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The Thing

3 years ago

Feature: Cold comfort

Have You Played… The Thing?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. John Carpenter's The Thing is one of my favourite films. The physical effects are more convincing and grotesque than any computer-generated monstrosities I've seen, the cast are on fine form, and the setting is expansive yet claustrophobic, with some of the qualities of…

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4 years ago

Feature: Sometimes watching isn't enough.

The 10 Best Games Based On Movies

I had twin criteria for this. The first was 'is it a decent game?' and the second 'does it meaningfully evoke the spirit, themes or characters of the movie in addition to having Quite Good Guns And Graphics?' The second saw quite a few games which would otherwise qualify ruled out. This year's Mad Max, for instance, was an agreeable murder-romp but it's much harder…

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11 years ago

Feature:

Retro: The Thing

I’ve not played Dead Space yet (and, to answer Kieron’s open question, I'm also one of those who feels its relative straightness compared to its contemporaries means it's best saved for a quieter month), but my housemate has. Chatting to him about it, he referenced The Thing, the 2002 videogame spin-off/sequel to John Carpenter’s finest hour. Which was a shock, as it was the first…

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