Alone in the Dark PC

User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 152
  2. Negative: 57 out of 152
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  1. Pete
    Jun 22, 2008
    7
    Movement and controls are just something awful.
  2. MarcP
    Jun 29, 2008
    7
    If this is your thing I would say get it, otherwise, probably not. The controls are clumsy but not as bad as people make out. The graphics are pretty stunning and the sequences are far more impressive than any other survival horror game.
  3. BryanC.
    Jun 29, 2008
    7
    It's not the best game, but it's pretty good.
  4. Nug
    Jul 2, 2008
    5
    Alone in the Dark could have been one of those games that stood out amongst the crowd, and it is... Only in a bad way. The game had lots of potential and some great ideas, such as the inventory system, analogue movement of objects and weapons, episodic gameplay, real time fire, etc. However, the game lets itself down on what should be the basics! For example, some functions are only Alone in the Dark could have been one of those games that stood out amongst the crowd, and it is... Only in a bad way. The game had lots of potential and some great ideas, such as the inventory system, analogue movement of objects and weapons, episodic gameplay, real time fire, etc. However, the game lets itself down on what should be the basics! For example, some functions are only available in a specific view (e.g. if you pick up a fire extinguisher you need to go into first person to spray it, but third person to hit stuff with it. that wouldn't be so much of a problem, however you cannot strafe in third person view, yet you can in first person. You can imagine this gets extremely frustrating as >> the player naturally tries to move around the same way, no >> matter what view is selected. To add to this, when the game loads an event (e.g. a wall falls down and the floor opens up in a room) the game automatically puts you in third person view, so you have to manually change view back to first person if thats what you prefer. These events usually happen more than once in a short space of time, forcing you to either stick to third person view, or keep changing back to first person! ggggrrr! Another really simple but annoying flaw is that the game has one button for open, and one for close! (you don't need two buttons for this! just one would have done!) There are also alot of other buttons that contribute to an over complicated control system that only serves to confuse the player, rather than help them through the game. Ultimately, this removes the player from the "experience" and the game loses all hope of immersing you in, what could have been, very atmospheric gameplay. This frustrating control system also applies to the way in which objects are held (maybe analogue sticks work on the 360) and the combat is badly effected. On one particular occasion i was fighting a bad guy, and had knocked him clean out. All i had to do was drag him onto the fire to finish him off. simple in real life, but frustratingly difficult in the game. Its a shame, because the game has some nice ideas, just nowhere near the polish of other AAA titles. Expand
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. It has more than enough good ideas to make a brilliant, must-own game, but features even more bad game design and gameplay issues. As such it's without doubt the biggest disappointment this generation of consoles has seen and a game that's impossible to recommend.
  2. Alone in the Dark proves that with a little time and patience, a good game can be created from innovative ideas.
  3. There are some unique ideas concerning health replenishment and inventory management.