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#1 Edited by Icemael (6810 posts) -

Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Le Fanu's Carmilla, Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees and Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World are great and more or less fit all of your criteria.

I'm also going to recommend some stuff that fits most of your requirements:

Calvino's Cosmicomics and Borges' Ficciones are excellent and wonderfully imaginative. They don't really fit your criterion of not being "too abstract or too philosophical," but they're short story collections so you only have to digest like a dozen pages at a time (often less).

The Count of Monte Cristo is a fairly straightforward and very enjoyable adventure story. However, it's 1300 pages long (if you get the unabridged version, which you should). But it's very engaging -- I got so absorbed I read the last 500 pages in one go.

Sabatini's Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk are also very enjoyable adventure stories -- real page-turners -- and they fit your length requirement. However, you'll probably have to look up a fair number of words while reading (but it's totally worth it).

The Iliad is about 600 pages long, but few books are as engaging and action-packed (aside from a long list of ships in the second chapter which you would do well to just skim over). I would recommend the Lattimore translation. Fagles' translation is easier to read but that ease comes at the cost of beauty.

Ovid's Metamorphoses is about 500 pages long, but it's essentially a long sequence of short stories (mostly Greek myths with some Roman ones towards the end). And the stories are amazing. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful this book is. It stands alongside the Iliad as hands down my favourite work of fiction. I read the Mandelbaum translation, but I've also heard great things about the translation by Melville (and I've read Melville's Thebaid translation, which was excellent, so I don't doubt that his Metamorphoses is good too).

#2 Edited by Icemael (6810 posts) -

I can't recommend it, but I can't recommend against it either. It's not a bad game. Aesthetically and atmospherically it's great, apart from feeling a bit disjointed. But the combat is designed in a way that betrays a complete misunderstanding of why Resident Evil 4's system and enemy design (which is what it uses as its foundation) worked so well. Several cool things from RE4 are absent (contextual melee attacks, Plagas etc.) and while played mobility has been improved (but is still limited -- there are no dodge rolls, for instance) the enemies haven't received any comparable upgrade, which means they're not that much fun to fight because it's so easy to outmaneuver them. You don't have to worry about getting cornered, you don't have to worry about getting surrounded, you don't have to pay attention to the environment -- or more accurately, you do have to worry about all of these things, but far less than in Resident Evil 4, and the game is much less interesting as a consequence. The story isn't very interesting either.

Again, it's not a bad game. I played through the whole thing and enjoyed it. If you can get it for cheap and don't have anything else that you're genuinely excited to play, it's not not worth getting. But it's the worst game Mikami has directed in over a decade.

#3 Posted by Icemael (6810 posts) -

The ghosts of little girls.

As someone who's terrified of bugs in real life, I feel like they should take the top spot, but I've never seen them done well. I get the impression that no one who's ever worked on a horror film about insects or spiders has actually had entomophobia or arachnophobia.

#5 Edited by Icemael (6810 posts) -

Cool if it turns out to be a quality port.

What would be even cooler, though, is if they returned to making something other than smartphone trash and ports of old games. But I heard that many of their shoot 'em up designers left back when they got out of the arcade and console markets, so I guess that's never going to happen.

#6 Posted by Icemael (6810 posts) -

@yummylee: It's not a difficult game to beat, but most people are absolutely "playing it wrong." Just look at @oldirtybearon. "It's like Gears shooting but it doesn't feel half as good as Gears of War." The game is nothing like Gears of War. This is on the same level as describing WipEout as "It's like Burnout but doesn't feel as good." It's true, you can play WipEout like Burnout, or Resident Evil 6 and Vanquish like Gears of War, or Guilty Gear like Street Fighter or whatever. You can also finish Dodonpachi and Metal Slug by credit feeding. If that's what you want to do, who's going to stop you? But your opinion on these games will be worthless.

#7 Posted by Icemael (6810 posts) -

The game was good to begin with (it's the best Resident Evil since 4 and several orders of magnitude above trash like Revelations). The question is if you have gotten any better.

#8 Posted by Icemael (6810 posts) -

I am all for it if the game yields more videos like this:

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#10 Posted by Icemael (6810 posts) -

Alien: Isolation. The only video game experience I can remember having a comparable impact on me is playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the first time when I was a kid. But I'm not six years old anymore and we're way past the 16-bit era, so I don't think I'd be nearly as impressed playing A Link to the Past for the first time today. Isolation, on the other hand...