How to Fix: The Dark Universe

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 24th June 2017.

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

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Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 5- Alien Isolation

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

The specific formula that was set in place by Outlast has since been imitated time and time again, mostly by a multitude of Steam hacks trying to exploit the craze. It’s a style that regrettably lends itself to cheap rip-offs and cash-ins, as it can so easily be replicated with the minimum amount of effort. You don’t have to program in combat mechanics, the oppressive darkness can also be used to hide low-rent textures and graphical shortcomings, and you barely even have to try to be scary. All you need to do is throw the player in a dark corridor, have them be stalker by a single enemy, and add in some obligatory jump scares for good measure. Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 4- Until Dawn

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

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Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 2- Alan Wake

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly. In this entry, we’ll be taking a look at Remedy’s love letter to Stephen King, Alan Wake Continue reading