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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
    10
    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

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