Product Type: Atari Xbox 360 games
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Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
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Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Innovative weapons, Stunning visuals.
Disadvantages: Awkward controls, little replay value.
Alone in the Dark is the 5th installment on the series for the Xbox 360. Originally it was set to be released along the 2005 film but was delayed because to be reworked from the ground up. Thank god because the movie really sucked and that would have given the game a bad reputation. Alone in the Dark may not be what it seems, but it sure as hell keeps you entertained until the end.
You are Edward Carnby (who looks alot like Tommy from the Video Game Prey) looking for answers to strange supernatural and bizzare occurrences while fighting his way through New York city against demons and the city falling apart. Too bad there isn't a Radioshack in the game otherwise he could have stopped by and gotten his questions answered. As the game progresses Edward finds out who he is and what happened to him in the past.
The game is set up as a TV show where you play through episodes. When you start the game where you left off you go through a sequence of clips that explain what has happened so far and drops you off where you left off. Each sequence changes as you find out more about Edward throughout the game. There are a total of 8 Episodes in the game and it is set up that you can go back at any time during the game to any part of the episode you wish to replay or skip an episode if you find that a certain part of the game is too hard for you. Skipping it however will not get you the achievement points that are given at the end of every episode until you go back a beat the segment that you skipped.
Alone in the dark has a camera style similar to that of Resident Evil which changes depending on what part of the level you are on. You can also switch to first person with the press of a button. While in FPS mode it gives the player a better view on where they are shooting, however when attacked by multiple enemies it is very hard to know where they are attacking you from. The game is open environment which means anything can come at anytime from anywhere. While playing you must plan out what and how you will defeat your enemies. Most demoms that attack you will require that you use fire to kill them otherwise they will be coming back to life time after time again. One sure way to kill them is mixing bullets with gasoline and making fire bullets.
Weapon combination can be the difference between life and death. There are many weapons combinations all of which must require that you use at least more than once. You can combine weapons to create a Molotov cocktail, a sticky bomb, fire bullets, etc. You can also pick up weapons from the ground like a Fire Extinguisher (which you will have to use alot during the game) Gas Tank, 2X4, metal pipes, etc. Blowing up your enemies is a lot of fun and sometimes because you are losing the battle you will not think twice about what you should do. Throwing something highly flammable like a first aid spray or a bottle or rum can kill many enemies and level bosses however when they are so close to you and you are cornered you have to use them at close range which will blow you apart and kill you if you are low on health or wounded. Healing yourself is very easy of course it requires a first aid spray. However when you have an open wound you need to find medical tape which if you don't have with you at the time you will need to find it within 7 Mins or die of blood loss. Your inventory is limited to what you can carry. Most of the time you will need to sacrifice something in order to carry another thing. One item that is a must is the first aid spray. It will heal you and you can also use it as a flamethrower and a grenade assuming that you shoot it before it hits the ground.
Solving puzzles are interesting yet very easy at the same time. However that doesn't mean you can beat the game with your eyes closed. What is really challenging is the enemies on the game and Eden game must have known that players were constantly going to keep dying so they implemented a checkpoint system every few minutes. While solving the puzzles may be somewhat easy the controls makes it more challenging than it needs to be.
The control layout is probably one of the strangest layouts I have ever seen in a game and will require that you get used to them. While on FPS mode you will constantly need to blink otherwise your vision will get blurry and you will not be able to see even if your life depends on it. This is very distracting however it does add to the real life effect; however gamers don't play games for the real life experience. We play to get away from real life.
When in FPS mode the controls switch to a familiar layout which is easier to control. The game is hard to control however it is not impossible. When you play the game for so long you will get used to the control layout that everything will come natural afterwards.
From time to time you will be required to drive a vehicle through New York City. While the chase scenes are great the car handling could be way better. Your character will die many and I mean many times before you realize that you can skip this part of the game or beat this segment and move on with your achievement points.
Visually the game looks amazing; from Humans and Demons to the environment around you. While the game may not be as scary as anyone hopes it to be it is both entertaining and interesting. Throughout the game I did find a few bugs. The major bug that I found is at the time was at the beginning of the game when you first step outside of the building into New York City and all you see is just a blank screen. Thinking that it was part of the game or maybe a movie was about to begin until everything just started falling into place. Yes falling into place like a tetris game.
The Games soundtrack and sound effects are phenomenal. The developers didn't use a real orchestra for the game's soundtrack; instead they did everything with electronic instruments and added a few voice covers which matches with the games feel. The voice over however could have been better. Sometimes the characters would engage in a conversation and would say cheesy dialog that just wasn't believable. All the actions performed by the characters don't get you into the characters. You get into the action but not the characters. There are a few tender moments in the game that would have you asking yourself; "how did they to that point?" Just like the voice over some sequences in the game are just not believable.
Alone in the dark is an interesting game that is worth checking out. However because there is little replay value it is not a game you may want to hold on for too long. There's nothing to unlock and no online multiplayer. There are rumors going around that there might be some DLC but all those rumors lead to a dead end. It is unknown whether or not Atari will release or is currently working on new episodes for the game however because the ending wasn't what one was expecting it will definitely be interesting to see if any what Atari might offer for the game.
Summary: Probably rent this, or expect to trade it in because of it's little replay value.