While not a particularly outstanding game, fans of combo-heavy action games should enjoy Alter Echo.
(Good): As Nevin, you gain 3 very distinct, upgradable forms (gun form, sword form and stealth form) that can be switched on the fly, adding a lot of depth and strategy to combat.
(Good): The game provides you with a wealth of options for taking down your enemies in combat and incorperates a lot of different mechanics (powerful timing-based super attacks, invisibility, dodge rolling, etc.)
(Good): Combat is fast and visceral and the game pits you against a good variety of enemies.
(So-so): The game is broken down into bite-sized chapters, which is good in that it's very easy to just pick up and play for a few minutes, but also makes the game feel somewhat disconnected.
(So-so): The environments have an interesting style, but are somewhat bland. They also look more or less the same throughout most of the game with little change in scenery.
(Bad): Some motions look like they're missing a few frames of animation.
(Bad): Character models aren't particularly attractive.
(So-so): Background music is servicable. The voice acting isn't particularly bad, but doesn't stand out at all. Sound effects are decent.
(So-so): The story has some interesting parts, but remains trivial throughout most of the game.
(Bad): The game is fairly short (easily under 10 hours) and there's no real incentive to replay it. (No unlockables or different difficulty settings)
Alter Echo has its fair share of problems. Its story won't wow you, and its graphics probably won't impress you, but above all, Alter Echo is a FUN game and fans of the genre should play it.