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Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
Member Name: rashedon89
Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Graphics, Story and especially puzzles are great
Disadvantages: Controls will annoy you and leave you feeling useless against your foes
Alone in the Dark is admittedly a creepy game. Your character wakes up, face-throbbing with no clue who he is or why he is being used as a punching bag. Next his captors are killed in what appears to be an excruciating manmer, seeing as we can only hear their screams, and well, the whole city is under attack from ... something? The unknown is what compels the player to continue with the game, mysterious clues from other characters hint at the protagonists destiny but he unfortunately has no clue.
The game much like a good horror movie has its moments where it will make you jump. You can search an area, find no enemies and then as you hop into your car a maggot-festering body drops down on your windscreen. The locations throughout the game are, well to be accurate, dark. The city is in ruins, burning cars everwhere, gruesome zombies running around and combined with games orchestra it can build up alot of tension, especially in the more chlostrophobic areas.
The zombies themselves are fairly frightening, not on par with the unnerving stares of the villagers from Resident Evil 4 but they still have their charm.
Alone in the dark has many original concepts, however these are not always so useful. I was delighted at the healing system, which allows you to take a look at the parts of your body that are injured and simply spray or bandage yourself up. However healing takes place in real time and so in battle with a couple of zombies you need to create a fair bit of distance before you have the opportunity to heal yourself. Like resident evil, you have the chance to combine simple items, even your own first aid spray with a bit of ducktape can become a highly flammable projectile weapon.
The game is certainly recommended to people who like games that require them to think as there are plenty of tricky puzzles which actually require us to use our brains rather then just hack and slash our way through levels.
Speaking of hack and slash thats probably the one thing Alone in the Dark lacks and it counts for a lot! The fighting system isnt particularly great. Using just your analog stick you can swing around a shovel in a few different directions, but rather annoyingly everything has to be on fire before you can kill your enemy and trying to set items on fire can be frustrating at times. Of course you have your explosive aresenal of projectile weapons but there is a need to conserve these and even their use requires a little too much precision for the average gamer. As a gamer it feels as though your character is pretty useless even bullets to the head don't put these zombies to rest and it leaves you wondeing how the hell are you supposed to save the city. At times one just wants to skip past the zombies so they can get on with the story!
Visually the game is good, cut-scene graphics are enjoyable to watch and the in-game graphics are pretty clear. Despite the darkness of levels its not stupidly impossible to see anything, one of the flaws of the game Dark Sector.
Summary: A game with a compelling story and a lot of original features