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‘Alan Wake’ [X360] – Fun-Times With Torches…

A patronising yet compelling story is made stylish by some memorable combat moments…

If I were to meet Alan Wake in real life I think he’d annoy the hell out of me. Don’t get me wrong, his success in writing is obviously to be admired but he talks about the methods of writing horror as if they’re textbook. I don’t want to know what a horror story should do. I want to experience one and judge for myself. Still, Alan Wake works well as a thriller, even with the irony that the story is essentially about good writing and yet it still uses clichés. I mean, light versus dark? Come on. Nevertheless, unlike many ‘light versus dark’ or ‘good versus evil’ plots, Alan Wake‘s is incredibly engrossing.

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‘Dead Space’ [X360] – Be Afraid…

SUMMARY: Made to make you jump…

One warning. Do not! play Dead Space at 2am with all the lights off. Or, alternatively, do! Because Dead Space thrives off atmosphere. I’d even go as far as to say that it hits the heights of Alien in terms of its creepy science-fiction tension with some unsettlingly gruesome scenes and surprises from hidden monsters. Before I played Dead Space I never saw the appeal of being scared shitless, but now I’m starting to see it can be weirdly entertaining. It’s a brilliant, brilliant game which should get more recognition.

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