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Monkey: The Storytelling Game of the Journey to the West

By Ian Warner

Introduction

To say the Monkey Roleplaying Game was hotly anticipated is something of an understatement. Frequenters of the Mongoose forums will be aware of the 100+ page thread begging for a Monkey Roleplaying Game. Well your request has finally been answered but not by Mongoose. D101 Games is a small outfit much like Postmortem and it is they who have published this long sought after Holy Grail of Roleplaying Games. Something of a coup that is sure to do well for them. Curses! Beaten to it! Ahem…. anyway here is my totally unbiased review of Monkey: The Storytelling Game of the Journey to the West.

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Review: Clash of the Titans

Or, more accurately, “Clash of Clashes of the Titans”

By Skimble

The Kraken from "Clash of the Titans" in 1981

The 1981 Kraken

In the red corner we have “Clash of the Titans” from 1981,  the original film with stop-motion animated special effects by the master of the art, Ray Harryhausen. With a storyline sticking moderately closely to at least one classical version of the story of Perseus, the film is fondly remembered for its take on Greek mythology even if it is a bit cheesy in places.

In the blue corner we have “Clash of the Titans” from 2010, allegedly a remake of the film in the red corner.

A picture of the Kraken from the 2010 "Clash of the  Titans"

The 2010 Kraken

However, it  pretty much dispenses with any sense of continuity not only with the film but with the classic myths on which it was based.

It is likely to be remembered for its kick-ass special effects where the various monsters are concerned and also for its shoddy attempt to rush 3D on to a film that was made in 2D, resulting in an unsatisfying 3D performance.

So how does the 2010 film compare with its inspiration (aside from the brief synopsis you’ve just read)? Will you like the 2010 remake even if you haven’t seen the original?

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