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#31 sir stiff_one

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 07:50 PM

But most of the people doing a English AS course can read and write so it wouldn't make sense to do English language.


Ooh, I don't know about that.
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#32 sir stiff_one

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 07:51 PM

What mark did you get for it?
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#33 Ben

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

They do teach English Language. The two aren't split in terms of teaching until post 16, and obviously they usually go hand in hand. Lack of literacy is a real problem, but it wouldn't be solved by getting rid of English Lit at A-Level.

What concerns me is the opposite. What the fuck is this sort of thing doing on an English Lit course? It's English Language at best and should probably be left for Media Studies types. A complete joke compared to what my Lit A-Level consisted of, not that long ago.


Is he actually doing English Lit? I haven't seen him mention it at all, only others. This is exactly the kind of thing I used to do quite a bit in A-Level English; writing in different styles for different audiences. I've no idea why it would be in a straight English Literature course though.
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#34 MalevolentPanda

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 09:42 PM

I think so. That's what I got from this:

This is the coursework section we read and analyse poetry and literature for the exam work.


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#35 Isaac

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 07:38 PM

Old thread though it probably is, what the fuck kind of AS levels do you do?

I did my AS levels last year (just finished my A2), and for English Literature we had to do a thematic essay on Shakespeare's King Lear.

At least 2000 words.

What specification asks you to write a game review?! Seriously?!
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#36 clumpyjamie

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 08:29 PM

When I went to school "AS levels" were for thickies who weren't clever enough to take an A-level. How times have changed...
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#37 Shindig

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 06:41 AM

I botched mine. I shall be getting back into Dead Rising, seeing as I'm hoping to get a 360 today.
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#38 LittleJoe

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 01:40 PM

Forgot about this.

I got 70/90 for this and another peice of work, which works out as a very high (two marks away from A) B....

'The state of education today!' etc etc
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#39 AirMax

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:58 AM

N1 its like march of the nerds on here when it comes to grammar.
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#40 Tom_B

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 04:59 PM

N1 its like march of the nerds on here when it comes to grammar.


Too true. Grammar has no place in an English A-Level essay...

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#41 Jam_sponge

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 05:16 PM

A piece of advice for anyone trying to meet word counts- don't.

Write what needs to be written, and end it there. Seriously, most of the work I got top marks for was at least 1/3 under the word limit- you might find some teachers to be anal about word counts but most would rather you just whip up something sharp and concise.

For comparison's sake, here's a decent review.
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#42 Rev

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 06:13 PM

Whilst your link (mostly) manages to get words in the correct order, that is actually a much worse review than the one in the first post. It doesn't tell anyone any of the (numerous) flaws, in fact it mentions very little about the game. In fact, as a buyers guide I'd go as far as saying it is misleading by suggesting the demo was representative of the final game. Even as a completely positive lookback at the title it is too limited in its scope - there are other good things not mentioned, after all.

In short, it isn't a decent review. At all.
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#43 Jam_sponge

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 11:09 AM

In fact, as a buyers guide I'd go as far as saying it is misleading by suggesting the demo was representative of the final game. Even as a completely positive lookback at the title it is too limited in its scope - there are other good things not mentioned, after all.

In short, it isn't a decent review. At all.


It quite clearly states that the demo is a very poor representation of the game... you misread.

Fair play though, it's not actually a review- and you're right, it doesn't cover everything by any means- but that was never the intention.
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#44 Rev

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 03:19 PM

Why did you link it as a "decent review" then?
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#45 Jam_sponge

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:09 PM

Because I briefly forgot that RLLMUK was full of pedantic sharks.

Besides, this was linked in the context of being a useful comparison to someone's English coursework- not their critical eye.

I linked it in as an example of a piece of well composed writing on the same subject, and I think to that end it does the job fairly well.

I used the wrong word. I'm sorry. Happy?
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#46 Timmo

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:17 PM

Ok final draft up now sorry! The paragraphing is a bit wierd as I had to make it look like a proper game review in a magazine format, so its copied and pasted from Photoshop. I've tried to fix it as much as i know how, but its still spazzy in a few places. Sorry.


Dead Rising, Capcom’s long awaited first venture into the next gen market on the xbox 360, is finally with us, having received much publicity and hype since its first showing at the now defunct E3 exhibition back in 2005.

The 360 also received much praise and anticipation when it was first revealed, since then enthusiasm has waned for the Microsoft’s vision of the next gen. A summer drought of quality titles only serves to amplify voices questioning the 360’s robustness, especially with the release of the Wii and the PS3 now not far off. Microsoft will be hoping that their patience with developers will reap a 2nd wave of quality titles to end the summer drought and drown out voices of dissent.


No pressure on Capcom to deliver then.


But unsurprisingly for a company of the stature and reputation of Capcom, they have delivered. Dead rising is an interesting fusion of other Capcom classics such as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil 4. The only striking differences are the surprisingly normal ‘hero’ of the game Frank West, an overly zealous photojournalist and swapping the eerie gothic castles and run down mansions for the relatively friendly, inviting setting of a shopping mall. One of the first not so subtle nods towards George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

Unlike Dawn of the Dead however, the goal isn’t simply to survive the zombie outbreak. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to investigate, strange goings on around the sleepy rural town of Willamette. It soon becomes clear that the town is ground zero of the beginnings of a zombie uprising, as you swoop over the town in a commandeered helicopter, flown by an equally overzealous pilot.

The next 10-15 hours that you should spend completing this title are well spent, slaying zombies in a seemingly unlimited number of ways, saving the many stranded survivors of the Willamette incident and killing the frenzied psychopaths that are peppered around the mall. Or alternatively you could progress through the main story thread. If you like that kind of thing.

Although, the sandbox design does mirror GTA at times, Capcom ventures into this increasingly popular genre in its own trademark style. This is Dead Rising, not Grand theft auto: Willamette, you have 72 game hours (6 real world hours) in the mall until your ride out of Willamette arrives, and takes you and any rescued survivors to safety.

This large amount of freedom the game affords you, mixed with the limited time before the game ‘ends’, is pulled off well keeping you focused and working towards whatever goal you’ve set yourself to achieve. It also gives what is essentially a short game, huge amounts of replayability, extending its life massively.

As the game retains any level you’ve reached on previous attempts, restarting the game due to time constraints is not a problem. Infact at least one restart will be most probably be required if you intend to beat the main story arc on your first go, even if you are cold hearted enough to ignore all those helpless survivors.

The system of being able to restart without necessarily losing progress, along with the GTA style mission tree’s also ensures the game remains fresh and enjoyable even after many hours and restarts.

The controls as you would expect in a Capcom title are slick and smooth, only slightly let down by the clumsy inventory system, which often causes you to gulp down that last precious carton of orange juice when you intended to whip out that mini chainsaw, to carve a path through the undead.


The other nightmare for developers creating a game in 3rd person, the camera, is tamed well and is generally co-operative and smooth, occurrences in which your death can blamed entirely upon a unhelpful camera are rare. Which is a relief considering the number of enemies you encounter on your journeys around the mall.

On the same note, fears arisen over the games difficultly due to the extreme number of zombies and limited amount of weapons to slay them with are unfounded. Zombies are generally passive and unaggressive during daylight hours, however when the sun sets your enemies become more ferocious and agile (although not to the level of the zombies in Zack Snyder’s remake) and quick wits are often required to get out of danger. Especially early in the game when you are weaker. Images released showing a seemingly impregnable wall of zombies to navigate through are thankfully not the case in the game. Whilst the number of zombies milling around can seem slightly overwhelming if you are under armed, or with survivors, it is never impossible or difficult to the point of frustration, and in many cases it is more than possible for Frank to simply sprint, climb or shove his way through the undead hordes, and if one of the undead do grab you in their cold grip it is relatively easy to escape with only a scratch.

However whilst on the point of navigating through the undead, the survivor AI can often be just stupid, willingly charging into groups of zombies,(although perhaps this is a another homage to the general intelligence of humans in survival horror movies?) or getting stuck in ridiculous places. combined with the games unforgiving save system, can often leave you unwilling to backtrack to save an idiot who was clearly too stupid to deserve to live. The ability to arm them with weapons and restore their health with foodstuffs makes this less of a sore point, but it remains a major flaw.

The idea of basing the game in one enclosed area was a risky one, but the vibrancy and variety of the locales inside and around the Mall make it seem as ‘limited’ or enclosed an area to explore as other ‘free roaming’ titles, such as the Grand
Theft Auto and Elder Scrolls series. You could argue that it creates a better illusion of freedom with its map than GTA or Oblivion does, your travelling isn’t ever halted by an invisible wall or a bridge that is conviently out of use. Rather brick walls
and blockaded entrances, decorated with several dozen stumbling zombies, reminds you that you are probably safer in the mall. Only a few times as I was wondering around on the roof of the Mall did I look longingly to the ‘outside’ world and wonder if they could have expanded the game world. The limited time you spend in the mall soon stops any daydreaming though, and reminds you to get back to the story at hand.

However short, but illusion shattering load times, on travelling to different 'areas’ of the mall are quite annoying. You often wonder how hard it would have been for Capcom to implement a GTA (yes im comparing it to that game again) or Halo style long load time at the beginning of the game, followed by short brief load times, which would have helped keep the player immersed in the story, a feature available and used in the last gen, and one that should be expected to be used this gen, especially by a developer as experienced as Capcom.

The story is surprisingly deep, extremely deep for a video game, especially one based on a B movie zombie horror. The game would be thoroughly entertaining with little or no plot, but Capcom, ever generous to the customer, have placed an interesting story, which has stolen its central themes directly from Dawn of the Dead, like the movie criticising American
consumerism, materialism and the powers that be.

It is executed well in its own right though to not feel like too lazy a rip off or an afterthought as is in the case in most games, the story also posses a interesting twist, and is well paced, draws in your interest and keeps it there, encouraging you to continue playing.

By the conclusion of the game you genuinely feel as if you have been taken on a journey, a feeling you often don’t get with videogames. Whose worlds whilst carefully crafted often feel depressingly constant despite all your achievements.

In conclusion, Dead Rising is a brilliant title, the gameplay is fun, killing zombies by ripping their fetid guts from their rotting stomachs as well as literally mowing them down with a lawnmower is laugh out loud funny. The impressive story line threads you along through the game, with it rarely feeling like a chore. The game world and its cast, Imparticular the wide cross section of society the survivors (and psychopaths) represent. Survivors all of whom react differently to the situation the uprising has placed them in, making you feel a little bit of empathy for them, even when they go and kill themselves stupidly. All this is displayed ‘impressively’ although by no means breathtaking graphics, (You’ll have to wait for Gears to blow you away graphically im afraid) serves to make you feel fully immersed in the game, it only rarely suffers from blips that remind you ‘its only a game’

A game however full of little quirks and hidden treasures demanding to be found. Such as the twang the electric guitars make from the music store as you crash them over the head of a unsuspecting zombie amongst many other things. This game oozes quality, whilst it adds nothing new to the action/adventure genre Capcom dominates, rather than juxtapose it in a new interesting setting. The ‘lack’ of originality isn’t a bad thing, when Capcom does it as well as it does with Dead Rising.

This and the occasionally flaky controls and NPC AI, combined with the unforgiving save system, limit it somewhat, but Dead Rising is still a great game, that every 360 owner owe’s it to themselves to play if only until Gears of War and company turn up.

8/10
Joseph Richards


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#47 mayor_mike_haggar

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:42 PM

Timmo how's hat girl.
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#48 revengeofgibbon

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:38 PM

While I wouldn't point myself as a highpoint of anything, let alone grammar, I still feel I should probably link to the Dead Rising review I did for GameStyle. It's here:

http://www.gamestyle...ews.php?id=1067


Wow. Did GameStyle break your formatting, or was that supposed to end up as one absurdly long paragraph?
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#49 Rev

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:18 AM

Wow. Did GameStyle break your formatting, or was that supposed to end up as one absurdly long paragraph?


It was intended as a written representation of the game having some decent ideas but the way in which they are implemented, whilst being innovative in a way, ultimately becomes awkward to the point of hampering the user's experience.

Or the line-breaks got removed in a re-design they did of the site and they were there when I linked to it 4 years ago.

One of the two.
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