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  • Summary: Taking inspiration from the presentation style and structure of a number of acclaimed and globally popular TV action dramas, Alone in the Dark is split into a number of distinct episodes in a season-style format. With approximately 30-40 minutes of gameplay comprising each episode, the structure of Alone in the Dark is adapted for an audience familiar with the hard-hitting bite-size delivery of contemporary TV dramas, offering easy accessibility whether the player has hours to devote or only wants a quick TV-style fix. Each time the player launches a saved game, the episode begins with a video summary of the previous episode to quickly re-immerse the player in the story, removing the need to remember where they were or what they were doing. Every episode closes with a nail-biting cliff-hanger ending to rattle players' nerves, and if the player is leaving the game a video teaser of the next episode plays to leave them wanting more. Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through the use of state-of-the-art real-time physics and unprecedented environmental interaction. Delivering an action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment, Alone in the Dark once again strives innovation and excellence within the genre. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Alone in the Dark proves that with a little time and patience, a good game can be created from innovative ideas.
  2. Flawed, scruffy and inconsistent, but the small moments of magic [do] some way make up for the lack of overall polish. [July 2008, p.64]
  3. 58
    Annoyingly its potential is continually squandered by robot mechanics and tedious progression. [Aug 2008, p.104]
  4. Tired, inconsistent and just plain ugly. [Sept 2008, p.78]
  5. Alone in the Dark can be played in a day. You can actually skip levels if you get too frustrated, but you can save a lot of frustration by just skipping the game entirely.
  6. Worst of all, it never feels even vaguely scary. [Aug 2008, p.102]
  7. 30
    Nearly every gamplay mechanic fails in one way or another. While the game is functional, Alone in the Dark is a clear case of something that needed to be baked in the oven longer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Aug 4, 2012
    Went against the reviews, rented the game, played the game, bought the game. Great atmosphere, solid story, amazing visuals. Having a blast with the game. Worth checking out! Expand
  2. MaciekO.
    Jun 27, 2008
    AITD is a well built action game with a tv drama/horror climax, the graphics are good but not the best on the ps2, the music and voices are great. One thing that annoys me is that enemies are kinda stupid and Sarah has some strange hair. Expand
  3. MaxDeboreck
    Jul 14, 2008
    This game is not perfect,However it's a pretty good game for those who never played a Horror-Survival game in they're life! The two version's are both great(Wii/Ps2 and 360/Ps3/Pc) Good gameplay,nice storyline(understandable),Graphics are pretty good(not the best ever seen,but still good) One thing could've been done better- It could've been more scary. Conclusion= It's a good game,not bad at all and it's fun if you like horror-survival game! Expand
  4. EmilyW.
    Jun 24, 2008
    This game is pretty, has decent voice-acting, and an okay soundtrack. Other than that, I don't have much good to say. It's insanely difficult, with twitchy context-sensitive controls that make little sense. There is rarely any sense of direction or purpose, and you often find yourself in a room with no idea what you are doing, how exactly you got there, and what you are supposed to do with the one or two items available. I honestly wish I could go back in time and never, ever consider paying full price (or any price) for this game. Expand
  5. AnthonyH.
    Jun 25, 2008
    Just rubbish. The game is based on trial and error, you'll die with no indication, so you got to sit through the fmv sequences all over again, and theres no way to skip them. ARRGGHH. The camera is very twitchy, therefore control of your character is awful. Just Rubbish. Expand