Sunday, November 24, 2013

Game Of The Week: Star Fox

Star Fox is a franchise of rail space shooters developed and published by Nintendo. The series began with the lesser-known Star Fox for the SNES, but really kicked off with Star Fox 64 to become one of the greatest N64 games and accidentally create one of the oldest Internet memes, Do A Barrel Roll (Can be traced back as far as 2004, which is almost a whole decade old as of this post publishing) The games revolve around the titular Star Fox team, a team of anthropomorphic animals, and their efforts to keep the Lylat System and it's inhabitants safe. Ready to fly?

The official site for Star Fox 64 3D can be found here.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Game Of The Week: Professor Layton

Professor Layton is a Nintendo/Level-5 franchise that centers around solving logic puzzles (mostly) and mysteries, which can vary from insultingly easy to mind-boggling. The franchise also focuses around the titular Professor Layton, a London archaeologist that is often called upon to solve mysteries with his logical skills- often accompanying him is Luke, a young hotshot who is the Professor's proclaimed apprentice.The series has spawned eight games, several mangas, several Japan-only novels and a film.
Are you smart enough to solve all of the puzzles?

Main site for the franchise is here.
The movie can be viewed (hooray for 1080p!) here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4 Amazing Parodies Of 70's/80's Franchises Mixed With Gaming

All of these parodies are the brainchild of one man- James Farr. The parodies are of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic The Hedgehog (to a lesser extent on the latter), mixed with Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars. Get ready to go old-school with these animations.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Well, the verdict is in. 

 Call of Duty: Ghosts was released on November 5th, and it's definitely one of the best versions of Call of Duty yet, according to my source.
Tonight, I spoke with illustrious and elusive gamer, xCoSmic FuSioN, who without a doubt made sure to obtain the new game on its release date. After thoroughly checking it out, he predicts it will outsell Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which was a record-selling game until it was outsold by Grand Theft Auto V.  But xCoSmic FuSioN predicts Ghosts will even surpass GTA-V in record sales. After all, you can play as a dog and evade shark attacks in campaign mode, for example.

With new features and other surprises like the mode "Extinction," which includes fighting off hordes of aliens, Call of Duty: Ghosts is sure to please every Call of Duty fan.  This game is available right here on Xanaland (look to your right and scroll down), so if you're going to buy it anyway, why not buy it from Xana?
~Happy gaming, everyone~

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Advent - 13th Day - Nope

(keep forgetting to do this agghhh) 

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Advent - 12th Day - Resident Evil

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(forgot to do this yesterday)

Resident Evil is a first person shooter franchise that spawns 24 games that started on the Playstation, as well as movies, comic books and novels, and merchandise. The games are focused on surviving and outwitting the undead, similar to The Walking Dead, and you must build an arsenal of guns to survive, or better yet- inch towards the goal of why the zombie apocalypse is happening. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween Advent - 11th Day - Silent Hill

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Silent Hill is a survival-horror game franchise created by Konami (most famous for Dance Dance Revolution) that spans nine installments, two films and several spinoffs. The games revolve around the titular resort town, Silent Hill. The original game revolves around a man named Harry Mason as he searches for his lost daughter after crashing into the outskirts of the town in a car accident. Silent Hill is different from most survival horror games, as it utilizes psychological horror rather than jump scares. (one of the games goes so far as to have a psychological survey to alter the game)

A major fansite for the game (no official site exists), Silent Hill Heaven can be found here. (Has a 17+ age restriction in accordance to the ESRB, ARC and Konami guidelines.)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Advent - 10th Day - Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first-person survival horror game, where you play as man named Daniel in the year 1839, who has woken up with - you guessed it - nearly total amnesia in a castle full of monsters. Similar to SCP: Containment Breach, you have nothing to attack the monsters with, and your primary goal is to survive. However,  unlike Containment Breach, there is a actual fully-fledged story to complete throughout the game. Can you reach one of the ends of said story?

Official site for the game is here.

Halloween Advent - 9th Day - Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

(whoops forgot to submit this yesterday)

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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is the sequel to the original Luigi's Mansion (which was released as a launch title for the Gamecube), 12 years after the first game. It was well worth the wait though!
Much like the first the game, you control Luigi as you go through mansions, clearing them of ghosts in a Ghostbusters fashion- but this time, there are multiple mansions to go through, instead of just one big one. The primary goal has also shifted from the first game- this time, Luigi is looking for the pieces of the titular Dark Moon, a celestial body that floats over Evershade Valley, which has shattered and said shattering has caused the ghosts in the valley to go haywire. Only repairing the moon will return peace to the valley.

Official site for Luigi's Mansion and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon can be found here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Advent - 8th Day - Slender

(cannot find a good image, sorry!)

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I'm not going into explaining what the meme the game Slender is based upon (that's another blog post entirely!) so I'll just explain the game.

Slender is a free indie first-person survival horror game, where you find yourself in a forest chased by a entity know as Slenderman. You must find eight pages documenting knowledge about the Slenderman in order to survive. You are armed only with a flashlight and the clothes on your back- can you do it?

Game can be downloaded here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween Advent- 7th Day- WEEK ONE CHECKPOINT

Week One of the Games That Rock Blog completed! Have a image lineup~

In order from left to right:

Admin Rainbow
Sonic.EXE (Sonic.EXE)
Boo (Mario franchise)
SCP 173 (SCP Foundation)
Noodles (Noodles)
Herobrine (Minecraft?)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halloween Advent - 6th Day - Luigi's Mansion : Beta Elements

 ( Do not confuse with the creepypasta Luigi's Mansion Beta Disk )

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Okay, so we covered the final Luigi's Mansion already, but that doesn't exempt the beta of it from having some really creepy (and WEIRD) beta elements.

  • Originally, the game was timed (similar to Majora's Mask with the three day cycle), and you only had to a certain time in the morning in-game to complete the game. Otherwise, the game would show you a (slightly disturbing) cutscene and give you a Game Over.
  • The game was going to be in 3D (the Gamecube can actually render stereoscopic 3D) (i.e red and blue 3D) but the idea was scrapped due to the crystal need to render it would have costed more then then the Gamecube itself.
  • When first being developed the game was just a tech demo for the Gamecube, (What's odd about this is that the game was originally planned for the N64.) but then it was decided to become a fully-fledged game.
  • Many of the ghosts went through changes, some drastic- such as many of the Portrait Ghosts being missing, removed or changed- some minor, -the design of the Boos changed from the beta version from the final.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Halloween Advent - 5th Day - Herobrine

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There are only several things you need to know about Herobrine that's not in the image.

  • He supposedly shows up in Minecraft single-player with the render distance set to tiny.
  • He's sometimes portrayed as a villian, sometimes a anti-hero.
  • Has become a internet meme.

That is all. (Sorry this is a rushed post. Had to get it uploaded as soon as possible.)

Instead of links, I can post the creepypasta directly onto the blog. Read below:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween Advent - 4th Day - Noodles

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Noodles is a Nintendogs creepypasta (A game as sugarcoated and sweet as Nintendogs outright deserves a creepypasta) that revolves around a girl that returns to Nintendogs after several years of moving on in life and leaving the game in a attic. Unfortunately for her, the dogs have changed too. And they want revenge.
On her.

The creepypasta can be read here and here.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Halloween Advent - 3rd Day - SCP: Containment Breach

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SCP: Containment Breach is a free indie first-person survival horror game based off the tales of the SCP Foundation. You play as a Class-D personnel - a SCP disposable human guinea pig- about to undergo a experiment with SCP: 173, a supernaturally fast animate concrete statue that likes to snap human necks, but can't move in direct line of sight. Everything is going according to plan...
then all Hell breaks loose and you find yourself smack in the middle of a major containment breach.

Now your focus is to make out of the facility alive. There are many things to make it harder and harder to do so, such as security guards, gas that will force you to blink, locked doors, and of course - all the escaped SCPs.

Official site for the game can be found here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Advent- 2nd Day - Luigi's Mansion

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Luigi's Mansion is a action-adventure video game, released as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. The game revolves around Luigi, this time in his second main role. (the first being Mario is Missing! but that one can stay in the past.)
The main gameplay mechanic has you capturing ghosts in a haunted mansion (leading to comparisons to Ghostbusters)  Luigi has apparently won said mansion in a mail-in contest he never entered. The game is often seen as one of the games that defined the Gamecube, as well as a (possible) pardoy of the survival horrer genre.

Official site of the game (currently featuring it's sequel, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon / Luigi's Mansion 2) can be found here.
Amazon page can be found here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Advent- 1st Day - Sonic.EXE

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Can't have a Game Blog without a bit of the blue blur, right? 
Sonic.EXE is a Sonic creepypasta/fanfic that centers around a boy named Tom, who receives a CD-ROM Sonic game in the mail. Taking warnings for jokes, he activates the game, and the age-old phrase 'curiosity killed the cat' takes on a whole new meaning...

( Warning- the following links are not recommended for people under the age of 13. )

If you wish to read the creepypasta, click here.
If you wish to play the game, click here for Windows and click here for Mac.

Monday, September 30, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT- Halloween Advent Calendar!

Admin Rainbow here with a announcement for all you Halloween lovers! To celebrate the coming of Halloween, instead of doing a traditional Christmas Advent calendar, A Halloween one is coming out for this blog! You'll be seeing posts on survival horror/horror themed games, creepypasta based on games and creepy stuff in video games. Game Of The Week will be canceled for the month of October to feature this calendar. Hope you enjoy it, and happy Rainy Season!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Game Of The Week - Scribblenauts

With Scribblenauts Unmasked recently out and the current ongoing deviantART contest about it, I thought it would be appropriate to feature Scribblenauts for this week's Game Of The Week.

Write Anything. Solve Everything.
A action-puzzle game franchise that spans across the Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii U and iOS devices, Scribblenauts puts you in control of the boy Maxwell and his magical notebook, which can be used to summon, well, just about anything. Using this ability, you must summon things to solve puzzles in the environment around Maxwell. Not only do you have everything at your disposal, but Super Scribblenauts (and following games) allows you to add adjectives to summoned objects, (ex. Giant Flying Firebreathing Pug) and Scribblenauts Unmasked added one time game-exclusive gimmick, which allows you to summon over 2,000 DC characters. Can you solve everything with anything?

The official Scribblenauts website can be found here.
The Scribblenauts Unmasked deviantART contest can be found here.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Game Of The Week: Super Monkey Ball

Starting in the arcades simply titled as Monkey Ball, then making it's way to the Gamecube and Wii, the Super Monkey Ball franchise takes a classic concept- rolling a marble through a maze- and develops on that concept. In each stage, you must roll a monkey in a ball through a maze- via tilting the maze- to get it to the goal at the end. However, there are many gimmicks and devices to throw you right off the track- conveyor belts, spinning tops, rotating and flipping floors to name a few. And you're only given 1 minute to get to the goal. Can you master this challenging set of physic puzzlers?

Official site for the game can be found here. (currently featuring SMB: Banana Splitz)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Five Cool Wind Waker Glitches, Easter Eggs and Beta Content

With Wind Waker HD coming in 4 days in the Lim. Edition Deluxe Set, digital download and on Oct. 4th in a Speical Editon Gold Pack(and it being Admin's Rainbow first Zelda game), I wanted to do a short feature of ten glitches, hacks, and Easter eggs/beta content of the original Wind Waker that are either cool, funny, interesting or a combination of the three, in no particular order.

  1. Beta Content: Testing/Beta Rooms
Leftover in the code of the original Wind Waker are 55+ unused rooms- some testing, others beta. They cannot be acessed in the main game, but they can be accessed by hacking ingame/ROM hacking. Here are some videos of some of the test rooms.

2. Easter Egg: Majora's Masks
Once the Figurine Gallery is unlocked in Forest Haven, going to the front desk, using the Pictobox and looking at the left wall behind the desk will reveal 4 masks from Majora's Mask: The Keaton Mask, the Goron Mask, The All-Night Mask, and the Bunny Ears.
(picture and information is from

3. Glitch: Sliding Moblin
Not much to say here, I just find this glitch extremely funny.

4. Glitch: Pick up a Moblin + Enter Hyrule Field
A glitch that is exploitable (can be triggered) that utilizes the delay between a frozen Moblin shattering and it returning to a enemy. This allows Link to carry (read: slide around with) a Moblin. Same glitch allows (a slightly buggy) Hyrule Field to be accessed when done outside Hyrule Castle.

5. Beta Content: E3 2002 Title
Originally, Wind Waker's title screen was a remixed version of the A Link To The Past title screen. This was changed in the final version to a original track with traditional insturments. 

Well, that wraps up this little list from Admin Rainbow. If you wish to preorder the HD version of the game, head over here
and select 'Preorder'. Have a happy Rainy Season!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Game Of The Week: Minecraft

Admin Rainbow is back, and with a Game Of The Week! (which is moving to Sundays)
Minecraft is a sandbox/adventure game focused on building in Creative mode and survival in Survival mode.  However, due to the versatility of the code for mods and content being constantly added to the main game, there is more then just surviving and building- explore huge worlds with your friends, duke it out in a custom-made map, defeat monsters which want to remove your buttocks from your pelvic, and much more!

Main site for the game can be found here.
Wiki for the game can be found here.
Forums for the game can be found here.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Metallica Through the Never Debut's at Comic-Con 2013

Via L.A. Times : 
Metallica made its first appearance at Comic-Con International Friday night to premiere the new theatrical trailer for the band’s performance film/dark genre fable “Metallica Through the Never,” directed by Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll,” “Predators”) and featuring actor Dane DeHaan in a near-silent role as a roadie Trip.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Galaxy of Possibilities Awaits You: Star Wars The Old Republic

Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ is the only massively-multiplayer online game with a Free-to-Play option that puts you at the center of your own story-driven Star Wars™ saga. Play as a Jedi, a Sith, a Bounty Hunter or as one of many other Star Wars iconic roles and explore an age over three-thousand years before the classic films. Become the hero of your own Star Wars adventure as you choose your path down the Light or Dark side of the Force™.
Along the way you will befriend courageous Companions who will fight at your side or possibly betray you based on your actions. Get ready to face powerful enemies in dynamic Star Wars combat as you team up with other players to overcome incredible challenges to save or control the galaxy!

via CNN: New Video Games Where Gore Gives Away to Emotions

(CNN) -- Forget the macho world of the standard shoot-'em up video game. Rather than relying on blood, gore and mayhem, a number of game developers are tapping into their inner emotions, inviting gamers along for adventures of the psyche.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Some Must Have Games For Summer of 2013


For many, the summer is the perfect time to hit the beach, relax and just generally partake in leisure. Video games being one of the primary forms of relaxation for many, the summer is a perfect time to take a load off and play some brand new summer video game releases. Whether you're looking for an action blockbuster, a mind boggling strategy game or a niche Japanese title, this summer has plenty of offerings for all types of gamers.
Here's a list of the top ten games that are releasing between June and August. There's certainty a game or two in here for everyone, and this summer is the perfect time to get some life out of your consoles before the next generation hits.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hungry Hungry Hippos Goes To Hollywood!

Hungry Hungry Hippos
‘Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Movie’ is a real thing. We hope you’re sitting down for this. It may be too late because the headline alone probably made you faint but the news only gets worse from here. The joke that people made when ‘Battleship’ was coming out is now actually happening for real. ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Movie’ you guys.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Hasbro, the company that teamed with Universal to bring you ‘Battleship,’ has signed a new deal to bring three of their properties to the movies. Those three games are ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos,’ ‘Monopoly’ and the toy Action Man. ‘Monopoly’ had previously been in development at Universal with Ridley Scott and is now part of the new deal (Scott remains involved in a producing capacity).
The new deal is set up with independent production company Emmett/Furla Films, the financiers behind terrible movies like ‘Righteous Kill’ and ’88 Minutes.’
The good news (??…) is that the ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos’ movie will be animated and won’t be adapted into some ‘Jurassic Park’ style blockbuster action movie. It will be aimed towards kids but it will still be interesting to see how they plan to adapt a game that involved plastic hippos gobbling up white marbles into a movie.
Action Man was a ‘G.I. Joe’ ripoff; sort of like the Go-Bots to Transformers. Considering how well the ‘G.I. Joe’ movies turned out (), Hasbro will try to make a similar style movie.
To help eliminate another ‘Battleship’ style failure, Hasbro will bring each of the movies in under $100 million (‘Battleship,’ by comparison, cost over $200 million). Though there has been no formal announcement, one has to think this will end the once promising partnership between Universal and Hasbro that, to date, produced only one movie. (‘Ouija’ was put into turnaround by the studio.)
So, yes. ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Movie.’ Can ‘Crocodile Dentist’ be far behind?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

7 Incredibly Weird and Innovative 80's Video Game

Eccentric and sometimes ungainly, here are seven 80s videogames that were full of innovative or outlandish ideas...

Man of Steel Trailer Painstakinly Recreated In Minecraft

For the past few weeks, Warner Bros. has been releasing trailers to promote its Superman flick,Man of Steel. One, entitled "Ideal of Hope," just received the Minecraft treatment — everything from the explosive action scenes to Superman himself were painstakingly recreated using blocks from the sandbox construction game.
Created by media-creation studio Steelehouse Productions, the video — dubbed "Mine of Steel" — was posted to YouTube on Monday. It has since received more than 74,000 views.
Compare the Minecraft trailer with the original, below:

Which trailer do you prefer? that one or this one? 

The 14 Weirdest Video Games Ever. Fact, Not Opinion!

1. Atari 2600: Sneak n’ Peek

Back in the rough days of Atari, anyone could try to make a game about pretty much anything. This is why Sneak n’ Peek exists: no self-respecting game development company would make a game based on hide and seek.

Simon Parkin Reviews Tomb Raider

There's a moment at the start of Tomb Raider Legend – Crystal Dynamic's first Tomb Raider game,
released in 2006 – when Lara Croft, the archaeologist destined for spinal troubles in later life, meets an armed guard standing with his back to her at the yawning mouth of a Bolivian tomb. She lines up a pistol headshot and moments later he slumps noiselessly to the ground. A voice in Lara's earpiece asks: "Any idea who he was?" Lara replies: "I haven't the foggiest."

Stuart Richardson Reviews Defiance

Players take on the role of an Ark Hunter, a scavenger for hire scouring the San Francisco wasteland in Defiance
Another Votan bites the dust in Defiance.
As a third-person "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) shooter from developer Trion Worlds, Defiance transcends both genre and narrative boundaries; the plot runs concurrently with a TV series of the same name broadcast on the Syfy channel. It's a broadly interesting story concerning the struggle for survival on a near-future Earth ravaged by an inconclusive war between humans and an alien alliance called Votanssearch of useful relics from the decaying Votan fleet breaking up in low orbit. When large chunks of these ships fall to Earth at random intervals – events called Ark Falls – Ark Hunters rush to the scene to fight over the smouldering remains.
Initially, these moments seem to break up the more conventional grinding quests on offer, but anyone familiar with the repetitive nature of many MMOs will soon notice their character's story involves little more than moving between distant locations where something needs to be shot or blown up. That these MacGuffin objects sometimes fall from the sky is a gimmick with a short shelf life. Defiance isn't awful, but considering its bold narrative intentions it's disheartening to find an unexceptional game beneath the lofty ambition.

Chris Dring Reviews Luigi's Mansion 2

Luigi's Mansion 2
Luigi: returning to clean up the streets at last.
Despite it being a full 10 years since Luigi last donned his custom vacuum cleaner and captured ghosts in a haunted mansion, the overdue arrival of Luigi's Mansion 2 was well worth the wait.
The sequel still sees the world's second most famous plumber suck up ghouls, which remains a satisfying gameplay feature. But this is a longer adventure, with five mansions riddled with secrets and puzzles to explore, and each of them has been split into bite-sized missions, which is ideal for on-the-go gaming.
The controls can be fiddly and the otherwise superb visuals look pixelated on the 3DS XL, but nevertheless, this is a deep, charming adventure, with superb audio and challenging puzzles. An essential purchase for Nintendo fans.

Nick Cowen Reviews Lego Batman: DC Hero's

Lego Batman 2The game's story kicks off with Bruce Wayne and US presidential candidate Lex Luthor arriving at a And 
Lego Batman 2 ... Superman always came in handy at a barbecue
It's mind-blowing at this stage that gamers still can't seem to get enough of the Lego series of games. After all, Traveller's Tales hasn't strayed much from the basic gaming template it introduced with its first Lego Star Wars instalment in 2005, and in the games industry, innovation is as expected as it is prized. In spite of this, every Lego game that rolls off the assembly line requires players to bash blocks, collect studs, build stuff and solve the odd puzzle. The latest release from the Knutsford-based developer, Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes, barely deviates from this rubric.why should it? Once you've cracked the formula for gaming alchemy, why would you mess with it? That said, Traveller's Tales always packs its games with a staggering amount of collectibles and content, while tossing in a couple of new mechanics. The result is that its games boast a ton of replayability and depth, as players are encouraged to tackle conquered levels with new characters to unearth hidden Lego treasures. Once again, Lego Batman 2 is no exception to this rule – although for its latest release, Traveller's Tales has really gone to town

Matt Kamen Reviews The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead
Kitchen sink drama: Telltale Games' downloadable title The Walking Dead.
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead has been a slow-burn success story. From cult comic book to popular TV series, it was only a matter of time before the games industry came calling. Thankfully, Kirkman chose to spare the world another generic zombie shooter, instead teaming up with adventure studio Telltale Games to deliver an emotional and story-focused version of his apocalyptic tale of survival.
The first chapter of this downloadable game introduces escaped convict Lee Everett. While it's unclear if he actually committed the murder he's accused of, between avoiding the flesh-eating undead and protecting Clementine, a young girl he meets early on, there are more important concerns.
Play harks back to classic point-and-click games, though you can actively explore locations. Occasional hidden-object puzzles test your wits, but the real challenge is a moral one. Choices have real weight to them, with life-or-death consequences. The people you meet, including some important figures from the series, how you treat them and who survives will affect how the story plays out in future chapters, which will be released later this year.
Writer Sean Vanaman perfectly captures the bleakness of the originalWalking Dead (comic book readers will grin at coy nods to Kirkman's other printed work), while the visuals are a brilliant reflection of co-creator Charlie Adlard's art. Tense, gripping and wonderfully entertaining, this is unmissable for fans and newcomers alike

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