Excerpt: Alone in the Dark is one of the most influential games of the DOS era. How does it hold up today for the first-time player? I was very interested in playing this famous older title, which is so frequently referred to in writing about our beloved adventure genre. After playing it, I can say that I was not disappointed.
Excerpt: I remember being stoked to get this game because the original Alone in the Dark was so singularly awesome (it still is today despite looking like shit), and its first sequel, Alone in the Dark 2 was so... special. I think I loved Alone in the Dark 3 as well, and I believed it to be on par with its great forerunners, because, as Hemingway put it, it was pretty to think so.
Conclusion: Overall this is another terrific XBLA update of a classic from yesteryear. Anyone with a fond memory of Space Invaders or a love for shooters should definitely pick this up at its 800 MSP ($10) price tag. However, if you already own a previous version of Extreme , be aware that there is little in the way of new content other than the revamped graphics.
Excerpt: Notorious serial bomber Baron von Blitzkrieg is astir once more, perched against an entirely gray background atop a solid olive green wall, awaiting his cue to strike. Still adorned in the black-and-white striped jailbird outfit he broke out of the big house in – the ensemble accessorized by the black mask with cutout eyeholes stretched across the width of his face – the criminal mastermind holds his soon to be unleashed explosive in the palms of his hands, a scowl...
Conclusion: The guns are actually accurate and effective, but the supply of ammo is limited. You can take swipes at the monsters with various sticks and pipes, but there is some latency in the controls that cause the character to delay the command up to a second or two, and that can cost you some serious health if the creature gets to you first. Invisible walls are common, forcing you through a linear path like a rat in a science experiment.
Excerpt: The original Alone in the Dark was a genre-defining, technical marvel, with cinematic cameras, a haunting story, and, unbelievably, these things called polygons that would later become all the rage. A mishmash of action and adventure, the prototype for survival horror was forgiven for its stiff controls, sometimes illogical puzzles and cheap deaths.
Summary: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (545.8KB) Alone in the Dark is a collection of excellent ideas, none of them quite polished to completion and all put together in a relatively ho-hum story resulting in a rough-edged title that can sometimes be a lot of fun to play and sometimes drive you mad. This is a action survival game that take place in New York, more specifically Central Park.
Excerpt: I've never played a game that has thrown me in more directions than Alone in the Dark. At times Eden's ambitious survival horror game touches on brilliance, dazzles with blockbuster spectacles and revels in originality. Its problem is that these moments make up a small portion of the game - a game which suffers from almost every longstanding gaming irritant and problem I've written about a thousand times over.
Conclusion: If we haven't already overwhelmed you enough, there's actually more that could be said, but this is an appropriate place to stop. It's just amazing how Alone In The Dark has rather flown under the radar, but it's shaping up to be such an incredibly immersive, new horror experience. Sure it's a continuation of an established franchise, but Eden and Atari have done everything they can think of to change its failing reputation.