FILM REVIEW – Tomb Raider

By Marty Mulrooney

Tomb Raider 2018

Tomb Raider (directed by Roar Uthaug) is an action adventure film based on the 2013 video game reboot of the same name. As a result, it also serves as a reboot of the original Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie, with Academy Award winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander offering a fresh cinematic take on the iconic character of Lara Croft.

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GAME REVIEW – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 5: Same Stitch (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Same Stitch is the fifth and final episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, an episodic adventure game from Telltale Games (The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Guardians of the Galaxy), DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Each individual player’s unique relationship with John Doe throughout the previous four episodes will determine which version of The Joker appears in this highly anticipated finale, which Telltale has described as its ‘branchiest’ episode to date.

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BOOK REVIEW – Fictional Alignment by Mike French

By Marty Mulrooney

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Fictional Alignment is a science fiction satire written and illustrated by British author and illustrator Mike French. Serving as a sequel to An Android Awakes – which AMO’s 2016 review described as “filled to the brim with humour, violence, thought-provoking content and great imagination” – Fictional Alignment follows Sapphira, a prostitute who has written the first work of fiction by a human in over 100 years. When angry zealot androids realise they can’t eradicate her work of fiction from the historical record, Sapphira finds herself sent back in time against her will to transform her stories into reality…

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GAME REVIEW – Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 4)

By Marty Mulrooney

Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4

Shadow of the Colossus on PlayStation 4 is a modern remake of the classic 2005/2006 PlayStation 2 game of the same name created by the now defunct Team Ico and legendary game designer Fumito Ueda. Developed by Bluepoint Games – the studio that previously ported the original game across to PlayStation 3 along with its spiritual predecessor Ico in 2011and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shadow of the Colossus 2018 is a familiar beast that nonetheless manages to evoke an appropriate air of mystery. Raise thy sword by the light, and head to the place where the sword’s light gathers…

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GAME REVIEW – Finding Paradise (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Finding Paradise

Finding Paradise is an indie adventure RPG created by hugely talented game designer Kan Gao and his development studio Freebird Games. Creating a follow-up to To The Moon – which Alternative Magazine Online’s 2011 review described as “yet another shining example of an indie developer, free from the shackles of a mainstream gaming studio, weaving pure magic” – was never going to be an easy task. Finding Paradise arrives with the weight of expectation upon its shoulders then; but can it step out of the shadow of its beloved predecessor?

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BOOK REVIEW – Unhinged: A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

By Marty Mulrooney

Unhinged A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

Unhinged: A Danny Cleary Novel is the final instalment of a thriller trilogy that began with Cracked in 2015 – “a cracking good read, mixing the violence and dark laughs of a Tarantino film with the conspiracy-fuelled page turning of a Michael Marshall mystery thriller and the neo-noir of James Sallis” – and continued with Rehab Run – “an often shocking, hilarious and scary novel” – in 2016. Unhinged is Danny Cleary’s grand finale; but will she make it to the very end?

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Ron Watt and Dave Scotch (The Adventures of Nick & Willikins, Pinhead Games)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Adventures of Nick & Willikins is a FREE point-and-click adventure game recently released by Pinhead Games (Nick Bounty). Following a fruitful chat with Pinhead Games founder and all-round nice guy Mark Darin (Telltale Games), Alternative Magazine Online is delighted to present an exclusive online interview with the project’s Lead Writer and Puzzle Designer, Ron Watt (pictured above), and its Programmer and Content Designer, Dave Scotch (who prefers to keep his face off the internet)!

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