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Publishers in the comics book industry have always enjoy greater freedom when reinventing their characters to face the change in times or to attract new generation of readers. What is also common is for them to come with one-off alternate stories that present character in new settings or new origins. DC Comics and Marvel has been more prominent on this trend with their special issues called 'Elseworlds' and 'What If' respectively.
Superman - Red Son, was one such storyline developped by Mark Millar in the Elseworlds imprint . Released in 2003 in limited three-issues series, it's bold premise, 'What if Superman was raised by the Soviet Union' was recieved with critical praise and even won the prestigious Eisner Award in best limited series category.
Normally most Elseworlds issues are released as marketting gimmicks which probably will end up in bargain bins but Red Son is a more serious written book that not just only put Superman as a hero raised under the Stalin's Soviet Union and his fight under the name of Socialism but the consequences and social repercussions that result when having a powerful and invincible Man Of Steel within your ranks. The Soviet Union becomes a major superpower with greater techonlogical advancement while the United States start falling in tatters with panic overflowing in the streets when face against a god-like alien threat. The version of Superman portrayed here is is far from the ideal superhero that we normally know. Superman is brought and raised with the Communism ideal and used as political propaganda by Stalin in the beginning but soon after, he will realised that he can use his powers for the greater good. His actions will pushed him to convert his beloved Soviet State into a utopia after Stalin's death where not only crime is eradicated but all individuals are monitored in a Big-Brother style by Superman who views this as a step in using his powers in the right direction and for the right cause.
Mark Millar also bring other notable DC characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in alternate versions of themselves with some very clever twists and turns in how they form part of the story. Luthor being Superman's eternal arch-nemesis start as a brilliant scientist recruited by the American government to halt Superman but his thirst for revenge will lead him to become the President of United States with the help of the alien-entity Brainiac as he dedicate his whole life to bring Superman to his knees. Luthor has a very prominent presence in the book and he is a far more interesting character as usual as his ongoing battles with Superman is a reflection of different ideals clashing together with Luthor viewing Superman way of controlling his subjects as threat to the United States and the world. This gives the book a more serious and political tone compared to other Superman storylines with historical characters such as Josef Stalin and John F Kennedy mixing with DC comics characters.
The art does capture the essence of the story and reflects the historical or social moods that occurs in the book with events starting form 1953 and spanning through several decades but is not consistent within the pages and this can mainly be attribute to different artists working on Red Son. While their styles are different in the book as they try to balance the changes and historical events that Superman witness throughout, somes characters drawings are different from what they appeared at the beginning and this can be a distraction to the story. While not a big let-down, it hinders this comic book from being a perfect one.
Minus this little blip, Red Son is a well-structured and contained story from Mark Millar who provides us with one of the most daring and alternate take on the Superman mythos including an unthinkable twisted ending. While being an Elseworlds series, Millar has crafted a story that is appealing on it's own with neither heroes nor villains but merely about what choices will you make if you have the powers to do so. Superman willl always be the most iconic superhero in the world and while different writers has tried to bring different perspectives to him and what he stands for, Red Son simply shows that while possessing immense powers, he can not always save everything and everyone.
Superman, Red Son is part of the Elseworlds imprint and has been released in a collected edition of 160 pages and can be found for about less than 10 pounds on Amazon and Ebay
In August 1997, a young author Eiichiro Oda debuted his first manga in the Weekly Shonen Jump, a magazine whose target reader are mainly young teenagers. Entitled One Piece, Romance Dawn, no one, not even its creator himself would have predict that this manga would become a worldwide phenomenon. With millions copies sold and translated across the globe, a successful anime adaptation with currently over more than 500 episodes that has itself spread to video games releases and merchandising features, the success of One Piece is something that has pushed its expectations to stratospheric heights with fans of all ages endearing and following the adventures of Luffy and his companions, the Straw hat Crew.
The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body has gained rubber qualites after accidentally eating the Gum-Gum 'devil fruit'. Together with his pirate companions, the Straw Hat Crew, travels the high seas in search of adventures and seeking the elusive treasure 'One Piece'. Finding the One Piece would help achieve Luffy's dream of becoming the next Pirate King which is located somewhere in the the Grand Line, an ocean full of ruthless and powerful pirates that are also looking for this treasure.
The first volume of the manga introduces Luffy and how he attempt to find a crew of his own to set sail and his path will first lead to Roronoa Zoro, a swordsman who eventually will become his first mate and the thief/navigator Nami. As Luffy is never far from troubles, we get a glimpse of his devil fruit abilities and how he use his rubber-like body to fight. This book set the course for the characters journey and bring us to world of One Piece step by step and it does demand patience for new readers to get into the story. Oda has a unique way to tell his story with lots of world-building, flashbacks and expostion about characters and their fighting abilities with lots of twists and turns which all leads to a bigger picture. This renders One Piece as believable world as while we get to see Luffy's journey across the seas and looking to form his own crew, there is also a lot of events happening in the background which undeoubtedly will have a bearing on Luffy's adventure to become the Pirate King. If there is one thing that Oda is mastered is his world-building techniques as each places, islands, peoples or races are all unique possessing their own cultures, myths and histories.
The art style is totally different from other Japanese mangas which at first sight is not appealing to other eyes and but it totally translate with the story Oda wants to tell. A story that blends humour, adventure, friendship and action where and this style makes sense in later volumes as we get to meet new characters and new settings which would have totally affect the story had a more Japanese-oriented style been used. The art form is consistent and flow nicely during action scenes where we get to see the different protagonists using their unique powers. The designs of the characters themselves are flawed to certain extent which can seems weird or ugly because Oda wants to show us that not everthing needs to be perfect or beautiful and and his story will not be influenced by other popular drawing styles or designs. Most characters we do meet are varied from size and shapes and their physical traits are at times used as part of humorous and harmless jokes thats fills the manga pages throughout.
One Piece is a unique and original manga with a mix of humour, action, adventure, character bondings all sets in a vivid and breathing world. It has gripping storyline which does becomes more complex and action-orientated as we follow Luffy's epic journey but which still retain its comedic and adventurous element throughout. The series itself is long, populated with eccentric and unique characters and will need you to invest a lot of time and reading to go along with the ride.
One Piece as it's centre is a Shonen type manga which are mostly targeted towards 10 years old teenagers but what Eiichiro Oda has created is something vast and epic that that has drawn readers of all ages and genders who all has one thing in their minds; follow Luffy and company adventure's till the end even if the end will demand lots of years and patience.
So if you want to enjoy One Piece then what a better way to start from the beginning and prepare for a long adventure
To choose a computer tablet has become a head-scratching ordeal nowadays as the market has been clogged with different brands from luxury types down to budget types which to be honest is a good thing for consumers when compared to before when the iPad was dominating with an iron fist.
To buy your desired tablet all comes to what and how you want to use it for and for me I did choose the iPad mini Black 16 GB over the kindle fire HD and the Samsung Galaxy tab even though initially I wanted to go for a different brand rather than Apple as I have already own the iPhone 3G and 4 series before. While I veered to this choice simply comes down to the entertainment options that are available with the IOS support system and the Mini's hardware configuration and design.
The iPad Mini being smaller and lighter in the iPad family is ideal for carry around especially for long distance travel such as reading books, newspapers or comics books on their dedicated apps. While the current trend for commuting is mostly the Kindle ebook readers but it my case I do found the Mini more useful. Let just say if you are bored of reading, you can switch to music, movies or games and the 16Gb is more than enough to hold what you required . Viewing web pages on the 7-inch screen is mostly comfortable on the mini as it it has the same effect as holding a magazine or newspaper even though it does not have the retina display of the newest iPad.
The tablet has basically the almost same functions and features as a normal Ipad with the only difference for me is the smaller screen size and being a wee lighter and thinner and even if you have not use any Apple brand device or its operating, it will not take long to get used to it. Terms like Itunes, Apps Store,Facetime and Genuis playlist will not sound strange or alien.
The biggest draw of the Ipad Mini is the App store with over thousands of apps to choose for your own specifications and even if you do not have the bigger iPad, the processor will be able to handle most of them and you will not feel you are being 'shortchanged' with the device.
The Ipad Mini is something you can use everyday if you want to lay down or relax on the sofa or your bed with the feeling of holding a book or magazine and while the price of the £270 do sound expensive, consider it as long term investment with its durabilty, portability and multi-usage functions. The device battery do last longer and does not overheat if you use continuously and comes with a 5MP camera ideal for Skype or Facetime viewings.
To buy or not to buy?
If you own a previous generation iPad already, then you can skip this one but if you are looking something that is half the price of normal iPad which is comfy, ideal for travelling and far superior that other similar tablets or ebooks readers, then consider the iPad mini as top of your priority list.
The Boys created by Garth Ennis has a very alternate take on superheroes comics where the focus is not on the men and women in tights but rather on a small group of CIA backed individuals who are tasked to keep these so-called heroes in control by whatever means they can . These 'Boys' are led by Billy Butcher, who hates a world filled with 'supes' going unchecked and unaccountable for their actions. A man who is not afraid of taking those powerful individuals through blackmail. torture or even further.
For those who have followed the Boys from the beginning, Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker is a kind of unnecessary mini-series that delves a bit more on Butcher's past . Unnecesary does not mean the series is bad or worthless, it is just that Butcher is the sort of tough guy badass character that does not warrant to have seperate issues which simply brushed aside the mysteries that has been created around him in the main series such as why he hates superheroes so much and what are his motives in trying to track them down.
While the story is captivating on its own with its own emotional touches and additional background where Butcher is trying to fit into a new group, it sort of retreads the same old story from the main issues with Butcher taking on the role of Hughie who is a new recruit in the Boys under the wings of Butcher himself. The story itself is quite captivating and links itself well with the world created by Ennis glimpsed by the presence of bizarre superheroes with weird personalities that totally go against what we knew about comics books super protagonists. We also gets to see a different side of Butcher compared to the the no-nonsense badass British guy who is not afraid to open his mouth. Here, he is still on the learning curve while still coping with the loss of his wife.
The humour, crass dialogue and cynism are all present and will certainly delight fans of the series but is sort of let down by the artwork by Darrick Robertson which sometimes feel inconsistent compared to the the main issues.
Billy Butcher is an enjoyable character that surely have its own support among fans and for those who want a bit more of the supes-filled world created by Garth Ennis, this could be a decent and quick read to have while waiting for new issues but if you want a mini series with the same expectations as the main storyline, it is better to look away.
Prequel is not a term that goes well with fans and as Butcher, Baker Candlestickmaker seems more a publishing move than a creative one, it is still manage to be entertaining and if you follow the series from ground zero, then a little side story distraction will not be harmful
X-Men First Class - The Review
Creating the perfect comic book movies seems always a daunting task for filmakers. You have to please the fans yet at the same time generate an interest for the general public who may not be aware of certain heroes or heroines.
The last entry to the Xmen franchise try to replicate the same formula but came with mixed responses. The final product was rushed, badly edited and the demise of some favourite characters did leave a sour taste to fans.Cue to 2011. Fox Studios decided to go the prequel/reboot route and with Brian Singer and Mathew Vaughn as producer and director respectively, this was merely to give the franchise a new lease and direction.
X-Men First Class is mainly about Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and the man who will become Magneto - Erik Lessher (Micheal Fassbender) which depicts how their first encounter and and how they become friends despite their different ideals about mutants and humans. With the film set in the cold war era containing a mixture of new and familiar characters such as Mystique and Beast, First Class is a real breath of fresh air to the superhero genre. The casting is solid with the actors quite enjoying the roles but it is Fassbender who literally steal the show here with his acting abilities. His views on how humans treat mutants and his quest for revenge against Sebastian Shaw( the main baddie played by Kevin Bacon
who killed his mother) hides the film's main weaknesses. His presence in the movie elevates the film emotional core and this kind of played more like an origin story for Erik/Magneto rather than Xavier and his first recruits.
Coming to the story itself which blends historical events (the Cuba Missile Crisis) with fiction.
We see Sebastian Shaw using his group of mutants including the delightful Emma Frost (January Jones) to manipulate politicians on both sides so he can force up an open nuclear war between the US and the USSR. It is up to Xavier who being enlisted by the CIA decides to gather his own team of mutants to thwart the nuclear threat and Shaw's motives. This is where Erik and Xavier path crossed and the latter decided to convince him to work together so they can stop Shaw.While we get to see some brand new mutants in action, it's more about their powers relative to the plot rather than their characters development. Given more time, the writers could have fleshed out some of the other mutants such as Beast, Mystique, Angel, Emma Frost or even Sebastian Shaw and which would have resulted in a better film.
Far from being perfect, the film is bound by the prequel formula as we eventually knows where the characters will end up based on the continuity of the other films or comic books. But still First Class deserved more accolades than X-Men Last Stand or Hugh Jackman's amnesic- bullets Wolverine. The action scenes are fewer but much better and fluid than recent Thor or Captain America and the build-up to the climax shows the abilities of Vaughn as someone who knows these characters and what they represent to fans. The final scenes are set up the way you expect prequels to end but still leaves the door open to further movies.
X-Men First Class as said above is not the best entry and you get the feeling that the pre-production and script was rushed by studios to fit their schedule but nevertheless Vaughn and Singer were able to give us an enjoyable ride and there might still be room for improvement if there will be more films to follow from where we left.
In a broad sense, First Class is a decent improvement to a franchise that has been lacking quality and is held by a strong supportive cast even though I feel some of the minor characters should had been given more weight and presence. There are some slight continuity problems and while not memorable as Singer's first two Xmen flicks, it is worth of investing your time.
One Piece is currently one the highest selling shonen manga in Japan and around the world and sales are still going strong as million of readers have tuned in to the adventures of Luffy and the Strawhats crew as they travelled through one of the most dangerous oceans in the world known as Grand Line trying to fulfill their ambitions.
Through the imaginations of Echiro Oda, who has create a vast and vivid world where pirates roam the seas in search of adventures, friendship and treasures i and one such treasure is called the One Piece, a legacy left by the Pirate King Gol D Roger after his execution by the hands of the World Government. The words just before his death echoed throughout the world about the existence of One Piece and subsequently lead to the Golden Age of Piratery.
Monkey D Luffy is one such young boy who strongly belived he can find the One Piece and be the next Pirate King but to achieve his dreams he has to conquer the seas and needs to assemble his own crew. In this Volume 2, still searching for new crews, Luffy and his first mate Zoro stumbled across an island which is being bullied and terrorised by the notorious pirate Buggy The Clown and his gang of pirates. Not wanting to see injustice to innocent people, they decided to take on the pirates to make sure no one is afraid of Buggy anymore
The volume is filled with bright and funny moments and you get to see more fight scenes including the Santoryu style fighting (3 sword ) by Roronoa Zoro and we are also intoduced to the next potential Strawhat member in the form Nami, a thief who has excellent navigating skills that could be quite handy for Luffy. We also get to see how Luffy tackle Buggy who is also a devil fruit user and how he uses his Rubber Rubber abilities during fight. While the pacing can at times feels a tad slower, this is by no means an uninterested volumes as Oda likes to take time with his colourful characters and his world-building abilities and it is until in later volumes and chapters that some of the most emotional and stonger story arcs starts to kick off and eventually how new members will join Luffy. By readint this volumes it is quite easy to get accustomed to the character designs which is partly inspired by the Dragon Ball series.
One Piece is one brilliant manga that we still have around for years and Eichiro Oda has managed to keep the storylines fresh while never forgetting the sense of adventures, discoveries and the bonds of friendship that are quite common in Japanese manga. The adventures and tribulations of Luffy is still being carried out whether in manga or anime format and for those who want to induce themselves into the world of One Piece, what better way to start from the very beginnings.
The BBC Iplayer seen its inception has become integral part of many people lives and has totally changed the landscape of how we watched. No longer we are forced to quit from our daily activites to catch up our favourite programmes or has to scratch our heads to choose which channel to watch when there are two equally-niced shows at the same time.
BBC iplayer is simply a Video-On-Demand or catch up service that allows you to watch BBC contents (TV and Radio) after they are being broadcasted. Users just need to access the BBC iplayer website and search and click the videos of their liking.The interface is quite simple and straightforward and what is really great is the lack of advertisements. Suppose you are a big fan of Eastenders and its earth-shattering plots and dramas but you are working during the show's aring time and you seriously do not want to watch the Omnibus version on Sundays, you still have the Iplayer to watch the episodes you missed by the click of a button once they have aired on TV.
The service is free provided you have a TV license, an internet connection and a bit of free will but the contents are only available for a limited time normally within a period of '7 days'. So do not worry if have you already ordered the complete collection of 'Dad's Army' because well you cannot find them on the Iplayer.
While the concept of BBC catch-up service is great and allows us to watch the shows we want at the time we want, the Iplayer can still fall victims to its own success. Sometimes videos are slow to load and can stop midway through during peak hours. Some contents such as Match of the Day 2 are not readily available and less-known shows are not regular updated.
The Iplayer has also some interesting features where you can manage your own programs are you are recommeded certain shows based on your viewing. There is the option to watch program in High Definition depending on your computer and broadband service.You also have the possibility to stream through your Iphone and Ipad by downloading the respective apps and access to a Download service which uses peer-to-peer file sharing where you can keep the content for 30 days only.
The Iplayer is truly a great service and is far above other channels own Video on Demand service in terms of speed, less hassle, variety of programmes and easily available to anyone and personally speaking, it has provide me a new way to watch the things that I like.(Eastenders not included)
Brought by the same team that created the successful Superman and Batman animated series in the last decade, Justice League (Secret Origins) is basically the premiere of a new series that featured on Cartoon Network. Secret Origins told in the first 3 episodes introduce viewers to a new superheroes team consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman, The Flash, Hawkgirl and the Green Lantern who are forced to unite through the telepathical cry for help from Jonn Jonz (Martian Manhunter) against an alien invasion from Mars as Earth defense do not have the ressources to cope with the invasion.
While the storyline is quite simple and shows similaritudes to HG Wells' War of the Worlds, it still packed some decent action set pieces and production values while we should not forget that this is a kid-friendly show. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the creators, with Secret Origins try to set the foundation of the show and how the Justice League is actually formed and also allows viewers to get familiar with lesser known characters such as the Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl. While each heroes has their own motives and responsibilities, they are joined through different consequences against a greater foe.
Secret Origins is a fast paced story even though it was originally edited as three episodes of 20 minutes, it still enjoyable to watch in one go and while some of dialogues could have avoided the cliches-route, especially Superman who seems a bit patronising in the team dynamics, this is a recommended piece to comic and non-comic books fans alike as the show has some great writers and familiar voice actors.
Every now and then, we may catch cold or flu or wake up with an annoying sore throat and we always want to get it rid of it the quickest rouse cause trust me, we all know the feelings when set to go work with a running nose. Flu cannot be cure in one instant but you can always prevent it from deterioting and reduce its effects and this where Lemsip lemon-flavoured come into the picture.
The Lemsip brand has been around for years and I always make sure to keep one lemon-flavoured pack at home. It is useful when you feel the early signs of a cold coming and by drinking a sachet may help you recover early as it also acts as painkiller. Preparation is straightforward; empty one sachet into a cup and pour hot water and make sure to stir well before intake. For better effects, it is advised to drink in small sips while and make sure finish it completely as most powdered contents are at the bottom.
While there are numerous ways to combat flu, it is advisable not to treat the medication as a straight remedy for all symptoms.
I consider Lemsip as a strong medication which helps me a lot during those bad hours and it is always been my first option when I feel weak and sick .However, be sure that you are able to take the medication if you have some other complications and consult a doctor for permission.
When Frank Miller was tasked to give the Dark Knight a fresh perspective and try reboot the characters for a new generation, nobody would have foreseen that Batman: Year One would become one of the most classic story among the countless stories of Gotham City's protector.
Year One retold the original story of how Bruce Wayne's parents died on that fateful night and shows how the young Bruce tries to deal with his loss and what pushes him to go the vigilante route. The tone of the story is set in a more realistic and grittier tone and the work of David Mazzucchelli contributes greatly to make this novel a classic. The scenes of Bruce's parents are perfect example of how this is a different take on Batman.
While Bruce Wayne struggles to clean the streets of thugs and criminals, the novel also shows a a young Jim Gordon (still lieutenant) who just arrives in town who find it hard to deal with criminals as he is faced with corruption. moral issues and powerful criminal syndicate. As Jim pursues his targets, he is still intrigued by the Batman and wants to know if he is a criminal or just someone who thinks the same as him i.e get rid of evil doers from the streets of Gotham. Eventually the paths of these two men will cross and Gordon knows if he want to win against criminals he has to make alliance with the Batman.
Year One is an excellent read, the story is simple yet covered many grounds which has set the bar higher for the detective superhero where even the recent Christopher Nolan's cinematic adaption is said to be inspired by Frank Miller's story.
Search for JJ Abrams on the net and you would be amazed how this guy is glorified or sometimes criticised for his TV shows and movies. Lost, Mission Impossibe 3 and the revival of Star Trek franchise, this guy is workaholic geek director.
Cloverifield is one the movie he produced and directed by Matt Reeves which is basically a monster movie shot in the found footage format. An overnight party in New York is suddenly disrupted by sheer panic when a the 'big apple' is attacked by a giant monster. The story follows a group of friends filmed through the lens of handheld camera as they try to reach a safe point when city is in lockdown mode with mass evacuation and the army engaging combat with an unknown force.
Cloverfield is an excellent spin on the monter genre movie where instead of big CGI blockbuster effects and mass destruction, we are told a story through the eyes of individuals who may looked like us and how they react and try to survive in a critical time. One of such scene is the head of Statue of Liberty ripped and rolling on the streets amidst chaos and dust.
Cloverfield is an interesting film which may revive the monster movie and do not be surprised to see similar styles being churned in future.
Mind you if you have read reviews that has always compared Red Dead Redemption to Grand Theft auto western-style, well let me tell you you may have read most of them. While both games are both open-world sandbox type game with a Rockstar logo on their boxes, the comparisons do stop there.
Red Dead Redemption is game set in the Old Far west with a soul in the form of its main character James Marston. Martson, a reformed outlaw has to hunt down his old acolytes through the vast open fields of America and Mexico under the US Marshall orders as his wife and teenage son are held by the government. Throughout his search and travels, Martson will meet new allies, make new enemies, run errands and quests for other people, hunting and invole in deadly duels.
Besides the main storyline, the game offers players to involve in different sidequests as Martson rode in different cities and towns, customise their characters, upgrades weapons and horses (well you can just buy one with higher pedigree) where most quests helps to increase Marston cash flow or skills. The characters expressions, movements and voice acting has all been in realistic tone and the developers have try to bring the kind western vibe on the screen. Characters faces and clothes are rough, unkempt and untidy which is different from the glamourous gangster-styled of Grand Theft auto franchise.
The game do have the occasional glitches and bugs and you may find yourself killed numerous times whether it is the occasional ways your horse fall down on the river or you are killed accidently by wild animals.
The Seagate hard drives are one of the most affordable memeory device you can shopped around especially if browse through Maplin stores as they always run promotions on these gadgetries.I bought the seagate because of its memory capacity and its price.
I bought the Seagate Hardrive because me laptop memory was bulging with anime and asian dramas and I had to search an outlet to transfer my files.
The hardrive does tick all boxes as a storage device.With its sleek design and shap, it easy to connect through a usb cable but still need to be powered through an electric plug for it to work. File transfer speed are twice faster compared to normal Usb drives and there is no installation required. You can also connect to a console device such as the PS3 but you may need to convert to Fat32 (Special Software required) before transferring files.
The only concern about the hard drive is the noise effect as you once you powered it, it made more noise compared to your other devices.It is ideal for office use but for personal uses you may need to have a soundproof place in case you do not want to wake the missuss.
Enslaved may be one of those games that flew under your geek radar or you always find on the shelves but have no idea if it is good or not. While the game has different creative talents behind such as Andy Serkis, Nitin Sawhney and David Garland, Enslaved was never going be the game to rival other blockbusters.
Based on the Chinese epic saga, Enslaved is set in a ravaged future dominated by Mechs (Robots). Monkey and Trip, our two protaginists, met by accident and the latter had Monkey enslaved through a headband which makes him totally dependant on the survival of Trip and even he gets far away from her, he will die. Monkey has to protect and reach Trip to her camp by eventually fighting loads of mechs with a combination of staff and long range fighting. With brain and brawn combining together, the game allows interaction between the two humans so that they can move from one place to other.
Odyssey to the West is interesting in the way Monkey and Trip interaction and relationship are progressed through the game and this is where credits have to be given to the voice actors for elevating the scenes to a realistic level.
On the other hand, the gameplay does not offer any novelty even though Monkey can upgrade his weapons by collecting orbs around. The fighting are almost repetitive interpersed with some puzzling, boss fight and platforming. My main concern is why developers decided to make the gameplay easy even though they know the story is short. Monkey can climb ledges that are always glowing and will never fall down if he jumps to a wrong direction.
Overall, Enslaved is a relatively short game which suffers from repetitive enemies but has some good voice acting and talent behind which may or may not attract you to the storyline.
Total Rating : 3*
Based on the same-name Discworld novel by Terry 'the father of British Fantasy' Pratchett, Hogfather plunged you deep into a magical world filled with quirky and funny characters, obnoxious wizards and supernatural elements that all combined to make you laugh but at the same time marvels at the author's imagination about he managed to create a vivid world such as Ankh-Morpock.
The Hogfather is the our equivalent of Santa Claus except for reindeers and a fat-bearded old man, we have the pig-faced Hogfather who deliver presents to all children on the eve Hogswatch in his chariot pulled by flying hogs.
The story takes place on the night where children are getting ready to hang their socks and waits for their presents but due to some devious machinations by the other-worldy beings described themselves as the Auditors, they hired an assassin guild to kill the Hogfather in order for people to stop believing in the spirit of Hogswatch.
While the Hogfather has dissapeared, Death has to impersonate the Hogfather in order to maintain the Spirit of Hogswatch and the belief in the Hogfather and at the same time ordered her grand-daughter Susan to find out what really happened to the Hogfather.
While Terry Pratchett's work are very difficult to adapt on-screen, the Hogfather managed to bring the essence of the story to newcomers and clearly stays faithful to the novel with the help of some good casting and a decent-but-not-heavy CGI. The city of Ankh-Morpock, the Unseen University and the costumes are well designed and you can never escaped the humourous tone and twisted dialogues of the story throughout.
The Hogfather may not be the best adaptation of a Discworld novel in the opinion of the fans, as the pace suffers through the middle notably during the scenes in the Unversity and some of the plots and characters can be confusing to new viewers but ovearall Jean Vadim (Director) managed give us an entertaining and humourous take on the Discworld novel with the a solid performance from Ian Richardson as Death.
If you want to bathed yourself into the work of Mr Pratchett, then I recommend bravely to start with the Hogfather followed by the Colour of Magic.