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Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
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Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Some beautifully designed graphics and the game has something different to offer!
Disadvantages: Its not Resident Evil and its not Silent Hill!
== ALONE IN THE DARK ==
Alone In The Dark is a game series in which has always intrigued me and upon hearing of a fifth game in the series coming for numerous systems such as PS2, PS3, PC, Wii, Xbox 360 and a few others I was actually really looking forward to it. The game was released back in 2008 for just about everything and I got mine with my third Xbox 360 console. The game was developed by Eden Games and it was also published by Atari. Alone In The Dark is a third person survival horror video game. The story to the game is really good. Its an intense story that unfolds in thrilling episodes with action, plot twists and cliff-hangers. The game is also a bit like a TV show because every time you turn on the game and go on continue, the game does the 'previously on Alone In The Dark' and shows a video of what happened when you last played it. This works fantastically well and helps keep you up to date with the story.
=== STORY ===
You take the role as Edward Carnby who is an investigator but not any kind of investigator because hes a paranormal investigator. At the start of the game Edward is being taken to the roof to be killed by a member of the mysterious group that had kidnapped him. Suddenly the guard that is escorting Edward is killed by a mysterious supernatural force in which Edward escapes. Edward has amnesia and cannot remember why hes there or why this group was about to kill him. As Edward looks for a way out he witnesses numerous people being taken over by a demonic force. Edward meets and befriends a girl named Sarah and they both escape via the underground parking garage. Edward and Sarah meet Theodore who claims to know exactly what is happening. He explains that its a mysterious stone in which Edward himself had but it was taken by a man named Crowley who released its power. Edward and Sarah escape the building to find that the whole city has been overrun by this demonic force and now the pair must find the answers they desire and Edward must find a way to stop what is happening and he must also stop Crowley.
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Alone In The Dark is different to all survival horror games because the game offers slightly more but probably cant compete with the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill. In Alone In The Dark you do many things that include many ways to kill your demonic enemies, driving vehicles at high speeds to escape monsters or utter destruction that is coming behind you, walk ledges and climb buildings, combine items to cause chaos and there are a few other bits you can do in the game that other survival horror games don't have. The game is shot from a third person perspective camera view and to be fair it works really well because that's how most survival games are done nowadays.
You can only play as Edward which could be seen as a bit disappointing because he looks a little boring. However he can do many things which include driving cars. The second episode is fantastic because it involves you driving around New York City whilst being hunted down by a massive demon which causes buildings to collapse and roads to crack straight in half. One of the best things about the game is when Edward gets injured he actually bleeds and can actually get seriously injured. If this happens then your on a time limit to bandage yourself up and use a first aid spray. A lot of bandages and first aid sprays can be found throughout the game. You don't even need to use bandages just to heal yourself because you can mix them with a bottle and liquid to make a Molotov Cocktail to throw and burn your foes.
Along with mixing items to make Molotov's you can also use a first aid spray with your lighter to make a flammable weapon that is very harmful to your enemies. Most of the enemies in the game have to be burned. You can use guns, axes or other weapons to hurt them and knock them down but you have to burn their bodies after. You can drag them over a burning fire which instantly destroys them. There are a lot of different combinations you can do to make different weapons and some of them are fantastic but also common sense. You can even make bombs and flame rounds for your gun. The demons in the game are normal people but with seriously disfigured faces and extremely deep voices.
The action is really good to the game and sometimes you have to run from your enemies because of numerous reasons. One being the fact there just isn't enough items in the game to literally kill everything and if your surrounded its always best to run because you can end up dead in seconds. I really like the way the injuries work on the game and to be fair not many games do things like that and have injuries that need attention. The game also has a few puzzles that need solving but to be honest they're not even a challenge. The most challenging part is the enemies and it does get annoying with the fact you have to kill them by burning them. You go to many places in the game which also includes Central Park and it looks really good except it looks like its been slightly destroyed. You also go to many other places around New York. Overall Alone In The Dark is a fairly decent survival horror game in terms of gameplay.
=== GRAPHICS ===
Alone In The Dark is really well detailed. Its set in New York City and most of the places from the game look how they do in real life until destruction happens. Most of the characters look good but I have to say I am slightly disappointed with Edward the main character because he looks rushed and very boring but his facial expressions are actually not too shabby. The first two episodes in the game are fantastically designed. One of the best first 2 levels I have ever seen. The first is Edward climbing up a tall building whilst it falls to pieces and it just looks phenomenal. The second episode involves Edward driving down the streets of New York being chased by utter destruction and you've basically got to drive fast with no hesitation. Both these episodes give better graphical effects than other levels and they certainly stand out the most. Overall the graphics are fairly impressive.
=== SOUND EFFECTS ===
Alone In The Dark also features some quality sound effects at times and do make the game slightly more enjoyable. The music to the game definitely livens up the game with the way it changes and comes into play. All the characters are voiced and sound reasonably well. The sound of New York being total destroyed with buildings falling down and roads collapsing isn't too bad but could be slightly improved. The best thing are the demons because they sound and make the game better. Overall the sound effects aren't too bad but they just lack that cutting edge overall.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
The games difficulty varies depending on what difficulty you pick at the start of the game. The hardest part of the game are the demons and the lack of healing items and bullets. For some reason every time I play the game there just isn't enough items. Also the bosses can be quite tricky because it usually involves doing certain things to defeat them. The controls to the game are also a little tricky because after not playing the game for a while and finally going back to it I had actually forgotten half of them where as most games its actually easy to remember them. Overall I would say the difficulty to the game is average at most.
The length of the game is an interesting one because I would say to go from start to finish your looking at about only 8 hours which seems very short. However the game must be replayed for secret bits and achievements on a different difficulty setting. Each episode is roughly the same in length and each one lasts a decent amount of time. The games length isn't the best but its far from the worst. Overall its a bit of a mix for both of these aspects.
=== ACHIEVEMENTS ===
There are a total of 49 achievements in the game which come to a total of 1000g and to be honest that is actually really good and the achievements are fairly mixed in variety. There are your usual standard achievements that you get for finishing episodes. Other achievements include killing so many different foes and also some include creating new weapons. The achievements are pretty good in my opinion and definitely add a mix overall.
=== PROS ===
*The story is fantastic and a very intense one.
*A lot of variety in the gameplay to the game.
*Some beautiful graphics are on display in the game.
*Realistic injuries happen and must be dealt with before its to late.
*The driving gameplay is actually really good.
=== CONS ===
*The game can get really boring at times.
*Lack of items scattered throughout the game.
*No multiplayer mode or any other mode to be honest.
*The controls to the game are disappointing.
*Its not Resident Evil or Silent Hill.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Alone In The Dark is an okay game but the fact its a survival horror game would never help its cause because of the 2 famous survival horror games in Resident Evil and Silent Hill. It does have different bits but it was never going to be in their league. However Alone In The Dark is really cheap but its not an entirely bad game and could be an option if you cant afford games such as Resident Evil or Silent Hill.
I would probably just recommend the game because of the added material and the brilliant idea of proper injuries. I do think this works well and definitely inspires the game a little. If your a fan of the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games and play them regularly then this is probably a bad option because its not as good. However if you like survival horror games and do fancy something different then I would recommend Alone In The Dark for its intense story.
One of the best things about the game right now is the fantastic price its going for. I obviously got mine with the Xbox but I have seen the game selling in multiple shops for as little as £2.99 which in my experience any game is worth that amount especially in years to come when the value rises. The game has an age rating of 15+ because it contains strong violence, blood and bad language throughout. The game manual is okay but nothing special but it does list enough information and help.
Overall Alone In The Dark is an okay game but will never compete with the top games. I would give the game a 6/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!
Summary: A survival horror game that offers variety and something new!