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Alone in the Dark

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3.2 out of 5 stars Based on 32 Customer Ratings

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"Stuck again!"
2 stars"

I liked it at the beginning but the more I played the more I came to dislike it. By the end I frankly hated it.

The good: It's survival horror, which is a cool genre. The graphics. The huge Central Park area to wander around and explore. Using items and stuff you find around you to get past obstacles and battle monsters. The pacing. Monsters aren't attacking you constantly thus allowing suspense to build.

The bad: No difficulty settings. One puzzle or obstacle after another after ANOTHER. There always seems to be something you have to figure out how to get past, over, turn off, open or through. It's endless! The annoying way it switches from a third person over the shoulder view, to static camera. The fact that you can't fire your gun from third person and must switch to first person then back again (they should have played Resident Evil 4 and copied that). Annoying and lame car chase sequences. The fact that you can't carry a melee weapon around with you, so when confronted with an enemy you must quickly find something on the ground to fight with. If there doesn't happen to be anything… well then you're stuffed. You can't save/load where you want. When you die or load you're back at the start of the area (and sometimes it's WAY back) where it autosaved. So you end up having to do the same things over and over and over. Practically nonexistent plot.

I just couldn't finish this game. I got close to the end but I ran out of anything to fight with and monsters were just killing me all the time. So I skipped ahead a bit, then realised I just couldn't be bothered. I was so sick of it by then.

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent Graphics!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This game is so very realistic, you can blink you can open draws you can swing around bodies, light chairs on fire. Basically anything you can think of you can do in this game, that is the sort of style that i really enjoy this game has fantastic graphics and a decent story line definitely a must buy for any real gamers :P

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"*pfffft"
1 stars"

Fire physics are cool, but unless you like “Alan wake-esk” boring as expletive, quick-load button breaking, monotony, don't bother

"Slow to start but worth the play"
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The game is portrayed as though you are watching a T.V show and is done in episode. Every time you either start from another point or continue from where you left off you are shown a catch up of previously what has happened in the game. Personally I think it is a cool little gimmick, though can get a bit monotonous after a while. You start off not having a clue what is happening and slowly start to get your bearings over the first two episodes. If you get past those episodes I think it is a good game well worth playing. Good points: Easy achievements, inventive game play, great puzzles and annoyingly addictive. Bad points: No real re-playability (once you have completed it you have no real incentive to play again), cannot skip cut scenes (they can become annoying when you die a lot and are forced to re-watch over and over again), and is too easy most of the time. Overall I would recommend as a rental or a cheep buy for the collection, but well worth playing at least once.

"Magnificent!!!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Alone in the dark that I had hired for PS2 a while ago but when upgraded to the Xbox 360 was a game I definitely wanted to invest in. I bought the game expecting so much and this game delivered! It was changed from the PS2 version I had played in terms of both graphics and slight changes to the story. It brings a new realism from the usual RPG (even though monsters taking over grand central park isn't realistic) the gameplay was. Having to individually pick each scar, spray with disinfectant, wrap and then have tended to by a professional later was personally one of my favourite aspects of the realistic gameplay Alone in the Dark provides. All-in-all a great investment and one I shall enjoy for a long time. Cheers Mighty Ape :D

"GREAT GAME!! " Purchased on Mighty Ape

Awesome game, I recomened it to anyone. Great graphic's, it's interacti­ve....... Overall a a great game.

Description

Central Park is hiding a secret. Built as a safe haven not only for the people of New York, but for something else entirely, generations of guardians have long protected the truth, preserving the vast parkland while the most expensive city in the world reached skyward on its fringes. Now the truth can no longer be contained, and paranormal investigator Edward Carnby finds himself inexplicably cast into the eye of the storm as over the course of one apocalyptic night he must uncover the earth-shattering secret behind Central Park. New York will never be the same again.

Inspired by the gripping style of contemporary TV dramas, the game delivers a new degree of narrative intensity, presented as a complete season format of episodes each containing action, twists and cliff-hangers. Bursting with innovative technology, including unprecedented environmental interaction, revolutionary physics, advanced artificial intelligence, stunning visuals, and uniquely immersive user interface, Alone in the Dark breaks gaming clichés to fulfil the next-gen promise and deliver a new kind of entertainment experience.

Features:
  • Central Park: one of the world’s most iconic and best loved urban landmarks, Central Park has been accurately reproduced using satellite data and thousands of photographs;
  • Captivating story: The story reveals the conspiracy behind Central Park and challenges beliefs on the afterlife, based on ideas and theories drawn from real-world spiritual philosophies;
  • Narrative Intensity: taking cues from blockbuster TV dramas, the story is told in a TV season-style narrative structure to deliver the maximum intensity throughout, keeping the player hooked;
  • Real world rules: revolutionary technology brings a new level of environmental interaction to the gameplay where anything you could do in real life, you can do in the game;
  • Immersion: the player is plunged into the heart of the action in real-time with full movement control, in-game inventory system, on-body damage and healing system, and physiological effects;
  • Photographic Rendering: Eden’s proprietary Twilight technology and rendering engine create a lavishly detailed game world with highly realistic and advanced cinematographic effects including depth of field, camera focus, numerous light sources, moisture, reflections and High Dynamic Range effects.
Release date NZ
June 27th, 2008
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UPC
3546430124314
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1543532

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