The buzzing life of bars, warm evenings by the Manzanares river, the subterranean terrors of the Metro, icy winters and hot, empty summers, student days in the sixties, the ruthless underworld of the city's mafia - this captivating anthology reflects the character of Madrid and the lives of the madrilenos, as its inhabitants are called, in all their splendid variety. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, some serious, and as you read you'll travel throughthe city. The famous streets and monuments of Madrid - Cibeles, Calle de Alcalá, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace - as well as the poor, working-class barrios unfrequented by sightseers will pass before your eyes like a moving picture. Some stories, like the Galdós story and Carmen Martín Gaite's 'A clearconscience' depict a journey across Madrid, while in Javier Marías' sinister tale, 'Fallen from fortune', a couple are unaware that their guide to all the usual tourist highlights is leading them to their death. In 'Through the wall' and 'Personality disorders', the characters barely leave their apartments, and the city lurks outside the windows. A rich assortment of characters - adolescent boys obsessed with sex, maids up from the country, provincial girls who slide into prostitution, asmall boy excited at the prospect of going downtown with his grandfather, vain, self-absorbed thirty-somethings with too much money, immigrant families far from home, mafia types, diligent office-workers struggling to bring up a family - come alive in the tales.Few of these stories have previously been translated into English. Some names, such as Benito Pérez Galdós, Javier Marías, Juan José Millás, and Carmen Martín Gaite, will be more familiar than others but all deserve to be better known.There is a map at the back of the book to indicate the places mentioned in the stories and photographs complement and accompany each story. The reader will also find there biographical notes on the authors and suggestions for further reading.
ABOUT THIS GAMEFrom a team including former designers of HITMAN and PAYDAY comes Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, a tactical game that combines the turn-based combat of XCOM with real-time stealth and exploration of a post-human world reclaimed by nature… and Mutants. Of course the world ends. It was just a question of time. Extreme climate change, global economic crisis, a lethal pandemic, and increasing tension between old and new superpowers. For the first time since 1945 nuclear weapons were used in armed conflict. Mushroom clouds rose from east to west before the dust settled. Now it’s over and the Earth is still. Nature has invaded ruined cities. Wind sweeps through empty streets, turned into graveyards. The humans are all gone. Scavenging through the remains of civilization are the Mutants, deformed humanoids and animals alike, searching for salvation or just something to eat. To survive, you and your companions must venture out to explore the Zone. Maybe one day you will find the Eden of legends, the ancients’ haven in the middle of hell. That’s where truth awaits, the stories say. Maybe you will find your answers there. Then again, maybe it’s all bullshit. TACTICAL COMBATMutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is the ultimate fix for your tactical strategy addiction. Dive into a deep, turn-based, tactical combat system inspired by the XCOM games. EXPLORE A POST-HUMAN EARTHJourney through a post-human world of abandoned cities, crumbling highways, and overgrown countryside. Check back at the Ark, a neon-bathed oasis of ill repute and questionable characters, to restock your supplies and plan out your next adventure. CONTROL A TEAM OF MUTANTSA duck with an attitude problem and a boar with anger issues; these aren’t your typical heroes. Get to know Dux, Bormin, Selma, and many other characters each with their own unique personality and deranged perspective on the world and their situation. MASTER THE STEALTHY APPROACHSneak through shadows to avoid conflict or to catch enemies unaware. Real-time stealth allows you full control of approach: sneak into an enemy camp, position the team of Mutants to your advantage, and gain the element of surprise. UNLOCK MUTATIONSUnlock new mutations and abilities for your Mutants, such as Selma’s grasping vines, Bormin’s Charge, and Dux‘ uncanny ability to sneak into a camp full of enemies unnoticed, despite being a 4-foot tall walking, talking duck with a crossbow. DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTUse the environment to your advantage. Stay out of floodlights, hide from line of sight, or just blast down fully destructible walls and buildings and wreak utter havoc. LOOT, LOOT EVERYWHEREFrom makeshift slingshots to high-powered rifles and top hats to police vests, make sure you equip your Mutants for the dangers ahead. Nothing says post-human quite like a mutated boar in spiked metal armor charging at you with a blunderbuss in his hands. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM:Requires a 64-bit processor and operating systemOS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 BitProcessor: Intel Core i5-760 / AMD Phenom II X4 965Memory: 6 GB RAMGraphics: NVidia GTX 580 / AMD Radeon HD 7870DirectX: Version 11Storage: 8 GB available spaceRECOMMENDED:Requires a 64-bit processor and operating systemOS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 BitProcessor: Intel Core i7-6700K/ AMD Ryzen 5 1600XMemory: 8 GB RAMGraphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480DirectX: Version 11Storage: 8 GB available space
ABOUT THIS GAMEDESCRIPTION:Underhero is a 2D side-scroller RPG adventure game with timing-based combat. It tells an intriguing and mysterious story, full of silly characters brimming with personality, quirky dialogue, and lots of weird humor.STORY:Inspired by Paper Mario games and RPGs in general, it tells the story of a world where the chosen hero has failed and an underling of the main villain takes his place as the new “hero”. Join Elizabeth IV and a little Masked kid in a journey across the Chestnut Kingdom to once again, defeat the evil Mr. Stitches! Meet friends, foes and other weird characters in the mysterious world of Underhero....Wait, once again!? FEATURES:A sidescrolling RPG adventure full of beautiful pixel art and cartoony aesthetics.Turn-based combat with a twist: there are no turns! Use your reflexes to evade, and your timing to attack or parry! We call it timing-based combat.Level ups let you choose between three options! HP, attack and stamina! Choose wisely...Enemies consider you their ally, so talk to them in-battles!Critical hits occur when you hit an enemy with the beat of the music, not randomly! Groovy~ You want to escape a tough battle? Bribe your enemies!A wonderful original soundtrack composed by Stijn van Wakeren.Explorable worlds sprinkled with many hidden secrets.Mini games!Puzzle elements.Some good old platforming.Fun and intense boss battles!A satire of RPG tropes.A story shrouded in mystery, with many twists and turns…SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM:OS: Windows 7Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD Quad-Core Processor A6Memory: 4 GB RAMGraphics: 512MB VRAM, EVGA GeForce 210 DDR3, ASUS AMD HD 5450, Intel HD Graphics 2000DirectX: Version 11Storage: 2 GB available spaceSound Card: DirectX Compatible