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Big Download Review: American McGee's Grimm: Little Red Riding Hood

Review by David Craddock:

"If you're a twenty- or thirty-something byproduct of the 1980s or late 70s, you probably grew up with the Disney versions of most popular fairy tales. Some, like Snow White, were significantly dark at points -- I couldn't sleep for a week after watching the wicked Queen-turned-pimply-witch topple over the cliff during the thunderstorm -- but were still kid-friendly compared to the much darker Brothers Grimm edition.

Take poor Cinderella for example. The cruel stepsisters aren't merely slighted by the Grimm brothers as they are in the Disney version, but have their eyes pecked out. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the sisters also cut off part of their feet in order to make the glass slipper fit properly? Nope, I don't remember that part being in Disney's kiddy classic.

Regardless of feet dismemberment and eye gouging, some of the Brothers' fairytales still aren't dark enough for Grimm, the titular protagonist of American McGee's Grimm. Squat and rancid, Grimm tackles one fairy tale per episode of American's newest video game endeavor with the intention of dispensing proper morals and justice among soft-hearted characters. And he's just plain mean.

This week's episode, which is free for 24 hours, sees Grimm trudging over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house in hot pursuit of Little Red Riding Hood."

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