All alone in the dark.

#1 Posted by Randolph (381 posts) -

So I bought this game, Alone in the Dark, going on my gut. The same gut that bought Dino Crisis 3. It did not redeem itself. Ok first, the graphics are pretty ok in a few places, but on the whole, this looks like a first gen Xbox 360 game, especially with how bad the characters look. (Think Condemned: Criminal Origins, and give all the characters PSone era animations) Enemies also look pretty terrible, and the injury/healing system is pretty atrocious on the eyes. Carnby can be cut, and even bleed out if injured too bad. But you can heal his wounds before they reach that level of bad, but the wounds, whether open or healed up and scarring, look like really silly flesh colored patches on his clothes.

So, those pretty graphics you may have been drooling over recently? They are a terrible lie. The gameplay is the real stinker though. The controls are just barely a smidge better than classic RE tank controls for accuracy, and shooting takes you into a poor looking first person perspective. (I get so sick of first person views that make me feel like a floating camera with a gun attached) Which feels awful loose. The melee combat is also weak as hell, with swings being controlled by the right stick. It feels weak, and lacks any kind of impact, and humanoid enemies must always be finished off with fire.

The whole idea being passed off of having so many McGuyver esque solutions to a problem is also a lie, you actually pretty much do the same few things over and over. It has flashes of potential, and you may be willing to look past the gimped controls and failure to deliver on any of the pre-release hype, but then you'll go into the driving sequences, which seem to have been made to look cool, with actually being playable being a distant after thought. The cars control poorly, and get stuck on random elements, leading to many frustrating deaths. The game also suffers from an assortment of glitching, with Carnby passing clean through objects, and sometimes his car falling through the middle of a solid road into an invisible pit.

Which makes you wonder what, exactly, they actually did during the years of delays this game had. Making a good Alone in the Dark game is possible, but Eden games and Atari have seriously fucked up the remaining reputation for this series with this unfinished, buggy, disasterbacle. Likely also screwed over any chance of a better team being willing to pick this series up from them and give it a go, at least this gen. Gotta wait a few years for people to forget this one. Too bad.

Gotta wait on Siren Episodes for my survival horror fix, I guess.

#2 Edited by pbhawks45 (819 posts) -

I loved the game myself. Granted, there were some major flaws, but I think a lot of what they did was really cool. The fire effects were amazing.

Plus, the idea of skipping scenes was kinda cool, and some driving sequences were intense, especially the first one.

#3 Posted by banksrob (1140 posts) -

i loved the game too, so does my 930GS on it :P

#4 Posted by BlackWaterCO (1684 posts) -

Don't think its good, but I only played 15 mins of it

#5 Posted by xplodedd (1379 posts) -
#6 Posted by BlackCurtain (62 posts) -

This game is awful. I bought it on my gut as well. I'm not doing that again, I'll tell you that much. 1000GS though :P

#7 Posted by DazbotAthertron (1014 posts) -
banksrob said:
"i loved the game too, so does my 930GS on it :P
The other 70GS hated it.

"This game is awful. I bought it on my gut as well. I'm not doing that again, I'll tell you that much. 1000GS though :P
How did you play it for that long?
#8 Posted by banksrob (1140 posts) -

nah i just cba to drive through a level which took me hours inside the car view or collect all roots, mabye in the future i will

#9 Edited by Randolph (381 posts) -
xplodedd said:
"you know yahtzee? look at this: Yahtzee Reviews AID
"Glimpses of brilliance buried in clipping issues and spunk."

Brilliant, I love Yahtzee.  He's just so good at hitting it on the head.  Oh sweet Gord, that injury/scarring system, how the hell did that make it through play testing?  Did they even bother play testing this?
#10 Posted by banksrob (1140 posts) -

lol funny review

#11 Posted by Nit3mare (29 posts) -

Never tried it, never will. From all of the atrocious reception, I wouldn't even give this one a rent. Sucks, I was actually looking forward to it too.

#12 Posted by Wolverine (4580 posts) -

Yeah the guys on 1up yours were saying it was not very good and that it was trying to be to many things at once.

#13 Posted by BlindEffekt (920 posts) -

The whole combining things from your pocket seemed to be the focus, rather then actually making a horror game.

#14 Posted by unclejohnny79 (689 posts) -

I look forward to renting it

#15 Posted by MsCortana (445 posts) -

I still want to purchase this game, even though some of the reviews haven't been to kind.  I believe I will wait for a price drop and then try it out for myself. 

#16 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (2916 posts) -

Christ, about 2 weeks back I walked all the way up to the counter almost with the PC version in-hand, before I just set it down at the candy and went on without it. Someone out there is looking over me.

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