Excellent plot and an even greater atmosphere. But that's all. Terrible controls, awful camera. Only for patient gamers!

User Rating: 6.5 | Alone in the Dark (2008) PC
Excellent plot and an even greater atmosphere. But that's all. Terrible controls, awful camera. Only for patient gamers! Great, inovative ideas that go without support.

Alone in the Dark (only nominally connected to its genre-spawning predecessors) follows the tale of a paranormal investigator who wakes up in a burning building, unable to remember who he is or how he came to be surrounded by menacing thugs. He soon learns that he is Edward Carnby, a foul-mouthed tough guy who's mixed up in some devilish doings. As he makes his way out of the crumbling skyscraper he meets up with the feisty Sara, and they flee into Central Park to uncover the mystery of Edward's background and the secret behind a stone with mysterious properties.
Alone in the Dark has some good ideas, but it fails at most because it tries them all. Nice visuals, great fire effects and valiant efforts at innovation don't make up for boring combat, frustrating controls, poorly designed levels and a hackneyed story. There's a certain amount of old-school adventure charm in Alone in the Dark, but it shines only as the dimmest of lights, hemmed in by the darkness of its many failures.