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GAME REVIEW – Tales Of Monkey Island (PC, Wii, PlayStation 3)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Tales Of Monkey Island was released to critical acclaim last year on PC, followed by ports on both Wii and PS3. I immediately noticed that there was a surprising lack of concrete detail about the quality of the console ports available online. Therefore, when I finally finished the game recently on all three platforms, I decided to share my thoughts with AMO’s readers. This review will be less a review of the game itself (which comprises five chapters, each of which is fantastic) and instead offer a write-up on the different versions available and their various strengths/weaknesses.

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GAME REVIEW – Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Those who know me well will attest to the following: I am a big wuss when it comes to scary films and video games. Which is actually quite odd, as I was reading Stephen King’s The Shining at age 10 without even thinking twice. I love horror novels, but scary games are often played for a while and then left on a shelf gathering dust where they can’t hurt me. Yet having recently bitten the horror gaming bullet by playing both Dead Space and Resident Evil 5 on PS3 despite my low scare threshold, I decided Silent Hill: Shattered Memories would be my next tentative step into the world of interactive horror…

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GAME REVIEW – Metroid Prime Trilogy (Nintendo Wii)

By Stewie Sutherland

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There’s no arguing that one of the greatest titles on the classic Gamecube is and always will be Metroid Prime. An incredible first person shooter with lush 3D environments whilst still being true to its 2D exploring ancestors, it’s no wonder it became one of the highest selling games for Nintendo and its developers, Retro Studios. It’s no surprise either that they naturally made a sequel. Not as enjoyed as the original, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes took character Samus Aran to a world that was half untouched and pristine, and half so dark and poisonous that the very air was toxic. You couldn’t deny it was gripping and fun.

Years later, Retro made the finale to the Prime series, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Wii. Updated and expanded, the game had a smoother look and more story than most Metroid games usually had. It also introduced a new set of controls for use with the Wii: using the motion sensing in conjunction with standard 3D platforming movement, Metroid Prime 3 was a fairly good game on a new system. Those controls just took a fair bit of practise to get used to.

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GAME REVIEW – Ghostbusters (Nintendo Wii)

By Stewie Sutherland

WII_L_GhostbustersThe Nintendo Wii has generally parted its users into two categories: gamers, whose libraries have a copy of Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Smash Bros. Brawl and maybe a tried and true copy of Metroid Prime, and new players, drawn to the machine’s range of fun, innovative motion sensor titles. The living room shelf that has a well-played copy of Wii Sports, Sports Resort, Wii Fit, Carnival Games etc. But Ghostbusters is that very rare title that can belong within both categories quite snuggly.

Red Fly Studio’s version of the game (available on the PS2 as well as Wii) closely follows the Terminal Reality/PS3/Xbox360 versions. The game follows a new recruit, dubbed the “Rookie” by the cast because, according to Murray’s Venkman in the opening intros, “I don’t want to get too attached to this kid – you remember what happened to the last guy?” We never find out but the tone is very… posthumous. The recorded dialogue transfers nicely to the stylised version, with only minimal changes between the versions. While the Wii employs a cartoonier look and feel, it’s still a beautiful game and a lot of fun. Continue reading

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Site Update – What Do YOU Think Of The Changes Being Made?

By Marty Mulrooney

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Hey guys! Today, we hit a milestone with our 17,000th visitor! I am amazed how Alternative Magazine Online has grown, from what was basically a small blog, into a fully functioning site. We also recently took on another writer, bringing the count to four including myself. Welcome to the site Stewart Sutherland!

What does this mean for you, the reader? Well we have a wider range of topics we can write about. All the major games consoles are now covered, as shown recently by our Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 coverage, as well as our continuing PC coverage of course. It also means our other coverage (e.g film and book reviews) can come from more than a single voice, providing even more alternative views… which is what the site is all about!

Also, due to some bad times with my own computer dying recently, I have now upgraded to a brand new machine, and will be installing Windows 7 later this week. Again, this means the site can move with the times in many exciting new ways. Continue reading

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