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tors, and this intensity and strat-
egy does wonders to enhance the
Isaac has a new and improved
telekinetic attachment to his
suit, which greatly increases the
potential for launching sharp
poles or the severed blade-like
appendages of felled Necro-
morphs as weapons. When ammo
is low, it's great to be able to rip off
a dead Necromorph's arm to fire it
at a living one. This improved fea-
ture, which was essentially use-
less in the original "Dead Space,"
is invaluable in the sequel, mak-
ing combat strategic and dynamic
while still maintaining a very
exciting pace. In this respect,
Visceral Games has achieved
quite an accomplishment - even
though the combat has a lot of
similarities to the first game, the
nuance and tactical variation of
each fight is something totally
new to the sequel and makes each
melde extremely rewarding.
There are a lot of ways in which
the gameplay has been expand-
ed, but there are also instances
where new features fall flat. For
instance, the zero-gravity sys-
tem has been changed, but not
for the better. The first "Dead
Space" used gravity boots and
allowed Isaac to jump from wall
to wall, inverting the world with
each leap. In the sequel, Isaac
has jet-powered boots and slowly
scoots around in the zero gravity
environments. There isn't much
combat in this mode - rightly so
because it's so awkward - but as
a result, this slows down the pace
of the game and all the tasks in
this floaty setting become pretty
Unfortunately, the storyline
is not nearly as exciting as the
gameplay because "Dead Space 2"
reduces itself to every single sci-
fi and horror stereotype imagin-
able. Radio messages and Isaac's
hallucinations get old fast, and
they become a distraction from
the visceral gameplay. The villain
is hardly fleshed out - in fact, the
term "villain" might not even be
worth using, because there are
multiple antagonists who hardly
have any screen time. These "ene-
mies" basically serve as devices to
extend gameplay by forcing Isaac
to "reroute the power" that was
just shut off, or something equally
tedious. The final moments of the
game are an attempted plot twist
and apoor boss fight, which leave
an unfortunate aftertaste for a
game that generally pleases.
The mutiplayer is more enjoy-
able than not, but as exciting as
being a Necromorph slicing up
humans might seem, it doesn't
feel like the mechanics were fully
figured out. Whether it is from lag
or a poor graphical portrayal, the
Necromorphs seem to die for no
reason and the physical interac-
tion between the two teams looks
Despite this, the sound and
graphics in "Dead Space 2" are
even better than in the first game
and do everything to embellish
the persistent feeling of terror
throughout the story. And though
the plot is a little weak, the excit-
ing gameplay more than makes up
for the rough areas.,But it's easy
to ignore the hiccups, because it's
undeniable that Visceral Games
has delivered a thrilling chapter
in the "Dead Space" series.
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the arrangement is heavily - and
unexpectedly - reminiscent of the
Beach Boys. Even the background
vocals are saturated with the '60s
band's style, providing harmony
with "yeah!" and other monosyl-
labic words. The track's shift away
from'80s electro-pop might come
as a curveball, but it's certainly not
an unpleasant one. Like the rest
of Zonoscope, "Where I'm Going"
is quick, fun and fully compatible
with a Frisbee and sunblock.
Alive with its peppy dance
beats, but chill with its fluid
strings and singing, Cut Copy's
Zonoscope has entered the music
world as the picture of Aus-
sie awesomeness. It's an album
appropriate for everyone's favor-
ite island activities, from surf-
ing with the locals to partying
on yachts with Mary-Kate and
Ashley. With this seamless union
of beats and bass, the band has
given the world one more reason
to envy Australia - as if we didn't
already have enough.
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traditionalists have feared
the deterioration of theatrical
film-going, and in some ways,
digital distribution may make
those traditionalists fear even
more. With sites like Hulu
successfully attracting TV
viewers away from the televi-
sion itself, what's to stop film
from undergoing a similar
The answer is that the the-
ater isn't static. The room may
be the same, but behind the
scenes, theaters are advanc-
ing quickly in their own right.
They are undergoing a digital
remodeling, shifting from
expensive film-reel projec-
tion to less bulky, ultimately
cheaper digital distribution.
Though home video is mak-
ing strides toward matching
theater technology, theaters
are running away from them
by establishing even greater
technology that consumers
can't yet hope to duplicate.
Digital distribution may,
however, threaten our sense
of ownership over films. My
old DVD collection will be a
thing of the past, replaced by
a collection of digital titles
stored in a cloud; pulling a box
off the shelf will be replaced
with a click onto a thumbnail
of a movie poster. To "own"
a film wouldn't be a physical
state at all, but rather the sign
of a digital contract.
The technological trend
towards new distribution -
channels will be largely influ-
enced by the tendency of the
Internet as a whole, and is
only predictable to a point.
Technology will evolve every
day. But the only sure thing in
the future pf home video dis-
tribution is this: The studios
will do what they need to do
to make the most money pos-
sible. Even when faced with
a threat, they'll find a way to
make it their own.
Sohoni will see five films next
Snowpocalypse. For now, e-mail
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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