts to define science-fiction through the dual mediums of film and book and the other chapters cover various critical areas of the genre, including representations of race, gender and technology as a metaphor. The second chapter is an attempt at providing a history of the genre - I say 'a' history because the subject is subject to contention even now amongst fans.
The Roberts touches on various authors, including Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Philip K. Dick, H G Wells, Brian Aldiss, Issac Asimov etc. plus many critics on the field. Some aspects of philosophy are also considered in relation to SF texts, both film and novels. All in all the book is what it sets out to do: provide a critical overview of the genre. The reason it has no fifth star is that occasionally I find the arguments presented a little too obvious - though I concede this to be necessary in an introductory overview.

Jealousy (Jupiter Books)
Jealousy (Jupiter Books)
by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though it's a cliché, this is something everyone should read, 25 Feb. 2005
This book is quite simply weird, involving and is amazing to read. You are literally placed into the varying thought processes of who is assumed to be a man, the husband of a dark haired woman, both are never actually named in the text. The setting is amazingly well-suited for the overall aesthetic of the novel, to be honest I thought this would be incredibly boring but instead I found myself fascinated. It is best to read with some rapidity and in as few sittings as possible due to the nature of the text.
I am aware that this review is mostly abstract but I believe that attempting to detail the style will reveal too much about the book itself, you honestly need to try it for yourself.
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Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly (Xbox)
Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly (Xbox)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £52.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid example of why the survival horror genre survives..., 7 Feb. 2005
To try and encapsulate the concepts behind Project Zero II, I will say this: Japanese-aesthetic survival horror where you're without weapons in the typical sense of the word, playing as two young girls in a seemingly "lost" village.
This might well sound boringly generic in terms of game design but those talented designers at Tecmo tend to produce games worthy of labels such as "excellent" and "brilliant" rather than anything deviant or, simply crap. Your sole weapon in this game is a camera, or the Camera Obscura to be precise, with which you effectively exorcise spirits and demons that happen to be lurking in the mentioned village. It can be upgraded with various lenses and artifacts that help you either find the next path you need to take or simply to give the exorcism power greater strength.
This is a director's cut version of the original which graced the Playstation 2 last year and the enhancements it boasts are that of a survival and first-person mode, both of which are there to make the game that much more tense by difficulty and perspective since games aren't evolved enough to bestow peripheral vision just yet.
The aesthetic of the game is a thoroughly dark and constructs a foreboding atmosphere for you to explore, and in parts includes quite a "grainy" look from the often fixed camera perspective, reminiscent of the Silent Hill series. The film resemblance also carries on to the usage of the camera too, where capturing the ghosts and spirits feels like you're shooting another sequel to the Blair Witch. The game's puzzles aren't too cryptic but help to drive the plot, most of which is uncovered via scraps of newspaper and various diaries in the homes of the empty village.
All in all, this is a freshly revised take on an old genre of gaming and well worth a look for anyone who enjoys the survival horror genre, or even action-gamers looking for something a little more cerebral.

Resident Evil (GameCube)
Resident Evil (GameCube)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!, 18 Oct. 2002
Having played the original on PC (haven't we all been in contact with Resident Evil at some point?) I thought this game would just be a repeat... Quite mistaken I was! Even from the re-made introduction and cut scenes this game breathes life. The backdrops, as many people know are still the rendered 2D type, yet the structure and reality of the mansion is overwhelming. This game is a far cry from the 'child-aimed' games that everybody tries to accuse Nintendo of having, with Capcom promising more on the way. Highly original even today, and still just as scary!

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