Alone in the Dark tries to be something different, but it suffers from a variety of issues.
BigDaddy878 wrote this review on .
It's also very innovative. There is a variety of ways that you can combine items with other items to make new things, which brings me to the 'jacket menu'. To use items, you look down at your coat pockets and select an item in real time. This works very well, except for the fact that an enemy might attack you while you try to pull something out. So far, this game may sound very good. Well, it would be if it were not for some annoying gameplay issues, bad voice acting, and awkward controls.
At first, this game starts out slow and the controls really feel weird. However, when you get used to them, everything flows smoothly, that is, if it wasn't for the many glitches this game beholds. The worst moments in this game would have to be the car sequences. The car handles horribley, and you cannot even run through a lamp post. But this game holds some truely unique gameplay elements such as the one's I talked about above. (item combination, real time item selection, dvd menu) So if you are patient enough to learn the controls and die a few times due to glitches, you will have a fun time with AitD.
Your character, the monsters and Central Park looks great, but the other characters in cutscenes and other environments look like last gen graphics. The lighting is good in some spots and bad in others. The fire is probably the best looking thing in this game.
The bad voice acting really takes away from the creepy atmosphere this game tries to accomplish. Everything from the monsters to the music sounds great, but the cutscenes are riddled with bad lines and unnecessary language.
With only one difficulty mode and easy achievements, this is a game you probably will only play through once, that is if you are a patient person. This game is best as a rental.
- very innovative; you can combine items you find into anything you can, from taped glowstickes to explosive, glowing molotov cocktails - fancy dvd- menu system lets you skip tough parts - atmospheric music - great looking fire
- horrible car sequences - even more horrible voice acting - awkward controls at first - not much replay value - story is nothing special - weird techincal glitches - some annoying monsters