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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Survival Horror, without the Horror., 22 April 2002
This is the third in the popular Resident Evil series, following in the footsteps of the wonderfully atmospheric original and the action packed sequel. This game focuses on Jill Valentine, heroine of the first game, and her adventures in Raccoon City.
You are plunged head first into a world of mayhem from the word go. Whilst it isn't as immediately terrifying as its predecessors (you've seen it all before), it still keeps you involved and expecting the unexpected.
One new feature is the ability to make snap choices that affect the outcome of the game. At first this is an impressive new element, offering great possibilities and perhaps even a more mature gaming experience. However, the decisions are not really that monumental, and often are just traps for unsuspecting gamers. Make the wrong decision and you just make it harder to survive, and survival is the bottom line in this game.
Another new addition is the mysterious Nemesis, sent to destroy the S.T.A.R.S. team, of which protagonist Jill is a member. Part Tyrant, part rocket launcher, he looks pretty formiddable and at first is genuinely frightening. But as the game wears on, you can't seem to shake him, and he soon becomes a tedious, over used boss.
Nemesis falls a little short of some gamers standards because while it offers more zombies than you can shake your Magnum at, the atmosphere has no tension or paranoia. Games of the survival horror genre need to be at least a bit scary, and this at times borders on the tedious. It gets just a bit too predictable, not just in terms of the plot, but the action too.
People expecting nothing more than a high body count and an impressive arsenal of weapons will no doubt be satisfied, but if you need more from your game, pass this one by.
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Orlando: A Biography (Penguin Modern Classics)
Orlando: A Biography (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Virginia Woolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woolf gets weird and wonderful...again!, 4 July 2001
Written as a gift to her close friend, Vita Sackville-West, this is a firm favourite amongst initiated Woolf fans. For those who know little about Woolf, it is also a good starting point. Whilst "Orlando" carries much of Woolf's trademark stream of conciousness style and dry feminist wit, it never seems over indulgent or inaccessible. The mock biographical format makes for an interesting and more structured read, but it is worth noting that there is little or no explanation for some of the more fantastic events. For instance (and if you don't want to know the spoilers, turn away now!) it is never made clear why Orlando lives for so long, nor are we enlightened as to the cause of his unexpected change in gender. Unbelievable though the plot is at times, it is quite good fun, and the freedom allowed to Woolf by the weird and wonderful nature of the protagonist is well tempered by the more sober and considered style. The prose is wonderful, as you would expect with Woolf, flowing easily and, at times, lyrically. As we follow the twists and turns of our hero's life, so we are compelled on not just by the absorbing plot, but also by the excellent narrative style. Woolf balances the factual, dry voice of a biographer with the omniscience of a third person viewpoint. This allows her to make many interesting points about historical figures and gender roles alike. Not just a novel about life and a lover, or a thinly concealed feminist tirade, Orlando is full of dry comments to raise a smile and is worth a read if only for the diversity of imagery and characters. It stands as one of the most enjoyable Woolf novels for old fans and new alike.
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